Friday, November 22, 2013

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Those Who Can Do, Those Who Can't Teach: Does Learning STEM Mean You Can Teach It?

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Monday, December 2, 2013. 

Some voices loudly decry the current middle and high school science teacher community as not in touch with the latest and greatest in STEM.  Given that over 1,000 STEM majors graduate from the UW every year, shouldn’t we just slot those students who want to teach into open K-12 positions?

How hard is it to teach in the public schools anyway?

Join 4 panelists drawn from across the UW and Seattle City Schools as they share their experience and opinion on this issue of what the future of STEM learning and teaching could, and should, be inside and outside of the ivory tower.
  • Rachel Finley, Science Teacher, Garfield High School
  • Liz Nesbitt, Director, Masters in Science for Science Teachers Program; Curator, Burke Museum; Associate Professor, Earth & Space Sciences
  • LuAnne Thompson, Director, Program on Climate Change; Professor, Oceanography
  • Mark Windschitl, Professor, Science Education, College of Education

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Summer Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.


The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American; females who are underrepresented in their discipline; or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 8, 2014.

For more information, visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 14, 2014.

For more information, please visit

MOHAI initiative for UW innovators

MOHAI (the Museum of History and Industry) is holding an innovation contest on Twitter.
The Contest Rundown
1. Sketch your innovation or idea on a cocktail napkin and tweet it. 
2. The coolest idea wins a provisional patent and $500 on Kickstarter
How To Enter
2.       Sketch a cool idea or innovation on it
3.       Tweet a photo of the napkin using hashtag #InnovationMOHAI before December 1st
4.       Winners will be selected by an expert innovation panel at MOHAI
·         Washington State residents 18 and over
·         1 entry per person/Twitter handle per week
·         Entrants do NOT cede intellectual property rights to MOHAI for their sketched idea.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ESRM 430: Remote Sensing of the Environment Course--Spots open, 5 CR NW, No prereqs!

WINTER 2013 
5 Credits 
ESRM430 – Remote Sensing of the Environment (old names: Hyperspatial Remote Sensing and Aerial Photos & LiDAR Remote Sensing in Natural Resources) 

Lectures: TTh 12:30 - 1:20 ROOM: MOR220
Labs:   Section 1 T 2:30-3:50 ROOM: BLD 261 
            Section 2 T 4-5:20 ROOM: BLD 261 
            Section 3 Th 2:30-3:50 ROOM: BLD 261 
            Section 4 Th 4-5:20 ROOM: BLD 261 

Instructor: Dr. L.M. Moskal 
Course website - 

Course objectives: To develop an understanding of hyperspatial remote sensing fundamentals & the ability to interpret & manipulate remotely sensed images & data sets. Students will be presented with the traditional & 'state of the art' image processing techniques, & a firm theoretical & practical background in hyperspatial remote sensing applications. By the end of the course students will be expected to evaluate available remote sensing data sources & design simple projects related to environmental applications 

(5 credits 2 lecture credits + 3 lab credits) Students will be exposed to the principles of photogrammetry, image and point cloud interpretation and hyperspatial (high spatial resolution) remote sensing applications in natural resource management. In the first half of the course, manual and computer based laboratory exercises emphasize conventional analysis of aerial photographs and high resolution satellite imagery. Students will have the opportunity to apply these principles and obtain hands-on experience. The second half of the course focuses on the application of active remotely sensed data, specifically LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). The uses of hyperspatial remotely sensed information for wetlands, watersheds, forest resources, wildlife habitat, point and non-point pollution, environmental monitoring, land use planning, urban-suburban-forestry interfaces, and outdoor recreation will be discussed and illustrated using research examples throughout the course. Practitioners and users from public and private institutions may be involved as guest lecturers. Students will come out of this course with a mastery of a wide variety of interpretation, measurement, environmental monitoring and map making skills specific to hyperspatial remote sensing.

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level, to begin in September 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute controls/robotics/automation expertise to complement the research interests of an interdisciplinary faculty cluster that is being developed in advanced manufacturing within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The planned cluster will also be seeded with tenure-track positions in biosensors/biomaterials (Department of Chemical Engineering), precision manufacturing/metrology (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and statistical process control (Department of Mathematics and Statistics). In addition to the research activities, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of control engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.

Candidates with outstanding credentials and expertise in areas appropriate to complement the interdisciplinary research effort of the cluster (including expertise in control engineering applied to robotics/automation) will be considered. A Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated the ability to teach a variety of ECE courses including laboratories. A commitment to sustaining and advancing the goals of the institution's diversity of students, faculty, and staff is required.

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Applications must include a cover letter, detailed resume, names and contact information of at least three references, and statements of research and teaching interests. Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until filled. Please apply online at under the title "Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering" to receive full consideration for this position. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online: cover letter, resume/vita, three professional references with contact information, research statement and teaching philosophy.

Apply online at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

EIC Team Formation Night Nov 20 & $45K Prototype Funding!

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
Cleantech Innovation + Market Opportunity = Solutions for the Planet
Team Formation Nights – UW EIC
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5:30-7pm, HUB 334  PIZZA!

Want to compete in the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge?
Need team members? Come give a 1-minute pitch.
Want to join a team? Come listen to pitches and meet potential teammates.
Find out about prototype funding, judging criteria and the logistics for the Challenge on April 3, 2014.

Students from all colleges and universities throughout the Pacific NW are invited to participate in the EIC. Teams are cross-disciplinary, undergrads to grads.

