Soy (myilow) wrote in uw,

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events I've heard about that people might be interested in attending:

Town Hall with Mayor Greg Nickels: Connecting the City and the University Community
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
Kane 210, 5:30-7:00 pm

Got a problem with the housing situation in the U-District?
Want to find out what's being done about racial and social issues in Seattle?
Concerned about your voting rights?
Finding a job in this economy? Transportation? Public safety?
Or just want to talk to Seattle City officials about the government issues concerning you?

This Town Hall meeting, organized by University of Washington students,
is our chance to ask our questions, voice our concerns, get heard, and
get connected. Mayor Nickels will be joined by Chief of Police Gil
Kerlikowske and other City of Seattle officials. The majority of the
time is dedicated to questions, responses, and conversation between the
University of Washington community and the city's big decision-makers.
If we want to make this city a better place for students and other
members of the University community, it's time to start talking.

Presented by Pi Sigma Alpha, Nu Chapter and the Office of the Mayor.
Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Department of Political Science, and
the Associated Students of the University of Washington.

*Note: If your organization would like to help publicize and
"co-present" this event, please email Candace Faber at to find out how you can get involved! Either
way, we would appreciate your help in getting the word out about this
event. Thank you!**


The Forum on Science Ethics and Policy Presents:

Michael Rodemeyer, JD
Executive Director
The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology

Frankenfood or Fearmongering?
The Science and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods"

Friday, February 4, 2005
3:30 pm
UW Physics and Astronomy Bldg, Rm. A102
Sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant

Last year, American farmers grew more genetically-modified (GM) crops than ever before. About 75% of the processed foods in U.S. stores are estimated to contain ingredients derived from GM crops. Despite its widespread use and lack of evident harm, GM food remains controversial. Concerns have been raised about food safety and environmental risks, the ethics of seed patenting, and economic impact of GM crops on small farmers. The controversy has spilled over into the international trade arena, leading to a U.S. trade complaint against the EU, where consumer opposition to biotech foods is strong.

Few technologies have generated so much global confusion and conflict as GM food. Why is this technology so controversial? The lecture will review the current state of science on GM crops and discuss the key role of values in shaping public attitudes and the different political responses to the technology around the world.

FOSEP is a nonpartisan student/postdoc organization dedicated to promoting
dialogue on the about the impact of science on society. FOSEP is hosted by the University of Washington's Office of Research.

Other FOSEP sponsors are: The UW Graduate School, the Program on the
Environment, the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center; the
Departments of Medical History and Ethics, and Urology; and Graduate Programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neurobiology and Behavior

Find more information about GMO's and FOSEP at


Thursday, Februrary 3
Views from the Top Down: An Interdisciplinary Panel on Trade and Development.

Featuring: UW professors Angelina Godoy, Wolfram Latsch, Haideh Salehi-Esfahani, Matthew Sparke and a representative from Community Alliance for Global Justice.

This event will take place from 7-9pm on the UW Campus in Gowen 301. There will be q&a at the end, so bring any questions you have concerning globalization, trade and development.
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