Ocean Currents 1/5/21

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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.

Welcome to 2021

It is the beginning of a new year and of a new academic quarter, a time that is filled with hope for a better tomorrow. Here in the School we have a bevy of upcoming winter events to complement our onging classes and research. Race Talks continues with an emphasis on indigenous cultures—thanks to the volunteers who run this program—and I encourage you to attend if you can. On and off throughout the quarter there will be special seminars designed to help interested indiviuals learn more about the university and department. Topics will include university and departmental finances, departmental history, and university hiring practices. Stay tuned for more information. This is also our first year using a new holistic application and review process for recruiting graduate students. As is typical, we will be evaluating more than 175 applicants and trying to find a dozen or so individuals to recruit into our graduate program. Everyone in the School is invited to participate in this process, especially in the open events we will be hosting during the virtual recruitment week (early March). Again, stay tuned for more information.  —Rick

Afloat: Work/Life Balance

Thank you to our community for participating in our Fall Quarter Afloat Challenges, Activities, and Celebrations.  We are particularly impressed with how so many people contributed their time and energy during our  Weekend of Giving. The word cloud at right identifies some of the many ways you made a difference last quarter. Thank you and congratulations. The Afloat Team will announce our first Winter Quarter activity in mid-January.  We will continue to highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. We need more submissions. A call will go out soon or you can email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.  

Race Talk

We would like to invite all of you to participate in the Winter Quarter Race Talk meetings. The upcoming quarter’s meetings will be focused on issues related to Indigenous Identity, Sovereignty, and History, and how these intersect with our work in the academy. We welcome participation from everyone! This is a great time to join if you have not been able to participate in past meetings. 

During Winter Quarter we will meet bi-weekly on Mondays at 11 a.m., starting on January 11. As part of our work this quarter, each person will read one book over the course of the quarter and participate in discussions related to that book with other participants reading the book, and report out to the rest of the group on what they are learning. 

To participate, please register for the meetings here.

You can see the book options (and sign up to read one) here. All of these books are available for free from the UW Library. 

If you would like to see examples of what we have discussed in previous meetings, you are more than welcome to look in our Google folder, where we have compiled resources and slides (with notes) from previous meetings. 

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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