May 2008 Archives

Congratulations to College Award Winners

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Dean Arthur Nowell has announced the recipients of the 2008 College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences awards. Congratulations to two from the School of Oceanography community:

Bruce Frost, Professor Emeritus, recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. Bruce has been honored with past teaching awards and continues to excel.

Carolyn Fisher, of our central administrative staff, recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award. Carolyn plays myriad roles in proposal development and grant management and is richly deserving for she does so much and so well.

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DEPTH is coming

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Four years ago our undergraduates began producing an annual publication, DEPTH. The content is primarily from undergraduates to give perspective to our alumni and friend. My words in the issue that went to the printer today:
Among the strengths of our program is our engagement with undergraduates, not only in the classroom, but also in our laboratories, at our computers, on our ships, or in the field. Experiential education is at our core. I had the pleasure during Washington Weekend to announce the selection of Professor Rick Keil as the inaugural Richard H. Fleming Faculty Fellow. This endowed support rewards excellence in working toward this core value. Congratulations, Rick!

Rick, along with Eric d'Asaro, Debbie Kelley, Christopher Krembs and Eric Collins led this year's senior capstone expedition aboard RV Thomas G. Thompson to Glacier Bay, Alaska. You'll hear from the undergraduates elsewhere about their experiences. Let me share a portion of a gracious thank you from Lewis Sharman, our liaison at the National Park Service, and a cruise participant: "To the faculty: It's clear that you folks take your huge responsibility quite seriously. It was great fun to watch you interacting so positively with the students, sharing generously of your knowledge and experience. It was equally apparent that the students valued and appreciated each of you. Thank you for your ongoing commitment not only to research, but to learning and teaching."

Also building our undergraduate experience was a remarkable gift: a bequest of $2.2M endowment to establish the Lowell and Alice Barger Endowed Student Scholarship Fund. This fund will let us provide ~15 need-based tuition scholarships each year to deserving undergraduates.

In the coming year, please consider joining us for our annual Homecoming Husky Huddle before the Oregon State game Saturday, October 18, 2008 and during our open house and alumni luncheon on Saturday, April 25, 2009 during Washington Weekend.

To close, I am very proud that DEPTH, an experiment in Spring 2005, is in its fourth volume. We believe in our engagement with undergraduates; this publication is a measure of their engagement with us.

Alumni and friends, look for your copy in the mail in mid-June...

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Considering the College of the Environment

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There is mixed opinion among our faculty whether this new college would be a better home to the School of Oceanography. We are engaged in the UW discussion and will be making a decision in early 2009.

New college to meet growing complexity, scale of environmental threats: "The University of Washington Board of Regents today received a preliminary blueprint for a new college that will position the UW to be the leader in environmental research and education, and to better resolve complex regional, national and international environmental challenges, according to Provost Phyllis Wise."

(Via uwnews.org | RSS | UW News Releases (all categories) | University of Washington Office of News and Information.)

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Undergraduate Capstone at Glacier Bay

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Our senior capstone this year visited Glacier Bay, Alaska. Students share their research and thoughts on the website below...

UW undergraduates scrutinize Glacier Bay, share exploits by blog: "Twenty-one University of Washington seniors and their professors will sail from Seattle Saturday on the UW's research vessel the Thomas G. Thompson to Glacier Bay. Once there they will embark on an intense four-day research cruise in the bay. Students, teachers and members of the general public are invited to follow the expedition online at http://courses.washington.edu/ocean444/2008/"

(Via uwnews.org | RSS news feed: news releases about UW Schools, Departments, and Units: Oceanography, School of | University of Washington.)

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Corrosive ocean water moving shoreward

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Our PMEL colleagues continue to expand understanding of ocean acidification...

Corrosive ocean water moving inland: "The ocean is getting more corrosive, closer to shore, decades earlier than anyone expected, thanks in large part to all of the carbon dioxide being pumped into the air, according to new research from scientists in Seattle."

(Via Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News.)

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