New Honors Course Offered for WIN 2018

HONORS 391C:   Winter Quarter, 2018 5-Credits   T & Th 1:30-3:50pm   THO 335

Clarence Spigner, Professor; Department of Health Services; Health Sciences Building, H690d

Box 357660, 206-616-2948;; Office Hours:  By Appointment



The Immortal Life of HENRIETTA LACKS: An Interactive Seminar on Values & Ethics in Health & Medicine – Based on the book by Rebecca Skloot

Description: This 5-credit, twice weekly seminar follows the journalistic path of author Rebecca Skloot uncovering the plight of Henrietta Lacks, an impoverished African American woman whose immortal cells were remove by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Research Center in 1951. A historical context as addressed to understand how corporate values absorbed into health and social justice in academic research institutions. The commodification of human tissues emerges as a product of capitalism and the co-optation of integrity in academic research centers.

Course Requirements: A complete critical reading of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010) and not any viewing of the movie.  Students fully engage with informed discussion and demonstrate a deeper understanding of societal and institutional forces that frame the exploitation of Henrietta Lacks and her family.  A week-by-week discussion guide is a blueprint.  Group Presentations (30%), Pop Quizzes (open), Final Essay (70%).



(1) Gain a deeper understanding of ethics and values exposed in the Henrietta Lacks family saga.

(2) Discern social verses biological constructions of “race” in health research.

(3) Frame historical events such as Jim Crow, Tuskegee Syphilis Study and Eugenics.

(4)  Discern how and why exploitation of human subjects is so market-driven.


Interested in Social Work? Check our UW’s Master of Social Work Program!

Recently ranked #1 in the world (Center for World University Rankings, 2017), the UW School of Social Work is committed to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations, and enhancing the quality of life for all. 


Fall 2018 UW Seattle Master of Social Work applications are currently being accepted, with a January 3rd deadline to apply; please see the schedule below for upcoming MSW information sessions and webinars.  For undergrads, the Fall 2018 Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare major application will become available this February, with an April 17th deadline (we only admit BASW majors for Fall quarter). See details below. Please also note that UW Tacoma offers BASW and MSW programs (separate applications & deadlines), so encourage prospective students to consider all options.  The information below is specific to Seattle only.

The Fall 2018 Master of Social Work (MSW) application is available now, with a deadline of January 3rd, 2018.  We only admit students once per year, for the Fall quarter. Admission is competitive, and our committee evaluates candidates holistically.  The GRE is not required, and we welcome applicants from all undergraduate majors to our full-time, two year program (MSW Day) and part-time, three year program (MSW Extended Degree Program). An accelerated 10-month MSW Advanced Standing option exists for candidates meeting additional criteria, which includes already holding a Bachelor’s degree in social work/social welfare.  Relevant social work & human service experience is important for all candidates.

Upcoming MSW information sessions – to register, visit our event calendar:
– Saturday, December 9th at 12:30 p.m. (on-campus, School of Social Work Room 305)

– Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m. (online webinar)
  – Or, download a recording of a recent webinar on the event calendar link above


Fall 2018 Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) The departmental Fall 2018 BASW application for UW’s Social Welfare major becomes available in February, with an April 17th deadline to apply. We only admit applicants once per year, for Fall quarter. Students can explore our Apply to BASW page for details and prerequisite information, and are encouraged to register now for our February 7th BASW Open House event! We seek students who are passionate about social justice and affecting social change. Graduating seniors pursue jobs in social service agencies, nonprofits, education & human service organizations, etc. as well as graduate school programs in areas including social work, law, public health, public policy, health sciences, and more. Courses in the major include: Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, Social Welfare Practice, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, Social Welfare Research, etc.

Our SSW Admissions office offers drop-in advising hours most Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 (Room 23 on the ground floor of the School of Social Work building), or students can call us at 206-543-5676 to schedule an appointment for a different day. Note: drop-in advising hours will not be offered on Thursday, November 23rd or Thursday, December 21st due to holidays/staff schedules.

UWRA Scholarship in Aging for SPR 2018

Up to four scholarships of $4,000 each will be awarded to UW students pursuing aging-related research or careers related to provision of services to older adults.

