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College supports plastics recycling in honor of new graduates

UW Commencement

Over the next few weeks, undergraduate and graduate students, their families, friends and colleagues will gather virtually for commencement to celebrate the class of 2020. In appreciation of our graduating students’ contributions to the UW community, the College of the Environment will join UW Recycling and the Campus Sustainability Fund by making a gift to Precious Plastics, a project to support efforts to mitigate plastic waste on campus. 

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Six students from UW Environment honored in 2020 Husky 100

Congratulations to six College of the Environment students recognized as the 2020 Husky 100! Included in this year’s Husky 100 are Michaela Leung from Earth and Space Sciences, Olivia Sanderfoot, Autumn Forespring and Sierra Red Bow from Environmental and Forest Sciences and Bee Elliott and Celine Fujikawa from the Program on the Environment. 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. 

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Undergraduate research takes to the high seas 

Being in the middle of the ocean on a giant research vessel can be surreal — in every direction, there’s water as far as the eye can see. For 17 seniors in the UW School of Oceanography, this was their reality for nearly two weeks as they conduct research for their thesis off the coast of South Africa. “You’re so far from the coast, you forget the rest of the world is there,” says Ashley Lobao, an Oceanography student. 

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How to move ‘hands on’ classes online

Kits mailed out for ESRM 351.

Every spring, Laura Prugh teaches a wildlife research techniques class at the University of Washington. Her students spend much of their time outside, complementing their lecture notes with actual experience. They learn to identify and properly handle animals — frogs, salamanders and bushy-tailed woodrats, for example — and they practice using equipment for tracking animals and estimating populations. But when the UW announced it was moving its spring quarter 2020 classes entirely online to combat the novel coronavirus, Prugh and other instructors across campus faced a new, unchartered challenge. 

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