Four students from UW Environment honored in 2022 Husky 100

Congrats to UW's Husky 100!

Congratulations to four College of the Environment students recognized in the 2022 Husky 100! The Husky 100 actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience. 

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Spring Celebration 2022 honors 2021-22 UW Environment award winners

Spring Celebration 2022

Each year, the College of the Environment recognizes the outstanding achievements of our community at Spring Celebration. Chosen through a College-wide nomination process, awardees are recognized by their colleagues for making unique, inspiring and meaningful contributions to our community during the academic year. All College faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and their guests are invited to attend this year’s hybrid event, where Dean Maya Tolstoy will present the awards. 

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Joel Thornton named new Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences

a head shot of Joel Thornton

The UW College of the Environment is pleased to announce that Professor Joel Thornton has agreed to serve for a five-year term as director of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, effective July 1, 2022. Thornton is an atmospheric scientist who studies the impacts of human activities on air quality and climate through changes to the atmosphere’s composition and chemistry. His focus is on the processes which regulate the formation and removal of short-lived greenhouse gasses such as methane and ozone, and the formation and growth of airborne particulate matter. 

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Two UW Environment faculty named fellows of Ecological Society of America

headshots of Julian Olden and Brian Harvey

Two University of Washington professors have been honored by the Ecological Society of America for their knowledge and contributions to the field of ecology. Julian Olden, a professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, has been named a 2022 fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Fellows are elected for life, and the honor recognizes scientists who advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofits and the broader society. 

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Ice shards in Antarctic clouds let more solar energy reach Earth’s surface

Clouds at sunset over the ocean.

Clouds come in myriad shapes, sizes and types, which control their effects on climate. New research led by the University of Washington shows that splintering of frozen liquid droplets to form ice shards inside Southern Ocean clouds dramatically affects the clouds’ ability to reflect sunlight back to space. The paper, published March 4 in the open-access journal AGU Advances, shows that including this ice-splintering process improves the ability of high-resolution global models to simulate clouds over the Southern Ocean – and thus the models’ ability to simulate Earth’s climate. 

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