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Rick Keil appointed director of School of Oceanography

Beginning July 1, UW Environment’s School of Oceanography will have a new director. Professor Rick Keil has agreed to serve a five-year term where he will lead faculty, staff and students studying biological, chemical and physical oceanography, as well as marine geology and geophysics. Keil has been serving as the director of the Program on the Environment and has proven to be an effective and collaborative leader. 

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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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UW, other leading research universities form international coalition to speed local climate action

Researcher David Shean uses UW’s terrestrial laser scanner to measure surface elevation at the South Cascade Glacier.

The University of Washington joins 12 other leading North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, a group committed to leveraging its research and resources to help communities accelerate climate action. The coalition, which launched Feb. 6, includes universities that have committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. 

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Dean Graumlich on ethics, integrity and community in the College of the Environment

Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, Mary Laird Wood Professor and inaugural dean of the UW College of the Environment.

Dear College of the Environment Community, Recently, I heard science described as the team-iest of team sports. As a scientist and a dean, that resonated with me: When we tackle big, important questions, we do so as a community ranging in size from research groups of several people to large, International networks of scholars from allied disciplines. Science is a social enterprise, and integrity is the foundation of great science. 

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