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for L ARCH 598O History & Historiography of Landscape Architecture Graduate Seminar is being offered Autumn Quarter 2018, Th, 6:00-8:50 pm, GLD 440, (3) credits, cr/nc, with Professor Thaisa Way ( SLN# 23611

 This course is a critical historical analysis of landscape architecture as both a daily practice and an art form as it emerged in ancient cities and through the mid-nineteenth century. We will engage history as a context of practice and history as a practice.  We will survey the history of landscape design and landscape architecture to consider how they shape the world in which cultures practice.  We will take a historiographical approach, meaning we will discuss the ways in which the history of the practice of landscape design is written as a narrative.  We will read deeply and use writing as a form of clarifying our thinking.  Seminar time will focus on discussions that push our thinking to explore alternative territories of exploration. Come prepared to think with rigor and depth.

 Our seminar discussions will be grounded in an exploration of the inscriptions in landscape from the Mesopotamia to Ghana, from the New World to Meso-America, from India to China, as case studies touching upon the broad diversity of cultural landscapes scholars have explored. We will examine the relationship between the social construction of race, gender and identity and the construction of the built environment (architecture, urban space, landscapes) as it is inscribed in place of landscape.  Like other arts, landscape design responds to social, economic, political and intellectual influences, while serving as an agent of reflection, change and opportunity.  Culture, philosophy, religion and intellectual attitudes have played a major influence upon the development of this art at the same time that landscape design informs the way we live.  Additionally, and unique among the arts, it must also consider geography, topography, water, soil, climate, changing seasons and temporal aspects of plant growth.  How do we then narrate a history of this complex web of influence and engagement?  This course is meant to emphasize the material (read "built") dimensions of culture as read in landscape.

  History cannot predict the future, but it can contribute to and enhance an awareness of the forces that are likely to have an impact on the direction that the future may take.  "If we treat history less as an assemblage of facts than as a practice of the mind, then the past become inseparable from the values we attach to it.  Thus, it is through history and in history that an ethic can evolve to meet the needs of the present and the immediate future."  (Matthew Klingle, Emeral City, 2007 page 270)


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To all students interested in health equity and social justice:

 Do you see things in the communities you work with and/or are a part of that you wish were different?

  • Do you want to help change the systems that produce health disparities?
  • Are you ready to take action?

 Join experienced Sound Alliance community organizers and students from across the Health Sciences this fall in UCONJ 624. We will develop your skills in advocacy and community organizing for health equity. Participate in different campaigns that work upstream to address the social determinants of health.

 Learn the fundamentals of advocacy, organizing, and their ability to impact health.

  • Apply skills, gain confidence, & collaborate around a community-driven goal.
  • Work with local leaders to engage in community driven listening campaigns.
  • Address the social & structural injustices that contribute to & perpetuate health disparities.

 Course details

  • Fall quarter 2018
  • Thursdays 5:30-7:20pm
  • Classroom: TBD

 Contact Leonora Clarke at clarkel@uw.ed for an add code or with questions! 

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This course is taught by James Bernard and explores the intersection of policy, technology and society. Technology is rapidly changing the way that humans interact with one another, markets are formed, and information is stored, shared and utilized. While technology has held and does hold great promise for being a force for both economic and social change, it also has the potential to be used in ways that threaten civil liberties, national security and data sovereignty. Private sector and civil society actors, government and military leaders, and regulators must work together to understand how new and emerging technologies will drive change across a wide range of sectors, and they must develop policies to ensure that technology is used to help improve and enrich the lives of those across the socioeconomic spectrum.


JSIS 535: Society, Technology, and the Future

SLN 14512

T/Th 8:30-10:20a

Summer A-term

2 credits

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The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering an online information session next Tuesday, providing an introductory overview of several scholarship programs supporting students interested in foreign affairs-related studies & careers. These are primarily undergraduate-focused programs, but all are welcome to join to learn more. Please share with those interested in foreign service careers and international affairs-related research:


Foreign Affairs Fellowships Information Session: Pickering, Rangel, PPIA, Payne, Carnegie, Humanity in Action fellowships & more!

Tuesday, June 19, 5:30pm

This session will be conducted online via Zoom. RSVP to attend and we'll send you the link to the online meeting:


Description: There are a variety of foreign affairs fellowship programs that provide funding for academic and professional preparation for undergraduate students and alumni considering international careers. Some fellowships prepare students specifically to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service (Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program), representing America’s interests abroad. Others provide research experience (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship Program). And still others have broader goals of expanding participation in public policy (Public Policy & International Affairs Program) and exploring national histories of discrimination and resistance (Humanity in Action Fellowships).


