Burke Museum exchange connects Washington and Filipino communities

Lace Thornberg

Burke Museum project manager Lace Thornberg (MA, 2010) developed a program connecting tribal community members from Washington with residents of a remote island in the Philippines. Washington and Filipino community members made transcontinental visits for cultural exchange and are now building unique museum exhibits based on their experiences. Read more from Perspectives Newsletter… 


Global architecture award goes to UW alum

Architect Steven Holl

University of Washington alumnus Steven Holl, a native of Bremerton and leader of Steven Holl Architects in New York City, received a 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. The Japan Art Association gives the honor each year to recognize lifetime achievements in painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theater or film. Read more from UW Today… 


‘Support global health workers’, urges alumna in TEDx talk

Julia Robinson at TEDxUofW

At last month’s TEDxUofW event, UW alumna Julia Robinson spoke candidly about the importance of human resources in solving global health challenges like AIDS. New technologies are getting a lot of buzz, she told the crowd, but supporting health workers is the best way to solve health challenges globally. “I think technology is amazing, but I also believe…… Read More


Study abroad programs, scholarships shaped grad’s Husky Experience

GO! and Fritz Scholar Shangé Purnell

English literature major Shangé Purnell was chosen for the honor of carrying the Arts & Sciences college banner at this weekend’s graduation. Study abroad played an important part her Husky Experience and helped develop her exciting future goals. Shangé plans to earn a doctorate in English literature and teach at the college level. Through this work, she wants… Read More


US, Japanese leaders celebrate longstanding relations

New cherry trees

Japanese General Consul Masahiro Omura spoke today near Drumheiller Fountain today to celebrate a recent gift of cherry trees to the UW American Ethnic Studies department from the people of Japan. Also speaking at the ceremony were former congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and UW President Michael K. Young. The new cherry trees, installed… Read More


Alum’s smartphone microscopes headed to schools, clinics worldwide

Micro Phone Lens

UW mechanical engineering alumnus Thomas Larson (’13) invented a microscope lens for smartphones while still an undergraduate. Since graduation, he has sold 5,000 of his product, the Micro Phone Lens. The smartphone microscopes are being used in classrooms and in the field around the world. His next step? Working with global health experts to test the Micro Phone Lens… Read More


Founded by UW alumni, Cairo tech start-up is aquired by NewsCorp

Computer Science & Engineering

Alumni Allen Chen, Mohamed El-Zohairy and Bobby Mathews met as Computer Science & Engineering majors.  A decade after graduation, they reunited in Cairo to found CloudPress, an online platform that allows users to create and share content like cookbooks, catalogs and instruction manuals. Their venture may have been risky – they started up during the Egyptian Revolution with the help… Read More


Alumna makes a global impact with Starbucks

Ann Burkhart '90

As a Manager of Global Responsibility for Starbucks, Ann Burkhart ’90 ensures that the company’s international impact is positive. Her team develops strategies for the ethical sourcing of commodities from around the world. An international studies major at the University of Washington, Burkhart particularly values the writing and research skills she gained here. Read more from A&S Perspectives…


Expanding to China, Seattle firm enlists UW alum

Kevin Zhang's rendering of a power plant redesign

When leaders at Seattle design firm DLR Group needed new talent to reach their goal of winning new projects in Asia, they turned to a UW alumnus with strong connections to Seattle and China. Kevin Zhang, a graduate of UW’s M.S. in Architecture program and a native of Tianjin, China, has put his graduate training as… Read More


UW again a leader in producing Peace Corps volunteers

Peace-Corps-Top-Colleges-2014-logo1

Peace Corps has named University of Washington a leader in producing volunteers for its international volunteer programs. With 85 undergraduate and 20 graduate alumni currently serving with Peace Corps, UW is tied for second place with University of Florida in volunteer recruitment among large universities. The two tied for first place in the 2013 rankings…. Read More