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June 1, 2015

Drumheller Fountain reopens a week early

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Drumheller Fountain, one of the University of Washington’s campus icons, reopened Monday, one week ahead of schedule after having been closed by Facilities Services crews April 27 for its biannual cleaning and maintenance. “Drumheller Fountain is the centerpiece of our campus,” maintenance supervisor Dale Baxmann said. “We need to be good stewards of our campus landmarks; responsible…


May 19, 2015

Former Gov. Christine Gregoire to be UW commencement speaker

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Christine Gregoire, who served as Washington’s 22nd governor from 2005 to 2013, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s Commencement exercises June 13. Gregoire, a 1969 graduate of the UW, was named director of the Washington Department of Ecology in 1988. Four years later, she became the first woman elected to the position of attorney…


May 14, 2015

UW Regents vote to divest from coal companies

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The University of Washington Board of Regents on Thursday voted to prohibit direct investment of endowment funds in publicly traded companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy generation. The Board also reaffirmed the importance of the University’s wide-ranging sustainability efforts. The vote is the culmination of a process that…


UW Regents appoint Presidential Search Advisory Committee, authorize Chair to contract with national search firm

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The University of Washington Board of Regents took another critical step in selecting its next president Thursday by naming the members of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee and selecting a national search firm to assist in the process. Kenyon Chan, chancellor emeritus and professor at UW Bothell, will chair the committee comprising 27 additional members,…


UW Regents approve new name for Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

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The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington has a new name following approval by the university’s Board of Regents during a meeting Thursday. Effective July 1, the university’s largest graduate degree program will be known as the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. “The Regents’ action…


April 30, 2015

UW Regents seek public input at open forums as presidential search begins

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The University of Washington Board of Regents began the process of selecting its next president, and board Chairman Bill Ayer is inviting students, faculty, staff and the public to a series of open forums about what they are looking for in the next leader of the university.


April 10, 2015

UW raises minimum wage to $11 per hour for all student workers

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The University of Washington announced today it is increasing the minimum pay for its student workers to $11 an hour, effective April 1, 2015, consistent with its announcement March 31 that it was moving 70 non-student staff earning below $11 to the new level. Approximately 2,600 student workers are affected. On March 31, the University…


April 2, 2015

Sally Clark named UW director of regional and community relations

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Sally J. Clark, who has served on the Seattle City Council since February 2006, has been appointed director of regional and community relations at the University of Washington, effective May 18, 2015. “I am thrilled to welcome Sally to the University,” said Randy Hodgins, UW vice president for external affairs. “She brings a wealth of…


March 31, 2015

UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce statement on proposed Senate budget

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The following statement is from University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce: “While I am very pleased to see that the Senate budget not only provides most of the state funding needed to pay for its tuition reduction bill, and makes additional investments for the next biennium, there are some troubling aspects to the…


UW raises minimum-wage workers to $11 per hour

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The University of Washington announced today that it is bringing a small group of employees who currently earn below $11 an hour to that level, effective April 1, in keeping with the spirit of Seattle’s new minimum wage law. Of the approximately 39,000 non-student employees at the UW, 70 currently earn below $11 per hour….


March 23, 2015

Mia Tuan named dean of the UW’s College of Education

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Mia Tuan has been named dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington, interim President Ana Mari Cauce and interim Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today. Tuan comes to the UW from the University of Oregon, where she has held a number of academic and leadership positions over the past 18 years. The…


March 10, 2015

Efficiency on display at first Organizational Excellence Showcase

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Representatives from more than 50 University of Washington departments crowded into the HUB Lyceum on Tuesday afternoon to share recent workplace improvements at the first Organizational Excellence Showcase. “What’s most exciting to see is that there is a real appetite for continuous improvement and change on campus,” said Ruth Johnston, leader of Organizational Excellence and…


March 9, 2015

UW leads nation in primary care, rural medicine and family medicine; top 10 in dozens of graduate programs

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The University of Washington has 42 graduate schools and specialty programs among the nation’s top 10 in each area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings released Tuesday. The UW again ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical school, while the rural medicine and family medicine specialties continue to lead the…


February 24, 2015

Jerry Baldasty named interim provost of the University of Washington

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University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce has selected Jerry Baldasty to serve as interim provost, effective March 3, when Cauce assumes the role of interim president. Baldasty has served as senior vice provost for academic and student affairs since 2012. “Jerry is a candid communicator who exemplifies transparency, mutual respect…


February 18, 2015

University of Washington leads the nation in Peace Corps volunteers

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The University of Washington produced the most Peace Corps volunteers for 2015, reclaiming the top spot with 72 alumni currently in service.


