Category Archives: Presentations

How Art Helps Us Understand Invertebrates & How Invertebrates Make Great Art



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.


Global Honors Students Shine at Honors Conference

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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!

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Conference

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:

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The next WISE conference will be held on February 18, 2017.  For more information about the WISE conference, please visit:


SAM UWaTERS Fall Edition 2015

Sciences and Mathematics held the Fall 2015 edition of the UW Tacoma Environmental Research Symposium (UWaTERS) on Thursday December 10th 10:30-12:00 PM in the hallway of the 2nd floor Science Building.

Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors presented their capstone research projects in a poster session.  These students also participated (as part of their TESC 410 class) in creating UW Tacoma’s inaugural submissions for the national EPA green infrastructure design competition, campus RainWorks Challenge.  The student teams benefited from the involvement of City of Tacoma and UW Tacoma Facilities Services staff during brainstorming and design. The student teams will be showing off their design boards for this project at the poster event. For more info on this competition, check out the website:

UWaTERS Abstracts AUT15 Final

Great Job SAM Students!

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SAM Advising Session for Winter and Spring Quarters

SAM held an informative advising session on Monday October 19, 2015 for Sciences and Mathematics.  Please take a look at the attached SAM Power Point presentation that presents:

SAM Advising Info – Winter and Spring 2015


A Talk With Bonnie Becker

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!


Epic Math Battles!

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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.