Autumn 2015 Online Courses Available

Register for Autumn 2015 online courses

Register now for autumn quarter online classes. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of the University of Washington’s online courses. As a UW matriculated student, this autumn you can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of your normal tuition load and pay an additional online fee of $120 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means you can interact with your classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Online courses help meet graduation requirements and allow you access to the university when you need it. Check out the autumn quarter 2015 time schedule. Simply register as you would for any other class using MyUW. Online courses are housed at the UW Seattle campus. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students should check with advising staff at their home campuses before enrolling in classes they expect to count towards their degree program. These courses do not count as residence credit; consult with your adviser if you have any questions.

The following courses feature the $120 fee and the group-start format. Please note courses marked with an asterisk which have a different fee:

ASTR 101: Astronomy (NW,QSR)

COM 340: History of Mass Communication (I&S)
COM 440/POL S 461: Mass Media Law (I&S)

COM/AES/GWSS 389: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media (I&S)
DANCE 100: Understanding Dance (VLPA)

DANCE 101: Dance and the American Experience (VLPA)

DRAMA 103:Theatre Appreciation (VLPA)

ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science (I&S/NW)*

JSIS E 111: Elementary Modern Greek
LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Thought (I&S/VLPA/QSR)

MATH 124: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (NW/QSR)†

MATH 125: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (NW)†

MATH 126: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (NW)†

MUSIC 120: Survey of Music (VLPA)

MUSIC 162: American Popular Song (VLPA)

MUSIC 185: The Concert Series (VLPA)

MUSIC 331: History of Jazz (VLPA)

PSYCH 206: Human Development (I&S)

SCAND 270: Saga of the Vikings (VLPA)
STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods (NW/QSR)

*ESRM 100 online fee is $350

†MATH 124, 125, 126 courses have no additional fee

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Aut 2015 class: EDUC 401 R Empowered Eco- Education Seminar

Is it possible to instill a passion and appreciation for the environment in a classroom setting? Can students still engage with nature in an urban environment? The Empowered Eco- Education seminar seeks to provide an equal opportunity for environmental education to students from all backgrounds. Each week, students will have the opportunity to teach an after school program at Conchord International Elementary School in South Park, Seattle, to work with curriculum based in environmental justice and education. This seminar integrates hands-on activities and local environmental issues, working to inspire kids and ignite their enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Email Jen Power at jenpow for an add code

Jennifer Power
Housing Ambassador│Student Services
Housing and Food Services
University of Washington

Empowered Eco Ad.pdf

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MORE SUMMER CLASS Ideas: SCAND 479 Eco-Capitalism (5) I&S Ingebritsen

MTWTHF 0110-0320

SCAND 479 Eco-Capitalism (5) I&S Ingebritsen
Explores the idea of environmentalism and sustainability across societies. Compares and contrasts how prominent authors in the field assess the risks and opportunities of human effects on climate and ecology. Questions explored include: will ecological solutions be critical to the revival of the global economy? Why do place such as Europe adapt more readily to environmental challenges? Offered: jointly with JSIS A 429.
View course details in MyPlan: SCAND 479

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College of the Environment Events

Atmospheric Sciences Colloquium: Methane Emissions in North America and Their Relevance for Climate Policy

  • Friday May 22, 3:30pm
  • Johnson Hall (JHN) 075
  • Speaker: Daniel Jacob, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Water Seminar: Hama Hama Seafood Co.: What Resource Management and Conservation Means for a Sustainable Seafood  Business in Puget Sound

  • Tuesday May 26, 8:30 am
  • Anderson Hall 223
  • Speaker: Lissa James Monberg, Hama Hama Seafood Co.

