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EarthLab Equity & Justice Reads: Braiding Sweetgrass

One of EarthLab’s stated priorities is to put equity and justice at the core of our work. What does it mean, specifically, to center equity and justice at EarthLab? One key aspect is staff learning, and specifically our Equity & Justice book club, in order to develop shared values and language through discussions and shared readings and experiences.
This quarter, we have selected to read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 

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D4D Project Launch Under New Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center at UW

The outputs of these decision-making processes significantly impact the lives of coastal communities, whose populations are most directly affected by changes to the marine environment. However, despite the ongoing data revolution, many groups (e.g. those with lower incomes, indigenous communities) remain pervasively underrepresented in the data-driven strategic planning addressing environmental change within their communities.

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UW EarthLab and The Nippon Foundation launch Ocean Nexus Research Center

The University of Washington and The Nippon Foundation today announced the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an interdisciplinary research group that studies changes, responses and solutions to societal issues that emerge in relationship with the oceans. The Center will bring uncompromised critical voices to policy and public conversations to enable research and studies equating to $32.5 million spread across 10 years. 

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Can Trees Clean Up Jet Pollution?

This article was originally published on the DEOHS blog.
 
New DEOHS study uses drones to test whether vegetation filters harmful aircraft pollution
Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, once called trees the lungs of the city.
Trees and shrubs filter a variety of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter.
But could they also benefit communities near airports by absorbing harmful ultrafine particles from aircraft exhaust? 

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Join our team as a Data Scientist!

UW EarthLab has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Scientist for research on outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism. The employee will join a team of researchers and practitioners who develop novel methods and information to inform public land management and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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2020 Innovation Grants Announced

Today EarthLab announced that four transdisciplinary teams have been selected for the 2020-2021 Innovation Grants program. This signature initiative provides essential funding to newly formed applied research teams that are led by and with community partners who are impacted by a complex environmental problem.

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