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Clare RyanGreetings!

Summer is underway and PoE students are off traveling, working, and studying abroad.  We had a full house for our Graduation Celebration where we celebrated 71 graduates.  PoE Co-Founder and Director Johnny Palka shared his thoughts on the creation of PoE, and changes he has seen over the years...for example, the first year of capstone presentations had 5 students; this year we had 53! We’ve posted his comments on the PoE web site.

Our teaching team is offering some amazing courses this summer, such as “Nature Writing in the Pacific Northwest,” “Global Change,” and “Science Writing for Impact.”  We are sad to see her go, but proud that Teaching Post-Doc Megan Styles has accepted a tenure track faculty position at the University of Illinois. 

Our second round of PoE Environmental Leadership Scholarships, funded through the generosity of our friends and alumni, were awarded to Sarah Sanborn and Emily Noyd.  Sarah will be a senior and has been a leader in PoE’s Student Association for Green Environment, worked on a citizen science project examining the impact of pollinators (bumblebees) on local P-Patches, and plans a career in environmental consulting. Emily will also be a senior, and is currently conducting climate change monitoring and science outreach in Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska. Emily has been active as a peer TA, works with consumer advocacy groups, and plans a career in environmental education.

Many of you made gifts last year to support the PoE Scholarship and Program funds, and I want to thank you again for your continued investment in our students. 

If you or your employer would like to become a capstone resource for future, we would love to hear from you!  On behalf of the entire Program on the Environment staff, we hope you have a great summer – stop by for a visit if you are on campus.


Clare M. Ryan

Director, Program on the Environment
Ben Rabinowitz Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment