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In 1906 while attending a livestock fair in Plymouth England, Sir Francis Galton witnessed an interesting contest where locals were trying to guess the correct weight of a slaughtered and dressed ox (think jellybeans in a jar, but for butchers). He examined all 800 guesses and calculated the median calling it the vox populi, or “voice of the people,” reasoning that this would cancel out outliers on either side of the true answer. Astonishingly, the median guess was extremely close–within .8%–of the weight measured by the judges and closer than any individual guess. “This started the idea of the wisdom of crowds, where if you have a whole bunch of independent guesses you can average them, cast off the errant guess on either side and hone in on the right answer,” said Dr. Andrew Berdahl one of the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences’ newest faculty members.

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Summer Courses: Ecocultural Restoration and Salmon Science in the Klamath Basin; Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

Two summer courses exploring the human and social dimensions of the Puget Sounds and the Klamath Basin.

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Apr 19, 2019 | Course

Guest Seminar: Terry Hughes, Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia (4/30, 4:00 pm, FSH 102)

Current UW students are invited to attend a guest talk Terry Hughes, Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia.

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Apr 19, 2019 | Seminars, Events

Project Coordinator, Puget Sound Partnership (Tacoma, WA)

Our recruitment for the Project Coordinator position on the Ecosystem Recovery Team is now live! This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to help us advance our social approaches and climate change work and support one of the LIOs and AA development and implementation.

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Apr 18, 2019 | Job

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Marine Biology Adviser Joe Kobayashi

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Joe Kobayashi, Marine Biology Academic Adviser
Fishery Sciences 116 | (206) 543-7426 | marbiol@uw.edu

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