Prototype FundingApplication due December 16 (Available to WA State teams only.)
We have $45K in prototype funding available for the 2014 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge! We suggest that each team request between $500 and $2,500 for prototype funding, but we will consider both smaller and larger amounts. Funding is only available to teams from schools in Washington, and is distributed from three distinct sources with varying stipulations:

  • UW Seattle Campus - Available Funds: $25,000
    The UW College of Engineering has provided $25K for teams entering the UW EIC. The entire team does not have to be made up of engineering students, but the application must be submitted by an engineering student.
  • WA State Schools - Available Funds: $5,000
    WRF Capital has provided $5K to teams who are serious about environmental innovation. Teams applying for this funding do not need to have an engineering student on them.
  • WA State Schools - UW Clean Energy Institute - Available Funds: $15,000
    The Clean Energy Institute has provided $15K to fund prototype development for student teams from across the state of Washington. In order to qualify for this funding, teams must focus on tech innovation in solar energy, electrical energy storage, and/or the software or hardware for renewable integration with the grid.

Info – Pam Tufts,

Come learn about the US Navy submarine force!

CAPT Pearson, incoming Commanding Officer of the USS MICHIGAN, will be giving a question and answer session on the US Navy submarine force from 11:30-1:00 in Guggenheim 305 on Thursday, 11/21.  Whether you are interested in a career as an officer in the US Navy or simply want to learn about how the Navy uses its advanced technology for underwater missions, you are encouraged to drop in and meet CAPT Pearson. 

TA's sought for Winter HCID UIST Course and Prototyping Studio Course

The Masters in Human-Computer Interaction + Design program, MHCI+D is looking to hire two graduate students as teaching assistants for courses being offered in WInter 2014 quarter.

The courses are:
  • HCID 520: User Interface, Software & Technology. HCID 520 is a three-credit lecture-based course about fundamental skills in rapidly prototyping ideas and later deploying them in applications. Instructor: Linda Wagner, MHCI+D.
  • HCID 521: Analytical Design Studio 2: Prototyping. HCID 521 is a five-credit studio course about prototyping tools, exploring various techniques of this foundational skill in user-centered design. Instructor: Andrew Davidson, HCDE.
Full job descriptions and application information may be found here:

Please submit all application materials to this drop-box no later than December 1, 2013, 11:45pm:

For questions about these positions, please contact Mary Larson.

Mary Larson | Program Administrator, Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design |206.543-0576
Box 352192, Seattle, WA 98195-2192| 250 Engineering Annex | |

Monday, November 18, 2013

Australia Study Abroad Info Session on Friday!

International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) is pleased to announce that Craig Wallace, from Australian National University, will be holding an information session for students interested in studying abroad in Australia. 

What: Australia Study Abroad Information Session – Australian National University
When: Friday, November 22nd  
Time: 2:00-3:00 
Where: IPE Office, 459 Schmitz Hall

Pride Foundation & Greater Seattle Business Association scholarships for LGBTQ and Allied students

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to undergraduate LGBTQ and Allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations.

General eligibility
·         Washington State Resident
·         For new applicants, pursuing an undergraduate degree
·         For current or previous GSBA scholars, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree

While the majority of the GSBA scholarships do not require any additional criteria, they also have several scholarships that do. In addition to meeting the above criteria, GSBA has special funds to support students:
  • Who attend the University of Washington (a full year’s tuition and fees)
  •  Who have close ties to Arizona—attend school in Arizona or have family there
  •  Whose studies will lead to, or help continue, a career serving people who are living with HIV and AIDS.  This can be a career in science, social work, medicine or advocacy
  •  Who are seeking an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics—and demonstrate an interest in computer science
  •   Who is studying education and plan to pursue a career in teaching
  • Who participates in singing, chorus, and/or theatre
  •   Who are Jewish
  • Who was born outside of the United States or is the first generation in their family to be born within the United States
  • Who served in the US Military
  •  Who is studying classical music
  •  Who is working towards a career in health sciences, medicine, dentistry or pharmacology

The GSBA and the Pride Foundation collaborate closely and use the same online application form. Students can apply at: Students can also access the same application from the Pride Foundation’s website:

The Pride Foundation also provides post-secondary educational scholarships to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally community from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The following are required criteria for all Pride Foundation and Greater Seattle Business Association scholarships:

Northwest Residency:
Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants are considered a resident of one of these states if they:
·         currently live within that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; or
·         have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline; or
·         have lived within that state for more than one year at any time and have been continuously enrolled in an accredited academic institution for the five years prior to the application deadline.
LGBTQ Community Involvement:
Preference is given to students who are self-identified LGBTQ, members of LGBTQ families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBTQ community. All scholarships emphasize demonstrated commitment to equality and civil rights for all people.

Pursing Post-Secondary Education: Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education. This includes community college, four year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs, law school, medical/dental/veterinary school, or graduate education. Current college students and those individuals planning to enroll in a program next year are eligible as are current high school seniors. High school freshman, sophomores, or juniors are not eligible nor are individuals who are not planning to enroll in higher education next year.

Application deadline for both organizations is Jan. 15, 2014.

Upcoming Boeing Office Hours

Interested in working or interning with Boeing?

Boeing Office Hours
With Allan Tokuda
Mission Systems BDS Puget Sound
Engineering Skills Management BDS PS
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
5:00 – 6:00pm
EE Atrium – 2nd Floor

Boeing Office Hours
With Allan Tokuda
Mission Systems BDS Puget Sound
Engineering Skills Management BDS PS
Katie Geraghty will join Allan to talk with students interested in software jobs at Boeing
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
5:00 – 6:00pm
EE Atrium – 2nd Floor