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Going beyond “just the facts” towards a narrative in your science communication

book with science symbols

If you want to grab and keep people’s attention, utilizing storytelling techniques in your communication — written, verbal or otherwise — can be powerful. Storytelling is a tried-and-true method of sharing information, one that long precedes the scientific paper. Good stories appeal to our humanity, tap into our emotions, create a connection and can keep the listener engaged as they become invested in the outcome. 

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UW Environment student selected for the UCAR Next Generation fellowship

Leslie Nguyen

To-Nhu “Leslie” Nguyen, student in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), has been selected by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for the Next Generation Fellowship, an opportunity that gives financial and academic support to Earth system science students from historically underrepresented groups. Nguyen was selected as the program’s public policy fellow. “I am pleased to welcome this year’s cohort of fellows,” said UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi. 

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The road to world competition for underwater robots

A group of 7 students in a swimming facility

A clear tube crammed full of electronics, protected by a purple cage studded with thrusters, traveled from Seattle to Tennessee to compete with underwater robots from all over the world in the MATE ROV World Championship Competition. This particular robot, named Nautilus, is the result of three years of work from the Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (UWROV) team at the University of Washington. 

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UW ranked third among U.S. public universities for physical and life sciences

View of Drumheller Fountain and Mount Rainier

The University of Washington is among the best universities in the world for the studies of health and life sciences, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022. The rankings looked at four overall disciplines: physical sciences, life sciences, psychology and clinical & health. In physical sciences, the UW ranked No. 21 in the world, third among U.S. 

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Reflecting on more than a decade: a Q&A with Dean Lisa Graumlich

Lisa Graumlich

After serving as the inaugural dean of the College of the Environment, Lisa Graumlich will step down at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Graumlich first joined the University of Washington in the 1980s as a graduate student in what is now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, returning to her alma mater to unite earth sciences units and departments within the University of Washington to form the biggest College of its kind in the nation. 

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