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November 28, 2016

Improving malaria detection through computer vision and machine learning

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Electrical engineering doctoral students Charles Delahunt and Mayoore Jaiswal are applying their skills in computer vision and machine learning to the fight against malaria, a disease that affects over 200 million people each year and is one of the most severe public health problems globally. Working with a team at Intellectual Ventures (IV) Lab and…


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

Jewish Salonica book cover

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…


September 15, 2016

Researchers document winds that have blown across central Asia for 42 million years

prayer flags in Tibet

UW geologist Alexis Licht led a team that has discovered a surprising resilience to one of the world’s dominant weather systems. The finding could help long-term climate forecasts, since it suggests these winds are likely to persist through radical climate shifts. Read more…


September 14, 2016

From Uganda to Washington: forestry doctoral student wins top prize for wildlife conservation

Carol Bogezi

When graduate student Carol Bogezi heard that Washington has big carnivores, she was sold. Bogezi, who grew up in Uganda and began her doctoral degree several years ago at the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, was excited to track and tag cougars and investigate how the recent return of wolves affects ranchers. Her…


August 30, 2016

Migrations in motion

migration map

Together with the Nature Conservancy, UW researchers have released a map showing where animals will need to move to survive as climate change alters habitats. Interact with the map…


August 29, 2016

IHME study shows Syrian civil war has shortened lifespans

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An IHME-led study published in the Lancet examined health in countries such as Syria, Tunisia and Yemen from 1990 to 2013 found that since the Arab Spring began in 2010, a combination of increased violence and a collapse in health care has led to the drop of the region’s average expected life span. In Syria, a deadly and…


August 8, 2016

Tracing China’s past with geologic and oral history

Emperor Yu is famous through Chinese legends in which he worked to control persistent flooding.

A paper published this week in Science finds evidence to support stories that a huge flood took place in China about 4,000 years ago, during the reign of Emperor Yu. The study, led by Chinese researcher Qinglong Wu, finds evidence for a massive landslide dam break that could have redirected the course of the Yellow…


June 29, 2016

UW project highlights liability of internet ‘intermediaries’ in developing countries

W in traffic

How much liability do website owners and other online service providers have for content posted by other people? If someone posts content on your website that is defamatory, constitutes hate speech, disseminates child pornography or invades someone’s privacy, are you liable? The answers to such questions can be murky in developing countries. And as internet…


June 21, 2016

UW-led team awarded $1M bioelectronics innovation prize

Diagram illustrating the team’s approach

An international team led by researchers at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) based at the University of Washington is one of three finalists in a race to produce an implantable wireless device that can assess, stimulate and block the activity of nerves that control organs. For the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge, the team…



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