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Lecture Series: Genomics Salon

Happy new year! We’re excited to bring you another set of Genomics Salon discussions for winter quarter. The first one will be this Thursday, January 5, at 4:30pm in Foege S-110, on the topic “Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context.” Take a look at our upcoming schedule of events below, check out our website and twitter, and like our Facebook page. As always, snacks and drinks will be provided, and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome. See you there!
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XI: Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context
Alice Popejoy (Public Health Genetics) and Joanne Woiak (Disability Studies)
Even as genomics technologies become more powerful, their focus remains heavily on individuals of European descent – a disparity with deep historical and cultural roots.  This session will discuss scientific and philosophical issues that relate to the under-representation of minority populations in genomics research, with a particular focus on recruitment and population genetics in the context of historical and modern-day eugenics. What concepts of genetics, race, and identity contributed to the development of past eugenic ideologies? How do the shadow of eugenics and the historic underrepresentation of certain populations continue to affect the practice of genetics and biomedicine today?
Thursday January 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XII: The next four years: science and environmental policy under the Trump administration
*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* The inauguration of Donald Trump promises changes in US science and environmental policy. This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science and environmental policy priorities are set at the local and national level, and to ask how scientists can participate in policy-making and advocacy. Scott Spencer, a graduate student at the Evans School, studies science policy; Sarah Myhre, a postdoc in oceanology, writes about the role of climate scientists in reaching out to the public; Susanna Priest, editor of Science Communication, has recently finished a book on communicating climate change.
Thursday February 2, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIII: Science and responsibility
Hannah Gelman (Genome Sciences) and Doug Fowler (Genome Sciences)
The pace of scientific and technological progress can be bewildering. Recent developments in diverse fields such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy highlight the possibility of conflict between scientific research and public opinion. In this session, we will discuss the role of scientists in advancing and/or regulating scientific research and innovation, especially when this research may “run ahead” of public understanding or comfort. What factors should influence the development of a field, and who should be involved in evaluating them? Furthermore, in a rapidly evolving field, is it possible to effectively evaluate, let alone regulate, future applications?
Thursday February 16, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIV: CSI Genomics
Sarah Hilton (Genome Sciences) and Murial Moore (The Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at UW Law)
Genomic technologies have become powerful tools in criminal court, with DNA sequencing routinely used to identify or exonerate suspects, but the role of scientific evidence in court is not always straightforward. This session will explore how science and law intersect in the form of forensic genetic technologies. What is the role of scientists as expert witnesses, and how is scientific uncertainty interpreted in a legal context? How does the nature of evidence change when genetic methods move from a research to legal context?
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XV: Genomics, representation, and equity
Aaron Wolf (Genome Sciences) and James Pfeiffer (Global Health)
*Note that this session will be held on a Wednesday.* Recent large-scale initiatives in genome sequencing have aimed to expand genomic analysis to diverse global populations. With more data, the thinking goes, the genomic medicine can cover and benefit historically underrepresented groups. This session will examine issues of representation and equity in genomic medicine. Who benefits from the “mining” of genomic data? Does this turn in genomic medicine mark a new age in global health, or a new wave of colonialism?

Job Opportunity: Science Communication Program Manager – Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) (Application Deadline: 08/12/16)

Chesapeake Environmental Communications LogoScience Communication Program Manager Position Announcement
Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) is looking for a motivated and talented Science Communication Program Manager (SciComm Program Manager) to join our growing
team. CEC specializes in connecting science to decision-making processes. We create broadly
understandable science content, custom tools and visualizations, and strategic project
management and facilitation. Our work focuses on coastal and ocean resource management,
environmental education, and eco & heritage tourism in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

The SciComm Program Manager will assist principal staff in project development, management
and execution. He/she will synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific information and
prepare reports on findings; work and communicate with a wide range of audiences; and manage multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines. The successful applicant must be a self-motivated, outgoing, and creative thinker, with the ability to
communicate effectively through content and graphic development.

This position offers the opportunity to delve into key issues related to the intersection between
society and marine/coastal resources, including climate change and sea level rise, water quality,
habitat restoration and protection, fisheries management, and more. The SciComm Program
Manager will work with regional experts and leaders to translate science to broad audiences and produce products that provide long-term benefits.

This is a full-time position located within our Richmond, Virginia office. CEC provides the
necessary hardware and software and a competitive benefits plan. Additionally, CEC provides
professional development and networking opportunities.

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Job Opportunity: Classroom Presenter/Environmental Educator – King and Snohomish Counties

Triangle Associates LogoTriangle Associates Inc., a small environmental consulting firm, is looking for a dependable and enthusiastic educator to present classroom programs for grades 1-12. Presenters will teach multiple classes per day within a school, providing 45-60 minute workshops per classroom. The work will be in King and Snohomish Counties. We are seeking candidates looking for a position with a flexible schedule and interested in presenting anywhere from 2-5 days/week.

Note: We are hiring for the 2016-2017 school year. Please send a letter of interest and resume with the email subject line “Classroom Presenter/Environmental Educator” to employment@triangleassociates.com or fax to 206-382-0669. No phone calls please. Applicants residing in Snohomish County are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Minimum one year of experience working with students ages 6-18 (teaching in a classroom setting preferred).
  • Excellent classroom management skills and ability to work under pressure in a school setting. Able to adapt teaching style for various ages and learning styles.
  • Voice projection, improvisational skills, and know-how to present information in an engaging and hands-on manner.
  • Basic background knowledge of and interest in learning more about environmental issues such as water conservation and pollution prevention, renewable energy, climate change, recycling, and waste reduction (helpful but not required).
  • Excellent organizational and self-managing skills.
  • Clear, written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail.
  • Creativity and energy with students!

