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October 20, 2014

UW student population grows, minority enrollment continues upward trend

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Enrollment for the three University of Washington campuses increased nearly 3 percent in the new school year, according to the finalized Fall 2014 census of enrolled students released by Philip Ballinger, associate vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions.

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.

October 8, 2014

Jackson School centers receive $16 million for international education


The University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for all eight of its Title VI centers — with grants of more than $16 million to be awarded over four years.

October 3, 2014

University of Washington and Washington State University announce Memorandum of Understanding on medical education expansion

SPOKANE, Wash. – Leadership at the University of Washington and Washington State University today announced they have reached an agreement that will mutually dissolve their WWAMI partnership and provide a pathway to pursue separate solutions to address the state’s medical education needs and physician shortage. In order to provide the greatest benefit to the state…

October 2, 2014

Jackson School director discusses goals of new International Policy Institute

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies, discusses the school's new International Policy Institute.

Resat Kasaba, director of the Henry M. Jackson School director, discusses goals and mission of the school’s new International Policy Institute.

September 24, 2014

Citizenship, women in tech, taboo language, psychology of superheroes among UW’s new fall class lineup

Suzzallo Library and Red Square on the University of Washington campus.

From exploring American citizenship to encouraging women in technology, the 2014-15 school year brings a wealth of new classroom experiences for UW students.

September 23, 2014

‘Celebrity and its Discontents’: The 2014 Performing Arts Lecture Series


Celebrities have fascinated the public for centuries — but why? And how does the spotlight affect those on whom it shines? This year’s Performing Arts Lecture Series, presented by the School of Drama, explores the power of celebrity from unique perspectives in three evening lectures.

September 22, 2014

New degree programs aplenty starting with school year

The University of Washington is offering a number of new degree programs with the start of fall quarter 2014.

Through new degree programs starting this fall, students will learn architecture from a liberal arts perspective, complete social sciences degrees online, become expert in the teaching of science, and much more.

September 3, 2014

Health Sciences News Digest

Pharmacy teaching Ebola

Latest news from the UW Health Sciences: Comparative genomes, open notes, teaching Ebola, depression in women

August 25, 2014

UW climbs to No. 7 in national ranking

statue of George Washington on UW campus

The Washington Monthly magazine has listed UW seventh in the nation in its 2014 national university rankings.

August 21, 2014

Busy midsummer week for UW undergraduate researchers

Trinh Ha, an incoming freshman who will study engineering, talks with visitors at the UW Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

The popular Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session allows UW students — and some just arriving — to show off their research.

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)

August 1, 2014

A unique lab class: UW students explore nation’s largest dam removal

students walking on sand

A spring research apprenticeship course had nine undergraduates living at Friday Harbor Labs and studying what will happen to sediment released by dam removals on the Elwha River.

July 29, 2014

Health Sciences News Digest 7.29.2014

brain isocortex

News from the UW Health Sciences: Alzheimer’s impact on our aging population, hunger cues, trauma treatment study, avoiding burnout, training new neuroscientists, an AIDS-free generation

July 28, 2014

UW alum, Bremerton native wins global architecture award

headshot of Steven Holl

World-renowned architect and UW alumnus Steven Holl recently received a 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in architecture, joining the likes of I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.

July 25, 2014

Budget or bust: Primer on public finance teaches government officials the basics


Many newly elected or appointed officials arrive knowing next to nothing about public finance. That’s why Justin Marlowe of the Evans School of Public Affairs wrote this basic guide to public finance.

July 2, 2014

‘I see it, learn it and do it’: A peek into the lives of some of UW’s online students

Miho Wright working with children

Forty-nine students from eight states are part of the inaugural group of Huskies in the UW’s first online bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood and family studies.

July 1, 2014

Engaging parents, community to map student success in South King County

Girls at a school desk.

The Road Map Project highlights how students are most successful when schools and communities find creative and culturally responsive ways of engaging parents.

June 18, 2014

Global issues at play in book of study-abroad student letters

“T.I.P.S. to Study Abroad” is available at the University Bookstore and through Amazon. Proceeds from the book will go to the organizations the students met and worked with in India.

Creative letters written by UW undergraduates who studied last summer in Bangalore, India, are gathered in a new book, “T.I.P.S. for Study Abroad.”

