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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Jul
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Civics for Scientists

 

Please save the date for the second event in our Summer Science Series: our inaugural Civics for Scientists session on July 13, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.

This session, led by Prof. Heather Hill, will provide a refresher on the mechanics of policy making at the state and national levels and will discuss a variety of strategies for scientists to get involved. 

More information (including R.S.V.P., this event will be limited to 15 attendees) coming soon!

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Jul
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Making Science Work for All: Organized labor and removing barriers to diversity

 

Please join Seattle 500 Women Scientists and UW Postdocs United  on July 6! 

Making Science Work for All

Organized labor and removing barriers to diversity

Organized labor has proven to be a powerful tool for improving accessibility and inclusivity in science. Over the last few decades, graduate students at several dozen universities (including the UW) have unionized, and four institutions now have formal postdoc unions. These unions successfully fight for better employment conditions – including fair wages, parental leave, and protection against discrimination and harassment – that will make science a viable career path for all.

Join us on July 6th, 12-1 pm, Room 115 Loew Hall, University of Washington to hear from union leaders how their unions work to increase diversity in science:

  • Anke Schennink is the President of the University of California Union of Postdocs (UAW 5810), which recently negotiated four weeks of paid parental leave

  • Theresa Aliwarga is on the Executive Board of the Union of Academic Employees at the UW (UAW 4121), where she fights for protection of international students

  • Louisa Edgerly is an organizer with SEIU Local 925. She first got involved in the labor movement as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, and is a former member of UAW 4121 when she was a grad student at the University of Washington

In addition, postdocs from UW Postdocs United will share experiences from their ongoing union-drive. We invite you to bring your questions and thoughts for a lively discussion on labor and inclusivity!

If you plan to come, please fill out this tentative R.S.V.P. form.  R.S.V.P. not required to attend.

Questions? Contact Hannah Gelman (hannah.gelman [at] gmail dot com) or Michelle Tigchelaar (tigchelaar.m [at] gmail dot com)

**Please share with your networks! All are welcome.**

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Jun
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Who Belongs? Cultural Stereotypes Influence Gender Disparities in Science and Technology

Join us and Dr. Sapna Cheryan at our first summer salon event at Ada's Technical Books and Cafe in Capitol Hill. 

The event is $5 or Free for 500 Women Scientists members with a Discount Code. to purchase tickets, please visit Ada's event page.

Description: Despite having made significant inroads into a variety of traditionally male-dominated fields, women continue to be underrepresented in fields including computer science. Many theories have been put forth to explain this phenomenon, ranging from innate female inferiority in quantitative skills to an unwillingness by women to put in late hours. Dr. Cheryan’s research shifts the explanation for this under representation away from women’s deficiencies and instead examines whether it is the image of computer science, fueled by inaccurate stereotypes, that interferes with women’s ability to see themselves in these fields. Dr. Cheryan’s research demonstrates that current perceptions of computer scientists deter women, but not men, from the field. However, when the field’s prominent stereotypes are altered using environments and role models, women express more interest in computer science. Broadening the image of who does computer science may be fundamentally important to reducing gender disparities in the field.

Dr. Sapna Cheryan is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington. She earned a BA in psychology and American Studies at Northwestern and a PhD in psychology from Stanford University. Her research interests include identity, stereotypes, and prejudice, and she has published numerous articles on these topics in journals such as Psychological ScienceJournal of Personality & Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. Her work has been cited widely in the media, including in the New York TimesNPR, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2012–13, she was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. She has just returned from a fellowship with the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Studies at Stanford University.

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Jun
11
11:00am11:00am

Seattle Pride March

This Sunday is the Seattle Pride March (note that this is not the Pride Parade).  This event is a march in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity & Pride happening in DC.  Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/599893380200666/

The event starts with a rally at Cal Anderson at 11am, followed by a march starting at noon. If you are interested in joining members of Seattle pod, email jeanna[dot]weena[at] gmail[dot]com. 

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May
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Group Meeting: SEA 500 Women Scientists

Members of SEA 500 Women Scientists and other self-identifying women scientists interested in the group are welcome to come and join us. We will discuss the latest updates on our activities, team efforts, and other news.

This will be a regular monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of every month.

Location: University of Washington campus, Loew  Hall (LOW) 115

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May
1
11:00am11:00am

May 1st Day of Resistance: UAW Contingent

May Day is here! This is the annual May Day march for immigrant rights hosted by El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition in Seattle.

If you would like to join the march, but want to go with a group, UAW 4121 welcomes SEA 500 Women Scientist members to join them at Red Square at 11AM to head to Judkins Park together. You can find our more about their meet-up time and place on their Facebook event page.

You can also read and sign UAW's call for University of Washington to endorse May 1st actions. This petition asks President Cauce to fight against:

  • The Trump Executive Orders banning travel by international students and scholars from Muslim-majority countries 
  • Threats to end or limit the OPT and other programs and visas (such H1B) for guest workers
  • Overt and covert racial and gendered violence, and all other manifestations of systemic oppression that target and threaten many marginalized communities, including immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people, Jews, Muslims, and anyone else susceptible to discriminatory policies
  • Cuts to funding of science, arts, humanities (NIH, DOE, EPA, NOAA, NSF, NEA, NEH)
  • Denial of climate change and defunding of climate agencies
  • Threats to health coverage for all
  • Threats to reproductive justice, including breastfeeding, access to prenatal care, the ability to make choices about one’s reproductive health, etc.
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Apr
15
10:00am10:00am

Tax Day and Black Lives Matter Rallies

There are two events that we will participate in, feel free to join us for either one or both.

  The first is the Tax March from 10am – 1pmhttps://www.taxmarchseattle.org/  We will meet up on 4th Ave between Madison/Marion (in front of the library) between 10:00-10:15am, then walk over to the Federal Building at 2nd/Marion together.

The second event is Black Lives Matter from 2pm – 6pmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1821071081482170/  We will meet up on 2nd Ave between Union/University (park behind Benaroya) between 2:00-2:15pm, then walk over to Westlake park together.  If you have one, please wear a black knit hat in solidarity.

For both events, wear your labcoat if you have one, or any other sign of our organization so we can be identified as a group.

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