Join us for an introduction to these program and application processes. Deadlines will be coming up in the early fall for many, so summer is a great time to be working on applications!

Recruiting Health Science Students for the Seattle/King County Clinic “Listening Project”

Recruiting Health Science Students for the Seattle/King County Clinic “Listening Project”

Are you a health profession student at the University of Washington?
Are you interested in learning with and from students in other professions?
Are you looking for opportunities to learn more about the social determinants of health, through interfacing with community members facing challenges related to accessing health care?   
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please keep reading!

The UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education is partnering with the Seattle/King County Clinic (SKCC) to engage interprofessional student teams as volunteers at the September 2018 4-day clinic.


The “Listening Project” is in response to the clinic’s efforts to better understand the patient populations served. Small student groups will circulate clinic waiting areas, engaging with patients who wish to share their stories related to their health, accessing care, or their experience at the SKCC. Stories will be synthesized and prepared for dissemination to the SKCC, as well as city and state policy makers. 


Students will be asked to sign up for one half-day shift during the days of clinic operation—September 20-23, 2018.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Woodard

About SKCC:

SKCC brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center.  The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region. The next Clinic is scheduled for September 20 – 23, 2018.

Posted: June 15, 2018

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OBSSR in coordination with a number of NIH Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are hosting the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation (D&I) research in health across all areas of health and health care. In 2018, the institute will utilize a combination of a 4-month online course (six modules with related assignments) between August 13 and November 30 , 2018, and a 2-day in-person training to be held December 6-7, 2018, in Bethesda, MD. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches to D&I; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy). Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the institute to help further the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, submitting D&I grant proposals, etc.).

Applications are due on June 12, 2018 12:00 p.m. ET. 

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The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP) is happy to announce that the applications for next year’s cohort (2018-2019) LEAP Ambassadors is now open!

The newly-redefined LEAP Ambassadors program is a year-long leadership development experience intended to ignite lifelong civic participation in young Latino leaders from across the state. Once selected as Ambassadors, students ranging in age from high school juniors through college seniors will engage in workshops and long-term collaborative projects throughout the year. Along with a cohort of their peers, students will explore concepts of civic engagement, leadership, advocacy, and government process while gaining career experience.

True to the re-envisioned mission of LEAP, the new Ambassadors curriculum is rooted in identity empowerment and the solidarity of community. Part of the goal of the program is to generate a space in which students feel connected to one another, to their cultural roots, and to their own identity, and facilitators work to create this space through a combination of one-day and overnight retreat workshops.

This is a great opportunity for Latino students who have demonstrated leadership in their communities and want to continue being a part of a strong movement. Students who complete the program will be offered a scholarship for their higher education.

For more information please visit our website:

Here is the direct link the application:

The deadline is June 30th, 2018! Please share this great opportunity with any students who you believe would be a great fit.

SOC W 573, SOC W 598B & SOC W 598E

Soc W 573: Child Welfare and Permanency with Gerilyn Myers

Class meets: Mondays, 6-8:50 pm full-term

SLN: 13462

All grad students, undergrad juniors and seniors can register.

Description: Focus on social work interventions within the public child welfare system for children who have been abused and neglected. Includes practice models to ensure safety and permanency for children, federal and state mandates for permanency, cultural determinants, Juvenile Court dependency system, and research findings pertaining to permanency planning outcomes.



Soc W 598B: DSM V and Public Child Welfare Services with Gerilyn Myers

Classes meets: Fridays, 6/22, 7/13, 7/27, & 8/17 between 9:40am-4:30pm


All grad students, undergrad juniors and seniors can register.

Description: This course will focus on understanding the use of DSM V as a diagnostic tool in mental health status and parenting evaluations in Child Welfare cases. These evaluations are generally sought

or court ordered in dependency cases where there is a question as to the parent or custodial guardian’s capacity to parent children who have been subject to child abuse or neglect. Intended course outcomes include: refining critical thinking and understanding of all elements of diagnostic assessment and diagnosis as it relates to child welfare and custody decisions in dependency cases. Examine and expand understanding of the definition of Culture in Diagnosis as defined in the DSM-V and related implications in parenting and mental health status evaluations. Explore the methodological challenges in this work across gender and ethnic communities. Group exercises, case studies, literature reviews, presentations, and, if appropriate, film will be used to compliment class instruction. This course does not replace the Soc W 571 requirement, nor do you need to have taken that course before, but it’s helpful.


Soc W 598E: SBIRT/Motivational interviewing with Elizabeth Wierman

Class meets: Thursdays, 6-8:50pm, full term

SLN: 14516

All grad students, undergrad juniors and seniors can register.

