14 news posts from April 2019

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Explore and dive to the depths of Puget Sound May 4 with UW’s aquatic science open house

One of the exhibits at last year’s open house.

Families, students and children are invited to get their hands wet on Saturday with “Our Watery World,” the University of Washington’s second-annual aquatic science open house. This free and family-friendly afternoon of hands-on learning will feature tours of a research boat, a Puget Sound invertebrate tank and more May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in fishery sciences and oceanography buildings on campus. 

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Aquatic and Fishery Sciences’ José Guzmán receives 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' José Guzmán

Congratulations to UW Environment’s José M. Guzmán. The instructor at UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences was recently selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award. He will be honored at the UW’s Awards of Excellence ceremony in June. Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including mastery of the subject matter, enthusiasm and innovation in teaching and learning process, ability to engage students both within and outside the classroom, ability to inspire independent and original thinking in students and to stimulate students to do creative work, and innovations in course and curriculum design. 

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UW receives King County Catalyst Award for contributions to climate research

Dean Graumlich, the team from UW and King County Executive Dow Constantine (from left: Sally Jewell, Kristie Ebi, Sally Clark, Jeremy Hess, Dennis Hartmann, Lisa Graumlich, LuAnne Thompson, Heidi Roop, Dow Constantine)

King County Executive Dow Constantine will present University of Washington with the King County Environmental Catalyst Award, in recognition of efforts across the University to understand climate change, its impacts and the best responses to it. The Environmental Catalyst award is the highest honor bestowed at the county’s Green Globe Awards, held every two years to recognize organizations in King County working to protect the local environment. 

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Cecilia Bitz named chair of UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences

The UW College of the Environment is pleased to announce that Cecilia Bitz has been named chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, effective July 1, 2019. Cecilia is a professor of atmospheric sciences and studies the role that sea ice plays in shaping the climate in high latitudes. She is actively engaged in research on improving prediction of Arctic sea ice and sea ice data assimilation, investigating wave-ice and coupled air-sea-ice interactions that control large-scale climate. 

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