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PSI eNewsletter - Published by the UW Center for Urban Waters December 2011 Issue
Joel Baker, Director

Welcome to the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute, and to our first newsletter. The Institute began almost exactly one year ago with a simple idea: There can and should be better communication among scientists working to protect and restore the Salish Sea ecosystem. Coordinated, system-wide knowledge is vital to effective science and policy (see: About the Institute).

Based at the University of Washington Tacoma with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Puget Sound Institute was established in December 2010 to conduct, coordinate, and communicate regional research that supports this vision.

In other words, the Puget Sound Institute is about you. We hope to add value to your science by integrating observations and synthesizing information into insightful and provocative stories that bring science to the policy makers.

This newsletter shows some of what we have done over the past year and some of what we hope to accomplish. You’ll find information about our advisors and staff, ongoing research, upcoming workshops, and the recent publication of the Puget Sound Science Review, an online synthesis of timely scientific information on the Puget Sound watershed. Then keep an eye out for future newsletters every two months, as we highlight the latest findings and dig deep into the interesting people and programs of Salish Sea science community.

As Director of the Puget Sound Institute, I am proud of the talented group we have assembled and thankful for the support and cooperation from our colleagues throughout the Salish Sea region. PSI is your resource, and will be most successful when the regional science community alerts us to critical research needs and important opportunities to advance Salish Sea science. We look forward to hearing from you.

Joel Baker, Director
Puget Sound Institute


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Usha Varanasi named Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Center for Urban Waters

Dr. Usha Varanasi

The Puget Sound Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Usha Varanasi will be joining the Center for Urban Waters as its first Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Her leadership and vision have had deep and lasting impacts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including her involvement in establishing the Center for Urban Waters, and her long term service to the University of Washington as affiliate professor with the Chemistry department and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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Puget Sound Science Review is launched

Puget Sound Science logoIn October, the Puget Sound Institute formally launched the Puget Sound Science Review, an online publication aimed at synthesizing key scientific findings related to protection and restoration of the greater Salish Sea ecosystem. Visit the Review at: www.pugetsoundscience.org.

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2012 Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel members announced

On December 6th, the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel announced two new members, Tracy Collier and John Stein, as well as the renewed membership of current Science Panel Chair Jan Newton.

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Puget Sound Biennial Science Workplan approved by PSP Leadership Council

A note from Puget Sound Partnership Science Director Ken Currens:

The Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel has identified 48 science actions as high priority.  The actions, described in Priority Science for Restoring and Protecting Puget Sound: A Biennial Science Work Plan for 2011-2013, are intended to provide strategic focus for scientists working on Puget Sound recovery and to help direct the allocation of the limited resources available for science to studies where it is needed the most.

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Puget Sound science document archive now available

The Puget Sound Institute is building an online collection of historical documents from events and publications relating to Puget Sound science. Visit the Document Archive to find a growing list of archival materials, ranging from Salish Sea and Georgia Basin conference proceedings to a long lineage of Puget Sound Science Updates and State of the Sound Reports.

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PSI staff and interns in the media

The PSI-sponsored summer intern program is featured this week in a story on the University of Washington Tacoma website, “Interning for a greener future at Center for Urban Waters. You can also read about PSI's Managing EditorJeff Rice in a recent profile in Outside magazine.

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SoundCitizen program finds new home at Urban Waters

SoundCitizen recently announced that it will become part of the Center for Urban Waters at UW Tacoma under the directorship of the PSI’s Joel Baker.

SoundCitizen is a community-based water sample network in the Puget Sound region, focusing on scientific investigations of the chemical links between urban settings and aquatic systems. The network studies fun compounds (cooking spices) and serious ones (emerging pollutants). Read more about SoundCitizen in national media such as MSNBC.com and National Geographic.

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2012 UW Water Symposium scheduled for April 18th

Watch for future announcements about the 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium, which will be hosted by PSI and the Center for Urban Waters on April 18th.  For information on last year’s symposium, visit the 2011 University of Washington Water Symposium website.

About the Puget Sound Institute

The Puget Sound Institute is a cooperative agreement between the University of Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Puget Sound Partnership, seeking to catalyze rigorous, transparent analysis, synthesis, discussion and dissemination of science in support of the restoration and protection of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

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