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> I am passing along some information about a Spring course that may be of great interest to students across the UW, but particularly in the STEM fields. This is a rare opportunity for them to take a Humanities course which directly intersects with their work in the sciences, addressing issues that may affect the ways in which they view their roles as scientists and as women and men. If you could share this with them, I would greatly appreciate it. >
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> ENGL 347: Biographies of Women Scientists
> Spring 2013
> MW 2:30-4:20 p.m.
> SLN: 20381
> No restrictions; no prerequisites
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> The lack of a counter-part to the term “women scientists” in the course title suggests “scientists” is covertly gendered. But make no mistake–this course is not a feminist study of scientists or science. Rather, this course means to go beyond feminist theory even though it concerns writing about women scientists. The reading includes the biographies of the Polish physicist Marie Curie, American geneticist Barbara McClintock, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, as well as the memoir of the American (male) geneticist James Watson, in which he candidly describes the ways in which male scientists perceived and talked about their female colleagues in his time and milieu. These representatives of three generations of women scientists made significant contributions to science. Curie was awarded two Nobel Prizes; McClintock, one; and one of the research programs in which Franklin was the major contributor was also awarded a Nobel. Shifts can be observed in the literary treatments of these women scientists from scientific hero to scientific heroine, from feminist hero to anti-feminist heroine. The focus of discussion is the gain and loss in treating these scientists first as women and then scientists, or first as scientists then women, or simply as scientists. At the end of the quarter, when you are equipped with sufficient knowledge, the discussion takes up the objectivity of scientific practice and whether scientific knowledge has a gender, as the notable rhetorician of science Evelyn Fox-Keller claims. >

Please note that the following class has moved to a new time. Space is available and all are welcome! Please distribute widely!

AIS 475F: ZOMBIES AND INDIANS
Instructor: Chad Uran
I&S
MW 4:30 – 6:20
While zombies have existed at some level of reality for centuries, it was not until the 20th Century that zombies overran the global popular imagination. Because of their origins at the many points of collision between colonizer and colonized, zombies have always walked the uncertain spaces between binary “certainties” such as us and them, rich and poor, slave and master, and, of course, alive and dead. Thus, zombies occupy a variety of liminal spaces wherein contemporary social tensions are reflected and refracted. These tensions, however, have historical and ongoing parallels with images and representations of “Indians.”
Warning: this course will contain content that students may (or even should) find offensive or disturbing, including graphic language, sexual situations, religious intolerance, gore, colonialism, violence, depictions of death and dying, cannibalism, nudity, racism, sexism, classism, weightism, homophobia, and sexualized violence.

