Winter 2021

Virtual Scholars' Studio: February 25, 2021

Recorded talks will be linked below after the event. Students are listed in presentation order.

Capping Prices in Crises: Market Greed Preys on Afghans' Misery -- Najibullah Hakimi

Najibullah Hakimi, LL.M (2015), is a student at the University of Washington working towards his Ph.D. in Law. He is the author of “DESIGNING AN EMERGENCY ARBITRATION MECHANISM FOR AFGHANISTAN: A COMPOSITE OF SUCCESSFUL MODELS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.” Mr. Hakimi has experience working for an immigration law firm in Seattle. He has taught law at several universities in Afghanistan and has managed several rule of law projects for international aid organizations. Mr. Hakimi is currently looking for sponsorship to complete the remainder of his Ph.D. project.

Cultivating the Contemporary Clarinetist: Pedagogical Materials for New Techniques -- Caitlin Beare

Caitlin Beare is a fourth-year Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in the School of Music. During her time at UW, she has served as a TA for and core member of the Modern Music Ensemble, section leader for the Wind Ensemble’s 2019 tour of China, and a peer tutor at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. Caitlin holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. For more information, please visit

Cells in Gels: Designing Materials to Study Cells and their Environments -- Irina Kopyeva

Irina Kopyeva is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington in the Department of Bioengineering, where she began in 2019. She is advised by Professor Cole DeForest. Her interests include employing various bioconjugate strategies to develop biomaterials for better understanding mechanotransduction and how this plays a role in cellular development and disease progression, as well as engineering strategies for easy protein modification.

Modules for Filling Information Gaps Among AI/AN Communities -- Tasha Gross

Tasha Gross is a second-year MLIS student from New York. They received their B.A. in History from Goucher College, and came to the UW iSchool with a background in museums and archives. Working with Professor Clarita Lefthand-Begay, they have researched and written about informed consent in the U.S. tribal context. Their current work is on modules aimed at filling information gaps for tribal communities on managing cultural heritage materials in the digital/online environment. This spring, Tasha will be working with Professor Lefthand-Begay's LIS 598E Native American Knowledge Systems class to develop further modules on tribal sovereignty, protocols, and protections.

Japan's New Cyber-Initiative: The Role of the Digital Agency in Japan’s Military Capabilities -- Julie Emory

Julie is a second-year MA student in the Japan Studies program. Her undergraduate background is in History and National Security Studies. Her primary research interests are international security and the role of the media in East Asia with an emphasis on the role of cybersecurity.

Augmented Light: The Next Step in Lighting and Window -- Bea Badipe

Bea Badipe is a 3rd year Masters Architecture Student. She is currently pursuing a degree Concentration in Materials and Fabrication. Having received her Bachelors in Art & Digital Arts from Dartmouth College, she has a strong interest in technology and architecturally responsive computation systems.