Description: This class will provide students with a thorough understanding of the evidence base supporting SBIRT and the steps involved in conducting screening, assessments, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment for problematic substance use.  Students will develop familiarity with commonly used screening and assessment instruments, gain experience conducting brief interventions, and learn about the process of making effective referrals to treatment. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing competency in using of motivational interviewing in brief interventions.


Posted: June 6, 2018

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Osage University Partners, a VC fund which works closely with UW CoMotion and invests exclusively in startups coming out of universities and research institutes is offering consultation appointments to UW teams who have formed startups or interested in forming startups to commercialize the results of their research to share their experiences from working with startups based on technologies from university research.


Wednesday, June 6, at CoMotion Labs @ Fluke Hall – 3rd floor

Time slots are for 30 minutes between 9:00AM - 1:00PM


To request a 30-minute time slot, sign-up here

IECMH courses offered

Posted: May 24, 2018

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These IECMH courses are being offered autumn 2018 and winter and spring 2019 (see below and attached flyer):

 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)

 ■ Fall 2018

IECMH 537 Attachment and Psychopathology: Parents & Infants

– Learn about the intergenerational transmission of caregiver-child relationship dynamics in more vulnerable families and implications for functioning at all ages.

 Winter 2019

IECMH 555 Relationship-Based Mental Health Assessment of Young Children

– Use a diversity and developmentally-informed lens to gain a solid foundation in observation, assessment and diagnosis of early childhood social, emotional and behavioral problems (birth – five).

 ■ Spring 2019

IECMH 548 Frameworks in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

– Develop foundational knowledge in the growing field of IECMH, including typical and atypical child development and risk and resiliency factors that shape life span trajectories.

 Open to University of Washington graduate students and community graduate non-matriculated (GNM) students. If interested in learning more, see our website or contact the Faculty Lead on IECMH, Dr. Colleen O. Dillon (  at the Barnard Center.

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Instructor: Jason Smith
Meets: Wednesdays, 5:20-8:00 pm; B-term, July 25-August 15
Description: This workshop is intended to help students understand the capabilities that the United States military can bring to the world of international development and humanitarian crisis response. Development work in today’s world is very complex. Whether you work for an NGO, IGO, OGO, or a private company, you could potentially be in a situation where you could require military support or benefit from the resources the military can offer. With the U.S. led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the recent standing up of Africa Command, the United States military has found itself more involved in work that is outside its primary mission. Good or bad, this has become reality.

This course will focus on the following topics: U.S. military doctrine and ability to task organize for specific missions; specialized units and logistics capability; permissive versus non-permissive environments; and, military limitations and challenges. In addition to these topics, this workshop will look at the different Combatant Commands (COCOMS) and explore some of the unique challenges and possible opportunities that exist.

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Instructor: Nancy Lee
Meets: Wednesdays, 10:20-1:00 pm; A-term, June 20, 27, July 11, 18
Description: Students with degrees in Public Administration often find themselves in jobs that involve responsibilities to influence citizen behaviors. These efforts traditionally rely on one of two options: Information or Laws. This workshop introduces a third option, Social Marketing, one that most often results in the highest return on investment of resources. This proven strategy has been used to improve public health (e.g., increase physical activity); reduce injuries (e.g., senior fall prevention); protect the environment (e.g., food waste composting); and engage communities (e.g., increasing informed voting). Students will learn what distinguishes the social marketing approach, when it is the best option, and become familiar with a 10 Step Planning model for developing a successful social marketing campaign. Behavior change theories, including ones such as Behavioral Economics, and tactics, such as using social media, will be discussed, as well as the importance of, and techniques for, audience research.

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Instructor: Dawn Rains
Meets: Mondays, 5:50-8:30 pm; A-term, June 18-July 9
Description: Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fuel their important missions. This skills workshop provides an overview of the role of philanthropy in the community and within an organization and the basic principles underpinning fund development. We will explore the elements of a strategic fundraising plan and the strategies, tools, and techniques used to move potential supporters from interest and information to involvement and investment. Learn how to create a compelling case for support, write effective donor-centered communications, solicit gifts, and measure fundraising effectiveness. Students are encouraged to select a nonprofit organization in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments.

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PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (4 credits)

Instructor: Howard McCurdy
Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:20 pm; A-term, June 18-July 18
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, discoveries arising from science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines the manner in which science and technology affects public policy. Topics include the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the manner in which scientific issues make their way onto the policy agenda, the players in science policy, the clash between science and political ideology, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology reshapes governmental organization, and the governance challenges arising from 21st century technologies. Students additionally examine impending technologies, the relationship between popular culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. 

Professor McCurdy is the author of eight books on science policy, innovation, and space exploration, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from Cornell University.

