Regional cloud changes, such as those that result in less rain during monsoons in India and those that indicate a widening of the tropics, may be as important to watch as the overall amount of cloud cover, new University of Washington research indicates. Authors of the paper, led by Ryan Eastman, a UW research scientist in atmospheric sciences, set out to examine observations collected from weather stations around the world as a way to study the distribution of clouds. The research was recently published in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate. Read more here.
Australia’s decision to ban the super trawler Abel Tasman is discussed, with commentary from SAFS’s Ray Hilborn. Hilborn says that the decision has “nothing to do with science” and that, “if the quota is not excessive in a well-regulated fishery, it does not matter whether you catch it with 20 boats or one boat. In fact, management and monitoring are easier with one boat.” Read more here.
The Engage graduate-level seminar course at the University of Washington teaches emerging scientists to effectively communicate through development of a seminar on their own research for a general audience. The course themes include storytelling, audience consideration, and public speaking while incorporating lessons and tools from a variety of sources: improvisational games, group discussion and feedback, and, most importantly, practice. After completion of the course, students give their presentations at a public venue. Check out their schedule here!
Read the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of The Insider – which includes highlights on recent awards and fellowships received by our faculty and staff, upcoming events you may be interested in attending, some funding opportunities for research, acknowledgements of new gifts from generous donors, a spotlight on one of our faculty, and much much more!
“My first week on the job,” says the Department of Ecology’s new director, Maia Bellon, “we got the news that one of [Hanford's] single-shelled tanks was leaking.” A rather rough introduction for Bellon, who previously managed Ecology’s water resources program. A 1991 Evergreen State College graduate, she joined Ecology as deputy manager of water resources in 2010. Before that Bellon had spent 15 years as an assistant attorney general advising and negotiating on Ecology’s behalf in a variety of areas, including air quality, toxic cleanup and water. Read more about Bellon and her role as the Department of Ecology’s director.
Would-be Arctic explorers of all ages can stoke their imaginations – and meet their real-life counterparts – tomorrow through Sunday (Feb. 28-March 3) at the 8th annual Polar Science Weekend organized jointly by the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center. In addition to the Applied Physics Laboratory, other UW units including oceanography, atmospheric sciences, Earth and space sciences and biology all will be represented, as will agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read about it here!
Teaching sustainability is a challenge: it’s inherently trans-disciplinary, for which academic institutions are often unprepared. But many universities, colleges, schools and departments are leading the way, and providing cutting-edge career skills for their students in the process. UW’s College of the Environment, Dean Lisa Graumlich, and Associate Dean Julia Parrish are quoted in this Nature Careers feature about how institutions can develop and improve sustainability science education.