UW Professors urge Trump not to kill EnergyStar

UW Professors Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash were recently interviewed by KUOW’s Emily Fox about the EnergyStar program. Many of us recognize this program as the labels that mark the most energy-efficient appliances when you shop for a TV, refrigerator or computer. The Trump administration wants to end it, but according to Dolsak and Prakash ending the program doesn’t make sense, for a number of reasons. 

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ComSciCon PNW

By Amy Brodbeck
A couple of weekends ago, I held signs with these words to provide feedback for my peers as they practiced their one-minute ‘elevator’ speeches about their research. As one of forty graduate students who participated in the two-day science communication conference called ComSciCon PNW, I left feeling truly empowered to increase the role of science in public discourse. 

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Hernandez selected as one of the Husky 100!

Congratulations to SMEA second year, Jessica Hernandez, for being selected as one of the 2017 Husky 100! Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. See Jessica and fellow students honored with the Husky 100 award https://www.washington.edu/husky100/ 

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SMEA Student awarded CCAMLR internship

SMEA 1st year graduate student Kanae Komaki was selected as an intern at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Tasmania, Australia. CCAMLR is the International organization that manages the Antarctic’s Marine Living Resources, and is often showcased as a successful example of international environmental cooperation. She will be in the division of Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance developing a proposal to manage the IUU fishing surveillance in the Antarctic Ocean using satellites. 

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Q & A With Hannah Russell

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I decided to pursue an MMA because I knew that to get to my goal of working in fisheries management, I would need a specialized degree. The MMA degree is inherently interdisciplinary, as are my interests, which made it a good fit for me.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school? 

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Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

A new paper authored by SMEA alum Britta Timpane-Padgham, and SMEA Professor Terrie Klinger aims to provide clarity among scientists, resource managers and planners on what ecological resilience means and how it can be achieved. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine the topic in the context of ecological restoration and identify ways that resilience can be measured and achieved at different scales.  

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Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally

SMEA Professor Nives Dolsak and UW Center for Environmental Politics Director Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for The Conversation titled “Climate politics: Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally.” President Trump signed an executive order this week to roll back the Clean Power Plan, his predecessorʼs signature measure to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Trump calls such measures job-killers, and his pledge to strike them down won him votes in Rust Belt states. 

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Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development

Congratulations to SMEA alumni Hilary Polis (’16) and SMEA Postdoc Stacia Dryer for their recent article published in Ecological Economics. Their article “Public Willingness to Pay and Policy Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development: A Study of Households in Washington State” looks at the Puget Sound area in Washington State, which has significant tidal energy resources, but a ways to go to develop the industry. 

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2 SMEA Students win NSF Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Hannah Bassett and Jessica Hernandez on being awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships. Bassett  was the awardee for ‘political ecology’ and Hernandez was the awardee for ‘environmental justice.’ The fellowships will allow Bassett and Hernandez to continue their doctorate studies and research. In all, the NSF named 2,000 individuals as this year’s recipients of awards from its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 

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SMEA Welcomes Ramon Gallego

SMEA would like to welcome its newest post-doc Ramon Gallego! Ramon comes to SMEA from the University of Auckland, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow. Ramon is working with Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly measuring the effects of ocean acidification using environmental DNA. Ramon’s office is on the 2nd floor of the MAR building, Room 235. Stop by and say hello or email him at rgallego@uw.edu. 

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