College of the Environment


June 4, 2010
Vol. 2, No. 10


College Council Election Results - The results of the college-wide election for at-large members of the College Council are as follows:

Position 1, 2-year term:
David Montgomery (primary)
Ray Hilborn (alternate)

Position 2, 3-year term:
Ginger Armbrust (primary)
Rick Gustafson (alternate)
The full membership of the College Council and meeting schedule can be fund within the governance section of the College's Administrative Gateway.

Water Center to Close - The UW Water Center will be closing on June 30, 2010, after 22 years of operation. This results from recent state budget cuts and changes in University of Washington program directions. The longstanding and popular Water Seminars will be continued through the School of Forest Resources. The seminar will remain open to the public as it has for years. An archive of the Water Center’s website will remain on-line with its rich collection of scientific research and educational outreach materials on water-resource issues. Please check the Water Center website for further information on the disposition of the Center’s other resources and activities.

Student Opportunities

The Program on the Environment (PoE) is currently seeking a Predoctoral Instructor to teach sections of Environmental Studies: Communication and Information Winter and Spring quarters 2011. PoE is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing undergraduate education in environmental studies. A central focus of the major is skill in reading and writing within scholarly frameworks used by practitioners, including those prevalent in humanities, in policy, and in natural science. The core course Environmental Studies: Communication and Information (ENVIR 200) is explicitly structured to achieve these goals. For the position announcement and application instructions, see the UWHires website (UWHires requisition # 64336). Deadline for priority consideration is June 16.


Professional development opportunities
The East-West Center (EWC) Visiting Fellowships program enables scholars to undertake research and publication during the academic year 2010-2011 in collaboration with EWC staff on an independent research project related to one of the four Research Program Study areas: Politics, Governance and Security; Economics; Population and Health; and Environmental Change, Vulnerability and Governance or a specific research theme identified by the Center. The East-West Center seeks scholars of high accomplishment and promise whose research and presence will contribute creatively to the development of its research areas and to the Asia Pacific region. Fellowships are typically awarded for between two and five months and must be undertaken during the period October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. Visiting Fellowships are carried out at the EWC in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Stipends vary with seniority and are individually determined. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2010.

Federal funding opportunities

The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. This award is meant for faculty who are untenured and have not previously received an NSF PECASE or CAREER award, AND by October 1st following the deadline for submission of CAREER proposals be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor (or equivalent title). The deadlines for applications are July 20-22, 2010, depending on the NSF Directorate/Office.

The Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) has posted an RFP for Genomic Science and Technology for Energy and the Environment to support research in the following areas: a) Microbial Environmental Processes: To develop a systems-level understanding of the functional processes used by microbes and microbial consortia that link the internal metabolic processes of microbial species to their external biogeochemical activities; b) Microbial and Plant Processes for Bioenergy: To develop new approaches that advance our understanding of the systems biology of plant and microbes in producing biofuels including the utilization of lignocellulosic biomass and microbial synthesis of advanced biofuel; and c) Characterizing Key Molecular Species, Events, and Multicellular Processes for Genomic Science: To develop innovative technology approaches to characterize biological processes and networks at the subcellular, cellular and multicellular levels. The proposed research is intended to fill critical knowledge gaps, including the exploration of high-risk approaches. BER also encourages the submission of innovative "high- risk" applications with potential for future high impact on Genomic Science Research. The probability of success and the risk-reward balance will be considered when making funding decisions. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2010.

Private funding opportunities

The Canadian Wildlife Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to the belief that the renewable natural resources of Canada are economic, social, recreational, and aesthetic assets that must be restored, wisely used, and perpetuated for posterity. The Canadian Wildlife Foundation’s Funding Program exists to promote wildlife habitat and the wise use of wildlife resources in Canada. Applications for projects to be conducted outside Canada and/or by non-Canadians will be considered, although projects involving Canadians that further the objectives of wildlife conservation in Canada will be given high priority. Deadlines for proposal submisssions are March 1 and September 1.

(Please note that many corporations and foundations have requested that UW Advancement facilitate their relationship with University of Washington faculty, staff and students. As such, all solicitations, applications, or requests for private giving from foundations or corporations must be developed in partnership with UW Advancement. Please contact a member of the College Advancement Team before submitting a proposal to private organizations.

Colleagues in the News

(May 19 - June 3, 2010)

UW researchers look for greener way to grow grass (Rob Harrison/SFR, June 3, 2010)

Scientists have worked at deeper sites than Gulf oil spill (John Delaney/Ocean, June 3, 2010)

High-Tech Radar System Coming To Coast (Cliff Mass/ATMS, June 2, 2010)

After cold, wet May, expect damp June (Cliff Mass/ATMS, June 2, 2010)

Bristol Bay sockeye thrives on diversity, UW study says (Daniel Schindler and Ray Hilborn/SAFS, June 2, 2010)

That crow attacking you isn't crazy -- it's an anxious parent (John Marzluff/SFR, May 31, 2010)

An Eye-Opening Summit on the Salish Seas Plastics Pollution Project (Kate Litle/Sea Grant and Joel Baker/UWT, May 28, 2010)

UW researcher is new state climatologist (Nick Bond/ATMS/JISAO, May 27, 2010)

Fluff is survival tactic for a tough species: cottonwood (Reinhard Stettler/SFR Emeritus, May 26, 2010)

UW College of the Environment has first dean (Lisa Graumlich/Dean’s Office, May 26, 2010)

UW names dean of College of the Environment (Lisa Graumlich/Dean’s Office, May 25, 2010)

Botanists race to record Arboretum species in Seattle's first bioblitz (Sarah Reichard and Katie Murphy, SFR, May 22, 2010)

Researchers like our ringside seat for oceanography (The Daily World - password needed) (John Delaney/Ocean, May 21, 2010)

Study: Ocean Warmed Significantly Over Past 16 Years (Gregory Johnson/OCN, May 19, 2010)

Oceans warmed in recent decades (Gregory Johnson/OCN, May 19, 2010)

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