American Public Power Association Scholarships

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Good morning,

Please find attached a document containing details and a flyer about the American Public Power Association’s scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Please post or distribute this information as you see fit. If you’d like to forward an electronic message to your students, please send a request to DEED.



Christopher Crawford

Assistant to the Associate Dean

Office of Academic Affairs

College of Engineering

University of Washington

356 Loew Hall, Box 352180

Seattle, WA 98195

P: 206-616-9474

APPA Scholarship Info.pdf

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URP Seeks Undergraduate Research Leaders – Apply by Sept. 1st

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application available here.

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at urp or (206) 543-4282

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Teach For America summer deadline (9/10)

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. TFA works with outstanding people, trains them to apply their leadership and skills in a classroom, and supports them to empower their students. After two years, our alumni are change agents, inside and outside of schools, tackling issues in education and beyond.

See the Impact you can have as a Teacher:

  • Our mission in a nutshell (2min video)
  • Bring your passion into the classroom (1min video)
Basics and Benefits:

Why Teach? | Our Impact | Who We Look For | How to Apply

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Two great ESRM capstone projects!

Effects of outbreak intensity

by a non-native herbivore on

native tree growth


Evolutionary and

ecological drivers of nonnative

insect invasions

Please see attached pdf’s for details.




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invitation to UW High-Performance-Computing Club (meeting #2 on Aug. 27)

UW High Performance Computing Club

General Meeting #2

August 27th, 2015

4-5pm in PAB C520

The next general High-Performance-Computing (HPC) club meeting will take place on August 27th from 4-5pm in PAB C520. As a reminder, anybody who pays the Student Technology Fee (undergrads and graduate students) are eligible to join the HPC Club and benefit from this powerful supercomputing resource. Hyak is our local supercomputer which has a powerful impact on enabling new research avenues across campus. The HPC Club aims to promote awareness of this supercomputing resource and provide training for students to learn effective and responsible use of HPC resources.

At this meeting we will discuss Hyak usage policies and ideas for upcoming training/workshops, share some usage statistics after recent installation of our new compute nodes, and introduce the new club officers to all of you. This new room in the Physics/Astronomy building should hold us all comfortably, and we plan to provide drinks and snacks! Furthermore, we will hold a logo design contest for our HPC Club. Please bring a laptop or print-out with your logo, and the winner claims fame to designing our first ever logo and will get a t-shirt (or coffee cup, etc.) with your logo on it!!! Please invite your friends and help recruit new members for the HPC Club :-) If you like to join the club and start using Hyak please see our “getting started” webpage.

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

Best Regards (from the HPC Club officers),

President – Kayla Sprenger – Chemical Engineering

Vice President – Patrick Lestrange – Chemistry

Hyak Usage Manager – Adam Richie-Halford – Physics

Webmaster – Rebecca Harris – Biology

Training & Outreach Coordinator – Danny Sale – Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Sponsor – Jim Pfaendtner – Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering


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Outreach opportunity for graduate students

The National Center for Science Education is piloting a program this fall that will connect early career scientists with local classrooms to talk about climate change. We are looking for all types of early career scientists, from graduate students all the way up to folks in their first years of their academic positions. The time commitment is low, just one in-class visit and regular monthly social media interaction throughout the semester, but the impact on the students will be enormous. Scientists who participate in this program will have the opportunity to utilize their scientific expertise to help students understand climate change, and maybe even become scientists themselves!

To find out more about the program and sign up, visit our website at or contact us at

Thank you for your help!

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How Megafires Are Remaking American Forests

Supersize fires are burning up bird habitat, killing trees, and turning forests into open range. Climate change will only make it worse.

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Poplar trees grown for biofuels tackle obstacles

The first harvest last year planted seeds for lessons learned, like how to deal with predators like deer.

18:55 "What happens is when they eat the terminals – the tops – they stop vertical growth," explained Rick Stonex.

There were lessons about the fuel market’s grip on petroleum. Oil is so cheap right now, researchers started using the wood chips to produce bio-chemicals.

Trees for biofuel still can’t drive economics like gasoline.

"It would be virtually impossible to start from biomass to make it that cheap – that’s very tough," Gustafson said.

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Don’t forget the Farm J

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aut 2015 LARCH 498C/598L Collaborative Design & Planning Seminar/Workshop

Collaborative Planning and Design Seminar
Larch 498 C / 598L Autumn Term 2015
Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm
3 credits CR/NC
Gould Hall 110

Led by
Nancy Rottle, RLA, FASLA
Associate Professor, UW Department of Landscape Architecture Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning Director, Green Futures Research and Design Lab

Julie Kriegh, AIA, LEED AP
Kriegh Architecture
Candidate, PhD in the Built Environment

Laure Heland, PhD
Visiting Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Ecological Design National School of Architecture Paris La Villette

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore and implement a range of public participation methods, applied to watershed, neighborhood, and urban design scale projects. Based on foundational literature and methods tested by the instructor and project leaders, we will interact with community members to elicit knowledge, values and desires, and facilitate active participation in visioning and designing their built environment futures. Working with seminar leaders and the Green Futures Lab Workshop team, students will design, facilitate, document, and evaluate engagement in at least two public engagement events during the term. We will be working with an active Kirkland neighborhood group, to set the foundation for their first Neighborhood Plan, and on a second project, with an advisory panel of local professionals, to envision a future town center for Woodinville, applying concepts from frameworks such as Living Communities, EcoDistricts, and LEED ND.

