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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?

Career Event: International Students and Employment Pathways (12/01/16)

Foster School of Business Certificate of International Studies in BusinessInternational Students and Employment Pathways

Would you like to learn about options for working in the US after graduation from experts in immigration law?  If so, come hear from immigration lawyers about how to prepare!  You will learn about:

  • Employment-based visas
  • Talent and skills-based visas
  • Investment-based visas
  • Optional Practical Training

What:  International Students and Employment Pathways

When:  Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Paccar Hall, Room 392

Who:  U.S. Immigration Lawyers Peng & Weber and UW International Student Adviser Megan Serenco

Contact:  cisb@uw.edu/206-543-5985

Open to all UW students.

Sponsored by the Certificate of International Studies in Business Program, Foster School of Business

Graduate School Event: UW Master of Jurisprudence Information Session (04/20/16)

The University of Washington School of Law’s Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) Program is hosting an Admissions Information Session at William H. Gates Hall on April 20th.

During this session, we will be providing information about this innovative Master’s degree program and inform candidates about the application process.

If you would like to find out more about UW School of Law’s Master of Jurisprudence degree program, please join us to learn more and meet our faculty.

Our upcoming session is Wednesday, April 20 6:00-7:00 PM in William H. Gates Hall, Room 116.

Please RSVP to the MJ program if you would like to attend. We look forward to meeting you!

Master of Jurisprudence Info Session Flyer April 2016

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.

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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Career Center Workshops & Events Calendar for Fall Quarter 2015

UW Career Center LogoI’ve attached the UW Career Center’s career related workshops and events schedule for the quarter. Also attached are the workshop descriptions.

Career Center Print Calendar AUT 2015

Career Center Workshop Descriptions 8-20-15

AUT 2015 Course: Climate Change, Justice, & the Law (LSJ 490C)

Space Available in Autumn Interdisciplinary Course on Climate Change Justice!

Autumn 15 Course LSJ 490C Climate Change, Justice, & the Law
Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in any major
Grad students by permission, email lsjadv@uw.edu
No pre-requisites
SLN 17061
Tues/Thurs 1:30-3:20
I&S + Optional Writing Credit
Instructor: Brandon Derman

Recent insights from the physical and social sciences make clear that climate change poses novel issues of environmental and social justice. It is also clear that, together with the economic implications of mitigation, these issues lie at the heart of the stalemate in international and domestic efforts for climate regulation.This course will examine efforts for “climate justice” that mobilize law and rights. We will use these efforts to better understand key aspects of legality, rights consciousness, and struggles for justice in light of the increasingly apparent connections between nature and society, and between humans across the globe.