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UW Environment Summer Reading List

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Ah summer reading — whether done on the couch, your local park or en route to a summer getaway, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax and catch up on titles you haven’t had the time to read all year. While this summer reading list isn’t required and doesn’t include classics like Where the Red Fern Grows or Isle of the Blue Dolphins, we think you’ll enjoy checking out these titles written by the College of the Environment community. 

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Cracking the code

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These days, very little science occurs without someone typing at least a few lines of code into a computer. Researchers employ a variety of programming languages — such as R, Python and Bash — and software to organize their data, perform analyses, build models, and visualize results. College of the Environment scientists are no different, and that has implications for science, communication and how students will gain new computational skills in the future. 

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Approaching SciComm with the end in mind: what impact do you want?

SciComm—shorthand for science communication—is a term we’re hearing more and more these days. Classes in SciComm are offered in university settings; new professional societies are emerging around the topic; large organizations, like AAAS and AGU, offer tools and training to build communication skills; and more scientists are valuing the role science communication can play in their own work, especially outside of academia. 

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Timing is everything: ShakeAlert comes to Washington May 4

A hand holds a phone lock screen with an emergency alert that reads Earthquake detected! Drop, cover, hold on. Protect yourself -USGS ShakeAlert

It could happen any time, any day. Multiple seismometers — scientific instruments that measure ground motion — detect a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Washington, Oregon or California. Seismic waves move fast, but seismometers move faster: The data zips from seismometer to processing center at the speed of light (670,616,629 mph), where algorithms calculate the area and intensity of shaking and sound an emergency warning to phones moments before shaking arrives: Drop. 

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