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October 29, 2014

New study shows three abrupt pulses of CO2 during last deglaciation

This image from December 2010 shows a 1-meter-long section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide core with a dark ash layer.

Increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide that helped end the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago happened in three abrupt pulses, not gradually.


October 15, 2014

Science communication should consider cultural perspectives

Two images from Native-American-authored children's books.

New research suggests that considering differences among a variety of cultures can have an impact on how well science and scientific concepts are communicated to the public.


September 22, 2014

Snail shells show high-rise plateau is much lower than it used to be

The Zhada Basin on the southwest Tibetan Plateau, with the Himalayas to the south.

Geologists have long debated when and how the Tibetan Plateau reached a 14,000-foot-plus elevation, but new UW-led research shows it once was probably even higher.


August 20, 2014

Notice of possible rule making: Preproposal statement of inquiry

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 478-120 WAC, Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington.


UW project becomes a focal point in hunt for dark matter

UW physicists Leslie Rosenberg (left) and Gray Rybka examine the Axion Dark Matter Experiment detector package.

The UW has one of three experiments aimed at detecting elusive dark matter in the universe that have gotten a big financial boost.


August 14, 2014

Seymour Rabinovitch leaves a long UW legacy in chemistry

B. Seymour Rabinovitch

Seymour Rabinovitch, 95, a professor emeritus who spent four decades in the UW Chemistry Department, died Aug. 2.


August 7, 2014

Rebuilding part of the Large Hadron Collider – with Legos

UW physics graduate student Nikola Whallon shows off a Legos version of the Atlas detector.

UW students used Legos to build a replica of the Atlas detector, part of the Large Hadron Collider that made physics history. (With video)


July 22, 2014

Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

An aerial view of the slide site at Oso, Washington, from March 31, 2014.

The UW is part of a new study that shows the disastrous landslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington, involved the “remobilization” of a 2006 landslide in the same place.


July 17, 2014

Geophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. Helens

The crater of Mount St. Helens.

Dozens of geophysicists and volunteers will deploy 3,500 seismic sensors at Mount St. Helens next week in an unprecedented study of the volcano’s plumbing.


June 18, 2014

Scientists ready to study magma formation beneath Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens as it appeared two years after its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980.

Scientists are embarking on research to improve volcanic eruption forecasting by learning more about how a deep-underground feeder system creates and supplies magma to Mount St. Helens.


June 10, 2014

139th commencement for UW’s Seattle campus at Husky Stadium June 14

A scene from the 2013 UW commencement ceremony at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

A record 5,300-plus graduates and an audience of more than 40,000 are expected to attend the 139th University of Washington commencement ceremonies June 14.


June 6, 2014

International award cites UW for leadership in sustainability

statue of George Washington on UW campus

The University of Washington is the only U.S. university named as a 2014 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner.


May 8, 2014

UW regents briefed on efforts to address sexual assault prevention, response

statue of George Washington on UW campus

The Board of Regents heard an update Thursday on implementing recommendations from a task force on sexual assault prevention and response on all three UW campuses.


April 15, 2014

UW requires licensees to sign Bangladesh Accord

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

UW licensees who source, produce or buy apparel in Bangladesh are now required to become signatories to The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.


April 10, 2014

Ballmer to speak at University of Washington commencement

Steve Ballmer (right) with Bill Gates (center and Satya Nadella, Microsoft's three CEOs.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be the speaker at this year’s UW commencement exercises June 14.


April 7, 2014

President Young announces Medical Education Advisory Council membership

statue of George Washington on UW campus

UW President Michael K. Young has announced the appointment of an Advisory Council on Medical Education Access and Affordability,


March 11, 2014

UW regains top U.S. News rank in medicine; other areas get high marks

University of Washington medical students practice placing casts.

U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings give high marks to UW programs in medicine, education, law, business and engineering and rate the medical school No. 1 overall for primary care.


February 27, 2014

Kenyon Chan named interim chancellor at University of Washington Tacoma

Kenyon S. Chan

Kenyon Chan, former chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell, has been named interim chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma.


January 22, 2014

UW names undergraduate medalists for academic performance

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

Three students have been named UW academic medalists, the most outstanding students in their respective classes, for 2012-13.


January 16, 2014

UW commits to White House plan to help more students afford college

A large 'W' is at the north entrance to the UW campus.

The University of Washington will participate in a federal initiative announced by President Obama to help more students afford and graduate from college.


January 6, 2014

Book explains astrobiology for a general audience

The cover of "Astrobiology: A very short introduction."

David Catling’s new book, part of an Oxford University Press series, aims to explain astrobiology to a general audience.


December 3, 2013

‘Spooky action’ builds a wormhole between ‘entangled’ particles

An illustration depicting a wormhole between two black holes.

New research indicates that a phenomenon called “quantum entanglement” could be intrinsically linked with the creation of wormholes.


November 6, 2013

A shot in the dark: Detector at UW on the hunt for dark matter

Physicists examine components of the axion detector at the University of Washington.

Physicists are using a detector at the UW to search for a particle called an axion, which would be the first physical evidence of the universe’s dark matter.


October 29, 2013

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

An artist's conception shows a sampling rocket, with a tether linking a return capsule inside the rocket to a recovery craft.

This year, in an annual trek to the Nevada desert, UW students deliberately launched rockets from altitude directly into a dry lakebed. These were early tests of a concept that eventually could be used to collect and return samples from an erupting volcano, a melting nuclear reactor or even an asteroid in space.


October 28, 2013

Much of rural India still waits for electricity

An electric transmission tower in Asia.

Columnist: Crowdfund UW computer-science expansion

The Computer Science and Engineering building at UW.

October 22, 2013

Survey asks, ‘How do you use campus spaces?’

An interactive campus map that is part of the survey.

A new online survey will help develop a Campus Landscape Framework, a step toward updating the campus master plan.


October 15, 2013

UW female professors building a culture for engineering

Kat Steele, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the UW College of Engineering, works with students.

October 14, 2013

Federal shutdown could hamper quake response

A recorder for seismic activity.

October 1, 2013

Should we care if companies use data for advertising?

statue of George Washington on UW campus

September 25, 2013

Shiny new Odegaard library greets students

The second and third floors of Odegaard library.

UW students are being greeted by a spiffy new version of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library following a nearly $17 million makeover, the first in the library’s 41-year history.


‘Green jobs’ loosely defined in job creation grants

Mike Mitzel, maintenance mechanic for UW's consolidated laundry facility.

September 20, 2013

Myth busting: Why so many spiders in late summer?

A male giant house spider perched on a hand.

September 17, 2013

Door open for migrant students at UW

Jose Carmona spent the summer as an intern with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, doing field research on two projects.

September 9, 2013

Brotmans receive Gates Volunteer Service Award

statue of George Washington on UW campus

September 6, 2013

UW’s big bet on cheap classes

Scenes depicting online education.

September 3, 2013

Research cruise makes discoveries about Cacadia megaquake fault

Local sea life took interest in the seafloor probes.

Huskies vault to No. 20 in new AP poll

Huskies run onto the field.

August 28, 2013

Town Hall to host discussion of tea party and reactionary politics

Cover of "Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politcs in America"

August 26, 2013

UW Tacoma offers behind-the-scenes U.S. Open experience

Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Wash.

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