Ocean Currents 5/18/21

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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 28, at 1:30 p.m., when we will hear from Doug Russell about "An Introduction to UNOLS and the US Academic Research Fleet."


Congratulations to Sasha Seroy, who successfully defended her Ph.D. on May 12th.

Divya Panicker has written her second children's book, Have You Ever Heard a Whale Sing? . Congratulations, Divya!!

Cleanup from Fritz Hedges Waterway Park to Gasworks Park 

Join us as we clean up our waterways. The cleanup will happen on Sunday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. We will meet at Fritz Hedges Waterway Park (the new park by the Ocean Building) and walk towards Gasworks Park to pick up trash in the surrounding area! It's just over a mile each way, so the total time would be around an hour and a half. Anyone can turn around early whenever/if they need to as well. Cleanup supplies will be provided by the Puget Sound Keepers, so no need to bring anything other than yourself and a bottle of water or snack if you wish. Here is an interest survey I would appreciate people filling out if interested in attending so we can coordinate with the Puget Sound Keepers more specifically on the number of cleanup supplies we will need.


Mark your calendars. Graduation this year will be Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m., a virtual ceremony honoring all our graduate students and undergraduates who received degrees in the past year. A Zoom link will be released soon.

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 TODAY, 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.

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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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