Controversy/Conflict in the Management of Recreational Fisheries in Washington State

  • FSH 107
  • Tuesday May 26, 5:00 pm
  • Speaker: Miranda Wecker and Larry Carpenter, Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission

How To Inspire People to Engage in Pro-Environmental Actions

  • Tuesday May 26, 6:00 pm
  • Alder Hall Auditorium
  • Speaker: Linda Steg, Environmental University of Groningen, The Netherlands

A Mixed Species Clearcut Silviculture System to Restore Native Species Composition and Structure of Old-growth Forests in Western Washington

  • Wednesday May 27, 3:30 pm
  • Anderson Hall 223
  • Speaker: Greg Ettl, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

Oceanography Candidate Seminar: Potential Vorticity Structure in the North Atlantic Western Boundary Current from Underwater Glider Observations

  • Wednesday May 27, 3:30 pm
  • OCEAN 425
  • Speaker: Robert Todd, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Farm Ed: Medicinal Plants

  • Thursday May 28, 8:30am
  • Botany Greenhouse
  • Speaker: Jennifer Ruesink, Department of Biology, University of Washington

Atmospheric & Climate Dynamics Seminar: The Control of Antarctic Sea Ice on Deep Ocean Heat Uptake

  • Thursday May 28, 3:30 pm
  • Johnson Hall 175
  • Speaker: Emily Newsom, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

Gruenthal: Genetics, Life History, and the Management of Highly Fecund Marine Species

  • Thursday May 28, 4:00 pm
  • FSH 102
  • Speaker: Marine Brieuc and Kristin Gruenthal, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Atmospheric Sciences Colloquium: Thunderstorms, Atmospheric Predictability and the -5/3 Kinetic Energy Spectrum

  • Friday May 29, 3:30 pm
  • Johnson Hall 075
  • Speaker: Dale Durran, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

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Publishing Panel: Academic & Creative Work

PUBLISHING PANEL: Publishing Your Academic & Creative Work
Wed, 5/27
3:30 – 5:20pm
Odegaard 220
Free and open to everyone
(Facebook event page:

Undergraduates of all majors: ever wondered why you would want to publish your work? Ever wondered how?

Come hear a panel of speakers from a range of academic and creative publishing experiences speak to the process. They’ll share their tips and answer audience questions. University of Washington journals will be on site to help you get plugged into all of the great publishing opportunities right on campus!

Featured panelists on academic publishing:
Faye Christenbery, UW research librarian
Carolyn Allen, UW professor and author/editor of several academic volumes Jenny Halpin, Director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center

Featured panelists on creative publishing:
Scott Driscoll, novelist, freelancer, and fiction teacher
Andrew Feld, Director of the UW Creative Writing Program and editor of the Seattle Review (Plus more to be announced!)

Featured journals:
Bricolage Literary & Visual Arts Journal (literary & arts journal) BLIND GLASS (poetry)
Intersections (interdisciplinary journal housed in the CHID department) Plenum: A Journal of Undergraduate Geography
Grey Matters Journal (neuroscience)
and others

This event is jointly sponsored by UW English Undergraduate Programs, Bricolage Literary & Visual Arts Journal, BLIND GLASS, and the Write Away! creative writing circle.

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JUST ADDED!! ESRM 465 AUT 2015 Economics of Conservation (3) I&S/NW

This one is so “fresh” you will not find it online, but can sign up with the SLN below:

SLN: 22567

MW 1030-1150 AND 306 

ESRM 465 Economics of Conservation (3) I&S/NW
Economic principles and their use in the analysis of contemporary conservation problems. Particular emphasis directed toward the conservation of forest resources in the Pacific Northwest and related policy issues. Offered: Sp.
View course details in MyPlan: ESRM 465

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Undergrad Research Opportunity

How have plants responded to climate change in deep-time?


