Thursday, December 1, 2011

Elective Option for Graduate Students: INFX 598 Intellectual premises of Information

INFX 598 Intellectual premises of information
Meets: WF, 130-320
Instructor: Terry Brooks


Several intellectual assumptions of information architecture and web search invite examination.  These assumptions include (1) words in text can be discovered by white-space parsing, (2) text can be indexed automatically, (3) high-frequency words are semantically significant, (4) authors make the best indexers, (5) hyperlink text is a concept symbol, (6) hypertext is a document, and so on.
This seminar examines the intellectual premises of modern information by reading the work of host of eminent information scientists of the twentieth century such as Gerard Salton, Don Swanson, Eugene Garfield, Ted Codd, William Kent, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The intellectual premise of this seminar is that text is opaque, words slippery and meaning obscure.  Students will be invited to challenge or support these assertions in a writing project and class presentation

Professional Development for Graduate Student Success--TODAY

"Open Access Publishing: What is it and Why should I care?"*
Dec 1 from 11:30-12:30 Research Commons, Green Room
The Open Access movement represents a new and rapidly growing publishing paradigm aimed at making publications freely available to everyone through the Internet. This session will describe what it is and its benefits to researchers and the public at large, and provide practical advice on the most promising options for publishing "OA."

*In partnership with the UW libraries
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

URP Applying to Summer Research Programs Workshops

Applying to Summer Research Programs Workshop

Wednesday, November 30:  3:30-4:30  (OUGL 220)
Friday, January 6:  2:30-4  (MGH 171)
Thursday, January 12: 3:30-5  (OUGL 220)

Thinking of applying for summer research programs? Come learn how to approach the application process, write the personal statement, ask faculty for letters of recommendation, and get the most out of your summer research experience.
To register, please visit:

Questions? Contact the staff of the Undergraduate Research Program at or come by during our Drop-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30 or Thursdays, 2-4 in MGH 171.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Intel Innovators 100k Awards

We are excited to introduce you to a new Intel program that helps celebrate and support entrepreneurial thinking, collaboration and innovation among 18-24 year-olds - Intel Innovators.

Intel Innovators is a nationwide competition to inspire, discover and award the best game-changing ideas up to $100,000 every month. Intel has gathered an impressive panel of start-up and technology experts from Ron Conway's SV Angel firm, seed investor Betaworks, and Intel Capital to evaluate submissions and select the most promising ideas. But only ideas with the most Facebook votes will get a shot at winning up to $100,000 - no strings attached.

An overview of the Intel Innovators contest along with the Submission Guidelines and FAQ can be found on here:

Intel is also partnering with the top entrepreneurship colleges and we're reaching out to help spread the word about Intel Innovators to students. This program will provide a unique opportunity for  students to showcase their ideas to a passionate Facebook community of innovation and play an integral role helping and fostering the next big ideas.

Submissions begin November 7th with the program officially launching on December 1st. I appreciate the help in passing the word around! We are also attaching a flyer that you can print and display on campus.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship information session 11/30/11, 4:30pm, MGH 171

The UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be providing one more information session about the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship for undergraduate students to help orient them to the program and application process:
  • Wednesday, November 30, 4:30-5:20 in MGH 171
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000 for US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Most languages are supported, except those of Western Europe.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Receipts of this scholarship do incur a government service requirement, which for many students provides a valuable foot in the federal employment door.

Undergraduate applicants must apply through UW to be considered for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program. UW's campus deadline for undergraduate applicants at all three campuses is January 11, 2012 for study abroad programs during the 2012-13 academic year. Additional information about UW's application process is available at

Boren Graduate Fellowships are also available for graduate students, details are at There is no Boren campus application process at the graduate level; the national deadline for the Boren Graduate Fellowship is January 31, 2012. Helene Obradovich in the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards is the point of contact for graduate students interested in this program (

2012 Amgen Scholars Program Application now Live!


Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. For more information, visit:

The application for the 2012 UW Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program is now live!  APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012. 

To learn more about the program, register to attend an upcoming Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:


--Tuesday, December 6th - 4:00-5:00 pm in MGH 171
--Wednesday, December 14th - 3:30-4:30 pm in MGH 171 

Environmental Innovation Speaker Series-Funding Cleantech Innovation, Tues Nov 29, 4:30

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge - Speaker Series

Join us for a presentation in Mary Gates Hall
Funding Cleantech Innovation

Kirk Van Alstyne, Managing Partner and Co-Founder Evolution Capital Advisors

Lars Johansson, Co-Chairman, Northwest Energy Angels

The most innovative cleantech ideas in the world can do nothing to address our most pressing environmental concerns without the capital to turn them into businesses. Come hear from two very different, very experienced cleantech investors what it takes to get cleantech innovation funded.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Presentation: 4:30- 6:00 p.m.

Mary Gates Hall 389

Program in Technology Commercialization Lectures

Friday December 2
3:30pm to 5:20pm, Room HSB T639

Michael Garrison
Biomedical Business Development

Dr. Michael Garrison is Sr. Business Director, Becton Dickinson Medical Surgical Systems, with Worldwide strategic and operational responsibility for the Hypodermic and Anesthesia businesses. In this role, Dr. Garrison has helped support the US Pandemic Preparedness effort, the One and Only Campaign, CDC, UNICEF and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics to develop safe and reliable drug delivery systems. Dr. Garrison has held positions of increasing responsibility in product development, global marketing, business development and technology assessment at Edwards LifeSciences, Roche Diagnostics, and Cygnus Therapeutics Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington, a MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a dual BSEE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke.

Women in EE Social Event, Monday, Dec. 5

Would you like to get to know other ladies in the EE department,
network, socialize and receive/provide mutual support?

Then we'd like to invite you to an informal get-together for all women
in the EE department (faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate
students!) co-sponsored by the GSA and the EE department.

Monday, Dec. 5
12 pm - 1pm
EEB 303

We hope you can join us and are looking forward to meeting all of you!

Space Remaining! - Great 1-Credit Research Exposed Course

ENROLL IN GEN. ST. 391:Research Exposed!: Approaches to Inquiry
SLN 14008 Section D ! Wednesdays 12:30-1:20 ! OUGL 220 ! 1 credit

Looking for a one-credit course that sheds light upon cutting-edge research at the UW? Research Exposed Lecture Series introduces you to current and exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines, including how faculty come up with research ideas, what methods they use to explore research questions, and how undergrads can become involved in the knowledge-making process. This 1-credit course is open to all students--no prerequisites required.

For more information, visit:

Questions? Contact the staff of the Undergraduate Research Program at