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6.5 Idaho earthquake rattles Washington and 5 other states | KING 5
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
At 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, Idaho and states throughout the Northwest were rattled by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS. Paul Bodin, UW research professor of earth and space sciences and network manager of the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, is quoted. Read More
UW-created podcasts: 'Crossing North' by Scandinavian Studies -- also College of Education, Information School's Joe Janes, a discussion of soil health
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
With faculty and staff so challenged during the coronavirus shutdowns, podcasts are a way of remotely engaging with a department or school’s work. Also, it looks like we have the time.
Here's a look at a few podcasts being produced University of Washington departments or people -- and an appearance by a faculty member on the podcast “Undark.”
Connors is a lecturer, and Naesby a visiting lecturer of Danish, both in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. With 13 completed episodes, “Crossing North” is about Nordic and Baltic society and culture, and features interviews with authors, performers and leaders from Scandinavia and the Baltic, plus faculty from Scandinavian Studies and the Baltic Studies Program.
Episodes include “Myth & Fairytale in Frozen 2,” “The Nordic Languages of Middle Earth” and “The Bermuda Triangle of Music,” which asks: What does it mean to be a folk musician in a country with no folk instruments?
UW Notebook asked a few questions to catch up with this podcast’s journey so far.
What got this podcast started?
Colin G. Connors: There are so many incredible stories coming out of the Nordic and Baltic countries that can help us to better understand the world abroad and here at home. We have some amazing faculty in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, and we wanted to be able to sharetheir research and what inspires them directly with the public.
The department serves a lot of different communities: Our focus is of course on the students in our classrooms, but we also serve the public interest as well. The department sees a lot of artists, ambassadors, and business leaders visiting from Scandinavia, so we wanted to share that direct connection with the public, and especially those in the Pacific Northwest with an interest in Scandinavia.Other UW podcasts: In February UW Notebook profiled podcasts by UW Tacoma, architecture professor Vikram Prakash and doctoral students James Rosenthal and Charlie Kelly, “The Paper Boys.”
The world is looking to the Scandinavian countries right now for inspiration on how to approach all sorts of issues,including climate change, affordable health care, effective education systems and gender equality in the workplace. We hope that the podcast is an entry point for a lot of people, and a place where listeners can hear what type of work is being done, right now, here and in Scandinavia.
How long does it take you to record and produce a single episode?
C.C.: I probably spend between 40 and 50 hours per episode. Many people don't realize all the skills and expertise required to make a quality podcast, but when you listen you know the difference. That’s why we put so much effort into research, editing, production value, and sound design.
We believe “Crossing North” is a reflection of the university, and we want it to reflect the world-class education one can receive in the Department of Scandinavian Studies.
Who is your audience? Is the podcast finding its audience?
C.C.: Honestly, the show is for anyone who enjoys learning. All the episodes touch on relevant issues in our world. There are lessons to be learned, both good and bad, from the Nordic and Baltic countries. Sometimes those lessons come from unexpected directions because of how distant those countries are from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but the podcast also digs into some surprisingly deep connections that reveal how close we really are.
Different audiences have found different ways of engaging with individual episodes. A good example a recent episode, #11, which was an interview with assistant professor Tim Frandy of Western Kentucky University about sustainability, green colonialism and Indigenous ecologies. For a lot of our listeners, this episode was the first time they were exposed to the idea of treaty rights and Indigenous sovereignty, especially in the Nordic countries, but for the S?mi-American community here in Seattle (the S?mi are the Indigenous people of Scandinavia), the episode was an affirmation of their identities and experiences.
That piece also spoke to larger conversations happening around the world and here in Washington about the rights of Indigenous peoples, so I know the episode was shared by different Indigenous advocacy groups as well. I think that’s the mark of a successful piece of work, that people are able to bring something to it and also take something new and meaningful away.
What is your favorite episode so far? Which might be the best for a newcomer to listen to first?
C.C.: You can’t go wrong with starting at the beginning. Episode 1, “Werewolves on Campus,” is about the power of music and explores how Latvia’s folk songs helped its people to end the Soviet occupation. The episode has some great music and folk stories.
People might also enjoy episode 10, “Myth and Fairytale in ‘Frozen 2.'” I interviewed Marc Smith, Disney Animation’s director of story for “Frozen 2” and we talked about how their research trip to Finland, Norway, and Iceland inspired the film. The answer goes way beyond costume design, and our conversation was a once-in-a-lifetime peek behind the scenes at Disney Animation Studios.
How many downloads have you had so far?
C.C.: We have reached between 200 and 750 listeners with each episode. Listeners these days are more likely to binge a series than to tune in every month, so download numbers are less representative of overall appeal in podcasting than in traditional broadcasting.
With 13 episodes, “Crossing North” is still in its infant stage right now, so we are less concerned with numbers than with continuing to produce quality content, because we know that the more episodes we publish, the more likely we are to get new listeners.
For more information, contact Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Other ongoing UW podcasts:
Produced and hosted by Joe Janes, associate professor, Information School
Janes studies the cultural impact of documents and documentation and the future of libraries. The title phrase for his podcast came to him in 2012 and he has been producing occasional episodes ever since. In 2017, Janes published a book based on the series titled “Documents that Changed the Way We Live.” Topics across 54 episodes have included the Declaration of Independence’s deleted passage on slavery, Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his nonexistent “list” of communist conspirators in government, an early map of cholera contamination and more. A recent, all-too-timely episode was about the articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Over 500,000 downloads. Read more at UW News. For more information, contact Janes at email@example.com.
