UW in your community

October 26, 2012

Legislative District 4

By University of Washington

Fast Facts

  • 186: UW students from the district, Fall Quarter 2016
  • 50: Husky Promise students in 2016-17
  • 43: UW faculty and staff living in the district
  • 927: UW alumni living in the district
State Senator Mike Padden (R)

State Senator Mike Padden (R)

Rep. Position 1 Bob McCaslin (R)

Rep. Position 1 Bob McCaslin (R)

Rep. Position 2 Matt Shea (R)

Rep. Position 2 Matt Shea (R)


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.

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 School of Dentristry - RIDE

Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE), which began in 2009, is a groundbreaking model of dental education that also seeks to address Washington state disparities in oral health care. Students spend their first and fourth years at Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus in Spokane, where they take courses alongside medical students and dental hygiene students (which fosters a greater appreciation of systemic health among all the students). Second and third years are spent at the School of Dentistry in Seattle. RIDE students serve clinical rotations under the supervision of licensed dental preceptors in rural and/or underserved communities of Washington. After graduation, many of them are expected to settle and practice in these areas, further improving access to oral health care.

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.

WWAMI in Washington map

Burke Museum

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.