Climate has changed dramatically in the time since the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago—from subtropical climates across much of Earth to the most recent Ice Age, with ice sheets covering large parts of the northern hemisphere. Research in the Strömberg lab use plant fossils to uncover how plant communities responded to these climate changes in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. We are currently looking for qualified undergraduate students to participate in various projects associated with this research. Initially, students will be trained in tasks such as extracting plant microfossils from sediment samples and preparing reference material from living plants, curation, and photography of samples. Students that progress in the lab may have the opportunity to learn more advanced skills (e.g., database work), or perform independent research in the lab and possibly the field.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants should have a strong interest in (one or all of) evolutionary biology, botany, evolutionary history, and Earth history that is demonstrated by coursework or otherwise. Preference will go to students pursuing Biology, ESS, or similar degrees. Students should be prepared to put in at least 6 hrs of lab time per week


Caroline Stromberg –

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Students put GIS skills to use on social justice projects

A geographic information system, or GIS, is designed to capture, analyze and map various types of spatial and geographic data. Elwood’s students are using GIS applications in different ways to meet specific needs identified by the partner organizations. One student team is analyzing census and client data for a coalition of Seattle-area food banks to determine whether they are reaching areas with the greatest need, and to make recommendations on where to locate summer food programs for children and mobile van drop-offs for elderly clients.

Stella Jones is part of a three-person team working with Real Change, a Seattle organization that publishes a weekly newspaper sold on the streets by low-income and homeless people. The students are analyzing data to identify which factors make some sales locations more successful than others and to develop a map showing untapped “hot spots” where vendors aren’t yet selling.

“This project is showing me how we can apply technology to various social issues in a way that can aid different organizations in their work,” says Jones, a junior and geography major. “It really fits my interests as far as where I see myself working in the world.”

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Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Wag the Dog?

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Wag the Dog?

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

Wednesday, May 27
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Thursday, May 21.

Does technology set us free; helping students to learn in new ways and saving faculty precious time they can plow back into deepening the learning experience? Or is an excellent instructor someone who can connect students to learning with or without the latest techno innovation? And where does that leave the rest of us?

Join us for a report out from four faculty who chose to dive into the deep end of technology in the classroom as Technology Teaching Fellows and lived to tell the tale…


  • Alexander Horner-Devine, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mikelle Nuwer, Lecturer, Oceanography
  • Stefan Stoll, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Kristi Straus, Lecturer, Program on the Environment

MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute “fast panel” of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought – and conversation – provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We’ll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.

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Introducing College of the Environment’s New Career Opportunities Page!

Are you in the market looking for a job or an internship in an environmental field? If yes, do check out the College of the Environment’s Career Opportunities Page! Click on the below link and explore the various challenging and exciting career opportunities that await you.

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the page to receive a daily digest of all recent postings!

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Hourly project assistant for summer/autumn

Please see the attached job announcement for a summer project assistant, with a possible Autumn 2015 RA appointment. It is part of a study of green stormwater infrastructure, working with Dr. Kathy Wolf.

UW.Green Infrastructure study.student position.pdf

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US Forest Service Entomologist Position

SEFS graduate students and graduating seniors,

Please consider this job opening for an entomologist position in St. Paul Minnesota. Professor Patrick Tobin is associated with the hiring group in the St. Paul office and adds this information:

“Ideally, this level of position is generally held by someone with some sort of Masters degree (MS, MFR, etc.). Also, it advertises for an Entomologist but someone with a degree in Forestry could qualify if they have had some minimum number of entomology or entomology-related credits (it is not much, and in fact often these entomologist positions in the FS are held by people with advance degrees in Forestry).I know the hiring group in the St. Paul office, as well as the duties of the position, extremely well; thus, interested students can feel free to contact me for more information.”

Here is Patrick’s contact information:

Voice: 206/685-7588

Fax: 206/685-0790

Email: pctobin

Attached is the outreach notice for the Entomologist Position with the Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry in the St. Paul Field Office.

Outreach_Notice_Entomologist_GS 11_GS 12 USFS_NA_St. Paul_MN.DOCX

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Online Integrated Social Sciences B.A.