Students will be introduced to a range of participatory methods and tools, through presentations, visiting lectures, readings and shared experience. Students will take leadership roles and work in teams to plan and execute effective and enjoyable public participation activities. We will meet weekly to discuss, plan and evaluate the success of our participatory listening and design charrette sessions, with some outreach events held during class time. Transportation to off-site events will be available, and material production support will be provided by the Green Futures Lab Workshop team.

Class size is limited to 20 students to enable an informal working group atmosphere and to offer leadership opportunities for all participants.


Nancy D. Rottle, RLA, FASLA
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture Director, Green Futures Research and Design Lab ScanlDesign Endowed Chair in Built Environments Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning College of Built Environments Box 355734 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-5734 voice 206.685.0521
Collaborative Design Workshop.docx

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STEM Tutoring for Credit – Become a MESA Tutor in Autumn 2015

If you think you want to teach here is a good opportunity to explore that and earn credit. When they want “experience” here is a good start.


There is still room in the MESA program’s Autumn Quarter tutoring seminar (C ENV 420). This 2-credit, CR/NC course includes a weekly seminar alongside a high school student tutoring experience and is appropriate for all students interested in STEM education.

Email MTUTORUW for an add code.

Be a Tutor with Seattle MESA

· Earn up to 10 credits in your major or minor

· Motivate and mentor a student

· Develop your teaching skills

· Build confidence in STEM subject areas

· Work with other great UW volunteers

· Travel available through UCAR

For more information please contact Joffrey Hooks at mtutoruw or (206) 616-2946

Joffrey Hooks

Tutoring Program Coordinator & Instructor

Seattle MESA

College of the Environment

University of Washington

Box 355020

Seattle, WA 98105

Office: (206) 616-2946

Mobile: (773) 808-4153


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Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions – still has space AUTUMN 2015

If you still have students searching for a great elective, this class still has space!

Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions
Professor James Wellman

JSIS C 201 SLN 16488 5 credits
MTWTh 2:30-3:20; F Quiz 8:30-9:20; 10:30-11:20; 1:30-2:20

Western religions dominate nearly three quarters of the world's populations. Understanding them and discovering their richness and
depths is as important as understanding one's own identity. This critical course in the history of the religions of humankind opens windows into the reasons and movements that shape who we are today. It is a course in the comparative introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but it also challenges us to understand the heritage of our world and both the positive and negative contributions that these religions have made and still made today.
While each of these traditions arose within the Middle East their influence has spread across all the continents. We will track these diverse traditions in their historical development, examining their ideas, practices and consequences on global culture.

Visit the Jackson School website to learn more about International Studies majors or minors in Comparative Religion or Jewish Studies, or schedule an appointment to speak with an adviser.

Linda Iltis Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Academic Services
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

111 Thomson Hall / Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Make an appointment at

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CLASS: LARCH 498B/598K Therapeutic Garden Design – Autumn 2015

LARCH 498B/598K Therapeutic Garden Design – UW Department of Landscape Architecture – College of Built Environments – Autumn 2015 Class held Tuesdays, 3:30-6:20 pm, Gould 435, (3) credits, SLN#: 22579 (LARCH 498B), SLN#: 22736 (LARCH 598K)

Therapeutic Garden Design/Research: Renewal, Rehabilitation, Respite

Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA, RLA
office hours: WED 10-11am

Course Description:

In this seminar, we will be exploring what constitutes a therapeutic environment, what ensures its success, how they are designed, what research validates their outcomes and why they are important to a diverse range of community health. What is a therapeutic garden and how do they influence and improve human health? While the typology is ancient and is used for many intended goals, serving a variety of populations, it is only recently that it has been adopted as an important aspect of landscape architecture practice and as a subset of the “design for health” movement. Research, while still in its infant stage, is growing and spans across many disciplines and informs evidence-based design.

This class will focus on an in-depth exploration and investigation of design for improved well-being and physical and psychological health. These environments have multiple layers and meanings, influenced by an array of forces and challenges. They are a mixture of myriad social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological systems in physical space. Designing for those coping with compromised situations, therefore, requires sensitivity to these many layers and influences. The class will take a global perspective looking at research and examples from around the world that address post disaster situations, youth, incarceration, medical crisis, aging and a range of other conditions.

