A Message from our President:

Jenny Wyatt

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As the new president of ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter, I am honored to begin my term celebrating our 45th Anniversary year! Our chapter was founded in 1978, when 30 forward-thinking women with a passion for accelerating scientific progress came together to support the next generation of scientists in America.

Since that time, we have supported 1557 ARCS Scholars with over $23M in awards. We now serve over 50 university departments at our partner universities, WSU and the UW, by helping them recruit top graduate students to Washington.

We hope you will join us to celebrate this momentus year at our luncheon on Monday, October 30th. You will hear presentations by four current ARCS Scholars, who will each share about their research and scientific journeys.

We look forward to launching our event with a virtual appearance from Dr. Jessica Meir, ARCS Alumna and NASA Astronaut, and learning about AI and misinformation from our keynote, Dr. Jevin West, Associate Professor in the UW Information School.

Please read on for more updates from ARCS Seattle Chapter.

ARCS 45th Anniversary Luncheon

Sheraton Grand Seattle

Monday, October 30th



Celebrating 45 Years of

Igniting Scientific Innovation


Carl Bergstrom & Jevin West

"How's Your BS Detector?"

Article excerpted from University of Washington's Perspectives Newsletter - September 2023 edition. Photo by Juan Rodriguez. Dr. Jevin West, picture right, is ARCS 45th Anniversary Luncheon's keynote speaker and a UW ARCS Alumnus from 2008.

Carl Bergstrom, UW professor of biology, was frustrated. Everywhere he looked, he saw information presented as fact when it was actually misleading, biased, or based on conjecture. In other words, bullshit. And he saw people believing it.

So when Jevin West, associate professor in the UW Information School, mentioned plans to teach a course on big data, Bergstrom had a strong response. “I told Jevin, ‘That’s too bad. Because if you teach a course on big data, I’ll have to start teaching a course calling bullshit on big data.’”

That got a laugh from West, who said it sounded like a fun course. “I’d teach it with you,” West said.

Those five words led to a wildly popular UW course taught by Bergstrom and West, “Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World,” and a book with a similar name. But suggesting all that happened without a hitch would be, well, bullshit. Bergstrom and West's popular course led to a book published in 2020. Read the full Perspectives article linked here.



Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

ARCS Seattle Chapter is proud to announce that WSU's Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science is now an approved university department eligible to receive Scholar Awards. The article below is excerpted from WSU Insider's September Edition. Photo: Large data centers produce about 1% of the energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.

A framework that uses machine learning to make decisions about power usage can reduce energy use by up to 60% without affecting computing performance in multi-core processors used in large servers around the world. 

The innovation could lead to more efficient computing, especially in large data centers, which produce about 1% of the energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. The Washington State University and Intel researchers received a best paper award for the work at the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design.

In their work, the researchers used machine learning algorithms to manage power usage, selecting voltage and frequency levels for different clusters of a large, 64-core computer processor. These multi-core processors are typically used in servers or supercomputers. The researchers’ framework was able to learn highly optimized ways to manage the power and is scalable, so it could be used to improve the energy efficiency of even larger multi-core processors. The algorithm also didn’t reduce the performance of the multi-processor.

“We were able to come up with better decision making to determine the voltage and frequency level, so that we had significant energy savings without sacrificing performance,” said Partha Pande, a corresponding author on the paper and WSU Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Engineering. 

Read full WSU Insider Article linked here.

Thank You for Advancing Science!

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We are grateful for ARCS Seattle Chapter's generous members and donors, who support future STEM leaders and innovators as they pursue graduate degrees in Washington. This year, ARCS Seattle Chapter will be supporting 157 STEM graduate scholars at the University of Washington and Washington State University. If you are interested in learning more about funding ARCS fellowships, endowments, or gifts of any kind, please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for the many ways you contribute to innovation and scientific advancement in Washington!

Pictured: ARCS Scholar Jeremiah Sims (center) with ARCS Fellowship donors Rhea and Clark Coler. Credit: Kristin Zwiers Photography



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