2007 Events

FOSEP Discussion

“Working Race: an interdisciplinary discussion on the scientific uses of racial and ethnic identities and categories”
Moderator: Joon-Ho Yu
December 4, 2007 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Health Sciences T-360
Please read the following articles before coming to the discussion. Food will be served!
Racial Categories in Medical Practice: How Useful Are They? Braun et al. 2007 PLoS Medicine Vol4 Issue 9 pp. 1423 – 1427. Racial Categories in Medicine: A Failure of Evidence-Based Practice? Ellison et al. 2007 PLoS Medicine Vol4 Issue 9 pp. 1434 – 1436.


Poets, Prisoners, and Preachers as Partners in Science Outreach: The Research Ambassador Program

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Faculty Member, Evergreen State College
President, The International Canopy Network
November 5, 2007 4 pm PAA – A118
Discussion to follow at 5:30 pm in HSB T-663
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is known as “The Queen of the Forest Canopy”. She is on the faculty at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Her research concerns the ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies, particularly the roles that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests. In 1994, she co-founded the International Canopy Network, a non-profit organization to foster communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists concerned with forest canopies. Dr. Nadkarni’s recent efforts are to integrate aspects of artistic expression with scientific documentation of the natural world. She has recently expanded her outreach work by establishing the NSF-funded “Research Ambassador Program” in which she trains other scientists to do outreach to non-traditional public audiences in non-traditional venues, such as prisons, churches, skateboard parks, and rap music clubs.

This seminar is sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant.


Speaking Science 2.0 A free public forum!

Chris Mooney and Matthew Nisbet

Pacific Science Center

Friday, October 5th, 7pm

Indirect Truths: Research and Public Scholarship in the Nation’s Capital

Matthew Nisbet
Husky Union Building HUB 106B
Friday, October 5, 2007 11:00 AM
Professor Nisbet is a social scientist who studies the nature and impacts of strategic communication.
His current work tracks scientific and environmental controversies, examining the interactions between experts, journalists, and various publics. In this research, Nisbet studies how news coverage reflects and shapes policy, how strategists try to mold public opinion, and how citizens make sense of controversies. He has analyzed a wide range of debates, including those over stem cell research, global warming, intelligent design-creationism, plant biotechnology, and hurricanes. Nisbet tracks current events related to strategic communication at his blog, Framing Science, which was recently recognized by the NY Daily News as one of the Web’s top political blogs. Discussion group to follow: “When Science turns Political: Tips and Tools for Communicating Science” with Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney at 3pm in Communications Building CMU 126


Science On Tap and FOSEP present

The Botany of Chocolate
Alfredo Gomez-Beloz, Dept. of Epidemiology, University of Washington
September 24, 2007 7 pm
Ravenna Third Place Pub (downstairs from the bookstore)
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Ravenna Third Place Bookstore in Seattle is at the corner of 20th Ave NE and NE 65th Street. Free parking is available.


The Net Neutrality Debate and What it Means For Innovation on the Internet

Keith Kegley
VP Product Development, Spot Runner
Thursday, April 19, 2007 4:30 pm
Electrical Engineering Building EEB 125, UW Seattle Campus
Keith Kegley is an experienced technology evangelist and entrepreneur. He has worked for IBM, Microsoft, Spot Runner
and has started and sold two technology companies. Keith worked for Microsoft for 13 years and while there pitched and then led the project that became Universal Serial Bus (USB), he also launched the ergonomic keyboard product line and was an early member of the technology and product teams that shipped Internet Explorer, Internet Information Server and MSN. In his last role he built and launched a new micro-payment platform used by Xbox, Zune and Microsoft Windows to support online transactions in emerging markets and low cost digital downloads in 23 markets. Keith currently leads the Product Development effort for Spot Runner, a new technology startup based in Los Angeles, that has a revolutionary new approach to produce and purchase television advertising. Internet neutrality is the concept that the physical implementation of the internet should be neutral to its content. The concept gained visibility when telecom companies considered prioritizing internet access to selective content – either by linking fast or quality connection to a webpage to a fee, or by transmitting their own preferred material preferentially. Telecom companies, on the other hand, argue that they have the right to use a capitalistic model to offer their clients competitive services, and disagree that allowing this behavior will impede the flow of information. They see only unnecessary government interference. Read More: Full Abstract Much work to be done to preserve net neutrality, Seattle Times, Feb. 2, 2007 H.R. 5252: Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006 Defeat for net neutrality backers, BBC, June 9, 2006 This seminar was sponsored by the UW Department of Computer Science


Climate Change: Do we know enough to take action? The use of scientific “uncertainty” in the policy debate over climate change

Dr. Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:00 pm
Physics and Astronomy Building PAA A102, UW Seattle Campus
Andrew Dessler is an environmental scientist who is actively engaged in research on both the science and politics of climate change. His scientific research revolves around climate feedbacks, in particular how water vapor and clouds act to amplify warming from the carbon dioxide that humans emit. His interest in the politics of climate change arose after spending the last year of the Clinton Administration as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Based on that experience, he coauthored a book, The science and politics of global climate change: A guide to the debate. He is presently an associate professor in the Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. His educational background includes a B.A. in physics from Rice University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and spent nine years on the research faculty of the University of Maryland. He is also an avid glider pilot, where each flight puts his theoretical knowledge of the atmosphere to a concrete test. This seminar was sponsored by the UW College of Forest Resources and the UW Program on Climate Change. Click here to download a PDF of Dr. Dessler’s talk


Discussion Group: Women in Science

Christina Surawicz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, University of Washington School of Medicine
Tuesday March 6, 2007, 5:30 pm Health Sciences T-478
Food and Beverages will be served
Are women at a disadvantage when it comes to succeeding in science and engineering? Despite the increased numbers of female students in science and engineering over the past few decades, women are not found in the same proportions in the upper levels of science and engineering academia. A recent article in the New York Times explores these important issues: Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches
Cornelia Dean. New York Times. (Late Edition (east Coast)). New York, N.Y.:Dec 19, 2006. p. F.1 (note: abstract only, subscription required to view entire article) Dr. Surawicz graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1973. She completed Internal Medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington school of medicine in Seattle, following which she joined the faculty in the Gastroenterology Division. She is now Professor of Medicine as well as Section Chief in Gastroenterology at Harborview Medical Center, one of the teaching hospitals. She was appointed in 2002 as the first Assistant Dean for Faculty Development for the medical school, a position she still holds. She has had extensive experience in clinical research, teaching and administration, and continues to be active clinically in gastroenterology. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors several times. On a national level, she served as chair of the American College of Gastroenterology women’s committee and was the founding chair of the Gastroenterology women’s coalition which brought together women’s groups from the 4 major GI societies in 1992. She served as the President of the American College of Gastroenterology in 1998-99. She was President of the Western Association of Physicians in 2005-06. She has extensive clinical experience with Clostridium difficile infection and research on the use of probiotics to treat recurrent C. difficile disease.

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