Faculty & Staff

Violence has no place at our University and no role in our democracy

A message from Ana Mari Cauce

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

You have likely heard by now about the events in Red Square on the Seattle campus Friday in conjunction with protests against a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos — protests which were then joined by a large group coming from demonstrations downtown. I want to say very clearly: Violence has no place at our University and in our communities. It is heartbreaking that a man was shot and others assaulted during what should have been peaceful demonstrations. The gunshot victim is currently hospitalized, and we fervently hope for his full recovery.

The violence that occurred is a betrayal of all those who sought to exercise their right to peaceful protest or to attend the event. The right to peaceful protest is every bit as sacrosanct as the right to speak. A suspect in the shooting turned himself in to UWPD, and police are continuing their investigation. No other suspects in the shooting are being sought, but I encourage anyone with information about this or other incidents of related violence to contact the police immediately.


Diversity BluePrint

UW academic and administrative units have new model for fostering diversity, inclusion

The University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint articulates the tri-campus community’s aspirations for becoming a truly inclusive and equitable environment for learning, research, service and outreach.


Public Employees Retirement System 3 transfer window closes Jan. 31

If you enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) 2 plan prior to March 1, 2002, you have an option to transfer to PERS 3 before Jan. 31. To be eligible for this year’s transfer window, you must earn service credit in Jan. 2017.

If you wish to remain in PERS 2, you do not need to do anything.

If you are considering a change to PERS 3, be sure to carefully review the eligibility and Plan 3 education that the Department of Retirement Systems has available online.


Cash in on your unused sick days by Jan. 31

The Annual Attendance Incentive Program allows UW employees with unused sick leave balances above 480 hours to be compensated at 25% value.

The Annual Attendance Incentive Program is only available during the month of January. Employees must complete the Request for Payment of Year-End Unused Sick Leave form to be paid for unused sick leave.

Timekeepers will adjust the employee’s leave record in the UW Online Work/Leave System (OWLS) or as otherwise maintained. Participants are responsible for ensuring that the UW Payroll Office receives their completed form no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. UW Medical Center/Harborview/Airlift NW employees should return their forms to the appropriate HR office (not to Payroll) with enough time allowed for processing.


UW raises more than $2.2 million through Combined Fund Drive

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The University of Washington community came together this fall to raise a record-breaking $2,282,731 for local and global nonprofits through the UW Combined Fund Drive.

UW faculty, staff and retirees pledged to nearly 1,800 nonprofits during the drive, which ran Oct. 13 to Dec. 2, 2016.

“I am extremely grateful for the generosity of our many donors,” said Kerri Everly, development officer and campaign manager for the UW Combined Fund Drive. “Our community has truly made a difference in the lives of so many in Washington and throughout the world.”


Dare to Do 2017: Join the UW New Year’s challenge

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Ring in the New Year with a 30-day challenge in four areas of wellness — fitness, nutrition, financial and organization.

The Whole U has teamed up with the best of UW to bring you four weeks of tools, tips and activities that will help set you and your family on track for a successful year. Learn the quality-versus-quantity way to fitness, how to plan meals around weight loss and performance, how to budget toward increasing savings, as well lasting strategies for organizing your office and home.

The challenge starts Monday, Jan. 23 and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 21. The first 1,000 participants to register  will receive a donated Pivot Weight Scale.


Two UW professors win Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

early-career2017-mugs-TILE-375x224Two University of Washington professors have received the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers.

Emily Fox, associate professor of statistics and of computer science and engineering and Amazon Professor of Machine Learning, and Catherine Karr, professor of pediatrics in the UW School of Medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UW School of Public Health, were among the 102 recipients announced by the White House this week.


UW Accounting offers free certified tax prep on campus

The UW Department of Accounting and United Way King County are hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site for this year’s tax season. Located at Paccar Hall, room 297, the site will feature free tax returns through the tax deadline in April.


