G H 101 Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies, and Outcomes (Online course)

For students who are interesting in studying public health and who would prefer the flexibility of an online course, Global Health is offering G H 101 – an introductory course that can be completed primarily online.  See the following information from the Global Health department regarding the course:

Global Health 101 is being offered online for the first time during the upcoming fall quarter. The course will parallel the in-class version of the course, focusing on weekly readings and lectures, a midterm and final exam, and completion of a modified Global Fund proposal (a series of seven weekly assignments that culminate in a final project at the end of the quarter). Exams will be held in-person on the UW Seattle campus. Students who are not able to take the mid-term or final exam at the scheduled location will need to identify a proctor, have the proctor approved by the instructor, and request that the exam be sent to your proctor.

The course page will be available to students on September 20th, with a new module opening weekly. Each module will contain about 3 hours of lecture per week for students to watch online, in addition to some videos. Other than the syllabus and course outline, modules will not be opened in advance of their scheduled week. There will be a few discussion forums throughout the quarter, but the major graded components will be the weekly assignments associated with the Global Fund (done independently) and the midterm and final exams. The Global Fund project asks students to mimic an actual Global Fund proposal (in MUCH less intensity and detail) by selecting a country, researching its health indicators, and coming up with a proposal to improve health in that location.

The midterm and final will both be held at 6:30 pm in the Health Sciences Building on the UW Seattle campus – the midterm is scheduled for October 29th, and the final will be held December 10th.

Questions? Please contact the course instructor Todd Faubion at tfaubion@uw.edu

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Addressing Social Disorder: Evaluation of Anti-Graffiti Efforts in Downtown Seattle

If you are looking for upper division sociology electives to take this fall quarter and also wish to gain valuable research experience with an influential organizations, consider registering for SOC 403: Applied Community Research.  This applied research course will address social disorder by evaluating anti-graffiti efforts in downtown Seattle.  See below for a full description of the course:


This fall, students will conduct research for the City of Seattle and the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) to evaluate the effectiveness of rapid graffiti eradication and enforcement to stem social disorder and crime in the Seattle’s downtown core.

Students will examine the role of graffiti in urban life, discuss whether graffiti leads to other crimes, and investigate how graffiti and taggers interact with other social and environmental factors. This class will apply sociological theories and research methods, sharpen their writing skills, and learn how to present research in a professional setting. The class is highly collaborative, interactive and intense in order to prepare students for future professional work and graduate school.

Course information:

Time: Monday/Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm

Room: SAV 245

Instructor: ManChui Leung mleung8@uw.edu

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Office of the Mayor Seeking Community Affairs Intern

The Mayor’s Office is seeking for 3 undergraduate interns to join the Community Affairs Group. The interns will work with both external and internal audiences to develop and execute community relations activities such as:

  • Develop relationships with the community
  • Identify and staff community events
  • Plan and execute events and activities
  • Assist in everyday office tasks
  • Help to inform and to distribute communications and outreach materials Educational Benefit to the Student:
  • Gain experience drafting and implementing communications and public engagement strategies
  • Develop writing and editing skills
  • Learn to craft and implement strategies to improve internal and external stakeholder engagement
  • Gain a better understanding of city government

This internship is a great opportunity for students who are looking to develop experience in community outreach and engagement and/or event organizing and implementation, as well as anyone considering a career in city government.

The position is open to any full time undergraduate student majoring in either communication, human resources, public relations, public administration, sociology or closely related fields. Students must maintain above a 2.0 GPA while participating in the internship.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Ability to successfully multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Proficient computer skills/telephone skills.
  • Experience in leadership positions or project management.
  • Experience working with diverse communities.

