UW Law Launches Videos for Celebrate Pro Bono Week
At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Honors Program encourages our law school community (students, faculty and staff) to provide pro bono legal assistance. We particularly encourage JD law students to pledge to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation. By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.
Thank you to all the students, faculty and staff who took time out of their very busy schedules to participate in the production of these videos. A special thank you goes out to Damien Koemans who put many hours into producing the videos and to Tiffany Sevareid who helped us with web content in a pinch. Another special thank you goes out to Danny Hyatt who transformed the Pro Bono Honors web pages this past summer making it more inviting and user friendly.
See both videos on the Pro Bono Honors Program main page here.
Important Victory for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Washington
The Cognitive Burden of Poverty
Nobody is perfect. At times we have difficulty managing our finances, we don’t always take our medications as planned, and sometimes we don’t perform up to par at work. However, research shows that people experience these problems to different degrees. Across financial strata, research reveals that the financially less well-off engage in these behaviors more often than those who are financially stable (1). These behaviors are particularly concerning, because, for those with limited financial resources, they can lead to poverty as well as perpetuate it.
In their article, “Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function,” which appears in the latest issue of Science, University of Warwick Professor Anandi Mani and several other social scientists (2) suggest poverty, and the ever-present concerns that come with it, places an undue burden on an individual’s limited mental resources. Compared with those who are free from poverty, this burden leaves those in poverty with fewer cognitive resources with which to make choices and take action. Mani et al. write, the poor “are less capable not because of inherent traits, but because the very context of poverty imposes load and impedes cognitive capacity.”
However, it is important to note that their explanation is not limited to the traditional populations of poverty, defined by a specific income level or ability to access basic human needs. The authors define poverty “broadly as the gap between one’s needs and the resources available to fulfill them.” That is, people in poverty are those who feel “poor,” who feel they have less than they need.
In the present work, Mani et al. demonstrated the impact of poverty on cognitive resources in two very different populations, New Jersey shopping mall-goers and Indian sugar cane farmers. The research showed that although the financial wealth differs considerably between these two populations, the “poor” in each population experienced diminished cognitive ability as a result of the cognitive burden imposed by their respective levels of poverty.
Continue reading here.
UW Announces the Launch of the New Green Seed Fund
The University of Washington is delighted to announce the formation of the Green Seed Fund, a grant opportunity for sustainability-focused research projects. Newly-established by President Young and Provost Cauce, the Fund seeks to engage the UW community in research that advances sustainability on campus and beyond. Successful grant proposals will use the campus as a living, learning laboratory and help the UW find solutions to the most pressing environmental issues.
Seed Fund Facts:
- Proposals for 2013-2014 grants may be submitted immediately.
- All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
- Grants are open to UW Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma and affiliated field stations, as well as UW Medical Center, and Harborview.
- Research teams are required to include at minimum a faculty, student and staff member.
- Approximately $250,000 of funding is available for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
- The average award will be $25,000-75,000.
- Projects should be approximately one year in duration and should not exceed two years.
- Applicants will also be required to provide letters of support from any campus unit potentially impacted by the proposed scope.
- For more info please click here.
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