Friday, January 28, 2011

New Science Communication Course for Spring 2011

COM 597D

This 5-credit seminar, designed for graduate students of all physical and social science disciplines, will examine how to effectively communicate science at both conceptual and practical levels.

We'll use the debate over climate change as one case study, looking deeper at why scientists lost this communication battle early on and at more effective strategies that could be used to engage the public. We'll examine celebrity scientist/authors and what they may sacrifice in terms of scientific and journalistic integrity. We'll look at the variety of roles scientists can play in shaping public policy and analyze how scientists are viewed, often unfairly, in the media and popular film.

The class will also include practical training, coaching, role-playing and writing exercises so students become more comfortable speaking about their research, and science topics in general, to a variety of audiences including the public, politicians and the press.

This course will be taught by Usha Lee McFarling, currently an artist-in-residence in the Department of Communication. McFarling is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist who has worked for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and Knight Ridder covering a variety of fields ranging from climate, earth science and astrophysics to nutrition and psychology. She is also trained as a scientist, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology.

This course will meet once per week, Monday mornings from 9:30-12:20 in Mary Gates Hall Seminar Room 85.

Students will be required to co-lead one class discussion, submit various short writing assignments, prepare and give short presentations about their research and also help critique the communication skills of others taking the class.

The course size is capped at 15 students, so please enroll early if you are interested.

For more information, email the instructor:

Electrical Engineer Position with Global Green Energy

Global Green Energy Corp, is seeking an Electrical Engineer/Intern or 4th year Electrical Engineering student to assist on a DC to AC conversion project for a local renewable energy company. Project specifics will be discussed at time of interview of qualified individual. Hours and wages are negotiable and dependent on experience. This position has the potential of leading to fulltime employment.
Point of Contact is Don Moss at 360 317-4270 or

Please have all the resumes sent to Don Moss or Eddy Motto

Eddy Motto
Science and Engineering Manager
Global Green Energy Corp
360 970-9659

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free hands-on Introductory LabVIEW training by National Instruments Engineers in the University of Washington

What? Free hands-on Introductory LabVIEW training by National Instruments Engineers in the University of Washington

When? February 2nd, 2011 between 1 PM - 4 PM

University of Washington

Mueller Hall
Room 170
In Front of Roberts Hall at the Corner of Stevens Way and Mason Road
Seattle, WA 98195
For Map please visit -

Who can attend? University of Washington Professors, Faculty, Staff and Students interested in learning the fundamentals of LabVIEW. This is a free hands-on session with seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

How to register for this event? Visit the following link and click on register now to get a seat in the session since seating is limited

Where do I download LabVIEW from? Visit - and search for “LabVIEW” or the link below

Join us for an exciting hands-on introduction to LabVIEW, offered by National Instruments engineers here on the UW campus! LabVIEW is used everywhere on campus, including numerous classrooms and research projects, as well as in research labs and by numerous companies around the world. This is a good opportunity to get free, hands-on experience with the environment used heavily for data acquisition, signal processing, controls, and various instrumentation needs across UW and in the industry. This is a free session with seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Topics covered in this 3 hour session include:

-Learn how to create complete LabVIEW applications from scratch and collect data from a Data Acquisition device (provided at each workstation)
-Integrate data acquisition, signal processing, controls systems, internet connectivity
-Connecting to lab equipment, sensors, circuits, and instrumentation hardware

Upcoming Funding Database Workshop – Grants and Funding Information Service

GFIS (Grants and Funding Information Service) will host a workshop on how to
use various databases to search for funding opportunities on Thursday,
February 3, 2011, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Suzzallo Instructional Lab. This
workshop will be held again later this quarter. If you cannot attend on
February 3, be sure to respond to the r.s.v.p. where you will be able to
give your preference for a second workshop date/time. Please r.s.v.p. at:

This workshop will provide hands-on practice using funding databases
available to UW students including Community of Science and GrantSelect. The
workshop will also include some basic search tips to help students conduct
more efficient searches.

