Department of Geography Colloquium



"Technological rebound: the role of innovation in the commercial revival
of the US machine tool industry"

Alan MacPherson (Professor, New York)

Time:         2:30 - 3:30 PM, March 10, 2000
Place:        304 Smith Hall

Despite rising import competition and years of employment decline, the US
machine too (MT) industry is beginning to look like an internationally
competitive sector. Part of this 'turnaround' can be traced to recent
improvements in machine design, as well as to changes in design policy. It
would appear that successful exporters no longer attempt to serve foreign
clients with products that were originally designed for the home market.
Instead, machines are now designed with regard to the technical needs of
foreign users. This represents a fundamental shift in design policy.
Evidence from a pilot survey of 173 MT companies suggests that export
performance is closely linked to design policy. A research agenda for
exploring the dynamics of the MT industry from a geographical perspective
is offered.

[Please let your instructor know if you find an entertaining location game in the toy box...] Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 12:12:33 -0800 (PST) To: Geography Advising News Subject: Husky Pause (fwd) fun and games during finals week . . . HUSKY PAUSE: Recess for Finals Success Every day during final exams 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. HUB 106B Husky Pause is an opportunity for students to take a break from studying, play a little, relax, and ultimately redirect their energies on final exams. Students can color, play Candyland or Chutes & Ladders, create things with Tinkertoys and Legos, put together puzzles, play a game of checkers, make a friendship bracelet, and have a snack. Husky Pause is sponsored by the Husky Union Building (HUB), the Student Counseling Center, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Good luck with finals! See you in the HUB.

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 20:24:34 -0800 (PST) Subject: Census Volunteers (fwd) CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!! Who: The US Bureau of the Census What: Help assure that all of our people are counted. When: March 8 thru April 14 (variety of scheduled times). Where: Various sites around our neighborhoods and communities. The time for all of us to be counted is here. The US Census is beginning its every-ten-year count of the population. In 1990 there were undercounts in many communities. To help prevent that from happening again, the Census Bureau will have locations in our neighborhoods where people can come for answers about the questionnaire they received in the mail or to ask for a questionnaire. We are asking for volunteers from the neighborhoods to staff these sites. You will be trained by Census professionals. Trainings are being offered up to March 8. Sites open March 8, and most locations will be open only two hours per day - some daily, some only once or twice per week. A Census Field representative will coordinate your schedule, provide you with all the materials needed and be available to answer your questions or problems. If you speak a second language, that is a plus. You must be able to read and speak English if English is your second language and be comfortable speaking with the public. As Census data is confi dential for 72 years, protected by Title 13 of the US Legal Code, you will swear an oath to maintain strict confidentiality of the information you discuss. This project is very important to assuring an accurate count of our community. Besides assuring fair representation in the US House of Representatives, Census data is the basis for sharing of tax revenue at Federal, State and Local levels. Please help us get everyone counted. If interested, contact Mitch Williams at the Census - (206)220-4740. Thank you!

