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CEREO February 2019

Green Coug Award

Nominations for the first annual Green Coug Awards are open! .  These awards take the time to appreciate the hard work that individuals and departments do to maintain a clean and healthy campus for students of today and tomorrow.  Green Cougs are always innovating to make our campus more environmentally sustainable.  Improvements come in the form of programs, system changes or events.

Please take the time to become a Green Coug or nominate someone you know has made a difference.  Instructions can be found at:  The awards will be handed out on Earth Day, April 22 at the 2019 Sustainability Fair in the CUB Senior Ballroom

Request for Proposals: Community Based Climate Change, Health & Equity strategy

The community-based strategy of The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Change, Health & Equity initiative is anchored by a multi-year effort that seeks to strengthen the leadership and effectiveness of community organizations working to implement policies and practices that improve climate resilience and reduce health risks equitably. Projects funded through the community-based strategy will advance the adoption and implementation of climate mitigation, climate adaptation and climate resilience policies and programs at the local, regional, and/or state levels that improve public health outcomes and drive investments to improve quality of life. This strategy will include a 14-month planning phase for roughly 12 to 15 sites, followed by a three-year implementation period. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2019.
To Apply

Kaplan Fund, J.M. [NY], Innovation Prize 2019

30 April 2019
We support social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges.
• Up to ten Prizes will be awarded to those ’ nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits ’ tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation.
• Specifically, the Prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of:
o the environment (Protecting natural resources and reducing the impacts of climate change)
o heritage conservation (Conserving the places that communities care about most)
o social justice (Supporting just alternatives and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems)
The Prize is particularly designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries.
$175,000, Individuals or teams.

About the 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Northwest Scientific Association 90th Annual Meeting

A Joint Meeting with Northwest Lichenologists at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, March 26-29, 2019.

Keynote Address by Dr. Brian Atwater–“American and Japanese clues to the 1700 Cascadia Earthquake”
Dr. Jim O’Connor–“The Bonneville Landslide and Bridge of the Gods–Folklore, Forests, and Floods”
Nick Zentner – “Eastern Washington’s Greatest Hits….Geologically”
Banquet Presentation by Jack Nisbet – “Many Different Ways to Explore: Interpreting the Northwest after Contact”

Join Scientists from all over the Northwest, present your latest research, and exchange ideas.
Abstract submission is open now and closes February 22, 2019
Student participation encouraged!

Science Talk ’19

Will take place at the Tiffany Center in Portland on April 4-5. The conference line-up includes opening remarks by Joe Palca from NPR, keynotes by Maryam Zaringhalam (500 Women Scientists) and Dianna Cowern (YouTube’s Physics Girl), exciting science communication workshops by COMPASS, AAAS, and other organizations, networking, panel discussions, and a film festival. We are also accepting abstracts for poster presentations on science communication and outreach topics, and submissions of science-inspired art.

Go to & register today!

Water Resources Science and Management Certificate – Spring Meeting 2019

Wed., Mar 6, 2019 |6-7 pm | CUE 416

The WRC will be hosting it’s Spring 2019 meeting about the WRSM undergraduate certificate. Students from all majors should attend!

At this meeting:

  • Learn about what the certificate offers, what you need to do to complete it, and have any of your questions about the process answered.
  • Meet other students who are completing this certificate and get some snacks.
  • Hear from the Engineers Without Borders club, who will share what they’ve been doing to provide clean, sustainable water to communities in Panama.

The WSU chapter is currently working with a community in rural Panama to ensure a year-round water supply with a) construction of a solar powered pump for river water and b) exploration of groundwater supply options. EWB needs people working on both the social and technical side of their projects, so all majors are encouraged to join!

Water Research Center Sponsored for more information please go to the WRC website.

COMPASS: Intro to Science Communication Workshop

April 3, 2019
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
ATLAS Workbase, 500 Mercer ST, Seattle WA.

Join us for a lively half-day workshop, with plenty of research-grounded insight and
hands-on practice in science communication! We’ll begin with an introduction to
the Message Box, a owerful tool for sorting your thoughts into messages that are
clear and compelling, then practice sharing those messages and giving and receiving
feedback with the other participants. Participants will receive a copy of Escape from
the Ivory Tower by Nancy Baron, and a hard copy of the Message Box Workbook.
Register on our website before March 3rd for Early Bird Pricing! $250
Full Price: $325

Learn more about COMPASS at There will be a limited number
of full scholarships available, applicaCons due Feb. 24; more informaCon on how to
apply is available at


Software Carpentry Registration

Software Carpentry introduces essential skills for research computing, which can be used throughout researchers’ careers. This is a two-day workshop on April 8 + 9 that is open to grad students, staff, faculty, and researchers alike. No prior computing experience is required. Cost for participation is $25. We will cover an introduction to the Unix shell, Git, and basic programming in Python or R. Contact with questions. Workshop website:


CEREO Debate Series Spring 2019:

“Tapping the tensions between the science and politics of climate change.”

3:10pm, Feb 27
Vancouver (VECS 125), Pullman (PACCAR 202), Tri-Cities (Floyd 247)

Come participate in a discussion with Drs Berger and Stephan on the roles, responsibilities, and differences between policy and science in driving public perceptions about climate change.

Climate change poses significant risks to our environmental, societal, and economic well-being. As society attempts to address the complex and interconnected problems of climate change, we face a core problem: scientists have the knowledge, but politicians and social institutions hold the power to exact meaningful solutions. Do climate scientists need to better understand the politics? Or should science stay true to itself and the process of climate change investigations?


Dr. Michael Berger is a Clinical Assistant Professor at WSU Vancouver who studies the impact of location and other environmental stressors on marine invertebrates.

Dr. Mark Stephan is an Associate Professor at WSU Vancouver whose research focuses on environmental governance around issues related to climate change policies at the sub-national level.



2019 PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP)

As part of an ongoing strategic partnership with PNNL, the WSU Office of Research and the WSU Graduate School are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third cohort of the Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP). The DGRP is intended to increase the quality and quantity of STEM PhD. students across the WSU system, while providing an enhanced research experience by aligning WSU faculty, students, and PNNL researchers with the unique capabilities and research programs at the National Laboratory. We anticipate selecting ten to fifteen students each year for the program.

Since our various PhD programs have a variety of recruiting and admission timelines, the program will employ a rolling admission process with a priority deadline for applications of March 6, 2019. After this time, applications will be evaluated until the program is filled. Interested faculty should identify a potential student applicant, PNNL collaborator, and complete the application. The program guidelines and application form are available on the Graduate School web site at

For the third cohort of DGRP students, the following timeline pertains:
Priority application: March 6, 2019
Award notification: beginning April 2, 2019 and later depending on application

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wolcott (WSU) or email

For more information and the announcement and guidelines.