February 13, 2015

University of Washington named one of 12 ‘top producers’ of both Fulbright scholars and students

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The University of Washington is one of 12 institutions to make the “top producers” list of both Fulbright scholars and students for 2014-15, according to lists released Thursday in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program, operated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship…


February 12, 2015

UW Regents name Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce interim president

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University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce was named interim president by the Board of Regents at their regular meeting on Thursday. Her appointment will be effective March 2, 2015. She succeeds President Michael K. Young, who is leaving the UW for Texas A&M University. “Dr. Cauce is an extraordinary leader…


University of Washington releases design plans, names architect for former Spokane visitors center

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SPOKANE, Washington — The University of Washington has released its architectural renderings for the redesign of the former Spokane Visitors Center, soon to be the UW Spokane Center. Located in the heart of Spokane’s University District, the UW Spokane Center will serve as a hub for Spokane-area alumni, students, prospective students, parents and supporters with…


February 4, 2015

UW Combined Fund Drive raises $2.2 million

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The 2014 University of Washington Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, raised $2,199,793, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s 30-year history. The campaign ran from Oct. 16 to Dec. 5, 2014, with UW faculty, staff and retirees pledging to 1,819 nonprofit organizations. Employees contributed through ongoing payroll deduction…


February 3, 2015

UW President Michael K. Young named sole finalist for president at Texas A&M University

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University of Washington President Michael K. Young on Tuesday was named as the sole finalist for president of Texas A&M University by its Board of Regents. Young became President of the UW in July 2011. Young is expected to assume his duties at Texas A&M in the spring. Statement from UW President Michael K. Young…


January 8, 2015

Study: University of Washington generates $12.5 billion, nearly 80,000 jobs for the state

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The University of Washington generates $12.5 billion a year in economic activity and supports 79,331 direct and indirect jobs in the state of Washington, according to a new economic impact report released Thursday by an independent research firm. The UW employs 34,668 people and, following Boeing and Microsoft, is the third-largest nonfederal employer in the…


January 6, 2015

Mark Pagano selected as chancellor of UW Tacoma

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University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today the selection of Mark Pagano, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Montana State University Billings, as the next chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma, effective March 16. The appointment is subject to approval by the UW Board of…


December 29, 2014

William P. Gerberding, 27th president of the University of Washington, dies at 85

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William P. Gerberding, the 27th and longest-serving president of the University of Washington, died Saturday. He was 85. Gerberding, who assumed the presidency in 1979 and retired in 1995, is credited for boosting the university into national prominence, navigating it through potentially devastating budget crises and significantly increasing private financial support. “We are all deeply…


November 24, 2014

Last chance to donate: UW Combined Fund Drive ends Dec. 5

UW faculty and staff have until Dec. 5 to contribute to this year’s UW Combined Fund Drive, part of Washington state’s workplace giving campaign. Donors can choose from more than 4,000 nonprofits operating locally and globally. You can give a one-time donation or give all year through payroll deduction. Donations are tax-deductible. The UWCFD has…


November 5, 2014

UW Ebola preparedness plans reflect changing situation

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Well-informed precautions are being taken to protect the UW community and the public.


October 31, 2014

Study: Expansion of UW medical school in Spokane is state’s lowest-cost, highest-quality and most-immediate solution

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The University of Washington’s plan to double the size of its medical school in Spokane is “clearly the most cost-effective option” to meet the physician workforce needs in Eastern Washington and throughout the state, according to an independent study by research firm Tripp Umbach. The study also found that Eastern Washington currently cannot support two…


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 17, 2014

UW president touts innovation, public commitment in annual address

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The University of Washington fosters innovation on its campuses not only because of its deep economic impact “but because, more importantly, we know it can create a world of good,” UW President Michael K. Young said Wednesday at his annual address. “Equally important is the extraordinary advantage that teaching innovation and creativity gives our students,…


October 16, 2014

Athletics initiatives, barriers to sustainability topics for Sustainability Summit

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Theannual one-day Sustainability Summit this year is the centerpiece of a new weeklong SustainableUW Festival.


October 10, 2014

Celebrate at the UW Combined Fund Drive’s Charity Fair & Silent Auction

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The UW Combined Fund Drive raised more than $2 million last year for 1,788 nonprofits. This year’s effort kicks off with a charity fair and silent auction on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


October 1, 2014

News digest: New schedules for Health Sciences Express/shuttle, flu clinics underway

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Compiled by the Office of News and Information.


September 23, 2014

Don’t ignore looming Metro bus cuts, check your options now

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The UW in August introduced a Commute Concierge service to help riders with personalized commute plans.


September 12, 2014

‘Mad Campus’: Art here, there, everywhere

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The University of Washington is being transformed into a vast art gallery for a six-week exhibition called “Mad Campus.”


September 5, 2014

News digest: Waas to lead aeronautics and astronautics; Climate science conference Sept. 9-10

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Compiled by the Office of News and Information.


September 3, 2014

Health Sciences News Digest

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


September 2, 2014

Honor: Barry Witham, asbestos training change, Myanmar visitors present Sept. 4

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Compiled by the UW Office of News and Information.


August 29, 2014

Revisit 1990s HUB, U District as missing-student mystery unfolds

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Nick DiMartino, employee at University Book Store for 44 years, sets his latest novel at the University of Washington in the early 1990s.


August 26, 2014

Health Digest: Ebola outbreak, HIV persistence, kids’ sleep routines

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UW Health Sciences News Digest: Ebola outbreak, HIV persistence, back-to-school sleep routines


August 18, 2014

University of Washington No. 15 in the world

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The University of Washington moved up one position to No. 15 on the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which was released Friday. The UW ranked 13th among U.S. universities and fourth among public institutions worldwide. The ranking considers several indicators…


August 14, 2014

Seymour Rabinovitch leaves a long UW legacy in chemistry

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



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