Paleontology Field Methods course (BIOL 475)

Overview: The class is June 18-July 17, with 2.5 weeks of that spent in Montana digging up, identifying, and curating fossils. The class satisfies requirements for the Biology major, Paleobiology minor, and the ESS Biology Option major. Interested students should contact Dr. David Grossnickle at for an add code.


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Fun on a Friday Night: UW Seattle General Catalog Archive!

Ever wonder what they taught at UW Pre-1900, now you can know (if you can read the handwriting)

UW Seattle General Catalog Archive

The history of the University of Washington exists in many forms, but its General Catalog provides one of the best records of its curricula, degrees, and policies. This page contains an archive of searchable, printable General Catalogs and Bulletins.

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Summer 2018 Courses; Seats still available

ARAB 412 Introduction to Classical Arabic (5) VLPA
sln: 10115

Prerequisites- ARAB 203 or permission of instructor.

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading Classical Arabic. Authentic texts, principally from the Qur’an, the Hadith (the sayings of Muhammad), and classical poetry will form the basis for study. Students will also listen to recitation of the Qur’an by well-known reciters, as well as poetry and hadith read by acclaimed scholars. The course provides a firm foundation on which to build an advanced study of Classical Arabic, and permits an in-depth reading and discussion of Qur’anic passages and other rich sources of Classical Arabic.

NEAR E 335 Language Conflict and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa (5) VLPA/I&S
sln: 12561

This course explores social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the relationship between language and national/ethnic identity from the perspective of group conflict. We examine language policies in colonial and post-colonial states, as well as individual strategies of accommodation and resistance to these policies. The primary focus for this term will be the Arabic speaking countries in the region. The course is taught in English and there is no prerequisite.

Click here for ARAB 412 Summer 2018’s flyer

Click here for NEAR E 335 Summer 2018’s flyer

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Library Research Award for Undergraduates 2018


· What? The UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes outstanding research projects in all formats created by undergraduate students.

· Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment. Additional awards of $250 are available for projects aligned with the theme of population health

· When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 7, 2018, by 5:00pm PDT.

· Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.

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Apply Now! Grand Challenges Impact Lab: India – WIN19 Study Abroad

Do you want to work on developing solutions that can make a difference, with the real world as your classroom?
Applications are now being accepted for Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India Study Abroad

In Winter Quarter 2019, UW Study Abroad will be offering “Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India” as a 15-credit course
* Work hands-on to learn IMPACT INNOVATION
* Pitch your idea for SEED FUNDING

Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to learn about Grand Challenges and propose and test solutions to them. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.

Attend an information session to learn more:
· Thursday, April 26 at 3:30-4:30pm, in More Hall 110
· Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm, in Raitt Hall 229
· Friday, May 4 at 12:30-1:30pm, in More Hall 110
· Monday, May 7 at 12-1pm, in Anderson Hall 22

Apply now! Application Deadline is May 15.
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Credit Internship Opportunity Working with Children with Special Needs

Unique Volunteer OR Independent Study Opportunity – EDSPE 499 (5-9 Credits) ● Summer 2018


This volunteer experience OR independent study provides a rich, experiential learning opportunity for people interested in working with young children with and without disabilities. Students will serve as interns for an inclusive summer camp program, facilitating social skills through field trips and science experiments. In addition to supporting campers in day-to-day activities, students will participate in a professional learning community led by experts in the field. This independent study is open to all UW undergraduate and graduate students, with priority granted to students in the College of Education.

Learning Objectives

· Review strategies for supporting learners with and without disabilities

· Learn and practice effective classroom management techniques

· Identify strategies for facilitating social skills, through positive behavior support

· Learn and practice prevention and de-escalation techniques for challenging behaviors

Additional Details

This course requires participation in up to seven weeks of summer camp, in addition to three-days of staff training, tentatively scheduled for June 27-29th, 2018 and some online work, which can be completed at your own pace.

Participants will receive a Right Response certification for participating in this part of the course. In addition to these training components, participants must be available
to work in an inclusive STEM program serving preschooler age children with and without disabilities.

This program is scheduled to take place Monday-Friday, July 2-August 17th, 8am to 4pmdaily. During this time, students will serve as an intern. As an intern, your primary role
is to engage with kids during play, supporting kids during circle time and seated tasks, and supporting the group during field trips. Participants will receive ongoing professional development and training during this time.

You may also participate in this experience as a volunteer if you are unable to take it for credit. Sign up for class via this Google Form!


