Ocean Currents 11/24/20

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"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." — Willie Nelson

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.


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

Chuck Nittrouer has been elected President of the Ocean Science Section of AGU. Congratulations also to Dean Lisa Graumlich for being elected president of AGU.

As many of you know, Tansy Burns is leaving administration for an exciting new job back in the core of ocean sciences. This new opportunity will leverage Tansy's scientific interests and allow her to build on the skills she obtained during her time as Danny Grünbaum's Ph.D. student (Ph.D. UW Oceanography 2008). The opportunity also keeps her close to us, as she will be moving to the Armbrust Lab. Congratulations, Tansy.  

Virtual Holiday Events

Though we cannot gather as we traditionally do, the department is creating 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.

Weekend of Giving

The weekend of giving is this coming weekend, November 26-29. This is a chance for our community to give back. Please participate by supporting someone else over the weekend. This can be a kind act, a gift, or a donation. To visualize the impact of our acts of giving, we will ask participants to let us know what they chose to do and summarize in an anonymous submission of word or phrase. We will then turn these responses into a word cloud and post it on our website so everyone can see the oceanography community's 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

Rosalind Echols was this winner of this week's Afloat community challenge. The prize was 2 cans of the Burke Gilman Brewery Hopotheosis award-winning New England style IPA beer from Burke Gilman Brewing. New challenges will begin again in the new year.

Each week we highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. Zhihua Zhang (graduate) tried skiing for the first time! Congratulations, Zhihua!! 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

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." — Willie Nelson

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