Friday, July 18, 2014

New experiential summer class co-taught by Professor Emelie Peine - Foodsystems Northwest: Circuits of Soil, Labor, and Money

Five Liberal Arts Colleges Run a Three-Campus Course
—A Pacific Northwest “First”
Northwest Five Consortium pilots its first intensive summer course
Students will live, study, and travel across three campuses

TACOMA, Wash. – This summer students at five Washington and Oregon liberal arts colleges have the chance to join a new, on-the-road course studying locally grown food and its impact on our lives, economy, and politics.
In this jointly-run course—a pilot project from the Northwest Five Consortium—students live and study across the Northwest, with stopovers at three colleges: Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University. The three-week course starts July 26 and is the first for-credit offering from the partnership. Read more at: Foodsystems Northwest

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Four IPE Majors Receive Summer Research Grants

The IPE Program is pleased to announce that four of our majors have received grants to conduct research in Summer 2014.

Parker Raup received a fellowship from the IPE Textbook Fund to conduct research in Tanzania. His project is titled "Migration and Monetization: An Ethnographic Study of the Rural Maasai in Northern Tanzania."

Megan Davis received a fellowship from the Nicholas Vasilius IPE Endowment Fund to do research in Bangladesh. Her project is titled "A Study of the Impact of Participation in the Grameen Bank Microcredit Program on Perceived Empowerment of Female Borrowers."

Melanie Mazza received a UPS Summer Research Grant to do research in Nicaragua. Her project is titled "Shining a Light on Information Accessibility and Prices Paid along the Nicaraguan Coffee Commodity Chain."

Dan Thorson received a UPS Summer Research Grant to do research in Hong Kong. His project is titled "The Effects of Public Policy on Upward Mobility Through Entrepreneurship."

Congratulations to all four!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Kristin Gjelsteen ('14) wins undergraduate research paper award

Kristin Gjelsteen (IPE '14) has received the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society's 2014 student paper award in the undergraduate category.

Her paper, "The Politics of Transgenic Food: An Ethnographically-Informed Analysis of the Ban on Genetically Modified Crops in Bolivia," was the product of research she conducted in Bolivia in 2013 with support from an IPE Summer Research Fellowship.

1998 IPE grad Kent Craford profiled in the Oregonian

Kent Craford, a 1998 Puget Sound alumnus who majored in international political economy, is profiled in the April 29, 2014 Oregonian. He is leading a measure that would take control of Portland’s water and sewer bureaus away from the City Council.

2008 IPE grad to join the Foreign Service

Walid Zafar, a 2008 Puget Sound grad who majored in international political economy, is profiled in an online story on the CBS San Francisco website. Currently working for a political nonprofit in Washington, D.C., Walid is awaiting assignment in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

 Walid Zafar speaks at the Students Rising Above luncheon. (CBS)

2004 IPE grad profiled in Wired magazine

Nick Edwards, a 2004 Puget Sound grad who double-majored in international political economy and business, is a founder of Silicon Valley startup Boomtrain, which is developing a personalized search engine. He is profiled in a photo feature in the May 2014 edition of Wired magazine.


"One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush"

The story of one Silicon Valley startup struggling to survive a modern gold rush.

3 IPE graduates to serve in Teach Thailand Corps

IPE graduating seniors Brenna Buckstaff ('14), Amy Stromme ('14), and Jesse Lehrman ('14) will join Teach Thailand Corps, a branch of the American-Thai Foundation. Teach Thailand Corps recruits and places recent college graduates in underserved Thai schools to teach English and other subjects. Promptly after graduation, Brenna, Amy, and Jesse will travel to Thailand to begin orientation and receive training in teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). 

The three expect to be assigned a location and begin teaching in late June, finishing up in March 2015 at the end of the Thai school year.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Peter Small talk on April 2nd

Peter Small, Director of the Gates Foundation’s tuberculosis program, will give a talk entitled "The Gates Foundation, Tuberculosis and India" on Wednesday, April 2nd at 4 PM in Thompson 395.

The IPE Program is a co-sponsor of the talk. We hope you can attend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Janet Matota talk on April 3rd

Janet Matota
Co-Director of the Zambezi Region Program
of Integrated Rural Development &
 Nature Conservation (IRDNC)

Thursday April 3, Mc103, 6-7pm
Meet & Greet 5-5:50, Battin Lounge (Mc109)

For almost two decades, Ms. Matota has been at the forefront of facilitating community-based natural resource management in Namibia. Due in part to her work, there are now 14 community-based organizations in the Zambezi Region that manage wildlife and other natural resources while generating benefits from trophy hunting and tourism. Ms. Matota has spearheaded a craft development program in the region, leading to more than 300 crafters improving their skills and livelihoods through the sale of handmade baskets and other products. Ms. Matota’s greatest legacy to date has been her promotion of women’s participation in natural resource management, and her leadership in community health programs. 
Sponsored by the Business Leadership Program