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Still searching for a great elective, this class still has space! 

Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions
Professor James Wellman

JSIS C 201 SLN 16488 5 credits
MTWTh 2:30-3:20; F Quiz 8:30-9:20; 10:30-11:20; 1:30-2:20

Western religions dominate nearly three quarters of the world's populations. Understanding them and discovering their richness and depths is as important as understanding one's own identity. This critical course in the history of the religions of humankind opens windows into the reasons and movements that shape who we are today. It is a course in the comparative introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but it also challenges us to understand the heritage of our world and both the positive and negative contributions that these religions have made and still made today.

While each of these traditions arose within the Middle East their influence has spread across all the continents. We will track these diverse...

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Still looking for a great 5 credit course for Autumn? C ENV 110 Introduction to Food and the Environment examines the intersection of food, environment, and human health. Earn NW or I&S credits. No prerequisites! Register today :)

C ENV 110 Introduction to Food and the Environment - 5 credits


SLN# 11831 (plus lab section)

No prerequisites. Great for Freshmen!

Everyone eats, and all food production has environmental consequences.

  • Discover environmental science through food production.
  • Explore the link between the decline of civilizations and current farmer efforts to cope with changing water supply, topsoil loss, and technology.
  • Create a food diary and find out the environmental consequences of your diet.
  • Understand what climate change, politics, culture, biodiversity, and geography have to do with food.


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The Gardens at Town Square is a retirement community in Bellevue that is seeking student lectures or presentations for their well-educated residents. They are looking for students who are knowledgeable about a particular topic for a 45 minute presentation with a short Q&A session at the end. They are open to any topic, but would like a detailed overview to be submitted beforehand. They have a theatre with a projector, screen, laptops, clicker/laser pointer, and sound system. A typical talk brings in 8 to 30 residents depending on the topic. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their presentations in a local supportive environment. Some of our most dynamic students presenters have worked with The Gardens at Town Square and we recommend the experience.

If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Dunnington, Life Enrichment Assistant at 425-688-1900.

For more information about the community, visit the website at:...

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Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

"If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live."
– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

You read about environmental health problems every day: diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks. Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems? In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a new funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health....

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The UW Women's Center has scheduled its GRE Prep and Basic Math courses for September:  

GRE and Basic Math Refresher Classes
September 13th, 20th, 27th and October 4th
GRE: 10AM - 1:30PM

Online Registration Link:

The Women's Center is a non-profit organization located on the University of Washington Campus. 

GRE Class Flyer

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Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science? Would you like to:

  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
  • Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated

INTSCI 200 will...

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Autumn 15 Course LSJ 490C Climate Change, Justice, & the Law
Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in any major
Grad students by permission, email
No pre-requisites
SLN 17061
Tues/Thurs 1:30-3:20
I&S + Optional Writing Credit
Instructor: Brandon Derman

Recent insights from the physical and social sciences make clear that climate change poses novel issues of environmental and social justice. It is also clear that, together with the economic implications of mitigation, these issues lie at the heart of the stalemate in international and domestic efforts for climate regulation.This course will examine efforts for "climate justice" that mobilize law and rights. We will use these efforts to better understand key aspects of legality, rights consciousness, and struggles for justice in light of the increasingly apparent connections between nature and society, and between humans across the...

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Are you interested in learning about the various ways to measure the physical and social world? 

ENVIR 250: Data Types & Collection Methods (5 credits) (NW, QSR)
(Don’t be misled by the title, this is an interactive and interesting class!)

Students learn how to ask valuable research questions, gain a broad understanding of research strategies, critically analyze data, and learn to effectively communicate research results. This is a good class for sophomores and strong freshmen, and there’s NO prerequisite (as in the past). 


MWF 9:30-10:20am

Yen-Chu Weng & Kelly Ryan

SLN 14371


ENVIR 250 AA (lab)

M 12:30-2:20

SLN 14372

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The Slavic Department still has space available in the following courses: 

  • SLAV 223 (SLN 20177) - The Cinema of Roman Polanski
  • RUSS 110 (SLN 20093) - Intro to Russian Culture and Civilization
  • RUSS 120 (SLN 20095) - Food in Russia
  • RUSS 340 (SLN 21831) - Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
  • SLAV 101 (SLN 20176) - Slavic Lands and Peoples

  • RUSS 316 (SLN 20100) - Extended Russian Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
    - Meets Thu 4:00-5:50 p.m.

    Intended for students in technical fields or humanities already relatively proficient in spoken and written Russian to extend their language skills to the topics of STEM and develop academic language skills and social stylistic registers. Prerequisite: either RUSS 301 or permission of instructor for heritage speaker.

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The Gilman International Scholarship application is now open for students who are studying abroad in Winter or Spring 2016. The application deadline is October 6, 2015. 

Read more about the scholarship and apply online at

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen Undergraduate
  • Pell Eligible
  • Studying abroad for at least 28 days in the same country
  • Studying abroad for credit
  • Studying in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning list.

Learn more about the scholarship, including eligibility, the application process and tips for writing a competitive personal statement.

Gilman Application Workshop

August 26, 2015


MGH 173


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