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Hans Rosling
October 11, 2019
Hans Rosling — a Swedish doctor, statistician, author and professor — will be a name associated with the University of Washington’s transformative work in population health. Today, the UW Board of Regents approved naming the $230 million building under construction on UW’s Seattle campus the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health. Check out the full article on UW News to find out more about Hans Rosling, his work, and the new Hans Rosling Center.... Read more
Christopher Morris
October 7, 2019
Christopher currently works as an architect at Arkkitehtitoimisto ALA, working on the Espoonlahti Metro Station for the Länsimetro expansion project in Helsinki. After completing his undergraduate degree in the Scandinavian Studies Department with a double major in Finnish and Scandinavian Area Studies, he went on to complete a Masters of Architecture from UW in 2017. In his Masters, he earned the Valle Scholarship for studies and research in the Nordic and Baltic states. The scholarship... Read more
Line Liblik Larsen
October 2, 2019
Line currently works as the Program, Development, and Executive Assistant at the Northwest Danish Association in Seattle, an organization that seeks to preserve and share Danish culture, traditions, and values in the Northwest. The knowledge she gained about Danish history, art, literature, music, and culture in the Scandinavian Studies Department help her to perform the duties of her job. She also gained valuable soft skills that she uses daily in her job, such as intercultural communication... Read more
Tiia Iles
October 2, 2019
Tija works as a Reference Associate at the Pierce County Library System. The skills Tija learned in the Scandinavian Studies Department help her directly in her career in many ways. For example, she sees students from various backgrounds that need help doing research and writing research papers; her experience in Scandinavian Studies, a research-heavy department, is essential to her ability to help these students with their research. In addition, having studied Latvian has helped her by simply... Read more
Melissa Gjellstad
October 2, 2019
Melissa is currently an Associate Professor of Norwegian at the University of North Dakota. During her time in the Scandinavian Studies Department at UW, Melissa recalls making lifelong friends, and the deep sense of community, both intellectual and social, created in the department. Her time in the department showed Melissa the breadth of what was possible with a graduate degree in the humanities, and provided her with an exceptional pedagogical foundation in her career as a professor,... Read more
Randall Johnson and mother
October 2, 2019
Randall is currently a Professor of Molecular Physiology and Pathology at the University of Cambridge and an associate member of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He is also a member of the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute, which chooses the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. Randall completed two undergraduate degrees at UW, one in Molecular Biology and one in Swedish Language and Literature. While he has pursued a career in... Read more
Nicholas Richter
October 2, 2019
Nicholas currently works as a systems analyst at an engineering consulting firm in the transportation sector in Seattle. His undergraduate thesis in the Scandinavian Studies Department focused on immigrant communities in Sweden, and his current work focuses on many of those same issues, such as the political and cultural dimensions of immigration patterns and human settlement. The degree of cultural sensitivity gained by studying other cultures in the Scandinavian Studies Department has helped... Read more
Mia Spangenberg
October 2, 2019
Mia currently works as a freelance literary translator, a career suggested to her by fellow Scandinavian Studies alumna Lola Rogers. After graduating from the Scandinavian Studies Department, Mia first worked in the field of localization and applied her knowledge of Finnish to quality assurance in machine translation and text-to-speech technology software. She then moved to a management position and eventually landed at Microsoft, managing quality assurance for Bing search content in more than... Read more
Mark Mussari
October 2, 2019
Mark has been working as a translator, freelance writer and independent scholar since finishing his Ph.D. in 1999. His interest in design was what sparked his initial interest in Danish culture and all things Scandinavian. His Ph.D. dissertation, supervised by Marianne Stecher, was entitled Farvens Klang: Color Spaces in Strindberg, Branner, Dinesen, and Bjørneboe. He recently published a scholarly book on Danish modern design, titled Danish Modern: Between Art and Design (2016, Bloomsbury... Read more
Lola Rogers
October 2, 2019
Lola has been working as a freelance literary translator full-time since 2007, after completing a year as a translation intern at FILI Finnish Literature Exchange in Helsinki. In the Department of Scandinavian Studies, Lola studied Finnish language and began translating song lyrics from her favorite Finnish band for fun, discovering her interest in translation; as she loved literature as well, becoming a literary translator became her career. She is also a founding member of the Finnish-English... Read more

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