Notice: Distinguished Teaching Awards Call for Nominations


We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Awards.  We hope to generate a robust pool of nominations, one that reflects the richness and diversity of teaching at the UW.  We are especially interested in seeing more nominations of faculty members who are women, who are from underrepresented groups, and/or have disabilities.  Please consider nominating one of your stellar faculty or graduate student colleagues. Continue reading

Events: Applications open for 2018 Science and Technology Showcase


Applications are now OPEN for the 2018 Science and Technology Showcase (STS) hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and the Science and Engineering Business Association. Both undergraduate and graduate students with science or technology-based ideas that have commercial potential are invited to participate.

Students will deliver their pitch to a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs from the Seattle business community. Cash prizes will be available in a wide variety of categories. Previous STS winners have gone on to successfully launch start-up companies.

  • Apply hereby December 18, 2017. More information can be found at
  • Showcase: January 18, 2018 in Anthony’s Forum (Paccar Hall)
  • Questions? Contact Renae Cruz at

Notice: Alternative Spring Break programs for the Environment and Science

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It’s time to apply for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) – a chance for UW students to contribute to and learn from rural and tribal communities around Washington, have a cross-cultural, immersive exchange, and team-teach and mentor in K-12 settings!

By building relationships and providing dynamic curriculum, Science ASB programs cultivate an interest in science, the self-esteem, and the leadership of the K-12 youth we work with.

UW students will find they have much to offer the program, and that they also gain a lot from the experience in return!

For more details:

Second Priority Deadline for Applications is 11:59pm on Wednesday November 15th

Research: Research2Innovation workshop application open


For the first time ever, SEBA is sponsoring the Lens of the Market Stage 1: Research2Innovation Workshop (January 10, 2018).  

  • Are you a scientist or engineer working on a project that has the potential to impact people and the environment?
  • Do you have little or no prior knowledge on how you would even take your research beyond the bench?

Consider participating in Research2Innovation, a 1 day workshop developed to provide teams of STEM professionals (undergraduate and graduate students, post docs AND faculty members) with a rapid introduction to the vocabulary, skills, tools, and road map needed to engage in successfully translating research into innovations. Participation is FREE.

Applications can be found here and are due November 22nd. 

Events: CIVIC DISCORD, Nov 15, 6-7:30pm, HUB North Ballroom


“Listen More” original artwork: installation and photograph by Alex Franke, ’17, philosophy with Honors.

Each year, UW Honors freshmen select a complex issue, and our community tackles their biggest questions, together. The event joins speakers from (seemingly) unconnected disciplines to closely examine a problem that appears insurmountable to our students. You are invited into challenging conversations where differences are not only respected, but valued and absorbed into evolving perspectives.

Responding to student fears surrounding civic discord, an engineer, a civic leader, and a historian will lead a community discussion on:

  • This moment in the broader context of current and historical global trends.
  • The complicated, constantly evolving role of technology in how people learn and connect.
  • Why journalists, artists and educators hold society and each other accountable.
  • How artistic practice builds tolerance for risking discomfort and embracing uncertainty.

What our audience wonders about most: drawn from questions you offer when you RSVP.


starbirdProfessor Kate Starbird
Human Centered Design & Engineering
The Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory, directed by Starbird, investigates how news and social media enable crowd participation and interaction. Recent analysis demonstrates how information networks exploit our psychological vulnerabilities, promoting rifts in society and undermining trust.

kasabaResat Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair and Director
Jackson School of International Studies
Well-versed in economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, world history, and urban history in the Middle East, Dr. Kasaba is often quoted in the news on pressing international issues. He cites global instances of political upheaval to underscore the vital role of media and educational institutions in democracy.

engstromRandy Engstrom, Director
Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle
Now responsible for the office that steers and supports more than 500 of our city’s vital creative forces, Engstrom cut his teeth establishing grassroots, youth-led, community-building organizations. He believes that art disrupts narratives and generates possibility, often bridging differences and changing society in the process.

Moderated by Dr. Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

2017 SustainableUW Festival, 10/23-28

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October is National Campus Sustainability month, and UW Sustainability is organizing the 2017 SustainableUW Festival highlighting sustainability-related events across the University of Washington. The festival is Oct. 23-28, but there are sustainability events happening before and after those dates as well. The SustainableUW Festival includes events hosted by various departments, student groups and other organizations across all UW campuses. The full list of festival events and more information can be found at – you can also join the festival’s Facebook event.

The showcase festival event is the Sustainability Fair, Wednesday, October 25 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This event features dozens of exhibitors – including UW departments, student groups and community partners. This year’s theme is “Student-powered sustainability” and the fair will also include a student poster showcase.

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Other featured events this month include the Campus Sustainability Fund brainstorming mixer on October 19; a UW Sustainability open house in our office, Gerberding B40, on Oct. 20 (featuring a food drive and representatives from the UW Campus Food Pantry); a Sustainability Careers Meet & Greet on October 23; and more. The full event calendar is at