UW hosts Tent City 3, offers course on homelessness during winter quarter

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In a historic move, the UW is hosting a homeless encampment on its Seattle campus, the first such public university to do so. At the same time, MEDEX Northwest is offering an interprofessional course on homelessness, intended to educate health science students on how to effectively engage the homeless around their health care needs.

Meet the residents of Tent City 3 and watch a video of move-in day.
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UW nutrition doc’s memoir tells of struggles with food, family

Anne-McTiernanAnne McTiernan was sent off to boarding school at the age of four. Emotionally starved, she went on to struggle with food, body image and weight fluctuations for more than a decade.

 Today, as a medical doctor and nationally recognized epidemiologist, she helps other women overcome their own battles with food. McTiernan (PhD 1982, Epidemiology) chronicles her journey to adulthood in a new memoir, Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full.

Workshops and trainings at the UW: Answering the call for change

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Conversations sparked by the launch of the Race and Equity Initiative in April 2015 found faculty and staff across the three campuses looking for ways to learn more and make positive change. As part of its objective to “confront individual bias and racism,” the initiative stepped up to provide opportunities for personal learning.

A working group was tasked to develop a training program that would provide education and tools around cultural fluency, cross-cultural communications and bias. A pilot launched in spring 2016, and right away the demand exceeded capacity: more than 450 staff and faculty participated.

This feature is part of the 2016-2017 report series produced by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Race and Equity Initiative. 


UW Livable City Year is looking for partners to host program

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The University of Washington’s Livable City Year initiative is now accepting proposals from cities, counties, special districts and regional partnerships to be partners during the 2017-2018 academic year.

UW Livable City Year (UW LCY) connects University of Washington faculty and students with a municipal partner for a full academic year to work on projects fostering livability. The municipal partner will identify a selection of projects in their community that could be addressed by UW LCY courses. Areas of focus include environmental sustainability, economic viability, population health, and social equity, inclusion and access.

UW LCY is working with the City of Auburn during this academic year, and there are still opportunities for faculty to work on projects of need identified by Auburn in their winter or spring courses. Email uwlcy@uw.edu for more information.


Welcoming the residents of Tent City 3

Selected location: Parking lot W35

Selected location: Parking lot W35

A message from President Ana Mari Cauce

Winter is approaching, and with it the need for shelter for our neighbors who find themselves without permanent housing only grows.

Earlier this year, at the request of the Tent City Collective – a group of students, alumni and Tent City 3 residents – our University engaged in a public process to assess whether we should host Tent City 3 for 90 days during the winter quarter. As a result of your feedback, and thanks to the work of students, faculty and staff, in June it was announced that the UW will indeed host TC3.

The move-in day for TC3 residents at parking lot W35 will be December 17, and they will depart March 18, 2017. This will largely overlap with the winter quarter, aligning with our University’s academic mission by providing the opportunity for educational connections – from courses to service learning projects.


New signs help visitors navigate UW’s Seattle campus

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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.


A safe and welcoming place for all

A message from Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

In the week since the presidential election, many in our university have come together to engage in peaceful gatherings, public forums and other forms of community engagement within residence halls, departments and other groupings across campus. Participation in difficult discussions as well as celebrations of our shared humanity represent the best of who we are, the ideals of our democracy, and demonstrate how, by working together, we can continue to build a better future — the heart of our institutional mission.

There have also, however, been several reports of harassment, vandalism and violent incidents, in our state and even on our own campuses. We want to be clear: assault, discrimination, harassment or vandalism have no place on our campuses. These or any behaviors that violate our Code of Student Conduct or other policies will be referred to the UWPD and/or the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct or other relevant office for possible disciplinary action. We cannot allow harassing and offensive behavior to go unchecked. If you see something, please notify UWPD, the SafeCampus office, Division of Student Life, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity or an official in your department.

We realize that this is a tumultuous and uncertain time for many. As we said last week, our University is unwavering in its resolve to create an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community. We can and will work together to find the best in each other, to bridge our differences and to treat each other with the respect and kindness that all people deserve.


