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From Dean Graumlich

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Fall has come to the UW campus, as signaled by bright foliage and an abundance of campus events. Overflowing weekend festivities around the stadium and innumerable evening lectures and discussions fill our schedules, not to mention the yearlong 150th birthday celebration for UW, which pivots around November 4 (wear purple!). For many in the College of the Environment, fall quarter signifies another kind of abundance - of data, freshly harvested from field season.


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News

2011 Community Collaborator Award

We are pleased to announce that the Climate Impacts Group is the inaugural winner of the College of the Environment Outstanding Community Collaborator Award.

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USDA Grants $40 Million to UW for Biofuels Research

Biofuels Announcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on September 28th an award of $40 million to fund UW research in the development of biofuels. The project lead is Professor Rick Gustafson (School of Forest Resources), who will collaborate with multiple public and private partners on an ambitious project emphasizing both the commercialization and sustainability aspects of producing biofuels.

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Junior Faculty Development Program Established

The Dean's Office is pleased to introduce the new Junior Faculty Development Program. This opportunity is aimed at supporting junior faculty in their professional development as they build their scholarly and teaching careers.

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CoEnv Awarded $3 Million IGERT Grant

The College of the Environment has been awarded a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant to develop an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program for students interested in studying the societal and environmental issues of ocean changes brought about by climate change. Terrie Klinger (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs) is the Principal Investigator on this grant, which was only one of 18 selected by NSF out of 400 submissions.

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News Blog Launched: CoENV Currents

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The Dean's Office has created a news blog, "CoEnv Currents", as a location for curated news, papers and multimedia reflecting the interests and work of the College of the Environment. It represents one of our first steps in embracing social media to build community, both within the College and among friends of the College and the general public. The blog provides an RSS feed and a daily email digest of posted stories, and is available through the "News & Events" pull-down menu off the home page or by following this link.

 

New Name for the School of Forest Resources

Interim Provost Doug Wadden has recently approved the proposal that the School of Forest Resources change its name to the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), effective January 1, 2012. The name change was proposed in order to capture the expanded scope of curricular and research initiatives being undertaken in the School and to more accurately reflect the School's mission.

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Events

2011 Mindlin Lecture: Future Climate, the Perspective from Extreme Climates of the Past

Hoffman

To be held on November 15, Paul Hoffman (Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Emeritus, University Center for the Environment, Harvard) will speak to the importance of developing a sound intellectual framework of the dynamic nature of earth’s changing climate: past, present and future.

 

Conversations on Defining Diversity: Teaching and Family Planning

Defining Diversity
 

Conversations on Defining Diversity is a public forum to explore the issues, roadblocks, challenges, and opportunities our College faces, as the first step towards brainstorming solutions.  On November 30th, join in the inaugural Conversation on the subject of Teaching and Family Planning.

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For & About Students

College Partners with Program on the Environment to Offer "Meet, Greet, Teach" Series

Meet, Greet, Teach is an evening series offering graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in interdisciplinary, environmental education a chance to interact with faculty from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and their experience. 

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New ESS Degree Track: Applied Geosciences

The Masters in Earth and Space Sciences, Applied Geosciences (MESSAGe) builds on the current curriculum for the MS degree within Earth and Space Sciences while offering a new specific focus
to serve students who plan to pursue a career in the private sector focused on geology, geophysics, environmental engineering and engineering geology.

 

College Partners with Housing and Food Services to Launch Sustainable LIving Community

Poplar Hall

The College of the Environment is partnering with Housing and Food Services to offer a new residential community for students interested in sustainability and the environment located in the new LEED-certified residence hall, Poplar Hall.

 

Exploring Environmental Majors Seminar

CoEnv advisers, along with advisers from other environmental programs across campus, are facilitating a freshman seminar entitled “Exploring Environmental Majors at the UW.”

 

SACNAS - UW Chapter Award and 2011 Conference

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The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has awarded the UW SACNAS Chapter the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award specific to graduate chapters.

