UW News

September 28, 2011

Official Notices, Sept. 29

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a Regular Meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at UW Medicine South Lake Union.

Friday Harbor available for visits, scholarly pursuits by UW faculty

In addition to its role in marine research and education, the University’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (UW FHL) also provides opportunities for UW faculty (and others) to visit the island, and work on scholarly pursuits, of any type, at its San Juan Island campus. Families are welcome, and last minute reservations can often be accommodated.

See the website.

Scholars can stay at Friday Harbor while doing research.

Scholars can stay at Friday Harbor while doing research.

Friday Harbor Labs Housing, Library and Computer Facilities.  FHL makes its housing available to UW faculty when FHL space is not in use for its primary research and teaching activities.  There are generally few openings during March and June-September, but some housing is usually available in other months. During the busier months, FHL reserves the right to change or cancel reservations if housing is needed for primary functions. FHL housing is very affordable, especially compared to the alternatives on San Juan Island. Families can explore the island, use our hiking trails, go kayaking, boating and whale-watching on the island.

See housing rates at website.

Retreats, Conferences and Symposia. UW FHL can host departmental retreats, plus symposia and conferences with up to 150 participants. Lecture and meeting spaces are available on campus, and the island offers many opportunities for spouses and guests.

See conference information.

Cedar Rock Preserve, Shaw Island, has two housing units, and a camping area for class field trips. Faculty who may want to use the resources of the UW San Juan Islands Preserves for research or teaching are encouraged to use the housing, as are those who just want to write and contemplate in a beautiful natural setting. Exploratory stays, for those considering future research or teaching at the site, are encouraged.

See Preserves Info.

Reservations are best made weeks to months ahead of time, but we will accept last-minute visitors when space is available (48 hours or by Thursday afternoon for the weekend). Many housing units can accommodate families. Classrooms are also available for small group meetings, and teaching laboratories are available for class field trips.

The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, is a study center (phrontistery) for established scholars and artists to study, write, create and interact with collaborators in a peaceful and stimulating environment.  Individual studies are provided, and attractive housing is available.  Scholars must apply for use of the center and its housing, and applicants can be from any university or organization (or none). Small groups can also use the facility. The HRWC has more applicants than can be accommodated in the warmer months, so requests for space should be placed early.  Short visits can be scheduled by phone or email – it is always worth a try to see if there has been a cancellation.

Contact: hrwctr@u.washington.edu for more information about The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center or fhlfac@u.washington.edu (or phone 360 378 2165) for reservations or more information about other facilities at the U.W. Friday Harbor Laboratories.

Blood Drives

Friday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, Bus parked by George Washington statue

Monday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bus in load zone in front of More

Monday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kane (Walker-Ames Room)

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bus parked on Stevens Way across from Lewis

Alcohol & drug abuse grants available

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute invites applications from University of Washington researchers for its Small Grants research awards.  Proposed research must be in alcohol or drug abuse-related fields.  The maximum amount considered for funding is $30,000 for faculty and research scientists.  The funding limit for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows is $20,000.

The next application deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 17.  Questions concerning the application process or suitability of a potential project should be directed to the Institute at 543-0937.  Application guidelines are available on the ADAI website at http://depts.washington.edu/adai or by calling ADAI at 543-0937.

Study subjects sought to quit smoking

Study volunteers needed: Do you want to quit smoking? Adults smokers who want to kick the habit have until Aug. 31 to see if they are eligible to enroll in WebQuit, a free online smoking-cessation study being conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The study, funded by the Hutchinson Center, will compare the effectiveness of two online smoking-cessation programs with a goal of creating more effective online programs in the future. Participants will learn new tools for dealing more effectively with urges to smoke. They also will receive step-by-step quit guides and create personalized plans for staying smoke-free.

Eligible participants must be 18 or older, a current U.S. resident, someone who has smoked daily for a least the past year; someone who wants to quit smoking in the next 30 days; willing and able to read and write English; able to connect to the Internet and use a website for at least one hour per week for three consecutive months; not participating in other smoking-cessation interventions; willing and able to complete a baseline survey; and willing to be randomly assigned to either online program.

To enroll in the WebQuit study or to learn more, please visit www.webquit.org.