The Peace Community Center has been funded to provide before, during, and after-school enrichment programs for the K-12 students of Tacoma. They’ve work with these kids from Kindergarten all the way up to college, and many of the attendees come back as college students to intern with them and work with future generations of K-12 kids!
McCarver Elementary is one of the places that these enrichment programs are held (the elementary enrichments specifically), which is where my students and I were every Monday in November from 4-5pm. We did different chemistry (and general science) demos and activities with the kids each week (I have everything written down in terms of activities/demos with the schedule), and I will be partnering with them in the future for more enrichment programs!
Originally I intended to have faculty volunteer to help out, but because of busy schedules I ended up having some of my TESC141 students volunteer (no incentives needed, it was amazing!!), and they worked with the kids and had an absolute blast!!
Dr. Bonnie Becker (Associate Professor in Sciences and Mathematics of SIAS is working with the Museum of Glass as the science curator for “Into the Deep”, an exhibit of glass about the ocean.
Discover the connection between art and zoology with University of Washington, Tacoma, professor Bonnie Becker. There is a little known, but long-standing, relationship between art and invertebrate zoology. Probably the most famous artistic representation of an invertebrate is Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, although humans have been creating images of marine invertebrates for thousands of years. When studying organisms like marine invertebrates, scientists need to have an eye for detail, an ability to describe complex structures, and a recognition of the relationship between form and function. Because of this, there are many examples of zoologists who dabble in art and artists who dabble in zoology. This talk will take a closer look at the science and art of animals without backbones.
Free with admission.
Four Global Honors students–Kellsey Bledsoe (Environmental Studies), Bronwyn Clarke (PP&E), Kate Drohman (Accounting) and Mason Pellegrini (Writing Studies), were accepted to present their 2015-16 Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement (BFGE) research at the 2016 Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) Conference, which was held in Riverside, CA this weekend.
Bronwyn and Kate presented their project, How to do Global Research: You don’t have to go to Haiti, in the conference’s ‘Innovative Education’ session (photo 1). This drew upon their recent experience conducting primary research in Los Angeles public schools. Kellsey and Mason presented their project, Environmental Activism Strategies and the Palm Oil Crisis, in the conference’s student poster session (photo 2). For their stellar efforts, they were awarded third prize in the highly competitive Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts category.
Please join me in congratulating Kellsey, Bronwyn, Kate and Mason for representing UW Tacoma in such a prestigious setting, and for earning high recognition from our regional honors peers. They will also be presenting their research at the 2016 Global Honors Colloquium in William Philip Hall on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 – don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch them and other top-notch presenters in action!
University of Washington Seattle hosted the annual Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) conference on Saturday February 27, 2016. Per the College of Engineering at UW Seattle, the WISE conference is “a celebration of women in engineering academics and careers.” It is a day of “educational and professional enrichment brings pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women.”
Lots of great events were held at the WISE conference including a wonderful opening panel of 5 STEM women, several workshops, career resource fair, and a networking lunch. A few volunteers from UW Tacoma Sciences and Mathematics (SAM) participated in and helped prep for this event: Aron Rigg, Lauren Wugalter and Meg Henderson. Below are some pictures taken of Lauren and Meg during a demonstration at the conference:
The next WISE conference will be held on February 18, 2017. For more information about the WISE conference, please visit: https://www.engr.washington.edu/current/studentprogs/wiseconf
Dr. Bonnie Becker will be at the Swiss Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:30pm to discuss “Are Native Oysters Making a Comeback?”. Presented by the Pacific Science Center, this is part of the Tacoma Science Cafe’s Science Pub Night. Hope to see you there!
Dr. Jennifer Quinn will be at T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00pm to host a discussion on Epic Math Battles!
Positive sums count. Alternating sums match. So which is “easier” to consider mathematically? This talk is one part performance art and two parts combinatorics. A tongue-in-cheek combination competition interprets summation identities through concrete counting contexts. By paying attention to what is being counted and what is being matched, audience members will decide which technique is mathematically superior.