CEREO appoints co-directors to lead the center

The Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO) has appointed Julie Padowski and Jan Boll as co-directors of CEREO.

Stephanie Hampton, former director of CEREO, accepted a position over the summer as the deputy director for the new Division of Biosphere Sciences and Engineering that Carnegie Science is building in Pasadena, Calif., in collaboration with Caltech.

The staff in CEREO also includes Jacqueline McCabe, principal assistant, and Hannah Hammerli, project coordinator. McCabe covers department administration, workshop set-ups, and grants and contracts. Hammerli serves as the project for the NSF-NRT Rivers, Watersheds and Communities.

CEREO was awarded four new competitive grants in the 2021-2022, including WSU’s first National Science Foundation’s National Science Research Traineeship grant on Rivers, Watersheds and Communities, the NSF-DISES award to John Harrison and co-investigators on Understanding the Use of Discretion and its Socio-Environmental Consequences for Reservoir Systems, the NASA-ROSES award on Fire Impacts to Water Quality, and the NSF-Sustainable Regional Systems project lead by the University of New Mexico on Transforming Rural-Urban Systems in the Intermountain West. In addition, CEREO coordinated climate change related research with the Office of Research, maintained monthly communication with the internal advisory committee, and expanded the number of people involved in grant submissions.

Julie and Jan are ready and excited for another productive year of leading and coordinating environmental research, education, and outreach! We appreciate the assistance of everyone across WSU!