Ocean Currents 5/4/21

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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.

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


In the past month or so the School has had the good fortune of seeing Dr. Paige Lavin receive her PhD. Paige is the first member of our community to complete the Ocean: Advanced Data Science option. Congratulations, Paige! Well earned. Laura Crews defended a very nice MS thesis this past month. Congratulations, Laura. And, congratulations to Rose (Wade) Hilmo, our newest PhC, for passing her General Exam in early April.  

Congratulations to Haila Schultz, who was awarded an NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship—and to Jacob Cohen, who received an Honorable Mention. Two of our undergraduates, Zeta Lai (senior Oceanography undergrad) and Katie Hearther (undergraduate alumnus 2020), also received Honorable Mentions. Great job!

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 4. 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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