Sarah L. Keller, Ph.D.

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This page is simply a convenient place for me to list links instead of cluttering my main page, which is found HERE. I am a faculty member of the Chemistry Department at the University of Washington in Seattle.

My background is in biological physics; my Ph.D. is in physics from Princeton University with Sol Gruner. At Princeton I studied how the lipid composition of a membrane altered the activity of an ion channel in that membrane using voltage-clamping and x-ray scattering. I then became a post-doc with Joe Zasadzinski back when he was at the University of California at Santa Barbara. There, I looked at other membrane and surfactant systems with electron microscopy. I did a second postdoc at Stanford with Harden McConnell and studied lipids in monolayers: how the miscibility critical point and the propensity for complex formation depend on lipid composition. I have been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 2000.

UW and Seattle

  • UW degree validation
  • UW cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude requirements
  • UW Grants and Contracts Office
  • UW travel booking service (US flights only)
  • UW contract airfares
  • UW per diem for lodging and meals
  • UW voice mail system and commands quick reference
  • Seattle Bus Trip Planner
  • One bus away: Track buses to UW and Seattle in real time
  • Traffic alerts for Washington State
  • Car2Go Seattle
  • Seattle Light Rail
  • Seattle Maps by 'Lost in Seattle'
  • Where to locally dispose of anything (e.g. compact fluorescents, smoke detectors) (Not only for Seattle)
  • Where to donate magazines - Urban Rest Stop
  • Where to donate furniture - to previously homeless families
  • Where to donate interview-appropriate clothes and accessories for women
  • Local Precipitation and Water Supplies
  • Will it rain the day you visit Seattle?
  • Will you see the Aurora Borealis when you visit Seattle?
  • Washington Trails Association
  • Seattle dance scene (everything)
  • Savoy Dance Calendar

  • Travel

  • Exchange rates
  • UW Global Travelers Services (e.g. International emergency number)
  • International Dialing Codes (from anywhere to anywhere else)
  • CDC Travel Health Listings by Country.
  • US Dept of State travel warnings
  • Bed Bug Registry and Bed Bug Reports
  • Bolt Bus
  • Lonely Planet Guides
  • Multimap Bird's Eye View of Britain (try Clarkson Road or Benet St, Cambridge)
  • Maps of U.S. States
  • PCL Map Collection (extensive)
  • Sabbatical House Exchange
  • "Doctor in the House" accommodation London/Edinburgh
  • Airbnb