Additional information about the position:

  • Job title: Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Intern
  • Compensation: $15.12 hourly
  • Hours: 15-20 hours per week between 8am-5pm on M-F. Some evenings and weekends required.
  • Start/end dates: Position will begin in the fall and last until mid-June 2015.
  • Location: City Hall, 600 4th Street, Seattle, Washington
  • Department: Office of the Mayor
  • Application closing date/time: Tuesday 9/9/14 at 4:00pm Pacific Time

Find a link to the online application here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/950056/mayors-office-community-affairs-intern/agency/seattle/apply.  Be sure to include the following in your application:

  • Your unofficial transcript: including current coursework, next term registration and cumulative GPA
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References (2)
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Autumn course available: SOC 401 – Microfoundations of Social Change

If you are still looking for upper division sociology electives to take in autumn 2014, be sure to consider signing up for SOC 401: Microfoundations of Social Change.  For those of you wondering “what in the world does ‘microfoundations of social change’ mean?” this course explores the individual-level and interaction-based forces that guide the tides of social change.  See the following course description:

“This course will explore a broad range of theoretical arguments about the microfoundations of action, including instrumental rationality, values, emotions, habits, identities, frames, and schemas. Since this topic is necessarily interdisciplinary, we will be reading work in psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, and biology, in addition to sociology. The main goal of the course is to provide a broad overview of the full range of arguments about the microfoundations of action, and thus of social change, ranging from cultural sociology at the most macro level to neurobiology at the most micro. The focus will be more on contemporary than on classical theories, and (since the scope of the course is so broad) more on summaries of literatures rather than specialized research.”

The only required textbook for this course is Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking Fast and Slow” – a New York Times bestseller and National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award winner that explores how people have reactions, make judgments and choices, engage in recognition, and draw conclusions.

Only four out of 25 available seats are filled!  Sign up now!

Additional information is below:

Course title: SOC 401 – Microfoundations of Social Change

Instructor: Edgar Kiser

Schedule: T/Th 1:30-3:20

SLN: 20502



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Looking for UW Intern to work on the Great Elephant Census

Are you a “data geek” who loves wildlife?

The Great Elephant Census is looking for a UW undergraduate or graduate intern.  This project is designed to provide accurate and up-to-date data about the number and distribution of African elephants by using standardized aerial surveys of tens of hundreds of thousands of square miles. Dozens of researchers flying in small planes will capture comprehensive observational data of elephants and elephant carcasses.

They are currently looking for people to process all of the data they have collected so far.  Interns should have most or all of the following qualifications.

- Knowledge of Excel  – a lot of the work will be review and manipulation of spreadsheets.
– Sufficient concern about the work to motivate a high level of attention to detail
– Familiarity with SQL databases and moving data between Excel and SQL databases.
– GIS skills – working with shapefiles, gps data, visualization with QGIS. PostGIS.

If you are interested in this research opportunity, please contact Ed Lazowska (lazowska@cs.washington.edu) or Oren Etzioni (etzioni@cs.washington.edu).



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Study abroad in Italy Spring 2015

Although the sociology department is also offering a study abroad program in Italy with guaranteed sociology credits in Spring 2015, students who have completed their sociology requirements but still wish to stay in beautiful Rome for a few weeks might be interested in the study abroad program being offered by art history and astronomy.

Held at the UW’s Rome Center, the two instructors from Astronomy/History of Science, and Art History are combining to produce an interdisciplinary experience that will provide insight into Western culture over a two-millennium span. The program’s courses have no prereqs and qualify for each of the following graduation requirements: Writing (5 to 12 credit-hrs), Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (7), and Natural World (8). Maximum Program size is 15 students.

Check the full description at:
For further information, contact Prof. Woody Sullivan at woody@astro.washington.edu or attend info sessions during the second week of Autumn quarter.

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Master of Science in Information Management — invitation for students

The iSchool would like to invite any students who might be interested to join to an online webchat about the iSchool’s Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program next Tuesday, August 26 at 7:00pm.

The MSIM program attracts applicants from around the world, allowing students from any academic background to pursue studies in Information Management areas such as Data Science, Information Architecture, Information Security, User Experience Design, and more! MSIM is a STEM program, but there is no technical background required for admission consideration.  The program considers the the diversity of students who join the program one of their greatest strengths!

Further information, along with a link to the webchat, can be found here: https://ischool.uw.edu/events/msim-web-chat-12

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