Tara Coffin – or 206.612.8697

Expectations for interns:

· Ideally, interns will be able to commit to the full camp session, and will be able to work half/full days consistently. This means a weekday commitment, starting July 2 (no camp July 4th), and going until August 17th.

· Camp runs from 9-3:30pm

o Full day would be from 8:30-4:30 (with a break for lunch)

o Half day would be from 8:30-1pm or 12pm-4:30pm

· Interns will be asked to commit until 5pm on Fridays, to allow for PLC work (detailed below)

Training Opportunities:

Three-day Training (estimated dates: June 27-29th):

· Camp logistics

· Teaching science to young learners with and without disabilities

· Building Blocks of Inclusion

· Classroom management

· Pivotal response treatment

· Social skills support

· Right Response Training

· … (still being developed)

Ongoing Professional Learning Community (on going over the course of camp, with focused sessions on Fridays; July 2-August 17

· Program fosters PLCs within individual camp classrooms. PLCs led by a Masters Level special educator or equivalent professions, and draw on experts from the community

o Working alongside specialists, including drama therapists, OT, SLPs, etc.

· Prep and Debrief time:

o Before and after camp, camp staff will participate in structures prep and debrief discussions. These discussions focus on highlighting moments of success and moments of learning throughout camp, encouraging ongoing reflection.

· Friday Breakout Sessions

o Guided readings over the course of camp; review readings on Fridays

o Experts in the field will be invited to visit Fridays to facilitate focused discussions

o All camp staff and interns will be invited to present on an area of interest to them, sharing this knowledge/passion with their team

o Friday sessions will be flexible and invite discussion about issues of emerging importance.

· Students earn one credit for every 30 hours of service

· Estimate of 5-7 hours/day for 5 days/week

· 7 weeks of camp and 3 days of volunteer training

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Carlson Center invites students to apply: Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship (due May 7)

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is pleased to invite students to apply for the 2018 Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship. Applications are due on May 7, 2018 @ 11:59 pm and may be emailed directly to

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship encourages a life-long commitment to public service by providing outstanding undergraduates with the opportunity to deepen their commitment to service and leadership in the context of community.

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows are selected based on the strength of a public service project proposed in collaboration with a public sector (non-profit or governmental) organization.

Selection of Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows serve in the summer, building on experiences and partnerships they have forged in the previous academic year. Students are funded to engage in a public service project between June 18-August 17, 2018.

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows are selected for a summer intensive experience based on three primary factors:

  • An established partnership with a non-profit or public sector organization
  • A collaboratively thought out plan for a summer intensive project that will benefit the partnering organization while increasing student skills and learning
  • An articulation of how the work of the Fellow will contribute to their development as a public servant and leader

Made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Fellowship is named for late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former
top aide to Senator Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

Selection Timeline

  • Applications for the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship are due on Monday, May 7 @ 11:59 pm
  • Interviews for the Fellowship will be held no later than May 30
  • Projects should occur between June 18-August 17, 2018.

We encourage students to review the website and to email directly if they have questions.

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Research Apprenticeship – Fall Quarter Classes and Field Research at the UW Friday Harbor Labs

The Friday Harbor Laboratories are accepting applications for the Pelagic Ecosystem Function (PEF) research apprenticeship for Fall Quarter 2018.

Autumn Quarter: Sept. 26 – Dec. 7, 2018

Ocean 492 (15 credits)

Now in its 15th year, this research apprenticeship, uses university research vessels to examine the patterns, interactions, and linkages between components of this complex marine ecosystem, to understand how oceanographic processes shape the spatial and temporal patterns of open water biological communities, including pelagic fishes. Our goal is to gather and analyze data to document ecosystem drivers and trends and to teach methods and provide training applicable to a career in marine science. The core of this program is an independent but integrated research project, which we will help you design and implement.

Our apprenticeship features formal instruction, independent fieldwork, and a collaborative learning environment. For the first two weeks, the instructors provide an overview of basic concepts and field and laboratory techniques. Throughout the rest of the quarter, we work together to examine spatial and temporal variability in the transitional
fall season related to physical and chemical oceanography, plankton, forage fish, and apex predators (birds and mammals). Working as part of a cooperative research team, you will have the opportunity to collect and analyze field and laboratory data. You will also learn statistical and analytic approaches to interpreting data, and gain valuable
experience in reporting your findings in a professional manner, through oral presentations and in a written scientific paper.

