Thursday, October 30, 2014

Smithsonian Institution and the environment

Maybe only library-heads would be interested in this, but what the heck.  The Smithsonian Institution has a library that just contains scientific material about Chesapeake Bay.  Who knew?  By the way, "Grey Literature" is material not published through the standard systems, i.e. commercial publishers or scholarly journals.  Think of all the "white papers" and reports issued by non-profits, for example.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Huxley College Speaker Series & Elwha: a River Reborn

As you probably already know, the Huxley College Speaker Series takes place every Thursday throughout the quarter, and features a variety of knowledgeable speakers presenting on a range of fascinating topics. You can see the whole list here, but I also want to direct your attention to two of the upcoming sessions in particular since they complement the Elwha: A River Reborn exhibit currently on display in Special Collections.

Thursday, November 6th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Wilson Library Reading Room: "Freeing the Elwha" panel discussion featuring faculty from Western and Northwest Indian College who will discuss the Elwha restoration and its broader implications.

Thursday, November 13th from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Academic West building Rom 204: Film Return of the River, with Director John Gussman in attendance & hosting a Q & A after the screening.

Both of these events are free and open to the public. Also, a reminder if you haven't already seen it, stop by Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) Mon-Fri between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to see Elwha: A River Reborn,  the traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, now on display at WWU and supported by a partnership between Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment.

Friday, October 24, 2014

3 pillars

I was looking up the Three Pillars of Sustainability and saw this page with some nice diagrams illustrating it...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Allen Hershkowitz Coming to Campus Next Week!

Just noticed this in today's Western Today: Allen Hershkowitz will be speaking on campus next week, October 21, 2014 in the Communications Facility Room 120 at 2:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

For more info, check out this link: 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

David Patrick speaks on solar energy today

In the first lecture of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, David Patrick, WWU Professor of Chemistry, will discuss the science of solar energy on Thursday, October 2 in Communications Facility 120 on the WWU campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Elwha: A River Reborn

We are pleased to share with you the exciting news that Western Libraries and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment are partnering to host Elwha: A River Reborn, a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, from Oct. 6 through Dec. 30 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

Based on a Mountaineers book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, the exhibit takes viewers to the Northwest’s legendary Elwha River Valley to discover the people, places, and history behind a remarkable regional story – and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first-person accounts, stunning photographs, and informative text printed on free-standing banners, follow the Elwha’s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine – to an unprecedented experiment in restoration and renewal that has captured global attention.

In conjunction with this exhibit, a variety of events will be offered throughout fall quarter, including two Huxley College Speaker Series events and two screenings of the film “Return of the River” (with director John Gussman in attendance), one on campus and one at Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center (PFC), The PFC screening of this film is being co-sponsored by the Pickford on Saturday, October 4th at 6:30 pm, with a reception scheduled for the film beginning at 5:30 pm and offered as part of their "Doctober" month-long celebration of documentaries showcased throughout the month of October.

Elwha: A River Reborn was developed by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with The Seattle Times, Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. National touring sponsor is The Snoqualmie Tribe. Sponsorship of the local presentation of Elwha is provided by Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

Stay tuned for more news coming soon about other related events and opportunities to learn about Elwha: A River Reborn.