Six students from Redmond have been accepted into Phase One of the 2012-13 Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program. The WAS program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors from across Washington and is affiliated with the NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program and with the University of Washington’s (UW)Department of Earth and Space Science. Read more here!
Ivy is just ivy to most people, but distinctions are important, especially if one species is blamed for another’s bad behavior. UWBG‘s Sarah Reichard is quoted; read more here.
For SMEA‘s Kiki Jenkins, engaging people is the key to saving animals. Read about Kiki’s work, and her recently awarded Sloan Research Fellowship, here!
Even with two fishing tournaments that harvest up to 50,000 lake trout every year from Flathead Lake, authorities from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes say angling alone isn’t making a significant enough dent in the population of the non-native species. The tribes have gathered a panel of experts, including SAFS‘ Dave Beauchamp, to examine how removal of the non-native trout might actually harm the native fishes in the lake. Read more here.
Next month, a federal court judge will try to put a value on something that’s somewhat priceless: trees stolen from the Olympic National Forest. The trees in question include old-growth fir, six feet across, that laid down roots before the Revolutionary War; they include intricately patterned maple destined to become high-end musical instruments; they include cedar for shingle or shake. Read more about this issue.
With winter quarter in full swing and many students spending long hours in the library or the lab, a group of undergraduates will leave the coast of Japan for an unusually ambitious research and teaching expedition. They leave Monday (Feb. 25) and will travel for about three weeks, flying back to Seattle in mid-March. It’s part of a senior-level course, Ocean 444: Advanced Field Oceanography, that will induct 11 seniors into the UW tradition of ship-based undergraduate research. Read more here!
The number of confirmed gray wolves and wolf packs in the state nearly doubled during the past year, according a new survey, which based on field reports and aerial monitoring in 2012 found at least 51 wolves in nine packs, with five successful breeding pairs. Read more about this survey and what it means for wolf populations in the state.