Ocean Currents 9/29/20

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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.


News from the Director


Welcome to fall quarter! This fall we will, as a school, be preparing for our 10-year review. If you are not aware of these, they are full reviews of the academic and research functions of a school or department that occur about once a decade. All our current (unfinished) work in the realm of social justice and equity within the school will be used to inform our review, and the outcome will be a set of recommendations for how to improve in the coming decade. Dr. Gabrielle Rocap previously sent out a series of reports from the last 10-year review, and I have set up a MyOcean intranet location for staff, grads, postdocs, and faculty to see our older materials and the things we will create as we move forward.


Speaking of our MyOcean intranet, the web team launched the newest version of the MyOcean intranet last week. I enourage you to check it out; it has a very nice new interface and finding resources and answers to your questions is easier now than ever.  Also, a note on the MyOcean intranet versus the SoO public-facing website: as many of you know, access to the MyOcean intranet is currently limited to SoO faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff, and is used by these groups primarily as a way to access assistance from admin staff, a space for planning teaching schedules, and updating content on the public-facing website. Recently, more and more content has been placed behind the firewall separating the public-facing SoO website from the MyOcean intranet. In response to recent calls for increased transparency, the web team will be re-evaluating what goes on the public-facing website and what stays on the private MyOcean intranet. They are also hard at work creating a space for our undergraduates where you will have limited access to MyOcean intranet content and also to content specific to SoO undergraduates. These things will take some time to implement, so stay tuned. 


In other news, the first faculty meeting of the year is only a week away. We will be evaluating and approving a variety of changes to the school structure based on recommendations from the graduate student, postdoc, and undergraduate letters. We have additional work to do regarding finances and other academic tasks, so the meeting will be a long one. I encourage attendees to eat a hearty meal beforehand.  


Don't forget the annual fall welcome celebration, Oceanography Convocation, will occur virtually this year on Thursday, October 8th, at 3:30 p.m. We will welcome our newest community members and honor recent students, staff, and faculty who have achieved major milestones or won awards. There will be a raffle and some ocean trivia, and we wil be announcing the new fall Afloat challenge. 


Afloat Challenge


There are only a few days left to the summer BINGO challenge but that is still enough time to win. Click here now to update your social distancing data. Don't forget Erik's Back to School Bike Bingo, which has been extended to October 11 to make up for time lost due to the smoke. Join in the fun! You can download the bingo card here.


Race Talk


The first meeting will be on Monday, October 5, at 11:30 a.m. The theme for Fall Quarter is "Race in Academia", and we will start by reading the book "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo (Chapters Intro–8 for October 5). A free eBook is available through the UW Library. We welcome all participants, both new and returning. This is a good time to join if you haven't been able to yet. We especially want to note that we welcome all members of the Oceanography community, whether undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, faculty, or staff, as we all have unique perspectives and experiences.

If you participated over the summer, you will need to re-register for the fall meeting series. Register here:


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