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The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/

It was a simple plan to combat a complex problem. The plan: plant a Great Green Wall of trees 10 miles wide and 4,350 miles long, bisecting a dozen countries from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. The problem: the creeping desertification across Africa.

“The desert is a spreading cancer,” Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s president and the wall’s standard bearer, said. “We must fight it. That is why we have decided to join in this titanic battle.”

There were just a few problems.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/#iGy1fyFiw1K1XbbG.99
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In the Field

“Forestry is interesting to me intellectually,” asserts Phillip Chi a silviculture forestry technician on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. “But it’s also something that I really don’t mind doing as a job.”

PhilChiWriteUp_USFS.PDF

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Art and the Environment: you can do both

http://www.pdza.org/washed-ashore/

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Waste Not, Want Not: Pilot Program Makes It Easier to Compost and Recycle

Ever stood in front of the triple option of Recyclable/Compostable/Landfill bins and wondered where your cup, potato chip bag, or take-out plate should go?

Customers at Local Point in Lander Hall now have the opportunity to see exactly where leftover food and other waste belong. Using software on an iPad mounted near the bins, customers can also learn what the eco savings are in terms of CO2 (carbon dioxide), landfill space, and energy saved.

https://www.hfs.washington.edu/abouthfs/Default.aspx?id=7461#gsc.tab=0

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Otter Spotter

On Sunday September 11, 2016 Environmental Manager Chris Andersen was out at the Auburn Environmental Park in the Mill Creek area when he spotted a rare visitor. While checking on a beaver dam in the area, he heard rustling across the creek from where he stood. He got his camera out and started to record, when an otter showed itself and began to lope across the grass, take a quick glance in Chris’s direction, and plop into the water shortly after. It swam upstream for a bit, popped it’s head up to check on Chris once more, and continued on it’s way.

While it’s known that river otters call this area their home, it is rare to see one in the wild in action. It’s quite lucky to catch one on camera, so we would like to share this experience with you! Check out this short clip captured by Chris!

http://www.auburnwa.gov/services/environmental/spotlight.htm

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Learn about the burke-gilman trail history

https://www.biology.washington.edu/news/1489163400/merrill-hille-creation-seattles-burke-gilman-trail

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 1971, hundreds of people began marching toward Matthews Beach Park along the shores of Lake Washington north of Sand Point. Families, couples, adults and senior citizens converged on the park in two streams – one from the south, one from the north. They marched there that sunny late-summer afternoon along old railroad tracks, on a route that dated to the 1880s.

The “hike-in” and rally was organized by Merrill Hille to draw attention and create support for turning the old railroad tracks to a bike and pedestrian trail.

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UW Project Boosts Health through Community Gardens in Navajo Nation

http://sph.washington.edu/news/article.asp?content_ID=8321

Aims to Reduce Health Disparities in Two New Mexico Communities

A University of Washington School of Public Health collaboration in two Navajo Nation communities is inspiring families to grow and eat more fruit and vegetables – setting them on a path to better health.

The Yeego (Let’s go) Gardening! project features a series of collaborative studies. One of the recently completed studies developed community garden plots and workshops that teach basic cultivation techniques. The aim of that study was to boost health and wellness in two New Mexico communities – Crownpoint and Shiprock – with high rates of diabetes and low access to healthy foods.

“We’ve been able to show in the study that the gardens and gardening workshops help increase gardening among adults in the communities,” says India Ornelas, assistant professor of health services at the UW and an assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Women in Leadership

 

MGMT 490A – Spring 2017 – M | W 1:30-3:20

Women in Leadership

We will use the lives and experiences of local guest speakers to find personal answers to the same questions, enhance skills and create a personal vision.

