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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?
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Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator – Conservation Northwest

Conversation Northwest LogoOutreach Coordinator
Seattle WA

Conservation Northwest, http://www.conservationnw.org, has a 26‐year track record of success protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands and ancient forest across the Pacific Northwest. We champion the recovery of our region’s most iconic wildlife including wolves, wolverines, fisher, lynx, mountain caribou and grizzly bears.

Through tenacious yet pragmatic advocacy, on-the-ground science and diverse collaborations, we aim to connect the big landscapes, protect the most vulnerable wildlife, and conserve our natural heritage for future generations. We’re keeping the Northwest wild because clean air and water, pristine forests, mountains, and other wildlands, resilient and connected natural ecosystems—it all adds up to a better quality of life in our region.

Job Description
Conservation Northwest is looking for an organized, motivated, locally well-connected, and outgoing person to join our 18-person staff to advance wildlife and habitat conservation in northeast Washington. The Outreach Coordinator will focus on broadening support and awareness, and foster problem-solving and dialogue among civic leaders and organizations, tribal representatives, elected and agency officials, and other members of the public. Must be able to work independently, and maintain tight coordination and communication with the Conservation Northwest staff in Twisp, Bellingham, and Seattle. Team leadership and management skills will be beneficial.

Duties:
Manage outreach operations supporting conservation program objectives;
Maintain contacts with public officials, tribal representatives, and the press;
Represent Conservation Northwest on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, and other forums;
Build relationships and maintain communications at local levels to enhance public awareness and support;
Develop materials (fact sheets, website content, articles, alerts, talking points);
Organize and manage events, hikes, fundraisers, and other activities;
Mobilize supporters in northeast Washington as needed;
Supervise and manage interns and volunteers.

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Job Opportunity: Writing Associate – Create Graphics for Environmental Issues – The Public Interest Network

The Public Interest Network LogoWriting Associate: Create Graphics for Environmental Issues
The Public Interest Network
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Website: http://publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/writing-associate-public-interest-grfx

Writing Associate for Public Interest GRFX

Do you believe the power of story, image and design can help change the world?

Of course you do. That’s why you’re reading this. You probably care about global warming, fracking, the corruption of politics by billionaires and Super PACs, and any number of other issues, too.

So what’s the Public Interest Network?
We’re a nationwide network of nonprofit groups dedicated to bringing people together in the fight for a greener America, a more democratic America, and a government that works for all of us, not just powerful corporations.

If this sounds slightly ambitious, that’s because it is. Do you share that kind of ambition? Do you have the talent and work ethic to back it up? Great! Apply for a job with Public Interest GRFX.

The Job
Public Interest GRFX is the in-house communications team for the Public Interest Network. We inform and motivate people so we can build the people power it takes to overcome powerful special interests and fix the urgent problems we’re facing as a society. To do that, we tell our stories in ways that connect with people—intellectually, emotionally, politically—and motivate them to join the fight for a better world.

That’ll be your job. As a writer, you’ll tell these stories through many different channels, including newsletters, direct mail, educational brochures, canvassing materials, and more.

In short, we’re building a movement. And we want you to be one of its storytellers.

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WIN 2016 Course: Water Is Life – Water, Health, and Ecosystem Services among American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIS 375 A)

Water Is Life: Water, Health, and Ecosystem Services among American Indians and Alaskan Natives
AIS 375 A, SLN 21716
I&S, NW available for students who contact AIS adviser Elissa Washuta (elissaw@uw.edu)
5 credits
Tu/Th 3:30 – 5:20 pm
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay

At the completion of this class, you will understand the connections between tribal water security, culture and health among Indigenous communities in the United States. The class will also discuss the importance of self-determination for tribal and indigenous communities that are struggling to meet their community’s water security needs. Other topics will include water policies, water scarcity, hauling practices, fish consumption rates, ocean acidification, dam removal and Gold King Mine spill, which you will learn about via class and guest lectures, readings, short essay writings, group discussions, and by delivering short PowerPoint presentations. You will also participate in a community project to support tribal water security efforts in the United States. This class will have a course fee ($30).

Internship Opportunity: Conservation Public Policy Intern – National Wild Turkey Federation

National Wild Turkey Federation LogoNATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Location: Edgefield , South Carolina
Website: http://nwtf.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-715297.html?jb=3&
Category: Policy And Law

The Conservation Public Policy Intern will assist NWTF’s professional staff in researching and promoting public policy priorities affecting wildlife and habitat management, forestry, hunting and other conservation and sportsmen’s issues. The Intern will be responsible for monitoring and tracking legislation, conducting research and developing briefing documents to inform the NWTF’s position on proposed public policy, and prepping internal and external marketing materials. The Intern will work closely with the Director of Lands and Policy and Conservation Programs Department Directors and Program Managers on public policy efforts at the Federal and State level.

Duties:
• Researching wildlife conservation and management, forestry, and hunting policy issues
• Preparing background information for use in testimony, letters, or comments
• Developing and writing policy related fact sheets, briefs, and action alerts
• Monitoring and tracking key legislative priorities
• Develop state / district level fact sheets about NWTF accomplishments and priorities
• Support NWTF’s state and federal conservation initiatives

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WIN 2016 Courses in Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies – M,W, F, 12:30p–1:20p. 5 credits. Instructors: Kristi Straus and Elizabeth Wheat. Learn about current environmental challenges and responses, from climate change to social justice, in a local and global context.

ENVIR 250: Research Methods for Environmental Studies – M, W, F, 1:30p–2:30p. 5 credits. Instructors: Tim Billo and Yen-Chu Weng. Pre-req: ENVIR 100. Get experience with data collection and apply it to an environmental lens. Course details: Get introduced to various data collection methods in order to understand complex environmental issues. Case studies help illustrate research design processes, and introduce key methods of data collection and analysis relevant to the problem.

ENVIR 439 Attaining a Sustainable Society – M, W, 10:30a–12:20p. 3 credits. Instructor: Elizabeth WheatExplore how food, energy and policy movements are moving our society towards a more sustainable future and identify impediments to achieving a sustainable society. Freshmen can enroll w/ instructor permission.

ENVIR 480: Sustainability Studio – T, Th, 12:30p–1:20p. 5 credits. Instructor: Ashley Blazina. Focus on the different aspects of green purchasing at UW and industry-wide. Course details: Examine the current criteria used to asses the “greenness” of a company, what aspects may be missing, the sustainability of purchasing local vs. regional and internationally, what industries (fashion, energy) are the current biggest polluters, and which are the “greenest” and the sustainability of UW’s many branches of purchasing. In addition to class lectures, guest speakers and field trips, students will work for an outside client on a community-based project related to green purchasing, either on the UW campus or in the Seattle region.

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