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Upcoming Activities

Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities with Lorraine Daston: “Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules,” Seattle

Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington

Lorraine Daston, who will speak on "Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules," is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and visiting professor of social thought and history at the University of Chicago. A widely respected historian of science, Daston has published on the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity.

Learn more about the Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities. PSA-PBK is a co-sponsor.

Guided tour of the Center for Wooden Boats, April 22, Seattle

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.
The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street (South Lake Union), Seattle

Please join us for a guided tour of the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at the south end of Lake Union. The tour will be given by Elsie Hulsizer, a PSA-PBK, and by CWB staff. The tour of CWB's campus (their headquarters) will include the CWB Boathouse in Waterway 4 (next to Lake Union Park), including the gallery and gift shop; the CWB boatbuilding shop in Waterway 4; the floating docks and the boats in Waterway 4; and the new Wagner Education Center still under construction next door in Lake Union Park. During the tour, CWB representatives would describe CWB's operations, including their youth programs, their job skills programs, and their adult maritime skills programs. You can learn more about the Center for Wooden Boats by looking through their 2017 program catalog. The guides will also briefly describe CWB's operations at Cama Beach State Park and the north end of Lake Union. After the tour, you can enjoy renting a boat to explore Lake Union.

This tour is appropriate for families with children, and guests are welcome. The tour is free; however, donation boxes are on site if you would like to make a donation to support the programs of the Center for Wooden Boats.

South Lake Union has great public transit access. Information about parking and transit is on the CWB website. Please RSVP to Linda Willenberg if you plan to attend. She can be reached at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

Docent tour of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, April 30, Federal Way

Sunday, April 30, 1:45 p.m.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S. 336th Street, Federal Way

The mission of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is conservation and propagation of, and education about, the genus Rhododendron.

The 24-acre garden was established in 1975 by the Rhododendron Species Foundation. The rhododendrons and companion plants here have been collected by botanists (collecting tiny cuttings and seeds) from all around the Northern Hemisphere. With about 750 species (and growing), this is the largest collection in the world. They have many plants on the ICUN endangered species list. There are so many yet to record that the University of Melbourne is now recording for them.

If you are not familiar with the species, you may be surprised to find that they range from alpine to tropical. There are alpine species with little ½-inch-long leaves, and rhodies that get to be 100 feet tall in Nepal, with leaves as long as your arm. In the conservatory, you will see rhodies from places like Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

The cost of the tour is $10 per person. We will meet at 1:45 p.m. in front of the conservatory. (It is the big glass roof you see in the distance when you go through the garden gate.) Please make your reservation by April 26. Guests are welcome. Our president, Linda Willenberg, can be reached with any questions at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

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Spring Luncheon: Dr. Mia Tuan: “UNITE:ED: The Challenge and Opportunity of Educating America’s Diverse Students,” Seattle

Wednesday, May 10, 11:45 a.m.
Seattle Yacht Club
1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle

Students of color are changing the face of public schools, not only in Washington state but across the nation. The tremendous diversity they embody brings both joys and challenges to educators as they work to make learning come alive for all students. Join Dr. Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, ranked #8 nationally, for a lively conversation about how her college is at the forefront of preparing and working with educators, leaders, policymakers, and scholars to make our state an incubator and model for best practices.

A respected scholar and long-time academic leader, Mia Tuan assumed the deanship of the University of Washington College of Education in 2015. She previously served as associate dean of the University of Oregon’s Graduate School, director of its Center on Diversity and Community, and director of its sociology department’s honors program. Tuan has won numerous academic awards, including the 2012 Western Association of Graduate Schools and Education Testing Services Award for Excellence and Innovation for Diversifying Graduate Education in STEM Disciplines.

Tuan’s research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development, Asian transracial adoption, and majority/minority relations. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America; Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion, and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute; and Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? The Contemporary Asian Ethnic Experience.

The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 10, at the Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m.; doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person and guests are welcome. For your luncheon entrée you may select either grilled lemon herb chicken or spinach and roasted garlic tortellini (vegetarian). Please let us know of any special dietary requests. Guests are welcome.

You will need to fill this form out once per attendee. Once you hit "Add to Cart," if you need to add another attendee's details, please return to this page. Please make your reservations by May 4.

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If you have any questions, please call Linda Willenberg at (425) 641-1606 or send her an e-mail.

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