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Standing with Asians and Asian Americans to Advance Justice, Equity, and Inclusion

The recent violence targeting Asians,  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders reflects the deepening of many of the divisions and increasing acts of violence that have arisen since the pandemic began.  Six of the eight killed in the Atlanta-area shootings were of Asian descent and seven of them were women.   As an organization that promotes and celebrates community and inclusion, the UW Program on Climate Change (UW PCC) stands with the University of Washington and educational institutions across the country to decry recent and racially motivated attacks. 

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PCC Members at AGU 2020

AGU has begun, and for those of us attending the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting remotely this year, we have compiled a list of presentations by PCC community members at the University of Washington. Visit this spreadsheet for names, dates, titles, and links to presentations (we’ll be keeping this updated throughout the week). Hope to see you all virtually! 

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Introducing ACORN Projects

We often refer to an “academic bubble” filled with researchers, professors, and students, like ourselves, who are isolated from the broader communities they inhabit. Importantly, academic research objectives don’t always align with the immediate, actionable priorities of these wider communities. While the extent to which “academic bubbles” exist can be debated, there is undoubtedly room for improvement in conducting meaningful engagement and research in partnership with communities. 

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2020 Grad Climate Conference Applications open

The 14th annual Graduate Climate conference will be a virtual event from October 30 – November 1, 2020. Applications are open July 20 – September 1, 2020. For more details, visit: https://2020gcc.weebly.com/. About the conference: The Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is an interdisciplinary climate conference run by graduate students, for graduate students. Over the last fourteen years, graduate students representing hundreds of academic institutions have come together to present research and share ideas on climate and climate change in an array of disciplines. 

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A Message from the PCC

In these challenging times, PCC recognizes the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic and climate change on black and brown communities and cultures around the world. Disproportionate impacts are fueled by systemic racism exemplified by the recent killing of unarmed African Americans in the United States. While recent protests here in Seattle and around the country make such inequities especially apparent now, we realize that these inequities represent the everyday lives of racial minorities now and have for generations. 

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PCC/JISAO Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Announcement

The PCC in partnership with JISAO announce a new interdisciplinary graduate fellowship opportunity to begin in fall 2020. This fellowship will support one or more students with a clear passion for working across academic boundaries on projects grounded in climate science broadly considered.  The applicants will submit a written proposal for research that would not be possible without this funding, and that builds collaboration across disciplines.  

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PCC Updates: May 1, 2020

We are in the place in between.  These last few months have been challenging for instruction, for fieldwork, for just being able to focus with little in-person human interaction.  One challenge now is defining a pathway forward, ways to adapt PCC programming that fosters community in the uncertainty that defines the times.  At the PCC board meeting on April 20, Rebecca Woodgate voiced what many on the board were thinking– that moving our major annual event, the PCC Summer Institute, scheduled for September, online, is the right thing to do.  

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Congratulations to Eric Steig, named AAAS fellow

Eric Steig uses ice cores to study climate variability, and has been an active voice on the board of the UW Program on Climate since it was founded. Eric regularly teaches courses central to the Climate Minor (ESS 201, Earth's Climate System) and the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (ATMS/ESS/OCN 589 Paleoclimatology: Data, Modeling, and Theory), educational programs central to the Program on Climate Change. Congratulations Eric!

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PCC Updates: December 2019

Welcome to new Program on Climate Change Director Becky Alexander and PCC Board Members. In case you missed it, the PCC has a new director, Becky Alexander (Atmospheric Sciences). Read more in her welcome letter.  Thank you to Cecilia Bitz for her leadership as PCC Director from 2017 to 2019. Welcome Nives Dolsak (SMEA), Aaron Donohoe (APL), Alex Gagnon (OCN), Soo-Hyung Kim (SEFS), and Greta Shum (ATMOS) to the 2019-2020 PCC Governing Board. 

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Congratulations Becky Alexander, our new PCC Director

Welcome to Becky Alexander, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, our new Program on Climate Change Director.  She and her group study how aerosol formation and the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere change in response to both climate change and anthropogenic activities. Thank you to the many members of the PCC community who provided thoughtful input during this selection process.

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