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Samantha Alvis Completes Ph.D. in International Agricultural Development
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

Samantha Alvis, APLU's Assistant Director of International Programs and Development, completed her Ph.D. in international agricultural development and agricultural communications from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the role of higher education in international development. 

Christine M. Keller
Christine M. Keller to Speak at University of California, Berkeley Symposium on Research Universities and Undergraduate Education
Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis, and Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure

Christine M. Keller, APLU's Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, will speak at a symposium on research universities and undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, March 10.  The symposium will address issues including how to measure research universities' advantage in undergraduate education, how universities can better engage their undergraduates in research, and how universities can scale high-impact practices.

Travis York Head Shot
York authors lead chapter in new book, "Service-Learning to Advance Social Justice in a Time of Radical Inequality"
Travis York, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

While a growing number of studies have indicated service-learning courses produce gains in several student outcomes, little empiric work has explored underserved student groups experiences with this pedagogy.  Travis York, APLU’s Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy, sought to address that gap with his most recent publication — a research chapter titled, “More than a Desire to Serve: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students’ Motivations to Participate in Service-Learning.” In this publication, York challenges long-held beliefs about service-learning and suggests a multidimensional motivation process.

Jennifer Poulakidas
Jennifer Poulakidas Comments on NIH Funding Increase, Federal Research Investment
Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs

Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic.  Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."

Samantha Alvis Recognized by AIARD
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

Samantha Alvis, International Development and Programs Specialist with the Office of International Programs and a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow was recognized on June 1 by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) as their 2015 Young Professional Award Winner. This award recognizes early career contributions to the field of international agriculture development.

Wendy Fink
Wendy Fink at STEMConnector
Wendy Fink
Director of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Executive Director of the BAA Academic Programs Section

Wendy Fink presented as part of a panel at the March 25th STEM Council meeting of STEMconnector. The panel's focus was "The STEM Food and Ag Council: Cultivating Talent to Solve a Global Challenge."

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