News & Announcements

10th Annual Symposium Proceedings now available online.

December 21, 2017 Subject:  Summary of the 10th Annual Washington State Academy of Sciences Symposium is now available online. Climate Change in Washington State - Research Questions Critical to Preparing for the Future The 2017 Symposium examined the current state of knowledge regarding climate change effects on the state, and provided insight to the uncertainties affecting Washington’s natural resources, human well-being, and economy. The 11th Annual [...]

WSAS to send four students to American Junior Academy of Sciences conference

December 18, 2017 Subject: WSAS to send four students to American Junior Academy of Sciences conference The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is pleased to announce its support of four outstanding high school scholars to attend the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) conference in Austin, TX in February 2018. Students across the state were invited to apply for this award based on their performance [...]

Congratulations to New AAAS Fellows from Washington State

December 14, 2017 Subject: AAAS elects eight new Fellows from Washington State The Washington State Academy of Sciences is pleased to share the news of the election of three of its members as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society. James Champoux (UW, Professor of Microbiology), James Riley (UW, Professor of Mechanical Engineering), and Usha [...]

Academy Announces Election of New Members

July 26, 2017 The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) today announced the election of 13 new members in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the Academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. The new members will be inducted into the WSAS during the tenth annual meeting [...]

WSAS Announces New Executive Leadership

March 20, 2017 The Washington State Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce new executive leadership. Donna Gerardi Riordan accepted the position as our Executive Director and officially began working with the Academy on March 1. As the chief operating executive, Donna is responsible for the operation of the WSAS's new office in Seattle, including financial management, donor development and fundraising, administrative staffing and strategic [...]

WSAS Establishes Topical Working Groups

In 2016, WSAS responded to members’ strong interest to become more active in fulfilling its mission of “Science in the Service of Washington State” by establishing three Topical Working Groups (TWGs) aligned with key scientific and technological policy interests of both the state and our members. TWGs are designed to engage members in key policy issues facing the state, organize and conduct projects addressing these [...]

WSAS Evaluates Washington Department of Agriculture’s Interim Report on Impacts of the 2015 Drought

The Washington State Department of Agriculture–Natural Resources Assessment Section asked the WSAS to review the science supporting the methodologies and interpretation of the results of its study of the 2015 drought on Washington agriculture.  The Washington state “water year” October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, was one of the driest on record, due to lower-than-normal precipitation and higher-than-normal temperatures. Because precipitation in the Cascade [...]