    Kid Stuff

    School snow-day listings (search for your district)
    Seattle public schools online communication ("The Source")
    Free Family Fun Day at the Wing Luke Museum (third Saturdays)
    Free first Saturdays at the Asian Art Museum
    Folk Life Festival (Late May)
    Seattle Science Festival (June)
    Burke Museum day camp
    UW Botanic Gardens, 1st-6th grade, 15% discount to UW
    Seattle Audubon Day Camp (grades 1-9).
    summerfun Performing and Visual Arts Daycamp (age 7-12, 3 week)
    Neo Art School
    Sewing camp classes (9-3, Ballard)
    Woodland Park Zoo Camps
    UCDS Summer Camps
    Pacific Science Center (K-9)
    Seattle Aquarium
    Camp ZinZanni
    Raspberry Pyrates Coding Camp for Girls 3 days only?
    UW Summer Youth Programs day camp
    Arena Sports Soccer Camp
    UW Sports Camps
    Stone Soup Theater Only 9am-12 until can read well.
    Dance Fremont summer program
    The Center for Wooden Boats (ages 9+)
    Girls Leadership Institute, closest is in Bay Area, grade 6,7,8 weekends
    Girls Rock Camp in Portland (ages 8-17, registration open Jan 1)
    iD Tech Camps STEM (ages 7-17, held at UW)
    Camp Sealth, Overnight "resident" camp on Vashon Island (entering grades 1+).
    YMCA Camp Orkila, Overnight camp on Orcas Island, entering grade 6+.
    Camp Nor'Wester, Overnight camp on John's Island, recommended by Kristen (2 week sessions ages 9-10, 4 week for 11-16).
    Wilderness Awareness School Camp, Overnight camp for ages 11+. Day camps from 6-12, but far away.
    Robinson Center summer program (5th-10th grade)
    Center for Talented Youth (after Grade 5, take test for eligibility, closest is in CA)
    UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars (Grades 5-6, Grades 7-10)
    NOAA Science Camp for Middle Schoolers (Grades 7-8)
    NOAA Junior Leadership Program Camp (Grades 9-12)
    Microsoft Digigirlz Day and High Tech Camp (High School)
    Girls Adventures in Math, Eng, and Sci (U of Illinois) (entering Grades 9-12)
    Summer Institute for Mathematics at UW (High school, after 3 yrs high school math)
    Washington Business Week (grade 9-12, highly recommended by Kat D.)
    Stone Soup Theater
    Woodland Park Zoo
    Pacific Science Center
    Camp ZinZanni
    Arena Sports
    Neo Art School
    Quadrilla Twist and Rail Marble Run, Maze Ways Cat and Mouse, Fire Escape, Klutz paper airplanes, ThinkFun Hoppers, HowToons: Tools of Mass Construction AND Marshmallow Shooter Kit, Eric Carle books in Spanish, The Big Tree Gang. Snap Circuits, Top Trumps, Quirkle, Immune Attack by Federation of American Scientists (PC only?), Crayon Physics (PC, not Mac yet), Fantastic Contraption physics game (yes, for Mac too), Prehistoric Park,
    World of Goo (recommended by Sarah Veatch)
    Spectrum Dance Theater
    eXit SPACE young dancer program
    Feminist Karate Union. Also heard good things about Washington Karate Assn, Ballard Dojo (Greenwood)
    Mike and Benk's List (PDF).
    Deborah's Apps: FingerPhysics, TanZen lite, circular TTT (circular tic tac toe), jirbo says (simon says), jellycar2 (8-9 yrs), artilect (8-9).
    Ka Yee's kids: The Wind in the Willows, Time Warp Trio, Princess Frog, Spiderwick Chronicles (starting with The Field Guide), Mrs. Frisbee and the rats of NIMH, Bones (graphic novel), Warriors (then Seekers) by Erin Hunter, Lone Wolf (Jodi Picoult). Julianne: How to train your dragon, Cornelia Funke, Mysterious Benedict Society
    New Beginnings - Battered women and their children, 206-926-3034.
    Baby Boutique - For homeless families, 206-902-4270.
    West Side Baby - Clothing and toys for infants in homeless and low-income families, 206-767-1662.
    Treehouse - For foster kids
  • BOOKS:
    Math Start / Stuart Murphy (e.g. Missing Mittens) Macaulay: (Castle, Cathedral, City, Mill, Mosque, Pyramid, Rome Antics, Ship, Underground), Howtoons
    Online lists of recommendations for kid lit: Berkeley parent's network for 5-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds, Age appropriate for advanced readers, including Discussion of gender issues. More for advanced readers (with summaries). A mighty girl books. Kid lit that has won awards. NPR kid lit ages 9+. NPR's 100 best books for 9-14. NPR's 100 best teen novels, Gutenberg - free downloads, e.g. Ozma of Oz, Molly Moon (free reads)
    Set, Tangoes, Rivers Roads and Rails, ThinkFun River Crossing, ThinkFun Rush Hour, ThinkFun Chocolate Fix, ThinkFun Tilt, ThinkFun Safari Undercover, Castle Logix, Lab coat and goggles for 18-inch doll, Kid-friendly Microscope, or the "Duoscope" microscope by My First Lab (recommended by Kit!)
  • APPs:
    Math Girl (Number Garden and Addition House), Motion Math (Hungry Fish, Zoom, and Wings), Simple Physics, Dragon Box
  • DVDS:
    Schoolhouse Rock, TMBG Here Come the ABCs, TMBG Here come the 123s, TMBG Here Comes Science, Electric Company, Mr. Wizard, Anything by Attenborough (e.g. Life of Birds)
    OK Go's Three Primary Colors
    I love to rhyme all of the time
    TMBG "Big Box of Free Things"
    6 Seattle Kindie Rock Bands
    Caspar Babypants
    Recess Monkey
    Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and its Audio Archives
    Bill and Ella
    Science Fair
    Self-defense at "Just Yell Fire!"
    Monterrey Aquarium Critter Cards
    Oregon Coast Aquarium Outreach Program Activities: see "From Tube Feet to Tentacles", etc.
    BBC telling time video games (bilingual Welsh)
    "Primary Resources" (UK)
    Cootie Catcher with 3-letter phonetic words.
    1st grade Math worksheets
    Addition worksheets
    1st grade English worksheets
    Telegraph Gridclub (5-12)
    Cambridge University Math Games and Enrichment (5-19)
    DuPage Children's Museum Math Challenges
    UCSB math circle problems
    Math for love (Seattle) and its salon
    Seattle GEMS competition (March)
    Squares of Differences
    One-Two Nim Game
    Khan Academy
    Instructables Easy Squiggle Bot
    Science toys to make with kids
    Science activities from Zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom
    Plate Tectonics simplified
    Activity pages at the Smithsonian
    National Geographic Animal sounds and videos and Animal coloring pages
    Time for Kids
    Singing Science Records
    Beginning piano music
    Standard of Excellence Book 1
    Between the Lions games: Smartydoors, The quiet machine, hopposites...
    American Sign Language Dictionaries: Signing Savvy, My Smart Hands (for kids).
    Electric company games
    Beginner origami for kids
    30 questions to replace "How was your day?"
    How to ace parent-teacher conferences
    The Kid Should See This (blog)
    Emily Graslie's Brain Scoop
    HHMI's short science education films
    The Sci Show
    It's OKAY to be Smart (Youtube) and at PBS
    Tom McFadden's Science Raps
    Nutcracker Ballet (BBC Royal Opera House)
    Grace Hopper documentary
    Sylvia's Maker Show
    Spanish: Search for El Perro Y El Gato on YouTube
    Ages 0-100 in 150 seconds
    In B flat
    American Sign Language, Numbers 1-10
    American Sign Language, Letters, Video1, Video2, and Video3
    Karate katas: Heian Nidan and Matsukaze
    Basic science videos: What is a flame?, Why does sweat stink?, What is hemoglobin?
    CDC epidemiology puzzle iPad app
    Reign of Aquaria
    Julie Metzger's Great Conversations with Preteens
    Rookie Mag for teens
    Digigirlz online instructions for podcast and web design
    Pet Watch (Is your exotic pet eco-friendly or a terror?)
    Actual net cost at ~1,500 colleges (2015)

