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Newly formed Privacy Office will unify University’s approach to protecting information

A message from UW Provost and Executive Vice President Gerald J. BaldastyCampus_August_2016-1019

As a public university, there are situations in which it is imperative that we protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals’ information. As we pursue our academic, research, health-care and business activities, it is vital that we each understand our humanitarian, ethical and legal obligations when it comes to individuals’ privacy.

The recently established Privacy Office will develop universal privacy principles that uphold the University of Washington’s values and provide consistent reporting on privacy activities, risks and policies.

Reflections on the tragedy of Charlottesville

A message from UW President Ana Mari Cauce

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This weekend was a difficult and painful one for all of us committed to a more equitable and inclusive society — to those of us who believe in justice and equity. There should be no question whatsoever that those white supremacists who marched across the University of Virginia campus and gathered across Charlottesville hold views that are anathema to our values, and that their actions were beneath contempt.

The pain, and yes anger, evoked by what happened is intensified for those of us who live, work or study on college campuses. It is no coincidence that they chose a campus for their march, for they know that universities are diverse, vibrant communities, which are striving to become even more inclusive and are committed to building a better world for all humanity.

Workday is live, and we couldn’t have done it without you

A message from Jeffrey F. Scott, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration

Dear Colleagues:

On June 27, the UW launched Workday, our new, integrated cloud-based system for managing human resources, benefits, and payroll. The implementation of Workday is the largest administrative initiative ever undertaken at the University, and has been our highest administrative priority for the last year.

Looking at the project overall, this is one of the most successful launches of a Workday system at a public university. We should be proud of this important accomplishment. However, for many of us, it has meant dealing with frustrating situations and long wait times.

Announcing the iSchool Interim Dean, Carole Palmer

A message from UW Provost and Executive Vice President Gerald J. Baldasty

Dear Colleagues:

palmer_2013President Ana Mari Cauce and I are delighted that Carole has accepted this position. Carole has built a strong record of research, teaching and service here at the UW and will be the ideal interim leader for the school.

Carole is a professor and associate dean for research at the iSchool and serves in the dean’s leadership cabinet.

I look forward to working with Carole and with Dean-designate Dey throughout the autumn to maintain the great momentum and work of the iSchool.

Summer vacation coming up? Learn how to request and track time off in Workday

Review user guides and FAQs on the Integrated Service Center website to learn how to request and track time off in Workday.Janae - Travel - Final

UW named to Green Honor Roll for 7th straight year

The University of Washington has been named to The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year.1760

The UW was one of 24 colleges and universities to receive the award out of 629 schools reviewed. The Green Honor Roll honors schools who receive a perfect score on The Princeton Review’s Green Rating system.

University of Washington’s Livable City Year program completes inaugural partnership with Auburn

University of Washington students have been working with city of Auburn staff and community members throughout the past year on a wide range of projects tackling challenges around livability and sustainability in the city.auburn-ed-300x300

These projects were part of the UW Livable City Year program, which connects one Washington community with UW faculty each year. The faculty incorporate projects identified by that community into their classes, giving their students opportunities to tackle real-world challenges, produce deliverables to a city client and communicate their findings. The partnership with Auburn during the 2016-2017 school year was the program’s first, with more than 160 students working on 17 projects throughout the year.

University of Washington recognized for access, affordability and value in three separate rankings

The University of Washington has been recognized by three separate publications in rankings focused on access for low-income students, affordability and value.

The New York Times’ College Access Index ranked the UW 18th in the nation – ninth among public institutions – in its assessment of “which top universities are doing the most to promote the American Dream.” The Times looked at colleges and universities with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent and ordered them based on a combination of the number of lower- and middle-income students enrolled and the price students are charged.

DO-IT honored with national award for mentoring youth with disabilities

K Wheeler set four world records as part of the U.S. Paralympic National Swim Team before taking on a new challenge: a double major at the UW with

UW DO-IT Program Robotics on 7/23/15 (C) 2015 Karen Orders Photography

the goal of law school. Ambitious, yes, but Wheeler hasn’t had to go solo: Mentors with the UW’s Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) Center have supported Wheeler, as with other youth with disabilities, to achieve their full potential.

