Ocean Currents 10/6/20

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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


Don't forget the annual fall welcome celebration, Oceanography Convocation, will occur virtually this year on Thursday, October 8th, at 3:30 p.m. We will welcome our newest community members and honor recent students, staff, and faculty who have achieved major milestones or won awards. There will be a raffle and some ocean trivia, and we wil be announcing the new fall Afloat challenge. 


Did you see that the R/V Thomas G. Thompson is back in local waters? The ship is at UW today and then leaves for drydock, where a series of maintenence and upgrades will be performed. Stay tuned for more information.


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


In other news, the first faculty meeting of the year is tomorrow, October 7. We will be evaluating and approving a variety of changes to the school structure based on recommendations from the graduate student, postdoc, and undergraduate letters. We have additional work to do regarding finances and other academic tasks, so the meeting will be a long one. I encourage attendees to eat a hearty meal beforehand. I have placed a document on the website (currently the Director's Choice) that provides my view of the coming year.




Afloat Challenge


There are only a few days left to the summer BINGO challenge but that is still enough time to win. Click here now to update your social distancing data. Don't forget Erik's Back to School Bike Bingo, which has been extended to October 11 to make up for time lost due to the smoke. Join in the fun! You can download the bingo card here.


Work/Life Balance:  For the next few weeks we will highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow Oceanographers. Kudos to Shelley Carpenter who hiked the 93-mile Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier with Kathy Newell, and also hiked the world’s longest slot canyon, Buckskin Gulch, UT. If you'd like to be highlighted for a personal accomplishment, please email Michelle Townsend.


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.

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


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