CUSP Presents Newsletter

Issue 17

 Conversation Café: "Community"

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 8th, 2013!

Participants should plan to attend all three sessions (April 18th, May 9th, June 6th from 2:30-4:30).


Who we are seeking:
UWB community members, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and staff. We highly encourage the participation of those who are willing to constructively engage in conversation across interpersonal differences of identity and experience. We are committed to collectively creating an inclusive space that encourages and honors diverse identities and experiences with “community.”

To apply, please visit: 

We’re looking forward to building critical conversations and practices with you around the keyword “Community.”

Conversation Café is a NEW program, facilitated by the Office of Community-Based Learning & Research, which is part of our efforts to build a movement for community engagement at UWB and beyond. It is a space to create connections and identify shared interests throughout UWB in relation to community engagement work. We will engage in conversation sessions throughout Spring 2013 that will unpack and critically analyze our lived experiences in connection to the keyword “community.” We will do this by incorporating a variety of group story-telling, arts-based, and embodied activities.

Our theme for Spring 2013 is “Community.” This word is used so often in daily conversation that sometimes it loses its meaning altogether or is used in ways that mask power differentials. How do you define community? What communities do you identify with? How do you experience “community” in your life? And how do you articulate possibilities and pitfalls of “community?” Together, in our three consecutive conversations, we will investigate and attempt to build responses to these questions through individual and collective processes and conversations.

Source: Kaelyn Caldwell

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center

Join University of Washington scientists and researchers for the fourth annual Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center. Enjoy exhibits and hands-on activities from nearly 40 UW programs at this family-friendly event for Huskies of all ages.

What: Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center
When: April 5–7, 2013
Where: Pacific Science Center

Bring your Husky Card or UW Alumni Association Member Card to receive a 20% discount on general exhibit admission for you and your guests.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Spanish Language Tutor – CUSP
Volunteers will assist the instructor in course level appropriate reading, writing and speaking to Spanish language students. Volunteers will improve their language studies and practice the language by helping to understand the linguistic structures taught in class, going over notes and practice tests with students. They will also gain teaching and mentoring experience useful in developing career merits. Students must be currently enrolled at UWB in good academic and behavioral standing; Able to read, write and speak English and Spanish proficiently, and be genuinely interested in improving language literacy skills. Applicants must be available 2 hours per week on Tuesday or Thursday during the academic year.

Application Instructions: Interested tutors are encouraged to submit their resume, cover letter, and class schedule to Vilma Illanes at

Volunteer Chinese Language Tutor – CUSP
CUSP has an outstanding opportunity for two volunteer Chinese tutors for spring 2013. Volunteers, strictly screened and trained, will gain rich teaching experience, advance linguistic skills, and deepen cultural understanding in a comparative approach. This experience will pave the way for potential career advancement, especially in education. Students must be currently enrolled at UW Bothell in good academic (GPA 3.0) and behavioral standing; Native language proficiency in standard pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; Strong Chinese character writing skills preferred; Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Cultural background of the target language preferred. Applicants must be available for a minimum of one quarter, 2 hours per week on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:15-3:15pm.

Application Instructions: Interested students are encouraged to submit their resume, cover letter, and class schedule to Weizhi Gao


Upcoming Seminars for BCUSP 290:

April 12 - “Invasive Holly in a Pacific Northwest Forest” Elliott Church, B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Global Studies, UW Bothell.

April 19 - “Alternative Settings and Voices for Social Change” J. Eric Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

April 26 - “Studying Cooperation from Another World” Kristina Hillesland, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

May 3- “Researching the Seattle Liberation Front through Archival Sources and First-Person Testimony” Linda Watts, Ph.D., Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

May 10– “The Multi Dimensions of Blackness: Cultural Hegemony in the U.S. and Hispaniola” Marcus Johnson, UW Bothell Senior in Global Studies and Human Rights.

May 17– “How Sustainable is Sustainable Business?” Kevin Laverty, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Business.

