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Farquhar Awarded Academic Year FLAS for French and Canadian studies

Samantha Farquhar has been studying Canada’s national and international marine conservation commitments with the help of the FLAS. Her work has been focused on Canada’s promise to protect 10 percent of its marine and coastal areas by 2020 through the designation of “other effective area-based conservation measures” or OECMs. These areas differ from traditional MPAs, but to what extent they differ is debated, as has the meanings of “conservation” and “protected” areas. Farquhar has become comfortable with the French language through her FLAS, allowing her to work with the Government of Canada and other intergovernmental organizations.

Photos taken by Sam Farquhar

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Summer research round-up: Tressa Arbow

Helping Junior Leaders conduct intertidal zone surveys at Golden Gardens beach. Photo by Maile Sullivan, Washington Sea Grant.

Helping Junior Leaders conduct intertidal zone surveys at Golden Gardens beach. Photo by Maile Sullivan, Washington Sea Grant.

This summer I divided my time between full-time, intensive Swahili language studies for my Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), my role as NOAA Science Camp Coordinator for Washington Sea Grant, and preliminary data collection for my thesis.

Although my thesis has a local focus (Washington), I’m ultimately hoping to apply my experience and the research skills I’m gaining in an international setting. My primary area of interest is East Africa, so I was very excited to be awarded both the Summer and Academic Year FLAS for Swahili. I’ll continue my Swahili classes throughout my second year at SMEA and hopefully be positioned to work in the region after graduation.

NOAA Science Camp is a two-week long day camp for middle and high school students hosted by NOAA and facilitated by Washington Sea Grant. It’s an amazing opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with real NOAA scientists in their offices and meet other kids who are interested in STEM. For the last several months, I’ve been consulting with the education team at Washington Sea Grant to fine-tune their camp evaluation tools, and I was excited to help them move that initiative forward during my third year of involvement with the camp this summer.

For my thesis, I attended and observed two working group meetings for the Washington Maritime BLUE task force initiative within the Department of Commerce. In these meetings, task force members discussed issues and aspirations for the Maritime BLUE initiative ranging from decarbonizing ferries to barriers to workforce equity. I’m excited to be able to use these discussions as a jumping-off point for my qualitative thesis research on equity in the maritime industry.

It was certainly a busy summer, but I made sure to get in some down time as well! My husband and I did a weekend in Friday Harbor and a Granite Falls camping trip with friends, hiked Mt. Pilchuck, spent a week on the East Coast, and had a long weekend with family in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Somehow three summer months have flown by and I’m excited to be back for my second year in SMEA!

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Zhao receives FLAS Fellowship to study Swahili

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Zhao receives FLAS Fellowship to study Swahili

Thanks to an exciting learning opportunity from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair's Center for Global Studies, Lily Zhao, a first-year master’s student in the Marina Lab, will continue her study of Swahili. She received a Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award to participate in an intensive summer language immersion program in Tanzania. Lily will use these language skills later in the summer, when tracing the flow of octopus and trade benefits across East African national boundaries. This project will be a collaboration between local partners, the SMEA Marina Lab, and researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

 

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Bassett Receives FLAS Fellowships to Study Tagalog

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Bassett Receives FLAS Fellowships to Study Tagalog

Thanks to two generous awards, first-year Masters student, Hannah Bassett, will have the opportunity to study Tagalog as well Philippine and Southeast Asia area studies over the next year. The two Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships will support both an intensive summer program and Bassett's second year of school.  Supported by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair's Southeast Asia Center, Bassett will participate in an intensive two-month immersion in Tagalog and Philippine culture this summer through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. "SEASSI fits an entire year of material into the span of two months," Bassett says, "It's very rigorous! I look forward to building a strong foundation of knowledge around not only Filipino language, but the region's culture and history. The insights I gain will provide critical context for my research into fisheries in the Philippines". 

Following the summer program, Bassett will continue her studies of the Philippines and Southeast Asia through a year-long FLAS Fellowship supported by the Jackson School's Center for Global Studies.

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