The Inside Scoop on Masters in ESS -Applied Geosciences

Hey everyone – GeoClub events for this coming Tuesday:

Tuesday Jan 29, 5:30
Juliet Crider will be giving a talk about the new ESS Applied Geoscience Masters program. This is a unique, accelerated masters program which may be of particular interest to those looking to go into the work force after college rather than continuing in research. This talk is useful to EVERYONE – whether you are actively looking into graduate programs or if you are new to the field and are trying to decide where you want your education to go.

We will be meeting in JHN 127.

Snacks will be provided!

SAME DAY, right after the talk (6:30ish)
We will be having the first Bad-Science Movie night of the Quarter!
"The Core" is our film of choice and there will be snacks here as well.
Meeting in JHN 075 at 6:30 or whenever the Masters Program talk is finished.

Hope to see you all there!

Best Regards,


Emergency Communications

Dear Members of the University of Washington Community:

Over the past several years, the University has developed an emergency communications program that employs a variety of pathways. The centerpiece of the system is UW Alert, using text messages and emails to inform people about an emergency situation as fast as possible. UW Alert messages are also sent via Twitter and Facebook.

In addition, the University has an outdoor speaker system called UW Outdoor Alert, capable of conveying spoken messages to outdoor spaces on campus. And just this past year, the University installed a new voice-capable system that can reach almost all campus buildings, called UW Indoor Alert. This system is currently operational and undergoing testing. These key elements are supplemented by notices to both the UW’s home page and to its Emergency Blog website, These latter resources, while important in providing information during an emergency, do not have the benefit of rapid delivery and are considered supplemental to the primary emergency communications tools that comprise the UW Alert suite.

UW Alert is an opt-in system that requires you to enroll through your mobile phone device, traditional phone line, or email. However, we are exploring ways to make the email component of the system an opt-out choice, where everyone would be enrolled automatically and could choose to opt-out. Currently, over 50,000 individuals registering 120,000 devices are active on UW Alert. When an emergency occurs, they automatically receive a brief message to the device or devices they have registered. Those who are not signed up can do so easily by going to Those who are signed up can also go there to make sure your information and preferences are current.

For the first time since these systems were put in place more than six years ago, the University experienced in December problems in the delivery of an emergency message through its vendor-supported UW Alert system. We have analyzed the event and are working with the vendor to fix the problem and ensure that when an emergency occurs, we can quickly and efficiently provide a warning and information to the campus. We understand how important speed and clarity are in communicating during an emergency, and we continually seek ways to improve our systems.

How do we decide when and what to communicate during an emergency? First, we assess the nature of the risk to the University community and the quality of the available information. A team that has been involved in crisis communications planning for the past six years, including representatives from the UW Police Department, Emergency Management, Media Relations and Communications, Student Life and UW IT, collectively arrives at this decision within minutes of an incident occurring. If you would like more information about Crisis Communications, you may find the UW’s plan at

We all hope that we have to draw upon these communications resources as infrequently as possible. But should we need these tools, they are there to inform you of emergency situations to help protect your safety and well-being.


Norm Arkans
Associate Vice President, Media Relations and Communications
Chair, UW Crisis Communications Committee

Thesis / Dissertation Webinar – 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wed Feb 20

UW Thesis / Dissertation Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on February 20
Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The UW Libraries and the Graduate School partner in presenting information pertinent to publishing your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD). The webinar will cover important topics such as publishing your work, copyright basics, open access, delayed release options, and ProQuest/UMI and university publication agreements. An overview of the ETD submission, review, and approval process will also be covered. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions to panelists.
Title: UW Thesis / Dissertation Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet