Regional Relations

Don’t miss Plastics Unwrapped at the Burke

Only 50 years ago, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere? Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibit from the Burke Museum, explores the impact plastics have had on our lives and our world with a special exhibit now through May 27, 2013, and a series of community events.

Five steps to successful New Year’s resolutions

The director of the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute warns that a third of us won’t keep New Year’s resolutions through the end of January, never mind an entire year, and recommends some steps to follow for achieving permanent change.

UW crowdsourcing effort helps deaf students keep current with science

Computer Science & Engineering professor Richard Ladner has launched ASL-STEM Forum, an online site on which users can post signs for vocabulary for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Toys and games at the Burke

Visit the Burke Museum on a weekend in December to explore toys and games from around the world. Part of the Burke’s ongoing Weekend Activities series, it runs until December 30. Also check the website for additional December activities.

A hot gift for glassblowing

The School of Art is planning new hot glass facilities—the kind needed for glassblowing—thanks in part to a gift of two glassblowing furnaces from glassybaby, a Seattle company. Read more in the College of Arts & Sciences Newsletter.

New director discusses key to UW teacher training

  In a recent UW News & Information article, Kenneth Zeichner, new director of teacher education at the UW, discusses the nature of teacher training when funding is down, accountability and regulation are up, and why the need for capable and committed public school teachers has never been greater.

Free First Thursday coming up

Plan to visit both the Burke Museum and the Henry Art Gallery on December 6, the first Thursday of the month, when admission is FREE and visiting hours are extended. Check their websites for current exhibits and special events.  

On Wednesday: What can the US learn from educational change in Finland?

Finland’s education system consistently ranks among the top in the world. At a free 7 pm lecture on November 14 in Kane Hall, author Pasi Sahlberg reveals that the transformation of education systems is possible if policies focus more on inclusion and equity instead of choice; professional development instead of test-based accountability; and pedagogy instead of

Campus Veteran’s Day remembrance on Sunday

The University of Washington will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, near the Medal of Honor Memorial at the foot of Memorial Way.

An 18-1/2 minute Presidential mystery

Take a break from the never-ending 2012 political news cycle with a trip back to the administration of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal in Documents that Changed the World: An 18 1/2-minute presidential mystery, the latest installment of the Documents that Changed the World podcast series from the UW Information School.

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