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  • This Summer 2014 course offers a unique, multidisciplinary graduate-level study opportunity in Cambodia. Focusing on health and human rights of children, particularly those who have a disability, the course provides a classroom experience and an applied, skills-building practicum that explores the theoretical underpinnings and the practical applications of the rights of the child in the context of Cambodia's health system. Child rights are studied from legal and health services perspectives, combining methodologies of research and analysis required for quality field work.
    The six-week course is approved for a total of 10 credits. Five of the credits are received through the practicum experience. The practicum experience will enable the student to work with NGOs and other health and legal professionals in the investigation and analysis of a faculty-guided and approved practicum project.
    The course is open to graduate and professional students from other universities. IPE Website; Program Brochure.  For questions, contact Beth Rivin:, or Course TA, Ashley Paintner:

  • Fall 2014: Tuesdays 3:30 PAA A 102

    Organized by LuAnne Thompson (Oceanography, Program on Climate Change) and Kristie Ebi (Global Health). 

    Over the last year, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) fifth assessment reports were released.  The results confirmed the urgency with which the international community needs to address both the causes and consequences of climate change.  The role of the IPCC is to inform the negotiations under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).  The next meeting of the UNFCCC will take place in Lima, Peru December 1-12.  This seminar will focus on political and science issues associated with the negotiations and will lead the student towards a more complete and nuanced understanding of the negotiation process as well as recent results in climate science that will inform the negotiations.

    If you are a graduate student, you can register for OCEAN/ATM S/ESS 586. There will be required readings each week that will inform the discussion with the speaker after their seminar. 2 credits (ungraded).  The seminars themselves are open to the public.  

    Undergraduates can take OCEAN/ATM S/ESS 475 for 3 credits (graded) and will meet also on Thursdays 3:30-5. 

    Schedule:  Titles are tentative

    Sep 30 - Becky Alexander, UW Atmospheric Sciences
       Climate impacts of sort-lived air pollutants

    Oct 7 -  Francis Zweirs Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, University of Victoria
        Extreme events

    Oct 14 - Tom Ackerman (UW Atmospheric Sciences) and Gardiner (UW Philosophy)
       Perspectives on geoengineering:  ethics and science

    Oct 21 - Daniel Schwartz, (UW Chemical Engineering and Director of the UW Clean Energy Institute)
       The Clean Energy Landscape

    Oct 28 - Megan Gambs and Pam Barrett (UW Oceanography and IGERT Program on Ocean Change)
       Climate Change Policy & the U.S. Congress: A Twenty-Year Review. 

    Nov 4 - Led by LuAnne Thompson (UW Oceanography and Director of the Program on Climate Change)
       An Informal Discussion on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report. 

     Nov 11 - (Veterans Day) no seminar

    Nov 18 - Kristie Ebi (UW Global Health)
       An Introduction to the UN Framework Convention on Climate change, the IPCC, and the Conference of Parties Negotiations

    Nov 25 - Kristie Ebi (UW Global Health)
       Shared Socioeconomic Pathways and Climate Change Research

    Dec 2 - Fasail Hossain (UW Civil and Environmental Engineering)
       Lessons Learned from Implementing an Operational Satellite-Based Flood Forecasting System in a Developing Nation

    For more information: