Sean McDonald speaks about the value of translational ecology, March 7

This month’s Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, co-hosted by Program on the Environment and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, is next week, Wednesday, March 7. Please note the date change! Join us from 4:30–6pm in Wallace Hall Commons. Faculty talks are followed by Q&A and time for mingling. Light refreshments served. Our March speaker is Program on the Environment lecturer Dr. 

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ENVIR 480 Sustainability Studio presents: Environmental Wellness & Health

Last quarter, students in Program on the Environment’s Sustainability Studio class worked with the Special Olympics team to strategize ways to green the games, set to take place in Seattle this summer. This winter quarter, ENVIR 480 students explored the theme of Environmental Wellness and Health. Today, humankind has quite the reputation for harming our natural surroundings, whether through resource exploitation or pollution. 

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UW's Shelby Logsdon Sets Out to Collect and Analyze State Park Data

Shelby Logsdon

How does funding affect access to state parks in Washington? How can more people get to the parks using public transportation? Environmental Studies major Shelby Logsdon is on a mission to find out, through her senior Capstone project. Shelby is interning with Washington State Parks Foundation to collect and analyze data comparing Washington’s state parks to parks in other states, looking at how funding plays a part in facilitating community access and keeping parks well managed. 

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Dr. Ken Jennings to speak about Sustainable Urbanization on Feb. 6.

This month’s Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, co-hosted by Program on the Environment and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, is next week, Tuesday, February 6. Join us from 4:30–6pm in Wallace Hall Commons. Mingle with colleagues after the talk (5:30pm). Our January speaker is Dr. Ken Jennings. The title of his talk is Sustainable Urbanization. Ken’s talk will summarize the focal areas underpinning a movement to make cities, which will be where most of the world lives before 2050, more livable and less impactful on the environment. 

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Students embark on Grand Challenges Impact Lab to India

Olivia and Tyler at a train station in India.

On a quest to better understand sustainability in a global context, two Program on the Environment students, Tyler Ung and Olivia Scott have joined the UW’s Grand Challenges Impact Lab for its pilot program in Bangalore, India. The students are there for Winter Quarter, immersing themselves in a unique learning lab that uses design thinking to address complex societal problems. What are Grand Challenges? 

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A backcountry ranger shares her passion for the wilderness

Emily Noyd in her office, Yosemite National Park

Wilderness means different things to visitors of the country’s national parks and wild lands. For Program on the Environment alumni Emily Noyd, who was featured in REI’s Keepers of the Outdoors series, being outside and helping people navigate relatively untouched lands is an incredibly rewarding experience.   Emily is currently a backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park, where 94 percent of the park’s land is wilderness. 

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ENVIR 280 now counts towards Earth System Literacy credit

Have you been itching to take Tim Billo’s popular Natural History of the Puget Sound (ENVIR 280) course but stuck because you need more Earth Systems credits and can’t fit it in? Your problem is solved. Environmental Studies majors can now also use the ENVIR 280 course to count towards an Earth Systems Literacy credit. The course can be used to fulfill your Biological Systems (per usual) OR Earth Systems Literacy credits. 

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Cleo Woelfle-Erskine speaks about the affective dimensions of studying species extinction

Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

This month’s Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, co-hosted by Program on the Environment and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, is next week, January 9. Join us from 4:30–6pm in Wallace Hall Commons. Our January speaker is Cleo Woelfle-Erskine. The title of his talk is Extinction’s Affects: Relational politics for field ecologists. Bio Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is an ecologist, hydrologist, writer, and scholar of water, working with mentor Karen Barad to explore queer, transgender, and decolonial possibilities for ecological science. 

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Environmental Studies Capstone winners skillfully cover food security, urban waste design, fishery certification and plant-microbe partnerships.

Riley Smith, Shruti Parikh, Sydney Barnes-Grant and Lola Behrens with Capstone Instructor Sean Mc Donald.

Last week’s Capstone Symposium presenters did not disappoint. With an array of oral and poster presentations showcasing work with business, campus, nonprofit and government partners on topics ranging from global conservation to implementing sustainable practices in corporations, choosing winners was tough. The results are in though (thanks to faculty and alumni judges), and the winning presenters have bragging rights for life. 

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Now Hiring: FIG and Orientation Leaders! Apply by 1/21.

The Office of First Year Programs is seeking student leaders to help freshmen transition to college. Gain valuable leadership experience AND earn course credits with this opportunity! FIG leaders and Orientations leaders develop professional-level leadership skills, give students practical resume-building experience, and increase program visibility. If you’re interested in giving back to freshmen, these opportunities are for you! Details The FIG program is looking for students from all departments who are UW-Seattle undergraduates with strong organizational skills and a genuine interest in working with freshmen as they face the challenges and opportunities presented to them as new students. 

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