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Call for applicants for Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program, May 2018!

This 6-month program starting in May 2018 provides a unique opportunity for 15 scientists and researchers to move beyond the basics of science communication to new levels of effective civic engagement and leadership. Call for applications will remain open until February 20, and we will notify those selected by April 1.
We’re looking for passionate and dedicated natural and social scientists who want to become more effective leaders in championing science, and scientists, as pillars of a thriving society; better communicate their science to decision-makers; who seek to broaden both who is doing science and who that science is for; and who are committed to making science relevant, credible, and salient to the many choices we make as a society. We welcome applications from a wide spectrum of identities, values, viewpoints, and backgrounds, for a group that will come together for a transformative experience.
Successful applicants are expected to attend the three-day retreat May 29 – June 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. This retreat will be delivered by experts in science communication, policy engagement, and leadership from COMPASS and the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy. Following the retreat, participants will have access to post-retreat webinars and peer coaching sessions for ongoing learning and support. Additional questions? Contact
apply here!

Software Carpentry workshop

CEREO and CIRC are co-sponsoring a Software Carpentry workshop on February 28 – March 1. This two day workshop will cover: navigating file systems and automating tasks with the command line, basic programming with Python, and version control with Git. During the workshop, instructors and helpers guide participants through hands-on exercises and peer-peer programming activities. The workshop cost is  $25. Register at:

2018 Research Student Research Grant Competition

The Northwest Scientific Association annually awards grants to support student research in the
pure and applied sciences conducted in northwestern North America.
We award research grants of up to $750 for winning undergraduate (BA/BS)
and up to $1,500 for winning graduate (MA/MS or PhD) proposals.
Check out the instructions and submit your proposal today!
deadline: midnight February 16, 2018

Are you interested in Being a WSU Delegate for the Universities Council on Water Resources?

WSU is an institutional member of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), which is a great organization that focuses on connecting academic water researchers, educators, and others for sharing expertise, building leadership, and developing partnerships for addressing water resource issues of today. If you are not familiar with the organization, check it out at
WSU has had a long history of involvement in UCOWR, with WSU faculty holding various executive positions in the organization and being active participants in its conferences and activities over the years. As an institutional member, WSU is entitled to a contingent of Delegates to represent WSU in UCOWR, and we are looking for delegates!
Becoming a delegate is a great way to learn about the organization and become involved to the extent that you want to. We would like our delegates to be active in the organization and attend its conferences, but being a delegate requires little actual commitment, and comes with a Delegate Luncheon at the Annual conference (free with your registration fee 😉), at which you have an opportunity meet active members, learn about the organization and contribute to its governance and future activities, and talk about your water interests. This year’s conference is June 26-28 in Pittsburgh, PA. You can see information about this conference as well as past and future conferences at
If you would like to become involved — or more involved — in UCOWR, consider being a WSU Delegate. To inquire, contact Jonathan Yoder (Director of the State of Washington Water Resources and Lead WSU Delegate to UCOWR) at or 509-335-8596.

Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES) summer school/paid internships

Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES)–sponsored by the University of Virginia Advanced Research Computing Services (ARCS) group, NASA, and UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences–is an exciting opportunity for students interested in computational modeling for atmospheric, ocean, climate, geophysical, and other Earth sciences. Students enrolled in the ACES program acquire hands-on application computing experience as well as training in the essentials of software engineering and high-performance computing. This is the final year the ACES program will be offered, so if you have been thinking about applying, now is the time to do it!
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Summer School: May 30-June 15, 2018
Internships: June 18-August 10, 2018

FFAR Fellows Program Research Opportunities for Universities

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and a consortium of leading food and agriculture companies and universities are pleased to announce that FFAR Fellows program is now accepting research proposals from both academic and industry researchers. This program combines cutting edge food or agriculture-related research with innovative professional development programs designed to help students be career-ready upon graduation.
Do you want the best PhD students in the U.S. and Canada working on your food and agriculture project? Submit your research proposal to the FFAR Fellows Program: If you are already working with an exceptional student, they can apply to be a FFAR Fellow on the same project.

The Professional Development Initiative Presents: Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data with Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta

Tuesday Feb 6 1:00-5:00pm
Cub L60 (Butch’s Den)
This workshop will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data. Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us. In this workshop they will start from the basics and talk about types of data and what we can say and cannot say about the different types of data.
Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics.
Register online

Software Carpentry Workshop

Software Carpentry is a hands-on workshop being hosted by the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC). The two-day workshop will be held from Feb 28 – Mar 1 and focuses on skills for computationally-intensive research. Live exercises and tutorials will introduce a variety of topics including programming in Python, version control with Git, and task automation with the unix shell. No prior programming experience is needed! This workshop is ideal for incoming graduate students, or any researcher looking for more experience with Python.
Visit the workshop website here for additional information and registration details. Cost is $25, payable by credit card or WSU IRI.

Healthy Soils in Eastern Washington-The Foundation of Healthy Farms

7:45AM-6:00PM February 8th, 2018 Banyans on the Ridge-Pavillion, Pullman WA
A workshop designed for farmers and interested residents in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will be presented by Washington State University Extension.
The workshop will cover management insights on cropping systems and earthworms, roots, erosion, testing for soil health, soil acidity, dryland cover cropping, enrollment in government programs, and the role of state and national policies on soil health.
This workshop has been approved for 8.5 Certified Crop Advisor credits. Continental breakfast, lunch and no-host social are included.
For registration and more information see the WSU Extension website.