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Earlier today, Dean Arthur Nowell named Professor Ginger Armbrust as a Lowell and Frankie Wakefield Professor of Ocean and Fishery Sciences. Congratulations Ginger!

Ginger's research is centered on phytoplankton, the microscopic organisms responsible for 40% of the photosynthesis on earth. Her work emphasizes molecular approaches and combines lab-based and field-based studies to address basic questions about the function of marine ecosystems. She received her B.S. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. She joined the UW faculty in 1995 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. She is also a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator in Marine Microbiology and the Co-Director of the UW Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies.

She and her oceanography colleagues Professors Ger van den Engh, Gabrielle Rocap and Bob Morris moved recently to be co-located with faculty from several other departments focussing UW's work in environmental genomics. In the same ways that genome sciences have advanced our understanding of human health, these researchers work toward new insights into how oceanic ecosystems respond to environmental change. Their brand new laboratory is located in Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building on the southwest fringe of campus. One highlight of this state-of-the-art facility is an advanced computing visualization system, the OptIPortal: a 63 megapixel display that catalyzes understanding of massive sets of data and is connected to a cooperative center at UC San Diego via the National LambdaRail.

More information on the Armbrust Lab

Graduation 2008


On Saturday, June 14 we celebrate the achievements of our degree recipients at two events--the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences Graduation Celebration at 9:30 a.m. in Hogness Auditorium and UW Commencement at 2:00 p.m. in Husky Stadium.

Congratulations to:

  • Ph.D.: Tina M. Drexler, Deborah A. Glickson, Lauren W. Juranek, Benjamin I. Larson, Brooke A. Love, Kristin A. Ludwig, Amoreena MacFadyen, Wayne D. Martin, Ryan M. McCabe, John B. Mickett, Jonathan M. Nuwer, Sonya M. Remington, Zoltan B. Szuts, Xuebin Zhang
  • M.S.: Samantha R. Brody, Thomas P. Connolly, Colleen A. Durkin, Ana Cecilia Peralta Ferriz, Jonathan P. Kellogg, Min-Hui Lin, Deirdre E. Lockwood, David S. Trossman, Sally J. Warner, Michele L. Wrabel, Julie A. Wright, Rebecca J. Zanzig
  • B.S.: Justin L. Bergquist, Christina M. Biladeau, Jasper T. Boas, Jeff S. Bowman, Andrew R. Clos, Catherine J. Ekblad, Gwendolyn A. G. Hannam, Stefanie E. Keever, Brittany L. Kimball, Brandon B. Knox, Carmela M. Llaneta, David E. Loughner, Michelle ‘Deni’ Malouf, Kevin L. Odle, Erwin P. Reguindin, Christine D. Sislak, Chase A. Stoudt, Aubrey G. Theiss, Bruce J. Titus, William L. N. Whiteaker, Eric S. Wisegarver

Student Honors


Dean Nowell has announced that Oceanography graduate student Emilie Flemer and undergraduates Laura Hanson and Evan Howard are recipients of Clarence H. Campbell Endowed Lauren Donaldson Scholarships. These awards provide one year of resident tuition.

A UW partnership of Friday Harbor Laboratories, Department of Biology and Schools of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Oceanography were recently awarded a five-year NSF GK-12 grant. The GK-12 program
"provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century. Through interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools and with other graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, graduate students can improve communication, teaching, collaboration, and team building skills while enriching STEM learning and instruction in K-12 schools. Through this experience, graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own STEM research."

Three of our graduate students are recipients of the eight awards made for 2008-2009: Colleen Kellogg, Jonathan Kellogg, and Elizabeth Tobin.

Undergraduate Evan Howard has been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa based upon his excellent academic record and interest in the liberal arts.

Congratulations to all!

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DEPTH is coming

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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Undergraduate Capstone at Glacier Bay


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"

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

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