ESCI's Brooke Love Receives WWU's 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Brooke Love from Huxley College's Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected to receive one of two prestigious WWU faculty teaching awards made possible by the Western Foundation. Love, who was chosen to receive the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty from the colleges of Business and Economics, Fairhaven, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley, and Woodring, will receive a check for $1000 and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost and Faculty Senate at the end of April.

For more information on faculty awards and recognition at Western, please visit the Office of the Provost's Awards page.

ESCI's Brian Bingham Receives WWU's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award

Brian Bingham from Huxley College's Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected to receive one of two prestigious WWU faculty teaching awards made possible by the Western Foundation. Bingham, who was chosen as a co-recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty from the colleges of Business and Economics, Fairhaven, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley, and Woodring, will receive a check for $1000 and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost and Faculty Senate in May.

For more information on faculty awards and recognition at Western, please visit the Office of the Provost's Awards page.

Huxley Students Take First Place in International Environmental Challenge Competition

This past summer, three recent Environmental Science BS graduates won first place in a national competition that tested their problem-solving and communication skills. They competed against teams of undergraduates as well as MS and PhD students from schools that included Michigan State University, Florida A&M, Florida State College of Engineering, Cal Poly and the University of British Columbia.

The competition is the International Environmental Challenge (ECi) held at the Air and Waste Management (AWMA) international annual conference.  Professionals in AWMA write a realistic environmental problem similar to challenges they have faced in their careers. Students form consulting groups and submit a written proposal for how to optimally solve the problem. At the conference all of the student teams present a poster and the top five teams go on to give an oral presentation of their solution. They are judged based on the... Read more

VIDEO: David Wallin, Env. Sciences Professor, Uses Drones to Track Elk Herds

Huxley College's David Wallin, Professor of Environmental Sciences, is testing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to track the movements of elk herds in the Skagit Valley.

Marika Weber, Environmental Sciences Major, Abroad in Thailand

From Western Front's 4/13/14 "Away from Home" blog by Jacqueline Allison:

Welcome to Away from Home, a place for students at Western Washington University to share their study abroad stories. 

This week, I talked to Marika Weber, an environmental sciences major at Western. She studied at a university for international students 30 minutes outside of Bangkok, Thailand, during the fall of 2013. She also traveled around Indonesia and Southeast Asia. 

While she was studying in Thailand, two Buddhist monks asked Marika Weber if they could take a picture with her. The monks pulled out their flip phones... Read more

Ruth Sofield, Professor of Env. Sciences, Named 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

Ruth Sofield from Huxley College's Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected to receive one of two prestigious WWU faculty teaching awards made possible by the Western Foundation. Sofield, who was chosen to receive the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty from the colleges of Business and Economics, Fairhaven, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley, and Woodring, will receive a check for $1000 and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost and Faculty Senate in May.

For more information on faculty awards and recognition at Western, please visit the Office of the Provost's Awards page.

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Andy Cortese, MS Candidate in Environmental Sciences, to Present Thesis Seminar on 4/18

Please join us on Friday, April 18 at 1 PM in Environmental Studies 534 to hear Andy Cortese's MS in Environmental Sciences Thesis Seminar Presentation: "Mycorrhizal Availability in the Basin of Lake Mills and Influence on Colonization and Drought Tolerance of Scouler’s Willow (Salix scouleriana)."

Huxley College Scholarship Application Due April 4

Huxley College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. More than $25K in scholarship funds is available to students within the Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies departments, and will be awarded based on individual scholarship criteria.

Application guidelines, links, and a list of all Huxley College scholarships and corresponding criteria can be found online at https://huxley.wwu.edu/scholarships. Scholarship application materials are due to the Huxley College office in ES 539 by Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m.

For more information about scholarships, please contact Jen VanderWeyden at (360) 650-2554 or Jen.VanderWeyden@wwu.edu.

Huxley Speaker Series 3/13: John Rybczyk on Ecosystem Restoration and Rising Seas

Huxley's own Dr. John Rybczyk will discuss the impact of rising sea levels on coastal habitats, as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in Communications Facility 125 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Observed and predicted increases in the rate of eustatic sea-level rise (ESLR), caused by climate change, have led to concerns regarding the long-term sustainability of coastal wetlands worldwide. A central question is whether wetland elevation can keep pace with rising sea levels. In his Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Rybczyk will present examples on the local and global scale of how rising sea levels are already affecting coastal habitats, and suggest mechanisms for... Read more

Bowei He, MS Candidate in Environmental Sciences, to Present Thesis Seminar 11/15 at 1PM in ES318

Please join us on Friday, November 15 at 1 PM in Environmental Studies 318 to hear Bowei He, MS candidate in Environmental Sciences, present her thesis seminar: "The Relationship between Lake Whatcom Algae Density, Water Quality and Filtration Rate at Bellingham, WA Water Treatment Plant."

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