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Events: Genomics Salons

I hope you can join us for this summer’s Genomics Salons! The next salon will be on Thursday, July 27th at 4:30 pm in Foege S-110, on the topic “Science Education.” As always, snacks and drinks are provided, and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday July 27th, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XXII: Science Education
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Bryce Taylor (Genome Sciences)

Education is essential for the progress of science, yet considerations as to how we educate future scientists often go overlooked. In this salon, we’ll examine choices in science education policy, pedagogy, and curriculum. How do these decisions impact how science is carried out, who becomes a scientist, and the broader relationships between science and society?

Thursday August 31, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XXIII: Science and Art
Sam Entwisle (Genome Sciences) and Katherine Xue (Genome Sciences)

Science and art may seem like distinct pursuits, but they have always informed and inspired one another. Art can show us the beating heart of science–and pose difficult questions about science and society. In this salon, we will explore the various ways in which art and science interact and discuss different works of art. How does training in the arts enrich a career in science? What are some of the benefits of a strong relationship between science and art? When does it make sense to separate the two practices? We will be joined by guests with direct experience at the interface of science and art.

Thursday September 14th, 2017, 4:30pm (Simpson Center – CMU 202/204)

Salon XXIV: Metaphors in Science
Leah Ceccarelli (Communications) and Sarah Nelson (Public Health Genetics)
Metaphors shape the way we speak, think, and act. While some metaphors of the genome are well-known — e.g., blueprint, map, book of life — metaphorical language works in subtler ways to shape the communication and consumption of genomics and other sciences. Join us for a discussion of metaphors in scientific and public communication about genes, whole-genome sequencing, CRISPR, and the practice of science itself.
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SUM 2017 Course: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (PUBPOL 583)

The Evans School has opened the following summer course to juniors and seniors (in addition to graduate students):

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (4 credits)
Instructor: Howard McCurdy
Meets: each Wednesday for the full summer term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 21-August 16)
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, advances in science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines important public policy issues associated with science and technology, including the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology alters the way in which scientific initiatives are organized, the clash between scientific findings and political ideology, and the governance challenges arising from 21stcentury technologies. Students also examine impending technologies, the relationship between culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. The instructor is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent visitor to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He has authored seven books on the U.S. space program.

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.

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?

Funding Opportunity: Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellowship (Application Deadline: 11/08/16)

Sea Grant LogoWashington Sea Grant Science Communication fellows make stories happen. Fellows
may write features for Sea Star, work with media on coastal research, or develop their
own multimedia projects to connect people with marine science that matters. Along the
way, they build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators
who can break down the barriers between scientific information and public
understanding.

Eligibility: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in any field from
Washington universities and colleges may apply. Applicants must demonstrate strong
writing skills, a good general grounding in the sciences, and a special interest in marine
science, education, or policy. Applicants should have at least some social media
experience or be interested in developing their digital content skills. The selection
committee will consider writing samples, related experience and studies, references and
the relevance of the fellowship to future career goals.

Award: Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend and are expected to work an average of 8-10
hours per week. Fellows are also expected to meet regularly with WSG communications
staff and to maintain consistent email contact when working offsite.

Application Deadline: Applications for the fellowship are due to Washington Sea Grant
by 5:00 p.m. PST on November 18, 2016. Finalists will be selected and interviewed early
December.

For more information, see https://wsg.washington.edu/students-teachers/fellowships/washington-sea-grant-science-communications-fellowship/

Talk: “The Convergence of Teacher Shortages and Teacher Turnover with Federal Education Policy: What Does It Mean for Teacher Preparation?” (11/03/16)

Jane WestJane West, the former Policy Director at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and currently a Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Maryland and an independent policy consultant, will give a talk on Thursday November 3rd 1130am-1pm in 411 Miller Hall. Please see the attached flier with more information about Dr. West and her talk.

Jane West Boeing Talk Flyer 11-3-16

Funding Opportunity: Udall Scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students and Environmental and Outdoor Leaders

Udall Foundation LogoThe Udall Foundation offers a prestigious scholarship for undergraduate sophomores and juniors in any major seeking careers in:

  • environmental fields, and
  • American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking careers in Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care.

Applicants who are leading change on campus or in their communities are strongly encouraged to apply! Please feel free to post/share the attached fliers and share the information below widely.

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is a $7,000 scholarship awarded to 60 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to the environment, or pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care. Udall Scholars get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation in August, meet alumni and community leaders for exceptional networking opportunities, and gain lifetime membership to a growing and active alumni network. For more information and to sign up for free informational webinars, visit us at udall.gov.

The Udall Foundation asks universities to nominate students to compete at the national level. Each UW campus is able to nominate up to 4 candidates in the environmental category and up to 4 candidates in the Tribal Public Policy and/or Native Health Care categories. To receive priority consideration for UW Seattle campus nomination, students are encouraged to submit our campus application by Dec. 2, 2016. Details about eligibility, the Seattle campus application process and online application form are available at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/udall.

UW Seattle Information Sessions:

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