Announced today, Elementa is a new open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on the science of the anthropocene. OCEAN‘s Jody Deming is the Editor-In-Chief for the journal’s knowledge domain of ocean science. Read why Elementa, and open-access publication, is important, in this interview with Professor Deming.
More than 200 graduates a year from Washington’s instutions of higher education, including 107 from UW alone, join the Peace Corps. Western Washington University leads in mid-sized schools, and Gonzaga University leads in small-sized schools. Read more here!
Each quarter, the University Honors Program showcases the remarkable work done by Honors students and faculty within their majors. Check out this quarter’s story about the Earth and Space Sciences major, featuring Bruce Nelson and Mika Usher!
Foodie: n. A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.
Seattle is full of foodies, and a particular focus of our foodie culture is sustainability. UW is full of foodies too: faculty, staff and students across campus departments and schools study and teach about food, agriculture, and the implications of our global food system. In partnership with UW Housing and Food Services, CoEnv has created website that gathers all food-related people, courses, events, and organizations into one location. Check out what’s -ahem- being served up on campus!
There is a strong trend toward publishing scientific findings in open access journals, where the results are then freely available for other scientists or decision-makers rather than locked behind paywalls. Yet, there is no oversight of these journals, so “predatory publishing” has become a problem. A newly launched tool developed in part by UW researchers shows that open-access journals’ fees do not correlate particularly strongly with their influence, as measured by a citation-based index. Check out the visualization tool, and other resources available from Eigenfactor.org, which is based out of the UW Biology department.
Dr. Robert T. Paine, pre-eminent UW ecologist who developed the concept of the keystone species, was one himself, with a powerful effect on the field of ecology that has extended far beyond his own impressive work. Check out this story about the Paine “lineage” and how it has facilitated key perspectives on ecology, academia, and the role of science in policymaking.
Researchers from the Carsey Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries sought to understand how residents of the Puget Sound region of Washington view social and environmental change in the area and engage stakeholders in a discussion of restoration options. Read about their findings and what’s important to citizens.