Ocean Currents 4/20/21

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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.

What a nice stretch of weather we are having. Hopefully everyone has gotten out and enjoyed some time in the warm spring air. The new coffee and pastry shop Saint Bread is set to open Saturday, May 1. Located in a portion of the former Jensen Motorboat Co., Saint Bread is the product of local pastry legend Yasuaki Saito, co-owner of The London Plane located in Pioneer Square. We welcome our new neighbors.

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. Video from the first two talks is available here.

THIS WEEK: Open meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21, to discuss the nascent faculty hiring plan. Please feel free to come and provide your opinions. The Zoom link is here at the bottom of the page. 

The next seminar will be on Friday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m., when Rick Keil and Kittie Tucker present "School of Oceanography Budgets 101." 

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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