Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy (FOSEP) Student Group

Welcome back new and continuing students, staff, and faculty to the
University of Washington!

Science affects nearly every aspect of American policy. Several major
challenges faced by society have solutions that are based on science, yet
there is little emphasis to educate scientists in training about policy and
communication. To improve the impression of science in culture and the
support of scientific research among taxpayers and policy makers,
scientists must engage in effective communication and participate in policy

The *Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy (FOSEP)* at the University of
Washington is a group of dedicated undergraduate, graduate, and
post-doctoral fellows who are concerned about a range of issues that
surround the practice and funding of research. We believe FOSEP can
successfully educate its student members about the intersection of science
and society in a way that is not accessible within a traditional graduate
education. With this mission, FOSEP is training the citizen scientists of
the future.

*More information* regarding FOSEP can be found at:

*If interested in joining* FOSEP, please complete this short (very short)
catalyst survey at
Responsibilities of general FOSEP members are negligible, but we do hope
that you will attend FOSEP events and spread the word about FOSEP in your

*Please join us on October 8th at 5pm for an introduction to FOSEP* and a
lively discussion of the way scientific research, and specifically health
information, is communicated. We will be looking at conflicting reports
about the health effects of caffeine. With conflicting reports seemingly
presented every week by scientists, does the public gain or lose trust in
science as an institution? Refreshments will be provided. Please *RSVP to


FOSEP Leaders, 2013-2014:

Renee Agatsuma Graduate student – Public Health Genetics

Cyan James, Graduate student – Public Health Genetics

Abigail Schindler, PhD – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jaci Saunders, Graduate Student, Oceanography

Corey Snelson, PhD, Graduate Student Public Health Genetics

Christopher Terai, Graduate Student- Atmospheric Sciences


EXTENDED DEADLINE: USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program (Round 14) – Application Deadline: Sep 20, 2013 (201-210)

Hi Everyone,

Thanks Karl for pointing out that the deadline has been extended to October 4:

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM, ESS Advising <essadv> wrote:

Dear Colleague:

Attached to this message is a brief announcement for the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program – Round 14.

The application deadline is September 20, 2013.

Please distribute the announcement to your graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and other interested staff.

For examples of recent research under the Mendenhall Program, please visit:

Thank you,

R. K. Kotra

Coenv_advisers Fall 2013: COMPASS Science Communication Clinic

COMPASS Science Communication Clinic Fall 2013 – Finding Your Message – ENVIR 500A

M & W 1:30-2:50 (October 7-30) in FTR 106

This 4-week, fast-paced workshop is designed for graduate students (2nd year or later) who are on the cusp of publishing their science and have a strong desire to get their messages out beyond the ivory tower. Students will better understand the latest research on effective science communication and engagement; learn tools for developing clear messages about complex research findings; and practice talking about what they do – and it why matters – in clear, lively terms.

This clinic is essential professional development and will fulfill the prerequisite for future clinics on engaging with the traditional and online social media in Spring 2014.

The clinic will be taught by Heather Galindo, COMPASS Assistant Director of Science.

What is COMPASS?

COMPASS is a non-profit dedicated to helping scientists connect themselves and their science to the wider world. By giving scientists the communication tools they need, and by bridging the worlds of science, journalism, and policy, COMPASS works to ensure that science is better understood and used by society.

Heather Galindo helps connect science and scientists across a diverse range of topics and catalyze synthesis through workshops, conference symposia, presentations and peer-reviewed papers.

How to Apply

Please send the attached application form to ademelle:

If the application form didn’t make it through as an attachment, either request one or send an email email with the following information:
– Name, affiliation, degree program, expected graduation date.
– Describe your research in 100 words or less.
– What attracted you to the course (2-3 sentences)?
– What do you most hope to walk away with (2-3 sentences)?

Anne DeMelle

Graduate Program Coordinator, UW Program on the Environment

Wallace Hall, 3737 Brooklyn Ave NE, Box 355679, Seattle, WA 98195 (map)

(206) 221-6129

Please note that I am out on Fridays

UW Clinics Flyer.pdf


Application_ENVIR 500A_Aut2013.docx