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June 15, 2018

Study: Undergrad research experiences make a noticeable difference

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A new analysis suggests the value of structured research programs for undergraduates extends to society as a whole by encouraging participants to seek advanced degrees in scientific and technological fields.


May 15, 2018

Chemist Karen Goldberg elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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Karen Goldberg, an affiliate professor of chemistry at the University of Washington, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


April 16, 2018

Statement on UW School of Dentistry financial deficit

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A statement from Victor Balta, UW spokesperson, on the financial deficit in the University of Washington School of Dentistry.


April 9, 2018

After 30 years of R&D, breakthrough announced in dark matter detection technology, definitive search to begin for axion particles

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This week, the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) announced that it has achieved the necessary sensitivity to “hear” the telltale signs of dark matter axions. This technological breakthrough is the result of more than 30 years of research and development, with the latest piece of the puzzle coming in the form of a quantum-enabled device that allows ADMX to listen for axions more closely than any experiment ever built.


April 6, 2018

University of Washington professor recognized by Guggenheim Foundation

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A University of Washington professor is among the 173 scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada recognized this year by the Guggenheim Foundation. Christian Lee Novetzke, associate director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and director, Center for Global Studies, was among the winners chosen from more than 3,000 applicants.


April 3, 2018

Real estate department named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad

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The College of Built Environments Department of Real Estate, formerly the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, has been named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad.


March 26, 2018

Underground neutrino experiment sets the stage for deep discovery about matter

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In a study published March 26 in Physical Review Letters, collaborators of the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR have shown they can shield a sensitive, scalable 44-kilogram germanium detector array from background radioactivity. This accomplishment is critical to developing a much larger future experiment to study the nature of neutrinos.


March 22, 2018

A blind date in the deep sea: First-ever observations of a living anglerfish, a female with her tiny mate, coupled for life

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A pair of anglerfish, a species never before seen alive by humans, was recorded recently on camera by researchers aboard the LULA1000, a submersible operated by the marine science-focused Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation.


March 14, 2018

UW mourns chemistry professor, former provost and vice president for academic affairs, Irving Shain

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Former University of Washington Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Irving Shain has died. He was 92.


March 13, 2018

Renée Cheng named dean of the College of Built Environments

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Renée Cheng has been named dean of the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Gerald J. “Jerry” Baldasty announced today. Her appointment, set to begin Jan. 1, 2019, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


March 2, 2018

Two species of ravens nevermore? New research finds evidence of ‘speciation reversal’

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A new study almost 20 years in the making provides some of the strongest evidence yet of the “speciation reversal” phenomenon in two lineages of common ravens.


February 21, 2018

UW among Peace Corps’ 2018 top volunteer-producing colleges & universities

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The Peace Corps today announced that University of Washington ranked No. 2 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 74 UW alumni currently volunteering worldwide.


February 20, 2018

University of Washington is a top producer of Fulbright scholars

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The University of Washington ranked second in the country in producing Fulbright Scholars. Fulbrights were awarded to 11 researchers at UW’s Seattle campus, and to three faculty members at UW Bothell.


February 9, 2018

Research uncovers the mysterious lives of narwhals

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New findings could help scientists understand a little more about the elusive narwhal and how these marine mammals might fare in a changing climate.


January 30, 2018

Official notice: Action on UW Bothell/Cascadia College Campus Master Plan

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Notice is given under SEPA, RCW 43.21C.080, that the University of Washington Board of Regents, to the action described below on Jan. 11, 2018. Any action to set aside, enjoin, review or otherwise challenge such action on the grounds of noncompliance with the provisions of Chapter 43.21C RCW (State Environmental Policy Act) shall be commenced…


January 25, 2018

If you swat mosquitoes, they may learn to avoid your scent

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In a published Jan. 25 in Current Biology, University of Washington researchers report that mosquitoes can learn to associate a particular odor with an unpleasant mechanical shock akin to being swatted. As a result, they’ll avoid that scent the next time.


January 22, 2018

Lab-made hormone may reveal secret lives of plants

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By developing a synthetic version of the plant hormone auxin and an engineered receptor to recognize it, University of Washington biology professor Keiko Torii and her colleagues are poised to uncover plants’ inner workings, raising the possibility of a new way to ripen fruits such as strawberries and tomatoes.


January 9, 2018

Public hearing notice: Governing access to public records, copying

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The purpose of the hearing is to allow all interested persons an opportunity to present their views, either orally or in writing, on the proposed amendments to WAC 478-276-100, “Governing Access to Public Records, Copying.”


December 22, 2017

UW ranks No. 7 among public universities on Kiplinger’s 300 ‘Best College Values’ for 2018

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The University of Washington is ranked No. 7 on Kiplinger’s 300 Best College Values for 2018 among public universities, released Dec. 22.