For more information, please contact Julie by email:

Ocean 506 A Science & Technology Creative Nonfiction Writing

M, W 2:30-3:50
Rm 425 OCN
3 credits Qualifies for W credit
Schedule Line Number 16525
Instructor: Dr. Deborah L. Illman,

This course treats advanced forms of science and technology writing for upper division undergraduate and graduate students, and provides an opportunity for students to develop articles that may be considered for publication in Northwest Science & Technology online magazine.

We compare and contrast the structure of the news feature to other
forms of nonfiction articles that are used to present technical content to
diverse audiences. Specifically, we conduct an in-depth analysis of the
narrative form and examine several award-winning examples. The course provides an overview of other genres, including profile and review.

Students research and write a news feature with narrative lead as well as an article using one of the other forms treated in the class;
drafts are critiqued by classmates in writing clinics.

The ultimate goal is to be able to exercise deliberate selection and control of structure and style in science writing appropriate for the content, context, and communication goal. Students keep a writing journal throughout the quarter as a tool to develop ideas and techniques, and they write a query letter--a specialized form of proposal used to present a story idea to an editor.

Prerequisites: At least upper division standing and permission of instructor. Email requests for the entry code to the instructor, including a brief statement of current course of study, level, and previous writing experience.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Zimmer Coming to UW! (On-campus Interviews)

Zimmer is coming to the University of Washington on February 8th and 9th to hold an information session and interviews for their current openings. They want College of Engineering UG Seniors, Graduate Students, and post-docs to attend! The information session is on the 8th from 5:30-7:30pm in Mary Gates Hall, room 134. The following day on the 9th, they will be holding interviews for students that they meet at the information session. If students do not attend the information session, they will not be eligible for an interview the next day. They are looking for business, science, engineering students and athletes.

Zimmer Sales Academy Video Sales Academy - Recruitment.wmv

Medical Device Sales Career

The Zimmer Sales Academy is a unique opportunity for successful and motivated college graduates. The program is specifically designed to take students from highly technical academic disciplines into a successful sales career. The Sales Academy is a six to eight month program (depending on the business unit track) that provides accelerated learning in all aspects of clinical, competitive and consultative selling. The program combines classroom and laboratory training with field-based observation and assignments that allow for the rapid integration of theory and practice. Through the program, participants gain access to mentors who are committed to helping propel their career growth.

Candidate Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, or science related field with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

· Prior internship or cooperative education experience

· Strong aptitude for sales

· Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

· Willingness to work in hospital emergency and operating room environments

· High level of motivation with a strong desire to succeed

About Zimmer

Zimmer’s name is among the most trusted in the marketplace. Founded in 1927, we have worldwide revenues in excess of $4 Billion, over 8,500 employees, operations in 25 countries, and sales in over 100 countries. Zimmer is the leading pure-play orthopedics company in the world, offering exciting careers in many disciplines. Zimmer has leading positions across its broad portfolio of businesses, including Reconstructive (Hip, Knee, Extremities), Trauma, Spine, Biologics, Dental, and Surgical product businesses.

To apply for an on-campus interview, please visit:

Reference Code: SALES6250-722-TEMP

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Undergraduate Research Symposium! and Supporting Workshops- Application Deadline February 25, 2011

Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 20, 2011
Deadline to apply: February 25, 2011
The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. The Symposium also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster and presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines and all three UW campuses, plus invited guests. Open to the public!
Application now available at:

You may begin your application now and visit the MySymposium link ( throughout your Symposium experience for additional information, workshops, practice sessions, and application status. See information on workshops below:
Attend a Symposium Information Session
We will discuss topics such as the Symposium Day schedule, the difference between poster and oral presentation sessions, connect you with additional resources to assist you through your application and presentation preparation process, and answer any questions you might have.
Tuesday, February 1, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 120 Conference Room
Wednesday, February 2, 11:30am-12:30pm, MGH 120 Conference Room

Sign Up for an Abstract Writing Workshop:
The abstract writing workshop includes information on what exactly is an abstract, how to write one, and what information to include. If you already have a draft, you may also bring this to the session for feedback.
Thursday, February 3, 12-1pm, MGH 120 Conference Room
Tuesday, February 8, 4-5pm, MGH 120 Conference Room
Wednesday, February 9, 1:30-2:30pm, MGH 120 Conference Room
Tuesday, February 15, 11am-12pm, MGH 120 Conference Room

Check back on your MySymposium link or on our website for Spring Quarter schedules for . . .

