Michelle Obama praises UW student in Peking University speech

Philmon Haile

First Lady Michelle Obama praised UW senior Philmon Haile during a recent speech at Peking University, quoting from his remarks at a Washington D.C. event celebrating President Obama’s 100,000 Strong initiative. Philmon has studied abroad several times, interning at the US Embassy Beijing, conducting field research in rural China and volunteering in Jordan. He was recently awarded the Rangel… Read More


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


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…


Jackson School professor: ‘Ukraine is a special case’

Ukraine prostests

KUOW’s Ross Reynolds spoke with University of Washington professor Scott Radnitz about anti-government protests in Ukraine. Radnitz directs UW’s Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies. The country’s population is politically divided, he explained, “…what happens in Ukraine is really going to be very important to the future of Eastern Europe.” Read more and listen…


USAID taps UW and Microsoft to bring Burma new technologies

Myanmar flag

Burma faces many challenges in its path toward democracy. University of Washington is partnering with Microsoft and USAID to make the transition a little easier. USAID awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and Information School to bring new technologies and training to Burma. The tools will be used… Read More