Field Research and Consultation Group
The Field Research and Consultation Group, which is part of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, provides free occupational health and safety consultations to worksites with potential problems that have been identified by company or labor representatives, regulatory agencies, or researchers. We work statewide with companies that have limited resources, present new or emerging health and safety problems, or that can provide opportunities for teaching, research, or student experiences. Past clients include manufacturers, construction companies, shipyards, material and resource recyclers, and museums.
Native TEACH (Tradition, Environment and Community Health) began in 2008 as a NIEHS grant-funded partnership between the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and Northwest Indian College. Another NIEHS grant in 2014 spurred a new partnership between CEEH and tribal researchers from various Northwest tribes, to hold community conversations with their tribal communities about what environmental health means to them and in their communities. Topics have included traditional foods, removing the Elwha dams, and chemical contamination.
Environmental Health Laboratory
The Environmental Health Laboratory, part of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, provides a free service to Washington employers and labor: chemical hazard identification, monitoring, and analysis. For example, the lab has helped fire departments and commercial divers monitor compressed breathing air quality in their Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), essential personal protective equipment used by firefighters and rescue personnel, for over 30 years. The monitoring is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act.
UW in the High School
Through the UW in the High School (UWHS) program, high school juniors and seniors can complete University of Washington courses — and earn UW credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Teachers are approved and trained by UW faculty to use UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests, and grading scales to teach official UW courses. The students can earn UW credits at a fraction of the cost, and these credits are accepted by many colleges and universities across Washington and around the country. Partner high schools can offer UW coursework in English, math, science, and world languages.
Young Executives of Color
Young Executives of Color (YEOC) is a 9 month business academy for motivated high school students of color at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The program focuses on engaging high school students of color in a comprehensive curriculum including: college readiness, professional development, leadership activities, and lectures rooted in business disciplines. The program currently serves 165 students from over 75 high schools around the state of Washington.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) is dedicated to reducing impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the states of Washington and Oregon by providing accurate and fast information about earthquakes and ground motions to scientists, engineers, planners, and the public. Their headquarters is at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment in Seattle. They have offices and personnel in several locations in the region, hundreds of seismic stations spread far and wide over the two states, and deep collaborations with other institutions inside and outside of Cascadia.
UW School of Medicine - WWAMI
WWAMI is an enduring partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The WWAMI program’s purpose is to provide access to publicly supported community-based medical education across the five-state region and help provide a primary care workforce for rural and underserved areas of the Northwest. These offices oversee clinical medical education for the School of Medicine within their regions, providing support services for the local clerkships and students rotating among them. WWAMI focuses not only on medical students but on students in K-12, college students, medical school graduates in residency and physicians in community practice.
The Burke Museum is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. As the Washington State Museum of Natural History & Culture, the Burke is committed to serving every corner of the state. Here are just a few ways they do this:
Education. The Burke Museum brings hands-on, object-based museum experiences directly to preK-12th grade students in their classroom through two different programs: Burke Boxes and BurkeMobile.
BurkeMobile brings Burke educators and real museum objects to classrooms where students participate in hands-on, standards-based investigations of their natural and cultural heritage.
Burke Boxes are portable teaching collections designed to supplement the study of natural and cultural heritage. Each box is developed by a team of educators and contains museum objects, curriculum and activity suggestions for multiple grades.
Traveling exhibits. Reaching a vast and diverse audience, the Burke Museum Traveling Exhibits Service brings natural history, cultural heritage, scholarship, and research directly to communities and neighborhoods across the state (and beyond!). Often partnering with local libraries, museums, and cultural centers, each traveling exhibit comes with educational resources and publicity kit.