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Honors and awards


August 14, 2013

UW garners highest score possible, named again to Green Honor Roll

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The University of Washington has again been named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, receiving the highest score possible for the 2012-13 academic year.


August 6, 2013

News Digest: UW wins two CASE awards, cosmic ray detectors being assembled, informant testimony questioned, Honor: Charles Johnson

Logo of world with CASE

UW wins two Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards || Local high school students, teachers assembling cosmic ray detectors || Triple exoneration aided by UW’s Innocence Project Northwest || Charles Johnson recipient of Humanities Washington Award


July 30, 2013

Fifty years of ecological insights earn UW biologist international award

Several many-legged starfish in water at base of kelp covered boulder

Biologist Robert Paine has been awarded this year’s International Cosmos Prize that carries a cash award of about $408,000 and has previously gone to well-known conservationists such as David Attenborough and the leaders behind the Census of Marine Life project.


July 25, 2013

University of Washington ranked eighth in country by Forbes

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

The University of Washington was ranked eighth among public universities in the country (excluding federally-funded military academies) in the quality of undergraduate education, according to Forbes.


July 16, 2013

UW Medicine hospitals rank highly in latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals

University of Washington Medical Center.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.


July 11, 2013

Health facilities earn inclusion in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s U.S. index

SCCA at Pride Parade

UW Medicine hospitals and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were Identified as National ‘Leaders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Healthcare Equality’


July 10, 2013

Julia Parrish speaks at White House about citizen science

The White House.

Julia Parrish was one of 12 “champions of change” invited to share their ideas on public engagement in science and science literacy June 25 at the White House.


June 27, 2013

UW gas-, electric-powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest

Racecar competing in Lincoln, Neb.

The University of Washington Formula Motorsports team took first place at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb.


June 19, 2013

UW seventh in world for articles in Nature and Nature’s research journals

A cover of Nature.

The University of Washington has been ranked seventh in the world for the number of journal articles published in 2012 in Nature or one of Nature’s main monthly research journals, some of the most widely cited journals in science.


June 14, 2013

Awards of Excellence ceremony recognizes colleagues, distinguished alumni, top scholars

Award of Excellence medal

Individuals who have made important contributions to the UW were honored June 13 at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.


June 11, 2013

News Digest: Awards of Excellence program and reception Thursday, Honor: Estella Leopold

Medal given to award winners

Awards recognize faculty, staff, alumni, top scholars || Paleontological Society gives highest honor to Estella Leopold


June 10, 2013

UW Professional and Continuing Education celebrates centennial with Dale Chihuly art at UW Tower

"Deep Purple and Azure Centennial Seaform Set," by Dale Chihuly.

UW Professional and Continuing Education marked its 100th birthday in grand style today (June 10) with the announcement of an extraordinary glass sculpture from a UW alumnus who is also among the biggest names in art: Dale Chihuly.


May 10, 2013

News Digest: Underwater robot competition Saturday, Honors: Cecilia Bitz, Anthony Greenwald and Patricia Kuhl

Two operators stand on deck operating an underwater robot in a swimming pool

UW underwater robot team competes Saturday || Cecilia Bitz recognized for decade’s worth of work || Greenwald, Kuhl among 25 honored as part of 25th anniversary


May 9, 2013

UW ranked sixth in US and eighth in world for academic performance

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

A new ranking has determined that the University of Washington is the sixth best university in the United States and eighth in the world.


May 8, 2013

News digest: Recyclemania results, professor speaks on career journey, Honor: Rodney Ho

Person in Husky Dog suit holds recycle bag in paw

UW outcompetes PAC-12 schools in Recyclemania || MIT engineering professor to speak on research, career journey || Pharmaceutical science association recognizes Rodney Ho


New ‘academic redshirt’ program to support undergraduate STEM education

Math Academy 2012 students

The University of Washington in collaboration with Washington State University is developing an “academic redshirt” program that will bring dozens of low-income, Washington state high school graduates to the two universities to study engineering in a five-year bachelor’s program.


May 7, 2013

Guggenheim names Braester, Daniel as fellows

statue of George Washington on UW campus

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation names 173 fellows for 2013.


May 1, 2013

2013 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

Medal given to award winners

The UW has announced this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients, recognizing achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support.


National Academy of Sciences selects Mary Lidstrom, David Kaplan

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

Mary Lidstrom and David Kaplan are among the 84 new members announced by National Academy of Sciences.


