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  • Climate crisis: Greenland on course to lose more ice this century than in any other in past 12,000 years | The Independent
    Thursday, October 1, 2020
    The decline of Greenland's vast ice sheet is accelerating so quickly it is likely to dwarf the losses of any other century over the past 12,000 years, according to a study. Jessica Badgeley, a doctoral student in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • The worst is yet to come for the Greenland ice sheet
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    New paper in Nature with UW grad student Jessica Badgeley and faculty Eric Steig and Greg Hakim, and led by ESS (Geological Sciences) alum Jason Briner (now at U. Buffalo) shows the the worst is yet to come for the Greenland ice sheet. Read More
  • 'Grand claims' of life on Venus lack evidence, skeptics say | MSN
    Sunday, September 27, 2020
    Last week, a team of researchers told the world that they had detected a molecule in the upper cloud layers of Venus typically only created by living creatures here on Earth. The blockbuster announcement made a major splash in the news. But pushback began appearing even as details of the results were coming to light. David Catling, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • New NASA images show 'fresh ice' forming on Saturn's moon | Yahoo! News
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Composite images captured by an orbiting NASA spacecraft have offered hints that fresh ice is forming in several areas on Saturn's mysterious moon Enceladus. With Geyser-like plumes of ice erupting from the surface of the moon, scientists have suggested that life could lurk in its subsurface ocean. Lucas Fifer, a doctoral student in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Decrease in lightning recorded over the lower 48 | Eos
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Researchers mining data from the National Lightning Detection Network found a 32% decrease in lightning counts in May and June 2020 compared with previous years. Joel Thornton, professor of atmospheric sciences at the UW, and Robert Holzworth, professor of Earth and space sciences, are quoted. Read More
  • Why a blast of rainfall on Oregon's new forest fire scars could trigger landslides | Oregon Public Broadcasting
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    The latest wildfires created perfect conditions for landslides and debris flows, but Oregon's terrain, trees and soil leave many questions about whether they'll happen. Alison Duvall, assistant professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Deep-seated landslides triggered mostly by rainfall, not earthquakes.
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes New research published today in Science Advances by former ESS grad student Sean LaHusen, with faculty Alison Duvall, Dave Montgomery and others. Read More
  • Scientists say that Venus life is still a longshot | Forbes
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Since being reported yesterday in the journal Nature Astronomy, the putative detection of phosphine in Venus' upper atmosphere has been gobbled up like raw astrobiological meat. But here's the rub. The putative detection of the toxic phosphine compound -- in and of itself an impressive technical achievement -- doesn't automatically point to any sort of biological source. David Catling, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Alaska earthquake provides valuable insight for Pacific Northwest scientists | KING 5
    Thursday, July 23, 2020
    A powerful earthquake off Alaska's southern coast jolted coastal communities and forced residents to briefly scramble for higher ground over fears of a tsunami. Paul Bodin, UW research professor of Earth and space sciences and network manager of the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, is quoted. Read More
  • 7 University of Washington researchers elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2020. Congratulations to Prof. Dave Montgomery
    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Seven scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, according to an announcement July 15 by the academy. One-third of the 21 new members for 2020 hail from the UW.

    The new members are lauded for "their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and their willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington." The academy's current membership selected 17 of the new members, and four were chosen by virtue of their election to one of the National Academies.

    New UW members who were elected by academy members are:

    • Nancy Allbritton, the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of bioengineering, "for outstanding contributions to the design and application of microtechnologies to biomedical research, leadership in interdisciplinary research and education, and entrepreneurial excellence."
    • Christine Luscombe, professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering, "for the development of controlled polymerization reactions for conjugated polymers, especially alkyl-thiophenes, for organic electronics applications." Luscombe is also a faculty member with the Clean Energy Institute, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the Institute for Nano-engineered Systems.
    • David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences, "forfundamental contributions to geomorphology, for the elucidation of soils, rivers, and landscapes as underpinnings of ecological systems and human societies, and for reaching broad audiences through trade books on agriculture, microbes, creationism, and fisheries."
    • Sue Moore, research scientist at the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels in the Department of Biology, "for contributions to the understanding of Arctic marine ecosystems and pioneering the integration of Conventional Science and Indigenous Knowledge to yield better policy decisions."
    • Ning Zheng, professor of pharmacology, "for exceptional contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which ubiquitin ligases, as a new classof enzymes, control protein ubiquitination in human physiology and diseases, as well as plant growth and development."

    UW members who were chosen by virtue of their election to one of the National Academies are:

    • Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW and a faculty member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, "for pioneering work in the field of designing and analyzing vaccine studies, including studies of HIV vaccines and innovative use of mathematical and statistical methods to study infectious disease." Halloran was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.
    • Steven Kramer, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, "for contributions to geotechnicalearthquake engineering, including liquefaction, seismic stability and seismic site response." Kramer was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2020.

    New members are to be inducted at the annual members meeting, which is currently scheduled for September.

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