Engage, an organization of graduate students in scientific disciplines across UW, helps scientists talk about their work to non-science audiences. They offer a seminar course and a chance to speak at Town Hall, and now their students are blogging about their experiences. Check out the first post, by physics PhD candidate Alan Jamison, called “Hoping to Share Some Science“!
REI’s president and CEO, and University of Washington alum, Sally Jewell has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the Secretary of the Interior. Jewell would bring a mix of expertise, including experience as an oil field engineer, and a love for the outdoors to the position. Read more here!
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!
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!
Last week the Pacific Northwest National Lab announced a new initiative with University of Washington. The Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing has the aim of mining’ big data’ and addressing challenges ranging from climate change to energy management. Read more here!
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.