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.


Faculty Staff Retiree Endowment Matching Program

Each day, you contribute to the learning and growth that are integral to every UW student’s Husky Experience, and you see firsthand how transformational that experience really is. Your work as teachers, mentors, supporters and advocates is inspiring. In fact, it inspired the creation of the Faculty Staff Retiree Endowment Matching Program.

The program commits $5 million to matching any gift by current and former University employees to endowed scholarships and graduate fellowships at a 50 percent rate on gifts up to $250,000.

To learn more visit https://www.washington.edu/giving/fsrmatch/


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.


New faculty & staff e-newsletter will make it easier to find information and resources

The University of Washington’s internal communications team is developing a new e-newsletter to help you better access the information and resources you need to do your best work and make the most of your UW employment experience.

Launching in Jan. 2017, the weekly email newsletter will integrate content currently shared through The Resource, The Whole U email, IT Connect News, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling newsletter and Combined Fund Drive eNews.

This new publication is a result of a cross-departmental collaboration between UWHR, UW-IT, Finance & Facilities, and University Marketing and Communications and seeks to:

  • Reduce information overload by packaging important communications into one centrally managed vehicle
  • Tailor newsletter content, design and distribution methods to your specific needs and preferences

We’re in the process of conducting reader surveys and user experience studies and look forward to sharing further details as planning and development continue.


Emotional intelligence or math and science: Which is essential to innovation?

“As someone with a true commitment to education in this country, I often ask myself if innovation can be nurtured or taught. It’s a question that’s not easily answered; but it’s well worth asking, because we have legions of bright, curious and creative children who, with the right guidance, could contribute ideas and inventions that would enrich the quality of life in our nation for generations to come,” says Dan Kranzler, managing partner of eFund LLC. This article appears as part of a series written for CoMotion, the UW’s innovation hub.


UW recognized as top performer in sustainability

bikesThe University of Washington was recognized as a top-5 university in transportation and food & dining by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The UW is also the fourth-highest scoring university overall in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System administered by AASHE.


Is good design a result of science, or an evolution of ideas?

“Innovation is all about people. And the world of innovation is a world in which humans define what is new and accepted and embraced. So, yes, human interaction is essential when we innovate. And, yes, again, 21st century innovation has to be people-friendly,” says Alex Roesler, associate professor and chair of the Interactive Design Program at the UW. This article appears as part of a series commissioned by CoMotion, the UW’s innovation hub.


UW Population Health Initiative receives transformative gift

PopHealth-Square-PeoplePlanetThe University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative has received a transformative gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, advancing our efforts to improve human health and well-being.

This $210 million gift will catalyze our work to enhance human health, environmental resiliency, and social & economic equity here in Washington and around the world.

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UW maintains No. 11 position in US News Best Global Universities ranking; third among public institutions

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The University of Washington maintained its No. 11 spot in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. The UW remains the third-ranked public university on the global list.


 Together celebrates UW’s past, future; purple reigns in Seattle

purpleThousands turned out Friday, Oct. 21 for Together, a spirited evening of music, movement and live performances celebrating the UW’s past, present and future. Meanwhile, campus and many of Seattle’s iconic landmarks and buildings lit up with purple pride in support of the UW’s public launch of its most ambitious philanthropic campaign.


 UW launches historic $5 billion philanthropic campaign

WThe University of Washington launched the public phase of its most ambitious philanthropic campaign on Friday, Oct. 21, with a goal of raising $5 billion by the year 2020.

Be Boundless — For Washington, For the World focuses on four key priorities: Transforming the student experience, expanding the impact of the UW’s research, empowering possibility through innovation, and driving the public good.


Annual President’s Address

Ana Mari Cauce-1008-EditIn her annual address on Oct. 18, President Cauce discussed the UW’s progress and opportunities as we work together to advance Washington and the world.

Watch the video of her address and the follow-up Q&A session.

Read the text of President Cauce’s remarks.


