Remembering Board Member W. Sue Ritter

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of WSAS Board Member, W. Sue Ritter. Dr. Ritter passed away at the age of 75 after a long scientific career as a neuroscientist and Regents Professor at Washington State University. She was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences Board of Directors in September 2019 after four years as an active member. Dr. [...]

EVENT: Community Dialogue on the Science of COVID-19 for the Tri-Cities

Scientists and Business Leaders Cooperate to Help the Tri-Cities Regional Economy December 18, 2020 Business leaders and the scientific community came together on December 8 to discuss ongoing challenges and share information related to navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in the Tri-Cities region. More than 135 online attendees from a variety of backgrounds participated in the virtual dialogue, including scientists, local business owners and business [...]

Decarbonizing WA – Symposium Proceedings published

The 13th annual symposium of the Washington State Academy of Sciences addressed perhaps the most consequential issue facing the global community today: the need to decarbonize human activities. Unless levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are held below levels that are fast approaching, the nations of the world will face crises greater than any they have experienced in the past. The symposium was entitled [...]

WSAS in the News

Recent mentions of WSAS work in the news January 3, 2021. The Everett Herald. "New whale-watching restrictions enacted for resident orcas." The work of the WSAS Underwater Acoustics and Disturbance Committee was mentioned. December 21, 2020. The Seattle Times. "New whale-watching restrictions enacted to protect southern resident orcas." The work of the WSAS Underwater Acoustics and Disturbance Committee was mentioned. November 25, 2020. American Association [...]

Governor Inslee opens 13th annual Symposium

Governor Inslee kicked off the 13th Annual Symposium and first virtual meeting online with a ten minute video on the importance of deep decarbonization and the contributions of science and technology to a decarbonized future. More information about this year's Symposium including a full list of speakers and the agenda can be found here. If you are interested in a full length recording of [...]

On the recent wildfires in WA and the western U.S.

One year ago, the WSAS symposium explored wildfire issues that are playing out today in Washington and across the western United States. For a refresher, please see the 2019 symposium proceedings, which include a lucid 22-page summary of topics that range from management of public and tribal lands, through firefighting and smoke inhalation, to economic and environmental trade-offs of mitigation measures.

2021 AJAS awardees announced

September 8, 2020 WSAS will be sponsoring six Washington State high school students to attend the American Junior Academy of Sciences (AJAS) meeting to be held virtually, in February 2021, in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. The full list of sponsored students can be found below. Each student has submitted their research poster as well as a [...]

Now Open: 2020 Symposium Registration

Registration is closed.  Creating a Model for Global Decarbonization through Washington State Science, Engineering, and Technology The 2020 symposium will explore leading work that contributes to decarbonizing Washington’s most influential economic sectors and securing our citizen’s prosperity and employment prospects in a carbon constrained future. Thursday, September 17, 2020, 9AM - 4PM $25 for WSAS Members / $40 for Non-Members / Complimentary for New [...]

21 New Members Elected to WSAS

July 15, 2020 Read this Press Release as a PDF: 2020 New Member Press Release The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is pleased to announce 21 new members, recognizing their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and their willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. The 2020 [...]

New WSAS Officer and Board Members Elected

July 15, 2020 View this Press Release as a PDF: 2020 New Board Press Release Subject: New WSAS Officer and Board Members Elected The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is pleased to announce one new Officer and five new Board Members who were elected by the WSAS Membership in June 2020. WSAS Members elected a Treasurer who will serve a two-year term and five [...]

Updates from the COVID-19 Steering Committee

July 15, 2020 In May, the COVID-19 Steering Committee was convened to guide the WSAS contribution in response to challenges in Washington state that have resulted from the pandemic. WSAS has a distinct capability to facilitate effective scientific input on complex issues. As such, the focus is to develop activities that will mobilize interdisciplinary experts to engage with government and other public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and [...]

WSAS is hiring an Associate Program Officer

June 2, 2020 WSAS is seeking applicants for an Associate Program Officer. This is a full-time position. The full job posting and instructions for applying can be found here. The Associate Program Officer is responsible for managing assigned research projects contracted through the Washington State Academy of Science (WSAS).  Specifically, the position will independently plan and organize project operations with primary responsibility for resource management [...]

WSAS’s response to COVID-19

May 7, 2020 The Washington State Academy of Sciences announces today that it has convened a COVID-19 Steering Committee. The effects of COVID-19 and the pandemic response are felt across nearly every aspect of life in Washington state. This raises complex questions that require diverse and collaborative scientific perspectives, which need to be integrated alongside important societal considerations. The Washington State Academy of Sciences stands [...]

Salmon hatchery scientific review published

February 6, 2020 The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife engaged WSAS to impanel a group of experts to review the updates to their document "A review of hatchery reform science in Washington State." That document and the comments of the WSAS committee are now available online and can be found at the following link. A review of hatchery reform science in Washington State [...]

WSAS mourns death of member Ann Nelson

It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of member Ann Nelson. Dr. Nelson was inducted to WSAS in 2012; the same year she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Nelson was a Professor of Physics at the University of Washington and is remembered by her department here. She is survived by her husband, David Kaplan, who is also [...]

WSAS announces new Officers and Board Members

July 15, 2019 WSAS is pleased to announce announce two new Officers and five new Board Members who were elected by the WSAS Membership in June 2019. The newly elected Officers and Board Members will begin their terms after the Members' Meeting on September 12, 2019.