http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/SPR2013/ais.html

> The following spring 2013 Pol S classes are now open to enrollment by non-majors, including a new NW course, Pol S 385: > Pol S 306: Media, Society & Political Identity
> Pol S 308: Ancient Political Thought
> Pol S 321: American Foreign Policy
> Pol S 333: International Relations Topics: The Decline of Political > Violence in the World
> Pol S 346: Governments of Western Europe
> Pol S 382: State Government
> Pol S 385: Political Ecology of the World Food System
> Pol S 427: International Political Economy
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> For instructor, course time and description information, see below. For more details, go to http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/SPR2013/polisci. Courses in Pol S that are not listed will open to non-majors when Period 2 begins on March 4 if space is available. >
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> Pol S 306/Com 306: Media, Society & Political Identity
> Instructor: Prof. Lance Bennett
> Lecture: TTh 1030-1150, Quizzes WF
> 5 Credits, I&S credit
> Description: This course explores the broad outlines of society, politics, and individual identity with a focus on the media as agencies for representing our desires and ourselves. In particular, we will consider the qualities of public and private life in a society of increasingly personalized realities in which traditional ideas of citizenship are less central than our lives as consumers, and communities are being transformed into demographic lifestyle networks, all linked through media use. Branding and image making become the methods for delivering both politics and products tailored to the emotional tastes of individuals. The last half of the class explores What Happened to the American Dream? Students examine the future of the consumer society amidst the economic, energy and environment crises, and the paralysis in Washington. Students are encouraged to explore new ideas about how to organize a sustainable economy that works better for people. >
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> Pol S 308, Ancient Political Thought
> Instructor: Sooenn Park
> Lecture: MW 230-420pm
> 5 Credits, I&S credit
> W Course
> Description: The focus of the course this quarter will be on Plato’s dialogues. We will read the Republic, the Symposium, the Lysis, the Phaedrus and parts of the Laws, to tease out from these dialogues a Platonic framework for moral and political reasoning. We will study Plato with two primary learning goals. The first is to understand the way Plato navigates the question of justice in relation to the question of friendship, on one hand, and political liberty, on the other. The second is to reflect whether and how the ancient Athenian’s moral and political inquiries can inform our own moral and political understanding and judgment today. >
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> Pol S 321, American Foreign Policy
> Instructor: Prof. Aseem Prakash
> Lecture: TTh 12-120, Quizzes WF
> 5 Credits, I&S Credit
> Optional W Credit
> Description: Description: This course examines the evolution of American foreign policy since the end of World War II. We will examine the crucial decisions and debates that have shaped the course of American foreign policy, to illuminate change and continuity in the policymaking process, and to provide students with the background and analytical perspective necessary for understanding the future of American foreign policy. In addition to examine several contemporary foreign policy issues, we will study the debates over the origins of the Cold War; the development of the policy of containment; the impact of the Korean War; the immediate and long-term importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the dynamics of containment through intervention; the pros and cons of Carter’s human rights campaign; the Gorbachev Revolution, and foreign policy after 9/11. >
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> Pol S 333, Topics in International Relations
> Topic: The Decline of Political Violence in the World
> Instructor: Stephan Hamberg
> Lecture: TTh 330-520pm
> 5 Credits, I&S credit
> Description: Anyone following the news today is likely to believe we that we live in particularly violent times. This century started with 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, genocide in Darfur, and more recently mass shootings in Norway, Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut. However, carefully collected data on homicides, wars, genocide, and other forms of violence, indicate that perhaps we live in an unusually peaceful time. In this class we will start by examining the trends of various forms of violence from past millennia to the present and we will see that violence has indeed declined. Rather than most classes examining violence, we will not ask why is there war? but why is there peace? After establishing that violence is declining we will examine and evaluate a number of theories and arguments that can help explain this trend. We will also look at specific case studies that will help us understand how it is possible to maintain peace over time. >
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> Pol S 346, Governments of Western Europe
> Instructor: Professor Frank Wendler
> Lecture: MW 230-420pm
> 5 Credits, I&S credit
> Description: Democracy is firmly established as the only form of government in the countries of Western Europe, yet it appears in very different institutional shapes and involves quite different forms of political representation, party politics and decision-making. This course will introduce you into the fascinating variety of government and politics in Western Europe (including a more in-depth analysis of the political systems of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Sweden), as well as into some of the most relevant concepts and analytical approaches of comparative politics. Apart from learning about the diversity of democracy in Europe, we will take a problem-oriented approach by asking what weaknesses and pathologies are observerable in the various political systems and how attempts of institutional reform were and are made to deal with these perceived flaws. We conclude the class by putting our analysis in the context of European integration and asking in how far membership in the EU has led to increased interdependence or even a gradual convergence of political systems in Europe. >
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> Pol S 382, State Government
> Instructor: Professor John Wilkerson
> Lecture: MW 1030-1220
> 5 Credits, I&S credit
> Description: States play important policymaking roles and differ in important ways that have important consequences for a state’s citizens. However it is one thing to observe that states differ and quite another to explain those differences. Culture? History? Institutions? Economics? Politics? I assume that students in this class know much less about state and local politics than they do about national politics. As a result, the class covers not only theoretical issues related to state politics, but also more basic facts. In addition, we consider divide our time between boarder comparisons of the 50 states, and more intensive examinations of politics and policy in Washington state. And to make the class more interesting, we will have a number of invited speakers, including some invited by students! >
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> Pol S/Envir 385, Political Ecology of the World Food System > Instructor: Professor Karen Litfin
> Lecture: TTh 1030-1150, Quizzes WF
> 5 Credits, NW and I&S credit
> Description: Where does our food come from? What are the social, political and environmental roots and consequences of the current agricultural practices? Who wins and who loses? In particular, we will focus on the pivotal role of petroleum in the world food system, the political consequences of disrupting the global carbon and nitrogen cycles, the question of meat, and the question of genetically modified organisms. We will study all of these issues and more against the backdrop of North/South inequality. >
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> Pol S 427, International Political Economy
> Instructor: Adrian Sinkler
> Lecture: MW 830-1020
> 5 Credits, I&S
> Description: In this course we will explore major theoretical debates in International Political Economy (IPE) as well as the historical changes in international trade and financial regimes that have expanded the movement of goods, capital and people across international borders during the last several decadesa phenomenon popularly known as globalization.? In doing so, we will assess recent developments in substantive areas of IPE from each of three main theoretical perspectives in order to gain analytical insight on both the causes and consequences of economic and political globalization. Does a more open trade regime lead to more economic development in poor countries? Does increased foreign direct investment lead to higher wages and better working conditions, and if so, what role should the state play in regulating foreign investment and labor markets? Does economic and political globalization contribute to problems like global warming, or can it contribute to conservation by increasing global income levels and the monitoring of environmental problems? Upon finishing this course, students will be in a position to formulate answers to these questions and enter the policy and ethical debates that surround them.