Washington state budget makes important investments in the UW

Late last month, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the biennial operating budget for the state of Washington, a budget that addressed many of the University of Washington’s legislative priorities. In what was a complicated, landmark session defined by McCleary-mandated obligations, the legislature had to make tough choices.

Among the most important investments is $13.1 million for wage increases to partially fund three 2 percent increases over the next two years for faculty and professional staff. In addition, the budget fully funds the UW’s collective bargaining agreements. Our capacity to recruit and retain the dedicated faculty and staff who make this university great is fundamental to our mission, to our excellence as a University, and ultimately to our ability to positively impact the lives of students and people throughout the world. While we wish the legislature had supported our recommendation for a larger pay increase, it will not slow our continued advocacy for competitive compensation in our work with state legislators.  The Office of the Provost has provided guidance to deans, directors and other leaders on the implementation of those increases for the first year of the biennium.

Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. According to a statement released by the organization, the new members were selected for “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.”

Donors contribute record $562.7 million in private support to UW; most donors in a single year

Silhouette of George Washington statue, University of Washington, Seattle campus on November 20th, 2013. Photo by Katherine B. TurnerDonors contributed a record $562.7 million to the University of Washington in the 2017 fiscal year, breaking the previous record of $542.4 million set last year. The funds, secured through the University’s most ambitious philanthropic campaign in history, came in the form of private gifts and grants for student scholarships, faculty support, research projects and interdisciplinary programs.

“We like to say that what you care about can change the world, and every one of our donors is doing just that,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “Whether it’s by supporting students and faculty, or by advancing our innovation and research, they are giving through the University to make lives better, and we will honor their generosity by having the greatest possible positive impact on our communities, state and world.”

UW named ‘Great College to Work For,’ makes the Honor Roll

The University of Washington received accolades in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey for the fourth consecutive year. The UW was noted inuwcampus seven categories – the most categories to date – in addition to making the Honor Roll, a special distinction for institutions that were cited for recognition most often in their size group. The recognition is a result of a random survey of approximately 600 UW faculty and staff who evaluated the University in a variety of areas.

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Backup child care can be especially beneficial when your child’s school is closed for the summer. Take advantage of great summer deals and availability on child care offered to UW faculty, staff and students on all of our campuses.

Improved CareLink services available for youfsi_carelink

UW CareLink is improving and expanding services to all benefits eligible UW employees, their dependents and household members. Access CareLink for counseling; legal, financial and eldercare assistance; coaching for managers and supervisors; and more.

UW Public Health, Dentistry No. 3 in global ranking; dozens of other subjects in top 50

The University of Washington’s School of Dentistry and School of Public Health are ranked No. 3 in the world on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2017. The ranking, released in June, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.Suzzallo_globe-TILE-375x224 (1)

Other UW subjects ranked in the top 10 include biological sciences, biomedical engineering, clinical medicine, Earth sciences, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences and biotechnology. In total, 30 UW subjects were ranked in the top 50.

New UW Campus Master Plan released; public comments incorporated

The University of Washington issued its 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement on July 5. The final document responds to comments received on both the draft master plan and the environmental impact statement during the comment period held last fall.

Silhouette of George Washington statue, University of Washington, Seattle campus on November 20th, 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Like other colleges and universities in Seattle, the UW’s physical growth is guided by a master plan — a blueprint that sets out potential development sites, building standards, open space and the maximum amount of development space that can be built during the life of the plan.

 Deepening our population health partnerships

A message from President Cauce

The University of Washington is a truly global university, with partners and projects in 129 nations around the world. One unit that has built a AMC-China-CDC-visitworldwide network of collaborators is the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which seeks to use data to support decision-making on a range of issues related to health and health care. Two of its partners are China CDC and the Center for Health Statistics & Information (CHSI), both of which I had the pleasure of visiting


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A message from President Cauce

Today I had the opportunity to once again meet with our Global Innovation Exchange partners during a visit to Tsinghua University. It’s a lush, beautiful campus, made even more vibrant by the fact that it was graduation season. There were countless graduates in caps and gowns all over the campus, posing for photos as they prepared to launch off into the world. It reminded me of our own commencement ceremonies just a couple weeks ago, and like then, I was inspired by the graduates’ optimism and how they have so much ahead of them.

New enrollment management unit announced: Enrollment Information Services

The Division of Enrollment Management has reorganized and created a new shared-services unit — Enrollment Information Services (EIS).

