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  • Belarusian exchange student revolutionizes plastics industry

    December 9, 2014

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    Volha Hrechka When Volha Hrechka, ’13, left her home country of Belarus on an exchange program in 2004, she had no idea she’d one day be revolutionizing the plastics industry. Today her startup PolyDrop is responsible for creating an innovative additive that dissipates electrostatic charge on airplanes one drop at a time — and it all started…


  • Alumna builds clinics, hope for Syrian children

    December 3, 2014

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    Tom James | Crosscut.com With a humanitarian crisis leaving a trail of destruction in Syria, UW alumna Rita Zawaideh is building a path toward healing for children facing the traumas of war. Funded entirely by donations, the Maliki-SCM Children's Center is dedicated to helping the youngest victims of the wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Opened in…


  • UW researchers first to monitor global migrations with LinkedIn

    November 26, 2014

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    A new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers – raising the question of whether the nation will remain competitive in attracting top talent in an increasingly globalized economy. The study, which used a novel method of tracking people through data from…


  • Fisheries ecologist second in family to win top Canadian award

    November 17, 2014

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    University of Washington fisheries ecologist Daniel Schindler was awarded the highest honor given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists for his work in freshwater science. Schindler is the second in his family to receive the Frank Rigler Award. In 1964 — the first year the honor was awarded — it was presented to Schindler's father, David.…


  • FLAS fellows undaunted in Arctic adventure

    November 3, 2014

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      Jason Young strikes a pose on the Arctic ice near the town of Igloolik in northern Canada.Photo by Walter O'Toole. Jason Young and Walter O’Toole had been stranded on Arctic ice for nearly an hour, unable to find a safe path back to shore, when an Inuit woman observing from her kitchen dispatched her…