August 2016

A Message from the Dean

In June, Huxley College of the Environment said goodbye to its latest class of graduates. While we will miss their academic ability, campus leadership, and creative energy, we look forward to watching them begin their life’s work of environmental innovation and leadership. At Huxley they learned how to apply intellect and passion to real-world problems; to question conventional wisdom and easy answers; and to effect change through new ideas and solutions. They now join the ranks of thousands of alumni who have committed themselves to better understanding—and actively improving—the environment upon which we all depend. Never has the need for such work been so important.

While another academic year has come and gone, Huxley is still a flurry of activity this summer with a record number of summer courses, research activity and community engagement. Inside this newsletter you will find ... Continue reading

Spotlight on Huxley on the Peninsulas

Huxley on the Peninsulas’ program continues to expand its collaborations with various community organizations and agencies. Dr. Jenise Bauman and her students are conducting various research projects at Fish Park in Poulsbo, Stillwaters Environmental Center in Kingston, and with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Blyn.

Dr. Troy Abel has been working extensively with the Duwamish River Clean up Coalition, continuing his work with the EPA’s environmental justice collaborative project.

Earlier in May, six students represented HOP at the Western’s Undergraduate Scholars Showcase on the Bellingham campus. Environmental Policy student, Thomas Hunter was one of 25 undergraduates receiving an outstanding poster award for his display on “Reclaimed water policy in Washington State: unitary and polycentric opportunities and challenges... Continue reading

Monitoring Northwest Lakes with IWS

Each summer Huxley College’s Institute for Watershed Studies (IWS) employs several students to perform field work. This summer three Environmental Science students are sampling lakes throughout Western Washington for two separate IWS projects: The Heart Lake Project and the Northwest Small Lakes Monitoring Project.

The first of these projects involves Heart Lake, a small, shallow lake located in the Community Forest Lands of Anacortes that has been experiencing significant algae blooms, some of which are toxic. The lake is also overrun by a hybrid milfoil that is a cross between a native milfoil species (Myriophyllum sibiricum) and an invasive non-native species (Myriophyllum spicatum).

Given Heart Lake... Continue reading

Report on the 2015-16 Huxley College Diversity Committee

At the Huxley College Fall Retreat in October 2015, our faculty and staff made a commitment to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the college. The first step in meeting this commitment was to form an Ad Hoc Diversity Committee made up of faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Upon formation of the committee, the dean provided a written charge to review the college climate, recruitment and retention systems, curriculum, and hiring and professional development practices, in order to develop a comprehensive diversity plan that will ultimately lead to a Huxley College community that reflects the diverse society of which we are a part.

To accomplish these goals, the committee met regularly throughout the 2015-16 academic year. At the first meeting, committee members elected Dr. Nabil Kamel from the Environmental Studies department to chair the committee. Other early steps included coming up with a definition of “diversity” that matches Huxley’s culture; accumulating baseline diversity statistics for the college; assessing the college climate with regards to issues of diversity and inclusion; and meeting with... Continue reading

VIDEO: Graduation Celebration 2016 Highlights on YouTube

Members of the class of 2015-16 celebrated graduation in the usual style at the PAC on June 11. Brenna Davis '98 gave the alumni address while the Huxley House Band treated the crowd to a bluegrass interlude, complete with dancing on the PAC stage. Video highlights of the event are on YouTube and in the playlist below. Enjoy!