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 17:37:32 -0800 (PST) Subject: Spring PRISM Lecture Course (fwd) Spring quarter lecture course announcement Policy and Management of HUMAN INFLUENCES ON THE PUGET SOUND Listed as: URBDP 498U sln 7432, GEOG 499U sln 8216, CFR 590U sln 1973, FM 490U sln 3472, FISH 497U sln 3580, SMA 499U sln 6829 A PRISM* sponsored lecture series is being offered during the spring quarter. The series will address the policy and management processes that affect the manner in which human influences such as demographics, economics and environmental issues are transforming the Puget Sound region. Guest lecturers will provide an understanding of how Puget Sound agencies function and interact, and offer personal insight regarding how decisions and policies are made. Speakers will also present their own perspectives on salmon and stormwater/runoff issues, land use concerns and risks imposed on the Puget Sound itself. Speakers include representation from: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) People for Puget Sound (a non-profit citizens group), Department of Natural Resources (Tribal representative), Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team And more Each speaker will be asked to address these questions: 1. From your perspective, what are the key issues faced by decision-makers today? 2. Who are the most important actors/players/stakeholders involved in these issues? 3. What regulatory and legislative tools are available for addressing these issues? How well do they work? Are there better methods available to address these issues? 4. How well are the contributions of science and research integrated into the decision-making and policy setting process? How can the use of science be improved? Lectures are held Thursdays from 4:30pm-6pm, Physics auditorium, room 118A. This is an optional 1-2 credit course. You choose which you'd like when you call STAR. Course requirement for 1 credit is attendance at all presentations. Course requirement for 2 credits is attendance at all presentations plus the writing of summary/critique papers on five of the lectures. This is a credit/no credit course. Enrollment in the course is open to all students regardless of attendance in previous lecture series. Contact Shannon Winger for details - *PRISM - Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model - Interdisciplinary modeling of the Puget Sound environment, with special attention to hydrologic processes and the human drivers that affect water quality and quantity.
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 14:41:42 -0800 (PST) From: EU Center UW Subject: Internship Opportunity (fwd) (Students interested in taking this internship for UW credit should contact the European Union Center at INTERNSHIP INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH STUDY The Dutch-American Chamber of Commerce is seeking to fill an internship position for a student with an interest in international business. Project goal: To create the DACC's first "Annual Economic Outlook Report" Project detail: The student will conduct an in-depth study into the business relations between the State of Washington (WA) and the Netherlands (NL). This study will identify the movement of investment capital, products/services and people between WA and NL. The student will represent the collected data in the Outlook report in the form of graphs, tables and narratives. Further, the student will set up a database in which all sources will be properly documented for future reference. For additional details or questions please refer to the contact person. Duration of project: one quarter (between 5-10 hours per week) Start of project: TBD Type of position: non-paying Location: combination of DACC's World Trade Center office and the University campus Skills required: Above average working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access - ability to design and set up database with Microsoft Access - working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher or similar program is a plus About the DACC: The Dutch-American Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit organization. Our primary mission is to promote business and trade relations between the Netherlands and the Pacific Northwest. Future internships: In order to support our growth, the DACC has a number of additional projects for which we would like to utilize the skill and talents of students with an interest in international affairs and business. Some of these projects will recur annually. Contact person: Ronald Huiskamp - Director of Business Relations phone (425) 889-8820; fax (425) 889-9121; e-mail: ________________________ European Union Center University of Washington Box 353650 Seattle, WA 98195-3650 Phone: (206) 616-2415 Fax: (206) 616-2462
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 09:31:08 -0800 (PST) To: Geography Advising News Subject: Navigating Career Options (fwd) ***************************************************************************************************** Navigating Career Options, GS 350 Looking at your academic and career options? Trying to draw the connection? Confused? Join us in an exploration of career options and learn how to navigate your course through the vast domain of job search strategies and career possibilities. Connect your academic experiences to your future career. You can earn credit through an internship experience too! Spring quarter Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:00pm (right after Geography 350! gk) For more information regarding registration please contact Maureen Crawford at 543-0535 Maureen Crawford Center for Career Services University of Washington 301 Loew Hall, Box 352190 Seattle, WA, 98195-2190 (206) 543-0535

Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 09:19:52 -0800 (PST) To: Geography Advising News Subject: Geography majors & Strategic Planning msg from Dan Carnrite, your
Undergraduate Geography Association President: I hope many of you can attend a free pizza party and town hall meeting from 12:30-2:00 on Wednesday, February 16, tentatively in Smith 409. The purpose of this gathering is for the Geography undergraduates to play a role in the department's strategic planning process by talking about what directions the department should be heading in over the next decade. This conversation is part of the campus-wide conversations President McCormick has asked the UW community to engage in this academic year, and is a great opportunity for you to say what's working in the department, what could be better, and what what new things to shoot for. Some other quick points: 1) Next week I'll send around some framing questions 2) if you can't attend the live session, there will be an e-mail or web-based way to get your ideas to the department 3) the UGA might want to consider some sort of priority list of ways to improve the undergraduate Geography majors' experience...just an idea to keep in the back of your minds Hope to see many of you on the 16th Thanks for your help and enthusiasm in this very important moment in the department's history. This is one of those rare times when undergraduates really can make a difference! Dan Carnrite, president
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 08:05:31 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time) From: Richard Roth To: Jobs for Geographers Subject: Location analyst position Thompson Associates seems to always be recruiting location analysts. If you know some economic geography, and have skills at market analysis, demographic analysis, GIS, etc., check our job board outside Smith 415 for their announcement for their latest opening, located in the SF Bay Area. Forward resume to: Jim Swanson, Thomson Associates, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Suite 310, Dublin, CA 94568. Phone: (925) 556-7440. E-mail: Website: =========================================================================== Richard Roth Assistant to the Chair voice: 206.543.3246 Department of Geography fax: 206.543.3313 University of Washington Smith Hall, Room 415-B
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 09:29:44 -0500 From: "Daly, Kelly" Reply-To: Corporation for National Service Technical Assistance and Discussion To: CNSTECH@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU Subject: Digital Divide show "Computers are increasingly conditioning the kind of country we live in. DIGITAL DIVIDE, a new PBS series, shines a light on the role computers play in widening social gaps throughout our society, particularly among young people. By providing equitable and meaningful access to technology we can ensure that all children step into the 21st Century together. DIGITAL DIVIDE is a two-part series for PBS that explores how the rapid spread of computer technology is affecting young people across the country. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the series asks the question: is everyone participating equally, if at all, in the Digital Revolution? And are "wired" kids being taught how to use computers in ways that enhance instead of replace traditional learning skills? Through interviews with innovators around the country who are bridging the digital divide in the classroom and in the streets, the series explores some of the best practices for using technology effectively at school and in the home. The series focuses on the many aspects of the digital divide, exploring how the issues plays out in terms of education, employment, race, and gender." Learn more about the series by visiting and check: to check when the series will air next on your local PBS station. Then, learn how you (or your friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.) can serve with AmeriCorps*VISTA on projects that address the Digital Divide at ************ Kelly L. Daly AmeriCorps*VISTA 35 Years In Service To America 1965 - 2000 ************
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 11:43:41 -0800 (PST) From: Linda Bich-Kieu Wasson To: Geography Advising News Subject: undergrad research symposium Dear Student, Iıd like to announce a great opportunity for you to share your work and explore the work of your fellow students at the UWıs third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is a celebration of your accomplishments in research and creative expression. You may choose to participate in a poster session, to give an oral presentation in a breakout session, or simply to attend to support and learn from your peers. This yearıs symposium on May 12, 2000, will be the culminating event in a week of activities that highlight undergraduate education at the UW. Other scheduled events include the dedication of Mary Gates Hall on May 8 and the annual Carlson Center Spring Celebration on May 10. To present your work you must submit an application by March 3, 2000. Application forms and information about the symposium, breakout sessions, poster session, and poster preparation workshops may be found at the symposium web site: For more information or help on presenting your work, contact our office through email: or phone: 616-7175. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your work at this event. Sincerely, Dr. Janice DeCosmo Director of Experiential Learning Office of Undergraduate Education
