SEFS Women in Science Panel: May 16!

On Tuesday, May 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, you are invited to the first SEFS Women in Science panel, featuring accomplished women from diverse STEM fields to discuss the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced along their journeys!

The distinguished panelists include Dean Lisa Graumlich from the College of the Environment; Professor Monika Moskal from SEFS; Bernease Herman, a data fellow with the eScience Institute; and Dr. Kathayoon Khalil, principal evaluator with the Seattle Aquarium. The event is free and open to the public, and snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP by email to help them plan for the right number of attendees!

Also, the week before the panel on Tuesday, May 9, there will be a bonus Brown Bag Lunch Discussion in the Forest Club Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. You’ll get to learn more about the SEFS Women in Science group, and also contribute potential questions for the panel the following week.

Hope you can join this fantastic panel and discussion!

Geohackweek: A Five-Day Geospatial Workshop

From November 14 to 18, the University of Washington’s eScience Institute will be hosting a five-day Geohackweek, and you are invited to take part in wide-ranging tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking—all focused on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. Among the practical tools and skills addressed will be how to:

•             access, store and manage environmental datasets like climate grids;
•             create beautiful maps and visualizations that are easily shareable;
•             analyze geospatial data, including remote sensing imagery, using spatial statistics and open source packages;
•             use different cloud storage options to host your code and data depending on your needs.
•             and much more!

One workshop that might be of particular interest to SEFS is about Google Earth Engine, which is a free, cloud-based platform for analyzing land-use change that includes well-developed case studies centered on deforestation, among other themes.

While the workshops will predominantly be taught using Python and/or Javascript, the lessons should be accessible to anyone with basic programming language experience, even if it is in another language (R, Matlab, etc). Also, if you want to brush up on Python beforehand, Software Carpentry has great intro workshops they regularly teach in the Puget Sound area.

The application deadline for attending is September 15, 2016, so learn more and get involved!