Student & Alumni Spotlights

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Heather Metcalf

Alumna Heather Metcalf was interviewed on BBC’s “The World” regarding the comments of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt that revealed his bias against women working in the scientific labs. This is another great example of UA Higher Ed PhDs engaging in important conversations and addressing issues of social justice — both locally and globally.

Debbie Bergman

Three-time alumna Debbie Bergman '76 '80 '07 was inducted into the Sunnyside School District Hall of Fame. The induction included this video of her history of work. Bergman's mother, Alice Paul, was on our Teaching and Teacher Education faculty and served as head. Professor Paul was the first Native American academic department head at the UA.

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Lisa Foree was recognized as the Outstanding Master's Student and participated in a panel discussion in May 3 at the Leadership Symposium.

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Sowmya Ghosh was awarded a Laura Bassi Scholarship. After what was a superb dissertation defense, this award will help facilitate her ability to translate that important work into publications.

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Audrey Reff, who conducted an excellent critical policy study on Move On When Reading, received the Arizona School Administrators' 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

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Doctoral student Celeste Atkins was awarded the Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship provides a $25,000 cash stipend plus full tuition and individual student health insurance if needed.

Amanda Tachine

HED graduate Amanda Tachine published an insightful editorial piece in Al Jazeera America. Her article discusses the rare yet crucial experiences of graduate and professional Native American students and how best to support their success.