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Becoming a Scientist 4.0

By Michelle Tigchelaar & Johanna Goldman As the District of Columbia was preparing itself to watch the James Comey hearing the way soccer fans watch World Cup matches — in a bar at 10am — we were huddled together in a building just blocks away from the center of action, preparing ourselves instead for Day 4 of the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium.   

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Climate Science on Tap!

The Climate Science on Tap panel discussed sea level rise, its causes and impacts around Puget Sound, and what is being done to prepare and respond in the future. LuAnne Thompson, Director of the UW Program on the Climate Change, was a part of the panel discussing last week.

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ICYMI: Union of Concerned Scientists Science (UCS) Advocacy Workshop

by Emma Kahle On April 12th, a lovely spring afternoon, students, faculty, and staff gathered to learn about science advocacy. OCN 425 filled to the brim with folks interested in how to address the topic of climate with audiences skeptical of climate change or of science in general. These “hostile” audiences could include reporters (getting interviewed for your latest climate publication?), legislators (testifying before the House Science Committee?), or members of the public you meet in person or on the Internet. 

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Spring Symposium on April 8-a new event organized by PCC graduate students

The first annual PCC Spring Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am-5:30pm in the Fisheries Sciences Building's Auditorium and Lobby. This graduate student-organized event will include a wide range of talks by PCC graduate students and postdocs throughout the day, as well as an afternoon poster session with beer/wine and hors d'oeuvres. This promises to be a great event with 60 people already registered to attend! All are welcome to attend all or part of the day even if they did not have a chance to register! We hope this event will help strengthen the PCC community by providing opportunities for networking, particularly between grad students and postdocs. By keeping the presentations fairly short we hope to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to share their research with the community. Understanding what others, especially in other departments, are working on with respect to climate is critical for generating the kind of interdisciplinary collaborations central to the PCC. It also gives you a chance to learn to whom you should be directing your ocean circulation/carbon budget/vector-borne disease/etc. questions! For questions, contact symposium organizer Paige Logan, pdlogan@uw.edu. All are welcome.

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GCeCS and Capstone Meeting: April 4 at 2:30

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) combines coursework and a capstone experience, and one important step is identifying a capstone project. To help students frame a project, and to connect with mentors/project partners, we are holding an informal gathering on April 4 from 2:30-3:30 in OCN 310. We will divide into small groups, and those interested in education will have the opportunity to learn more about our annual workshop with high school teachers. 

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Science Advocacy Workshop with the Union of Concerned Scientists

Part 4 of the Climate Conversation series The Union of Concerned Scientists and the PCC are co-hosting an afternoon of skills building, discussion, and networking on Wednesday April 12 from 4-6pm. Staff from UCS will join colleagues from UW to share advocacy and professional experiences, and to run a hands-on training for communicating climate science with skeptical or hostile audiences. Attendees will walk away with next steps for engaging in science-based advocacy, including immediate, meaningful opportunities to use your expertise to advocate for climate action here in Washington, and to protect scientific integrity under the new administration. 

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The Program on Climate Change: Moving Forward

by Miriam Bertram, LuAnne Thompson and Greg Quetin LuAnne Thompson opened our PCC-sponsored gathering “Where do we go from here?”  on Thursday, Nov. 17 with a quote by Winston Churchill: “It’s not always enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required.” John Kerry shared that call to arms the day before, as part of his remarks at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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GCC's 10th Anniversary - 93 graduate students from near and far talking and tweeting climate

GCC 2016 Summary -Greg Quetin, Atmospheric Sciences,  PCC Graduate Student Representative The 10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) was hosted between October 28th and 30th at the University of Washington Pack Forest Facility. 93 graduate students from both USA and international institutions gathered to discuss climate science, with sessions including talks and posters on “Atmospheric Dynamics, Clouds and Chemistry”, “Ocean Dynamics and Interactions”, “Biosphere Interactions”, “Biogeochemistry”, “Water, Ice, and Snow”, “Paleoclimate” and “Human Dimensions”. 

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