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June 11, 2015

140th commencement for UW’s Seattle campus at Husky Stadium June 13

A scene from last year's commencement at the UW.

A record 5,600-plus graduates, along with more than 40,000 family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 140th University of Washington commencement ceremonies June 13 at Husky Stadium.


Greater suicide prevention efforts coming to rural Washington state

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Washington state’s rural communities with the highest suicide rates soon will get more resources to help with prevention training and support. Washington Women’s Foundation is giving Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention $100,000 for suicide prevention in six underserved rural communities.


June 10, 2015

Prolific and profound: UW professor named U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera, visiting professor of ethnic studies at the University of Washington, was named the 21st United States Poet Laureate on Wednesday. Herrera, who for the past two years has been the California Poet Laureate, is the first Latino honored since the U.S. Consultant in Poetry program began in 1937 (the title changed to…


April 1, 2015

Three UW students chosen as 2015 Goldwater Scholars

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

Three University of Washington undergraduates are among 260 students nationwide named as 2015 Goldwater Scholars. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarships are awarded to students who have “outstanding potential” and plan to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. The awards cover tuition, room and board, fees and books…


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 26, 2015

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley to receive UW’s 2015 Odegaard Award

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Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, diversity affairs director for Nordstrom, has been named the 2015 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. Established in 1973, the Odegaard award honors individuals whose leadership in the community exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity. It is the only university- and community-selected award, and is…


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…


January 9, 2015

Gould Pavilion: New look, educational space, exhibition gallery

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The UW College of Built Environments has rebooted the east end of its Gould Hall home, creating an expanded area for collaboration and a new gallery to exhibit work from national and international sources as well as the college’s student, faculty and alumni.


October 2, 2014

UW’s Jeffrey Heer wins award to support data visualization research

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Jeffrey Heer, a University of Washington associate professor of computer science and engineering, has received an award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop new theories, tools and techniques for data visualization that help scientists see and understand big data.


September 8, 2014

Geneticist Mary-Claire King to receive Lasker Foundation Award

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Mary-Clare King, a world leader in cancer genetics and the application of genetics to justice for human rights violations, will be honored by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.


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 2, 2014

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

Barry Witham, UW drama professor emeritus

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August 28, 2014

David Battisti, Qiang Fu elected AGU fellows

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UW atmospheric scientists David Battisti and Qiang Fu have been elected fellows of the American Geophysical Union.


August 25, 2014

UW climbs to No. 7 in national ranking

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


August 19, 2014

Shyam Gollakota named one of world’s top innovators under 35

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Shyam Gollakota, a University of Washington assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been named one of this year’s “Innovators Under 35” by global media company MIT Technology Review.


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…


July 28, 2014

UW alum, Bremerton native wins global architecture award

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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.


More than half of new state academy of sciences members are UW faculty

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The Washington State Academy of Sciences has added 18 new members, 10 from the University of Washington.


July 25, 2014

News Digest: Honors: Christopher Adolph and Ruth Johnston

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July 22, 2014

University of Washington named ‘Great College to Work For’

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UW is recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


July 10, 2014

UW business incubator gets top spot in global ranking

Fluke Hall, home of the UW business incubator, New Ventures Facility.

The UW’s New Ventures Facility has been named emerging incubator of the year in a global ranking of top university business incubators.


June 25, 2014

Shellfish center – named after UW’s Ken Chew – to tackle shellfish declines

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Washington state’s newest shellfish hatchery has been named after longtime faculty member Ken Chew.


June 20, 2014

UW students’ electric-hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition

Members of the UW team test their car during the competition.

The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition this month for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel.


June 17, 2014

UW news office, advancement services, Columns win national awards

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UW units have won medals in the annual awards program sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


June 13, 2014

News digest: NeuroFutures Conference, Honors: David Wright, Richard Haag, UWTV

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June 12, 2014

2014 Awards of Excellence recognize campus, community contributions

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The University of Washington’s 44th annual Awards of Excellence ceremony was conducted June 12.


June 11, 2014

2014 UW graduates have interesting tales to tell

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UW Today profiles some of 2014’s highest-achieving graduates.


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

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


May 29, 2014

News digest: Empowering blind students, personal stories of identity, pro staff nominations

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Retirees honored for more than 10,000 years of service to UW

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Some 480 faculty and staff members retired between spring 2013 and spring 2014 and were invited to the event earlier this month at the UW Club


May 14, 2014

$31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs

Neil King and graduate student Yu-Ru Lin observe bacterial colony growth at the Institute for Protein Design.

The University of Washington is receiving a $31.2 million gift from Washington Research Foundation to boost entrepreneurship and support research that tackles some of society’s most crucial challenges. The award will fund four interdisciplinary initiatives that seek to advance global innovation in clean energy, protein design, big data science and neuroengineering.


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.


April 29, 2014

Benjamin Hall, Eric D’Asaro elected to National Academy of Sciences

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Benjamin Hall and Eric D’Asaro are among the 84 new members elected fellows the National Academy of Sciences.


April 23, 2014

Academy of arts and sciences inducting Franklin, Fine

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

Jerry Franklin and Arthur Fine have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


April 22, 2014

News digest: Burke-Gilman detours, Honor: McCarthy, provost town hall, Honors: Sutton and Loveland, Green UW

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Compiled by the Office of News and Information.


April 21, 2014

Campus events Earth Day, April 22

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Network with representatives of environmentally minded campus units and learn who won this year’s Husky Green Awards during Earth Day activities Tuesday on the HUB lawn.


April 17, 2014

2014 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

Medal with UW seal and writing

UW recognizes achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support.


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.



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