We are excited to share information about the University of Washington’s Integrated Social Sciences BA completion program with you. No matter where you live or how long ago you started college, you can reach your goals. Earn the same prestigious UW degree that on-campus students do, but pay a fraction of the cost of other online programs. Best of all, you get an outstanding education worthy of the University of Washington name.

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UW Botanic Gardens: A Closer Look: Stewartia

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 6:30 – 8pm

Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112

Presenter: Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections

The Arboretum has a large collection of mature Stewartia trees, dating back to the 1940s. Stewartia are wonderful small trees with four seasons of interest, and feature some of the most attractive bark to be found anywhere. These smaller trees are perfect for city gardens.

Cost: $5; $10 after May 26

Register Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, will lead you on a journey through some of the most interesting plant collections in the Washington Park Arboretum. Learn about rare and unusual plants, collections based on genetics and eco-geographic habitats, and unusual stories of how these plants have made their way to us over the years. Each class will include both a presentation and walk through the collections.

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UW Botanic Gardens: Intro to Invasive Plants of the PNW

When: Monday, June 1, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105)

Presenter: Daniel Sorenson, Student Assistant: Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability Coordinator for UW Grounds Management

This free class will introduce you to the basics of invasive plants of the Pacific Northwest. Learn to identify and manage some of our most common invaders including blackberry, ivy and knotweed.

Cost: Free! Your $5 donation at the door is appreciated. Please RSVP Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

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Job Announcement – Field Technician at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interested in working in Fairbanks this summer?

There is an open field technician position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the summer. The position will involve regularly traveling 45 minutes to a wetland where the USGS, UW and UAF have ongoing research studies. The technician will be responsible for maintaining auto flux chambers, conducting field measurements, and collecting field samples. The technician will join other UW students who will be working at the field site and living in Fairbanks over the summer.

Job Open Date: February 12, 2015
Review Date: March 02, 2015
Job Close Date: June 30, 2015

If you are interested or want more information, apply to this posted position:

You can contact Mark Waldrop at USGS ( for more detailed information about position responsibilities and daily work.

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Scholarships – AfterCollege Scholarships

AfterCollege scholarships are awarded to current students who stand out as future superstars in their field. Create a concise, yet impactful, profile showcasing your talents and passion for your field of study and you could be the next recipient!
The deadline to apply is June 30.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study.

Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

Aerospace Corporation Science and Engineering Student Scholarship 

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship 

$1,000 – Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

About AfterCollege

AfterCollege is an entry-level job and internship resource started by Stanford students in 1999.  We match students with opportunities based on school, major and graduation date. Tell us whether or not these positions interest you (and why), and we’ll show you results that better reflect your preferences.

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UW CubeSat Team Crowd Sourcing

The UW CubeSat Team is a great group of undergrads and grads trying to get a student-built project on the Moon. One of the biggest problems they are facing is a lack of funding because not a lot of people believe that students are able to do something on this scale. In order to address this, they’ve decided to start to crowd source funds soon. Any help, from sharing this information to perhaps even contributing, would be greatly appreciated!

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And the 2015 UW Climate Change Video Contest Winners are…

The first-ever UW Climate Change Video Contest culminated with a smashing awards show at Town Hall last Friday, May 15. We screened the top 10 videos to a great crowd, and our panel of judges— Annie Leonard (also the emcee), Dean Lisa Graumlich, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Randy Olson—provided some lively feedback and discussion. We’ll post the 10 finalists’ videos on our website shortly, as well as more photos and information about the students, so stay tuned!

And, now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for—


First Place
Leo Pfeifer and Meagen Tajalle
Ballard High School, Seattle, WA

Second Place
Teri Guo, Caeli MacLennan, Kevin Nakahara,
Ethan Perrin and Nivida Thomas
Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA


First Place
Michael Moynihan and Sarra Tekola
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Second Place
Erfan Dastournejad
Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners, and to all of the talented students who submitted so many fantastic videos!

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May 26, 2015 Lecture with Dr. Linda Steg


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