Announcements from the GPSS

News from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate

May 9th, 2013

In This Email:

1.) Help Save Metro: Hearing May 14th

2.) Jobs at GPSS

3.) University Bookstore Board of Trustees Vacancy

4.) Intellectual Property Rights at UW

5.) Science Communication Workshop: May 14th

6.) Diversity Forum: May 17th

7.) Graduate Program Advisor of the Year Award

1.) Help Save Metro! Public Hearing May 14th

Did you know state legislators are threatening your bus service? Without
new funding options, King County Metro will eliminate 65 bus routes and
reduce service on 86 more in 2014. These changes are estimated to impact
70% of bus riders in King County. (For a list of which routes may be
impacted see this Metro
website<http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/at-risk.html>.)
This means less service, less often, and more crowding. But the
legislature still has time to provide funding options to King County that
will prevent the cuts. Keep your bus on the street – take action!

Sign the online
petition<http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5127/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=13937>in
support of Metro funding.

Attend a Public Hearing: Tuesday, May 14th, 4-8pm, Union Station, 401 S
Jackson St.

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
is holding a public hearing to hear from the public about how transit cuts
will affect you. We need a big turnout to demonstrate strong public
support for Metro funding. More information on the hearing
here<http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/participate.html>.
RSVP to the Facebook
event<https://www.facebook.com/#%21/events/455481031211147/>.
Heading to the hearing from UW and want company? Join GPSS for a beer at
Big Time Brewery at 3:30pm then bus down to the hearing together.
Questions? Contact Brian: gpssorgd.

2.) Jobs at the GPSS!

Information Management Specialist

GPSS is looking for a graduate or professional student interested in summer
employment. The Information Management Specialist works to improve the
management of GPSS’s institutional memory and helps make the work of GPSS
more transparent and accessible to students. If you are interested, please
check out the job description on our
website<http://depts.washington.edu/gpss/>,
and submit a CV and cover letter to Vera Giampietro, GPSS Treasurer (
gpsstres <gpsssec>).

Development Coordinator

GPSS is looking for a motivated student to work with GPSS leadership to
develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that engages our
alumni and fosters a culture of giving within the GPSS. If you are
interested, please check out the job description on our
website<http://depts.washington.edu/gpss/>,
and submit a cover letter, relevant writing sample, and resume and two
references to Vera Giampietro, GPSS Treasurer (gpsstres).

3.) University Bookstore Board of Trustees Vacancy

The University Bookstore is a corporate trust governed by an eleven-member
board of trustees consisting of University of Washington students, faculty
and staff and the Book Store’s Chief Executive Officer. The Trustees also
serve as Directors of University Book Store, Inc. This year the graduate
student representative will be graduating, and we are looking for
interested volunteers. Terms generally are 2-3 years, but this is
flexible. If you are interested, please email Elise (gpssua).

4.) Intellectual Property Rights at UW

GPSS is looking for two volunteers to sit on one of two committees that
will be reviewing UW’s intellectual property policies and recommending any
necessary changes. The Faculty Senate Committee on Intellectual Property
and Commercialization works under the Faculty Senate to develop
recommendations on intellectual property. The Intellectual Property
Management Advisory Committee advises the Office of the President on
intellectual property policies. If you would like to sit on one of these
committees, please contact Elise Randall at gpssua.

5.) Science Communication Workshop: May 14th

Back by popular demand, the GPSS will be hosting 1 more Science
Communication Workshop this quarter on Tuesday, May 14th from 3:30-5pm in
the HUB 334. Come learn how to talk about your research to your peers,
friends, policy-makers and your grandma. Find info about our previous
workshops on our
website<http://depts.washington.edu/gpss/content/science-and-policy>
.

6.) Diversity Forum: May 17th

The GPSS Diversity Committee will be hosting one more discussion about
diversity at the UW this year. This will be a brownbag lunch, and is open
to any students, faculty and staff that are working on diversity efforts at
the UW. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation about diversity
among the graduate school student body and share best practices. For more
information, please contact Kristen Hosey, GPSS Secretary (gpsssec).
To help inform this conversation, please fill out this survey:
https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/gpssit/199598

“Deepening the Conversation on Diversity Part II: Understanding the
Challenges of Diversity” Friday, May 17th, 12-1pm, HUB 340

Please come prepared to talk about:

1) What challenges does your program or department face, brings up, or
identify in implementing or supporting a program on diversity?

2) What challenges do you face as a graduate student in talking about
diversity in your program and department?

7.) Graduate Program Advisor of the Year Award

The Graduate Program Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the Graduate
Program Advisor (GPA) that has been the most invaluable to graduate
students in their department. GPAs are responsible for many of the day to
day tasks necessary for graduate students to complete their degree, from
paperwork to advising and everything in between. This award is intended to
recognize a GPA who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping
graduate students navigate many of the pitfalls of their graduate
education. If you would like to nominate your GPA, please contact the GPSS
Senator <http://depts.washington.edu/gpss/content/senate-roster> for your
department. Also, take a moment to fill out this survey about your GPA:
https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/gpssit/199569

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