    Pleasant ways to spend time that I don't actually have

  • Rob Carlson's blogs, tweets, Biology is Technology, GBN bio, Economist interview (click "Video Podcast"), Congressional briefing.
  • Ray Shea. Writer.
  • Gapminder
  • Information is Beautiful
  • Junk Charts
  • Five thirty eight
  • Check out the Journal of the Public Understanding of Science.
  • Blog by Female Science Professor
  • Brotherhood 2.0 (e.g. 9Mar07 Peeptastic)
  • Traveler's IQ Challenge
  • TED: Ben Goldacre Battles bad science
  • free university lectures
  • Hans Rosling and his Greatest Hits, including the Joy of Stats
  • Pandora web radio
  • Radiolab at WNYC - Ring Cycle story The Ring and I"
  • The Moth Radio Hour
  • The Naked Scientists
  • PhD comics
  • Sociological Images blog
  • AK Fedeau
  • Making tortillas
  • New Dress A Day
  • NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, including Perpetual ocean, and its mirror on YouTube.
  • Reading/viewing recommended by others: Awkward black girl, TED on happiness (scroll down), Washington Post suggested lectures.
  • NYT's personal U.S. dialect map.

    Box of Happy

  • 2 hamsters, 1 wheel
  • Mewbacca
  • Sassy bobcat and other bad taxidermy
  • PES
  • OK Go videos
  • Cowboys herding cats
  • Car and Driver on OK Go
  • OK Go - 3 primary colors
  • Mukhtars Fodselsdag
  • What we should call grad school
  • John Waters' No Smoking PSA
  • Germany v Greece Philosophy Football
  • Our paperless future
  • Advanced Faculty Wrangling
  • Skeletor Affirmations
  • Google Science Fair (Pause video, hit up & left simultanously, play Snake.)
  • Nice example of Balboa
  • Nice example of graphics: "The price of gas"
  • Minimiam: tiny people + food.
  • The Fucking Weather
  • Ramones v. Misfits pie charts
  • Festo bionic air-penguins
  • Correlation v. causation: Did Ava's cause the housing bubble?
  • Need a Tudor?
  • 100 books that SHOULD be written
  • CGP Grey talking fast
  • Fotoshop by Adob'e
  • Klimas crashing porcelain figurines
  • Natural Histories Project
  • xkcd's Exoplanets; This is an exciting time.
  • 15th C. Flemish portraits in airplane lav
  • Incidental Comics, including Stray Books and Haruki Murakami bingo.
  • Box 18.


  • Beautiful Dead Bugs
  • Cake
  • KTRU RealAudio webcast
  • Adbusters
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • The Hunger Site
  • Amnesty International
  • Cambodian Schools
  • Hiller Photo Documentary Projects

  • Save Trees: Reduce junk mail

  • Do-not-call registry, No phone books, etc.

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