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College of Education podcasts on coronavirus, early learning, climate change and more
Dustin Wunderlich, marketing and communications director for the college, produces podcasts with faculty members and students to discuss their research or publications.
He has produced podcasts about college sports, disability studies, climate science education, culturally sustaining pedagogies and education priorities in the Washington state Legislature, and other topics. Find all of the podcasts here. The college also has published a list of its top nine most popular podcasts of 2019.
For more information, contact Wunderlich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and lectures as podcasts: Jackson School’s Ellison Center
Some UW units are recording events and lectures and making them available in podcast form.
Among these is the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies. Their most recent recording among dozens of such taped events, is about “Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond.”
For more information, write to email@example.com.
‘Don’t disturb the soil’: UW’s David Montgomery discusses ‘regenerative farming’ on ‘Undark’
David Montgomery, UW professor of earth and space sciences, was part of a discussion of soil health and “regenerative farming” on the podcast “Undark.” In each episode, the series explores a topic at the intersection of science and society. This episode was titled “A Reality Check on Regenerative Agriculture.”
The discussion in January with podcast host Lydia Chain and Seattle-based journalist Eilis O’Neill focused on how regenerative farming practices can improve the health of soil on farms. Scientists, policymakers and manufacturers, they noted, not only disagree on what regenerative farming can accomplish, they even disagree on its exact meaning.
Montgomery defined it with three central rules. First, he said, “Stop tilling, stop plowing. ...When you plow a field, it’s highly disruptive. Think, you know, if only of what it does to the worms in the soil to plow them up.”
Second, he suggested farmers should always be growing something, to keep a living root in the soil. Finally, they should plant diverse crops, either in rotation or all at once.
“That combination is the recipe for buildingup soil organic matter, building up life in the soil,” Montgomery said.
His last book, on the same subject, “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” was published in 2017.
For more information, contact Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW Notebook is a section of the UW News site dedicated to telling stories of the good work done by faculty and staff at the University of Washington. Read all posts here.Read More
'Age of A.I.' documentary on YouTube features UW experts
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Researchers at the University of Washington share their expertise on artificial intelligence and data science in “The Age of A.I.,” an online documentary produced and released this winter by YouTube. The series narrated by Robert Downey Jr. looks at how AI could affect everything from health care to the search for extraterrestrial life.
Pedro Domingos, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, is a recurring expert who offers commentary in several episodes. In 2015 Domingos published “The Master Algorithm,” a popular book about the promise of artificial intelligence.
The seventh episode, titled “Saving the World One Algorithm at a Time,” features the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. After looking at elephant poaching and new plant-based foods, the segment looks at how seismologists are collecting and processing data to warn of incoming earthquakes along the Cascadia subduction zone. (Domingos first appears in the episode here, and the earthquake segment begins here.)
Harold Tobin, director of the PNSN and a professor of Earth and space sciences, strolls through downtown Seattle and discusses the challenges and prospects for long-term earthquake prediction. Paul Bodin, research professor of Earth and space scienc es, desc ribes how the UW system identifies shaking generated by seismic events, and Doug Gibbons, a field engineer and lab coordinator with the PNSN, shows off a seismic monitoring station near the Space Needle.
The series can be streamed free with advertisements, or ad-free for YouTube subscribers. Earlier episodes have been viewed millions of times.Read More
Reducing your carbon footprint -- and your pet's carbon paw print | KUOW
Friday, February 28, 2020
KUOW interviews a local resident about her carbon footprint -- and her pet's carbon paw print. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is interviewed. Read More
Viral video researcher reveals the fascinating glacier science behind it | Inverse
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Apart from the strange acoustics, the video of an "ice drop," shot on a glacier in Antarctica, tells a bigger story about Earth's climate. Peter Neff, a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
WA lawmakers want to fund solutions for healthier soil -- and less gassy cows | Crosscut
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Bipartisan proposals before the Washington Legislature would help scientists learn about storing carbon in agricultural soils and invest in GPS-guided tractors and climate-friendly cattle feed. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change -- how should he spend it? | KUOW
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kim Malcolm talks with David Hyde about Jeff Bezos' $10 billion pledge to combat climate change. Two UW professors, Aseem Prakash (political science) and Eric Steig (Earth and space sciences), are mentioned. Read More
Canoeing to work: Floods bring chaos, renewal to Snoqualmie Valley | KUOW
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The Snoqualmie Valley typically gets about one major flood each winter, according to the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Association. So far this winter, there have been five major floods. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for Seattle's 'Really Big One' | GeekWire
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Earthquake experts say current building codes don't reflect the riskiest features of the Seattle area's geology -- but the outlook for survivability looks a lot better if the Really Big One can just hold off for a few more years. Erin Wirth, affiliate assistant professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, and Jeffrey Berman, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UW, are quoted. Read More
As landslides close roads, Washington's remote towns deal with isolation | Crosscut
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Washington's rain isn't just gloomy -- it's creating landslides that cut off rural communities. And as the climate warms, scientists warn they could get more frequent. Guillaume Mauger, research scientist with the UW Climate Impacts Group and Alison Duvall, assistant professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, are quoted. Read More