Characteristics of Class Meetings:

This class will include various types of activities: lectures, visiting speakers, discussions, research, observation, field trips, student presentations, and guest speakers. For the majority of class time, the atmosphere will be like a kitchen table discussion with selected students leading the discussions around the readings and individual projects. Students are expected to collaborate with one another in assigned, or self-selected teams, as well as direct discussions and contribute to the discussion.

Professor Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA Department of Landscape Architecture University of Washington
302 Gould, Box 355734, Seattle, WA 98195-5734 Office 206 616 1876 Cell 206 612 1146 Fax 206 685 4486

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2015 Autumn Course: Food & the Environment (C ENV 110) – 5 credits I&S/NW

Still looking for a great 5 credit course for Autumn? C ENV 110 Introduction to Food and the Environment examines the intersection of food, environment, and human health. Earn NW or I&S credits. No prerequisites! Register today :)

C ENV 110 Introduction to Food and the Environment – 5 credits


SLN# 11831 (plus lab section)

No prerequisites. Great for Freshmen!

Everyone eats, and all food production has environmental consequences.

· Discover environmental science through food production.

· Explore the link between the decline of civilizations and current farmer efforts to cope with changing water supply, topsoil loss, and technology.

· Create a food diary and find out the environmental consequences of your diet.

· Understand what climate change, politics, culture, biodiversity, and geography have to do with food.


Also offered as part of a FIG (sections AB & AF); FIGs are currently full, but extra seats for these sections are available through

College of the Environment


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UW’s Ecoclimate Lab, which explores how vegetation in one part of the world can affect the climate in other, f ar-off places

We all know planting trees is good for the environment, but does it matter where we plant them?

Yes, according to UW’s Ecoclimate Lab, which explores how vegetation in one part of the world can affect the climate in other, far-off places.

“If we added a bunch of forests across North America and Asia, that can actually cause the circulation in the atmosphere to shift, which can make it rain in the tropics,” said lab leader Abigail Swann, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

In other words, earth’s varied ecosystems are connected to one another through the atmosphere.

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Outreach opportunity at the Evergreen School in Shoreline

Please see the outreach opportunity below from Kiki Contreras, a 7th grade teacher at Evergreen School in Shoreline. This is a great opportunity to practice your presentations. You can contact Kiki at

This coming year, I’ll be starting something called “Scientist of the Month” in my classes. Each month, a scientist will come in (or skype in) to talk to my students about the work they do, why it’s important, how they got interested in science, what they like about their jobs etc. My goal is to make scientists relatable and make careers in science feel accessible to my students.

I’m particularly interested in finding scientists who identify as women or people of color, because another goal of this program is to give ALL of my students the opportunity to see themselves as future scientists.

I’m open to people in any part of their career–lab techs, grad students, post docs, professors are all fair game. It would be a one time, 45 minute (plus a little bit of email correspondence) commitment.

Please let me know if you can think of people who might want to be a “scientist of the month”, I really appreciate your help!


Kiki Contreras

Kiki Contreras
Upper Division Teacher
The Evergreen School


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Scholarships available for MSc Course in Tropical Forestry

International Scholarships for MSc in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany
– Deadline 30 October –

Your are invited to attend the 2016 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY for which we have DAAD scholarships available. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.
Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Some of the best Master Students are offered to enter into our large PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions.

Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!

To apply or for more information write to: tutor
Check out our website:

Deadline is 30 October 2015 for scholarship applications for the master course starting in October 2016 . However, applicants with own source of funding can apply anytime until 31 May 2016.

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Paid Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

"If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live."
– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

You read about environmental health problems every day: diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks. Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems? In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a new funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This new program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • Developing resources for local communities at high risk of air pollution exposure
  • Developing new methods to detect polio-virus, which is reemerging in Africa
  • Analyzing genetic and environmental factors that may influence health outcomes

SURE-EH will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’s environmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online here (

Questions? Please contact: Trina Sterry, sure, 206-543-4207

"If you

SURE-EH Announcement.pdf

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This Ethiopian hotspot is home to more native species – including the rare Ethiopian wolf – than any other area of comparable size on the planet.

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Outreach opportunities at The Gardens at Town Square

SEFS students,

The Gardens at Town Square is a retirement community in Bellevue that is seeking student lectures or presentations for their well-educated residents. They are looking for students who are knowledgeable about a particular topic for a 45 minute presentation with a short Q&A session at the end. They are open to any topic, but would like a detailed overview to be submitted beforehand. They have a theatre with a projector, screen, laptops, clicker/laser pointer, and sound system. A typical talk brings in 8 to 30 residents depending on the topic. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their presentations in a local supportive environment. Some of our most dynamic students presenters have worked with The Gardens at Town Square and we recommend the experience.

If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Dunnington, Life Enrichment Assistant at 425-688-1900.

For more information about the community, visit the website at:

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