This apprenticeship is a unique opportunity to spend a quarter conducting meaningful field research in a stimulating but supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to learn from professional scientists and to work collaboratively with students from other institutions, teaching methods you have learned and facilitating peer-to-peer
learning. Your work, building on the findings of previous apprentices, will contribute to a valuable data set that will enable us to better characterize system dynamics, explore causal mechanisms, distinguish prevailing patterns and interactions, and monitor long-term changes in the region.

Enrollment limited to 12 apprentices. UW students earn “W” credits in this writing-intensive course.


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Vote on Your Graduation Gift!

Dear 2018 College of the Environment Graduating Students,

At the College of the Environment we’re examining our sustainability: How can we use less, learn more, and solve problems? What’s the perfect integration between personal action and organizational responsibility? Students have held us accountable for walking our talk. We wanted to show you that while you were learning in the classrooms, we were learning from you.

This year, the College of Environment, in partnership with the Student Advisory Council, has decided to fund student projects jointly with the Campus Sustainability Fund. These projects are local, environmental in nature, and give back to the Husky community. And, because we know you want information and input, the Student Advisory Council is
soliciting your voice – as the graduating class – on which project to invest in. Please cast your vote by May 4th via this quick survey:

Thank you and congratulations on your graduation!

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PCC Spring Symposium – invitation to undergraduates

Subject: PCC Spring Symposium now May 12th! Register by April 30th

Dear SEFS students,

The Program in Climate Change (PCC) invites you to attend our second annual Spring Symposium on Saturday, May 12 from 9 am to 3 pm (rescheduled from April 7) in the Fishery Sciences (FSH) building. This event features interdisciplinary presentations on climate- and earth-science-related research, outreach, and education by students and postdoctoral researchers from all around campus. Catered lunch will be provided.

This year, we are welcoming posters and talks from undergraduate students. We want this to be a supportive, lower-stress opportunity for you to communicate your research or outreach work to a diverse audience! If you are interested in giving a talk, it can be approximately 6 or 12 minutes in length, plus time for questions. You may also choose to just attend the event, which will include time for networking and conversation.

Either way, please register at this link by Monday, April 30. Registration is free! See the link for more details about the event.

Ethan C. Campbell
PhD student • Oceanography • University of Washington
Tel: (224) 388-0301 •

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Please Help Us Spread the Word — Viva Farms is Hiring in King County!

Viva Farms is Hiring in King County! We are currently seeking applicants for the Farm and Education Manager in our new King County (Woodinville) location! The Viva Farms-King County Student Farm & Farm Incubator is a 10-acre, peri-urban, agricultural campus and training facility Woodinville, in the Sammamish Valley, where students attain practical ‘seed-to-sales’ experience and new farmers launch businesses. Both farm programs have access to arable land, essential infrastructure, and a suite of equipment and tools for micro and small farm production; employ solar and biofuel energies; and grow annual and perennial crops and raise pastured animals using sustainable and certified organic methods. Products are sold collectively and independently via farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, food hubs, and restaurant and other buyer relationships. The Farm & Education Manager, in cooperation with appropriate Viva Farms personnel, is responsible for managing the agricultural campus and training facility and associated 2-acre Student Farm and 8-acre Farm Incubator programs. In addition, the Farm & Education Manager executes a variety of education and training objectives while pursuing community relations and performing grant duties.

More information can be found on the Viva Farms jobs page.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit to


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XSP Grant Applications, Deadline is Sunday, May 6th!

XSP Forestry Honor Society will be awarding one undergraduate and one graduate student each a $1000 research grant! These grants will be awarded based on merit and financial need with the intention that the funds are used for research activities and equipment purchases. To see application requirements and form, visit:

Deadline is Sunday, May 6th!

Please email XSP at with any questions!

XSPGrant Flyer_2018.pdf

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TNC is hiring a Central Cascades Field Forester

The Nature Conservancy is recruiting candidates for the Central Cascades Field Forester (Position #46444) based in Cle Elum, and we need your help spreading the word!

The Field Forester supports forest management operations and implements forest and stream restoration projects across forest holdings managed by The Nature Conservancy in the Central Cascades (45,000 acres) and adjacent public lands. The Field Forester works with staff and partners to restore forest health and stream habitat at a landscape scale while also striving to deliver social and economic benefits to the surrounding community.

The position is open now and will close on May 11th.


