College of the Environment


March 26, 2010
Vol. 2, No. 5


Dean Search Update - The Provost's Advisory Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of the Environment. All three of the candidates will be visiting in early April and will each present a public seminar that is open to the entire university community. In addition, the College of the Environment community (students, faculty and staff) will have two opportunities to meet each candidate in a more informal Q&A session. The schedule for the candidate visits is as follows:

Dr. Mark R. Abbott
Dean and Professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
Public Seminar:
    Friday, April 2, 10:30-noon, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium
College Community Q&A Sessions:
    Thursday, April 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Fishery Sciences Building, Room 203
    Friday, April 2, 9:00-10:00, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall, Room 207
Dr. Sanjayan Muttulingam
Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy
Public Seminar:
    Tuesday, April 6, 9:00-10:30am, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium
College Community Q&A Sessions:
    Monday, April 5, 10:30-11:30am, Fishery Sciences Building, Room 203
    Monday, April 5, 2:30-3:30pm, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall, Room 207
Dr. Lisa J. Graumlich
Professor and Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
The University of Arizona
Public Seminar:
    Friday, April 9, 9:00-10:30am, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium
College Community Q&A Sessions:
    Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:30am, Fishery Sciences Building, Room 203
    Friday, April 9, 2:00-3:00pm, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall, Room 207
Please help us welcome these candidates to the University of Washington and don't forget to provide feedback to the Advisory Search Committee after you have a chance to meet them. The Provost's Leadership Search website will have a link to a Catalyst site for direct communication and feedback to the Advisory Search Committee.

Distinguished Alumni Seminar - On Friday, April 23, the School of Forest Resources is presenting a Distinguished Alumni Seminar featuring Gary Machlis (’75), a professor of conservation at the University of Idaho and the first full-time science adviser to the director of the National Park Service. Gary was instrumental in developing the Park Service's social science program and the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, which he coordinated from 1998-2006. The seminar is open to the public, and will be held in the Forest Club Room in Anderson Hall from 2:00 – 3:30 PM, followed by an informal reception.


Professor Robert Charlson (Atmospheric Sciences) has been invited to give the third Bert Bolin Lecture on Climate Research at Stockholm University. This series of annual lectures was founded by a decision by the Faculty of Science in February 2008 to commemorate Bert Bolin and his scientific contributions. The two previous Bolin lecturers were Susan Solomon and V. Ramaswamy.

Professor Terrie Klinger (Marine Affairs) has been named 2010 Outstanding Public Service Award recipient. This award is presented by the University of Washington in honor of a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated extensive local and/or national and international public service. A ceremony honoring all 2010 Awards of Excellence recipients will be held on June 10, 2010, in Meany Hall.


Professional development opportunities

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected, and each receives $300,000, distributed over five years. Only one candidate may be nominated per institution, so please let Peggy Fanning ( in the Office of Research know by April 14, 2010 if you plan to nominate someone. The application deadline for the 2010-2011 cycle is July 7, 2010. Awards will be announced in March 2011.

Federal funding opportunities

The U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the launch of Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM), a joint research program to produce high-resolution models for predicting climate change and its resulting impacts. The initiative calls for the development of next-generation Earth System Models that include coupled and interactive representations of ecosystems, agricultural working lands and forests, urban environments, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, ocean and atmospheric currents, the water cycle, land ice, and human activities. Competitive projects should address key problems critical to linking relevant Earth system processes over a variety of spatial and temporal scales and to advancing the theoretical foundations for the modeling and simulation of existing data and data collected by the new and envisioned NSF environmental observatories. Proposals are encouraged that have the potential to dramatically improve our predictive capabilities as well as our understanding of how small and large scale processes lead to non-linearities and activation thresholds. The due date for Letters of Intent is May 24, 2010, and the due date for full proposals is June 10, 2010.

Private funding opportunities

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The three types of funding opportunities included in this call for proposals are Round 5 grants, rapid-response grants and New Connections grants through Healthy Eating Research. The broad topics and types of studies that apply to all three types of grants are described in the full call for proposals.

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 organzations. In addition, if you know program staff or board trustees associated with private funders, please contact a member of the Advancement Team as they would appreciate your assistance in helping them focus their efforts.

Colleagues in the News

(March 11 - March 25, 2010)

UW scientist thinks global warming will be worse (Peter Ward/ESS, March 23, 2010)

New Light Shed on North Pole Ice Trends (John M. Wallace/ATMS, March 22, 2010)

Freshwaters in the public eye: Current images inhibit conservation (Julian Olden/SAFS, March 11, 2010)

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