Ocean Currents 10/13/20

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Ocean Currents is a weekly bulletin of news and upcoming events for the UW School of Oceanography. If you have news or stories to contribute, please contact Su Tipple.


News from the Director


Congratulations to Sarah Ragen for a wonderful MS defense a couple weeks ago. The website has a great new story about recent alum Katie Hearther - check it out.


Thanks to the many of you who attended last week's Convocation event. I counted more than five dozen people in attendance and it was nice to see how many of our staff, students and faculty have reached professional milestones and achieved wonderful things. Congratulations to the trivia contest winners. Michelle Townsend has sent pins by post to our student winners. If you are staff or faculty, your pin is in your on-site mailbox. The winners were Mikelle, Alana, David, Mark, Leland, Erik, Hannah, Christin, Jace, Zhihua, Robert and Reese. If you won and don't see your name here, just email Michelle.  


Just a reminder to follow the school Instagram site, and to join our Slack community.


Afloat Challenge

Congratulations to Kelsy Cain, Amy Larsen, and Jacob Cohen, the three ultimate prize winners of the Afloat Bingo Challenge. Here is a peek at the prize of some handmade art by alum Liz Ewings. You can check out her other artwork on her website.


The new Afloat Challenge is to show us something you like about your remote workplace. To kick things off, I am highlighting my new stress buddy. When I squeeze it the eyes pop out. I squeeze it frequently, very frequently. Post your workspace pictures to Instagram and tag #UWOceanography, or email your submissions to webteam@ocean.washington.edu


Work/Life Balance: We are highlighting some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow Oceanographers. Milly Marriott-Green (undergraduate) recently finished her first album playing the piano and drums and singing!! Here are two songs from her album: Song 1, Song 2. Congratulations, Milly!! If you'd like to be highlighted for a personal accomplishment, please email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.


Race Talk


The second Race Talk meeting will be on Monday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. The theme for Fall Quarter is "Race in Academia", and we will be reading the second half of "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo. A free eBook is available through the UW Library. We welcome all participants, both new and returning. This is a good time to join if you haven't been able to yet. We especially want to note that we welcome all members of the Oceanography community, whether undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, faculty, or staff, as we all have unique perspectives and experiences.

We will have a bonus 30-minute discussion from 12:30–1:00 p.m. about recognizing and interrupting microaggressions. 


A reminder that if you participated over the summer, you will need to re-register for the fall meeting series. Register here:


Need Help?


As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Here’s a resource provided by the UW that may be of help: Working during COVID-19/Caring for self and family/Self care.

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