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Honors and awards


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

Mary-Clare King

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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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

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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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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.


March 25, 2014

News digest: Health innovator launch, students promote bill, self-help seminars, students win

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UW Health Innovators Collaborative kicks off || Law student activism prompts legislation || UW CareLink seminars || Graduate students best two Canadian universities


March 12, 2014

News digest: Faculty lecturer nominations, Celebrate UW Women, language of science

Nominations due March 17 for annual faculty lecturer || Nominate outstanding UW women by Friday || Book: Should English be the language of science?


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.


March 5, 2014

Reflection makes sense: New initiative prompts engineering students to look back to go forward

University of Washington graduate students talk about their projects in class.

The University of Washington’s Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching has received a $4.4 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop and promote teaching practices that help undergraduate engineering students reflect on their experiences. The award establishes the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education that focuses on first- and second-year undergraduates who want to be engineers, especially those from underrepresented populations


March 3, 2014

Denny Hurtado to receive UW’s 2014 Odegaard Award

Denny Furtado

Denny Hurtado, former chair of the Skokomish Tribe and retired director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the 2014 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award.


February 19, 2014

Seminar will celebrate courageous UW alum Gordon Hirabayashi

Gordon K. Hirabayashi, whose Presidential Medal of Freedom comes to the University of Washington on Feb. 22, 2014.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed posthumously on UW alum Gordon K. Hirabayashi will come to the UW on Feb. 22 in an afternoon-long seminar and celebration of the man and his legacy.


February 18, 2014

Chemistry’s Matthew Bush named Sloan fellow

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UW’s Matthew Bush has been selected as one of 126 Sloan Research Fellows for 2014.


February 11, 2014

UW tied for second in number of Peace Corps volunteers

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The University of Washington this year tied for second among large universities in the number of Peace Corps volunteers.


February 6, 2014

UW’s James Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering

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James Riley, a University of Washington professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.



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