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.
Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment, spoke at the annual meeting of AAAS last month.
Successful sustainability research initiatives are grounded in long-standing relationships among scientists, local communities and decision-makers, and widely accessible research data and results, shared CoEnv Dean Lisa Graumlich at last month’s AAAS meeting. She spoke as part of a panel of deans, directors, and department heads who are all interested in bringing science to bear to meet societal issues around sustainability. Read the full article from UW News here.
Snailfish aren’t exactly the darling of the deep ocean. Long and pink, with a gelatinous coat that makes them more squishy than scaly, the females have a curious habit: they unceremoniously inject their eggs into the body cavity of Golden King crabs. UW junior Jennifer Gardner suspects it’s a small quirk of nature that could have a large impact on Alaska’s crab fishing industry. Read more about Jennifer’s research, and the support she receives from generous donors that makes her work possible.
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!
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.
An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend. Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2013.
How big is your data? And can your students grok it? In an era when datasets are mushrooming, the cloud is ever expanding, and environmental science is in dire need of multidisciplinary, real world information to document and address global change; how do we bring students to the party? Can “big data” make them more aware, make them care more? Or is an onslaught of information more likely to create overload? Where is the balance between ownership and understanding? Join us for MGT: How Big is Your Data? where we’ll hear from 4 faculty members who are convincing their students to dive headfirst into datasets larger than any one student could ever collect.
- Andrew Connolly, Professor, Astronomy
- Miles Logsdon, Senior Lecturer, Oceanography
- James Lutz, Research Scientist, Environmental & Forest Sciences
- Daniela Witten, Associate Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Statistics; Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center