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December 18, 2017

Lauren Fine: Talking politics with family (and not losing your cool)

“Listen, and listen more than you talk,” says Lauren Fine, a doctoral student studying political communication at the interpersonal level. It’s good advice, generally, but it’s especially prudent if you’re struggling to discuss politics with family or friends at holiday gatherings. If you’re engaged in political discussion with close others in close spaces, “try to…


November 13, 2017

Meet the Winners of the Grad School’s Distinguished Thesis Award

The Graduate School recognizes exceptional scholarship and research at the master’s and doctoral levels. These awards recognize a thesis and a dissertation in four categories: Biological Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and the Social Sciences. Meet the winners of this year’s Distinguished Thesis Award (awarded in three of the four categories).


October 26, 2017

ABDs, Better Together

On the road of the doctoral journey, there is a destination that graduate students aspire to get to but hope not to stay at too long. That destination is the ABD, or “All But Dissertation” phase. This stage can be one of the most challenging and isolating for doctoral students as there are no more…


August 17, 2017

Seven Strategies for Negotiating Salary

At a GO–MAP Power Hour, a group of women of color discussed salary negotiation strategies. Here are seven key takeaways from their conversation:   1. Confidence is key Believe in your abilities and strengths. Don’t sell yourself short. 2. Do your research Use Glassdoor to figure out the salary ranges for the organization and position. If…


May 31, 2017

How Prof. Phillip Levin Works

Phillip Levin, Professor of Practice Department/program: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Research focus: Conservation Phillip Levin is one of only two Professors of Practice at the UW, straddling the academic and professional worlds to maximize impact in both. As the lead scientist at the Nature Conservancy–Seattle, he said in 2016 he hopes to “be a voice…


May 24, 2017

Copy of – How Prof. David Domke Works

David Domke, Professor Department/program: Communications Research focus: Political communication: messages by candidates, campaign, parties and news media; public attitudes and opinions David Domke is a popular face on campus. Last year, he delivered a sold-out lecture series focused on the 2016 election and civil rights. He was named the UW graduating class of 2008’s favorite professor, and,…


How Prof. David Domke Works

David Domke, Professor Department/program: Communications Research focus: Political communication: messages by candidates, campaign, parties and news media; public attitudes and opinions David Domke is a popular face on campus. Last year, he delivered a sold-out lecture series focused on the 2016 election and civil rights. He was named the UW graduating class of 2008’s favorite professor, and,…


May 17, 2017

How Prof. Adam Summers Works

Adam Summers, Professor, Friday Harbor Labs Department/program: Biology & School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Research focus: Biomechanics and Biomaterials Adam Summers is known around campus as “the fish guy,” reflecting his passion for, and expertise in, all things fishy. With a focus on biomechanics in fish movement, he played a role in bringing Pixar’s…


May 10, 2017

How Prof. Houra Merrikh Works

Houra Merrikh, Assistant Professor Department/program: Microbiology Research focus: DNA Replication In a 2016 interview, microbiologist Houra Merrik said her goal is to “be somebody who sets an example and facilitates the system in a way that people that have gone through hardships can bring their abilities to science.” Houra knows what it means to overcome adversity: born…


May 3, 2017

How Prof. Tim Essington Works

Tim Essington, Professor Department/program: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Research focus: Marine Biology and Conservation Tim Essington is a marine biologist whose research focuses on fisheries policy tools and fisheries management. In a recent feature article by the Whole U, Essington explained how comedy improv helped him learn to embrace mistakes. Now, he teaches an improv course for…



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