SEFS Holiday Party (12/3): Join the Fun!

Coming up on Wednesday, December 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Forest Club Room is our annual SEFS Holiday Party! It’s one of our liveliest traditions, when holiday spirits are kicking into high gear, the room is awash in that delightful fresh tree smell, and rosy cheeks and loud voices reign.

Why do they reign, you ask? Well, in addition to an assortment of other beverages, we’ll have another epic wine tasting/dousing for your enjoyment, as well as our traditional potluck competition. Also, for those coming from the seminar down the hall in Anderson 223—and we hope that’s a lot of you—don’t fear, we’ll just be getting all the bottles popped and ready to go by the time you saunter down for some sipping and snacking.

For the potluck contest, start thinking about your favorite sweet or savory item to throw into the ring (and dozens of grateful bellies). The only requirement is that you come prepared to list the ingredients on a form, and winners will be voted on by guests and announced toward the end of the party.

So spread the word, bring your friends and family, and help us celebrate the holidays in style!

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Engineering Rome 2015 Information Session

2015 offering of Engineering Rome

What: Engineering Rome 2015 Information Session

When: Tuesday, December 2nd, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Where: More Hall, Room 221

If you’re interested, stop by and get your questions answered and get fired up for Rome in 2015! The program director and teaching assistant will be there. We will have a short presentation on the essentials and show you a bit of what the 2013 class did. To get you going, here are some answers to some FAQ:

Who is eligible to apply for this Study Abroad Exploration Seminar?

  • ANY UW student. You don’t even have to be an engineer. You DO need math up to but not including Calculus. And you have to be interested in engineering since that’s what we’ll be learning.
  • You can be a graduate or undergraduate student, any year, any class.
  • Even if you plan on graduating in Spring 2015, you can do it. We had 2 last time that went this route.

How many students are you going to take?

  • About 15-20 students. If more than that apply, then it’s competitive.

What should I do if I want to keep up with what is going on with Engineering Rome and when applications are being accepted?

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Make Montana Your Classroom


Earn 16 UPPER-DIVISION CREDITS from August 31 – November 3, 2015!
We offer a $500 early enrollment discount for L&L applications received by February 1, 2015.

Spend the Fall Semester in western Montana learning how to read the landscapes, the forests, the watersheds, and the wildlife. Gain tools for community-based conservation from the people working to conserve these resources and the communities they support. Live in a small group on a historic homestead where you grow your own food, unplug, and immerse yourself in wild Montana!

Your classroom: Montana’s wild Crown of the Continent

Your classes: biogeography, sustainability and agriculture, forests and communities, watershed dynamics, and more!


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Reverend Jesse Jackson to visit UW Seattle, December 2

Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Please join us on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, for a special evening with the Reverend Jesse Jackson at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Where: Kane Hall, Room 130
When: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The former presidential candidate will visit the UW to speak about women and minorities in technology, as well as civil rights and student participation in the public policy process. A Q&A will follow. Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear from the Rev. Jackson.

Please register here by Monday, December 1.

For questions please email

This event is presented by the UW Provost’s Office and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity in collaboration with campus partners and the Seattle Urban League.

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Employers and Grad Programs Recruiting UW Students

As we near the end of the quarter, we have just a few employers and grad programs left that will be making visits to UW Seattle’s Campus. Below is our weekly update from the UW Career Center on full timeinternship and InfoSession opportunities.

For more events and activities at our center, check out our Calendar as well as HuskyJobs for additional postings.


Employers and education programs use InfoSessions as an opportunity to share information about their company/program and network with UW students and alumni. Here is a list of companies and grad programs coming on Seattle’scampus to facilitate InfoSessions over the next few weeks:


BlackRock was founded 25 years ago by eight entrepreneurs who wanted to start a very different company. One that combined the best of a financial leader and a technology pioneer. At the heart of BlackRock is a world-class technology system called Aladdin. It is an unmatched operating platform—and central nervous system—that unites all the information, people and technology needed to manage money in real time and at every step in the investment process.

We are mainly seeking Jr’s/Sr’s within Computer Science, Engineering, or similar majors.

11/20/2014 5:30-7:30 MGH 134

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI

The FBI has many entry-level positions for graduating seniors and recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds.  These positions exist in many areas of the FBI, including counterterrorism, finance, human resources, and security. Check out our InfoSession on 12/1/14 to learn more about our current openings and what it is like to work for the FBI.

