Office of Global Affairs

College of Arts & Sciences


November 8, 2016

Clues in poached ivory yield ages and locations of origin

Seized ivory

More than 90 percent of ivory in large, seized shipments came from elephants that died less than three years before, according to a new study. A team of scientists at the University of Utah, the University of Washington and partner institutions came to this conclusion by combining a new approach to radiocarbon dating for ivory samples…


November 3, 2016

The fate of Salonica’s Jews in the city’s transition from Ottoman Empire to Greece

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Devin Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies — part of the Jackson School of International Studies — and an associate professor in the Department of History. He is the author of “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece,” published in September by Stanford University…


October 27, 2016

Helping refugees abroad with a Fulbright scholarship

Hamda Yusuf

Hamda Yusuf ’16 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in a first-ever cohort for a “Community-Based Combined Grant,” which requires both community work and teaching in a foreign country. In fall 2016, she’ll be heading to Austria for 9 months to support Refugees Welcome, a non-profit that is dealing with the Middle East refugee crisis there, and will…


October 24, 2016

Arts partnership captures a refugee experience in Seattle

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A new exhibition and video documentary tell the story of a refugee family. These were developed by ART WORKS Projects in collaboration with the UW Center for Global Studies, The Seattle Times, UW Libraries and the King County Library System. See photos and video from The Seattle Times…


July 21, 2016

Global learning on campus

students in negotiation

40 UW students engaged in a case simulation this summer, working to defuse the developing crisis in the South China Sea. Thanks to a partnership between the Jackson School of International Studies Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) and the U.S. Army War College, students from the Jackson School, Foster School of Business, School…


June 24, 2016

UW students head to Nepal for hands-on learning

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This summer, 10 UW students will participate in a new Exploration Seminar course in Nepal. Organized by the Nepal Studies Initiative (NSI), the seminar is one of the few formal programs in the U.S. focused on Nepal. Read more from The Seattle Times…


June 14, 2016

Professor, researcher, detective – saving endangered animals

Samuel K. Wasser

UW Professor Samuel . K Wasser “is a Sherlock Holmes of the wildlife trade. With modern biochemical tools and old-fashioned shoe leather, he sleuths out the merchants behind the market for poached animal products.” Read more from The New York Times…


April 29, 2016

Learn locally, speak globally: welcoming students to a world of language study

Asian Languages & Literature

UW students can choose from 45 different languages. Videos created by Asian Languages & Literature introduce students to the study of Bengali, Indonesian, Hindi and Urdu, and offer tips on career opportunities and scholarships available to students of these languages. Watch the videos…


April 28, 2016

Sir? Caballero? Faculty member knighted by Spain

Anthony Geist, UW professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies, is honored with a knighthood by the Kingdom of Spain

Anthony Geist, professor and former chair of the University of Washington’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, has been awarded one of Spain’s highest civil honors. Read more from UW Today…  


April 25, 2016

Myanmar goes mobile, with UW’s help

mobile users in Myanmar

A reformist government speeded Myanmar’s transition to democracy three years ago, dramatically increasing access to information. In 2011, just four percent of the population had mobile phones. Now the figure is closer to eighty percent, with many people owning smartphones. But navigating the flood of online information can be problematic for new users with no experience…



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