28 news posts from February 2013

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Changes in cloud distribution explain some weather patterns – UW News

Regional cloud changes, such as those that result in less rain during monsoons in India and those that indicate a widening of the tropics, may be as important to watch as the overall amount of cloud cover, new University of Washington research indicates. Authors of the paper, led by Ryan Eastman, a UW research scientist in atmospheric sciences, set out to examine observations collected from weather stations around the world as a way to study the distribution of clouds. 

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Conversations on defining diversity: Student Soldiers

How are choosing to study the environment and choosing to serve in the military compatible?  Does military service change a student’s perspective?  Does it change how others see her/him?  Can the reality of a military experience enhance, or impede, learning?  Should instructors engage the soldiers among their students? Join us on November 13th as we hear from 4 student soldiers about their experience in – and out – of the classroom. 

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Sustainability careers: a broad toolkit for environmental problem-solving - Nature

Teaching sustainability is a challenge: it’s inherently trans-disciplinary, for which academic institutions are often unprepared. But many universities, colleges, schools and departments are leading the way, and providing cutting-edge career skills for their students in the process. UW’s College of the Environment, Dean Lisa Graumlich, and Associate Dean Julia Parrish are quoted in this Nature Careers feature about how institutions can develop and improve sustainability science education. 

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Redmond students participate in first phase of WA Aerospace Scholars program - Redmond Reporter

Six students from Redmond have been accepted into Phase One of the 2012-13 Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program. The WAS program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors from across Washington and is affiliated with the NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program and with the University of Washington’s (UW)Department of Earth and Space Science. 

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