12/1/2014 5:30-7:30 MGH 134

Cambia Health Solutions

Cambia Health Solutions will be coming to the UW Career Center to share information on their Actuarial positions. The visit will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of time allowed for Q/A. After the presentation, Cambia will conduct short informational interviews with students in attendance. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their resumes.

While this InfoSession is open to all students, we typically see math, stats, finance, and econ students are a great fit for our actuary positions.

11/24/2014 5:30-7:30 MGH 134

Northeastern University Seattle

Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.

12/3/2014 5:30-6:30 MGH 134



Log into

·        Look for the purple “InfoSessions” tab at the top right of your home page

·        Find the event and click the title

·        Click the “RSVP” button at the bottom (*note- some companies also require you to RSVP at their website)



Employers utilize The Career Center to conveniently interview UW students on campus. Here is a list of companies coming on Seattle’s campus to conduct interviews that have resume due dates within the next few weeks:

*Make sure to Check HuskyJobs for additional Postings

Liberty Mutual Insurance

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, doing the right thing is essential.  That’s why we offer a diverse range of student opportunities that complement your academics, and provide experience through immediate responsibility and stimulating work.

Position Title and HuskyJob ID# Analyst Development Internship  83832

Resume due date: 11/20/2014

Daimler Trucks North America

Are you ready to join the inspired and passionate people who are helping shape the future of commercial vehicles? Our employees enjoy lucrative benefits, competitive salaries and the opportunity to work in jobs across many functions—mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, accounting, sales & marketing, IT and more—both within our company and in our offices around the world.

Position Title and HuskyJob ID#

Engineer-Summer Internship 84556

The Top Talent Program- Daimler 84618

Resume due date:11/24/2014


Log into

·        Go to the search bar at the top right of your homepage

·        Enter the position ID # and hit search

·        Located the position title and click on it

·        Read the job description and application information

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Advocacy and Outreach Associate with Washington Trails Association

Position Description:

The Advocacy and Outreach Associate is a regular, exempt, full-time position that helps advance advocacy priorities and promote programs in support of Washington Trails Association’s mission to preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington.

The person in this position is responsible for assisting with advocacy and outreach activities at WTA, including activating members and volunteers on key issues and coordinating public events. The position reports to the Advocacy Director.

WTA is the largest statewide hiking organization in the country with a long and established history as the state’s leading voice for hikers. The organization is a nonprofit leader in constituent engagement with a volunteer trail maintenance program that is the largest of its kind in the nation, an interactive website that receives 3.3 million unique annual visits and a growing base of 13,000 members.

Learn more here:

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Seattle Young Environmental Professionals Mixer- TONIGHT!

5:30 – 8:00 pm 
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
1916 Post Alley, Pike Street Market
Seattle, WA 98101

Join us for a casual evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while networking with young and emerging professionals interested in pursuing or furthering careers related to an environmental field. Bring your friends and colleagues with you for a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from the Seattle area.

Young Environmental Professionals (YEP) is a networking group presented by Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC).
Fee $10.00 Registration includes one drink and appetizers. 

Please note that this event will be held at a pub – ID will be required.

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Program Manager position with the Office of Sustainability at Bellevue College.

Program Manager position with the Office of Sustainability at Bellevue College.

The position works with students, staff, and faculty on a growing campus.

The sustainability program implements the latest in technology and behavioral approaches to reducing greenhouse gasses and improving behaviors. Learn more at

The successful candidate will work closely with the Sustainability Director on analyzing data, designing new projects, and engaging the college community.

The deadline to apply is December 3rd.

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Free Rides!

Need a free ride over the holiday season? Use LYFT!

Simply download the app, request a Lyft and you’ll be on your way in minutes with a friendly, background-checked community driver. It’s more fun and costs less than a cab. And with their new spring pricing – 20% off all rides – Lyft’s got the lowest prices in town!

Get your first ride free up to $25 using code: UWadvising

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GCA Urban Forestry Fellowship Accepting Applications–deadline January 31, 2015

Applications being accepted for the Garden Club of America’s Urban Forestry Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Garden Club of America (GCA) with the support of Casey Trees of Washington, DC, is soliciting applications for its national urban forestry fellowship. GCA has a history of interest in the health of the urban forest and would like to support young scientists in their undergraduate and graduate studies in this field. The study areas of interest are far reaching, including urban forest management andplanning as well as topics in biology, ecology, or human health that will specifically move urban forest science forward. The GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestry will be awarded in early 2015. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at Virginia Tech composed of practicing urban forestry scientists and professionals in related fields. Final selection is made by The Garden Club of America.