Darcy Batura
Central Cascades Community Coordinator
(509) 852-2508 (office)
(509) 304-5200 (mobile)
The Nature Conservancy
110 E First Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922

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THU & FRI: D.C. Internships Info & Drop-in Sessions and Upcoming Deadlines

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit? If yes, come to either an information session or drop-in session for The Washington Center (TWC):

Thursday, April 19


Drop-in with TWC Rep

SMI 215
Pol S Advising Office


Information Session

(ground floor Gowen Hall)


Information Session

(ground floor Gowen Hall)


Information Session

(ground floor Gowen Hall)


Information Session

SAV 158

Friday, April 20


Drop-in with TWC Rep

SMI 215
Pol S Advising Office

The Washington Center (TWC) runs an internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW undergraduates (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums, arts organizations, and international organizations.
Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW’s affiliation in 1977, and many made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the structure of the program, scholarships, the application process, and UW credit.

The program is affordable for many students. UW WA State residents receive a $2500 scholarship that makes the cost of attending the program comparable to participating in many study abroad programs. UW international students and residents of other states receive a $1000 scholarship and may pay less for this program than the estimated cost of attending UW for a quarter. Additional scholarships may be available for students interested in the autumn or spring semester programs.

TWC’s facilities are accessible to students who have disabilities. In addition, their Disability Services Coordinator will assist with accommodation at the internship and programming sites.

These are the upcoming application deadlines (for a full list of organizations that have earlier deadlines see Autumn 2018 (15 weeks, Aug-Dec): Regular: May 16
Spring 2019 (15 weeks, Jan-May): Priority*: Oct 17, Regular: Nov 14 Summer 2019 (10 weeks, Jun-Aug), Priority*: Feb 20, Regular: Mar 13 * Priority deadline is for scholarships above the minimum guaranteed

Regardless of your major, there is an internship in D.C. for you! Whether you want to do an internship this year or in three years, come to an information session to learn more.

If you can’t make it, contact me, Meera Roy, for an appointment (available online at — you can change the week at the top of the screen–or you can email me for an appointment time). Program information is also available at TWC’s website,

Meera E. Roy
Director of Academic Services
Department of Political Science
Box 353530
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

(206) 543-9456 FAX: (206) 685-2146

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
S18 TWC Info Sessions Flyer.pdf

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UW Indigenous Food Symposium, May 4-5, 9-5, UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House

“Sharing Across Generations: Honoring Indigenous Food Kinships: The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ”

Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium

May 4 and 5, 2018
8:45am – 5:00 pm
UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House

Includes continental breakfast and traditional foods lunch both days!

UW Students FREE! Other students and elders half off

Join us for this year’s Living Breath Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium. This year we have opened our doors to invite you to two days of amazing panels and break-out sessions in honor of Native Youth and Elders. Elders have much to give and pass on. What are the best ways to listen to and honor our knowledge bearers? How do young people look to the future of our Native nations and communities and their sacred relations with their place and their planet? This year we make the conversation between elders and youth prominent! Join us to share knowledge, experience and expertise on tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health, indigenous foods systems and global climate change. We invite all of you who hold these issues dear to join us for this important conversation. Your voice is welcomed!

* A link to the two-day schedule will be uploaded to the American Indian Studies website soon.

We have a great line-up of speakers and presentations!

– “Transformational Eating: Ceremony of Gratitude.”

– “Rotinoshon:ni Seeds and Sovereignty, from Creation to Contamination: Looking at the Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms on Indigenous Seeds and People.”

– “Iskwew mācīwin, Woman hunting, among the paskwāwiyiniwak, muskegowininiwak, and sakāithiniwak (Plains, Swampy & Woodland Cree peoples).”

– Empowering Muckleshoot Youth through Traditional Foods, Plants, Medicines, and Living Cultural.”

– “Everyday Healing Practices: Implementing Immaterial Cultural Wealth to Combat Intergenerational Trauma.”

– “Native Youth Culinary Roots.”

– “Building and Sustaining an Indigenous Community Garden.”

– “Yahowt Indigenous Women’s Permaculture Program.”

Register at:

* All prices include a continental breakfast and a traditional Northwest Coast foods lunch included for day or days purchased.

Adults: 20.00 for a day or 35.00 for both days

UW Students (Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell) FREE but must register.

Youth rate (12-21):10.00 one day/15.00 both days

Elders: (65 and over)-10.00 one day/15.00 both days

NOTE: A one-day ticket allows you to enter whatever day that you use it. One-day tickets aren’t issued specific to date. Please purchase and we will record your entrance at event.