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 3, 2014

UW Libraries hosts digital collection of activist Gary Greaves’ interviews

Gary Greaves

Interviews from the 1990s by Seattle-area activist Gary Greaves on how the area changed after the 1962 World’s Fair are now offered online by UW Libraries.

May 27, 2014

UW students, neighbors join forces down on the Union Bay ‘bayou’

Woman kneels by two-foot tall willow branches

Swamp once site of historic Yesler sawmill being restored with UW student and neighborhood help.

May 13, 2014

Focus on research: Undergraduates bring findings alive Friday

Student explains work to attendee of 2013 poster session

Join your colleagues at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, May 16.

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.

May 2, 2014

Teaching kids the language behind their devices — Code.org co-founder to speak

A second grade student participates in the 2013 Hour of Code.

Hadi Partovi of Code.org will talk May 8 at UW’s Seattle campus about the impact of the Hour of Code and what parents, educators and policymakers in Washington state can do to prepare students for science, technology, math and engineering jobs.

April 30, 2014

See National Ocean Sciences Bowl put the M (for “marine”) in STEMM

Students writing at table

The Super Bowl of high school marine studies, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, takes place this weekend on the UW campus. The theme of this year’s event is ocean acidification.

April 25, 2014

Online ‘Legislative Explorer’ uses big data to track decades of lawmaking

John Wilkerson, creator of the Legislative Explorer

University of Washington political scientist John Wilkerson has matched data visualization with the study of lawmaking to create a new online tool for researchers and students called the Legislative Explorer. Think of it as big data meeting up with How a Bill Becomes a Law. “The goal was to get beyond the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ narrative…

April 16, 2014

Metoyer to present 10th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Cheryl Metoyer sits reading a book

In her lecture “Are We There Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education,” Metoyer will talk about the historic development of Native Americans in higher education.

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 2, 2014

Science-themed music videos boost scientific literacy, study shows


As the United States puts ever-greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to keep competitive in the global economy, schools are trying to figure out how to improve student learning in science. University of Washington researchers think music may be the answer for some students.

March 26, 2014

UW School of Medicine launches “Next Generation WWAMI” in Spokane

UW Dr. Hollie Matthews works with student David Lepez in Moses Lake in 2010.

The UW School of Medicine plans to establish Spokane as the center of an effort called “Next Generation WWAMI.”

March 24, 2014

Stellar names in classical music part of collector’s gift to UW Music Library

Judy Tsou, head of the UW Music Library, with a copy of Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes." The score is part of a large donation to the UW by the estate music collector William Crawford III.

Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Gershwin — the names alone are enough to quicken the pulse of any classical music lover. Those greats and many more are represented in a gift of rare classical music scores to the University of Washington Music Library.

March 21, 2014

Match Day, when medical student futures are decided

Match Day 2014 Anticipation

The official announcement of the results of the National Residency Matching Program is an annual rite of passage for UW medical students and their peers across the United States. The wait is over.

March 20, 2014

No sandy beaches: UW students head to rural Washington for Alternative Spring Break

A UW student teaches environmental science to students in La Push in 2013.

Many University of Washington students will greet spring break next week from a warm sandy beach, but 69 of them will instead spend their week off helping young students in rural communities learn about art, literacy and the environment. In turn, these UW students will learn about life, culture and education in rural Washington.

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 13, 2014

Cognitive training shows some lasting effects in healthy older adults

elderly man teaches chess

The national, decade-long ACTIVE study showed that cognitive training can help the elderly maintain certain thinking and reasoning skills useful in everyday life.

January 6, 2014

‘Future of Ice’ initiative marks new era for UW polar research


The UW’s new “Future of Ice” initiative includes several new research hires, a new minor in Arctic studies and a free winter lecture series.

December 17, 2013

UWMC grants wish for seriously ill teen interested in NICU nursing

Samantha in NICU

Samantha’s dream career is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nursing. One day last week the nurses in the UW Medical Center NICU warmly welcomed her to their world of caring for babies and their families.

October 31, 2013

Epilepsy film to be screened Nov. 9 at Harborview Medical Center

Epilepsy film man in the street

Independent film producer Louis Stanislaw will present “Living on the Edge” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Harborview Medical Center Research & Training Building. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion of individuals living with epilepsy and UW Medicine professionals who treat seizure disorders.

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