01/03/2017 Undergraduate research and mentoring is the theme for this winter’s Research in Progress lecture series at the University of Washington Bothell. The seven presentations will feature researchers who involve undergraduates in their work. The series kicks off Jan. 10 with Lori Robins, associate professor in the School of STEM, and one of her chemistry students Luis Contreras, now an alumnus. They helped a Woodinville company, Briotech, show that its product can eliminate prions, the cause of several dementia diseases. The series is curated by Jennifer McLoud-Mann, division chair and professor in the School of STEM, engineering and mathematics division. She’s also presenting the Feb. 14 lecture, “One Tile at a Time: Making Progress on a 100-year-old Geometry Problem,” with David Von Derau, now an alumnus, who helped discover a new way to arrange a pattern of pentagons. On Feb. 21, Antony Smith and Allison Hintz, both associate professors in the School of Educational Studies, present “Story Time STEM: Exploring Math and Science through Children’s Literature,” about how they use reading and classroom discussions to introduce mathematical concepts. Wadiya Udell, associate professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and undergraduate Moriah Boggs on Jan. 31 present “Understanding the Health Status of Justice Involved Youth: Knowledge Generation Through Systemic Review." Read about the full lineup online with times and locations. The Research in Progress lectures are free and open to all students, faculty and staff as well as alumni and community partners. The series increases awareness of faculty research and fosters communication across academic disciplines. Research in Progress also is a two-credit winter course for students, BIS 290, taught by Charlotte Rasmussen, the director of undergraduate research and creative practice. It introduces students to research practices that will help them become successful scholars.