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Lecture Series: Spring 2017 Genomics Salon

See below for a schedule of Spring Quarter Genomics Salon activities.

Thursday April 6, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XVI: Science communication in the age of social media
April Lo (Genome Sciences) and Orlando de Lange (Electrical Engineering)
Twitter, facebook, youtube and reddit – more ways than ever to communicate your science, and also more ways to get trolled, ignored and echo-chambered. How successfully are scientists navigating these new and potentially treacherous waters?

Thursday April 13, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XVII: Science communication: Life on the front lines 
Jen McCreight (Genome Sciences), Michelle Ma (UW Today), Sabrina Richards (FHCRC)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium.* This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science is and should be communicated to the public, with an emphasis on written media, and asks how scientists can get involved. Jennifer McCreight, a recent Genome Sciences graduate, has blogged as The Blag Hag and at The Jenome. Michelle Ma is the assistant director of UW Office of News and Information. Sabrina Richards is a science news writer at the Fred Hutch.

Wednesday April 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XVIII: Translating infectious-disease research into public policy
Marc Lipsitch (Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* Influenza can cause global pandemics when strains from birds or pigs make the jump into humans. Although many scientists are working predict which strains might cause future pandemics, gaps in our knowledge of influenza biology substantially limit our predictive abilities. This session will explore the extent that we can rely on these predictions to guide public-health policy. What level of certainty, and about what, do decision makers need to enact costly preventative measures such as poultry culling or vaccine stockpiling? Some experiments on non-human influenza that aim to refine these predictions can also pose a threat to public health (e.g., if these strains are accidentally released from the lab). We will also discuss ethical considerations behind this kind of dual-use research on infectious diseases.

Thursday April 27, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIX: Science advocacy
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Elyse Hope (Genome Sciences)
Scientists are in the news and taking to the streets. Should we lean into this politicization or resist it? Should we advocate for scientific results or the scientific process? And where does science communication end and advocacy begin?

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 5:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XX: Movie night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium, on a Wednesday, at 5:30pm.* Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.

Thursday evenings May 4, 11, 18, and Saturday afternoon June 10
Workshops: Science communication streams
Bryce Taylor (TALK), Katherine Xue (WRITE), and Orlando de Lange (CONNECT)
This month-long workshop series will explore three modes of science communication: TALKWRITE, and CONNECT. In the TALK stream, participants will workshop presentations for a variety of informal settings. In the WRITE stream, participants will produce a piece of writing that creatively and critically approaches scientific concepts. In the CONNECT stream, participants will explore how new technologies and innovations are democratizing the process of science. The workshops will culminate in a half-day session on Saturday, June 10, which will also feature a special plenary session on science activism (Hannah Gelman, GS). Check out the full syllabus for each workshop here, and sign up here by April 4 to have the best chance of securing a spot.

Job Opportunity: Communications Officer – Environment America

Environment America LogoCommunications Officer

Environment America seeks a Communications Officer to build the organization’s brand in the public and among opinion leaders, spearhead its national media outreach strategy, write and edit media materials, and build relationships with reporters and bloggers.

About Environment America
Environment America is an advocacy group that tackles tough environmental problems – from fracking and the climate crisis to protecting our prized natural landscapes ensuring clean water to drink for all Americans.

Through grassroots campaigns, research reports, news conferences, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we’re mobilizing public support for the environment, promoting sensible solutions, and winning tangible results.

The changes Environment America has championed and won in Washington, D.C., and more than 25 states are reducing global warming pollution, creating more solar and wind power, sparing our parks and forests from fracking, keeping beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protecting our wildlife and wild places.

We have offices in 20+ states, with members in all 50 giving us a strong and broad base of grassroots support and action and a track record of local and state victories, all of which have set the stage for even bigger accomplishments on the national level.


  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support campaigns to get the nation to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy; to ensure clean water; to take the next steps in the fight against global warming; to protect our special landscapes and more.
  • Organize, promote and participate in news conferences, telepressers, media breakfasts, and similar, and write associated opinion media, press releases and statements.
  • Write edit and pitch rapid-response press releases, statements and social media content on a wide variety of issues and campaigns as needed.
  • Develop and deepen relationships with reporters, bloggers, and opinion writers through face to face meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence. Respond to media inquiries. Maintain a up-to-date database of top national reporters.
  • Work with program directors to write and post regular blogs on Huffington post, Medium, Environment America’s website, and other media.
  • Track media coverage and reach into key outlets, and adapt strategies to grow and improve coverage results over time
  • Coordinate with digital campaigners to guide creation of compelling online content, including photos, videos and infographics.
  • Develop a twitter following of at least 500 and follow and interact with 300+ national reporters.

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WIN 2016 Course: Environmental Communication, Messaging & Outreach (ENVIR 495F)

How do journalists decide the environmental stories they write? How do advocates walk the line between “truth” and propaganda?
Is a picture really worth a thousand words and can the right picture help produce positive environmental change? What’s Twitter all about and how can I use it professionally?

These questions will be addressed in ENVIR 495F: Environmental Communication, Messaging & Outreach with instructor P. Sean McDonald. Register for his course, have fun, learn!

Course details:
ENVIR 495F: Environmental Communication, Messaging & Outreach
TTh 3:30p–4:50p
3 credits

Open to ALL majors (and counts towards Perspectives Human & Social Dimensions for Environmental Studies majors).