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There are a few more spaces left in JSIS 535, Society, Technology, and the Future, a 2 credit course taught in summer A-term. This course is taught by James Bernard and explores the intersection of policy, technology and society. Technology is rapidly changing the way that humans interact with one another, markets are formed, and information is stored, shared and utilized. While technology has held and does hold great promise for being a force for both economic and social change, it also has the potential to be used in ways that threaten civil liberties, national security and data sovereignty. Private sector and civil society actors, government and military leaders, and regulators must work together to understand how new and emerging technologies will drive change across a wide range of sectors, and they must develop policies to ensure that technology is used to help improve and enrich the lives of those across the socioeconomic spectrum.


JSIS 535: Society, Technology, and the Future

SLN 14512

T/Th 8:30-10:20a

Summer A-term

2 credits

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June 10 is the SPH Graduation Ceremony of course! Please join us and celebrate with our SPH graduates, family and friends and be inspired by their accomplishments with special guest Dr. Benjamin Danielson!  Want to make something special for the graduates?  Come see Victoria in F361A anytime from now until June 8 to help make one of 300 plus giveaways we are creating for the graduates!

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 Start Pride month off in the right way by joining us for our Community Panel of Healing and Resilience on June 5 with our special guests Hiram Calf-Looking (Blackfeet) and Taffy Mae Johnson (Pacific Islander Fa’afafine) of the NW Two Spirit Society and United Territories Of Pacific Islanders Alliance respectively.  This will be at South Campus Center 221 from 330 to 5 pm.  Who are QTPI/Two Spirit people?  Glad you asked!  Come to the panel and find out more, listen to stories of resilience and powerful sacred roles, and learn how these two community-based organizations work from centering the voices of Two Spirit and QTPI in healing and advocacy.  RSVP here. See flyer attached. Facebook event here

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  1. OMA/D Seed Funds - We are pleased to announce the opening of the latest round of Diversity and Inclusion seed grants from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD.)  To further amplify your efforts, the SPH Office of the Dean is pleased to be able to offer successful SPH grantees a matching fund of up to $3,000 to carry out their proposal.  Please review the details of the seed grant and let us know if you are interested in partnering up to maximize your outcomes.  For more information please contact me at before you submit your proposal!  The deadline is June 15 – good luck! 

    The Fine print: The EDI matching funds may be used by one successful grantee or shared with multiple SPH recipients.  Programs may receive less than a 1:1 match if there are multiple SPH departments or programs receiving the seed grants.  Matching funds may be used for the seed grant project only. Ongoing financial support (if any) will need to come from departmental operating funds. 

The Vice President for Minority Affairs and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer is pleased to offer Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grants. These small grants support projects for institutional transformation across the University of Washington’s tri-campus community that align with the goals of the 2017-2021 UW Diversity Blueprint.

The six goals of the Diversity Blueprint are:

  • Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate,
  • Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body,
  • Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty,
  • Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff,
  • Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs, and
  • Improve Accountability and Transparency.

For each broad goal, the Diversity Council has identified a number of strategic priorities and suggested action steps that are essential to progress.

Administrative and academic units are encouraged to apply for seed grants to support projects that help advance one or more of the goals.

Award amounts will typically range between $1,000-$3,000.

Eligibility, Funding, and Reporting

Proposals are accepted twice annually and may be submitted by one or more academic or administrative units.

Projects must begin during the quarter grant funds are disbursed and completed within one year.

Recipients will submit a report within 60 days of the project’s conclusion that 1) lists activities supported, 2) evaluates project outcomes, 3) describes any recommended project improvements, and 4) accounts for project funds. Depending on the nature of the project, funds may be disbursed in phases. 

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Criminals Stealing Money from International Students by Phone

Be careful if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the U.S. government or the police and demands money. These calls are fake, and are from criminals. They want to scare you and steal your money!

  • Do not give payment information by phone to someone calling you with threats: credit card numbers, online account transfer information, or other personal financial information!
  • Do not buy gift cards to pay someone calling or emailing you with threats!
  • Do not give personal info to someone calling or emailing with threats: copies of your immigration documents, UW account info and password, social media info, etc.
  • Do not agree to meet an unknown caller at a strange address (parking lot, grocery store, etc.)

The U.S. government and law enforcement agencies never demand money by phone. These types of calls are from professional thieves -- they use computer software to make their caller ID appear real, but they are not real police officers or U.S. government workers. These are called "scams"--attempts to steal money by lying.



Here is a common version of the call:

1. The caller says he or she is an officer with a U.S. government or law enforcement agency. Typically they use one of these agencies' names, but there can be others!

