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Worlds Collide - Fall 2013

Scholars' Studio: Worlds Collide Research at the Commons. November 21, 2013

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Countering Conflict with the Mundane: Ethnic Interaction and Civil Society in Latvia

  • Indra Ekmanis, Jackson School of International Affairs

Indra Ekmanis received her Master of Arts from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies in 2013. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at the same institution as part of the first cohort of the Jackson School doctoral program. Indra is the recipient of the Waugh Thesis Prize for her work on Russian minority integration in Latvia, and she is continuing her research on integration in her doctoral work. She completed her BA summa cum laude at the Barrett Honors College and School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University in 2011


    Natural and Cultural Worlds Collide: The New Neptunian Course of California Civilization

    • John Paul Calavitta, English

    John Paul Calavitta received his MA in American studies from the University of Southern Maine in 2008, and his MFA in creative writing from the UW in 2010; where he is currently finishing his dissertation.


      Nanoscience in Healthcare: Diagnosing Drug Resistance in Developing Nations

      • Shin Inoue, Mechanical Engineering

      I did my undergraduate studies here at University of Washington with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Around my senior year, I learned more about bio-medical applications and nanotechnology, which I found to be very interesting. I always wanted my work to be very meaningful, such that it will improve people's quality of life. I felt getting a PhD in this field will help me achieve that goal.


        Semiotics in Creole-Speaking Melanesia

        • Andrew Livingston, Linguistics


        Higher Ed and Athletics: When Identities Collide for the Developing Individual

        • Mike Bryant, College of Education

        Mike is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education and serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Leadership in Athletics.  His research is focused on intercollegiate level student-athlete peer culture and development.  Mike returns to his doctoral studies after a professional stint working as an administrator and coach in collegiate women's volleyball, which included winning a national championship with the Washington Huskies in 2005.  Mike is from Edmonds, WA and received a B.A. in Sociology from UW, followed by a M.A. in Sport Administration from Seattle Pacific.


          Mozart in the Wild West

          • Katherine Isbill Emeneth, Music

          Katherine Isbill Emeneth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington.  Active as a performer, Katherine Emeneth has performed concerts with Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, and the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra as well as in solo concerto appearances with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Washington-Idaho Symphony.   As an active chamber musician, Katherine Isbill co-founded the Triskilion Trio (a flute, viola, and harp trio based in Seattle, Washington) and has launched a campaign to organize and write grants for recording the trio’s debut album.   Committed to excellence in teaching, Katherine Emeneth currently serves as Lecturer at the University of Washington.  She also has a very successful private flute studio and writes a popular blog, “The Flute Hoot,” for her own students and other flutists around the world.   Additionally, Katherine Isbill has won prizes for superior teaching including the Georgia Music Educators’ Future Music Educator Award for outstanding accomplishments in education.  She also serves on the board of directors of the Seattle Flute Society supporting local flute performers, teachers, and students.


            And One For All: The Clash Between Communitarian and Autonomous Societies in Genetic Research

            • Emmi Bane, Institute for Public Health Genetics


            Massacring the Colonials à la Foucault

            • Alan-Michael Weatherford, Comparative Literature

            Alan-Michael Weatherford is a second-year Master’s student. He studies both French and Spanish Literature with an emphasis in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. He currently teaches French 101.


              Promoting Positive Interracial Interactions in Young Children

              • Arianne Eason, Psychology

              Arianne Eason (Ari) is a second year graduate student here at the UW in the social and developmental areas of psychology. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and UW’s GO-MAP Presidential Fellowship.  Broadly, she is interested in understanding how children and adults process subtle environmental information related to race and interracial interactions, in hopes that her work will be used to promote more positive interracial interactions.


                Laboratory Time Travel

                • Sonia Singhal, Biology

                Sonia Singhal first fell in love with the evolution of microbes as an undergraduate at Yale University. Since then, her research has taken her from snowy New England to the Roman ruins of Southern France, the cactus-speckled beaches of Búzios, Brazil, and the supreme silence of the San Juan Islands. She is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the UW Department of Biology. In addition to laboratory research, Sonia enjoys creative writing, and she combines both these interests as a Science Communication Fellow with the Pacific Science Center.