We will:

• Interact with at least seven local women in leadership positions.*

• Apply a leadership framework that has helped women around the world succeed

• Build your appetite and comfort with the risk-taking that will help you excel

• Create a personal vision board to picture your ideal career and life

• Examine different ideas of work-life balance

• Practice your authentic leadership style to hone your most powerful voice and presence

• Translate your strengths, values, dreams and goals into a life and career worthy of you

 

Flyer for 2017 Women in Leadership class (2).docx

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2017 Citizen University Conference: Reckoning and Repair in America

Hello changemakers, activists, and community catalysts!

We want you to attend the 2017 Citizen University taking place in Seattle on March 24th and 25th!

Citizen University is an annual national conference; it is a creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship. Hundreds of change makers, activists and catalysts from across the United States show up to learn about power, build their networks and recharge their sense of purpose. The theme for this year’s conference is Reckoning and Repair in America. As the event website states: “We face deep divisions across the country. Now more than ever, we the people have to step up: to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric.”

Citizen University invites everyone–regardless of national origin or documentation status–to practice the art of citizenship and civic participation. For more information about Citizen University and to see the agenda and list of the amazing speakers and presenters, please visit their website.

Citizen University 2017 is taking place on Friday, March 24th from 5:30-9:30PM AND Saturday, March 25th from 8AM-5:30PM at Seattle Center. The University of Washington* is covering the cost for 30 UW students to attend this dynamic conference.

What is required of the UW students selected to attend Citizen University 2017?

  • Attend a pre-conference orientation on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30-7pm in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171. Complete pre-conference reflection assignments.
  • Attend and participate in the entire conference on Friday, March 24th from 5:30-9:30pm AND Saturday, March 25th from 8am-6pm at Seattle Center.
  • Participate in a post-conference conversation on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30-7PM in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171, and complete post-conference reflection assignments.

If you are interested in one of the sponsored registrations for Citizen University, complete this questionnaire. Please recognize that if you are selected to attend the conference, your registration costs will be covered by the University of Washington. These sponsored conference registrations are limited; we ask that only those fully committed to attending complete the interest form. Deadline for consideration is Monday, 2/27 at 11:59pm. (We will confirm your spot by Friday, March 3rd.)

If you have any questions about the commitment required for the conference, please feel free to contact Nani Vishwanath at nvish@uw.edu or Kathryn Pursch Cornforth at purschk@uw.edu.

*Sponsored student registrations for Citizen University were made possible by the Husky Leadership Initiative and the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center.

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Quote

“There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction.

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.”


Winston S. Churchill, 23 June 1925, House of Commons

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Let’s Talk: Drop-In Consultation with a Counselor

 

 

 

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center, without an appointment. Counselors hold drop-in hours at two sites on campus.

Talking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.
Let’s Talk drop-in visits are:

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • No appointment necessary

Winter Quarter 2017 Let’s Talk schedule

Tuesdays, 2-4PM
Ethnic Cultural Center
Iris Song, PsyD

Wednesdays, 2-4PM
Q Center
Kate Fredenberg, LICSW

How does Let’s Talk work?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Let’s Talk is different from ongoing counseling. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor.

Topics can include relationships, financial and academic stress, oppression, intersecting identities, body image, family problems and other concerns.

Is Let’s Talk the right choice for me?

There is no wrong reason to seek counseling through Let’s Talk, the Counseling Center, or Hall Health Center. However, Let’s Talk is an especially good fit for students who:

1. Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor

2. Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor

3. Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through

4. Have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

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Study Abroad with American Indian Studies: Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study

Tribal Canoe Journeys

STANDING TOGETHER: TRIBAL CANOE JOURNEY FIELD STUDY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Summer 2017 B-term

Dates of Instruction: 7/20/17 – 8/19/17

Application Deadline: 2/15/17

Standing Together: Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study at Cape Mudge and Campbell River, British Columbia is a response to the official invitation from the We Wai Kai and We Wai Kum Nations of British Columbia, presented at the Paddle to Nisqually this year at the culmination of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey on August 6, 2016, we quote the invitation here, so that the intention of our host will be clear:

The coastal waters of British Columbia have sustained our peoples since time immemorial, providing access to precious resources and connecting our communities to one another. This common thread weaves our histories, stories, art and families togeth er and helps ensure our cultural traditions thrive with each new generation.