The CoEnv sponsored a booth at the 2011 SACNAS conference, "Empowering Innovation & Synergy Through Diversity", in San Jose, California from October 27-30, 2011.

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News from Advancement

The College’s many alumni, friends, and partners continue to provide significant and much appreciated private support benefiting our faculty and students. Read on to learn about two such recent commitments.

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In the Media

Sierra magazine cover

The University of Washington was recently ranked first in the Sierra Club's Top Ten: American's Coolest Schools for its leadership in energy efficiency, conservation research, and clean energy technology.

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Career

New: College of the Environment Careers Blog

The College of the Environment Career Career Center has created a blog for career opportunities (including job postings, internships, and volunteer positions). Subscription includes an RSS feed or an option to receive daily emails batched in a digest.

 

Graduate Student Research Awards Competition - North Pacific Research Board

In May 2012, NPRB will award up to six Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs) of $25,000 each to three qualified masters students and three doctoral students for the opportunity to address scientific, technological, and socio-economic issues relating to the research themes identified in the 2005 NPRB Science Plan.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Arctic Fellow

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) is seeking an Arctic Fellow for the Foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative (MCI). Reporting to the Program Director of MCI, the Fellow will be responsible for investigating opportunities to advance marine spatial planning that balances human use and conservation in the Arctic.

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Funding Opportunities

This month brings several grant opportunities associated with private foundations. Read more to see present opportunities, in order of application deadline.

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Kudos

Assistant Professor Kate Huntington, along with Gina Schmalzle, who recently completed a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in ESS, were among 14 scientists nationwide recently invited by First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Science Foundation to attend a White House ceremony announcing the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative.


Jenkins and Bruner

Amanda Bruner (Research Scientist and SoundCitizen Outreach Coordinator, Oceanography) and Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins (Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs) were recognized at the Women of Color Empowered! Eco Women Make Their Footprint in the Environment luncheon.

At the annual American Meteorological Society meeting in January, Chris Bretherton (Professor, Atmospherica Sciences) will be awarded the Jule Cherney Award, Amy Snover (Co-Director, Climate Impacts Group) will receive an Editor's Award, and Mike Wallace (Professor, Atmospheric Sciences) will be welcomed as an elected honorary Member of the Society.


The Western Society of Naturalists has named Friday Harbor Labs resident scientist and Biology research professor Megan Dethier as the 2011 Naturalist of the Year.


The College of the Environment is pleased to be able to acknowledge the contributions and high level of scholarship of many of our faculty through the support of endowed professorships and chairs. Since the end of the last academic year, the UW Board of Regents have approved the following new appointments:

  • Stephen Gardiner (Philosophy), Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor in the Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Terrie Klinger (Marine and Environmental Affairs), Stan and Alta Barer Endowed Professor in Sustainability Science in honor of Edward L. Miles
  • Thomas Leschine (Marine and Environmental Affairs), Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor in the Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Sarah Reichard (Forest Resources), Orin & Althea Soest Chair for Urban Horticulture
  • Clare Ryan (Forest Resources), Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor in the Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Daniel Schindler (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Biology), Harriet Bullitt Endowed Chair in Conservation
  • Ken Sebens (Friday Harbor Laboratories and Biology), Dennis Willows Friday Harbor Laboratories Director's Endowed Professor
  • Robert Winglee (Earth and Space Sciences), Dean's Professor in Geoscience

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Sept/Oct 2011

From Dean Graumlich

News

Events

For & About Students

News from Advancement

In the Media

Career

Funding Opportunities

Kudos

Check It Out

Second Episode of Atmospheric Sciences Outreach: "Cloud in a Bottle"

Elwha River Restoration Poject Webcam Slideshows

Pacific Northwest Live Webcams

Dean Graumlich Aboard the Visions 11 Cruise

Rap for Rocks: GEO 101

UW Sustainability Dashboard

 


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