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Seattle Police Department (SPD)
  • University of Washington Police Department (UWPD)
  • Any city police department

2. Next, the caller says you have a tax problem, legal problem, arrest warrant, etc. They often know your name and some personal information. They demand that you pay them immediately. They threaten jail, deportation, or other consequences if you do not pay. They lie and say you can't tell anyone about the call.



What to do if a criminal calls?

  • Ignore any request for money: cash transfer, gift card purchases, etc.
  • Do not give personal information to an unknown person on the phone or social media, such as immigration documents, UW netID info and password, UW email and password, financial account information, social media account information, etc.
  • Hang up; end the phone call.
  • If you become a victim of this kind of crime on campus, file a non-emergency police report with the UW Police Department (UWPD): (206) 685-8973
  • If you have further questions, call the UWPD Community Outreach Unit at (206) 616-0873
  • Being a crime victim (such as losing money to criminals) can be scary and stressful. Consider visiting the UW Counseling Center. They can help you cope with the stress and emotions you may feel if you are the victim of a crime.


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Coming Autumn 2018! This course is open to graduate students across the UW  and undergraduates (with instructor permission):

 NURS 514 Physiologic Adaptations in Women and Children

Instructor: Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM

 Variable credits:  You have two options

Section A. 2 credits, Developmental Physiologic Adaptations: Fetus through Adolescent. Meets Wednesday 8:30 –10:20, room T-661

 Section C. 3 credits, includes section A content and Physiologic Adaptations During Pregnancy and Postpartum, Meets Thursday 8:30 –10:20 room T-661

 Contact Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM, Assistant Professor in Family and Child Nursing with any questions:

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Thursday, May 24th; University of Washington Seattle, Turner Auditorium Health Sciences Building D-209, 6:30 – 8 PM

 Come join us for a panel of speakers who will discuss Single-Payer Healthcare: its background, its economic implications, other countries that use it, a physician’s personal experience with the current US healthcare system, and opportunities for advocacy. 

David McLanahan, MD Co-founder of the Western Washington Chapter of PNHP

Aaron Katz
Principle Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health

Bevin McLeod Program Director, HealthCare for All Washington

Anirban Basu, PhD
Professor of Health Economics, University of Washington

Christopher Wong, MD Associate professor, Division of General Medicine, UW Medical Center 


For more information regarding upcoming events and the single-payer system find us on Facebook or email us!

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JSIS A 493/593 Water and Security in the Middle East
Fall 2018
MW 1:30-3:20
5 Credits
Instructor: Rick Lorenz

 For more information, or a copy of the Draft Syllabus, send an e-mail to the instructor, Frederick Michael Lorenz at

 This course will take an interdisciplinary approach, beginning with an overview of the scientific and

hydrological factors that are critical to understanding the subject. By studying three major river
basins in the Middle East, students will explore the historic, geographic, political, environmental and legal factors that lead to conflict or cooperation. Since global climate change will likely affect
fundamental drivers of the hydrological cycle, climate change will have a large impact on water
resources and water resource managers. The instructor has traveled widely in the region and has
published a book on “Strategic Water for Iraq.”

 Graduate students will participate in simulated briefings of the new US ambassadors to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia and Oman as “Deputy Chief of Mission.” They may also have the option to participate in a separate writing program as part of a project for the US Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Graduate students who are selected to participate will be excused from the regular class briefing paper (listed in the syllabus) and will be graded separately on their input for the FSI Project.

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To the UW student community,

 The Latino Center for Health manages a listserv for students interested in Latino health topics and the ongoings at our Center. Through this listserv, we promote job opportunities, funding announcements, campus and regional events, and updates from our partner community organizations. To receive these types of updates from the Latino Center for Health, please follow this link to join our student listserv:

 Please also visit to learn more about our Center.

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 Next week we will be hosting Professor Carol Levin from the Department of Global Health, who will be giving a presentation on her work in global health economics and sustainable development. Sponsored by the UW Economics Undergraduate Board. It will be next Thursday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm in EEB 105, and there will be pizza provided.

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The SPHSC department is offering a special course on Implementation Science during Summer quarter 2018. 

 SPHSC 559 - Special Topics in Speech, Language & Hearing (3 cr)

Thursday 9:30 - 12:30 in EGL 111

Please email for an add code

Instructor:   Dr. Jill Locke

 Implementation Science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care, public health, and educational settings.  This course will examine existing frameworks, potential implementation outcomes, the way in which to measure outcomes, and the strategies that align with each phase of implementation (exploration, preparation, implementation and sustainment). 

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Join other Student Public Health Association Students in learning about the school to prison pipeline and work in Rehabilitation Administration/ Juvenile Rehabilitation this May 9th from 1:30-3:20pm in HST T530. We will be joined by Ann Muro, the director of Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State, and Harvey Perez, Director of Institution Programs at the Department of Social and Health Services. Please check our Facebook for more information. We are excited to see you there and there is a chance to win a new SPHA t-shirt.