The fellowship is highly competitive and applicants must present clearly in their applications how they will advance the GCA’s goal of increasing future capacity in urban forestry research.

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to both graduate students and advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies or a closely related field at any 4-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be students in the U.S. who will be enrolled as juniors or seniors or graduate students during the fellowship period (2015-64). The award is for $5,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.

Application Process: For more information, online application forms, and past recipients, visit or contact Dr. Susan D. Day at or 540-231-7264.

For more information about…

The Garden Club of America, visit

Casey Trees, visit

The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech, visit

The Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, visit

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Biology Seminar: Dr. Jennifer Nemhauser

Biology Seminar


12:00 PM on Monday, November 24th in HCK 132

“Life is flux”

Dr. Jennifer Nemhauser
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Washington

How do cells gather and respond to information about an ever-shifting environment? One solution to this challenge is the evolution of mechanisms to convert information gathered by cellular receptors—which act like antennae to monitor the environment— into chemical signals. These chemical signals modulate networks of interacting molecular factors and are ultimately translated into changes in cell growth or identity. The primary research objective of my lab is to understand how the architecture and dynamics of signaling networks allow for the effective processing of information, and how plants tune these networks to optimize their morphology for a given environment. Our recent work has drawn from molecular genetics, genomics, physiology and synthetic biology to build new tools to study signaling dynamics and to apply these tools to a variety of fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology.

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UW Beekeeping

Check out this video on UW Biology professor Evan Sudgen’s beekeeping lab!

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When: TODAY Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Allen Library (ALB) Research Commons

The 4th Annual University of Washington GIS Day will be held on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, in the UW Libraries Research Commons. GIS Day highlights and celebrates the transformational role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Technologies.

Join us!

Connect with others working on GIS research
Hear about GIS projects going on around campus
View LiDAR and 3D printing technology demonstrations
Learn about GIS-related resources available to the UW community

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UWSAF Fall Student Symposium

UW Society of American Foresters will be hosting a mini student symposium in WINK 107 on Thursday November 20th at 6:30 PM. It will be in collaboration with both North and South Sound SAF chapters, so we are hoping for a good turnout.

Six student presentations that showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate- level research at UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Dinner will also be served!

Food Choices:
Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Lasagna Salad & Garlic Bread
Soft Drink & Bottled Water

Dinner and Entry $10

Students $5


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PineLuck, Murrelet Survival Project Mini-Seminar, and Tour de Labs This Friday 11/21!

This Friday, November 21st is a busy day full of great events for you all to attend and share with your peers, club members, friends, etc.:

From 3:00 to 5:30 pm:

Xi Sigma Pi will be hosting “Tour de Labs”. The event will begin with brief lab presentations in Anderson 22 from 3 to 3:30 p.m., followed by guided lab tours from 3:30 to 4:30, and then a pizza party and social hour back in Anderson 22 from 4:30 to 5:30.

All students, staff and faculty are invited to take part, and Tour de Labs is an especially great opportunity to network and learn about research opportunities—including ideas for capstones. The Bakker, Bura, DeLuca, Ettl, Franklin and Resende labs are all participating, so come out and see what your colleagues are up to!

From 5:30 to 6 pm:

SEFS student groups (including Forest Club) will be hosting a mini-seminar on Marbled Murrelets, given by Kevin Schmelzlen of the Murrelet Survival Project. This will be hosted in the Forest Club room in Anderson Hall.

The Murrelet Survival Project is a campaign organized by Sierra Club, Seattle Audubon Society and other organizations to raise awareness for the marbled murrelet and convince the state of Washington to implement a long-term conservation strategy for this threatened species. Join us at the mini-seminar for more information on the project!

From 6 to 11 pm:

Forest Club will be hosting a PineLuck – A potluck-style gathering for people who are passionate about the environment! SEFS Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Friends, and Significant others are all welcome (Please help spread the word!)! This will also be hosted in the Forest Club room in Anderson Hall.