For more information contact symposium coordinator Stephanie Riedl at

For registration questions contact the registration coordinator Jordan Woolston at

Symposium sponsors: Na’ah Illahee Fund, UW’s American Indian Studies Department, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, College of the Environment, Devon Peña (The Acequia Institute) Bill Holm Center, UW-Tacoma, Social and Historical Studies, UW-Tacoma, Office of Equity & Inclusion, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, Lucy Jarosz (Department of Geography), Jackson School/Canadian Studies, Dr. Marc Gladney.

Planning Committee: Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Dian Million, Jessica Hernandez, Dr. Michelle Montgomery, Susan Balbas, Dr. Clarita Lefthand Begay, and Jordan Woolston.

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Citation Tools Webinar: April 24, 3-4pm

Join us! During this webinar we will show you how to use citation tools to organize your research and make creating bibliographies and in-text citations quick and easy.

We will review four tools – Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley, and EndNote online – so you can see which one is right for you.

No RSVP required. Zoom link:

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Biology Book Club – Spring Quarter

The Biology Department Book Club is a quarterly book club in which we read selections that stimulate conversation on the connection of science to society, community, and the environment. Please advertise widely—we encourage students, faculty, and staff from all departments to join us. See information on this quarter’s book below. Also, feel free to send

This Spring Quarter, we read The Forest Unseen, by David Haskell. It takes place on a small, one-square-meter patch of old-growth forest in Tennessee. This patch of land, Haskell’s “madala”, serves as a window into what exists beneath our feet, and his observation of it enlightens the reader, giving us a vivid understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. We will meet in Hitchcock 312 on Monday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. for snacks and discussion. All are welcome!

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Offshore windfarms and suction buckets

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity

Anchored, floating turbines allow offshore wind installations in deep waters.

Megan Geuss – 10/18/2017, 11:13 AM

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm began delivering electricity to the Scottish grid today.

Further Reading

Governments fund research into floating wind turbines

The 30MW installation, situated 25km (15.5mi) from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will demonstrate that offshore wind energy can be harvested in deep waters, miles away from land, where installing giant turbines was once impractical or impossible. At peak capacity, the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power 20,000 Scottish homes.

The installation, called Hywind Scotland, is also interesting because it was built by Statoil, a Norwegian mega-corporation known for offshore oil drilling. Statoil has pursued offshore wind projects in recent years, using the company’s experience building and managing infrastructure in difficult open sea conditions to its advantage.

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UW Resilience Lab Event: A World of Strength

You are cordially invited to attend a UW Resilience Lab event – “A World of Strength” – about cultural understandings of resilience on Thursday, April 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Great Room at Maple Hall (UW Seattle campus). International students will share stories of stamina, strength and ultimately success in the face of adversity from their
home cultures and at the UW. This event will also feature opportunities for participants to reflect and discuss what resilience means within their own story and contexts. Join us to learn about cultural strategies for success and expand your understanding of resilience. The event flyer is attached.

This event is free and open to the UW community (with appetizers, coffee, and tea available); it is co-sponsored by the UW Resilience Lab, International & English Language Programs, Housing and Food Services, and FIUTS. We invite and encourage all UW students (international and domestic) to come and share their perspectives. Faculty and staff are also welcome to join.

RSVP for this event at

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Summer Honors Field Studies course open to all students!

The Honors Program is excited to announce the Summer, 2018 Field Studies course options.

These courses are open to all UW students. Check out the offerings in A, B, and Early Fall Start term. We also wanted to call special attention to two courses that might be of particular interest to you or peers in your major.

We will be having an information session with the instructors of these courses on Wednesday, April 4th from 12:30 – 1:30 in Mary Gates Hall Room 206. Pizza will be provided!!

Come join us to learn more.

HONORS 220A / Offered jointly with ENVIR 495

Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest

5 credits

Tim Billo, Program on the Environment (

Enrollment limit: 5


Field Wilderness backpacking trip to Olympic National Park July 7 – July 15, 2018

Course fee: In addition to regular UW tuition, students will pay a $215 course fee, which includes food on trip.

Students who are interested in this course should contact Professor Billo via email to find a time to meet and discuss their interest in the subject material and physical challenges of the course as well as confirm their availability for the dates of the backpacking trip. This course is entry code restricted, and entry codes will be given by Professor Billo.