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Expressive Culture
Anthropology 429, Summer 2018, Full Term
Tues. & Thurs. 12:00 PM – 2:10 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Darren Byler (

This course focuses on forms of expressive culture – arts, storytelling, music, dance and comedy – in everyday life in the contemporary world. Expressive culture is a broad area of study. Since it is part of our everyday lives it is not a clearly defined set of practices. Because of this “Expressive Culture” gives us an analytic that allows for a flexible investigation of the style and expression of our lives. The purpose of this class is to focus on creative acts, events, and encounters between differently positioned actors. It will also allow us to develop a set of tools for analyzing and representing them. While we will study individual artists and creators as well as audiences we will also look at larger questions of knowledge, craft, development and expression. Central to this is an inquiry into the historicization of cultural norms. Locating this in broader anthropological conversations, “Expressive Culture” connects to critical world-shaping forces such as colonialism, class, race, gender identity, desire and politics. 

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This course will provide an overview of:

 Indicators and contemporary issues in maternal and child health

  • Determinants of pregnancy complications and poor child health outcomes
  • Life course approach to maternal and child health

 No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  Areas of Knowledge: NW.

 SLN: 14686; 5 credits; Lecture meets MW 1:00-2:20 p.m.; Quiz meets F 1:30-2:20 p.m.; Instructor: Daniel Enquobahrie

 Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to

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Who gets STIs and why?  How do you prevent  and treat STIs?  What new STIs have recently emerged?  In this course, you will:

 Identify populations at risk for STIs

  • Gain familiarity with infectious disease epidemiology
  • Outline risk factors for STI & HIV infection
  • Evaluate STI prevention interventions

 No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  A basic understanding of biology is required.  Areas of Knowledge: I&S, NW, & QSR.

 SLN: 14683; 5 credits; Lecture meets: T/Th 3:00–4:20 p.m.; Quiz meets: F 9:30–10:20 a.m. or F 12:30-1:20 p.m.; Instructor: Lisa Manhart

 Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to

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Looking for an elective course to take this summer? The UW Tobacco Studies Program is offering HSERV 556/FAMED 559 during Summer 2018. This is an online course that can be taken for 2 credits (HSERV 556) or 1/2 credits (FAMED 559). For more details and a sample syllabus, see the below description, or visit our website.

HSERV 556/FAMED 559 - Tobacco Related Health Disparities

Instructors: Sarah Ross-Viles, MPH and Gillian Schauer, PhD

(online; 1/2 credits; full term)

  • Integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives to address the pressing issue of disproportionate tobacco use and related diseases among marginalized populations, including those defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
  • Explores links between, and intervention strategies for, smoking and mental illness, social stress, acculturation processes, and genetics
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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

Are you interested in sharing your story? UW stopped offering health insurance for students in 2014. UW School of Public Health students are advocating for UW to offer health insurance for all students.  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.


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The new Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics program will start in Autumn 2018! 

Apply now, spaces are limited.  Rolling admissions ensures you will hear back quickly.

We look forward to receiving your application!


We are developing distance-learning courses in healthcare ethics for ethics consultants and ethics committee members.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email The program is now accepting applications.


The UW School of Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities offers a fee-based distance learning program to provide advanced training in healthcare ethics. The Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics provides students with foundational knowledge and skills to broaden their competency in patient cases, clinical ethics, and ethics consultation.
Program features:

  • Course Director: Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, Professor and Chair
  • Guided by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation
  • Clinician-friendly
  • Three convenient distance learning courses in Healthcare Ethics:
    • Theory:  Moral theories used to solve the toughest clinical cases
    • Law:  Key legal and ethical issues in healthcare ethics
    • Methods:  Methods for case analysis and writing effective chart notes
  • One weeklong CME Course in Seattle: Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics

The curriculum includes three distance-learning courses and a one-week CME course, the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics. Courses are designed to develop clinical ethics and ethical reasoning skills. Training can be completed in one academic year, plus the one-week Summer Seminar.
Each distance learning course is 10 weeks. Students receive 6 hours/week of online instruction as well as participation in online discussions/activities. Students will spend 6 hours/week on independent preparation and assignments/quizzes.

