The Gevirtz School’s Center for Education Research on Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) is proud to name three Philip and Helen Green Research Fellows for 2009-10 – Levi C. Maaia, Azure Stewart, and Adam Truxler. The Green Research Fellowship Fund is awarded in memory of Phillip and Helen Green to support graduate student research on classrooms that provide for democratic practices and equity of access for immigrant and second language students of working class background, identifying practices that work and supporting students in gaining access to American society.
Levi C. Maaia is a first year M.A./Ph.D. Education student in the Teaching & Learning emphasis. Maaia is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication (B.S., Television & Film ’03) and Emerson College in Boston (MA, Journalism ’04). His research focus at the Gevirtz School is in the areas of digital literacies and online collaboration. He is also a high school digital media teacher at the Anacapa School in downtown Santa Barbara. Before moving to California he worked for several years in broadband and cable television marketing and product development where he had extensive experience leading product launches. In 1996 Maaia founded ComCreations LLC, a web development startup company, which continues to provide new media consulting and development.
Azure Stewart is a doctoral student in the Department of Education, Teaching and Learning emphasis. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications-Digital Media from CSU Sacramento, and a Master of Arts degree in Education-Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University. While interning as an instructional designer for the American Automobile Association (AAA), Stewart became interested in how people interact with and socialize within and through technology. In addition, she is interested in how technology as tool can assist teachers in the classroom. Azure’s research interests are in interdipliscinary discourse in technological environments.
Adam Truxler enters his third year of doctoral studies this upcoming fall in the Department of Education, Teaching and Learning emphasis. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from UCLA. Born, raised, and currently living in Port Hueneme/Oxnard, CA, Truxler is interested in supporting underrepresented students in higher education through research and educational policy. His work with students and teachers in elementary and junior high schools has influenced his research on how students learn science and how technology in the classroom can support and constrain the learning environment. Ongoing work with the Graduate Student Association has increased his awareness of the need for social justice through advocacy and educational support. He will be serving as the GSA’s External Vice President for 2009-2010 and will use this position to collaborate with students from other UC campuses and the UCSA to push for policy reform promoting equitable education for all students.
Photo Caption: the 2009-2010 Green Fellows (from left to right): Adam Truxler, Azure Stewart, and Levi C. Maaia.
[Levi C. Maaia, Azure Stewart, and Adam Truxler are available for interviews;
contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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