UW Environmental Career Fair provides students with tips for early career success

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Last week, hundreds of students packed into Mary Gates Hall Commons for the University of Washington’s annual Environmental Career Fair. Hosted by the College of the Environment, the event included more than 30 of the region’s most noteworthy organizations working in the environmental and natural resource fields. The goal was for students to see what the job market might look like, and to make meaningful connections with industry professionals. 

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Established and future scientists gather to discuss science communications at this quarter's Amplify event

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Spearheaded by the College of the Environment and aimed at jump-starting conversations about science communications, Last Tuesday’s Amplify event focused on identifying strategies researchers can use to effectively communicate their science with elected officials and other decision-makers. For centuries, scientists have skillfully discerned and built upon our common understanding of the natural world and how it works. Often their discoveries occur in a research lab, the field, or the classroom, but today—more than ever—there’s a need to connect those findings to discussions about public policies and procedures. 

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UW scientists urge conservation managers to act quickly, make decisions despite the unknowns

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Is it possible to fully grasp a changing, natural system? Two scientists from UW's Aquatic and Fishery Sciences say it is not, and that important policy moves should not hinge on knowing every fact. Instead, Daniel Schindler and Ray Hilborn suggest conservation managers learn to make decisions and develop robust policies that will remain effective even in an uncertain future. The scientists assert that managing ecosystems and natural resources where uncertainty is present often requires that tough, but necessary decisions be made without every detail. Their perspective contrasts with a more traditional approach that proposes a better understanding of a particular system will produce more accurate predictions and lead to more informed decisions in the long term.

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Environmental and Forest Sciences launches Climate Change Video Contest: submit by April 13!

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The College of the Environment's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences recently launched its Climate Change Video Contest, asking Washington State high school and undergraduate students to create and submit videos about what climate change means to them by April 13. In three minutes or less, contest entrants will use all styles imaginable - Claymation, stand-up comedy, music video, short-form documentary, and more - to convey their ideas. Submitted videos can address a range of topics related to climate change and first-place teams will win $5,000. The School's goal is to inspire younger students to discuss climate change since their generation will continue to face issues associated with a warming planet.

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