Dean’s Letter: Inclusion Inspires Innovation

Dean Lisa Graumlich

It is well established that innovations arise when different perspectives are brought to bear on seemingly intractable problems. Simply Google innovation, diversity, and inclusion. You will find research supporting this claim in the Harvard Business Review, calls to action in Forbes, and the sound bite from Apple that I took for the title of this Dean’s Letter. In environmental sciences and resource management, inclusion doesn’t just inspire innovation—it changes everything. 

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Simulating path of ‘magma mush’ inside an active volcano

UW doctoral student Jillian Schleicher and UW professor of Earth and space sciences George Bergantz with a Mauna Loa basalt samples they will compare with the simulation results.

Months of warning signs from Mauna Loa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, prompted the U.S. Geological Survey to recently start releasing weekly updates on activity at the world’s largest active volcano. For now, such warning signs can only rely on external clues, like earthquakes and gas emissions. But a University of Washington simulation has managed to demonstrate what’s happening deep inside the volcano. 

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Philanthropy: Making a Difference


During the 2015 fiscal year, which closed June 30, the College of the Environment was the fortunate beneficiary of a record number and amount of gifts and private grants—$13.8M from 3,030 distinct donors, including alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and other organizations! We are grateful for every donor who supported the College and its many academic units and programs in the past fiscal year. 

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