CUSP Presents Newsletter

Issue 39

38th Edition: September 20, 2013



My First Year Guide

If this is your first year here at UW Bothell, we've put together a guide just for you! Every Monday, we will be sending out tips and suggestions to make your first year in college as stress free as possible. The cool part? You don't have to wait for the email  to see what's in store. Check out the webpage below tailored to first year students and get suggestions on what to focus on, access to student resources and more helpful information about the college experience!

The CUSP office is here to serve all first year and pre major students. Come in anytime if you feel overwhelmed, need some advice or just want to stop by and say hi! We would love to hear from you.

Advising Quick Question Hours

Have a quick question that can be answered in 10 minutes or less? Stop by during our quick question hours, no appointment required.

Monday Sept. 30th: 10:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tuesday Oct. 1st: 10:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday Oct. 2nd: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday Oct. 3rd: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friday Oct. 4th: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Source: The CUSP office -

Writing and Communication Center

As part of the Teaching and Learning Center, the Writing and Communication Center (WaCC) supports faculty, staff, and peer educators to effectively teach writing and communication across the curriculum. Service highlights include:


Our peer writing consultants are available 7 days a week to assist your students with their writing, reading and communication projects.  

  • In-person, phone, and online consultations.  
  • In-class workshops on writing and communication topics. We can also provide a short in-class introduction to our services for your students.  Check out our offerings here  or contact me if the workshop you want is not on our list.
  • Free grammar workshops. This quarter they are scheduled for 10/8 (punctuation), 11/12 (verbs), and 12/10 (sentence structure).     


  • Creating effective writing assignments
  • Using in-class writing activities to enhance student learning
  • Creating plagiarism-resistant assignments
  • Providing effective feedback on written assignments
  • A lending library filled with writing pedagogy resources.  


We work closely with the Quantitative Skills Center, Learning Technologies, and the Library. Have a project that involves writing and numbers? New media? Information? Draw on multiple areas of expertise to create new pedagogical encounters.

Source: Karen Rosenberg -

Research In Action

Research in Action 2 credits Fridays 11am to 1pmThe Office of Research would like to invite students, faculty, staff and the general public to the Autumn Quarter Research-In-Action seminars. Join us for exciting discussions!




"Temporal, Ecological, and Behavioral Dynamics of Large Nocturnal Crow Roosts"
Doug Wacker, Ph.D.
Lecturer, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Friday, October 4th, 11:00am, UW1-021

This seminar is part of the BCUSP 290 Research-In-Action seminar series. Presenters speak for approximately 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute question and answer period. All are welcome to attend the seminar portion of the class.

Source: Charlotte Rasmussen at

Engineering Mentor Night

engineering mentor nightIf engineering interests you, but you're not quite sure what it has to offer then this night is for you! Come by the open house on October 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, in Mobius Hall. Pizza will be served!


Students can:

Meet professional engineers

Explore opportunities in engineering

Receive academic advising

Learn more about employement in engineering



Examples of engineering fields to be represented at the open house:

  • Aeronautical
  • Aerospace
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Industrial
  • Marine
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical
  • Structural

Co-sponsored by Puget Sound Engineering Council and UW Bothell

Source: Stacey Doran -

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning, which is located on the Seattle campus but serves all three UW campuses, convenes quarterly learning communities on various topics.

In Autumn Quarter, they are organizing learning communities on:

  • Active Learning (a three-campus learning community, facilitated locally at Bothell by Andreas Brockhaus, Director of Learning Technologies, and me)
  • Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: Strategies for Happy and Productive Mentees and Mentors
  • Reframing the Practice of Teaching: Including and Engaging All Students
  • Teaching in the University (for graduate students only)

Please consider participating. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

For details and registration, please visit

Source: David Goldstein -

Attention Faculty: Undergraduate Research Fair Submissions

Thinking about Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Projects? Get a short description written and pasted into catalyst, so we can help you find passionate and capable students at the:

UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Fair

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


North Creek Event Center

To inform students of the myriad research and creative activity possibilities on campus we are asking faculty seeking undergraduate researchers to provide us with a project description and student requirements about their faculty-mentored research or creative projects. The Office of Research will print large format posters for this event using this information to highlight your research to attract students.  

We ask that faculty mentors seeking students attend a portion of the event so that students have the opportunity to talk to you about your work

The information needed for the posters can be entered here

The deadline to submit project descriptions is Monday, October 7th

Source: Charlotte Rasmussen at

Research In Progress

Gwen OttingerResearch-In-Progress seminar series featuring UW Bothell investigators discussing their research, are open to interested faculty, students and staff.  The aim of this series is to foster interdisciplinary communication/collaboration to increase awareness of work currently being done by UWB faculty.

This quarter's theme is: "Environments, Communities, and the Public Good"

"Citizen Science and the Many Faces of Environmental Justice" 
Gwen Ottinger
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Tuesday, October 8th, 4:00 pm, LB1-205

Source: The Office of Research