Faculty Research and Creative Practice Community Seminars

Husky Highlights Seminar Series

Husky-Highlights-Seminar-Series.jpgHusky Highlights Seminar Series

Husky Highlights is a seminar series meeting several times a quarter to feature UW Bothell faculty and staff who are making advances in research, scholarship and creative practice. These events are provided virtually and open to the public. Each speaker will present for about 20 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A section afterward. Recordings may be available, depending on speaker preference.


Two Presentations : December 7, 2021, 3:30-5pm

Thanks to our two speakers covering two great presentations! Registration is required for this free event through Zoom and will open on November 4th.  Questions about this presentation can be emailed to Sarah Verlinde-Azofeifa at severlin@uw.edu.

Register now for the December 7 presentation


1. STEM Public Outreach Team (SPOT): Impact on the Persistence of Diverse STEM Students presented by Dr Joey Shapiro Key and Dr. Linda Simonsen

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) STEM Public Outreach Team (SPOT) trains undergraduate students to bring presentations about current STEM research topics to regional community colleges, K-12 schools, and community groups. The UW Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) evaluates the experiences of the UWB SPOT Student Ambassadors in order to identify and research factors that contribute to persistence in STEM for underrepresented groups. The SPOT program contributes to connections across campus and in the community, using community outreach to support belonging and motivation for STEM students.

2. Networks in Action: How Students Create and Mobilize Social Capital During College Transitions by Dr. Joe Ferrare

The importance of social networks in modern society is widely taken for granted. This is especially true in education and the labor market, where access to competitive colleges and jobs requires particular types of network ties and structures. Previous research has confirmed that college students’ social networks serve as the primary mechanism through which they seek academic and career-oriented support. However, far less is known about how students’ networks actually form within the organizational spaces of institutions of higher education, and the ways that racial, class, and other social dynamics shape these processes. Transitions into and out of college represent key moments to observe these processes and intersecting constraints of network formation, as this is when students must create and mobilize their networks to flourish in unfamiliar organizational contexts (e.g., a new campus or job).

This presentation reports preliminary findings from two studies that have sought to advance knowledge of these processes. The first study involved longitudinal interviews with first-generation college students as they transitioned from high school to college at a large research institution in the Southeast. The second utilizes cross-sectional survey and interview data collected from a smaller pilot study involving graduating seniors at a small public university in the Pacific Northwest. The findings underscore the central role that campus organizations and space play in creating a “snowball effect” of social capital accumulation. However, these process are often disrupted by financial constraints and experiences of racism in the spaces where students form the initial social ties that lead to this momentum. Implications for university programs, student’s career trajectories, and future research will be discussed. 


Past Virtual Presentations:


Resilience through mindfulness: Improving student mental health virtually

Resilience through Mindfulness
Wednesday, November 17, 3:30-4:30pm

Speakers: Dr. Ko Niitsu and Dr. Hoa Appel
Exams, work, relationships… The university life can be fun yet stressful at the same time. University students’ mental health was increasingly gaining attention due to its tremendous public health concern, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing issues. Due to the nature of the pandemic, the students have been withdrawn and isolated by keeping social distancing and stay-in-place guidelines. Mindfulness is an evidence-based approach shown to increase the level of resilience to stress. However, because the most mindfulness-based interventions have been delivered in-person, little is known about the effectiveness and the efficacy of the intervention delivered virtually. During the Academic Year 2020 – 2021, we delivered the mindfulness-based intervention virtually through (1) Zoom and (2) a Phone App for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UW Bothell. A total of 136 students participated in this study and provided their data. We will present the results of the preliminary data analyses about the impact of the intervention on their mental health and discuss how we may be able to support the wellbeing of our students.

Recording coming soon in early December.

Tuesday, October 19 3:30-5PM


green foxtail grassComparing the function of genes in different crop plants to study how plants develop under environmental stress

PI: Thelma F. Madzima, Ph.D. Assistant Professor; Division of Biological Sciences, School of STEM

In biology, genetic techniques allow biologists to determine the function of a gene by measuring the outcome (phenotype) when the function of the gene is removed, e.g., though a mutation. Significant technical advances in the field of biotechnology, including genome sequencing and sophisticated gene-editing technologies, allow us to create mutations targeting specific genes of interest in variety of organisms.

To date, my research program has been using the crop plant Zea mays (maize, corn) as a model organism of study. However, there are certain challenges in studying maize that are not conducive to the types of research questions I plan to pursue, and conducting research at UW Bothell, a PUI on the quarter system. Through this UW Bothell SRCP Seed Grant, I am transitioning and advancing my research program to using the emerging model plant Setaria viridis (green foxtail millet) and to develop a genetic toolbox of mutant stocks in Setaria based on genes of interest previously identified in maize. The long-term goal of my research program is to understand how epigenetic regulatory mechanisms facilitate plant development under normal and environmentally stressful conditions, with the ultimate goal of manipulating these processes as needed for crop improvement. The specific mechanisms of these responses are currently poorly understood, especially in crop plants that play a major role in stabilizing global food security


spotted-towhee-bird-by-Lynne-Hakim.jpgThe Lake Forest Park Community Bird Project: Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of Urbanization on Bird Species Diversity and Behavior

PI: ​Douglas Wacker, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, School of STEM

Click to Watch Recorded Presentation on YouTube

The Community Bird Project examines the intersecting effects of urbanization and changing habitat on wildlife through long-term monitoring of bird species diversity and behavior in parks and green spaces. Survey sites are located within Lake Forest Park, WA, a suburb of Seattle with a rich history of environmental stewardship. Despite maintaining a relatively steady population over the last 20 years, Lake Forest Park is currently experiencing increased development pressure. In 2020, an SRCP seed grant funded the establishment of seasonal surveys in the 11 parks and green spaces in this community, as well as in urban, suburban, and rural companion sites. Additional support is needed to create a long-term dataset that will help inform future park establishment and management decisions. In this talk, I’ll discuss the justification for our research, the first year of data collection, the role of UWB undergraduate researchers, and a growing community engagement component of this project



SRCP Award

View the 2020 Scholarship, Research, and Creative Practice (SRCP) Seed Grant Recipients. These projects are wrapping up and presentations will be given in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Upcoming Seminars

This is the tentative schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year, and may be subject to change, especially once classes are scheduled. Start time is 3:30pm unless specified.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Dr. Ferrare
Drs. Key and Simonsen

Tuesday, January 25, 2022,
*Tentative date
Dr. Trujillo
Dr. Murr

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Dr. Bragin
Dr. Borsuk & Ms. Bodle (MSVS)

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Still confirming speakers

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Dr. Dupuis
Still confirming second speaker

Former research talks

Wednesday November 17, 2021
Drs. Niitsu and Hoa Appel
Recorded session coming in early December.

Dr. Wacker's Lake Forest Bird Survey Talk, October 19, 2021
Watch recorded session

Campus Research Connections

Research in progress