Prior to January 2017, Enrollment Management consisted of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Student Financial Aid, Office of the University Registrar, International Student Services, and Finance and Administration.  After a two-year strategic planning process, all units in the division pooled resources to create EIS, and team members from Financial Aid, Admissions, and the Office of the University Registrar were reassigned to the new unit.

Norman Rice receives the 2017 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Awardnorm-tall-375x502

The Evans School grad and former mayor helped revive downtown, improve schools and build a community we are all proud of. To recognize his ongoing legacy, the UW names Rice the 2017 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest honor a graduate can receive.

UW stands with the world to fight climate change and protect our future

A message from Ana Mari Cauce

Conservationists have said that we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. As a research university and institution of higher education, we at the UW are by nature, future-focused. Through the power of education and discovery, we help create the future, advancing and disseminating knowledge. But, we also preserve it, connecting past to future.

As a global leader in environmental science research, the University of Washington is home to the nation’s largest and most comprehensive College of the Environment. Our researchers include some of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of global warming and are at the forefront of developing new models that refine climate change projections. Climate change is not only real, it is urgent. We must take action today.

West Campus Utility Plant will help tell UW’s sustainability storywcup

The recently completed West Campus Utility Plant near the corner of University Way and Pacific Street provides cooling and emergency power to meet the needs of UW’s growing west campus area. The plant brings efficiency and responsiveness, helping UW use less energy to provide cooling, and is expected to be certified as Envision silver or gold, a ranking similar to the more well-known LEED system.

Action and accountability: Addressing race & equity across the UW

A message from UW Provost & Executive Vice President Gerald J. Baldasty

“It is not — and could never be — the sole responsibility of one person, one office, or one initiative to solve these systemic and complex issues. It will take an ongoing and sustained effort from all of us.” — President Ana Mari Cauce

Since the launch of the Race & Equity Initiative in 2015, we have taken action and made progress — efforts featured in a new provost report.

  • Last autumn, we enrolled the UW’s most diverse class of first-year students ever.
  • We launched a Diversity Blueprint that outlines UW goals, actions and accountability measures.
  • We’re holding ourselves accountable with new oversight boards for the UW Police Department and a regents committee dedicated to progress on equity and inclusion.
  • And we’ve exceeded our goals around partnering with minority- and women-owned businesses to provide goods and services to the UW, reaching 39 percent of our annual procurement budget.

UW seismologist John Vidale elected to National Academy of Sciences

John E. Vidale, a University of Washington professor of Earth and space sciences, is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected John-Vidale-528x528-150x250as members of the National Academy of Sciences. Academy members are recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Vidale completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University and earned his doctorate in seismology from the California Institute of Technology. He began his career at the University of California, Santa Cruz, then worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park before joining the University of California, Los Angeles, faculty from 1995 until 2006, when he joined the UW.

Full Circle for Michael Secright: From UW student to CIO at HFS

Now in week 10 as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Housing & Food Services, Michael Secright is settling into his new role. So far, he’s been pleased to discover Michael for Websitethat he inherited a capable and committed staff, a number of programs underway, and the opportunity to continue to advance the unit’s mission. Moreover, he brings his perspective and experience as an experienced information technology professional.

UW, City of Tacoma announce Livable City Year partnership for 2017-2018 academic year

Liveable CityThe Livable City Year program will connect UW courses with projects identified by Tacoma related to the city’s livability and sustainability needs. The program works with faculty across all UW schools, colleges and campuses to match the projects to courses and students who can best address the real-world problems.

Two UW faculty named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two University of Washington faculty members are among the leaders from academia, business, philanthropy, humanities and the arts elected as 2017 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

Tom Anderson, professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering, and Karen Goldberg, professor of chemistry, join 228 new academy members this year.

2017 Husky Green Awards winners announced

hga-announce_1The University of Washington has announced the nine winners of the 2017 Husky Green Awards, as well as one Husky Green Legacy Award honoree.

This year’s winners include students, faculty, staff and groups who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to campus sustainability. The awards are celebrating their eighth year of recognizing outstanding environmental commitment. Students, faculty and staff from all UW campuses are eligible to nominate and receive Husky Green Awards.

