UW News


June 6, 2018

GIX team competes for $1 million XPRIZE for women’s safety

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A team from the University of Washington’s GIX program are competing to win the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.


Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson to speak at UW’s 143rd commencement Saturday

Graduates and their families and friends attend the UW's 142nd Annual Commencement Ceremony at the Husky Stadium.

About 5,900 graduates, along with 50,000-plus family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 143rd University of Washington commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Husky Stadium.


June 5, 2018

UW’s Allen School to expand direct freshmen admissions in computer science

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In an effort to improve the student experience and provide certainty for prospective computer science majors, the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is expanding its direct to major admissions program for incoming freshmen. Beginning with the class of fall 2019, direct admission from high school will be the primary pathway into computer science for the majority of UW undergraduates.


May 29, 2018

Global rankings put UW at No. 4 among US public universities

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Two renowned global rankings released this week place the University of Washington fourth among U.S. public institutions.


May 25, 2018

Class of ’68 reflects and looks ahead

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Assassinations. War in Vietnam. Racial clashes. Far more than simply the generation who lived the Summer of Love, the Class of 1968, which celebrates its 50th reunion next week, recalled their college years during a turbulent time in the nation’s history.


May 18, 2018

UW Faculty Senate celebrates its 80-year history

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Eight decades ago to the day, the Faculty Senate met for the first time at the University of Washington.


May 17, 2018

Washington Research Foundation grant brings on four new biology faculty just in time for new Life Sciences Building

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With the grand opening of the new $171 million Life Sciences Building just months away, it’s time to fill the building with faculty. That was the idea behind a $3 million Washington Research Foundation (WRF) grant to hire four biology professors. It’s called a cluster hire and will help maintain the University of Washington’s leading reputation in primary research and life sciences.


May 15, 2018

Born of protest: Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity celebrates a half-century

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It was spring 1968. A group of students occupied the University of Washington administration building calling for change: justice, diversity, agency for Blacks on campus.


May 14, 2018

Seattle-area universities and colleges declare Affordable Housing Week, May 14-18

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The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 14-18, 2018 as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, interim president of Highline College; Dr. Daniel J. Martin of Seattle Pacific University; Steven V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, have signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity. The higher-education institutions join King County and 20 King County cities, including Seattle, in recognizing the benefits of affordable housing to everyone in the community.


May 3, 2018

UW welcomes Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary

Denmark's Crown Princess Mary will visit UW on Friday.

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary is scheduled to visit the University of Washington on Friday morning.


May 2, 2018

Hilary Godwin named dean of the School of Public Health

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Hilary Godwin has been named the next dean of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today. Her appointment, set to begin July 15, 2018, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


May 1, 2018

Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice, researchers say

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Parents don’t need to fear their children playing with iPads and other devices, researchers say. Mindful play with an adult, combined with thoughtful design features, can prove beneficial to young developing minds. New research shows that thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions facilitated the same kind of play and development as analog toys.


April 27, 2018

UW ranks No. 5 on Forbes’ Best Value Colleges 2018

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The University of Washington this week ranked No. 5 on the Forbes list of Best Value Colleges 2018. The UW rose from 23rd place in the 2016 ranking.


April 25, 2018

UW breaks ground on new Population Health building

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A crowd of dignitaries gathered Wednesday for the official groundbreaking of the university’s new 290,000-square-foot Population Health Building, a facility that will house the Population Health Initiative launched by the UW in 2016.


Breaking bottlenecks to the electronic-photonic information technology revolution

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Researchers at the University of Washington, working with researchers from the ETH-Zurich, Purdue University and Virginia Commonwealth University, have achieved an optical communications breakthrough that could revolutionize information technology. They created a tiny device, smaller than a human hair, that translates electrical bits (0s and 1s of the digital language) into light, or photonic bits, at speeds 10s of times faster than current technologies.


April 12, 2018

Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities

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Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities.


April 10, 2018

UW’s Samuel Wasser receives prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal

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A University of Washington professor has been awarded the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal for his work for developing noninvasive tools for monitoring human impacts on wildlife. Samuel K. Wasser was honored in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening. The award was presented by Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell.


April 4, 2018

UW’s newest icon — a carillon of bells atop Kane Hall — to be dedicated Thursday

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A new carillon — the only such instrument in Western Washington — will ring in full concert at the University of Washington for the first time Thursday.


April 3, 2018

Four UW students honored by Goldwater Foundation

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Three University of Washington undergraduates are among 211 students nationwide named as 2018 Goldwater Scholars. One UW student received honorable mention.


March 29, 2018

Mario L. Barnes named dean of the School of Law

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Mario L. Barnes has been named the next Toni Rembe dean of the University of Washington’s School of Law, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today. His appointment, set to begin July 5, 2018, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


March 27, 2018

Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson to be UW’s 2018 commencement speaker

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Dr. Benjamin Danielson, a 1992 graduate of the UW School of Medicine, a Children’s Hospital pediatrician and director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s Commencement exercises Saturday, June 9.


March 19, 2018

University of Washington graduate and professional disciplines rank highly in US News’ Best Graduate School lists

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Nearly 50 different graduate and professional programs and specialties at the University of Washington are among the top 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate School rankings released March 20.


March 7, 2018

Bike share programs: What do cyclists think?

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Researchers at the University of Washington Sustainable Transportation Lab want your input to learn why bike share programs — like Pronto, LimeBike, Spin or ofo — succeed or fail. The lab is conducting a short, voluntary survey of cyclists to find out what they’re looking for from a bike share program.


February 26, 2018

Brian McCartan named vice president for finance at the UW

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Brian McCartan has been named vice president for finance at the University of Washington, Executive Vice President Jeff Scott announced today. McCartan joins the UW after serving as the chief financial officer at Sound Transit for the past 11 years. He begins on Feb. 26.


February 15, 2018

Five UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

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Five faculty members at the University of Washington have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The new Sloan Fellows, announced Feb. 15, include Maya Cakmak, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; Jiun-Haw Chu, assistant professor of clean energy and physics; Arka Majumdar, assistant professor of electrical engineering and physics; Jessica Werk, assistant professor of astronomy; and Chelsea Wood, assistant professor of aquatic and fishery sciences.


February 12, 2018

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

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University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper – similar to toilet tissue – into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement.