Disrupt - Fall 2017

Scholars' Studio: Disrupt research at the Research Commons. November 16, 2017

All slides are linked below in PDF format.

Opening Presentation - Open Access: Disrupting Scholarly Communication

  • Elizabeth Bedford, Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian

Elizabeth Bedford is the Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian at UW Libraries. She assists researchers and students who want to share their publications, data, or other forms of scholarly communication with as wide an audience as possible. She can answer questions about open access, data sharing, copyright issues, or the thesis and dissertation publication process. Previously, Liz was an independent consultant working in digital preservation and data curation. She holds an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information and an AB in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.


DIS//RUPTION Through Code-Switching

  • Aaron Carpenter

Aaron Carpenter is currently working towards his Masters in Germanics and is hoping to continue on to the Ph.D. program. His primary focus is on Austrian and German minority literature. He hopes to concentrate on issues relating to how language helps with identity formation and how immigrants from former Yugoslavia are calling for viewing Austria, particularly Vienna, as a multi-lingual/multi-cultural space. Before coming to the University of Washington, Aaron taught English in Austria with the Fulbright Commission and worked at Hewlett Packard as a technical writer. In his spare time, he likes to practice yoga and kung fu.


“Rose” By Any Other Name: The Continued Presence of
Coverture in America’s Naming Conventions

“Rose” By Any Other Name: The Continued Presence of Coverture in America’s Naming Conventions

  • Ashley Arrington, Law Librarianship

Ashley Arrington is an MLIS candidate at the University of Washington and an attorney with a background in higher education law. She is one of seven attorneys in UW’s law librarianship program. She holds a business degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law, and an advanced law degree in international business, human rights, and health law from Northeastern University School of Law. She currently works as a contract attorney, a circulation and reference intern at the Gallagher Law Library, and an indexer for the Current Index to Legal Periodicals.


  • Emily Fuller, Cultural Studies

Emily Fuller is a Master’s student in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell who locates her work at the intersections of queer studies, trans studies, dis/ability studies, critical race studies, media studies, and the digital humanities. Emily’s current research centers questions of queer intimate geographies and how queer communities and subjectivities are constructed, negotiated, and contested in both physical and virtual space. Her research is deeply informed by her own lived experiences, intersecting identities and queer intimacies. She has presented research on queer pornography to undergraduate human sexuality students at Clark University and at the Queer Places, Practices and Lives Conference at Ohio State University.


Developing Adoptive  Cell Therapy for Lung Adenocarcinoma in Genetically-Engineered Mouse Models

  • Jacob Lee, Bioengineering

Jacob is currently a graduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington and a research scientist in the Department of Immunology at UW Research in South Lake Union. Jacob has worked at several academic labs researching and publishing in fields of psychiatry, bioethics, gene therapy, and cancer. His current research focuses are in genome engineering, virus-based gene therapy, and T cell cancer immunotherapy. Equally important, he is passionate for learning and personal growth.


The Complicity of Silence

  • Liz Harding Chao, Public Administration

Liz is a former government policy advisor from Melbourne, Australia. She moved to Seattle in 2016 and is currently an Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) student by day and published writer by night. Liz explores race, gender, sexual identity, intersectional feminism, and men’s violence against women from her position as a bi-racial Australian woman. She is one of the top 30 writers under the “Racism” and “Feminism” tags on Medium and her stories have been viewed over 10,000 times. Liz is co-chair of the Evans School Partnership for Community and Diversity and co-founder of Evans Network of Womxn.


Feet Feel, Too — Development of a Haptic Feedback System for Lower-Limb Prosthetics

  • Nataliya Rokhmanova, Mechanical Engineering

Nataliya is a first-year Master's student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research in sensing for lower-limb prosthetics is conducted at the VA Puget Sound with the Center for Limb Loss and Mobility (CLIMB), and advised by Dr. Eric Rombokas. Within the broad field of rehabilitation, her research interests include studying how the human brain directs motion and facilitates interaction with external devices, and how these principles may be applied to more intuitive control of robotic limbs. She is currently reading Hofstadter's GEB and welcomes new book suggestions.


The Disproportionate Representation of Minorities in Special Education

  • Shalynn Leonard, Special Education

Shalynn Leonard is a Paraprofessional for the Seattle Public Schools within the Special Education Department. She has a heart to serve disenfranchised at-risk youth and has been doing so for over 15 years, through coaching athletics and in education. Shalynn attended Norfolk State University for her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Marketing. She now attends the University of Washington in pursuit of a Masters in Education and Teaching Certificate. Upon graduation, she will continue her work as a Special Education Teacher by serving Social Emotional Learning students within the Seattle Public School district.


Disrupting What We Know: Protein Synthesis After Death

  • Susana Orozco, Immunology

Susana is a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Washington, and her dissertation lab is in the Department of Immunology. She is currently studying programmed cell death and immunogenic outcomes. Susana pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and her MA in Education at Alliant International University in 2009.


Side by Side With Disruption

  • Tomoka Takenaka, Biochemistry

Tomoka Takenaka is an exchange graduate student from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. She started studying at UW this autumn quarter. She was majoring in biotechnology at her home university and she is now in the Merz lab in the department of biochemistry. She is interested in biotechnology applied for medical treatments, so that for today, she is going to give us a presentation about her research about nanosized materials which may be applied for medical treatments in the future.

Addiction Mindsets: How Our Belief Systems About Addiction May Affect Substance Use

  • Vasundhara Sridharan, Psychology

Vasundhara Sridharan is a Doctoral Candidate in Psychology working with a team of researchers at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research interests include the use of modern technology for designing data-driven programs to help people quit smoking. She was recently awarded the Hutch United Fellowship for her dissertation, where she developed a novel psychological intervention to change smokers’ mindsets about addiction as a means of boosting their motivation and engagement with quitting smoking.