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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: Managing Editor – Natural Areas Association Natural Areas Journal

Natural Areas Association (NAA) LogoNatural Areas Association
Natural Areas Journal Managing Editor Job Description

Position: Managing Editor
Status: This is an hourly contracted (non-employee) position requiring an average time commitment of 30 hours/month
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Managing Editor’s current location
Compensation: Dependent on experience

General Description
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is seeking a Managing Editor (ME) for the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ). This contracted, part-time position averages 30 hours/month (the hours/week will vary) and will formally begin in mid-late June 2016 (or as soon as filled). The Managing Editor will work from their current location. The current ME and/or production manager will be available to facilitate a smooth transition, and to ensure continuity and the ongoing success of the NAJ.

Natural Areas Journal Background The NAJ is the NAA’s flagship publication. The Journal provides a forum for communication among persons involved in the identification, preservation, protection, and management of natural areas and elements of biological diversity. The NAJ focus is on nature preserves, natural areas, state or national parks, rare and endangered species, land preservation, and practical approaches to natural areas work. The Journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, fire ecology, natural areas identification, natural areas programs and conservation ethics.

The Journal is published quarterly and is available in hardcopy and online to NAA members. A sample issue can be viewed online via the NAA website, naturalareas.org (you may contact the NAA for guest online access or to request a sample hardcopy at info@naturalareas.org). More information is available on the NAA website: www.naturalareas.org.

Each issue averages 100-120 pages and generally contains 10-12 articles, plus editorial content and 5 book reviews. The managing editor (a contracted position) is responsible for all tasks involved in the development/production of the Journal that occur after manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and accepted by the editor, up to the time of transmittal to the Production Manager, who is responsible for the design/layout of the issue and sending the print-ready files to the printer, Allen Press.

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SUM 2016 Environmental Studies Courses

Program on the Environment LogoENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts

3/5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus – Full-term – Counts for I&S/NW – No pre-reqs.
  • Present frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action.
  • Examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy.
  • Take inspiration from No Impact Man and participate in your own experimental lifestyle activities to examine your sustainability footprint.

ENVIR 495 B: The Nature Essay – NEW COURSE

5 credits – Ned Schaumberg – Full-term – No pre-reqs.
  • Explore the genre of the nature essay through reading, analysis and engagement with the natural world.
  • Examine famous and impactful texts by Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez and Henry David Thoreau; pick apart the texts, see what makes them work, and then create your own compelling nature writing!
  • Produce inspiring nature essays in a workshop style class and learn how writing can galvanize environmental movements.

ENVIR 495 D: Trash: Environmental & Social Justice Impacts of Waste – NEW COURSE

3 credits – Frederica Helmiere – B-Term – Required field trip.
  • Learn more about American waste production and disposal; where does it go? Who does it impact?
  • Explore trans-boundary dumping and the environmental, economic and ethical costs of waste in this country.
  • Examine the history and current state of American waste through an eco-justice lens.

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SPR 2016 Course: Topics in Bioethics (B H 201)

B H 201, Topics in Bioethics (SLN#10980)
Spring quarter course for freshmen & sophomores as well as all undergrads
Tuesdays, 2:30-4:20, 109 Condon Hall
Course Chair: Dr. Erika Blacksher, Bioethics & Humanities

2 cr hybrid course, guest lecturers, lecture/discussion forma, readings, weekly quizes

ethics | biology | medicine | life sciences | biotechnology | politics | law | philosophy

DEFINITION OF BIOETHICS: a discipline dealing with the ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine

Why did the field of bioethics develop and how has it changed over time? This 200-level (blended online/in class) course addresses these questions, introducing freshmen and sophomores to major topics in clinical, research, and population health ethics as well as to methods of ethical analysis. Lectures and class activities begin with the events that prompted the birth of bioethics and move on to staple issues of informed consent, end-of-life care, resource allocation in health care, clinical and genomic research, and public health
ethics. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with core and affiliate bioethics faculty with a diverse range of scholarly expertise and to learn more about the bioethics minor.

This course is a hybrid online course, with at least 50% of content conveyed online in some form. This will include online “mini-lectures” students will watch and weekly online quizzes that students will take to test their knowledge of the lectures and readings. Weekly class assignments and activities may take place in the classroom or online or some combination thereof, as specified by the instructor.

WIN 2016 Course: Research Ethics (PHIL 200)

PHIL 241 Topics in Ethics: Research Ethics
TTh 11:30-12:50 plus a F quiz section (11:30-12:20 or 12:30-1:20)
5 credits
I&S/VLPA, Optional “W” credit

Is there research that scientists shouldn’t do?

  • Are scientists responsible for harm caused by their research?
  • What role do (or should) social values play in science?
  • Can risks to animal or human subjects can be justified in the name of science?
  • What does scientific fraud teach us about research integrity?
  • How do scientists navigate the conflicting demands of funding agencies, industry, stakeholders, and their own research communities?
  • Should scientists play an active role in policy debates that depend on the results of their research?

Every aspect of our lives is affected by scientific research. Most of us will be research subjects at one time or another; all of us are affected by science-based policies; our everyday-lives have been transformed by the results of scientific research – in good and bad ways

Event: MEDIC Meeting (11/18/15)

MEDIC LogoOn Wednesday, November 18th from 5:00 to 6:30, MEDIC will be holding a meeting in Health Sciences T-wing room 359 where they will lead a discussion on Pharmaceutical Patents:

Navigating the Health Sciences building can be tricky. Enter through the main T wing entrance (bridge across Pacific St) and take the stairs down the to the third floor.

Bring your friends! Snacks will be provided!

University of Washington Student Organization
Affiliated with Bioethics and Humanities