Citizen-scientists around the world are poring through digital versions of 19th century logbooks of mariners who sailed from Pacific Northwest and California ports to explore the Arctic and chart the newly acquired Alaskan territories. Changes in the Arctic climate are bringing new interest in those historic explorers’ observations. A volunteer effort launched last fall, headed by University of Washington climate scientist Kevin Wood with the support of the National Archives, enlists the help of citizen-scientists to examine digitized scans of the log entries and transcribe the information. Read more about this in UW Today.
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.
Life onboard the R/V Falkor is a far cry from the spartan existence endured by most academic oceanographers on research trips. The privately run research vessel features a sauna, a glassed-in lounge and a helicopter pad to be kept clear at all times for VIP guests. All of which isn’t too surprising, as two of the VIPs are the Falkor’s benefactors: Google board chair Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy. Read more about this in Nature.
This is the second post in a seven-part series titled Students of Sustainability: How Higher Education Can Teach the World To Be More Planet-Minded, presented in partnership with the University of Washington. Kicking off the series was UW President Michael Young–now its College of the Environment Dean Lisa Gaumlich’s turn. Read Dr. Graumlich’s article on the Huffington Post.
Weather forecasters have long known that El Niño events can throw seasonal climate patterns off kilter, particularly during winter months. Now new research from JISAO and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsuggests that a different way to detect El Niño could help forecasters predict the unusual weather it causes. Andrew Chiodi is a co-author; click here to read more.
The Engage graduate-level seminar course at the University of Washington teaches emerging scientists to effectively communicate through development of a seminar on their own research for a general audience. The course themes include storytelling, audience consideration, and public speaking while incorporating lessons and tools from a variety of sources: improvisational games, group discussion and feedback, and, most importantly, practice. After completion of the course, students give their presentations at a public venue. Check out their schedule here!
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!