December 14, 2017

Loose skin and slime protect hagfishes from sharks

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Researchers from the University of Washington, Chapman University and University of Guelph have published new research showing how hagfishes survive an initial attack from predators before they release large volumes of slime to defend themselves.


December 7, 2017

UW announces ambitious public commitment to educate more high-achieving low-income students

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UW is among the first schools to announce public commitments through the American Talent Initiative. The UW aims to graduate an additional 125 low- to low-middle-income students per cohort by 2025.


New research shows hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy and food

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The University of Washington, Arizona State University and other collaborators have proposed a method in the Dec. 8 issue of Science that allows hydroelectric dam operators to generate power in ways that protect — and possibly improve — food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong river basin in Southeast Asia.


December 5, 2017

Living cell membranes can self-sort their components by ‘demixing’

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Scientists at the University of Washington show for the first time that the complex distribution of molecules within a membrane of a living yeast cell arises through demixing.


Making humanity’s challenges smaller and smaller: UW launches Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems

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The University of Washington has launched a new institute aimed at accelerating research at the nanoscale: the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, or NanoES. The institute will pursue impactful advancements in a variety of disciplines — including energy, materials science, computation and medicine. Yet these advancements will be at a technological scale a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair.


November 30, 2017

Giant black hole pair photobombs Andromeda Galaxy

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A cosmic photobomb found as a background object in images of the nearby Andromeda galaxy has revealed what could be the most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes ever seen.


November 29, 2017

Official notice: Determination of significance and request for comments on scope of EIS

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Project Name: Husky Stadium Transportation Management Plan Proponent: University of Washington – Seattle Campus Description of Proposal: The University is updating the Husky Stadium Transportation Management Plan (TMP). The University’s goal is to prepare a TMP that accommodates a maximum crowd of 70,000 people; modifies mode goals and operational logistics for hosting smaller  events than football games…


November 22, 2017

AAAS names 8 UW researchers as fellows in 2017

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Eight University of Washington researchers are among the 396 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, announced this week.


October 25, 2017

UW among top 10 in US News Best Global Universities ranking; No. 2 among US public institutions

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The University of Washington climbed to the No. 10 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, tied with Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. The UW is now second among American public institutions — an improvement from last year’s No. 3 slot. “I am proud to see the University of…


October 4, 2017

New portable blood analyzer could improve anemia detection worldwide

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To reduce the burden of anemia worldwide, health officials need a portable and affordable way to analyze blood. Mechanical engineering researchers at the University of Washington developed a device smaller than a toaster that can detect the level of hemoglobin in whole blood samples using optical absorbance.


September 28, 2017

UW ranked among top 10 most innovative universities in the world by Reuters

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The University of Washington is listed at No. 7 on the Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities, released Wednesday.


Lisa M. Zurk named executive director of UW Applied Physics Laboratory

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Lisa Zurk, a UW aluma in electrical engineering, professor at Portland State University and program manager at DARPA, will become the eighth director of the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory.


September 21, 2017

Scott Montgomery makes case for nuclear power in new book ‘Seeing the Light’

"Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century," by the UW's Scott L. Montgomery with Thomas Graham Jr., was published in September by Cambridge University Press. Story is a Q and A with Montgomery.

Scott L. Montgomery of the UW Jackson School of International Studies discusses his new book, “Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear power in the 21st Century.”


September 14, 2017

Poverty decreases, income increases in Seattle area and Washington state

Census data released Sept. 14 show that poverty declined between 2015 and 2016 in Washington state and in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area, specifically.

The share of Washingtonians living in poverty dropped from 12.2 percent to 11.3 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to new Census data released Thursday. This is the third straight year that poverty has decreased since the post-recession high of 14.1 percent in 2013.


September 7, 2017

Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense

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More than a decade of lightning strikes over the Indian Ocean shows for the first time that ship exhaust along major shipping routes alters thunderstorm intensity.


September 5, 2017

UW, Seattle Housing Authority plan to build affordable housing in the U District

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The University of Washington and the Seattle Housing Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding for the two organizations to develop affordable housing in the University District.


August 25, 2017

As Tolstoy noted (sort of), all unhappy microbiomes are unhappy in their own way

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The bacterial communities that live inside each of our guts are relatively similar when times are good, but when stress enters the equation, those communities can react very differently from person to person.


August 23, 2017

UW is No. 13 in the world, third among public universities, in new ranking

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The University of Washington is ranked No. 13 in the world — No. 3 among public universities — on the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released this month.


August 18, 2017

‘Be sure to look around you’: Tips on Seattle eclipse viewing

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With many in Seattle are wondering what the Aug. 21 solar eclipse will be like in our city, Bruce Balick, UW professor emeritus of astronomy, shared a few thoughts.


August 7, 2017

UW to host Interior Department’s Northwest Climate Science Center

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The University of Washington is the new host for the federally funded Northwest Climate Science Center, a consortium that supports climate-adaptation research in the Northwest.


July 27, 2017

Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

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Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.



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