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Basics About Disabilities and Science and Engineering Education By Ruta Sevo
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An introduction to disability issues, history, laws, and research for educators who have little or no experience with students or colleagues with disabilities. There is a short overview in the form... More > of a presentation script. A section looks at the need for inclusion and recruitment of students with disabilities to science and engineering fields, and gives examples of resources for faculty to improve instruction. The Short Reader and Syllabus is a digest covering topics often included in full Disability Studies readers written by experts. An annotated bibliography is provided for those who want further depth. It draws from syllabi used for undergraduates. 220 pages. Kindle book on amazon.com< Less
Memo to the Educate to Innovate Campaign By Ruta Sevo
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A MEMO to the Educate to Innovate Campaign (Obama, 2009), that recommends top five strategies to increase the number of girls and women in science and engineering education. Made by a group of 20... More > lead organizations with brainstorming response from 350 experts in the national community of practice. The “July 19th Collaboration” offers a list of 39 focused strategies, each of which can be tied to root causes based on research, and pilot programs with results. Together they comprise a systemic effort to change and correct for historical biases and exclusion. Lead contact is National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE) http://www.ncwge.org. See also http://stemcollaboration.org .< Less
Vilnius Diary By Ruta Sevo
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Old Europe. Vilnius is just recovering from Soviet occupation. A scientist travels to the country of his parents and digs into the stories and numbers of the Holocaust and Gulag. His personal... More > world begins to fall apart. Things happen that he cannot explain. Someone is leaving strange drawings in his apartment. Why? A story of travel, family, and loss. Art by Tadas Gutauskas. 40 photo illustrations. Cover design by Holly Russell. Kindle book on amazon.< Less
White Bird By Ruta Sevo
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Thomas lands bewildered in Kathmandu, to find a place to scatter the ashes of his older brother Paul, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. He meets an American cohort of Paul’s. Helen... More > stayed and became a Buddhist nun. His visit prompts the surprising revelation that Paul is the father of her daughter. The girl, Eike, grew up in Kathmandu and became an unlikely Buddhist shaman, or healer. His encounter with them is awkward. Thomas dabbles in meditation and Tantric sex, flirts with Helen, and loses the ashes. They almost lose Eike when she goes into ritual trance to guide her father out of bardo, the state between death and rebirth. The characters are connected by the death and transmigration of Paul’s soul, the “white bird” that ties them together. Without knowing it, Thomas has followed a practice for grieving suggested in the Tibetan Book of the Dead.< Less