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

By Peter Kelley

April 25, 2014

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…

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

By Doree Armstrong

March 20, 2014

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.

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