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…  


International researchers document Clean Air Act’s success

Ice core drilling at Summit, Greenland

Funded by the National Science Foundation, UW researchers partnered with colleagues from the US and France to document changes in the Greenlandic Ice Sheet since the 1970 passage of the US Clean Air Act. Read more from UW Today…


Should English be the ‘global language’ of science?

photo of Scott Montgomery

The journal Science recently reviewed Scott Montgomery’s book Does Science Need a Global Language?: English and the Future of Research. Montgomery, a lecturer and consulting geologist the UW Jackson School of International Studies, explores in the book the use of English as a “global language” for scientific researchers. Read more at UW Today…


‘Future of Ice’ initiative prepares students for leadership in the Arctic

picture of Garret Knoll at Polar Science Weekend

Through the “Future of Ice” Initiative, the University of Washington is leveraging faculty expertise and making new investments to build a pipeline of thinkers, researchers and leaders focused on Arctic regional issues. Eight countries hold territory within the region, but a changing landscape due to rapidly melting sea ice is attracting attention from new international players. With… Read More