The 2016 Carson Scholars Program application process is currently closed. Carson Scholarships are give to excellent and diverse graduate students at the University of Arizona who are studying renewable energy, environment and social justice. One-year scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded for the 2016 calendar year. Scholarships are sponsored by the Institute of the Environment, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, the UA Renewable Energy Network, Biosphere 2 and private donations.
Kenny Walker is a PhD student in the English department. As a member of the UA’s highly-regarded Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE) program, he studies the rhetoric of science and technology and applies this research to academic, professional, and public contexts. His recent collaborative work shows how Rachel Carson adapted scientific uncertainty from her sources and amplified it in her drafting process to create a site for public participation in Silent Spring. This work has been featured in The New York Times. As in this example, he is interested in the myriad ways that uncertainty opens a space for public participation in science and how science communicators learn to adopt and adapt strategies of uncertainty to improve public communications. Kenny also conducts research for the UA’s Writing Program, where he studies the teaching of writing and communication across the curriculum as a way to create cognitively-rich learning environments and increase students’ ability to write and communicate in their discipline. When he is not working, Kenny enjoys exploring the depths of Tucson with his partner, Amelia, and two-year-old son, Theo.