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 11:27:02 -0800 (PST) Subject: Career Connections mock interviews, resume reviews (fwd) The University of Washington presents..... CAREER CONNECTIONS 2000.... GET WIRED! As part of Career Connections, a campus-based special event including over 50 career programs scheduled January 31st through February 4th, the Center for Career Services is sponsoring two events that require participants to sign-up in advance. The first event is: "Chat Room: Individual Mock Interviews with Employers" February 1 & 2, 2000 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Are you one who sweats at the thought of an interview? Have you ever wondered how you could have performed better during an interview? Career Connections 2000 has your answer with a unique opportunity to practice your interviewing skills. On February 1st & 2nd, the following employers: AT & T Broadband & Internet Services, Key Bank, Mass Mutual, Primex Aerospace, Deloitte and Touche, State Farm, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fred Hutchinson, the American Red Cross, Starbucks, and the Peace Corps will be conducting mock interviews and providing individual feedback. Use what you learn during these sessions to get that job offer you've been looking for! Sign-ups begin this week at the Center for Career Services in 301 Loew. Bring copies of your resume when you sign-up to share with the employers. Don't delay! Space is limited. Sign-ups end Thursday, January 27th. The second event is: "Print Preview: Individual Resume Reviews by Employers" February 1 & 2, 2000 - 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Now is your chance to have your resume reviewed by a professional recruiter! Come to 301 Loew Hall with resume in hand at 2:30 PM on the days listed above and sign-up for a fifteen minute review session with a professional recruiter. Representatives from the following organizations will be reviewing resumes: Tuesday, February 1st - A T & T Broadband & Internet Services, SAFECO, and Primex Aerospace Company; Wednesday, February 2nd - Starbucks Coffee Company, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Primex Aerospace Company. Check out the Career Connections website for more information about these and other career week events: Career Connections Planning Committee
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 11:29:12 -0800 (PST) Subject: Teach For America info session (fwd) One day, all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Please help us inspire Univ. of Washington graduating seniors to consider Teach For America as a post-graduate option by forwarding this announcement about our upcoming info session. Thank you! Teach For America Info Session, Univ. of Washington, The Center for Career Services, Loew Hall 301 Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000 5:00 p.m. >Come learn about the challenges and possibilities facing students in the >nation's most under-resourced urban and rural public schools. Teach For >America alumni will share their experiences about their two-year commitments >teaching in under-resourced schools. No education coursework is required. >Positions are full-time and paid. > >Find out more about how you can make a difference by attending this info >session, by visiting the Career Center, by calling 1.800.TFA.1230, or by >checking out the website at > >FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 22, 2000 >
> > Hello, my name is Tim Palka and work for the Student Conservation > Association here in Seattle. The Student Conservation Association, Inc. > (SCA) offers college and adult environmental and cultural conservation > internship opportunities in national parks and resource management areas > nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii. SCA is the best way to start a > conservation career. Lasting from 12 weeks to 12 months, SCA programs > provide natural and cultural conservation service to our nation's lands > completing projects and engaging in activities such as backcountry patrol, > wildlife monitoring, trail building, revegetation and restoration, > environmental education, living history demonstrations, biological research > and endangered species studies. SCA internships are expense paid, > including: travel reimbursement, housing, living allowance, insurance, > education award between $1,180 and $4,725, as well as loan deferment. SCA > offers candidates a current and comprehensive online listing of available > internship positions through its website at - you can > also download or request an application from the site. SCA is a nonprofit > educational organization founded in 1957 with headquarters in Charlestown, > NH and offices in VA, WA and CA. We also offer paid positions as a > Conservation Work Crew Leader. In this position, the leader will work with > 6-10 high school students on a conservation project located in the > backcountry. Another program is our Diversity Internship Program designed > specifically for under represented populations. All of our opportunities > help students launch their conservation career. I am writing you to enlist > your help to recruit students to fill all of these positions. I would like > to work with you in setting up an appointment with you to talk about these > programs and what they offer your students. Please email me about the > possibility of a meeting with you and/or speaking with your students. My > email is and my telephone number is 206-324-4649. I am also > attaching an SCA Fact Sheet that can be opened as a Word document. Thank you > again for your time and I look forward to meeting with you. > Sincerely, > Tim Palka > SCA NW Regional Recruiter > > My decision to join SCA was rather spontaneous. I thought, "I'm an > environment major and this looks pretty cool - so why not?" What I found was > way more than cool. It was really life changing. It opened my eyes to what > really mattered in my life. It made me question who I was and what I valued, > more than any other time in my life...I am thankful for the time I had with > SCA. It truly helped give me the strength to pursue my true passions in > life. SCA taught me to be true to myself. - Nicole Avallone, Wichita > Mountain NWR 1997 > > "My time as an RA in 1992 was without question the best summer I've ever > spent. What an impact it had on me! After that summer I knew which direction > I wanted my career to follow. I have had several jobs which I don't think I > would have gotten without my SCA experience. I'll cherish my SCA memories > forever." - Delana Friedrich, 1992 PrinceWilliam Forest.
