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December 8, 2016

Frequently asked questions: odontoma in a gorgonopsian

Sketch of an extinct animal.

Answers to frequently asked questions about a 255-year-old tumor in a ‘pre-mammal.’


November 28, 2016

Statement from UW President Ana Mari Cauce regarding Nov. 15 attack on Muslim student

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“Our university is and will always be a welcoming place for people of every race and faith, including our Muslim students, faculty and staff.”


November 22, 2016

UW has 29 faculty on list of ‘highly cited researchers’ for 2016

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Twenty-nine University of Washington faculty members are among a list of the year’s most highly cited researchers in the natural and social sciences.


November 21, 2016

Ocean acidification study offers warnings for marine life, habitats

Sea grass beds, like these off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, might buffer the impacts of ocean acidification

Acidification of the world’s oceans could drive a cascading loss of biodiversity in some marine habitats, according to research published Nov. 21 in Nature Climate Change.


November 17, 2016

Trump and foreign policy: UW Jackson School faculty speak out

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Several Jackson School of International Studies faculty members comment on the geopolitical possibilities of the coming Donald Trump administration.


November 8, 2016

Determination of significance and request for comments on scope of Environmental Impact Statement

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The UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Master Plan will guide development, building on the 2010 (rev 2011) Campus Master Plan and extending the continuity of planning developed over the next 20 years. The Campus Master Plan will include guidelines and policies for new development on the campus.


Clues in poached ivory yield ages and locations of origin

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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 from a team of scientists at the University of Utah, the University of Washington and partner institutions. They combined a new approach to radiocarbon dating of ivory samples with genetic analysis tools developed by UW biology professor Sam Wasser.


November 3, 2016

Jeffrey Scott named executive vice president for finance and administration at the University of Washington

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Jeffrey F. Scott has been named executive vice president for finance and administration (EVP) at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce announced today. Currently Senior Vice President at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Scott will provide leadership for the central business services of the University, including finance and facilities, human resources, information technology,…


October 26, 2016

New permanent ballot box located outside UW’s Schmitz Hall

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A new permanent ballot drop box is now located on the north side of Schmitz Hall. King County voters can drop off their completed ballots any time between Oct. 20 and 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Schmitz Hall is at 1400 NE Campus Parkway. The ballot box is located by the north…


October 25, 2016

UW maintains No. 11 position in US News Best Global Universities ranking; third among public institutions

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The University of Washington maintained its No. 11 spot in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. The UW remains the third-ranked public university on the global list, behind University of California, Berkeley (fourth) and UCLA (10th). “This recognition reflects the work of our faculty and students in seeking…


October 14, 2016

A new way to ‘college’: University of Washington Continuum College

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The University of Washington has renamed Educational Outreach to Continuum College, a new name for a new era of higher education.


September 23, 2016

UW prof the first recipient of national social work award

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University of Washington social work professor Paula Nurius is the inaugural recipient of a new national award for helping advance doctoral education in her field. Nurius will receive the 2016 Educational Leadership in Doctoral Education award from the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) at a meeting in November. The…


September 22, 2016

5 UW professors among HHMI’s inaugural class of Faculty Scholars

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Amid a decline in funding for scientific research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation to launch a new Faculty Scholars program. Announced Sept. 22 by HHMI, the inaugural crop of early-career scientists includes 5 faculty members from the University of Washington.


September 21, 2016

UW jumps to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine, pharmacy; remains No. 6 in life sciences

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The University of Washington moved up to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields.


UW receives $500,000 from Boeing to enhance STEM training, opportunities for local students

Junior Ann Margaret Stompro leads a discussion about wildlife ecology as part of the UW's Alternative Spring Break program.

Boeing announced Wednesday it is awarding $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations and education institutions across Washington, including $500,000 to the University of Washington.


September 15, 2016

Poverty decreases, income inequality stagnant in Washington state

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The share of Washingtonians living in poverty dropped from 13.2 percent to 12.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to new data released Thursday. Washington was one of 23 states with statistically significant declines in their poverty rates during that period. The remaining 27 states and the District of Columbia saw no change in their…


September 14, 2016

The Great UW ShakeOut: An opportunity to practice earthquake preparedness

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All across the world, millions of people will be practicing their earthquake-preparedness on Oct. 20. The event — called the Great ShakeOut — will commence at 10:20 a.m. for those participating at the University of Washington and across the state. It is an opportunity for people to practice what they should do in the event of an earthquake: Drop, cover and hold on.


UW Osher Lifelong Learning Institute receives $1 million gift

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The Bernard Osher Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW). The Institute offers a diverse array of non-credit courses and activities for people 50 and older, giving these adults access to continuing education at the UW. The Osher Foundation’s gift takes the form…


August 17, 2016

Notice of possible rule making preproposal statement of inquiry

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Reasons why rules on this subject may be needed and what they might accomplish: To update WAC 478-160-163, Waivers of tuition and fees, with waivers recently enacted through state legislation, and to make other amendments that update obsolete information sources or otherwise streamline administrative procedures.


