Thoughts & Doings

Huxley Speaker Series 5/19: Dean Steve Hollenhorst on Renewable Aviation Fuels

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Huxley College of the Environment, will discuss aviation biofuel alternatives at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Aviation requires energy-dense liquid fuels, currently derived exclusively from petroleum. This fossil energy dependence poses tremendous challenges to carbon emissions reductions. In the Pacific Northwest, considerable research is focused on developing viable biofuel alternatives from existing waste streams like forest harvest residues and municipal solid waste. In his Speaker Series talk titled "The Race for Renewable Aviation Fuels and Environmentally Preferred Co-Products," Steve will discuss the proposition that biofuel... Continue reading

5th Annual Graduate Student Conference: May 21, Miller Hall

Huxley graduate students and The GIST of Earth and Life Sciences grad student club invite you to join the 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Saturday, May 21 in Miller Hall. Come support WWU’s graduate community and learn about research that is taking place right here at Western. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to attend. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Online registration for the event and an abstract submission form can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/gradschool/GradConf.shtml.

Speaking of Maps: Andy Bach to Discuss Environmental History of the Ozette Prairies

From The News @ Western Libraries: Western Washington University Associate Professor of Environmental Geography Andy Bach will discuss his research exploring the relationship between historical vegetation changes in the Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park, and human use of this region. “Archival Evidence for Historical Changes in Lowland Wilderness Meadows, Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park,” will be held in the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170) at Western Libraries from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wed., May 11, 2016. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Using a multi-media archival approach to understand the environmental history of the area, examining repeat air and ground photography, maps, and written records, Bach determined that the prairies originally began as natural wetlands... Continue reading

The Congressman Al Swift Scholarship Endowment

By Daneet Steffens, WWU Alumni Association

The Congressman Al Swift Scholarship Endowment, available to students of Huxley College, was established in 1994 by a legislative colleague in recognition of Swift’s 16 years of positive environmental policy leadership, and also honors the former congressman’s commitment to education and the environment. It’s an endowment that Swift has been supporting for many years, partly spurred on by his own memories of putting himself through college.

“I was a truck driver’s son so I know from personal experience the problem of financing an education,” he says. “I’m extremely enthusiastic about providing support for a program that provides financial help to students, and I think it’s important to support them whatever their area of interest, whether that’s the environment, drama, literature, marine science–... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 5/12: Robyn Angliss on Unmanned Aerial Systems

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Robyn Angliss from NOAA Fisheries will discuss using pilotless aircraft to study marine mammal populations at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Manned aerial surveys are routinely used to collect key information on marine mammals, such as abundance and distribution. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could augment or replace manned aerial surveys for some applications. In her Speaker Series talk titled “Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Study Marine Mammal Populations,” Dr. Angliss will present case studies from recent projects to highlight successes as well as needs for operational and research improvements.

Robyn Angliss is the Deputy Director of the Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 5/5: WWU Alumna Roberta Riley on Climate Change

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, WWU alumna Roberta Riley of CoolMom will discuss taking action on climate change at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Out of a love for storytelling, Riley regularly ventures off to all corners of Washington State to meet people who are feeling the effects of climate change and coming up with ways to solve the problem. In her Speakers Series talk titled, "Climate Adventures Show and Tell," Riley, a 1982 Huxley College grad, will share a few videos of these stories, ask for feedback, and encourage audience members to share their own climate change stories.

Riley manages the Climate Adventures Program for CoolMom, a Seattle based nonprofit that unites families to take action on climate change through education... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/28: Larry Campbell on Indigenous Health Indicators

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Larry Campbell, Tribal Historical Preservation Officer for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, will discuss the development of Indigenous health indicators at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Why Developing Indigenous-specific Indicators of Health Matters,” Campbell will discuss the community health work he has long collaborated on with Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Environmental Community Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Over the past 15 years, Campbell and Donatuto have worked together to develop and pilot-test health indicators that are responsive to Indigenous health. Campbell’s talk will describe the evolution of this work, including methods, initial results, and current iterations. He will... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/21: Rebekah Paci-Green on Earthquake Risk Reduction

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Rebekah Paci-Green will discuss earthquake risk reduction in Nepal at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nepalese communities live on top of the world’s most active seismic zone. For the last two decades, organizations have attempted to reduce the impacts of these events by strengthening Nepalese public schools using a variety low-cost retrofitting and community development strategies. The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake, a massive magnitude M9.0 event, damaged over 90 percent of the schools in the effected region and put these school retrofitting projects to the ultimate test.

Three months after the earthquake, Dr. Paci-Green and colleague Dr. Bishnu Pandey assessed these... Continue reading

Career Workshop - How to Get a Job in Sustainability

Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, will do a fast paced, roll up your sleeves workshop to help students understand "The Keys to Sustainable Jobs." Kevin has worked with over 500 professionals, CSR leaders, and students in helping them find their dream job in sustainability.

This workshop will take place Thursday, April 21, from 2-3 in CF 227. Any major can attend. Free to all WWU students, staff, faculty and alumni.

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.

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