Christine Alfano

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Return to the Library: Research Field Trip

Overview: Want to engage your students explicitly in library research again after the initial workshop or review earlier in the quarter? Give them time to return for independent research.

Activity title: Research Field Trip to the Library

Author: Christine Alfano

Fall 2015 Boothe Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Fall 2015 Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing: First place essay "Declaring Amnesty on Prostitution: A Marxist Feminist Defense of Amnesty International's Call for Decriminalization of Sex Work," by Ho Kyung (Daniel) Sung (instructor: Ben Wiebracht) and Honorable Mention essay "Imagining the Infinite: Evolution of Space in the American Visual Imagination,” by Wyatt Mullen (instructor: Megan Formato). The winners will be honored, along with the winners of the 2015 Spring and 2016 Winter Boothe Prizes, in a ceremony in the middle of May.

Boothe Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter 2015 Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing: First place essay “Time to Welcome Chaos: The Intersection of the Trickster, Creativity, and the Math Classroom” by Elisa Vidales (instructor: Hillary Miller) and Honorable mention essay “The Emergence of Konfrontasi in Singapore’s National Narrative” by Antariksh Mahajan (instructor: Magdalena Gross). The winners will be honored, along with the winners of the 2014 Spring and 2014 Fall Boothe Prizes, in a ceremony in the middle of May.

Winning Poster

A poster by PWR Lecturer Shay Brawn and Hume Center Director Julia Bleakney won an award at the 2015 National Postdoc Association annual meeting in Baltimore. The poster grew from a partnership with Stanford’s Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs to offer training for a selected group of graduate students and post-docs to become grant coaches as part of the Stanford Biosciences Grant Writing Academy.

4Cs 2015

Several PWR lecturers recently presented their work at the annual CCCC convention, held this year in Tampa, Florida, including Christine Alfano (pictured above, in center), Chris Gerben, Chris Kamrath, Erica Cirillo-McCarthy (pictured above, at right), and Sarah Pittock (pictured above, at left). Hume Director Julia Bleakney and former PWR Faculty Director, Andrea Lunsford, also presented at the conference. Read abstracts of their presentations through the CCCC online searchable program.

Writing Matters

Stanford freshman Chase Navellier proves that what writing students do in their PWR classes can have a broad reach.  Chase’s essay, “Ending the Stem Cell Debate: The Impact of iPSCs on Embryological Ethics,” which he wrote for fellow Trisha Stan’s fall PWR 1 section, will be published in the May issue of the Penn Bioethics Journal.

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