ESCI Faculty Candidate 4/23/18: Bridget Ulrich: Sustainable Water Management

Biochar for Sustainable Water Management: Implications for Global Change Associated with Reduced Releases of Emerging Contaminants and Greenhouse Gases

Research Talk by Bridget A. Ulrich, PhD

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Dübendorf, Switzerland

Monday, April 23, 3:30-4:40 pm, CF-25

Candidate for Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry & Global Change, ESCI dept

Urbanization and climate change have caused growing public health concerns around exposure to contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), yet the fate of CECs in the environment remains poorly understood. This is a problem of global proportions, as highly persistent CECs can undergo long range transport from urban areas to some of the most pristine environments on earth. Warming temperatures are projected to affect the distribution and toxicity of CECs in the environment, and growing water scarcity may further increase exposure if proper precautions are not taken. Addressing these challenges will entail sustainable water management practices that... Read more

ESCI Faculty Candidate 4/20/18: Julie LaBar: Mining-Related Metals Reclamation

Fate and Transport of Mining-Related Metals from a Reclamation Perspective

Research Talk by Julie LaBar, PhD
St. Francis University, Environmental Engineering Department
Friday April 20, 1:00 pm, CF 226
Candidate for Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry & Global Change, ESCI dept

Among the numerous environmental hazards related to the millions of abandoned mines around the world, contaminated water presents one of the most persistent challenges. Elevated concentrations of iron, sulfate, and trace metals found in mine drainage may be treated with a variety of active and passive processes. In an ideal treatment scenario, metals are sequestered as stable and non-bioavailable precipitates. Vertical flow bioreactors (VFBR) are constructed anaerobic wetlands used to remove metals from mine drainage. Metals may be retained as a variety of products, ranging from ephemeral to stable in anaerobic environments, allowing receiving waterbodies to recover from the impacts of mine drainage.
 
Research has demonstrated that... Read more

ENVS Faculty Candidate 4/16/18: Manuel David Montaño: Nanogeochemical Processes

Exploring Engineered and Naturally Occurring Nanogeochemical Processes Using Advanced Nanometrology

Research Talk by Manuel David Montaño, PhD
University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosciences
Candidate for Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry & Global Change, ESCI dept
Monday April 16, 3:30 pm, CF-025

The advent of engineered nanotechnology has led to several consumer products and industrial applications incorporating nanoparticles and nanomaterials (ENPs). Through use, disposal, and accidental release, these ENPs are expected to enter into the environment where their fate, transport, and behavior are relatively unknown. In assessing the potential risks of these materials, sensitive and selective analytical techniques are required to quantify these materials at environmentally relevant concentrations (ng L-1) and amidst a background of chemically and morphologically similar naturally occurring nanoparticles (NNPs). Current techniques have been ill-equipped to examine these problems, even as advanced techniques such as single particle ICP... Read more

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... Read more

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)."

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