April 29, 2013

Arts and sciences academy selects Eggers, Moon

statue of George Washington on UW campus

UW faculty members Susan Eggers and Randall Moon have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


April 8, 2013

News Digest: Police department open house, Magnuson scholars named, ethics of health care ‘migration’

Kenny Johns and Kali near UW police headquarters.

Police department open house April 17 || 2013 Magnuson Scholars named || Bioethicists to discuss ethics of health care ‘migration’


April 3, 2013

News Digest: Montlake closures, environmental excellence finalist, Paws-on Science April 5-7, home fair April 11

Illustration of University light rail station and bridge over Montlake Blvd

Portion of Montlake closing all day Saturday, Sunday || UW finalist in environmental excellence contest || Family-friendly Paws-on Science April 5-7 || Home Improvement Fair April 11


March 20, 2013

2013 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award goes to King Holmes for STD work

King K. Holmes

Holmes was honored for his groundbreaking work on sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea and human papilloma virus.


March 15, 2013

News Digest: Sea Grant symposium focuses on waterfronts, lecture March 22 on tissue engineering, reception honors staff nominees

Waterfront with tugs, Mount Rainer in background

Washington Sea Grant sponsors four-day symposium on waterfront challenges || Lecture March 22 on advances in tissue engineering || Reception March 26 for Distinguished Staff Award nominees


March 13, 2013

UW places highly in ranking of graduate programs by US News

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US News & World Report recently published its national ranking of graduate programs.


March 12, 2013

News Digest: UW Tower Green Fair Thursday, Restoration Ecology Network recognized

Students conduct restoration work in gully

Demos, films, exhibits at UW Tower Green Fair Thursday || Society recognizes UW Restoration Ecology Network


February 22, 2013

News Digest: Flower and garden show winner, RecycleMania under way, Honor: Michael Gelb and František Tureček

Plants, stone walkway and face of stone in garden

Part-time UW gardener designs winning display garden || RecycleMania a chance to increase recycling, composting || Newborn screening test brings chemical society honor to Gelb, Tureček


February 19, 2013

Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

Kiki Jenkins

Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows


February 12, 2013

News Digest: Rideshare treats, register for summer youth programs, Honor: Betsy Wilson, university faculty lecturer nominations sought

Drawing of two cars with passengers on purple background

Transportation services “hearts” ridesharing this week || Registration opens for UW Summer Youth Programs || Lizabeth Wilson wins national library award || Nominations due March 1 for university faculty lecturer


February 5, 2013

UW is first again for Peace Corps volunteers, joined by WWU and Gonzaga

A version of the Peace Corps logo.

The University of Washington is No. 1 again among large universities (more than 10,000 students) for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.


Rogelio Riojas to receive UW’s 2013 Odegaard Award

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

Rogelio Riojas, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, is the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award.


January 29, 2013

News Digest: Explore global food law Feb. 8, Honor: Nina Isoherranen

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Explore global food law at Feb. 8 UW conference || Nina Isoherranen honored for early-career achievement


Pioneer of human values in technology design to give University Faculty Lecture

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

Information School professor Batya Friedman will give the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 130 of Kane Hall.


January 15, 2013

Celebrations start Thursday, service opportunities during MLK holiday weekend

Martin Luther King Jr.

A number of events and volunteer opportunities for UW faculty, staff and students are planned in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


January 9, 2013

UW announces president’s medalists for 2011-12

Golden medal for awards of excellence on purple ribbon

The University of Washington has announced the freshman, sophomore and junior medalists for 2011-12.


December 31, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Daniela Witten

Headsot of Daniela Witten

Daniela Witten named one of Forbes’ rising stars


December 24, 2012

Dentistry sculpture winners named

Fisherman by first-year orthodontics resident Blake Davis.

Wire, rubber bands and dental acrylics are fashioned into sculptures for the annual Department of Orthodontics contest.


December 18, 2012

Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service gives $1.15 million to transform education of dentists

Dec. 14 Dentistry Retreat 2012

Under new dean Dr. Joel Berg the school has launched a plan to revamp its clinical education and curriculum.


December 12, 2012

News Digest: Parties go green, share of Race to Top money, Honor: Anna Karlin, Early Entrance info session, Saturday classes for K-8 students and teachers

Garbage can says "I hate going to parties alone"

Going green at holiday parties || Dream Project named in $40 million federal Race to the Top grant || Anna Karlin new fellow || Early Entrance info session Jan. 10 || Registration opens Jan. 7 for Saturday classes for K-8 students, teachers


Award recognizes UW oceanographer’s talent for engaging public

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

The American Geophysical Union has presented its top prize for engaging the public in science to UW’s John Delaney.



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