Join us and enjoy good food and drink (Beer and Wine for 21+), games, and great conversation! Be sure to bring your favorite dish (and your favorite pint glass) to share. Add your dish to our LuckyPotluck page to make sure we have enough food to go around!

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Ecological Modeling Course Winter 2015

FSH / QSCI 454 Introduction to Ecological Modeling

You are invited to participate in the hybrid / online offering of “Introduction to Ecological Modeling”, Winter 2015.

Instruction begins the week of January 5. Students can participate fully on-line, or participate in traditional classroom settings

About this course

This 10 week course explores the conceptual basis for using models in ecology and conservation, and how we test hypotheses by fitting models to data. The course emphasizes the process of constructing and interpreting models, while developing key skills needed to perform fundamental model analysis.

Topics include: philosophy of modelling, frameworks for model development, population and community models, compartment models, fitting models to data. Skills include advanced methods in spreadsheets, introduction to programming, model development and analysis, and numerical optimization methods.

Students should have at least one course in statistics and prior coursework in calculus. Programming skills are not required.

Interested individuals should contact the instructor at essing.

Ecological Modeling.pdf

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Today (11/19): SEFS Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m.!

For the SEFS Seminar this afternoon, we are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Todd Rosenstiel from Portland State University!

What: “Canopies of Change: Reconsidering bryophytes, biofuels and brown clouds in the Pacific Northwest.”

When: Wednesday, November 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Anderson 223

An associate professor of biology and director of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments, Rosenstiel broadly studies biosphere-atmosphere interactions and plant physiological ecology, with significant expertise in the measurement and modeling of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from plants, especially trees. He’s currently working at the interface between plant biology and air quality in a variety of plant systems, ranging from bioenergy plantations and urban forests to greenroofs and Douglas-fir canopies. In addition, his lab has substantial expertise in moss biology, ranging from molecular and genomic studies of moss metabolism, to moss-microbe interactions and community ecology. Professor Rosenstiel is particularly interested in examining the fundamental roles that mosses (and lichens) play in engineering ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, as well as in a rapidly warming Antarctica.

Should be a fantastic talk, so come out and join us this afternoon!

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UW Society of American Foresters Holiday Fundraiser

This holiday season, the UW Society of American Foresters Student Chapter will be having a holiday fundraiser. They will be selling 24″ Noble Fir Classic wreaths for $22, swags for $15, and 12′ Cedar garland for $15, made by L&O Evergreens, Inc.

Attached are the order forms providing more details about the three products, prices, and the information that should be provided if you are interested in purchasing any of the items. Please have your completed order form and payment (check or cash) turned in by Wednesday, December 3rd to Michelle Trudeau in Anderson Hall. Your purchased items can be picked up from the forestry buildings court yard on Tuesday, December 9th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The SAF Student Chapter greatly appreciates your support in funding club events and activities! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Marisa Bass at mbass14.

UW SAF Holiday Fundraiser.pdf

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Climate Minor Information Session-Monday Nov 24 at 12:30

Calling all undergraduates with an interest in interdisciplinary science and learning about the climate system.

Come hear about UW’s Climate Minor!

November 24, 2014
OCN 425

LuAnne Thompson, Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Program on Climate Change, currently teaches the capstone course for the minor. She will talk about the minor and what it has to offer you. We’ll also be available to help you plan for the minor now, in your first 1-2 years at UW.

Need more reasons to come? Pizza!

But, to have enough pizza you need to let us know you are coming. And if you are interested, but cannot join us, please respond to the RSVP so we can add you to an email list and send you climate minor related information.


Learn more here:

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Pipeline Seminar: Environmental Education Opportunity

Inner Pipeline Seminar Winter 2015:
Hands-on Environmental Education
EDUC 401Z | Empowered Eco-Ed
Day/Time: Seminar: Thursdays 3-4:20pm Service Learning: Fridays 3:30-7pm (includes travel time)

Interested in teaching? Passionate about the environment? The Empowered Eco-Ed seminar seeks to help students integrate these two topics and develop their skills in the field of environmental education. Students will receive funds to create their own lesson plans based in environmental education, and teach their curriculum at Conchord International Elementary School in South Park, Seattle.

A great opportunity for those interested in environmental justice, education, and teaching experience. See the attached flyer for more information, or email Angela Feng at
Empowered Eco Ed Flyer.pdf

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