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Fellows in the News, November 2013
Echoing Green Fellows Elizabeth Scharpf ('08) and Emily Arnold-Fernandez ('07) are profiled on their work by Grinnell College, creators of the prestigious Grinnell Prize.
Global Fellows Emily Arnold-Fernandez ('07) and Elizabeth Scharpf ('08) each win the 2013 Grinnell Prize
The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize is conferred to individuals who are dedicated to affecting positive social change using innovative and creative methods. Emily is the founder of Asylum Access, the international nonprofit that facilitates access to information and resources for refugees, so that they can assert their basic human rights: to live safely, educate their children, work, and ultimately rebuild their lives.
Elizabeth founded Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) to invest in people and ideas that affect social and economic change. SHE's first initiative is to partner with Rwandan women to manufacture and make widely available eco-friendly, affordable sanitary napkins in order to increase girls' access to education. Elizabeth and Julian Ingabire Kayibanda, chief operating officer of SHE Rwanda were conferred the Grinnell prize together. The Grinnell Prize of $100,000 is a prize that helps to grow the field: half of the award goes to the winning individual, and the remaining half is awarded to an organization that is impacting the winner's area of social justice. (October 25, 2013)
Elizabeth Scharpf (Global '08) on Reuters Blog
Why "Sustainability" Should Be More Than a Meaningless Buzzword: "But if there is no consensus on what sustainability means, then how can the institutional investors and their clients — who are not necessarily operations experts — be sure that the funds are being directed to truly sustainable businesses?" (October 7, 2013)
Marquis Taylor (BMA '12) in The Huffington Post
From Vision to Reality: How Grit Got Me Out: "I wasn't the fastest player, highest jumper or most skilled dribbler on the court, but I was gritty. I learned to move efficiently, think critically, and rely on my teammates. Every single day, I worked hard and left everything I had out on the court. My stamina and perseverance on the court proved to be the transferable lifelong skills that positioned me to be successful in the workplace." (November 17, 2013)
Cole (BMA' 12) in New Statesman
Do We Need a Better Word for Butch?: "Cole’s work with The Brown Boi Project has aimed to create a space in which ‘Masculine of Center’ can exist, not just as an academic term but as a functional tool for non-straight societal representation." (November 10, 2013)
Chris Atekega (Global '13) on the front page of The San Francisco Chronicle
Luck, Smarts Lead from Uganda to UC Berkeley (Read online at SFGate): "Half the world lives on less than a dollar a day," he told the crowd. "I lived in those conditions. As engineers, we need to make those statistics change. From global warming to water pollution, from clean energy to power systems, and from spacecrafts to artificial limbs, the world relies on us to design, develop and test the best solutions." (October 21, 2013)
Chelsey Roebuck (BMA '13) in the Columbia Spectator
Nonprofit Founded by Alum Expands Local STEM Programs: "Over the past five years, the summer camp has grown from the classrooms of a rural village in Ghana to a primary school in Tanzania and university campuses in Ghana, Jamaica, and Mexico, offering workshops and trainings in everything from software engineering and robotics to ecology and astronomy." (November 12, 2013)
Ian Marvy (Global '02), founder of Added Value, is named a recipient of the 2013 Jane Jacobs medal
The medal is given annually to two individuals who embody the principles and values of Jane Jacobs, including challenging traditional assumptions and conventional thinking. (November 14, 2013)
Embrace founders, including 2008 Global Fellows Jane Chen and Rahul Panicker are named 2013 winners of The Economist's Innovation Award for Social & Economic Innovation
The founders were selected for their low-cost incubator targeted at premature and low birth weight babies born in poor countries. The award will be presented on December 3, 2013. (November 2013)
Josh Nesbit (Global '10) and Raj Panjabi (Global '11) are the first to receive support from the PopTech Impact Fund
The PopTech Impact Fund is dedicated to providing small investments that catalyze and grow new, high-impact initiatives. (October 25, 2013)
Bilikiss Adebiyi and Ben Cohen, 2013 Global Fellows were named Tech Award Laureates
Bilikiss is the recipient of the Intel Environment Award, and Ben won the Katherine Swanson Young Innovator Award. (November 2013)
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