Feb
18
12:00 PM12:00

Darwin Day

Darwin Day at the Burke Museum is hosted by the Seattle Atheists.  Meet scientists, educators, and game designers. Celebrate the genius of Charles Darwin and the wonder of evolution. Snacks, crafts, activities for kids, and professional speakers for grownups.  Our member Jeanna Wheeler will be there to speak on a panel discussing Science Activism.  Free tickets include access to the entire museum from 10am - 5pm.  To find tickets and more information:

http://darwinday.org/venue/burke-museum/
https://www.facebook.com/events/189827791608291/

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Organized Labor & STEM

Building Power through Organized Labor to Address Inequality

Hosted at The Lab at Ada's Technical Books

Nicole Grant is the executive treasurer of the M.L.King County Labor Council and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). She joins Seattle 500 Women Scientists and UW Postdocs United (UAW 4121) to lead a discussion on the barriers to equity in the workplace, and the role of the labor movement in Seattle, King County, and Washington State in building power against the anti-science, anti-women, anti-immigrant rhetoric of the present-day political climate.

Tickets are $5 at http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/500-women-scientists

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Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

General Member Meeting

All members new and old are welcome to attend, as well as prospective members who are curious about 500 Women Scientists.  We will discuss current progress on ongoing projects and discuss plans for the future.  Come find out what we are working on, and see if there's somewhere you'd like to get involved!

Location is Thompson Hall (THO)  202 on the main University of Washington campus. 

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Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Strike Team meeting

This meeting is for the leadership of Seattle 500 Women Scientists.  If you're a member and you'd like to get more involved in getting things done, then this is the meeting for you!  Any member is welcome to attend.  Contact us at sea500womensci@gmail.com if you are considering joining the Strike Team leadership group.

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From Youth Activists to Kickass Womxn Scientists
Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

From Youth Activists to Kickass Womxn Scientists

How do we engage young activists in science and prepare them for scientific careers? This discussion will be facilitated by youth activists, scientists, educators, and organizers with the goal of building connections between science, activism, and scholarship laying the groundwork to begin to foster a new generation of public scholarship.
Jamie Margolin, a high school sophomore, is the founder and executive director of Zero Hour, a movement of youth using mass mobilization to address the climate crisis. She is also a plaintiff on the Youth v. Gov case in WA State done by Our Childrens Trust, and a Climate Justice Ambassador with Plant for the Planet.

This event is part of Womxn Act on Seattle, a full day of events spanning the city, in celebration of the one year anniversary of the Seattle Womxn's March.  Full schedule here:

http://www.seattlewomxnmarchingforward.org/act/

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Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Seattle Women's March 2.0

Join us to rally in celebration of the one year anniversary of the historic Women's March.  The Seattle event will commence at 10am at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill.  There will be a program of speakers followed by a march.  We will be marching with our 500 Women Scientists banner.  (Help us carry it?)  If you like, you can wear a lab coat, or a purple flower crown, or anything else that signifies why you are marching with our group.  Anyone is welcome to march with us, members and non-members alike.  You can find us before the rally from 9:30am - 10am at the volcano statue at the north end of Cal Anderson.  After that, just look for us in the crowd with our banner and flower crowns.

From the organizers:  "We are proud to present POWER TO THE POLLS by the Women’s March on Washington. In Seattle, the March will kickoff WOMXN ACT ON SEATTLE, the anniversary weekend from the Womxn’s March on Seattle.  Womxn Act on Seattle will include a series of trainings, lectures, panels, film screenings, food drives and more at hubs around the city all day long. The March is also the starting point for one of the state’s largest single-day regional voter registration and mobilization effort in history, led by Seattle Indivisible and Indivisible Eastside in partnership with Seattle Womxn Marching Forward."  Stay up to date at http://www.seattlewomxnmarchingforward.org/

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Pre-March crafting social

We will get together to make flower crowns and flower pins for the Women's March anniversary event.  You can come make a crown for yourself if you plan to join us at the March.  Or, you can hang out, socialize, and make crafty things for us to hand out, even if you can't make it to the March.  Event will be held at a member's private home in Ballard.  If you'd like to attend, contact Jodie at jkaton2@yahoo.com for the exact address.

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Jan
15
11:00 AM11:00

MLK day rally & march

Join us as we march in solidarity at the 36th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  The rally inside the Garfield High School gymnasium will start at 11am, and the march starts from there at 12:30pm.  The theme this year is Take A Knee For Justice!  Visit the event website at http://www.mlkseattle.org/ for more information.

The organizers have encouraged all participating groups to bring their own banners, signs, etc.  So we will be there with our 500 Women Scientists banner.  Will you help us carry it?  If you have a lab coat and/or purple flower crown, please wear them so we can march as a bloc.  (If you don't have those items, don't let that stop you.  Anyone is welcome to march with us!  Bring your friends!  Bring your children!)

