Ocean Currents 4/6/21

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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.

Do your part to keep us safe - use HallPass

I admit to writing this in a bit of a huff. Covid numbers are trending up again, and the School had a close call last week. Best of luck of course to the person recovering, but the event brought to light that HallPass usage is massively down. If you are coming in to our buildings, use HallPass. We cannot contact-trace if you aren't using HallPass. The pandemic still rages. Hospitalizations of persons under the age of 50 is on the rise. Stay safe, stay vigilant, and please keep each other safe by reporting your visits and abiding by UW pandemic policies while on campus.  —Your angry dad, Rick  

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. Didn't catch last week's decadal review primer? You can watch the 30 minute video here. 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 Derya's blog

Undergrad alum Derya Gumustel has a wonderful blog. Highly recommended for its easy accessibility to non-specialists and it's only a 5-minute read.

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. starting today, April 6. 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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