AUTUMN Course in Healthcare Ethics
This course studies important historical theoretical frameworks that are the foundation of modern medical ethics, as well as contemporary commentary. September – December. 
Instructor: Nancy Jecker, PhD

WINTER Course in Healthcare Ethics
This course examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Analysis of paradigm legal and ethics cases and statutes related to informed consent, foregoing life support, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. January – March. 
Instructors: Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, and Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD 

SPRING Course in Healthcare Ethics
Consultation Methods
This course offers case-based practice in clinical ethics including methods of ethical analysis and writing ethics consultation chart notes. March – June. 
Instructor: Georgina Campelia, PhD

The Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics is a one-week in-person course held annually at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The seminar provides an intensive, interactive introduction to the analysis of ethical problems in clinical care. The seminar is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, attorneys, teachers, and other professionals involved in the care of patients or the education of providers. 
This is a CME course and is not eligible for tuition exemption. For more information on CME credits, please visit

Application Process

We accept applications at any time. 

Step 1: Complete the admission application [here] and submit the completed form to

Step 2:  Ask two people to provide professional letters of reference.  Please ask your referees to review the information about the certificate program on this webpage. The Confidential Reference Letter form is [here].  Referees should download this confidential form and fill in and submit it directly to us at


Fees for the Advanced Training Program are $4,000 per course ($1,000 per credit hour). Registration for Summer Seminar is a separate fee. If you are a UW employee and your department will cover your certificate fees by paying with a UW budget number, you will receive a 20% discount ($3,200 per course).

A certificate of completion is awarded by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities (not the UW Graduate School). The department verifies completion of the three course series, and satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements.


Who should apply for this program?

  • Participants who possess strong writing, critical thinking and verbal communication skills. GRE scores are not required.
  • Professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, clinical ethics consultants, and members of ethics committees

I’m interested in learning more.  How will I know whether this program is right for me?

  • Contact us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

I just finished college and want to apply to medical school. Is this program right for me?

  • Not yet. While we encourage you to pursue your interest in Bioethics as you proceed on your path through medical school, this program is not intended as an introduction to bioethics. This training is better suited to professionals already working in healthcare.

May I use Tuition Exemption to cover the fees?

  • No, this program is not tuition-based and therefore not eligible for tuition exemption.
Contact Information:

Kay Burke, Assistant to the Chair
Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Professor & Chair, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, UW School of Medicine

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Don’t Miss Out! Apply by May 1st to Save $500 on the Public Health Management Certificate

The Public Health Management Certificate program offers an opportunity to deepen knowledge about managing teams, money, and information. New, mid-level, and emerging managers working in governmental public health are encouraged to apply.

Through on-site sessions, core and elective courses, distance learning, and an integrated project, Management Certificate scholars build core skills such as budgeting, assessment, policy development, program planning, communications, and systems thinking. The integrated project experience enables scholars to apply what they learn to their current workplace, and practice their new skills.

June 2018 to June 2019

Distance-based and in-person learning; one Seattle on-site (July 30 – August 2, 2018), plus weekly webinars (Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific)

May 31, 2018

Early-bird rate (by May 1): $3,500 per person or $3,300 per person for groups of three or more.
After May 1: $4,000 per person or $3,800 per person for groups of three or more.

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This program, offered by Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty Dr. Julian Marshall, can be a fascinating experience for graduate students (as well as undergraduates) from a variety of academic backgrounds.  Please share with your graduate students who may be interested in global grand challenges. The next info session is Thursday (4/26).  Application deadline is May 15.


Do you want to work on developing solutions that can make a difference, with the real world as your classroom? 

Applications are now being accepted for Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India Study Abroad

In Winter Quarter 2019, UW Study Abroad will be offering Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): Indiaas a 15-credit course.

  • Study global GRAND CHALLENGES
  • Work hands-on to learn IMPACT INNOVATION
  • Design impact VENTURE SOLUTIONS
  • Pitch your idea for SEED FUNDING


Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to learn about Grand Challenges and propose and test solutions to them. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.


Attend an information session to learn more: 

  • Thursday, April 26 at 3:30-4:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm, in Raitt Hall 229
  • Friday, May 4 at 12:30-1:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Monday, May 7 at 12-1pm, in Anderson Hall 22


Apply now!  Application Deadline is May 15.

Receive updates and event reminder by adding your name to our mailing list.

For more information about GCIL India, visit

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the deadline to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society Studies (STSS) for next year is coming up on May 21, 2018. Certificate students come from a wide variety of fields across Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. Check out the link below to find out more.

The University of Washington’s Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Society Studies (STSS) Graduate Certificate Program invites applications from students enrolled in any UW master’s or doctoral program. STSS students tend to be interested in history and philosophy of science, social and cultural studies of science and technology, and interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, communication, and policy in the STEM fields. The deadline for applications for Autumn 2018 is May 21. See

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ENV H 510 Global Environmental and Occupational Health will not be offered in 2018-2019.  We don't know yet if it will be offered in 2019-2020.