Learn more about the future of the Seattle Campus

WestCampusThe 2018 Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan provides the framework for the University of Washington’s future campus development. Progressive and sustainable, it balances the preservation of the core campus with the need to accommodate increasing density. The plan integrates the University’s academic, research and service missions.

The draft plan and Environmental Impact Statement was issued Oct. 5, beginning a 45-day comment period that ends Nov. 21. To view or download the draft documents, visit the project website. Read more about the plan and opportunities for public comment in UW Today.


The UW’s David J. Thouless wins Nobel Prize

ThoulessDavid J. Thouless, professor emeritus at the UW, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He won half of the award; the other half is shared by F. Duncan M. Haldane from Princeton and J. Michael Kosterlitz from Brown University. They were recognized for revealing the secrets of exotic matter.

 

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New timeline for 2017-18 student financial aid

studentsStudents can now file their 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than Jan. 1, 2017.  The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.

The University of Washington’s priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is now Jan. 15, 2017 rather than Feb. 28, 2017. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by Jan. 15, 2017.

Learn more on the Student Financial Aid page.


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.


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UW jumps to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine, pharmacy; remains No. 6 in life sciences

The UW moved up to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


5 UW professors among HHMI’s inaugural class of Faculty Scholars

Amid a decline in funding for scientific research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation to launch a new Faculty Scholars program. Announced Sept. 22 by HHMI, the inaugural crop of early career scientists includes five faculty members from the UW.


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.


UW and City of Auburn launch first Livable City Year partnership

The University of Washington has begun a yearlong partnership with the City of Auburn, under the new Livable City Year program. UW students and professors will work with the City of Auburn to advance the city’s goals for livability and sustainability throughout the upcoming academic year.


Is technology crucial for innovation?

Technology is crucial for innovation — and innovation in technology is critical to innovation in just about every other arena. Why? Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, believes the forward march of technology allows us to do more with less, improving our lives in the process.


Jerry Baldasty named UW provost and executive vice president

Baldasty has accepted the position of provost and executive vice president, a role he has filled on an interim basis for the past 14 months. The appointment is effective June 1.


Rickey L. Hall named vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and chief diversity officer at the UW

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Interim Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today the selection of Rickey L. Hall as the new vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and chief diversity officer, effective Aug. 1, 2016. In this role, Hall will have oversight of the University’s progress in diversity and to ensure and facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for diversity.


Increased funds to enhance faculty diversity

Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, funding allocated to build and retain a diverse and inclusive faculty across the three UW campuses will be increased to $1 million.

President Cauce and Interim Provost Baldasty are allocating the funds for the Office for Faculty Advancement to work collaboratively with deans, chancellors and department chairs or directors, with half going toward faculty recruitment and half going toward retention. Learn more about how the funds will be used.


President Cauce addresses UW’s role in improving local, global health

On May 3, President Ana Mari Cauce invited the University community and our partners to join in the development of a 25-year vision to advance the health and well-being of people around the world by leveraging capabilities and opportunities at the UW and in our region. Review the full address, including transcript and video.


UW’s Professional & Organizational Development team wins national leadership award 

On Feb. 4, the Strategic Leadership Program received the top leadership excellence award for Best Corporate University at the national LEAD2016 conference sponsored by HR.com and held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. UW Professional & Organizational Development ranked first among other top contenders in the category, including AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Microsoft.


How the UW is helping to prepare for the next earthquake

On Tuesday, February 2, the White House hosted an Earthquake Resilience Summit to promote adoption of an earthquake-early warning system in the United States. John Vidale, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences, was among the speakers for the first session of the day. Learn more about the event and read a special earthquake Q&A with Professor Vidale.


“Response to Active Shooter” training and resources available through UW SafeCampus

Preventing violence is a shared responsibility in which everyone at the UW plays a part. Take steps to prepare for the unlikely, but dangerous, situation of an active shooter event at the University of Washington. Visit the SafeCampus website for further information and to arrange training for your department, workgroup or interest group.


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.