Curiosity-driven research: The foundation of all we do
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity
has its own reason for existing." —Albert Einstein
Curiosity-driven research is scholarship in
which real world applications are not immediately apparent. Such fundamental
research can be seen as a luxury in a time where the College is called on to
address a panoply of environmental challenges. But without it, our ability to
understand the world—and address its very real problems—diminishes.
UW Environment's Leah Litwak champions better food assistance integration at local farmers markets (VIDEO)
Get to know our incredible community and learn more about the work they're doing in the College's Spotlight series.
More than 48.1 million people in the United
States live in food-insecure households. Leah Litwak, a senior in Environmental
Studies, explores how farmers markets might make nutritious, local food an
option for entire communities through more alignment with federal
food assistance programs.
Q&A about 'The Really Big One'
In response to the recent hype surrounding The New
Really Big One” story and a call to action from Washington, D.C.,
to create an earthquake early warning system, UW professor John Vidale answers
some of the Pacific Northwest’s most pressing questions.
Exploring Earth's surfaces on UW's flagship research vessel (VIDEO)
Charles Nittrouer’s “Rivers and Beaches” course
gets undergraduate students, and even undeclared majors, out into the field to
look at the links between landscapes and seascapes aboard the R/V Thompson.
NASA-funded consortium to support science education in Washington, Oregon, and Montana
A new program, the Northwest Earth and Space
Sciences Pipeline, based at the UW will bring together educational
institutions, K-12 teachers, and informal education organizations to inspire,
teach, and recruit the next generation of students in STEM.
Rare beluga data shows whales dive to maximize meals
As the Arctic continues to change due to rising
temperatures, melting sea ice, and human interest in developing oil and
shipping routes, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences’ Donna Hauser and Kristin Laidre
argue it’s important to understand belugas’ baseline behavior.
Save the Date
Meet Your Future:
Environmental Education Career Panel
Join us to learn from environmental education professionals on April 5, 2016.
Teach: Gaming for Good
A panel from around the College and across the UW
will discuss the power of video games and apps as innovative opportunities to
teach on April 5, 2016.
2016 Sustaining Our World Lecture: Lynda Mapes
RSVP to explore the human and natural history of
a 100-year-old red oak tree at the Harvard Forest and read from Mapes’ forthcoming book on April 21, 2016.
2016 Bevan Series
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences’ yearly Bevan Series Symposium on April 21 and 22, 2016 will highlight marine invertebrate fisheries of the North Pacific region through a
wide range of presentations from experts.
College of the Environment Spring Celebration
Join us on May 11, 2016 for ice cream and sundaes as we honor faculty, student, and staff award
winners for the 2015-2016 academic year.
College events calendar
Stay up to date with all the events happening at the College by checking out our Events Calendar.
For & About Students
annual UW Climate Change Video Contest
The contest, open to all undergraduate and high school
students, runs through April 4, 2016.
See you at upcoming college fairs in California
Know any high school students in California? Let them know we'll be at National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) college fairs this spring in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Explore environmental majors at UW
The College will be hosting online information sessions on April 7, 2016 and May 12, 2016 for current high school
Philanthropy: Making a Difference
We’re happy to announce
that the College received 17 gifts that qualified for a gift match offered
through the UW. These gifts, $3 million in donor funds and matching funds of
$1.5 million, will benefit funds across many units in the College!
interested in supporting the College, consider one of our highlighted funds
below or choose the fund of your choice on the UW Foundation website:
Awards & Acknowledgements
Congratulations to Washington Sea Grant, Climate Impacts Group,
and their partners who were recently awarded a
three-year project to help coastal communities in Washington that face
significant risk from the impacts of sea level rise from NOAA.
Kudos to Environmental and Forest Sciences’ Josh
Lawler, who with the Information School's Kate Davis, earned a University of
Washington innovation award in environmental sciences for their
NatureCollections app that connects kids with nature.
Cheers to Friday Harbor Labs’ Claudia
Mills! The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
recently named a
small and delicate jellyfish, the Crossota millsae, after her.
Congrats to Marine
and Environmental Affairs’ Patrick
Christie and Nathan
Bennett, who recently organized the first-ever major
discussion of challenges associated with how people interact
with Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas (LSMPAs).
Props to Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' Kristin Laidre who was recently chosen as the 2016 Grace Hopper Awardee for Outstanding Achievement by the Seattle Girl's School.
Congratulations to Oceanography’s Alex Gagnon and Atmospheric Sciences’ Abby Swann for receiving Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Program Awards from the National
Kudos to Earth and Space Sciences’ John Vidale, Atmospheric Sciences’ Cliff Mass, and Environmental and
Forest Sciences’ Tom DeLuca for having projects funded by the Amazon Catalyst program. For more information on the program, please contact Liz Exell,
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at (206) 685-4995 or email@example.com.