 We will offer ENV H 511 Environmental and Occupational Health again in spring 2019, same day/time/instructor as spring 2018

Lavender Graduation

Posted: April 26, 2018

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LAVENDER GRADUATION ~ Hosted by Aleksa Manila and Keynote address by Ijeoma Oluo, local virago and nationally renown activist, truth-teller, and author of So You Want to Talk About Race


Tuesday, June 


June 5th

6:00 - 8:30 PM

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House 

Graduates must register at



The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How:


Who: Lavender Graduation is open to any student eligible, at any level (undergraduate or graduate/professional) for graduation in the 2017-2018  year (including Fall 2017.) academic year. Guests do not have to be graduating or be of a certain sexual or gender orientation/identity/expression to participate or attend this year-end celebration. Everyone is welcome!!!

 What: The best party on the UW Campus, of course.

 When: TUESDAY, June 5th​, from 6-8:30 PM.  Graduates please arrive by NO LATER than 5:15 PM.

 Where: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House (4249 Whitman Court) on the University of Washington campus.

 Why: The Q Center and QSC host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW queer, trans, two-spirit, and 

​allied ​communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS.


How: IF YOU ARE GRADUATING, please register at

​by May 25th. 

​ ​

If you're interested in volunteering, register here!


As for attire, participants and guests can wear whatever they want. If you want to dress up, or down, go for it. 

​If you wish to wear cultural regalia, please do. ​

You want to be comfy, have at it. This is your night!


For more information about the event, contact or call (206) 897-1430. 


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Space available in 2 credit, summer A-term JSIS 535: Society, Technology, and the Future, taught by James Bernard. This course explores the intersection of policy, technology and society. Technology is rapidly changing the way that humans interact with one another, markets are formed, and information is stored, shared and utilized. While technology has held and does hold great promise for being a force for both economic and social change, it also has the potential to be used in ways that threaten civil liberties, national security and data sovereignty. Private sector and civil society actors, government and military leaders, and regulators must work together to understand how new and emerging technologies will drive change across a wide range of sectors, and they must develop policies to ensure that technology is used to help improve and enrich the lives of those across the socioeconomic spectrum.

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Summer full-term, 3 credits, T/Th, 10-11:50a

Open to all students
Instructor: Peter Dunn (

This class introduces students to the concept of public space, its role in the city’s social and political relations, and the tools for intervening in public spaces. How are public spaces democratic? How do people present themselves, view others, and interact in these spaces? What are the rules of behavior, and how are they enforced? Who belongs there? Is a mall or a coffee shop a public space? Does it matter if everyone is looking down at their screens? How can physical design or programmed activities change the character of public spaces? This class will explore these issues in two ways. First, we will use foundational readings and exemplary case studies as a basis for class discussions on how public spaces have been theorized, created, and studied. Second, we will use Seattle spaces as our own case studies for students to practice looking at, inhabiting, and intervening in public space for their own creative projects.

Career WEEK Announcements

Posted: April 23, 2018

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 Hello students!

 Are you interested in pursuing a PhD?

  • Wondering about life after graduation? Curious about the career opportunities?
  • Interested in connecting with global health organizations?
  • Thinking about joining the Peace Corps?
  • Want to learn more about adding a Global Health Minor or majoring in Public Health?
  • Want to have fun and show off your trivia knowledge?

 Then join us for these exciting events during CAREER WEEK!

 Monday, April 30

Should I Get a PhD?  

9– 10 a.m., Health Sciences HST 498

Hear from four current PhD candidates from a diverse range of fields about their experiences.


Interested in Minoring in Global Health?

2- 3 p.m., Raitt Hall 229

Meet the advisor and learn about our interdisciplinary minor designed to complement any major!

 Tuesday, May 1 

Global Health Trivia Night: Students vs. Faculty

5 - 6:30 p.m., Foege Genome Sciences Building, Vista Café

Get your friends, form a team and join us for a fun night of trivia, food, beverages, and prizes!

 Wednesday, May 2

Stories from the Field – with Global Health Alumni

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

Get all your post-graduate questions answered from recent Global Health Alums.

 Thursday, May 3

Global Health Career and Information Fair

10 - 2 p.m., Mary Gates Hall Commons (1st Floor)

Interact with 20 local-global organizations and get exposure to your fields of interest.

 Interested in Majoring in Public Health?

3 – 4 p.m., Raitt Hall 229

Come learn about the Public Health Major from the advisors!

 Friday, May 4

Applying to the Peace Corps?

3 - 4 p.m., Harris Hydraulics, Large Conference Room 322

Work with Sara Laurino, our campus Peace Corps representative to start the application process and/or get your Peace Corps questions answered.

 Have questions or want to know more? Contact See you there!