CUSP Presents Newsletter

Issue 46

46th Edition: November 15, 2013

Common Book Conference 2013

Henrietta Lacks Book CoverAttention all members of the UW Bothell community; join us as we discuss the story behind the HeLa cells and how they have revolutionized the medical field.

Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2014
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: North Creek Events Center

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.

From the authors website:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot’s debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, where it has remained for more than three years since its publication. She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News, and others, and was named One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post. The Immortal Life was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report; it was named The Best Book of 2010 by and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It has won numerous awards, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the National Academies of Science Best Book of the Year award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Best Young Adult Book award, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and two Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and Best Debut Author of the year. It has received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Science, and many others. Dwight Garner of the New York Times said, “I put down Rebecca Skloot’s first book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” more than once. Ten times, probably. Once to poke the fire. Once to silence a pinging BlackBerry. And eight times to chase my wife and assorted visitors around the house, to tell them I was holding one of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I’ve read in a very long time …It has brains and pacing and nerve and heart.” See the press page of this site for more reactions to the book.

The Immortal Life is being translated into more than 25 languages. It is also being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which has been featured in the New York Times. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She financed her degrees by working in emergency rooms, neurology labs, veterinary morgues and martini bars. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She currently gives talks on subjects ranging from bioethics to book proposals at conferences and universities nationwide.


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.

First Year and Pre-Major Updates

Finals are just around the corner. Get a sneak peak at our study tips and make sure to check your email on Monday!

Discovery Core II Courses are online : Check out our website for a list of descriptions, instructors, dates and times for each course.

My First Year Guide : Check out our guide for First Year students at UW Bothell and look for our weekly emails each Monday.

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Business & Organization Leadership Development Events:

Leadership Lessons

boldJoin us as Stephen Krempl gives a seminar on identifying and developing key leadership skills for a future in any industry.

Date: Thursday, November 21st 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Eastside Leadership Center
2515 140th Ave. NE Bellevue, WA 98005

*Registration is required*

Stephen Krempl is the CEO of Krempl Communications, a global communications company, and the author of The 5% Zone.







Leadership Lab Series

bold leadership labOpen to all UW Bothell undergraduats.

Registration Deadline: December 1st, 2013
Lab Series Fee: $149

Better than an internship, test drive multiple companies and organizations. Witness real-time leaders in action within their workplace in six sessions over the course of six months. Obtain a leadership convocation and leadership summit certificate of achievement upon successful completion.

To learn more please visit:

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Study Abroad Opportunity - Thailand

Study Abroad Logo"Last Chance!  Deadline for Applications are Today November 15th!  If you miss it please contact James Reinnoldt at Hurry!

Financial Aid is available! 

Don't miss out! Find full details and an application here.



Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Department: Center for University Studies and Programs (CUSP), UW Bothell
Estimated Program Dates: March 31 - June 6, 2014
Note: This program was originally scheduled for Winter 2014 but has been shifted to Spring 2014. If you are interested or have any questions please email James Reinnoldt at
Estimated Program Fee: $6,800 (will be confirmed by time of application)
Credits: 15
Program Director: James Reinnoldt, (CUSP)
Application Deadline: DEADLINE EXTENDED November 15, 2013
Pre-Program Orientation Session/Classes: During the Winter Quarter, there will be two mandatory orientation classes held on Saturday mornings and also one on Saturday March 29 at the UW Bothell Campus. Additional dates TBA.

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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!

“Gaming the System: Exploring the Future of Human-Computer Interaction Through Video Game Design ”
Jason Pace, Director
Digital Future Lab.
Friday, November 22nd, 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.

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Interested in Education? Check Out These Winter Courses

BEDUC 391A Special Topics: World Englishes | SLN 10941

Mondays & Wednesdays | 3:30 - 5:30pm | 5 Credits

Examine the spread of English around the world and the current and
future status of the English language. We will discuss the variety of
ways in which people use and appropriate English for their purposes
in various contexts as well as the diverse beliefs and ideologies that
people hold about English as a lingua franca. Reflect on the essentialist
and ethnocentric assumptions of the notion of the native speaker
of English, the ownership of English, and the Standard English.

Approved for Education and Society Minor

BEDUC 476 Digital Literacy: New Literacies in Digital Learning | SLN: 20468

Wednesdays | 5:45 - 8:50pm (25% hybrid) | 5 Credits

What does it now mean to be literate In this age of rapid, networked, global communication, when we all must sort through multiple sources of information, when digital tools enable everyone to create and publish multiple media, when political and civic organizing happens within digital social media?

What do we need to know to be able to read all forms of media critically, to contribute to the global conversation, and to create multi-media projects for telling one’s story? This class will include both critical and theoretical readings on the rapid shifts in digital culture and hands-on experience with becoming a networked digital learner. All tech skill levels welcome --- all that is needed is an openness to play with new ways of connecting and creating.

Approved for Education and Society Minor, Teaching and Learning Minor, and MCS elective credit.

BEDUC 491A Special Topic: School-to-Community Transition for Vulnerable Youth | SLN: 20799

Mondays & Wednesdays | 8:45 - 10:45am | 5 Credits

Emphasis will be placed on the movement from school to employment,
continued education, and community life. The course will consider the
influences that place, ability, race/ethnicity, gender, and social class have
on shaping outcomes experienced in early adulthood

Approved for Education and Society Minor

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Early Call for Clamor Submissions

Attention all students! Clamor 2014 is now open for early submissions  for possible publication in our print, web, and digital formats. Clamor accepts artistic work in many formats, including:

o Visual Art—drawing, painting, photography, computer art, mixed media
o Images of 3D art—sculpture, textiles, jewelry, land art, glass
o Media Art—video, audio, spoken word, music, performance, remix
o Creative Writing—poetry, prose, experimental writing, mixed genre

You may submit up to three pieces in each of the three categories: Creative Writing,  Audio/Video, and Visual Art.

Clamor 2014 is using a new submissions system that should make submitting creative work easier than ever.

Early Submission Deadline: November 17, 2013 (decisions announced by mid-December)

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