Office of Global Affairs

Americas


February 2, 2017

From refugee to MEDEX student

Frantz Alphonse

Along with his family, Frantz Alphonse came to the U.S. at age 7 as a refugee from Haiti. This experience has given him a strong sense of empathy underserved communities. Along with eight years as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, this experience makes him a great fit for MEDEX. Read more from MEDEX magazine…


January 12, 2017

Reflecting on an innagural visit to Cuba

President Ana Mari Cauce

Alaska Airlines began the first regular commercial service from the West Coast to Cuba last weekend. President Ana Mari Cauce was part of the delegation that flew to Havana, her birthplace. Read her reflections from the trip…


December 14, 2016

Indigenous journeys: Study abroad program explores the Northwest by canoe

Canoe journeys

The American Indian studies department has created a new study abroad program titled “Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study”, which will give students the opportunity to observe and participate in the annual canoe journeys undertaken by upwards of 6,000 various indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and beyond each year. Read more from The…


August 30, 2016

Migrations in motion

migration map

Together with the Nature Conservancy, UW researchers have released a map showing where animals will need to move to survive as climate change alters habitats. Interact with the map…


June 27, 2016

Law student the first Cuban to attend the UW in half a century

David Camps

38-year-old David Camps is studying at the UW School of Law as one of three 2015 fellows in the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. Launched in 2012 by retired attorney and UW law alumni Stan Barer, the program pays for attorneys from developing countries to spend an academic year studying issues related to health, education and economic…


April 14, 2016

Scientists crack the code of butterflies’ international journey

Monarch butterflies

Each fall, monarch butterflies across Canada and the United States turn their orange, black and white-mottled wings toward the Rio Grande and migrate over 2,000 miles to the relative warmth of central Mexico. This journey, repeated instinctively by generations of monarchs, continues even as monarch numbers haveplummeted due to loss of their sole larval food…


March 21, 2016

In the Galapagos, UW researchers partner to map historic climate patterns

Researchers collect samples from a coastal lake on Isabela Island

Together with colleagues from Australian National University, University of Washington oceanographers used clues from the Galapagos Islands — a dot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — to trace El Niño patterns and seasonal tropical rains over the past 2,000 years. Evidence shows shifts that last for centuries, suggesting these tropical climate patterns have…


February 25, 2016

Student research named in El Salvador family’s reunification story

UW students working in El Salvador

Jackson School students in the 2015 capstone course “Promoting Human Rights and Healing in the Wake of Civil War” made two documentary films aimed to reunite San Salvadoran parents of “disappeared children.” The videos went public in March 2015, and in April, King 5 news covered the story. By early 2016, at least one mother and child from the documentary…


February 11, 2016

Unearthing new discoveries at Honduras’ City of the Jaguar

sculpture from the City of the Jaguar

UW researchers Anna Cohen and Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius are part of a bi-national, multi-agency team excavating the City of the Jaguar in Honduras. Artifacts from the site provide clues about life in the lost city, and how it came to an end. Read more from National Geographic…


February 4, 2016

Global Health professor to New York Times: “Zika virus a ‘a temperature-driven eruption'”

Kirstine Ebi

Weather and warm temperatures are playing an important role in the spread of Zika virus, says University of Washington professor Kristine Ebi in a recent New York Times article. Read more from the New York Times… Get Zika travel information from the CDC…  Visit UW Global Travelers…



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