The canoes will arrive into Cape Mudge on Saturday, August 5th and into Campbell River on August 7th. On both occasions, public community feasts will be held. It is anticipated that between seventy-five and one-hundred canoes will participate and an additional 5,000 guests will line the shores to witness history in the making.

Join the tribe on the beach as the canoes are called in and formally welcomed to the territory. What a tremendous opportunity this represents in the building and nourishing of intercultural and cross cultural relationships. Your participation serves to strengthen the nation and their peoples, and demonstrates the unified commitment to working together for the common good.

This program is open to all students, of all levels, faculty, and staff, from all campuses at the University of Washington, and other universities. Participation of the community is also encouraged, and non-matriculating students will be accepted.

Learn more about the program at UW Study Abroad and at The Daily.

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An Afternoon with Beijing’s Funniest American Comedian

 

Laughter brings together communities. That’s what Jesse Appell intends to do at his next live comedy talk show at the UW. Come out on January 31st at 4:00 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room 120 for an hour of hilarious comedy.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Asian Languages and Literature Department, and The Whole U, Appell, a Fulbright Scholar alumnus, has been featured on CBS, TEDx, PBS, NPR, and PRI will perform his bilingual comedy aiming to overcome cultural gaps with a focus on storytelling.

Come share some laughs with “Beijing’s Funniest American Comedian” in his comedic show, The Life of a Chinese Comedian!

 

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WiSE Conference 2017 – Registration and Campus Dept. Invitation

 

 

Registration is still open for the 26th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) conference.

No Ceiling. No Limit”.

Saturday, February 18th

8:30am-5:00pm

HUB – Seattle Campus

Workshops and presentations will be offered all day that speak to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational and career opportunities as well as professional and personal development. Women scholars of science and engineering at all levels are encouraged to attend. There are great opportunities to network and explore opportunities.

· Attendees Engage and Explore the Opportunities and Pathways in STEM
· Connect and network with our academic and industry sponsors and recruiters during the Career Resource Fair 

This conference is focused toward the woman scholar who is interested in and/or pursuing engineering and science from high school through graduate level and beyond.

Here is a list of ways the campus community and departments are invited to be involved in the conference:

  1. Share with your department students and encourage them to attend the conference.
  1. Sponsor registration for students in your department to attend – Student Registration: $25 per student
  1. Provide general conference sponsorship at $100 minimum:
    • This includes participation in the conference Career Resource fair (CRF) by having a 6X6 (and two chairs) department information table. CRF Time: 12:00 – 1:30. Lunch will be included for up to two volunteers
      1. If additional student or staff volunteers would like to volunteer at your table the cost is $20 and you may register them as a student.

For your convenience, department and student sponsorship registration can be completed On-Line at:

www.regonline.com/UWWiSE2017

· UW departments registration Access code: DAWGS2017 (not case sensitive).

· Please note the on-line registration will close Saturday, January 28th, 2017. There will be no on-site registration.

To learn more about this event or UW WiSE please visit their website:

http://www.engr.uw.edu/WiSE

 

 

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STEM Focused Volunteer Opportunity for UW Students

 

 

 

www.seattlemesa.org

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Winter 2017 Leadership Firesides

Registration is open now for Winter 2017 Leadership Firesides! The Husky Leadership Initiative hopes that you can join them for these inspiring events.

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus
leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The Firesides are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership competence and confidence. The 2017 Firesides theme is “Be the Change”, and speakers will share stories of how they themselves have been a part of change.

Starbucks Siren logo Starbucks is dedicated to the development of student leaders and proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Leadership Firesides.

REGISTER NOW!