For more information, see the full job posting.

Lecture: Dynamics of Disbelief – Science, Society and Social Welfare (03/01/16)

Naomi Oreskes PhotoDynamics of Disbelief: Science, Society and Social Welfare
Naomi Oreskes Lecture

Tuesday, Mar  1 2016, at  7:30
Kane Hall, Room 120

Scientists have known for a century that human activities had the potential to disrupt the Earth’s climate system. In the early 1960s, they began to bring this message first to political leaders, and then to the American people at large. When the issue was discussed in the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s, none of his advisors doubted that the claim was true, they only wondered what if anything should be done about it. But as the science coalesced, and a forecast became a fact, disbelief set in. This talk examines the history and dynamics of climate science disbelief, and its implications for society and the common good.

For more info, see http://www.grad.washington.edu/lectures/naomi-oreskes.shtml

SPR 2016 Course: One Health – Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (ENV H 439/539)

ENV H 439/539 – One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment

What is One Health?
Emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, West Nile Virus, and avian/swine influenza have focused attention on infectious diseases that cross between animals and human beings; many of these diseases are manifestations of important environmental changes related to land use, climate change, intensification of food production, and other factors. Therefore, preventing such diseases must involve creating and maintaining healthy environments. Other environmental health risks that may be shared by human beings and animals include toxicants, allergens, and psychosocial issues. Working to improve such environments is a complex process that involves both professionals and communities.

In ENV H 439/539, students will explore the One Health concept, through a case based approach. Topics include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals, animals as sentinels of environmental hazards, the human-animal bond, and the comparison of spontaneous diseases between human and animals. Includes two optional field trips.

Prerequisites – BIOL 180 or equivalent. Interested students who have not completed BIOL 180 should contact Trina Sterry tsterry@uw.edu

ENV H 439 SPR 2016 Flyer

SPR 2016 Course: Indigenous Sustainability Science – Applying Western and Native Sciences to Restore and Reconnect to the Environment (AIS 475 C)

AIS 475 C: Indigenous Sustainability Science: Applying Western and Native Sciences to Restore and Reconnect to the Environment
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay
Weds & Fri 3:30 – 5:20 pm
5 credits I&S, NW (email native@uw.edu for NW credit)

This newly offered class will have an interdisciplinary focus on how tribes and tribal partners are managing human-environmental systems, and incorporating indigenous knowledge and western science into their stewardship practices. We will also explore some of the most pressing environmental issues faced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

This course will provide several 2-hour seminar style classes where students will examine reading assignments, and participate in discussions. The remaining class meetings will consist of fieldwork to help carry out ecological restoration projects. Students will better understand definitions of sustainability, have a greater appreciation for human connections with ecosystems, be able to identify indigenous stewardship methods, and understand how some tribes are addressing environmental and climate change concerns.

This course is open to grad and undergrad students. Those students who are interested must email the instructor, Clarita Lefthand-Begay, for an add code (clarita@uw.edu). A draft of the schedule is available here: http://claritalb.org/ais475C/. Also, here are some photos from last year’s class: http://claritalb.org/edu/photos/

There are 3 field trips organized in this class. Trip #2 is required, but students can choose between Trip #1 or #3.
Field trip #1: April 21-22: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation​ ​
Field trip #2: April 28-29: Rain gardens ​and phytoremediation ​
101 in Seattle neighborhood (LOCAL)
Field trip #3: May 4-5: Plant Center on the Elwha​ ​

For other details see the attached flyer and the AIS website: https://ais.washington.edu/courses/2016/spring/ais/475/c

AIS 475 SPR 2016 Flyer

SPR 2016 Environmental Studies Courses

Program on the Environment LogoENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies

5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus and Dr. Yen-Chu Weng – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Core – Open to all majors. Great intro for Freshmen and Sophomores who are exploring environmental majors.
  • Learn about contemporary environmental challenges and responses, including topics on climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and natural resource management. 
  • Recognize the complexity in environmental issues and our connections to these issues at multiple scales, from local to global. Participate in a dynamic and unique learning experience with an interdisciplinary teaching team. 
  • Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing assignments, a team project, and a public poster presentation.

ENVIR 240: The Urban Farm

5 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors. Freshmen and Sophomores encouraged!
  • Terrific hands-on course in urban farming. Develop your understanding of urban and peri-urban farming practices and learn more about the UW Farm and food production techniques in urban settings.
  • Gain a working knowledge of plants and soil growing techniques. Learn what soils are best suited for garden plants, get your hands dirty, learn about plant diseases and ecological approaches to pest control.

ENVIR 280: Natural History of the Puget Sound

5 credits – Tim Billo – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors.
  • Explore and understand the landscape of Western Washington and the species that inhabit it. Take an integrated look at climate, geomorphology and vegetation through a natural and social science lens. 
  • Connect to nature and gain valuable hands-on field experience. Students will go on field trips to the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey Island and the east slopes of the Cascades and identify indicator species for different habitats.
  • Hone observation skills with weekly journaling and study of Washington habitats and species.

ENVIR 300: Analysis of Environmental Cases

3 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW – Pre-reqs: ENVIR 100, ENVIR 200, ENVIR 250.
  • Use natural and social sciences to address environmental issues. Learn to use data to inform how environmental decisions are made.
  • Review environmental cases. Dive deep into the sociocultural, socioeconomic and ecological contexts of environmental decisions and understand how and why facts can be critical in addressing environmental problems.

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