Credit can be earned as I BUS 490 or GWSS 496.

Business India – “Half the Sky”: Women, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

“Dividing our time among five geographically and demographically diverse states, we will visit large and small organizations, for-profit and non-profit, including global companies practicing “compassionate capitalism” and entrepreneurial ventures whose “patient profits” help them meet social goals. We will meet with dozens of leaders – men as well as women – at all levels of society who are making a difference. Each student will have the opportunity to make their own difference by contributing to our three short service projects with inspirational organizations and taking on a leadership role within our group to explore values and talents and personal pathways to a meaningful life. Through it all we will discuss the role models we encounter and explore what leadership means in our own lives, in business and organizations, in India, and in the world.”

http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10648&Type=O&sType=O

Q SCI 210 A / ENVIR 210A Introduction to Environmental Modeling

Spring Quarter 2013 – Meets MTWF 1:30-2:20 – 4 Credits

Instructor: Danny Grűnbaum, School of Oceanography

Models and computer simulations are increasingly important in understanding environmental science, in designing solutions to problems in natural resource management and environmental monitoring, and in predicting future environments under changing climates.

This course is a chance to learn how to use and critically assess environmental models you will encounter in scientific literature, the popular press, and debates about public policy.

This course will …

● deepen your conceptual understanding of mechanisms underlying key environmental processes

● enable you to include quantitative thinking and modeling tools into your analysis of literature, management and policy

● design your own experiments and modeling studies

● give you experience in the research process –framing questions, constructing hypothesis tests, interpreting outcomes and articulating implications

● teach you to use web-based, open-source software you can take with you into upcoming courses and jobs

This course won’t …

● require programming or advanced mathematics

For further information, contact the instructor at grunbaum

Dear University of Washington STEM Students,

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering a competitive $10,000 scholarship for University of Washington students who are in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines. Awardees will receive funding for their 2013-2014 academic year.

All motivated STEM students, who have demonstrated success in both their course work and research projects, are encouraged to apply. Space Grant must receive all materials by 5pm on March 1, 2013. Furthermore, Space Grant will notify applicants of their application status by March 5, 2013.

Student Eligibility and Application process:
-Must be a United States citizen

-Application must include a letter of reference and cover sheet completed by at least one faculty member who has worked closely with you

-Must hold either junior or senior status at the beginning of the
2013-2014 academic year

Nomination documents and details may be downloaded from:
http://www.waspacegrant.org/for_students/undergraduate_programs/scholarships/

All application materials must be sent to the Space Grant main office at:
WA NASA Space Grant
Attn: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Johnson 141
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195

As general advice, be proactive by downloading the application materials and set-up a meeting with a faculty member to discuss your application. Ensure that your application is complete by ensuring that all documents are included and double check for typos, grammar and such.

I am here to help, so please feel free to contact me regarding this opportunity at jcc5. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions may be found at the provided link above.

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J.Carlos Chavez
Student Program Coordinator and Advisor
Washington NASA Space Grant
Phone: 206-543-8919
www.waspacegrant.org

ENGL 285 – WRITERS ON WRITING (VLPA)
Kenney T 12:30-1:50 Th 12:30-1:20
Quiz sections: W

In this class the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays, they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between.

Serious curiosity is the only requirement for admission. Students will be expected to attend all talks, do the assigned reading, respond to problems and exercises posed by the lecturers, and participate vigorously in the ongoing conversation. By the end, they will have had a disciplined brush with literate passion, practiced imaginative methods at the point of the pencil, learned something about books from people who write them, and gained a practical sense of the artist’s way of knowing the world.

Conceived as a perpetual work-in-progress, according professors full freedom in designing their respective contributions, the course will find its coherence in the conversation we leap to make of it. Sample topics: What Is It? or, Ars Poetica; Forms of Poetry, Forms of Thought; Mythos-Minded Thinking: From Proverbs to Parables, Stories as Metaphors in Motion; Odd Autobiography; Reading the New; Literary Collage & Blurring Boundaries; The Writing Life; The Revision Process; Closing Words.

No required text. Readings will be posted online or handed out in class. Grading will be based equally on reading (by quiz and conversation), writing (solutions to assigned prompts), and participation (attendance and discussion).

Repeat: this course is intended to bring infectious literate passion within earshot of as many people as possible at the University of Washington. No formal prerequisites. Everyone is invited.