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Wisdom of Crowds: A Conversation with Andrew Berdahl

School of salmon staging at mouth of Sam Creek.

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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UW instructors get out of their comfort zone and adopt classroom technologies to enhance the student learning experience

Marine biology instructor Jose Guzman flipped his classroom; upending the traditional way of teaching and learning, with instructors delivering lectures online so students can learn outside the classroom at their own pace and time. More interactive activities, such as tackling case studies, move into the classroom, allowing students to work together and with the instructor to solve problems. Video has become a key tool to deliver important material outside the classroom, which had been previously done in a lecture format.

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UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences & Oceanography both ranked in the top 5 programs in their field globally

A new ranking of global university programs by academic subject highlights the quality of our marine and aquatic science programs. In the lists for their respective subjects, The UW School of Oceanography was ranked 2nd globally, and the UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences was ranked 4th. Read on for more details about the ranking and to learn about the other 43 subjects ranked in the top 10 globally.

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2017 Husky Green Award Nomination

Who are your sustainability role models?
Give UW’s sustainability superstars the recognition they deserve – nominate them for a Husky Green Award today!
The UW Husky Green Awards highlight individuals and teams across the university who demonstrate initiative, leadership and dedication to sustainability.
We need your help to honor the people at all UW campuses who help make the university a more sustainable place. 

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First sighting of invasive European green crab on San Juan Island

Friday Harbor Labs was recently in the news due to the first live European green crab caught after 19 years of monitoring for the arrival of this invasive species? Why is this a big deal? What part did FHL and Washington Sea Grant researchers play in this? How can you help? Read more through the most recent issue of the FHL Tide Bites newsletter. 

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Marine Bio Courses for 2016-17

Starting to plan for the next year? Want to figure out how to schedule for the courses for the Marine Biology Minor? This shared google sheet has the most up to date information from faculty in Biology, Fisheries and Oceanography about course availability and scheduling. Have more questions? Contact the adviser for schedule an appointment. Please note that the sheet only represents the best information we have at any given time, and course scheduling is subject to change. 

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Fisheries alum creates YouTube series “Nature Meets Paper”

Learn more about Arctic marine animals such as the Arctic Charr as School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences alum Brandon Ringstad works on a painting. Check out one of his videos below, and see his “Nature Meets Paper” series on YouTube. 

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CoEnv Dean’s Letter: It’s time to imagine plausible and desirable futures

Dean Lisa Graumlich addresses how the College of the Environment is facing the challenges of the ‘Anthropocene’, and how researchers move beyond being seen as the ‘oracles of disaster’.
…read the full letter on the College of the Environment News page 

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UW Career Center Workshop: Employer Mock Interviews

Hey Huskies!
Are you nervous about interviews? Not sure how to approach the interview process? No worries, we are here to help! If you’ve already attended the Career Center’s Interviewing Getting Started workshop and Interviewing Lab, the next best way for undergraduate students of all majors to prepare is through practicing with an employer! Sign up for the chance to put your interviewing skills into action by practicing with and receiving feedback from a Husky-friendly employer. 

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Apply for the 2015-16 Husky Leadership Certificate

Applications are now open for the 2015-16 Husky Leadership Certificate cohort. Through the Husky Leadership Certificate (HLC), students identify, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments. Students create a leadership e-portfolio, and are matched with a mentor who helps the student reflect upon and give voice to their leadership development. Students must be a junior or senior to be considered. 

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