UW expert and international colleagues assess risks to global penguin populations

Penguin with two chicks

In the current issue of Conservation Biology, UW Professor Dee Boersma and colleagues around the world outline risks to world penguin populations and urge stakeholders to take action to protect the species. Professor Boersma also directs the UW Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels. Read more from UW Today…


[VIDEO] UW’s robotic gliders provide arctic ice melt data

Craig Lee

Researchers at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory have developed robotic gliders which will provide key data for the international effort to measure the rate at which arctic sea ice is melting. Watch the report and hear from Professor Craig Lee on King 5 News…   


International researchers track melting sea ice

Researchers landing a plane

Led by principal investigator Craig Lee, an oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, researchers from around the world are conducting the longest and most extensive effort ever to track the melting of arctic sea ice. Members of the international research team hail from the United States, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and France. Read… Read More


Well-placed tweets can help spin news coverage

Graphics used in tweets

Commenting in a recent BBC News article, University of Washington professor Philip Howard explained that military forces like Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force are using social media to influence public opinion about conflicts. Read more from BBC News…


Global index ranks UW startup incubator #1

Fluke Hall, home of the UW business incubator, New Ventures Facility

The New Ventures Facility is a business incubator providing startups critical access to University of Washington facilities and researchers. This year, the New Ventures Facility was ranked #1 among university business incubators by the 2014 University Business Incubators Global Index. Dhruv Bhatli, the global index’s co-founder, said the New Ventures Facility was selected because it provided “exceptional quality… Read More


Forensic research at UW helping to end illegal ivory trade in Togo

Elephants

The government of Togo, a small West African country with a dwindling population of elephants, recently sought assistance from Samuel Wasser, Research Professor and Director of the UW Center for Conservation Biology. The Togolese government sought information about ivory thought to be illegal, and Wasser provided a report demonstrating that the ivory samples provided indeed came from… Read More


UW researchers find obesity on the rise worldwide

Grocery shopping in Malaysia

In a review of over 1,700 studies from 188 countries, researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation found that more than two billion people are now obese worldwide. No country has been able to curb rising obesity rates over the past 30 years. Study leader and School of Public Health professor Christopher… Read More


New Burke Museum curator an advocate for indigenous cultures

Dr. Sven Haakanson

The Burke Museum of Natural History’s new Curator of Native American Anthropology is passionate about preserving indigenous culture. A native of Kodiak, Alaska, Dr. Sven Haakanson has conducted research and lived in Siberia. He received the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant in 2007 for his work advocating for Native cultures, and plans to conduct further research in Russia. Read more… Read More


Launch party celebrates book by study abroad students

TIPS to Study Abroad flyer

A May 12 launch party will celebrate the publication of TIPS to Study Abroad: Simple Letters for Complex Engagement, a book by students from Professor Anu Taranath’s 2013 study abroad to Bangalore, India. Through the unique medium of students’ letters to Things, Ideas and People (TIPS), the book “offers a simple method to help travelers- students… Read More


Undergrad presents global land use research to DC lawmakers

Mollie Holmberg at 'Posters on the Hill'

Biology major Mollie Holmberg was one of 60 US undergraduates to present research at last week’s Posters on the Hill event in Washington D.C. Supported by Luke Bergmann from the Department of Geography, Mollie investigates the impact of the global economy on agricultural land worldwide. Read more from UW Today…