Three UW Innovation Awards given to UW Environment faculty

College of the Environment faculty received all three of the University of Washington’s Innovation Awards for 2018. The awards are designed to stimulate innovation among faculty from a range of disciplines and to reward some of their most novel ideas, and are made possible by generous donors. Knut Christianson and Michelle Koutnik from the Earth and Space Sciences, along with David Shean from Civil and Environmental Engineering, were awarded $300,000 over two years to “build a digital glacier time machine” that will generate a high-resolution, 3-D time series of how glaciers have changed over time to help understand the future of water resources in the western United States. 

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Beluga whales dive deeper, longer to find food in Arctic

Nine blue whales swimming together in dark blue water.

The reduction of Arctic sea ice has a clear impact on animals that rely on frozen surfaces for feeding, mating and migrating. But sea ice loss is changing Arctic habitat and affecting other species in more indirect ways, new research finds. Beluga whales that spend summers feeding in the Arctic must dive deeper and longer to find food than in previous years, according to a new analysis led by University of Washington researchers. 

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Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' Chelsea Wood awarded Sloan Fellowship

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' Chelsea Wood

Chelsea Wood, an assistant professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, is among five faculty members across the University of Washington that have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Announced on Feb. 15, Sloan Fellowships are open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields — chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics — and honor those early-career researchers whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders. 

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Nominations for 2018 College of the Environment Awards open through Feb. 23

Dean Lisa J. Graumlich (center) with 2017 College of the Environment Award winners.

Do you know a student, faculty or staff member who deserves recognition for their work at the College of the Environment? Nominations for the 2018 College of the Environment Awards are open through Friday, February 23, 2018. Submit your nominations in any or all of these categories: Distinguished Staff Member Exceptional Mentoring of Undergraduates Graduate Dean’s Medalist Outstanding Community Impact: Staff or Faculty Outstanding Community Impact: Student Outstanding Diversity Commitment Outstanding Researcher Outstanding Teaching Faculty Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Full details, including criteria and eligibility and past winners, are available on the College of the Environment website.  

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