“Plastics Unwrapped” at the Burke Museum

Each year, the Burke hosts thousands of UW students from many departments across campus. From conservation photography, to recent discoveries in natural history, to the finest traditional and contemporary cultural arts, Burke exhibits provide an environment for thoughtful questioning and stimulating discussion.
Preview the exhibits and plan a visit that you lead, or send your students to complete an assignment. Burke educators can work with you to design a visit that meets your curriculum needs and class schedule. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time for your visit. Doing so ensures that your students have access to the resources they need for a brilliant learning experience.

This winter, the Burke Museum presents Plastics Unwrapped.

This new exhibit explores how material culture was changed – rapidly and perhaps permanently – by plastics. Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they’re so convenient to use, and what happens after we throw them away.

Life and Times of Washington (ongoing)

Over 500 million years of geological history! Lethal lava, grinding glaciers, and rampaging reptiles—marvel at the natural forces that shaped Washington’s landscape, and at the amazing animals that once lived here.

Pacific Voices (ongoing)

Over 17 different cultures represented. Immerse yourself in the lives of native peoples from around the Pacific; learn about their arts, ceremonies and personal stories.

Coming next: Empowering Women – Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities June 15, 2013 – October 27, 2013
To reserve a tour time or for more information about exhibits or programs, contact Burke Education at burked.

The museum is open every day from 10am – 5pm.

Be sure to check the event website for a complete list of our weekly events aimed at encouraging discussion about our relationship with the natural world —around the world and in our own backyard.

Event Reminder: CTL’s First Friday’s for Graduate Students, Feb. 1 at 12:30

Just an important reminder about our upcoming First Fridays event, this Friday February 1, 12:30-1:30, Gerberding Hall, Suite 100. First Fridays—a monthly brownbag series for UW graduate students focused on teaching topics, networking, and professional development. Tea, coffee, and cookies provided; feel free to bring your lunch. Registration not required for this event.

Topic: The Discourse of Teaching: How to Get your Students Thinking and Talking Productively
We’ll discuss an easy-to-adopt model that can help you reflect on language you use in the classroom. We’ll “unpack” the power of the right question at the right time to encourage students to explain their reasoning and engage in productive classroom talk. This model is applicable across disciplines and provides a means to more effectively formulate questions, respond to students, and direct discussions to get your students actively thinking and learning.
Facilitator: Brigid Nulty, M.S.

For more information:http://www.washington.edu/teaching/programs/first-fridays-for-graduate-students/. Please circulate this announcement widely.

The CTL appreciates your continued participation in and support for our programs and events. We hope to see some of you this Friday!

Theresa M. Ronquillo, PhD, MSW
Instructional Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Washington, Seattle
100 Gerberding Hall—Box 351265
Seattle, WA 98195-1265

direct: 206.543.6359
main: 206.543.6588
fax: 206.685.1213

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Visit to campus by BSEE Director Jim Watson, Thursday 1/31

Adm. Jim Watson (USCG ret.) is the head of BSEE, the new federal agency charged with the safety of offshore oil development in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He reports directly to Ken Salazar, now the outgoing Secretary of the Interior.

Jim is visiting Seattle because he’s been tasked by Secretary Salazar with conducting a 60-day review of Shell Oil’s recent efforts to initiate exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. He’ll be getting status updates on Shell’s efforts to recover from several much publicized equipment mishaps this past summer and fall, both from Shell officials here in Seattle and people in local maritime industries who are familiar with Arctic operations and Shell’s capabilities. This will be Jim’s second visit to campus, during this past summer he met with researchers from APL’s Polar Science Center.

Jim would like to meet with students in an informal session to discuss his agency’s work and the prospects of Arctic oil exploration and development in the coming years. He’d also like to talk about employment opportunities in his agency. He’ll have a couple of others with him, both from his agency and from the USCG, including Capt. John Ladeau, who heads the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C. and who is charged with overseeing the Coast Guard’s participation in the 60-day review.

We’ve reserved a large seminar room in the Marine Sciences Building, MSB 123, 1:30-2:30, Thursday January 31, for this event. This is the building directly on the water at the east end of Boat Street, which abuts the dock where the R/V Thompson, Oceanography’s main research vessel, is docked when in town. You enter from the plaza that is above street level, most easily approached from the east side. Hope to see you there!

Best regards,


Thomas M. Leschine
Rabinowitz Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment
School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Ph: 206-543-7004
Fax: 206-543-1417