College of the Environment


April 9, 2010
Vol. 2, No. 6


Dean Search Update - If you haven't yet submitted your comments regarding the candidates for the Dean of the College of the Environment, please make sure to do so as soon as possible through the search committee's Catalyst Survey.

Congratulations Graduates - Congratulations to the Winter 2010 College of the Environment graduates. The College granted a total of 34 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees (9 Master’s level; 7 PhDs).


Nineteen student teams from seven colleges and universities throughout the region participated in last week's second annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, a collaborative venture between the UW Foster School of Business Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UW College of Engineering and UW College of the Environment. The $10,000 grand prize was awarded to EnVitrum, a team of UW engineers, for their innovative glass recycling and green building technology that converts glass into bricks.


Federal funding opportunities

  • The National Science Foundation has announced a funding opportunity in Environmental Implications of Emerging Technologies. This program provides support to develop and test the environmental effects of new technologies. Fundamental and basic research is sought to establish and understand outcomes as a result of the implementation of new technologies such as nanotechnology and biotechnology. The program also supports research on the development and refinement of sensors and sensor network technologies that can be used to measure a wide variety of physical, chemical, and biological properties of interest in characterizing, monitoring, and understanding environmental impacts. The full proposal window is August 15 - September 23, 2010.
  • EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) is seeking applicants for their federal Post-doctoral Research Program. NHEERL has opportunities for conducting high priority research that contributes to protecting human health and the environment. Their primary focus is the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on human health and ecosystems and their research spans all levels of biological organization from the genome to populations, communities and ecosystems. The next open application period for 2010 is May 3 - June 30, 2010.
  • The Goverment of Canada sponsors a Research Grant Program that promotes research that contributes to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada, its relationship with the United States, and its international affairs. The grants of up to US$20,000 are designed to assist individual scholars, or a team of scholars, in writing an article-length manuscript of publishable quality and reporting their findings in a scholarly publication and at scholarly conferences, thus contributing to the development of expertise on Canada in the United States. Efforts to integrate the research findings into the applicant's teaching load are encouraged. The Grant Program is particularly interested in projects that have policy relevance for Canada and Canada-U.S. relations, including North American economic competitiveness; regulatory cooperation; energy security and sustainability; environmental sustainability; emergency planning and management; global health policy; and changing demographics in North America. Applications are due November 2, 2010.

Private funding opportunities

  • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with their postdoctoral fellowship program. The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry provides an award to a principal investigator of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry. Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Recommendations for awards are based on several factors: assessment of the proposed research, the arrangements for the interdisciplinary educational broadening of the Fellow, and an assessment of the ability to both attract the best young Ph.D. candidates and subsequently place them in high level independent starting positions. Applications are due August 12, 2010.

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 26 - April 8, 2010)

UW scientists discover mud flats produce fresh water (Jim Thomson/APL, Apr 5)

Boiled Eggs on a Slant (Jeff Adams/Sea Grant, Apr 3)

Cle Elum area gets shaken up by mild earthquake(Bill Steele/ESS, Mar 31)

Quake experts: Despite NY Times article, Seattle will be OK (Bill Steele/ESS, Mar 31)

Sequim student challenges tsunami beliefs (Brian Atwater/ESS, Mar 30)

Would Downtown Seattle Buildings Survive Megaquake? (Bill Steele/ESS, Mar 29)

Beyond climate change: Reframing the dialogue over environmental issues (Mike Wallace/ATMS, Mar 26)

Upcoming Events

Kenneth Chew Visiting Professorship Lecture - On Thursday, April 22, the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences is presenting a lecture by Dr. Ron Hardy titled “Aquaculture Needs You! Putting solid science into the sustainable aquaculture debate." A world-renowned expert in aquaculture, fish nutrition and feed production technology, Dr. Hardy has served on numerous national and international committees, and has worked on behalf of international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. The lecture is open to the public and will be held in Room 102 of the Fishery Sciences Building from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

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.

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