Between 1895 and 2015, the Seattle area grew from 40,000 people to over 4.2 million. In the next 25 years, Seattle will grow by another 1.5 million. While it is debatable exactly how “wild” the landscape was prior to European settlement of the region, it is undeniable that now virtually every piece of accessible habitat in the lowlands of the Puget Trough has been severely impacted by humans at one time or another, in some cases irrevocably. It was by stroke of luck (due in part to the inaccessibility of the terrain in the early days), and a big dash of courage from some forward-thinking leaders around the turn of the 19th Century, that Olympic National Park and other areas like it were saved from the ax and/or development. In only 25 miles as the crow (or eagle) flies from Seattle, an international hub of high tech industry, one can begin a walk into the Olympic Mountains, a roadless area of over 1 million acres (approximately 1600 sq miles), not to mention similar areas in the Cascade Range. It is this short gradient from ultra-urban to “wilderness”, that makes the region such an appealing place to live, as well as a unique place to reflect on landscape change (past, present, and future), and ramifications of this change (namely, the loss of “wild” spaces) for society in the Anthropocene.

Course format is a 9-day wilderness backpacking trip in Olympic National Park. Activities on the trip include: 1) student-led discussion of student-chosen readings and themes of the course, 2) contemplation and journal writing on the value and management of “wilderness”, and 3) direct observation of the effects of climate change and fragmentation on species and ecosystems. Prior to the trip, there will be online reading and discussion assignments. After the trip, an essay on a topic of each students’ choosing and general written reflection in the form of a blog post, will be required. Readings will draw from some classic American nature writers, as well as other sources including psychology, ecology, history, philosophy, local writers, and perspectives on “wilderness” and outdoor recreation from native Americans and other marginalized groups.

Course fee (in addition to regular UW tuition) is $215. UW will supply group camping gear and transportation. Students should supply sleeping bag, ground pad, backpack, and clothing–UW has some equipment to loan if needed. Course is limited to 10 students. No prior camping/backpacking experience is required or expected, but students should expect
the trip to be physically challenging and should prepare for that challenge accordingly. The 9 day trip runs from a Saturday through to a Sunday, such that students working a summer job should only need to miss one 5-day work week.

More information on the course can be found here: or contact Tim Billo:


Natural and Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest

5 credits

TH 8:30 – 1:30

Ursula Valdez, IAS

Enrollment limit: 12

Students must attend at least one overnight field trip including days of the weekend in addition to class meetings.

This course aims to provide a hands-on introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest through the study of contemporary and historical issues. Students will develop an understanding of the interconnected relationships between human and natural systems in the Pacific Northwest and its influence in the global context. This will be achieved through the discussion of place-based case studies about patterns in the use of resources and the resulting impacts on society, the environment, and the economy in local and global contexts. Course topics will include biodiversity, natural history and conservation, rural and urban resource use and approaches to sustainability, traditional use of resources among others. An emphasis will be placed on understanding past and contemporary socio-environmental challenges and solutions in the Pacific Northwest. Students will also explore various forms of relations between natural systems and human communities, such as with Native Americans, urbanites, rural communities, loggers, fisherman, and others.

In this course, students will develop an understanding of key ecological and social processes affecting Pacific Northwest ecosystems. In addition, students will gain a basic understanding of economically and ecologically important species and ecosystems found in the region. Class time will include occasional lectures from the instructor or guests, discussion of case studies and time will be mainly spent in local field trips. During field trips students will be conducting observations, data gathering and will be trained in basic fieldwork skills. Local field trips will be during class time, however, students will be required to go on at least of these overnight field trips: Olympic Peninsula to study PNW culture and forest/marine ecosystems (3-5 Aug-Early friday to late Sunday) and to San Juan Islands (Friday Harbor Labs) to observe Orca Whales and other marine ecosystems(10-11 Aug Friday-Sat).

The course will include the cumulative development of a project that uses scientific methods to approach a topic of interest.

Specific Course Goals:

– To gain an understanding of the history and complexity of natural and human systems and key socio-environmental relationships in the Pacific Northwest.
– To be exposed to the challenges and solutions to environmental, economic, and social relationships found in the Pacific Northwest in the local and global context.
– To develop a basic understanding of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest
– To apply the scientific method, gain analytical and professional skills, and to gain skills in data collection and field research.
– To improve the ability to synthesize and communicate information effectively to a diversity of audiences.
– To help students form an educated opinion on the issues discussed in class in ways that empowers them personally and as engaged participants in society.

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