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Liz Van Volkenburgh named Interim Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Professor Liz Van Volkenburgh has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, beginning January 1, 2017. Van Volkenburgh is a Professor in the Department of Biology and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. She is the principal investigator of the Plant Growth Lab in Biology and has a longstanding relationship with the School, most notably through her work with the UW Botanic Gardens and service on Environmental and Forest Sciences graduate student advisory committees. 

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Provost's Task Force seeks feedback on UW health and safety issues

A Health & Safety Governance Task Force, charged by Provost Baldasty, is seeking input from UW students and employees on how the UW is doing with respect to keeping faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors in our research labs, classrooms, residence halls, offices, hospitals, and clinics safe and healthy. They are also interested in health and safety issues related to university activities in the field and at sea. 

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Safer Zone Training May 26

The College is hosting a Q Center Safer Zone Training on May 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Ocean Sciences Building 425. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome, but space is limited to 40.  Please sign up here. What is Safe Zone? The Safe Zone Project, through education, advocacy, visibility, and skill development, supports faculty and staff to become allies for glbtqtqi (Q) students and colleagues. 

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Support for Diversity-Oriented Meetings

The College supports a range of student organizations that organize and host meetings attended by College of the Environment students where central goals of the meeting include linking science (natural and/or social) to policy or real world application, and advancing diversity and inclusion within the College, the University, and relevant STEM fields. Examples include, but are not limited to: Support for new student organizations within the College with a diversity, inclusion or equity focus Student-organized trainings, workshops, lectures with a diversity, inclusion or equity focus Events for students to present environmental justice-related research Student-led discussions of race, equity and inclusion A full description can be found here. 

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Nominations for 2016 College of the Environment Awards open through Mar. 9

Do you know a student, faculty, or staff member who deserves recognition for their work at the College of the Environment? Nominations for the 2016 College of the Environment Awards are open now though Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Submit your nominations in any or all of these categories: Distinguished Staff Member Exceptional Mentoring of Undergraduates Award Graduate Dean’s Medalist Outstanding Community Impact: Staff or Faculty Outstanding Community Impact: Student Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award Outstanding Researcher Outstanding Teaching Faculty Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Nominations can come from within the College, as well as from outside of the College or the University of Washington. 

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College Launches Culture Study – Participate Now

We want to learn from students, staff, and faculty across the College about their experiences in and perceptions of the learning, living, and working environment within the College.  We are working with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) to conduct the study through a combination of surveys and focus groups. What are the goals of this study? To understand how staff, faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students experience the College of the Environment To provide insights into how to improve working and learning environments so that the College of the Environment can be a stronger community To better understand the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for change related to the inclusive participation of diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

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Research Proposal Reminders

In the past month (since November 6), we have received 11 eGC1s after the Dean’s Office deadline for proposals, or 25% of the total proposals we received in this time period. This problem is a cause for serious concern and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of several policies and best practices regarding the submission of grant proposals that are designed to make this process as smooth as possible for everyone involved. 

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Dean’s Letter: It’s time to imagine plausible and desirable futures

Dean Lisa Graumlich

We are squarely in the age of the Anthropocene, the first time in the history of our planet where humans are driving major environmental changes. Researchers in our College are at the leading edge of uncovering the fundamental changes occurring in the Earth system with implications at local to global scales. This research, the science of the Anthropocene, is both exceedingly exciting and profoundly important work. 

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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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