Poster Design Workshops
Poster Design Workshops are tailored to students participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium but are open to anyone interested in learning how to design a poster, what information to include, and how to draw the attention of your audience through the use of a visual. Posters are a method of communication just like books, movies or web sites. The better your poster design, the more likely your audience will understand your project.

Oral Presentation PowerPoint Workshops
Presentation PowerPoint Workshops are open to anyone interested in learning how to organize a presentation, what information to include, and how to draw the attention of your audience through the use of PowerPoint. The better your presentation, the more likely your audience will understand your project.

Oral Presentation Practice Sessions
URP Presentation Practice Sessions are geared toward students who are participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. We encourage you to come to the sessions regardless of what stage of the preparation process you are in. URP staff, UW Staff and PostDocs will be available to help you. The practice sessions are also a good opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the technology in the room.

Volunteer Opportunities!
Not ready to present this year but want to be a part of the action? We're looking for volunteers to help with Symposium! See opportunities at:

eScience Open Mic: Cloud Computing for Research: Challenges, Opportunities, Success Stories

Please join the eScience Institute for a discussion on : Cloud Computing for Research: Challenges, Opportunities, Success Stories

Date: Feb 01, 2011 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Electrical Engineering 303, University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Pizza and drinks will be provided

Bill Howe from the UW eScience Institute will lead a discussion on the use of cloud computing for research and teaching -- in the classroom, for shared development environments, to reduce IT costs, for hosting and scaling your website, and especially for large-scale data processing. We will provide a brief overview of the lexicon, technology, economics, and major players in cloud computing, followed by a discussion of case studies from around UW campus with Q&A.

We will be joined by representatives from Amazon and Microsoft to answer questions about their specific cloud platforms.

Research opportunity for undergraduate engineers

I am a graduate student working in the School of Forest Resources, and I am looking for an undergraduate engineering major to help me with my project. More specifically, I would like help building a mobile measurement system for understory light, using the BF3 sunshine sensors that we have. This might be a good capstone project and/or we might be able to provide some funding.

Miranda Fix
University of Washington
Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TrIG Leader Recruitment

First Year Programs is looking for outstanding students to be TrIG Leaders for the 2011-2012 school year. Information about the TrIG program can be found at: For directions on how to apply to be a TrIG Leader please visit :

UW EWB One Laptop Per Child Looking for New Members

The UW Engineers Without Borders One Laptop Per Child project is looking for new members!

The One Laptop Per Child organization's mission is to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low cost, low power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, enjoyable, self-empowered learning.

The UW Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working towards this goal by developing software for the One Laptop Per Child organization's XO laptop ( ) and Sugar Operating System ( ). We are looking for anyone who knows or wants to learn Python and is interested in getting hand on experience in a project with real impact. Only minimal programming experience is required and the work is largely open ended.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email us at:

We meet on Fridays from 4pm-5pm in the Foster Business Library. You can check our wiki for the room number here:

GMAT Prep and Basic Math Refresher in Feb / Spring Break Crash Courses for test prep in March

The UW Women's Center will be offering GRE and GMAT preparation courses during Winter Quarter:

- GMAT Prep on Saturdays, Feb. 12, 19, 26 and Mar 5, 9am-12pm
- Basic Math Refresher (good for the GMAT and the GRE) on Mondays, Feb 7 and 14, 6-8pm

Also, if you would rather work intensively and take the courses in a single week, the Women's Center is offering a set of Spring Break Crash Courses for GRE and GMAT prep and another Basic Math Refresher Course:

- Basic Math Refresher: Monday, March 21, 10-am - 2pm
- GRE PREP: Mornings, Tuesday - Friday, March 22 - 25, 9am - 12pm
- GMAT PREP: Afternoons, Tuesday - Friday, March 22 - 25, 1pm -4pm