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Application Now Open for Future Rivers Cohort 2022/23

Future Rivers is now accepting applications for their third cohort, to begin Autumn quarter 2022. Please spread the word and encourage any prospective or current PhD or Masters students from any discipline across campus to apply by January 28, 2022 to be considered for funding.

Future Rivers Film Series Presents: Into Dust

EarthLab Equity and Justice Reads: Mississippi Solo (Eddy Harris)

EarthLab has selected the next book for our Equity and Justice book club: Mississippi Solo by Eddy Harris. The publisher writes about the book,


“In this exciting reissue of his classic travelogue, readers will come to treasure the rich insightful prose that is as textured as the Mississippi River itself. They will be taken by the hand by an adventurer whose lifelong dream is to canoe the length of this mighty river, from Minnesota to New Orleans. The trip’s dangers were legion for a Black man traveling alone, paddling from ‘where there ain’t no black folks to where they still don’t like us much.’

Barge waives loom large, wild dogs roam the wooded shores, and, in the Arkansas dusk, two shotgun-toting bigots nearly bring the author’s dream to a bloody nightmare. Sustaining him through the hard weeks of paddling were the hundreds of people who reached out to share a small piece of his challenge. Mississippi Solo is a big, rollicking, brilliant book, a wonderful piece of American adventure, and an unforgettable story of a man testing his own limits.”


This selection aligns with the Future Rivers summer reading. Future Rivers will host Mr. Harris at the University of Washington on Thursday, October 14 for an in-person screening of his film, River to the Heart, followed by a moderated Q&A with the author and director. This event will be in person, free and open to the public.

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Future Rivers Spring Speaker Series

Bookmark These New Websites for Future Rivers, Ocean Nexus Center & Washington Ocean Acidification Center

A website is often the first impression of an organization, especially in our increasingly digital (and virtual) world.

Along with the College of the Environment marketing and communications team, EarthLab works with our member organizations to develop websites that will convey their mission and brand. We’re thrilled to present three new websites for Future Rivers, Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center & Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC).

Project to Create Anti-Racism Education Wins Mellon Grant

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, faculty advisor for EarthLab member organization Future Rivers and assistant professor in the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs, is part of a team of academics that was recently awarded $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund an interdisciplinary, multi-year project to advance anti-racist practices and pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

The Humanities Education for Anti-Racism Literacy (HEAL) in the Sciences and Medicine was awarded to a collaborative team that will be based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The principle investigators are: Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong (Native Education); Christy Clark-Pujara (Higher Education); Elizabeth Hennessy (Coordinator and Higher Education); R. Justin Hougham (Environmental Education & Equity); Erika Marín-Spiotta (STEM Higher Education); Maxine McKinney de Royston (Learning While Black); Todd Michelson-Ambelang (Libraries); Monica White (Community Engagement); and Cleo Woelfle-Erskine (Native Education). The project team also includes community and Tribal partners in Madison, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Woelfle-Erskine credits funding and support from the EarthLab Innovation Grants program for his project, Píkyav on the Mid-Klamath River: Peeshkêesh Yáv Umúsaheesh “The River Will Look Good,” as a factor in receiving this new funding.

“Thanks to you all for your early support of this project through the Innovation Grants Program,” said Woelfle-Erskine. “The funding and mentorship you have provided allowed us to make crucial progress this summer and has deepened the collaboration between my lab and Karuk Tribe collaborators, which has resulted in a funding proposal through the Mellon Just Futures Initiative.”

Learn more about the 2020 Innovation Grants program

Learn more about the Mellon Grant

Congratulations to the UW Highly Cited Researchers

Today the University of Washington announced that more than 50 UW researchers were featured on the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list, as reported by the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. We’re proud to share that three researchers on the list have affiliations with EarthLab:

  • Edward (Eddie) Allison, Ocean Nexus Center
  • Julian Olden, Future Rivers
  • Spencer Wood, Nature and Health

Congratulations to these researchers!

The full UW article is reprinted below in its entirety.

UW celebrates more than 50 researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.

The list includes:

  • Edward Hugh Allison
  • David Baker
  • Michael J Bamshad
  • Mike Brauer
  • Guozhong Cao
  • William A. Catterall
  • David H. Cobden
  • Aaron Cohen
  • Louisa Degenhardt
  • Patchen Dellinger
  • Evan E. Eichler
  • Jerry F. Franklin
  • Valery Feigin
  • Michael J. Gale
  • Simon I. Hay
  • Celestia S. Higano
  • Alex K. Y. Jen
  • Eric B. Larson
  • Choli Lee
  • Chang-Zi Li
  • Alan Lopez
  • Gary H. Lyman
  • Michael J. McPhaden
  • Sergey Menis
  • Ali Mokdad
  • Chris Murray
  • Mohsen Naghavi
  • Marian L. Neuhouser
  • Graham Nichol
  • Deborah A. Nickerson
  • William S. Noble
  • Julian D. Olden
  • David M. Pigott
  • Colin C. Pritchard
  • Ganesh Raghu
  • Philip J. Rasch
  • Brian Saelens
  • Kyle L. Seyler
  • Jay Shendure
  • David Smith
  • John A. Stamatoyannopoulos
  • Yang-Kook Sun
  • Joel A. Thornton
  • Cole Trapnell
  • Piper Treuting
  • Theo Vos
  • Daniela M. Witten
  • Harvey Whiteford
  • Spencer A. Wood
  • Xiaodong Xu
  • Jesse R. Zaneveld
  • Maigeng Zhou
  • Junfa F. Zhu

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. It also uses the tallies to identify the countries and research institutions where these scientific elite are based.

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.

Application Now Open for Future Rivers 2021/22

There is an urgent need for scientists from a range of disciplines to work together in innovative ways to solve problems. The Future Rivers Initiative, an organization in EarthLab, aims to build a culturally-aware STEM workforce fluent in state-of-the-art quantitative approaches that will be necessary for sustaining food-energy-water (FEW) services in large river ecosystems.

Applications can be submitted anytime; however, to be considered for funding, please submit by January 22, 2021.

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Faisal Hossain publishes children’s books on STEM

Faisal Hossain, executive committee member of Future Rivers at UW EarthLab

Faisal Hossain, UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and executive committee member of Future Rivers at UW EarthLab, has published two books for young readers: “The Secret Lives of Scientists, Engineers, and Doctors,” volumes one and two, from Mascot Books.

The books will showcase “the struggle, growth and success” of 12 professionals in STEM fields, including a geneticist, a biologist, a cancer researcher and a scientist at the National Institutes of Health, among others. They will be written especially for readers from second to fifth grades.

With more volumes planned, the book series is a spin-off from a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine effort called New Voices, aiming to widen access to science education. Read an article on the Civil & Environmental Engineering website.

Published in September, the book is available for order and will be in stores soon. To learn more, contact Hossain at fhossain@uw.edu.

This story was originally published in UW News.