If you'd like to meet up with us, email jeanna.weena@gmail.com to get contact info in case you need help locating us in the crowd.  If you're coming for the rally, it is recommended that you show up early to ensure that you can get a seat.

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Jan
9
5:30 PM17:30

General member meeting

All members new and old are welcome to attend, as well as prospective members who are curious about 500 Women Scientists.  We will discuss current progress on ongoing projects and discuss plans for the future.  Come find out what our teams (Literacy, Policy, and Diversity) are working on, and see if there's somewhere you'd like to get involved!

Location is Denny 113 on the main University of Washington campus. 

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Jan
7
12:00 PM12:00

Strike Team meeting

This meeting is for the leadership of Seattle 500 Women Scientists.  If you're a member and you'd like to get more involved in getting things done, then this is the meeting for you!  Any member is welcome to attend.  Contact us at sea500womensci@gmail.com if you are considering joining the Strike Team leadership group.

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Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Nature doc feminist social

We will be watching a couple of episodes of the popular BBC Life series.  This event will be fun and social, but also with a heavy dose of feminist critique for the narration.  What happens when we anthropomorphize the lives of animals, and then tell morality tales about them?  Can we draw any conclusions about humans from the behavior of animals, even primates?

The event will be held at a private home in Seattle's Central District, with high-def projector and large movie screen.  Attendance is capped at ten, due to space considerations.  If you'd like to attend, contact jeanna.weena@gmail.com to reserve a spot and get the location details.

Some food and beverage provided, but please also BYOB + snacks!

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Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Member Meeting

All members new and old are welcome to attend, as well as prospective members who are curious about 500 Women Scientists.  We will discuss current progress on ongoing projects and discuss plans for the future.  Come find out what our teams (Literacy, Policy, and Diversity) are working on, and see if there's somewhere you'd like to get involved! 

Location this week is a bit unique due to exam week on campus. We will be at the U District's Big Time Brewery with space reserved in the back.

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Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Strike team meeting

This meeting is for the leadership of Seattle 500 Women Scientists.  If you're a member and you'd like to get more involved in getting things done, then this is the meeting for you!  Any member is welcome to attend.  Contact us at sea500womensci@gmail.com if you are considering joining the Strike Team leadership group.

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

From Restive to Festive: Handling Holiday Conversations with Nora Ludviksen and Jim Levy

Learn skills and techniques from professional mediators on how to handle difficult conversations in today's polarized atmosphere. This is a great (free!) workshop to take right before the holidays!

More info: http://www.thetablemediation.com/events/restive-to-festive-2017/

If tickets run out, please message and we can talk about opening more spots. You can find out more at our event's Facebook page.

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Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

General Member Meeting

All members new and old are welcome to attend, as well as prospective members who are curious about 500 Women Scientists.  We will discuss current progress on ongoing projects and discuss plans for the future.  Come find out what our teams (Literacy, Policy, and Diversity) are working on, and see if there's somewhere you'd like to get involved!  Location is Loew 115 on UW campus.  

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Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

Meetup at SfN in DC

The mission of 500 Women Scientists is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible. Find us at Lost & Found DC during the Society for Neuroscience Meeting to meet fellow self-identifying women and NGC neuroscientists and discuss how best to achieve this shared vision.  Members from the Seattle pod, as well as other pods from across the country (and the world?) will be present.

The event is free to attend, and open to all, but please register at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/500-women-scientists-meet-up-at-sfn-tickets-39697747030

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Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Capitol Hill Happy Hour!

Join us for an informal happy hour gathering!  All are welcome, whether you are an active member or simply curious to find out what we are up to.  This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the Seattle pod and network with your fellow women scientists.  Awesome!

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Leadership Retreat

Join SEA 500 WS at our Leadership Retreat in Glacier, WA. We intend to have training, planning activities for our members and our pod, and we will also go on a hike and other fun activities. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!

We will have two houses to split among our retreat attendees - so you'll either have a bed, a couch, or a spot on the floor. Everyone will have cozy space - but the layout of beds is TBD based on the number of attendees!

If you are interested in attending, contact lilaavati2@gmail.com. 

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Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Dealing With Controversy: An Evening with Joy DeLyria

Communicating science is hard. Communicating controversial science is even harder. Join the Seattle pod of 500 Women Scientists to learn how to be more effective when discussing charged scientific topics. Joy DeLyria, the Interpretative Programs Supervisor at the Pacific Science Center, will present on how to have constructive conversations about controversial science. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Biases that lead to dismissing science
  • Research on effective vs. ineffective communication methods
  • Best practices for positive conversations
  • Shared values to focus on
  • Goals for these types of conversation

This event is open to the public. Come hear Joy DeLyria and meet members of 500 Women Scientists on Thursday September 7th at Ada's Technical Books and Cafe from 6-9pm.