Public investment in science serves Washington and the world

A message from Ana Mari Cauce

Exploration and discovery are at the core of our mission. For many of us, they are the substance of our life’s work. This Saturday, I know many members of our University of Washington community will march in support of science and inquiry. I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate the UW’s enduring and vocal support for scientific research.

UW and Starbucks to create unique coffeehouse destination at Suzzallo Library

MasterModel_Suzzallo_02-002-750x386The UW and Starbucks Coffee Company  are coming together to create a world-class coffeehouse destination in the historic and iconic Suzzallo Library. The design of the new cafe, set to open this fall, will honor the library’s rich history and legacy, and serve as a warm and welcoming space for the thousands of students, faculty, staff and guests who visit the library each day.

Students across many disciplines honored with Husky 100 award

Husky100The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW.


    New signs help visitors navigate UW’s Seattle campus


Navigating the University of Washington’s Seattle campus just got easier, thanks to 23 new wayfinding signs — and a major cross-campus collaborative effort.

The installation of the signs earlier this fall marked the culmination of a five-year-long project led by University Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney and Associate Vice President of Facilities Services Charles Kennedy — the original visionary and sponsor of the program — who recognized the need for a strong wayfinding system on a campus as large and highly trafficked as the UW’s.

New UW child care center will serve 140 children

playgroundThe University of Washington Children’s Center at Portage Bay is set to open on campus in early January 2017, providing child care services to 140 children and their families.

Earlier this week, UW employees, local children and government officials celebrated this new resource for faculty, staff and students with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from UW Provost Jerry Baldasty.

The UW Children’s Center at Portage Bay is part of the University’s child care access initiative, which seeks to double child care capacity on or near campus over the next five to eight years.

UW Medical Center is first to earn six ‘Magnet’ nursing designations

medcenterUW Medical Center is the first facility in the world to earn a sixth Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet hospitals have relatively lower turnover among nurses and shorter vacancies for those jobs than do facilities without the designation.

 Can video games solve world problems?

earth-games-sliderJosh Lawler, professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, saw there were very few games about climate change that are scientifically accurate—and actually fun to play.

Knowing that research shows that games are an effective tool for learning, Lawler connected with Dargan Frierson, associate professor in the School of Atmospheric Sciences, and they started asking colleagues if they were interested in tackling this problem together.

The result of their networking includes EarthGamesUW, a group that aims to design games that increase awareness about climate change. EarthGamesUW would also quickly develop into an interdisciplinary independent study course.

This post is part of the 2016-2017 Office of the Provost series “Innovators Among Us,” which aims to encourage a culture of innovation in teaching and learning at the UW.

 Curriculum Transformation: Integrating diversity and fostering an inclusive classroom

Ed-Taylor-high-res-200x300At the University of Washington, curriculum transformation is a process that asks faculty members to take a critical stance on power and difference in the classroom, interweave multiple perspectives, and integrate student voices and knowledge into the learning process.

“The Diversity Blueprint and the Diversity Requirement set goals for change at the university level, but within each classroom, curriculum transformation is an opportunity for each instructor to create a thoughtful and equitable space for learning and to do so with support from instructional experts,” says Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

This feature is part of the 2016-2017 report series produced by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Race & Equity Initiative. Feature articles will be released throughout fall and winter. Read previous articles in the Race & Equity series.

 ComputerInnovationUW ranked among top five most innovative universities in the world

The University of Washington landed at No. 5 on The Reuters 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. Now in its second year, the list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.

diversityrecruitmentBoosting faculty diversity through recruitment and retention efforts

Over the last four years, the UW’s Office for Faculty Advancement has helped recruit close to 50 faculty members whose work contributes to campus diversity and inclusion — many of these from historically underrepresented groups.

Ramasastry_Anita-23UW law professor named to United Nations working group on business and human rights

Law professor Anita Ramasastry’s decades-long focus on the intersection of commerce and human rights has paid off. In July, she was appointed to serve on the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Ramasastry will represent all of Western Europe, North America and Australia-Pacific.

Focusing on race and advancing equity at the UW

As a public university, the UW has a special responsibility to convene the difficult conversations in areas of social importance — conversations that lead to action. This is especially true of race and equity. Read the new “Focusing on Race & Advancing Equity” publication, part of a provost series on Trends & Issues in Higher Education.