Faculty Research and Creative Practice Community Seminars

Husky Highlights Seminar Series

Husky Highlights Seminar Series

Husky Highlights Seminar Series

Husky Highlights is a seminar series meeting several times a quarter to feature UW Bothell faculty and staff who are making advances in research, scholarship and creative practice. These events are often provided virtually and open to the public. Each speaker will present for about 25 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A section afterward. Recordings may be available, depending on speaker preference.


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 3:30-5:00PM

The Value of Crowdfunding to Microfinance

Dr. Xiahua Wei

This study investigates the effect of crowdfunding on the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Microfinance is a potential remedy to alleviate global poverty and promote financial inclusion for underserved social groups. Such efforts are led by MFIs. Traditionally, MFIs are often funded by government subsidies, which could undermine MFIs’ incentive to improve financial performance. In recent years, MFIs resorted to lending-based crowdfunding as a new source of funding. Meanwhile, it remains unclear how crowdfunding, as an innovative financing mechanism operating on digital platforms, would improve the financial performance of MFIs without compromising their social mission of alleviating poverty. To address this issue, we compile and analyze a panel dataset from a leading crowdfunding platform for microfinance. We find that MFIs’ partnership with crowdfunding improves their operational scale and financial performance without sacrificing social outreach. Moreover, improved financial performance is mediated by operational efficiency, and non-government organizations benefit more from crowdfunding partnerships in financial performance than other types of MFIs. In addition, we perform text analysis on crowdfunding narratives, employ weak supervision to assess the pragmatic and moral legitimacy of crowdfunding projects, and show how they affect MFIs’ operational focus.

Fast, Accurate, and Fully Automated Macromolecular Complex Structure Prediction and Determination from 3D Cryo-EM

Dr. Dong Si 

Information about the macromolecular structure and related molecular mechanisms can assist in the understanding of its function in a living cell and the drug development processes. To obtain such structural information, we present DeepTracer, a fully automatic deep learning-based platform for fast de novo macromolecular complex structure determination from high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) density maps. It is a fully automated pipeline and users can perform cryo-EM data processing, target identification, and structure predictions through the intuitive graphical web server. The web service is globally accessible at https://deeptracer.uw.edu.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from  3:30-5:00PM

Little Redfish Lost and Found:  The rediscovery of Bothell’s own native salmon

Dr. Jeffrey Jensen 

Native kokanee salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) were once abundant in the Lake Washington/Sammamish Basin in Washington state.  Based on historical accounts of local indigenous groups and early European settlers, kokanee salmon were by far the most abundant local salmon and were important culturally and as a food source.  Three runs of kokanee were present – an “early run” in Lake Sammamish that was declared extinct in 2002; a “middle run” in Lake Washington and Sammamish River tributaries (including North Creek) that was thought to have been eliminated decades ago; and a “late run” that struggles along in Lake Sammamish.  This research, supported by a UW Bothell Scholarship, Research, and Creative Practice (SRCP) Seed Grant, resulted in the surprising rediscovery of the kokanee “middle-run” and represents a rare good-news story of a salmon population surviving unrecognized after over a century of environmental degradation.  Genetic analysis, and comparison with other O. nerka populations throughout the Pacific Northwest, indicates that a kokanee population spawning primarily in North Creek and the Sammamish River is genetically distinct and native to the Lake Washington basin.  These kokanee currently have a very limited spawning area and their biology is poorly known - further research is required to protect this unique, local, and historically important population.

The Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) at Saint Edward State Park: Navigating the Partially Uncharted Waters of an Interinstitutional Initiative

Dr. Santiago Lopez 

The University of Washington Bothell has launched a new program called the Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) in close collaboration with WA State Parks. With the aim of increasing public understanding, scientific knowledge, environmental justice, and a sense of connectedness to the natural world, the EERC aims at hosting a variety of widely interdisciplinary and equity-centered environmental education and research initiatives. The EERC was expected to be launched by the end of June 2021. However, due to pandemic-related chain supply problems that caused major delays in the physical space's development, the EERC building's renovation only concluded in March 2022. Since this is a joint project between two governmental institutions, a written agreement outlining the obligations of each party was necessary to formally start operations at the EERC. The agreement was finally signed by both parties in Nov 2022.  In this presentation, I will share information about the status of the EERC and provide a historical account of its development and its operational structure. I will also provide information about how we envision UWB faculty could join the EERC and engage in teaching, research, and service.  At the end of the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about what they consider critical to meaningfully engage with the EERC and its programming through a short survey.  

