The challenges of managing and maintaining diverse wildlife populations across rural America and in the expanding footprints of our cities and suburbs, was the topic when Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, returned to his alma mater earlier this month, giving the UW College of the Environment’s Annual Dean’s Lecture. Check out CoEnv Communications’ story on Dan’s visit here!
A University of Washington project helps you decide how to vote this season, complete with fact-checking by Seattle librarians. The Living Voters’ Guide, developed by computer science and engineering post-doc Travis Kriplean as part of his PhD dissertation, allows voters to work together to draft brief arguments for or against issues and refine their positions. Travis will join CoEnv co-organized ScienceOnlineSeattle next week as one of the panelists discussing “#Winning: The Science of Elections Online”. Learn more about the Living Voters Guide, and how Seattle Librarians are making this project even more powerful!
Lawmakers will introduce a new bill to tackle Washington’s ocean acidification troubles prior to the upcoming state legislative session in January, according to state Senator Kevin Ranker, after a Friday meeting of Governor Gregoire’s blue ribbon task force on ocean acidification. Read more about the panel’s recommendations and findings in this Crosscut article.
ESS‘ David Montgomery has withdrawn, and SAFS‘ Daniel Schindler has been excused, from participation in the upcoming review of studies released by the group behind a massive mine project in southwest Alaska. Read more about this story here.
A new study published in Science suggests that the world’s unassessed fisheries — those with relatively little data describing their status — are declining rapidly, but that this trend could be reversed. SAFS‘ Ray Hilborn is a co-author; read more here!
The two presidential candidates have answered a list of science questions created by leading science institutions at Sciencedebate.org, and a collaboration of Northwest groups hope to ask candidates for Washington governor to do something similar. Dean Lisa Graumlich is mentioned in this brief overview of the project. Also check out the 6 locally important science issues that gubernatorial candidates may address, including climate change, ocean health, and the importance of science education!
Did you know that science and engineering have driven half of the US’ growth in GDP over the past half-century? Science is pretty cool, and pretty important to our nation’s health. Science Debate is an initiative to get political candidates to address science issues in their campaigns, so to highlight the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness. This year’s presidential candidates have answered 14 questions about science and the use of science in policy-making. Now, a local effort has started to get Washington’s gubernatorial candidates to do the same. Jay Inslee himself endorsed the national initiative, as did our CoEnv Dean, Lisa Graumlich. Are you interested in hearing what the candidates have to say about science and its importance for our economic and political strength as a state? Fill out this survey, and sign on to the national initiative here to lend your voice.