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Francis Poon: Career Pathways in TV Media

Written 06/19/2020

Francis Poon, MS '09, is a producer with Lisa Ling's "This is Life," which generally airs in the fall on CNN. The first six seasons are now streaming on HBO Max, and are available on iTunes.

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From NASA to IBM

Published 01/24/2020 in Alumni Features
Written 01/24/2020

We visited Kristle McCracken MS ’03 at IBM in San Jose, California to hear about her path to fulfilling her childhood dream of working at NASA, and her life after that dream job.

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American English Teachers as Cultural Ambassadors in Russia

Published 11/07/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Benjamin Sorkin | 11/07/2022

My decision to focus on the experiences of Americans came as a result of heightened awareness and attention to U.S – Russia relations, yet there was little scholarship on how education programs in the modern era can act as a tool of soft diplomacy for fostering cross cultural awareness and understanding. My research specifically hoped to answer: How do American English teachers in Russia balance their dual roles as classroom teachers and cultural ambassadors?

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Life in Ghana

Published 11/07/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Gladys Obaji | 11/07/2022

For two weeks [in 2019], I had the opportunity to volunteer at the St. Gregory Catholic Hospital in Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp. I am Nigerian-American, however, I have always wanted to experience health care in at least one African country. The opportunity to do so was presented to me through A Broader View Volunteers, a non profit organization that allows volunteers to explore a new country while also taking part in meaningful service work.

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Fall 2019 Campus Visits

Published 12/11/2019 in Program Updates
Written 12/11/2019

This fall, the Milken Scholars team embarked on a journey to visit Milken Scholars at 31 different colleges and universities, in cities across the country.

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Curveballs in China

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Mohib Jafri | 11/06/2022

Through this experience, I learned what makes a good class. A good class is accessible to anyone, responsive to feedback, and leaves students with something tangible. As I explore leadership in this new capacity, I’m excited to further dive into the world of education.

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Space Exploration in Turkey

Published 11/06/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Justin Hogenauer | 11/06/2022

I believe that the work I was doing in Turkey was incredibly impactful and my hope is that I will continue to find future opportunities that allow me to make positive differences in the communities that I work with. As I move into the future, I hope to share these lessons that I have learned and serve as an advocate for science and higher education as a whole.

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Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China

Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China

Published 11/07/2022 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Benjamin Sorkin | 11/07/2022

I was teaching a seminar titled “Astrosociology: Science Fiction and Space in Everyday Life,” based on a seminar I took at Harvard last fall. My hope in teaching this seminar was to show students how the sciences and social sciences can meaningfully intersect with the hope of building on students’ interests in science and their ability to apply it to the world around them.

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