Ocean Currents 5/11/21

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The School of Oceanography decadal review has been pushed back one year. We continue planning and creating our self reflection, but with less urgency. The next seminar in our '101' series will occur on Friday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m., when we will hear from the College of the Environment Advancement Team about gifts and endowments.


Belated congratulations to Marta Wolfshorndl, who successfully defended her PhD on March 12th.  Marta completed the Ocean: Advanced Data Science option.  Marta, I'm sorry I forgot to acknowledge your achievements here in the weekly newsletter! - Rick.  Congratulations also to Amy Wyeth for her wonderful MS presentation last Friday, and to Hannah Glover, winner of this year's Graduate Dean's Medal.

Mark your calendars. Graduation this year will be Thursday June 10th at 6pm, a virtual ceremony honoring all our graduate sttudents and undergraduates who received degrees in the past year.  Zoom link released next week.

India COVID19 Relief

Our School acknowledges the ongoing and compounding humanitarian crises in India, which have impacted the families, relatives, and loved ones of a number of our School of Oceanography community members. We recognize that these times may be uniquely challenging and stressful for those with ties to India, and we ask that our community offer grace and support to students, classmates, and colleagues who have been affected. We echo the sentiments expressed in President Ana Mari Cauce’s letter last week and encourage anyone who is looking for ways to help to consider the UW Combined Fund Drive’s list of aid organizations that are working to respond to the emergency in India.

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 May 18. 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.

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.
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