Dr. Lopez is an Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell and serves as the Faculty Director of the Environmental Education and Research Center

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from  3:30-5:00PM

  • Delivery of Mobile Computing Resources for Pervasive AI Services on Edge
    Dr. Yang Peng 
  • Gizmo 2.0 – a cross-disciplinary robot for enhancing recovery after stroke-induced hemispatial neglect
    Dr. W. Jong Yoon

Early March 2023 

  • Video lessons to support equity education for university instructional assistants in STEM
    Dr. Rachel E Scherr  
  • An Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators
    Dr. Jennifer Atkinson

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from  3:30-5:00PM

  • The stakeholder-corporation: a theoretical analysis
    Dr. Camelia Bejan
  • Reducing the performance costs of interruptions: an intervention study
    Dr. Sophie Leroy

Mid-May 2023

  • A Deep Learning Approach for ECG Authentication on Implantable Medical Devices
    Dr. Geethapriya Thamilarasu

Past Presentations 2022-2023

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 

The Power of Prose: A Case Study of a High Impact Writing Classroom 

Dr. Julie Shayne

In spring 2022 I taught what felt like a fantasy class – “The Power of Feminist Writing.” With funding from the Office of Connected Learning I was able to bring in authors from Seattle and beyond to work with my students on the whys and hows of feminist writing. The class was for advanced undergraduates, and high impact for all of us involved; myself and the guests included. This talk is about the origin of the class; the portfolio based assignment; the freedom I gave the students; and the high impact results from all of this.  

Polynomials that preserve nonnegative matrices of a fixed order.

Dr. Pietro Paparella

In further pursuit of a solution to the celebrated nonnegative inverse eigenvalue problem, in 1978, R. Loewy and D. London posed the problem of characterizing all polynomials that preserve all nonnegative matrices of a fixed order. It is clear that the set of all polynomials that preserve all n-by-n nonnegative matrices contains polynomials with nonnegative coefficients, however, it is known that this set contains polynomials with negative entries. In this talk, novel results are presented concerning the coefficients of the polynomials belonging to this set. The two-by-two case and implications for further research are discussed. This is joint-work with former UWB undergraduate student Benjamin J. Clark (currently in the PhD program in mathematics at Washington State University).

B. J. Clark and P. Paparella. Polynomials that preserve nonnegative matrices of order two. Mathematics Exchange, to appear.
B. J. Clark and P. Paparella. Polynomials that preserve nonnegative matrices. Linear Algebra Appl., 637:110–118, 2022.


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Who presents

View the 2021 Scholarship, Research, and Creative Practice (SRCP) Seed Grant Recipients. These projects are wrapping up and presentations will be given in the 2022-2023 academic year.

This year, we'll also feature Fulbright Scholar Awardees and Connected Learning Award recipients.

Upcoming Seminars

  • November 1
  • November 29
  • December 6
  •  January 17
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • March 30
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • May 25 


Recorded research talks

January 2022

Concept models reveal changes in students’ cognitive structures for biology and statistics by Dr. Caleb Trujillo 

Watch recorded presentation.

Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy on Black Art in the Pacific Northwest
by Dr. Jed Murr

Watch recorded presentation

December 2021

SPOT Student Ambassadors research by Dr Joey Shapiro Key & Dr. Linda Simonsen

Watch recorded session

Dr. Joe Ferrare presents on Networks in Action and student social capital

Watch recorded session

November 2021

Resilience through Mindfullness by Drs. Ko Niitsu and Hoa Appel

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October 2021

Dr. Doug Wacker presents his Lake Forest Bird Survey research

Watch recorded session

Former Seminars