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  • 2012-13 Dean's Research Fellowships

    Japanese American Baseball in Seattle, 1900-1942
    Professor Marie Wong, Institute of Public Service

    While much has been written about America's Negro Leagues, the history of Japanese American baseball in Seattle has been overlooked. Yet, between 1900 and until the WWII internment of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children, numerous baseball teams were part of Seattle's Japantown. The Asahi, Mikado, Taiyo, Midgets, and Cherry teams were a few of the volunteer-organized clubs that helped unite and distinguish the skills and abilities of the Japanese American community of Seattle. This research project will examine Japanese American baseball in Seattle and the formation of the Courier League that united these teams.

    Pilot Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's 'IF' Project
    Professors Jacqueline Helfgott, Elaine Gunnison, Stephen K. Rice.
    Peter Collins, and Jennifer Sumner, Criminal Justice Department

    The IF project originated when Detective Kim Bogucki, Seattle Police Department Community Outreach Unit, asked inmates at the Washington Correctional Center for Women (WCCW), "If there was something someone could have said or done to change the path that led you here, what would it have been?" Afterwards, a WCCW inmate asked other inmates to write an essay in response to the question; more than 700 essays have been written. The project now includes workshops conducted at juvenile detention centers, middle and high schools, and in juvenile court. Former IF project participants share their experiences, pose the same question, and, with Detective Bogucki, provide resource referrals for the youth. There are plans to expand the program to men's prisons and Echo Glen, the state juvenile residential facility. This project will design and implement a pilot evaluation of the IF project to determine if the program is achieving its intended goals of addressing the needs of program participants, promoting prosocial behavior, and preventing crime.

    A Digital Edition of John Donne's 1611 satirical work Ignatius His Conclave
    for the John Donne Digital Prose Archive
    Professor Sean McDowell, English Department

    Sean McDowell has spent the last year working on the transcription phase for the digital edition of John Donne's 1611 satirical work Ignatius His Conclave for the John Donne Digital Prose Archive, an international project involving American, Canadian, and European scholars. After the archive editorial board finishes its review of the transcription, the project moves to the next phase, the coding of the text for the searchable online version. Digital text coding comes from the tagging of proper names and significant keywords. McDowell will work with students to tag correctly, which requires student researchers to have intimate knowledge of what they are tagging. They must know the connections between major historical figures, as well as the issues that brought them together in Early Modern religious controversies. They must have an acute sense of the historical and ideational contexts informing the tract. Students working on the online edition of Ignatius His Conclave will benefit from actual professional experience in digital humanities editing.

    2011-12 Dean's Research Fellowships

    Assessment of Social and Ecological Impacts of Forest Conservation in the Andes
    Professor Tanya Hayes, Anthropology
    Environmental Studies major Sarah McHugh, Class of 2012

    HayesThis research project in Ecuador focused on the institutional and socioeconomic aspects of environmental change and sustainable ecosystem management. Hayes and McHugh worked with peasant farmers and indigenous peoples on soil conservation and forest management and examined the impact of different protected areas and property rights policies on forest conservation and the conditions that enable communities to self-govern their natural resource systems.


    Differential Defiance among Police Killers: An Assessment of Final Statement Narratives
    Professor Stephen Rice, Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice major Farrah Fanara, Class of 2012

    Research on the felonious killings of police has tended to target determinants such as economic factors, political and demographic change, the crack epidemic, or ebbs and flows in prison populations on macro-level offender behavior. As such, relatively little attention has been given to micro-level offender motives and justifications. In an effort to extend the dialogue, the present study focuses on police killers' final statements by assessing proclamations of innocence, proclamations of capital punishment / legal treatment illegitimacy, and defiant police-specific attributions amid offense and demographic controls. Qualitative assessments of the statements are included to illustrate coding themes and the emotional nuance of a death chamber setting.

    Cross-cultural Experiences from 19th Century Diarists
    Professor Tom Taylor, History Department and the Global Awareness Program
    International Studies major Gabrielle Porter, Class of 2012

    This research project examined the journals written by and newspaper accounts written about four American bicyclists traveling through Asia in the late 19th century. The journals entries provide a glimpse into cross-cultural understanding by a distinct group of travelers during a period in history when many areas of Asia were unfamiliar to Europeans. This project will be submitted to the Journal of World History and be part of a forthcoming world history text.