Ocean Currents 4/13/21

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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.

Dean Search - your input desired

It's not too late to provide input on the search for a new Dean. Click here to watch the video presentations and to fill out the individual surveys. You will need to use your NetID to get access to this page. You may also email your thoughts to the chairs of the search committee, Renee Cheng (bfalk@uw.edu) and Nancy Allbritton (nlallbr@uw.edu), or to our representative, LuAnne Thompson (luanne@uw.edu). It would be great to get feedback by the end of this week.

There will be a faculty open meeting at 10:30 a.m. on WEDNESDAY to discusss the finalists. Please use the faculty meeting Zoom link to join in.

Decadal Review Open Meetings

Participate in the decadal review process! Help improve our School. The web page to learn more is here, and it includes a list of the open meetings and the Zoom link. THIS WEEK: The next seminar will be Associate Dean Stephanie Harrington, who will offer "UW Finances 101" on Friday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. Check out the Director's Choice listing on our website for the Zoom link.

Race Talk

The Spring Race Talk is tackling Seattle, Anti-Asian racism, and the Pacific Northwest's brand of “cold racism,” a topic we feel is pertinent given the events of the last year and the recent uptick in hate crimes directed at the Asian American community. To avoid conflicts with departmental classes and regularly scheduled events, we will meet every other Tuesday at 3 p.m. with our next meeting on April 20. We are keeping the book club format from Winter Quarter where each person selects a book to read and we spend part of each session discussing our books with our fellow readers. There are four books to choose from: 

  • The River That Made Seattle (UW ebook)
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei and Justin Eisinger (Seattle Public Library - Hoopla)
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong (UW ebook)
  • The Myth of the Model Minority by Rosalind Chou and Joe Feagin (UW ebook)

Please sign up for at least one book, at this link. A suggested reading goal for the first meeting is included on this spreadsheet so that you can get started reading right away. 

Also, if you plan to join us, please register at this link. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven't been able to join us before! We look forward to engaging with these topics this spring.

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.

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