CUSP Presents Newsletter

Issue 30

30th, Edition: July 5th, 2013


2013-14 UW Bothell Common Book

Picture1.pngThe Center for University Studies and Programs (CUSP) is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s UW Bothell Common Book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown Publishers, 2010).

From the publisher:
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

Please join us in reading this book and watch for related events on campus throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

About the UW Bothell Common Book

The Common Book program at UW Bothell is an interdisciplinary project that engages students, staff, faculty and community members in the collective reading and discussion of a common text.
Each spring, our committee selects a text that connects to a wide range of academic disciplines and is relevant to our learning communities. A slate of year-long programming will include author lectures, performing arts events, visual arts exhibits and student conferences.

CUSP Fauclty: TLC's Quarterly Teaching Brownbag Series


Please join your fellow teachers for the TLC’s periodic “brownbags” to foster informal discussions of teaching techniques, problems, and ideas. Bring tips, questions, problems, or successes … and lunch. Everyone is welcome, especially teaching faculty and academic staff (e.g., librarians).

The Winter Quarter brownbag lunches take place from noon to 1:00 on the following dates:

Thursday, May 30 in UW2-307 (near elevator on third floor of UW2)
Wednesday, June 5 in UW1-103 (across lobby from Career Center in UW1)

Please drop in even if you can’t participate for the full hour.
Apologies to those of you for whom neither date works.



David S. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Director, Teaching and Learning Center
Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington Bothell

CUSP Students: Upcoming Deadlines for Summer Quarter

Advising-tab.jpgAs you strive to succeed in your courses during the Summer quarter, please keep in mind these important dates below.

  • Last Day to add a course on MyUW with instructor's permission and a $20 fee: July 14th
  • Last day to drop a course and receive a "W" on your transcript: August 11th
  • Last day to change to S/NS grading option: Augsut 11th
  • See the full academic calendars here

CUSP Academic Advisors highly encourage you to to schedule an appointment with them here if you are having diffiiculties in or in need of more support. The CUSP office is open all Summer long from 8am to 5:30pm to serve you. Good luck this quarter and we look forward to seeing you at the CUSP office located at UW1-080.

BCUSP 205 A: Invention, Innovation, & Entrepreneurs (Fall Quarter - 5 Credits)

Invention.jpgAttention CUSP Students, check out this exciting course exploring how creativity and innovation intersect!

Professor: Laura Schildkraut
Monday/Wednesday: 8:45 am -10:45 am

The course will start by looking at great inventors, their inventions, and what problems they were setting out to solve. It will then focus on students' creative ideas in solving problems and leveraging opportunities. In the final phase of the course, students will learn how to get a project approved; whether that project is a business, artistic or community-based organization.

Source: Laura Schildkraut -