By the time today’s K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place. Read more on the NPR website.
Graduate students practice public speaking that conveys the excitement of scientific research without getting bogged down in jargon. Then they put their skills to work at Town Hall Seattle. Read more about how students are learning these skills in a seminar series sponsored by the College of the Environment in this weekend’s Seattle Times.
The scorpion was found in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson and is named after the University of Washington post-doctoral scholar Robert Bryson, who spotted the arachnid in the mountains and sent the samples to be identified. Read more about this new discovery in USA Today.
Check out the first in a seven-part series titled, “Students of Sustainability: How Higher Education Can Teach the World To Be More Planet-Minded” written by Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington. You can read the entire piece on the Huffington Post.
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!
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.
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!