All events take place in the HUB Fireplace Lounge (1st Floor) Light refreshments provided

January 12

Margaret Hoelzer
Olympic Swimmer

January 19

Linda Callecod
Seraphim Consulting

January 26

Jamie Stroble(Co-sponsored with Program on the Environment & UW Sustainability)

Seattle Planning Commission

February 2

Amanda Twiss & Ken Myer

(Co-sponsored with CoMotion)

Entrepreneurs in Residence Panel

February 9

Richard Conlin
Richard Conlin & Associates

February 16

John Richards
KEXP

February 23

Stanley Herring
UW Medicine, Seattle Seahawks & Mariners

March 2

Mike Fong
Mayor’s Office

REGISTER NOW

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Sign Up to Study Abroad!

Thinking about studying abroad this summer or next year? Now is the time to apply! Here is a list of programs with deadlines coming soon. Visit their website and check out the information below to learn how you can make your Husky Experience global with UW Study Abroad.

Deadlines

University Exchanges – January 17

Summer Programs – February 15

Early Fall Exploration Seminars – March 1

Autumn Quarter Programs – March 1

Advising

Are you trying to decide if studying abroad is a good choice for you? Come and talk to one of the study abroad peer ambassadors. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help you figure out if studying abroad is right for you and which program may best suit your interests.

Drop-in advising: 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday in 459 Schmitz Hall.

Scholarships

Looking to fund your study abroad program? Visit the Global Opportunities website to learn more about study abroad scholarships or meet with the Global Opportunities
adviser to get advice on funding your program. Deadlines are coming up for summer, early fall and autumn programs.

Free Passports

UW Study Abroad and CIEE are excited to offer free passports to the first 150 students who sign up. The event takes place January 12, 9am – 4pm at the ECC (Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center). There will be a study abroad fair afterwards from 4pm – 7pm. Secure your slot today!

Only students who have never before had a passport are eligible. You must prepare in advance by bringing certain documents, including your birth certificate.

Social Media

Find out about upcoming info sessions, events and deadlines. Get inspired by other UW Study Abroad students. Follow UW Study Abroad on Instagram and Facebook!

 

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Quote for Winter Quarter:

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

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Join the Dream Project! (EDUC 260 & EDUC 369)

The Dream Project provides an opportunity for UW students to support low-income and first-generation high school students in South King County on applying to college and other post-secondary planning.

  • Mentor high school seniors on applying to colleges, filing the FAFSA/WASFA to access financial aid, applying to scholarships, and more.
  • Register for EDUC 260 and EDUC 369 on your UW registration. These classes cover important content related to social justice, college access, and mentorship, and will help prepare you to work with students effectively.
  •  Lecture (EDUC 260) is on Mondays from 3:30-4:20 or 5:30-6:20. Counts for I&S credit.
  • High School visits (EDUC 369) take place throughout the week at various times. There is also a quiz section on Mondays 4:30-5:20pm.
  •  Transportation to our 13 partner schools (AAA, Auburn, Chief Sealth, Cleveland, Federal Way, Foster, Global, Ida B Wells School for Social Justice, Ingraham, Kent-Meridian, Rainier Beach, Renton, and TEC) is provided and travel time is included in EDUC 369 class time.
  • Meet awesome undergrads, gain leadership opportunities, and make new friends
  • Average commitment of ~4-6 hours per week.

Questions? Please email dreamproject@uw.edu

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Scholarship Junkies: Free Student Help with the Scholarship Process

Need help writing your essay for a dream scholarship?
Get essay feedback for free with http://www.scholarshipjunkies.org!

  1. Plan: Research your scholarship and plan your application essay.
  2. Draft: Start putting your thoughts into words – this is only a draft.
  3. Submit: Submit your drafts to be reviewed for free. They also review personal statements.
  4. Revise: Free one-on-one feedback, editing, and revision to strengthen your story.
  5. Apply: Be confident in your refined essay and submit the scholarship or application.
  6. Start Over: Think your essay needs a bit more work? Submit again and they’ll take another look.

Scholarship Junkies is a free insider’s guide to the student scholarship process. They cover how to find scholarships, how to choose which scholarships to apply for, how to compile competitive applications, and much more.

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