Each year, senators are elected to serve on the GPSS Executive Committee. The Executive Senators for the 2015-2016 year are:
Yasmeen Hussain (Biology)
Yasmeen is a fifth-year PhD student and GPSS Senator in the Biology Department. She comes to UW from the University of Utah, where she obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and Biology and minors in Music and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Yasmeen was involved in community service, student government, and various jobs and extracurricular activities, and saw no reason to stop just because of grad school. Yasmeen hopes to be a "voice of accountability" for the Senate, to improve efficiency and inclusion, and to continue the GPSS legacy of listening to and supporting graduate and professional students. In her free time, Yasmeen might be found hiking, biking, engaging in science education, reading, or growing/cooking/eating food.
Erin Firth (Oceanography and Astrobiology)
Evan is a fourth-year PhD student in Oceanography and Astrobiology. Her research has taken her to the ends of the Earth itself: the Arctic Circle. She extracts tiny microorganisms from the sea ice and studies how they survive the harsh conditions of the high Arctic. Evan has a passion for science outreach and communication, attempting to make science accessible and exciting for everyone. She hopes to extend this passion towards a powerful synergy between policy and science. This is Evan’s fourth year in GPSS and fourth year serving as an Executive Senator. She has previously chaired the Travel Grants committee, and served on the Finance and Budget committee and the Services and Activities Fee committee, among others. Evan strives to maintain smooth and efficient operation within GPSS, bring novel scientific and political interaction to the table, and serve as a sort of institutional memory in times of personnel turnover. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying late nights of gaming or socializing, eating sushi, or playing with her eight birds, three fish, three hamsters, and one bearded dragon.
Joseph Telegen (English)
Joseph Telegen holds a BA in Literature and Language from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MA in English from Western Carolina University. He came to Seattle to begin his doctorate in 2012, and has recently passed the threshold to become a PhC (PhD candidate) and ABD (All But Dissertation). His academic work focuses on rhetorical barriers and opportunities in Israel/Palestine. A published academic and creative writer, Joe cherishes listening to jazz, cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots (a high-risk enterprise in Seattle), and being the most enthusiastic participant he can be in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.
Jennifer Kirk (Biostatistics)
Jennifer is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Biostatistics. She graduated from Smith College in 2008 with a B.A. in mathematics. After Smith, she worked for a year as an associate statistician, then spent two years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at the NIH, she worked in the Biostatistics Research Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Since joining GPSS, Jennifer has been involved with the census conducted last year and the efforts to raise awareness of student parents. She is passionate about transparency, specifically related to student fees and the student government process. In her free time, Jennifer knits, sews and cares for her two bad cats.
Brian Tracey (Marine & Enivronmental Policy)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Brian adds more East Coast flavor to the group. He has a degree in Life Sciences from Rutgers University, with a concentration in marine science. With research projects that ranged from upstate New York to the western most borders of U.S. territory, Brian has extensive experience in marine and environmental science field work. Through his commitment to the dissemination of science information, he made his personal mission to be involved in science outreach, especially to underserved communities. One peek at his activities at the University of Washington, and it becomes apparent that he has a relentless dedication to the mission of social and education justice. Brian sits on the Executive Boards for both the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), and for the Black Student Union. He is also an integral member of the Diversity Committees for GPSS, at the University level, the Diversity Council, and the Chair of the College of the Environment Diversity Committee. The list goes on, and on, but Brian is most excited to be a part of Seattle MESA organization and contribute to the enrichment of young minds. Currently he is finishing his Masters in Marine and Environmental Policy. In his spare time, he is an urban ninja, social activist, and volunteer to various community programs.