Fulbright for Angela Cruz ’19

Angela Cruz, a 2019 SMEA graduate, was granted a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student research award. Her proposed project is to perform a gender analysis of the blue swimmer crab fishery in Betahwalang and Lampung, Indonesia amidst major fishery reform and development of aquaculture facilities. Gender equity has become a priority for many nations and this project will help to address data gaps regarding men and women’s participation in local fisheries industry. 

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Online advising & support information for SMEA students: Who to contact

Considering the best interest of our students and taking social-distancing steps to support the region’s efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak, SMEA staff is offering online advising options. Please e-mail our staff to schedule an online appointment.
For issues related to current student advising, course registration, and graduation requirements, as well as application to our program and prospective student information, please e-mail Tiffany Dion at tlcdion@uw.edu or call 206-543-0106. 

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How to spend $10 billion on climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is pledging $10 billion to fight climate change. How should it be spent? Research and development? Politics? The oceans? Professor Nives Dolšak sat down with KUOW’s Bill Radke to discuss how to spend the money in order to have the most impact. She believes Bezos’ Earth Fund should revitalize the American Rust Belt instead of chasing technological solutions. 

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Q&A with Marlena Skrobe

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I double majored in Marine Affairs and Visual Journalism with a focus on anthropology for my undergraduate studies while at the University of Miami in Florida. I then worked in the film industry for a number of years as a camera assistant and casting director in New York City in order to learn more about the technical side of filmmaking. 

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College of the Environment & SMEA Represent at AAAS Annual Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest general scientific gathering, and UW is the host university of this year’s conference. A number of representatives from the College of the Environment, and more specifically our own SMEA faculty, will be sharing their insights and research via panels and presentations. A number of SMEA students will also be in attendance using the opportunity to dive deeper into the issues they are studying, researching, and are passionate about; this also serves as a great networking opportunity for them. 

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Remembering Alumnus John Winton ’91

John Winton 1930-2020, SMA Graduate in 1991, passed away on January 30, 2020. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, he served the country during the Korean War. Prior to joining our school, John had a lengthy career in executive consulting firms, opening his own here in Seattle in 1972. He was a generous and consistent supporter of SMEA, leaving his mark on our program and setting a high bar for all to follow. 

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Natures, Peoples, and Justice: Collaborative land management and cultural burns in the Australian Capital Territory

Please join the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, the Program on the Environment, EarthLab, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities on Thursday, February 6 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Communications 120 as we welcome Jessica Weir, PhD from the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.
Dr. Weir will be giving a talk titled “Natures, Peoples, and Justice: Collaborative land management and cultural burns in the Australian Capital Territory.”

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Woelfle-Erskine Wins American Studies Association Kolodny Prize

SMEA is proud to announce that faculty member Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine has been recognized with the 2019 Annette Kolodny Prize for the best environmentally-themed paper presented at the American Studies Association national conference held this past year in Honolulu, HI.
Woelfle-Erskine’s paper “With and for the Multitude: Ecology as Queer Acts” was described as “a poetic, rigorous, and inventive reconceptualization of post-industrial waterfronts as transgressive spaces, or queer ecologies. 

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Dolsak’s Efforts to Reach the Public

SMEA Director and Professor Nives Dolsak was interviewed by a team in the College of the Environment about why she chooses to write about the social side of all things environment. In the interview she talks about why she feels timely, public-interest pieces in the popular press are essential to environmental issues, and how she weighs in on sensitive topics without being an advocate for particular outcomes. 

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Local Tech Giants & Climate Leadership

SMEA Director and Stan and Alta Barer Professor in Sustainability Science, Nives Dolsak co-authored a piece for Forbes alongside Aseem Prakash, the Walker Family Professor and the Director of the Center for Environmental Politics here at the University of Washington. According to Dolsak and Prakash, Microsoft has set ambitious targets, which if reached, would mean the company might become “Carbon Negative”. 

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