Learn how to put communications theory into practice and listen to guest speakers who are communications professionals. Focus on individual networking and marketing, presentation skills, and professional environmental communication for science, policy, advocacy, and business.

Job Opportunity: Ocean Advocate – Oceana

Oceana LogoOcean Advocate
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Website: http://www.oceana.org

Oceana, an international conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, is seeking a government relations professional for its Responsible Fishing and Seafood Fraud Campaigns. Oceana achieves measurable change by conducting fact-based advocacy campaigns with clearly articulated goals.

The Ocean Advocate reports to Oceana’s senior director for federal policy and works with the Responsible Fishing Campaign and Seafood Fraud Campaign teams to achieve Oceana’s policy goals. The Ocean Advocate will lead the campaign’s advocacy with Congress and the executive branch, working closely with the science, legal, communications, and development teams, and may also assist in fulfilling other organizational objectives. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Occasional travel is required.

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Event: Upcoming Scholarship Info Sessions

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Information Session   Campus Application Deadline: Tues., Nov. 10, 2015
National Application Deadline: January 22, 2016, 5pm Central Time
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/241

  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Roomc
  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships – National Application Deadline November 1st
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/227

  • 4:00-4:50, Tuesday, Sept 30, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 5:00-5:50, Tuesday, October 6, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 2:30-3:20, Thursday, October 8, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Harry S. Truman Scholarship  Campus Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
National Application Deadline: February 2, 2016
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/137 

  • 3:30-4:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, 2015, MGH 173Q Team Room
  • 3:30 – 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Morris K & Stewart Udall Scholarship  Campus Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
National Application Deadline:  March 2, 2016
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/143

  • 1:30 – 2:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Job Opportunity: SFUSD Marine Science Teacher – Seven Tepees Youth Program

Seven Tepees Youth Program LogoAgency Description:
Seven Tepees Youth Program is a non-profit, community based organization that provides comprehensive youth development and college access services to over 800 inner-city youth annually through two programs: The Learning Center and The College & Career Program.
Our Learning Center works with middle and high school students for a period of seven years spanning middle school through high school graduation offering academic support and guidance, college & career advising, environmental education, mentoring, job training and counseling. Our College & Career Program includes College & Career centers at Mission High School, John O’Connell High School and International Studies Academy. Support services include college advising, scholarship assistance, test preparation and college application assistance.

Seven Tepees is dedicated to working with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices and to create their own opportunities for success. Founded in 1995 by retired Juvenile Justice Daniel Weinstein and Native American healer Hully Fetico, Seven Tepees began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees one representing each continent of the world.

WAVES Program Description:
Through a collaborative effort of Seven Tepees Youth Program, the Gulf of the National Marine Sanctuary and Mission High School, the Watershed Advocacy Via Environmental Science (WAVES) program is offered this summer for Seven Tepees youth and Mission High School students who will be entering 10th grade in the fall of 2015. In previous years, students have earned 5 Marine Science credits for WAVES as well as a stipend of up to $500 for successful completion of the 6 weeks.

WAVES Program Includes:
● 2 weeks of classroom instruction at Mission High School
● 2 weeks of research at the Gulf of the Farallones Research Pier at Crissy Field,
● 1 week summer exploration and field trips.
● 1 week of teach-backs to middle school students at the Seven Tepees Learning Center.

Position Description:
The SFUSD teacher will serve as the primary teacher of record for the WAVES summer program and design and update a 2 week-long classroom curriculum that compliments the WAVES program goals of watershed advocacy and environmental education. Prior curriculum is available upon request. Class instruction will take place Monday-Friday, from 10
a.m.-3: 30 p.m. in a laboratory classroom at Mission High School. After the 2 weeks of instruction, June 8-19th, the teacher is invited to participate in additional WAVES activities as available and appropriate.

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Job Opportunity: River Education Coordinator – South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) LogoJob Title: River Education Coordinator
Reports To: River Science Manager
Company: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)
Location: Nevada City, CA
Website: http://www.yubariver.org
Apply to: rachel@syrcl.org
Job Type: Paid Job
Job Status: Part-time, Variable

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a watershed conservation organization, is located in Nevada City, CA. Founded in 1983, SYRCL unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River. With more than 3,500 active members, donors, and volunteers, SYRCL implements our River Science, River People, River Advocacy, River Education, and Wild & Scenic Film Festival programs with substantial community support and involvement.

SYRCL’s River Education Program aims to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards and lifelong advocates of the Yuba River watershed. The program primarily targets K-12 students, with additional opportunities for life-long learners. The River Education Coordinator will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program.

SYRCL’s active education programs include: water conservation school programs and assemblies; Salmon Tours rafting and walking trips; a science-based summer field program; and school programs associated with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The program aims to align all of its curricula and programs with current California and national science standards. The River Education Coordinator will develop curricula, work collaboratively with local teachers and the SYRCL River Education Committee, and work with part-time contractors to implement education programs.

The River Education Coordinator will be supervised by SYRCL’s River Science Manager. The position requires a flexible schedule due to the seasonal nature of education programs. The required number of hours per week will vary. The term of employment is one year, with possible extension subject to funding.

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