August 5, 2016

Employee open forums Aug. 15, 17 to report on UW HR/Payroll Integrated Service Center

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University of Washington employees are invited to attend an open forum either Monday, Aug. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Odegaard 220 or Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the HUB, Room 250, to learn more about the design of the HR/Payroll Integrated Service Center.   The goal of the center is to provide a single point of contact to effectively…


August 1, 2016

Twelve UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

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A dozen scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. According to a statement released by the organization, the new members were selected for “their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the academy in bringing the best available science…


July 31, 2016

President’s statement on shootings in Mukilteo

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The following is a statement from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce on the shooting of four individuals in Mukilteo this weekend, three of whom – Anna Bui, Jordan Ebner, and Jake Long – were killed, and one of whom – Will Kramer – was wounded and is at Harborview Medical Center. Bui was…


July 18, 2016

University of Washington named ‘Great College to Work For’ third year in a row

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The University of Washington has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the third consecutive year.


July 8, 2016

Researchers show phone calls can forecast dengue fever outbreaks

Predictions from the research team's model about where dengue fever cases would appear based on phone calls (in red) closely track suspected dengue cases actually reported by Pakistani hospitals (in black).

A UW computer science and engineering doctoral student has helped develop a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline.


July 6, 2016

Acid attack — can mussels hang on for much longer?

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Scientists from the University of Washington have found evidence that ocean acidification caused by carbon emissions can prevent mussels attaching themselves to rocks and other substrates, making them easy targets for predators and threatening the mussel farming industry.


June 29, 2016

UW statement on investigation into the conduct of professor Michael Katze

“When the sexual harassment complaints were made, Dr. Katze was removed from his lab and put on home assignment. A thorough investigation was commenced through UCIRO, the University’s complaint, investigation and resolution office. The investigation found that Dr. Katze had violated University sexual harassment policies. “His conduct was inappropriate and not in any way reflective…


June 24, 2016

UW’s Clean Energy Institute to participate in national smart manufacturing initiative

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The University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute will partner with regional industry and academic institutions as part of the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, according to an announcement June 20 by the White House.


June 16, 2016

Former UW administrator Jack Keating dies

Jack Keating, former UW psychology professor and dean at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma.

John P. (Jack) Keating, former University of Washington psychology professor, dean of the UW branch campuses and vice provost at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, died May 10 in Palm Springs, California. He is being remembered by colleagues as a dedicated and engaging teacher, strong researcher and inspired administrator. A San Francisco native and former…


May 31, 2016

Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

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A team led by University of Washington engineers has developed a new tool that could aid in the quest for better batteries and fuel cells. Although battery technology has come a long way since Alessandro Volta first stacked metal discs in a “voltaic pile” to generate electricity, major improvements are still needed to meet the…


May 16, 2016

US-India collaboration finds molecular signatures of severe malaria

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The malaria parasite can cause unusually severe cases of the eponymous disease in patients, leading to higher mortality and poorer health outcomes among survivors. But scientists have long struggled to understand why some patients develop severe malaria. The University of Washington’s International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in South Asia — along with partners…


May 12, 2016

Washington home prices up 8.1 percent over last year in first quarter of 2016

A home with a for-sale sign in front. Story says: Washington state's housing market remained strong in the second quarter of 2016.

Washington state’s housing market showed the continuing effects of low supply in the first quarter of 2016, with sales limited and most markets less affordable, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.


Anti-kickback, conflict of interest and whistleblower regulations; supplemental compliance resources

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Anti-kickback, conflict of interest and whistleblower regulations Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR 52.203-7) require the University to implement procedures designed to prevent and detect violations of the Anti-Kickback Act of 1986 (41 USC 51-58). This is published as a reminder of the policies and procedures in place at the University of Washington. Kickback defined. “Kickback” as…


Tour UW Libraries’ new Conservation Center May 25

Visitors learn about UW Libraries' new Conservation Center, in Suzzallo Library, during an April Friends of the Library tour.

UW Libraries invites the public to tour its new state-of-the-art Conservation Center on the fifth floor of Suzzallo Library, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.


April 20, 2016

4 UW professors elected as fellows in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Four University of Washington professors join 172 other academics as newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the group announced Wednesday.


April 18, 2016

Board of Regents approves first University of Washington master’s program through Global Innovation Exchange

Shwetak Patel, chief technology officer for GIX.

The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the Master of Science in Technology Innovation degree, a 60-credit interdisciplinary program developed by the Global Innovation Exchange.


April 6, 2016

3 University of Washington professors recognized by Guggenheim Foundation

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Three University of Washington professors are among the 178 scholars, artists, and scientists from the U.S. and Canada recognized this year by the Guggenheim Foundation.


April 1, 2016

UW ranked among top 25 ‘Best Value Colleges’ by Forbes

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The University of Washington is ranked No. 23 in the nation for best value by Forbes, according to a list released this week. The rankings are based on several factors including quality (based on the 2015 Forbes Top Colleges ranking), drop-out risk, average time to graduate, tuition and post-graduation salaries and skills. The magazine said the top colleges are “mostly…


March 23, 2016

President’s statement on recent student death

The following is a statement from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce on the recent death of student Katy Straalsund.


March 15, 2016

Medicine, nursing programs top national rankings; dozens more UW programs highly rated

Gerberding Hall on Red Square. Seattle campus, December 26th, 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

For the 22nd time in the past 23 years, the University of Washington ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate School rankings released Tuesday. The rural medicine and family medicine programs have also led the nation since those rankings began in 1992. In a…


March 11, 2016

TechConnect annual conference March 24

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Members of the UW community are invited to a free daylong conference for technology professionals at the third-annual UW TechConnect Conference March 24. Sean Mooney, a professor of biomedical informatics and medical education and UW Medicine chief research information officer, will kick off the day with a keynote presentation starting at 8:30 a.m. Internet2 Senior VP…



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