Thinking about studying abroad? You're in luck! Applications are now available for UW foreign study options in the following regions: *AFRICA *ASIA *EUROPE *EASTERN EUROPE *LATIN AMERICA *MIDDLE EAST *SCANDINAVIA You will: + Earn regular, graded UW credit; + Maintain UW financial aid and scholarship eligibility; + Satisfy graduation residency requirements; + Continue progress toward your UW degree; + Work on your language skills; + Meet new people, experience new cultures - discover the world and yourself! Act now - don't wait! Application deadline: Tuesday, FEBRUARY 1, 2000 For more specific information, contact: International Programs & Exchanges (IPE), 516 Schmitz Hall (206) 543-9272 TTD (206) 543-6452 or ++++++ Cheers, David W. Brannon Foreign Study Supervisor International Programs & Exchanges University of Washington 516 Schmitz, Box 355815 Seattle, WA 98195-5815 USA Tel.: (206) 543-9272 Fax: (206) 685-3511
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 11:07:57 -0800 (PST) Subject: Career Workshops Hello again! Once again the Student Counseling Center is pleased to offer career assessment and interpretation. For a fee, currently enrolled matriculated UW-Seattle students AND alumni can come to the Student Counseling Center to take the Strong Interest Inventory and/or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and then return at a later time for interpretation of the results. These tools can help students or alumni learn more about themselves, their interests in the world of work, their personality preferences, and how all these relate to career satisfaction. Please check our website ( for specific times and dates, or e-mail me to request our brocures. We appreciate your mentioning this resource to students! Thank you, Molly Campbell Molly Campbell, M.A. Student Counseling Center 410 Schmitz Hall, Box 355830 University of Washington Seattle, Washington 98195 206-543-1240 (fax - 206-616-6910)
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 10:43:13 -0800 (PST) Subject: NASA Academy Summer Internship (fwd) >Dear Students, > >Each year the UW Space Grant Office nominates a student for an all expense >paid summer internship at a NASA Academy Center. This 10-week internship >brings together a group of the best and brightest college students in the >nation and gives them an experience beyond the standard student >internship. If accepted, you will spend the summer at a NASA Center >working on-site with researchers, meeting business leaders in the >aerospace industry and visiting other NASA facilities, as well as NASA >Headquarters. The program is designed to build leadership skills and give >students a glimpse of the aerospace industry as a whole. For application >information and materials, please contact the Space Grant Office at (206) >543-1943. Applications are due in the Space Grant Office, 401 Johnson >Hall, by January 28, 2000. > > Active Centers and Dates > > Goddard Space Flight Center NASA Academy -- >Earth and Space Science, and > Technology Development June 5 - August 11 (10 >weeks) > Ames Research Center NASA Academy -- >Astrobiology > June 19 - August 25 (10 weeks) > Dryden Flight Research Center NASA Academy -- >Aeronautics > May 29 - August 18 (12 weeks) > >Visit the NASA Academy website at: > > > ******************************************************************** Julie Schrader Villegas, Ph.D. Student Adviser/Program Coordinator Washington NASA Space Grant Program Box 351650, 401G Johnson Hall Seattle, WA 98195-1650 (206) 543-0213, 1(800) 659-1943 Fax: (206) 543-0179
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 12:09:03 -0800 (PST) From: Kevan Shafizadeh To: UW Transportation E-Mail List Subject: Sound Transit workshops @ UW on 1/24 Sound Transit Information Workshops @ UW on Monday, Jan. 24 Two public information workshops for faculty, staff and students on Sound Transit's plans for a light rail system will be held Jan. 24. The events are from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., both in 106B HUB. For more information, contact Regional Affairs, 221-4233.
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 12:09:18 -0800 (PST) From: Kevan Shafizadeh To: UW Transportation E-Mail List Subject: Metro seeks feedback on cuts by 1/28 Metro seeks feedback on service cuts Metro is asking for public comment on guidelines for reducing service, in the event that the funding for transit that was reduced by the passage of Initiative 695 is not replaced. Metro has a questionnaire online (, or call 206-263-3972. Responses are due by Friday, Jan. 28. If service reductions are necessary, the King County Executive and County Council will use questionnaire results to help with transit service reductions. For links to other information about the effects of I-695 visit the U-PASS website ( If you have questions, contact the UW Transportation Office at 543-0540 or
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 12:08:45 -0800 (PST) From: Kevan Shafizadeh To: UW Transportation E-Mail List Subject: Bicycle presentations on 1/19 The public is invited to Christine Bae's Transportation & Environment class next Wednesday, Jan 19, from 12:00 to 1:20 pm in Gould 208J. Timothy Witten will speak about his thesis: An Investigation of the Field of Bicycle Planning in the United States: Current Status, Challenges and a Proposal for New Legislation - The American Bicyclists Act (ABA) (His thesis is on reserve in the City and Urban Planning library.) Michelle Hover and Chris Cramer will speak about bicycle planning in Groningen. Please attend if your schedule permits.

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