Ocean Currents 10/27/20

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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, newly minted Doctor Hillary Scannellon your successful PhD defense. 

Trivia Night this Friday, 4:30-5:30pm! Our second year graduate students will be hosting a getting-to-know-you Trivia Night with our new first-year students Michelle, Noah, James and Arief this Friday, October 30th, from 4:30-5:30. Look for their email or check our website for the appropriate link. Thanks to Joshua, Jacob, Mary Margaret, Zoe, Will, Maleen, Halia and Yang.

Listening Session next Wednesday, November 4th, 1-2pm. What will that day bring? Mark your calendars for a chance to listen or voice your opinions and concerns after the initial election results are announced. This is an informal venue for sharing.  Click here to join the Zoom call.

This coming Wedneday, Nov 4th, at the monthly faculty meeting the faculty will hear from Bill Mahoney, Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, the first in our new series on mentoring.

In the spotlight this week is Professor Emeritus Chuck Nittrouer, who retired this summer but is back teaching his popular Rivers and Beaches class. The school didn't get a formal opportunity to thank Chuck for his years of service, so we take the time here. Chuck's research on sedimentary processes in coastal environments resulted in over 225 peer-reviewed articles and more than 11,000 citations, quite impressive. Chuck has received numerous national and international awards and the School is happy to have him continuing to teach for us as he enters retirement.

Afloat Challenge

The new Afloat challenge is a Halloween challenge. Show us your best pumpkin, or one you saw during your socially distanced walks. Winner receives a gourd-geous gourd-based ukulele. Trust me, it will put the monster in your mash. Post your workspace pictures to Instagram and tag #UWOceanography, or email your submissions to webteam@ocean.washington.edu

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

Work/Life Balance:

Each week we highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. This week we are congratulating Blake Stampley (undergraduate) on successfully starting a console gaming team franchise. While there are only a few team members, they are high quality people and they even have an online merch store! It’s small, but it’s official. Comgratulations, Blake!! If you'd like to be highlighted for a personal accomplishment, please email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.

The third meeting of Race Talk will be on Monday, November 2, at 11:30 a.m. For this meeting we will be reading from a list of articles around the topic of actionable anti-racist items for academic spaces, including recognizing white supremacy in academia and building an anti-racist lab. Please sign up for an article here

If you haven’t joined us before, you can still join us for the remainder of the fall quarter if you are interested. Please 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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