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Jillian Lyles

Jillian Lyles Engages the Public Around Diverse Knowledge Systems

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Jillian Lyles Engages the Public Around Diverse Knowledge Systems

This past Wednesday, second-year Jillian Lyles asked her audience to consider whether science is the only form of knowledge that policy-makers should consider when making decisions about  natural resources. By the end of her presentation, the answer from all in attendance was most likely a confident "no". 

Lyles presented at Town Hall as part of the Engage course at UW, in which she and her classmates prepared their public speeches over the 10 weeks of winter quarter. Stay tuned for the link to her presentation, which will be posted here shortly. 

Lyles presenting at Town Hall. Photo by Kayla Boyes.

Lyles presenting at Town Hall. Photo by Kayla Boyes.

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Lyles and Bassett Speak with Youth Leadership Program on Oceans

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Lyles and Bassett Speak with Youth Leadership Program on Oceans

High school students from six Southeast Asian countries, visited Seattle as part of their month long cultural exchange in the U.S. through the Youth Leadership Program on Oceans. Hosted by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) at the University of Washington, these nine students participated in a range of activities to assist them in developing skills in leadership, civic engagement, and social change, specifically in the area of protecting and cleaning up the oceans. Students were from Indonesia, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Japan and Thailand. 

 The purpose of this program is to educate and empower young leaders to be actively engaged in addressing issues related to ocean pollution, acidification, sustainable fishing, and protection of designated marine areas. 

MARINA students, second-year, Jillian Lyles and first-year, Hannah Bassett, had the opportunity to sit on a panel with the visiting students, along with SMEA second-year, Yunzhou Li. The SMEA students shared what they do for their research, what inspires them to do their work, what they perceive as the biggest threat to the Pacific Ocean, and what they believe young people can do to respond to environmental threats. They then fielded questions from the budding leaders and discussed how the students might go about learning more about real world scenarios that they will be addressing back home. Both Lyles and Bassett found the exchange incredibly inspiring and look forward to seeing what these impressive students do in the future.

A thank you letter sent from the students.

A thank you letter sent from the students.

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Awards received by four MARINA students!

Second year MARINA Master's students Liliana Bastian and Christopher Giordano have each received a Hewlett Endowed Fund for Environmental Studies and Marine Affairs award. In addition, Liliana received awards from the UW College of the Environment Student Travel and Meeting Fund and UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation Student Travel Award.

Second year Jillian Lyles has been awarded the Linda Maxson Endowment Marine Policy Award which 'seeks to encourage students to pursue experiential professional development opportunities'  and is awarded to 'those demonstrating desire for a powerfully informative experience resulting in better understanding of interdisciplinary, professional network development and challenge the student to leave his/her comfort zone'. 

Lastly, Hannah Bassett has received a scholarship from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs as she begins her first year as a student with MARINA this fall.

 

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