Notice: Need Student Health Insurance? Share your experience!

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If you are a student at UW Seattle who is uninsured or underinsured and would like to share your experience navigating the healthcare system through a 30-minute interview, 60-minute focus group, video clip, OR written story, please contact us at uwship2@gmail.com.

We are a group of MPH students advocating for the reinstitution of a UW health insurance plan. Your stories will help us inform UW policy makers of the need for a student health insurance plan. Participants can earn up to $50.”

Thank you for your time,
UW SHIP2 Student Team
uwship2@gmail.com

Notice: Drop-In Mental Health Resources for Students for Spring Quarter

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Here are some drop-in mental health resources for spring quarter.  These are FREE resources available for students.  No appointments necessary.  Students can just show up.  More information and flyers available via hyperlink.

  • Mindfulness for Daily Living with Ron Ma, 2-2:45pm (NEW TIME) on Thursdays (through the last week of class) in 401 Schmitz Hall
    • Mindfulness meditation is a practice that helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression by cultivating greater self-awareness and a sense of inner peace.
  • Mindfulness for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma Workshop 2-2:45pm on several Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for students’ convenience in 401 Schmitz Hall. This workshop by Caitlin Stanaway reviews the symptoms of generalized anxiety, major depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.  Participants can learn about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (focused on building skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (focused on how thoughts, mood and behaviors interact).  Goals:
    • Increased understanding of mental health symptoms
    • Effective coping strategies to practice
    • Specifying personal goals and/or goals for treatment
  • Mental Health for the People workshop with Andrea Salazar on Friday 6/1 at 3pm in 401 Schmitz Hall.  This is a new quarterly workshop series is focused on mental health topics from a social justice perspective. The topic for spring quarter is The Impact of Colorism on Communities of Color
  • Let’s Talk.  Drop-in consultation with a counselor, a collaboration between the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center
    • Tuesdays 2-4pm with Iris Song at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
    • Wednesdays 2-4pm with Kate Fredenberg at the Q Center in the HUB
    • Offered during the 10 weeks of each quarter.

Notice: Nominate an iSchool instructor for a teaching award!

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NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ISCHOOL INSTRUCTOR!

The deadline to nominate iSchool faculty for this year’s teaching excellence awards is extended to Friday, May 4. This is a great opportunity to publicly appreciate a faculty member who’s made a particular difference in your life. Recipients will be announced at Convocation.

The nomination is a short survey that takes a few minutes to complete.

Pedagogical Recognition of Our Faculty (PROF): Recognizes exemplary teaching and outstanding contributions to teaching made by tenure track faculty at the Information School.

Teaching Excellence and Creative Honors (TEACH): Recognizes exemplary teaching and outstanding contributions to teaching made by non-tenure track faculty (both full-time and part-time) at the Information School.

Nominees for both awards should:

  • Apply expertise in subject matter to connect with students and make topics relevant to their learning.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and engagement in the learning/teaching process.
  • Inspire independent, original, and creative thinking.
  • Show innovation in course and curriculum design.

Career Newsletter, 4/26/18

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Making the Most of Your Internship

For those of you not graduating in June, this summer will likely be spent interning. This week, we’re looking at how to make your internship successful. Whether or not it’s your first intern position, approaching the opportunity strategically will maximize what you take from the experience.

Conduct preliminary research

You likely researched the company before interviewing, but there’s no reason to stop now that you’ve secured an internship. Continue reading up on the organization’s mission and vision, and look for relevant news articles, whether from outside publications or the company’s own communications team (which are often shared via social media accounts). Starting with a depth of prior knowledge will reflect your genuine interest in the role and organization, as well as help you acclimate more quickly than fellow interns.

Develop relationships

Internships provide students with a unique opportunity to build their professional network — you’re out of the classroom, interacting with a brand new set of people on a daily basis. Focus on building as many connections as possible. Attend company-sponsored intern events, think about organizing your own, ask your supervisor if they have time for lunch, and make plans for outside of work. Assuming your internship resembles what you’d like to do long-term (and, really, even if it doesn’t), every relationship you cultivate — both with peers and superiors — represents a potential job lead in the future. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 4/19/2018

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Alternative Summer Plans

Our last two newsletters have focused on topics related to summer internships and post-grad jobs. Today, we’re going to look at things you can do in place of working during summer break.

Enroll in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

MOOCs, for those unfamiliar, are online classes open to anyone that’s interested, and many are either free or inexpensive. Numerous sites offer MOOCs, though a few might be particularly helpful for iSchool students.

Codecademy offers courses on a variety of programming languages and components, including SQL, JavaScript, and HTML, all of which are free (there are also a couple premium options available at a cost). The content is more introductory-level, making it great for students who came to the iSchool without a lengthy technical background, or those just looking to diversity their skillset for developer jobs.

Coursera partners with colleges and universities, and features courses taught by instructors from those institutions. The classes on Coursera run the gamut from arts and humanities to physical science and engineering, but the site is still particularly well suited for the iSchool population. Among the most popular courses are Machine Learning from Stanford, Getting Started with Python from Michigan, and Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies from Princeton. MLIS students might be interested in Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations from Maryland or Research Data Management and Sharing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Edinburgh. Many of the courses on Coursera cost money, though you can apply for financial aid, as well. Continue reading

Events: Confronting Fake News and Misinformation mini-lecture series

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The Provost is hosting a mini-lecture series on Fake News & Misinformation. Speakers include iSchool faculty member Jevin West and adjunct faculty member Kate Starbird.

Muddied waters: Online disinformation during crisis events
April 18 | 5:00-6:15 | Bagley 131
Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Cleaning up our polluted information environments
April 24 | 5:00-6:15 | Gowen 301
Jevin West, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington

The new global politics of weaponized AI propaganda
April 30 | 5:00-6:15 | HUB Lyceum
Berit Anderson, & Editor-in-Chief, Scout.ai, a media company covering the future of technology, its risks and rewards through investigative reporting, analysis, and science fiction