Inclusion Inspires Innovation
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.
Ivan Eastin to serve as College's Associate Dean for Research
We are pleased to announce that Professor Ivan Eastin has agreed to serve as the
College of the Environment’s Associate Dean for Research, effective October 16.
Finding Friday Harbor
UW alumna Susan Harris spent a quarter studying everything from orcas to algae on the rocky shores of San Juan Island—right in the Puget Sound’s backyard at Friday Harbor Laboratories.
Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities: Q&A with UW's David R. Montgomery
As part of the Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities speakers series, Montgomery will be giving a free public lecture on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP today!
Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades by the College's Peter Ward
In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from
the South Pacific with news that he had encountered an old friend, one he
hadn’t seen in three decades.
Exploring wilderness in one of the lower forty-eight's most untamed landscapes
Every summer, Tim Billo leads a class with Environmental Studies that encourages students to explore their own perceptions of wild places—literally and
Scientists weigh in on carbon emissions' effect on future ocean conditions
Ahead of COP21 climate negotiations in France, scientists are offering insights to
the far-reaching effects of rising carbon dioxide levels on the ocean—including
the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs’ Ryan Kelly.
Earthquake early warning system funding awarded to UW, West Coast universities
The U.S. Geological Survey recently announced that
$5 million will go to the University of Washington and three other institutions
to help transition ShakeAlert into a public-facing tool.
UW scientists engage the next generation of oceanographers through STEM partnership
The Olympic STEM Pathways Partnership is teaching
educators how to build sensors, create opportunities for sensor building in
their classes, and engage students to collect and ask questions about short-
and long-term patterns in the Salish Sea.
Simulating path of 'magma mush' inside an active volcano
Earth and Space Sciences' Jillian Schleicher and George Bergantz are modeling the inside of an active volcano, which could help volcanologists better predict eruptions.
astronaut lands at the College of the Environment
Spotlight is an ongoing series that will introduce you to the many members that make up the College community.
In April 2004, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger
got the call—she was officially part of NASA’s newest astronaut class. In 2010, the mission specialist and former high school teacher stood 195
feet above the ground on the Space Shuttle Discovery’s launch pad.
Metcalf-Lindenburger learned more
about the way our planet works by leaving it.
“When you see, literally see, how
thin the atmosphere is, it drives home the fragility of our planet,” she said.
Upon returning to Earth,
Metcalf-Lindenburger shifted her focus to other dreams: immersing herself into
geosciences at the University of Washington.
Save the Date
Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities Lecture Series (October 13-November 10, 2015)
for a lecture series exploring how the latest developments in social and
natural sciences can help us prepare for, respond to, and survive environmental
disasters, wherever they strike! Use #NaturalHazardsUW to join the conversation on social media.
The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast (October 29, 2015)
Join photographer Florian Schulz on his epic photographic journey from Baja California to the Beaufort Sea. Along the way, you'll see gray whales, manta rays, flocks of sea birds, spirit bears and more.
College Events Calendar
Stay up to date with the all events happening at the College by checking out our Events Calendar.
Philanthropy: Making a Difference
In the 2015 fiscal year, the
College of the Environment was the fortunate beneficiary of a record number and
amount of gifts and private grants—$13.8 million from 3,030 donors. Thank
you to everyone who supported the College this year!
If you’re interested in
supporting the College, consider one of our highlighted funds below or choose
the fund of your choice on the UW Foundation website:
- Program on the Environment Endowed Scholarship
- Adopt-A-Student Program Fund
- Climate Impacts Group Innovation Fund
Awards & Acknowledgements
Welcome to the College's newest faculty members!
Congrats to AMNO & CO, a team of local high
school students with ties to the College. They nabbed top
prize for their ocean-ready remote-controlled submersible
at this year’s Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International
In recognition of her outstanding record of
scientific achievement, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences’ Cecilia M. Bitz
will be inducted
into the Washington State Academy of Sciences this fall!
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Washington Sea Grant
Hershman Fellows who will embark on one-year fellowships around Puget Sound
this fall, tackling topics ranging from assessing paddle sports in Washington
to addressing climate change with the Makah Tribe.
In 2015, NASA awarded grants to 21 projects as part
of its Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, and four of these proposals
from the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences. Cheers
to David Butman, Laura Prugh, and Hans-Erik Andersen!
Two scientists from the
College were recently elected as
fellows of the American Geophysical Union. Kudos to the Department of Atmospheric
Sciences’ Christopher Bretherton and the Department of Earth & Space
Sciences’ Ian Joughin.
The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences’
Ivan Eastin and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences’ Cliff Mass were two of
17 new members chosen for
the prestigious CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows program!
Kudos to the School of Aquatic & Fishery
Sciences’ Ray Hillborn and Tom Quinn. In recognition of their outstanding and
meritorious contributions to the fields that represent the American Fisheries
Society, both professors were recently named among the
first-ever group of AFS Fellows!
Cheers to the School of Marine & Environmental
Affairs’ Jessica Hernandez. She was recently selected as a UW Graduate School
Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship recipient for the 2015-2016
Proposals for the Global
Innovation Fund awards are due by October 30, 2015! These funds
seed initiatives and programs that develop cross-college and cross-continent
collaborations. UW faculty members, research scientists and non-faculty
researchers are encouraged to apply. The University
of Washington Innovation Awards are also accepting submissions
through November 2, 2015 for highly innovative, potentially transformational research