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Capitol Hill Seattle Blog | September 23, 2016
Photo recap: "Central to the Community"

Capitol Hill Times| September 23, 2016
Seattle Central celebrates 50 years

KOMO| September 23, 2016
Seattle Central celebrates 50th Anniversary with march and ceremonial reopening

KNKX| September 22, 2016
50 Years Of Activism, Education Highlight Seattle Central College's History

The Seattle Times| September 22, 2016
Seattle Central College turns 50, celebrates history of social activism

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog| September 20, 2016
Seattle Central marks 50 years of activism on Capitol Hill

The Seattle Times | September 15, 2016
Seattle Culinary Academy alum launches impressive Ballard restaurant

Geekwire | September 4, 2016
Coding apprenticeships at Seattle Central help fill the tech talent gap

Seattle Times | August 28, 2016
Sound Transit to increase light rail service at beginning of academic year

Crosscut | August 24, 2016
President Edwards Lange nominated for public service award

The Seattle Times | July 30, 2016
Seattle Maritime expanding to train mariners for growing opportunity

Seattle Magazine | July 29, 2016
Apparel alum and Neiman Marcus exec talks about style influences

The Seattle Times | July 26, 2016
Seattle Culinary students contribute to 'Burning Beast' food festival

KOMO | July 21, 2016
Seattle Maritime Academy preparing next generation of mariners

KTVN (PRWEB) | July 15, 2016
Sustainable roof tops new Seattle Maritime Academy building

The AACC 21st Century Center | July 14, 2016
Seattle Central preparing tomorrow's IT workers

The Seattle Times | July 7, 2016
College to offer coding apprenticeships to train workers for tech industry

The Capitol Hill Times | July 6, 2016
Photographer’s Two Lives Converge At Seattle Central Exhibit

KUOW | July 2, 2016
Somali mother and student gives back to community

Inside Higher Ed | June 24, 2016
Prisoners to Get 'Second Chance Pell' through Seattle Central

The Capitol Hill Times | June 24, 2016
Seattle Central providing education to prisoners through Pell Grant pilot

The Seattle Times | June 23, 2016
Pilot program funds state inmates’ pursuit of college degrees

Northwest Asian Weekly| June 23, 2016
Graduates celebrated at Benaroya Hall

The Capitol Hill Times | June 22, 2016
Affordable arts venues at Seattle Central

Mukilteo Beacon| June 21, 2016
Alum launches sculpture exhibition in Everett

The Stranger | June 21, 2016
Instructor Daudi Abe on 'a black life that almost mattered'

Forbes | June 18, 2016
Seattle Central takes innovative approach to medical marijuana education


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From Seattle Central student to Harvard professor: This distinguished alum leads the way

Harvard professor. World–renowned research scientist and scholar. Published author. Those are just a few of the accomplishments of Dr. Katie Hinde, 34. Now she can add another honor to this list: she is the recipient of Seattle Central’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. That’s right, Katie’s stratospheric rise to the heights of academia and science began right here, first as a high school student in the Running Start program, and then in the College Transfer program.

How did Seattle Central contribute to her success? “It was just an incredible atmosphere in which to learn,” Katie says. “The students, the faculty, the small classes, and being able to study such riveting topics as anthropology, sociology and Shakespeare. The quality of instruction is equal to any that I have experienced elsewhere.”

It was anthropology that turned out to be her true passion. She transferred from Seattle Central to the University of Washington, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She continued her studies at UCLA, earning master’s and doctoral degrees in the same field, and completed her post-doctoral training in neuroscience at the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Katie is now an assistant professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, a position she has held since 2011. She is an expert on mammal lactation, where she investigates how variations in mother’s milk and behavioral care influence infants into adulthood. As part of this research, Katie directs Harvard’s Comparative Lactation Lab, and her findings have been reported in National Geographic and The New York Times, as well as in prestigious academic journals.

“My goal is to do cutting–edge science that improves people’s lives. I want to provide answers to questions about mother’s milk, and provide mothers better information about this amazing fluid.” she says.

That Katie is conducting this research and teaching at arguably one of the most prestigious universities in the world is nothing short of a spectacular achievement, especially given her upbringing. She grew up in a poor but close–knit family in a rural community on Vashon Island. It was art and music, not science and math, which occupied her family.

Her father, Jim Hinde, was a folk singer and a street performer in Pike Place Market for many years. His funeral several years ago drew hundreds of people and earned front–page coverage in the local media. “My father would definitely be proud of where I am today, yet he was always trying to get me to take creative writing classes. It’s not often that the scientist is the black sheep of the family,” Katie says with a laugh.

Although she works 3,000 miles away in Boston, she is back in Seattle regularly, and recently visited campus for the first time since she was a student, in the late nineties. “This place is really special,” she said. “I had some great memories here. Sharing classrooms and conversations with fellow students from all walks of life was foundational to my development. The opportunities that students have here are just incredible.”

“It’s fantastic that Katie could go from our transfer program to attain a high level of scientific achievement at Harvard. I think she would agree that her education at Seattle Central helped her travel such an immensely successful career path,” says Pete Knutson, her anthropology instructor at Seattle Central.

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