Tickets are free for SEA500WS members (registration code will be sent via our group email) and $5 for non-members. You can register now at https://www.universe.com/events/the-lab-presents-dealing-with-controversy-an-evening-with-joy-delyria-tickets-NTRJ0H.

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Aug
31
3:00 PM15:00

UTC Public Hearing: Help Make PSE Carbon Free!

We're organizing a team of 500WS (and others!) to attend an upcoming public hearing that may significantly impact the transition to clean energy here in Washington State.  Meet at 3pm to carpool to Olympia for the rate case Hearing (starts at 6:00pm). Location TBD. For carpool coordination, email Judy Twedt (jtwedt@uw.edu). 

If you want to learn more, join our conference call with Dr. Jess Koski, lead organizer for the Sierra Club's Carbon Free PSE campaign Friday 8/25, 9:30 - 10:30am.

Background Information

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) owns a significant portion of a large coal mine in Montana and is under pressure to retire the 4 units that it owns. PSE's decisions about when to retire the units, whether to supplant coal power with renewable energy or a new gas plant, and how these costs will be passed onto customers, are all regulated by Washington's Utility and Transportation Commission (UTC). The UTC must consider public comments before making a decision, and is hosting two rate-case hearings.

The second of these hearings is at the end of this month. It presents an opportunity for scientists and stakeholders to inform a policy decision that has major climate impacts in our region.

Media Coverage

“By 2025, the only significant coal-generating facilities in the Northwest will be two power plants in Colstrip, Montana. Puget Sound Energy owns 25 percent of Colstrip Units 3 and 4, drawing dirty power into the Puget Sound region that is about 30 percent cheaper than cleaner sources.

The utility [PSE] has no intention of letting go, and is preparing to renew a coal supply agreement that expires in 2019 with a new 10-year agreement, said Ronald Roberts, PSE’s director of thermal resources.”

 

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Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Science, Intersectionality, and Allyship

Our fourth Summer Salon series event will discuss how to be a better ally, what intersectionality means for us as scientists and feminists, and explore the nature of our privilege.  This event is for members only, limited to a max of 12 participants. Snacks and beverages will be provided. 

To prepare for the salon, we have a suggested reading list.  You can read just one item or the whole list.  Everyone is welcome, whether you have done a lot of thinking on these topics or whether you are new to it all and feeling confused.

RSVP directly to Jeanna at jeanna.weena@gmail.com to reserve your place. Location will be provided after your reservation is made.

Hope to see some of you there!  Or please enjoy the reading even if you can't make it to the event!

Suggested reading list:

Book:

  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Articles:

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Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Conference Call on Carbon Free PSE Campaign

We're organizing a team of 500WS (and others!) to attend an upcoming public hearing that may significantly impact the transition to clean energy here in Washington State. The conference call is an opportunity for asking questions about the rate case hearing, learning more about the carbon free PSE campaign, and getting advice on giving effective testimony or submitting written comment.

If you want to learn more, join our conference call with Dr. Jess Koski, lead organizer for the Sierra Club's Carbon Free PSE campaign next Friday 8/25, 9:30 - 10:30am. To participate in the conference call, email Judy Twedt (jtwedt@uw.edu).

Background Information

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) owns a significant portion of a large coal mine in Montana and is under pressure to retire the 4 units that it owns. PSE's decisions about when to retire the units, whether to supplant coal power with renewable energy or a new gas plant, and how these costs will be passed onto customers, are all regulated by Washington's Utility and Transportation Commission (UTC). The UTC must consider public comments before making a decision, and is hosting two rate-case hearings.

The second of these hearings is at the end of this month. It presents an opportunity for scientists and stakeholders to inform a policy decision that has major climate impacts in our region.

Media Coverage

“By 2025, the only significant coal-generating facilities in the Northwest will be two power plants in Colstrip, Montana. Puget Sound Energy owns 25 percent of Colstrip Units 3 and 4, drawing dirty power into the Puget Sound region that is about 30 percent cheaper than cleaner sources.

The utility [PSE] has no intention of letting go, and is preparing to renew a coal supply agreement that expires in 2019 with a new 10-year agreement, said Ronald Roberts, PSE’s director of thermal resources.”

 

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Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Unloading and problem-solving social

In the spirit of the misogyny unload event that the diversity team organized in June, we're holding another happy hour-type event where we talk about challenges (both minor and major) we face in STEM and brainstorm about strategies/solutions/coping mechanisms. This can include issues with funding, harassment/abuse, microaggressions, parenting, peer-to-peer issues, imposter syndrome, etc.

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