Ocean Currents 11/17/20

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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 School Leadership

Though we cannot gather as we traditionally do, the department is creating a few holiday events to bring us together virtually. RSVP to join us in celebrating and building community virtually with the SoO. We sincerely hope that you will participate in the fun!  There will be 3 virtual, participatory events between now and the new year.  Click for more information.

News from the School of Oceanography Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The School of Oceanography Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is busy this fall working on a variety of issues. In early October we submitted an application to the AGU Bridge program. If our application is accepted we will have early access to applicants from diverse background as part of an effort to recruit, support, and retain underrepresented graduate students in the geosciences. More importantly, the discussions around this application led to a re-envisioning of the graduate application review and recruitment process with DEI in mind. We are currently working with Evelyn Lessard and Michelle Townsend to implement this vision. We formed a subcommittee which has been working to highlight DEI efforts on the School website. We are beginning the work of envisioning the recruitment of future faculty as a long term process with DEI embedded at every step of the process. And we are gearing up to contribute to the School’s self-study document this winter and spring as the School starts to prepare for our 10-year review next year. This will provide a framework for our community to articulate our aspirations for the School to become a truly inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for teaching, mentoring, and research. We also want to acknowledge that this work belongs to the entire School community, and the DEI committee is working along side the efforts of many others. We acknowledge the leadership of ARGO and the Race Talk book club, both ongoing efforts to make our culture more welcoming for all.

We had a transition of membership this fall. Many thanks to Kim Gottschalk, Angie Boysen, and Rick Rupan for their service and contributions over the past year. You all rolled up your sleeves and challenged us when the work seemed too daunting. We already miss you! The good news is that we recruited two additional graduate students, a staff member, a post-doc, and three undergraduates to keep us moving forward. The full roster for the 2020-2021 academic year is as follows:

Undergraduate Students: Charlie Daniels, Isabelle Osuna, Cristian Swift
Graduate Students: Ginevra Moore, Jade Sauvé
Staff: Jaqui Neibauer
Post-docs: Dhruv Balwada, Katherine Heal, Evan Howard
Faculty: LuAnne Thompson, Mikelle Nuwer, Randie Bundy, Ginger Armbrust

...and continuing help from Michelle Townsend and Evelyn Lessard


Congratulations to Kyle Armour, Associate Professor in the School of Oceanography and Department of Atmospheric Sciences, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union for his outstanding scientific contributions.

Race Talks

A screening of the film Picture a Scientist is currently being organized, with screening opportunities to take place between 11/23 and 11/25 and a follow-up discussion taking place during Race Talk on Monday, November 30. Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries—including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists—who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. 

Afloat: Work/Life Balance

Show us your WORKSPACE 2.0  - we have been improving our work spaces, so show us yours. Winner gets two cans of the National Alpha King AWARD WINNING HYPOTHESIS IPA from Burke Gilman Brewing. This New England-style IPA is easy on the tongue and was donated by Eric Lundquist. Thank you. Eric. Send your entries to webteam@ocean.washington.edu or simply tag @UWOceanography on Instagram.

Each week we highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. Kennadie Selden (undergraduate) painted more and developed her own art style.  She also got an internship at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science. Congratulations, Kennadie!!  If you'd like to be highlighted for a personal accomplishment, please email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.

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.

Per Governor Inslee's press conference, a list of new COVID restrictions can be found here
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