May 24– “Extreme Precipitation and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest”
Eric Salathe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

May 31– “Large-area Flexible Organic Solar Cells” Seungkeun Choi, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

June 7– “Navigating Constraints: The Design Work of Professional Software Developers” David Socha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Source: Charlotte Rasmussen

UWB Physics Seminar: The Incredible Expanding Universe

A somewhat informal talk on recent discoveries concerning cosmology by Matt DePies

DATE: Monday, 8 April 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm
LOCATION: UWB Beardsley Building, Collaboratory, Room 205
Refreshments at 1:15 pm

The past several decades have been a "golden age" of experimental cosmology, and have ushered in a new era of understanding of our place in the universe. This talk focuses on the basics of the expansion of the universe, and how several experiments have dramatically altered long held beliefs about the nature of the expansion. Particularly noteworthy is the discovery of an increased expansion rate via supernovae observations, as well as extraordinarily detailed analysis of the cosmic microwave background. Is this, in fact, the birth of new physics?

Source: Robin Barnes Spayde

A Guided Tour of the Universe

The Earth Portal show takes visitors on an immersive journey into the depths of the Universe. The show is held in a giant inflatable dome called the Whidbey GeoDome, holding up to 25 people who lie back looking into a 360 degree domed screen and giving the feeling of actually traveling through space. The GeoDome uses an advanced up to date NASA program that begins on Earth, exploring the preciousness of life on our amazing blue planet and its place the Milky Way Galaxy, moving outward to the farthest reaches of the Cosmos to explore the nature of the interdependence that is inherent in all existence.

The Earth Portal demonstrates ways in which whole systems thinking, design science, and collaborative processes can be used to address many of the complex challenges facing humanity.

There is a limited capacity for this event! Each show lasts 30 minutes, so only a total of 300 students will be able to attend! Be one of them!
Tell your friends!

Days: Wednesday, April 10th, and Thursday, April 11th
Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Location: At UWB, North Creek Events Center

Learn more by checking out the website here:
Hosted by UWB’s Consciousness Club and Campus Events Board.

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Life On The Ice

Antarctic veteran Jason Anthony talks about work, life, and food at the bottom of the world

Date: April 17
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: UW1 220

Come meet an Antarctic adventurer and learn about life at the bottom of the world. Jason Anthony worked for a decade in the frozen Antarctic, the most remote environment on earth -- where the tallest plant is a lichen and the largest land animal is a flightless midge. If you have ever wondered how people survive in an environment of solid ice, or how you yourself could visit or work in the Antarctic, this is your opportunity to ask the expert. Come join Jason for a talk and slideshow, and plenty of questions and answers, about living, working, and (most of all) eating in the farthest south.

Source: Kristy Leissle

Online Debate Open To Students, Faculty and Staff

Denise Vaughan, Director of Forensics, would like to invite you to an online debate open to everyone! The first round of the tournament will be April 17-21st. This is a great opportunity for students to get exposed to what critical thinking looks like in action, but in a relaxed, slow-paced atmosphere. It is also an opportunity for faculty to judge debate! We need lots of judging and you have days to get your decisions in to the staff so it is work at your own pace!

Binghamton University is offering a rare opportunity to engage in online debate this year. This is part of our ongoing activities attempting to bring debate to underserved communities as well as provide practice opportunities. While it is structured just like Parliamentary debate, the speeches are pre-recorded so students have plenty of time to record and re-record their speeches, even rebuttals. Part of what is intimidating about debate is the speed of delivery and this modality avoids that completely. Once all the speeches have been uploaded, judges simply watch a full "debate" and make a decision.

Denise Vaughan will be offering short seminars in how to debate (for students) and we will provide them with cases and help to write their own cases. We have a large team so there are many students who can help.

Denise Vaughan will also be offering short seminars in how to judge (for faculty/staff). This is a free tournament so we will not be paying judges but you will get training and the opportunity to help your students!

Here is a link to the invitation so you can see what this debate will look like:

If you are a faculty interested in judging or a student interested in participating, please contact Denise Vaughan at