Who is eligible:

Currently enrolled UW undergraduate, graduate or professional students with an academic or career emphasis on aging, regardless of major. Applicants should have completed the first year of their programs before applying  UW Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma students are welcome to apply  International and HB1079 students are welcome to apply


What to submit:

Application (use the ‘Apply’ link at, including unofficial transcript  A 2017-2018 FAFSA (or non-citizen financial need assessment form) must be on file in the Student Financial Aid office


Evaluation criteria:

Demonstrated experience in and commitment to paid or volunteer work benefiting older adults

Academic performance

Communication skills

Financial need (as determined by the FAFSA)


Deadline for online receipt of all application materials is 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018

Graduate students: The UWRA also sponsors a Fellowship in Aging. For information and application, contact the Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards at

New Course for WIN 2018: GEN ST 391D: Research Exposed! Population Health

Enroll in Winter Quarter GEN ST 391D: Research Exposed! Population Health (1cr)

Research Exposed is an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines. Through presentations by UW faculty students will learn about the research process, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process. The course meets once a week for fifty minutes and may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter, 3 quarters max).


This winter quarter, Research Exposed is teaming up with the UW Population Health Initiative to offer a series of faculty lectures (including one by President Cauce!) focused on human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity. For students interested in the intersecting factors that influence the outcomes and quality of human health, Research Exposed will offer insight into and opportunities to participate in ongoing research at UW. The full winter quarter speaker schedule can be found on the URP website. See the UW Time Schedule (SLN 15110) to register.


Research Exposed Win18

Volunteer Opportunity: Apply to be a FIUTS SUSI Ambassador

This is a great opportunity with for students with an interest in civic engagement, international affairs, and/or Africa.

This winter, FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) will host 20 undergraduates from southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) for the Study of the US Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.  We are recruiting 20 UW students to be SUSI Ambassadors, who will be matched one to one with SUSI participants during their time in Seattle from January 14-February 10.


Ambassadors are a critical piece of the program and act as peer mentors, cultural liaisons, friends and student leaders. SUSI Ambassadors learn new skills, build their resumes, make international friends and have fun! ALL current University of Washington students are eligible to apply. Visit to apply by December 1st, and contact Kailyn Swarthout at with questions.

SUSI Ambassador Flyer (002)

WIN 2018 EdSpe 499 (2 Credits) – Service Learning & Volunteer Opportunity

This independent study provides a rich, experiential learning opportunity for students interested in working with young children with and without disabilities while earning 1-2 credits for winter quarter.

Students serve as interns for an inclusive school break camp program, facilitating social skills through field trips and science experiments. In addition to supporting campers in day-to-day activities, students will participate in a professional learning community led by experts in the field.

This independent study is open to all UW undergraduate students, with priority granted to students in the College of Education.


Learning Objectives

  • Review strategies for supporting learners with and without disabilities
  • Learn and practice effective classroom management techniques
  • Identify strategies for facilitating social skills, through positive behavior support
  • Learn and practice prevention and de-escalation techniques for challenging behaviors


Additional Details

Please note that this course does not meet weekly, but requires participation in three Saturday training sessions and some online work, which can be completed at your own pace. Participants will receive a Right Response certification for participating in this part of the course. In addition to these training components, participants must be available to work for one week in an inclusive STEM program serving preschoolers with and without disabilities.

This program is scheduled for February 19-23, 2018. During February 19-23, students serve as an intern. As an intern, their primary role is to engage with kids during play, supporting kids during circle time and seated tasks, and supporting the group during field trips.

Participants will receive ongoing professional development and training during this time. There is a google form link in the attached flyer – the google form  has more details about the timing of the program as well as the contact information of the program coordinator, Tara.  EDSPE 499 Winter 2018 (3) (3).pdf

REU Program now accepting applications for Summer 2018!

Undergraduate students:

You are invited to apply for this excellent summer research opportunity in Natural Hazards Engineering.  [Note: When you see the acronym “REU” (Research Experience for Undergraduates), you should know that this is a high-caliber opportunity, part of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program.]


Apply to be part of the NSF-funded REU program for summer 2018. Students will spend 8-weeks at an NSF-funded laboratory that supports Natural Hazard Engineering (earthquake shake table, tsunami wave tank, wind tunnel, etc.).  Visit the website below form more information.   UW students as well as those in community colleges are welcomed to apply.  We are trying to distribute to as broad an audience as possible.