Ocean Currents 12/8/20

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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.

The Banse Seminar Series Evolves

Please join us for this year’s final talk of the Banse Seminar Series on Wednesday, December 9. As this year’s series wraps up, we want to take a moment to reflect on Karl Banse and to share some exciting news regarding this seminar.

This series was named for Karl Banse, who has been a long-standing pillar of our community. Karl has stated that besides hard work and perseverance, major turns in his career were decided with a great deal of luck “be it through an accidental conversation at lunch, an almost-missed phone call or attendance at a somewhat strange seminar.”

In the spirit of Karl’s words, the Banse Oceanography Seminar will be refocusing to the Banse Early Career Scientist Seminar Series (BECSSS). We will focus on bringing graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career scientists from underrepresented backgrounds to our department to share their innovative research and to connect with our faculty on future career opportunities. These BECSSS scholars will come from all over the country and the world to bring their research to us at UW. We will host them in person and virtually to create collaborations with researchers here in the School of Oceanography.

This is a great opportunity to expand our oceanography community. If you have nominations for a BECSS scholar, please fill out the nomination form here.

For more information, click here.

Virtual Holiday Events

It is not too late to add your Weekend of Giving content to our word cloud. Thank you to everyone who made an extra effort this past week to be a good friend and community member.

Time is running out to sign up for our two virtual holiday parties. We will figure out a way to get the kits to you. It's fun and it's FREE to participate.

The first party is the Ugly Sweater Cookie Decorating Party. Make your own cookies, or order our easy-to-assemble packets. Friday, December 11, 4:30 p.m. Click for more information.

The second event is our "Watch Elf" movie night complete with packets of the major food groups; candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup. Don't miss out! Thursday, December 17, 7-9 p.m. Sign up here

Afloat: Work/Life Balance

Each week we highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. This week we are congratulating Charlie Daniels (UG) for fixing his broken axle one year ago. Congratulations, Charlie! 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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