45th Anniversary of Huxley College: May 16 at Back2Bellingham

Huxley College's 45th Anniversary Celebration will take place at WWU's annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend on Saturday May 16, 2015. Please join us for a day of Huxley-focused activities, including Classes Without Quizzes led by Huxley College faculty and a Huxley College alumni happy hour and dinner celebration with family, faculty, and students. See the schedule below for more details.

Online registration for the anniversary and reunion celebration goes live April 1. Until then, you can sign up to receive an email reminder when registration opens by visiting the Back2Bellingham website and clicking on the green REMINDER button. Updated information will also be available here on the Huxley blog and on our Facebook page, or call the Alumni Association at (855) WWU-ALUM.

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ENVS Brown Bag Series: Nathan J. Bennett on environmental management and policy

In the inaugural lecture of the Environmental Studies Department's brown bag discussion series, visiting scholar Nathan Bennett will present "Engaging Critical and Constructive Approaches to Environmental Management and Policy."

Scholars studying environmental management and policy often engage either constructive or critical approaches and theory. Yet, scholars from each of these traditions rarely present in the same venues or publish in the same journals and thus often lack awareness of the methods, theories and rationales for engaging the opposite perspective. This absence of a productive conversation between the two groups interferes with the interdisciplinary engagement and knowledge co-production vital for solving complex environmental problems. In this talk, I will reflect on the requirements for engaging both critical and constructive approaches to studying environmental management and policy with reference to my own work on marine... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 3/12: Chance Asher on Science and Environmental Policy Making

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Chance Asher from the Washington State Department of Ecology will discuss environmental law and policy at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

As the cornerstones of environmental protection, environmental laws and policies must be scientifically sound, legally defensible, practically implementable, and cost effective. Achieving these varied purposes requires the critical thinking and cooperation of environmental law and policy makers from divergent professions: scientists, lawyers, statisticians, social scientists, and engineers. In her talk titled, “The Critical Role of Science in Environmental Law and Policy Making,” Asher will describe the specific impact of science on the development of effective... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 3/5: James Conca on Energy Politics

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, James Conca of UFA Ventures, Inc., will discuss global energy politics at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in Communications Facility 120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Global energy consumption, currently estimated at 17 trillion kilowatt hours per year, is projected to grow to well over 30 trillion by mid-century, with most of this growth occurring in developing nations. To attain a sustainable global energy production free of intermittent shortages, security vulnerabilities, environmental degradation, and extreme costs requires the development of a variety of energy sources.

In his talk titled “The GeoPolitics of Energy: Achieving a just and sustainable energy distribution by 2040,” Dr. Conca will discuss a rational global energy strategy that can achieve an ethical and sustainable energy mix in... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/26: David Kaplan on Information Technology for Clean Energy

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, David Kaplan of 1Energy Systems will speak on the role of information technology in clean energy development at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 26 in Communications Facility 120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Falling prices for solar PV, batteries and related resources, make the clean energy transition inevitable. These technologies are the best means of addressing climate change, but also threaten power system reliability by challenging the assumptions on which the grid was designed. During his talk titled "Information Technology for Clean Energy," Kaplan will describe how information technology based on low-cost, high-performance computation and networking--still under-exploited in the power system--is being leveraged to address these problems and fully enable clean energy.

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Huxley Speaker Series 2/19: Huxley Alum Julann Spromberg on Mortality Syndrome in Coho Salmon

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumna Dr. Julann Spromberg, a toxicologist with NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, will discuss the impact of storm water runoff on Coho salmon at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 19 in Communications Facility 120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Adult Coho salmon return each fall to freshwater spawning habitats throughout western North America. The Coho spawner migration coincides with increasing seasonal rainfall, which in turn increases storm water runoff, particularly in urban and suburban watersheds. For more than a decade, adult Coho in urban spawning habitats have been dying prematurely, often at rates exceeding 50% of the fall run. Such high levels of mortality are a significant concern for the long-term conservation and recovery of wild Coho, particularly those population... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/12: Robert Johnston on Pollution Runoff in Puget Sound

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumnus Dr. Bob Johnston, Senior Scientist with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, will discuss the monitoring of pollution runoff in a pair of Puget Sound inlets at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

An important need for achieving ecosystem restoration goals is to identify response actions that will make real improvements in environmental quality. A cooperative monitoring and modeling study conducted by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and local stakeholders is bringing new understanding about how pollution runoff is impacting the water quality of Sinclair and Dyes Inlets in the Puget Sound, WA. In his talk... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/5: Jerry Ek on Resilience Theory and Sociopolitical Collapse

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jerry Ek will discuss the theory of adaptive change at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 5 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The theory of adaptive change (or resilience theory) holds great explanatory value for understanding change over time in complex societies, including sociopolitical collapse. In his talk titled “Resilience Theory and the Classic Maya Collapse,” WWU lecturer Jerry Ek will examine the mechanisms through which the socio-ecological systems of the Classic Period (AD 250-900) gradually lost resilience and eventually collapsed. Ultimately, Ek suggests that demographic, political, and economic changes that led to the decline of Classic Maya kingdoms were the result of transition between two different socio-ecological... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/29: Thomas Webler on Germany’s Energy Transition

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, WWWU Assistant Professor of Energy Policy Thomas Webler will discuss Germany’s energy transition as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy and the sixteenth most populous nation. Germans are also strongly committed to fighting climate change without nuclear power.  Now they have set the ambitious goal: to fuel their heavily industrialized economy with renewable energy. In his talk titled “The German Energy Transition: Can we do the same here?” Webler will offer an introduction to and update on Germany’s progress in its so-called Energiewende (Energy Transition),... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/22: Huxley College Alumnus Tom Loranger on Washington State Water Resources

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Tom Loranger of the Washington State Department of Ecology will discuss water resources management in Washington at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Water management in Washington State is governed by western water laws. While western water laws are well suited to protect water usage, they are less flexible when it comes to meeting the state’s diverse water needs. Disparate groups currently compete for Washington’s water resources, including our rapidly growing populace; the sustainable agriculture community; and the sport, commercial, and tribal fishing communities. In his talk titled “Western Water Laws and Resource Management,” Tom will discuss current challenges and successes in... Read more

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