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November 24, 2014

Black prison activism, organizing explored in new book ‘Captive Nation’

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Dan Berger, assistant professor in the UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, discusses his new book, “Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era.”


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 22, 2014

Traditional, tea party conservatives seem split on foreign policy

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Foreign policy looms large as the 2014 midterm elections approach. But traditional conservatives and their tea party counterparts may bring different concerns and motivations to the November ballot, according to a University of Washington political scientist. While traditional conservatives seem most motivated by concern over American security, Christopher Parker, UW professor of political science, suggests…


October 8, 2014

Jackson School centers receive $16 million for international education

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The University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for all eight of its Title VI centers — with grants of more than $16 million to be awarded over four years.


October 2, 2014

Jackson School director discusses goals of new International Policy Institute

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies, discusses the school's new International Policy Institute.

Resat Kasaba, director of the Henry M. Jackson School director, discusses goals and mission of the school’s new International Policy Institute.


October 1, 2014

Northwest ‘anarchist utopia’ explored in ‘Trying Home’

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Justin Wadland of the UW Tacoma Library discusses his book “Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound.”


September 18, 2014

World population to keep growing this century, hit 11 billion by 2100

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A study by the UW and the United Nations finds that the number of people on Earth is likely to reach 11 billion by 2100, about 2 billion higher than widely cited previous estimates.


September 11, 2014

Questions of race, state violence explored in ‘The Rising Tide of Color’

"The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence and Radical Movements Across the Pacific" was published in July by University of Washington Press.

Moon Ho Jung, associate professor of history, discusses the book he edited, “The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence and Radical Movements across the Pacific,” published by University of Washington Press.


July 25, 2014

Budget or bust: Primer on public finance teaches government officials the basics

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Many newly elected or appointed officials arrive knowing next to nothing about public finance. That’s why Justin Marlowe of the Evans School of Public Affairs wrote this basic guide to public finance.


June 30, 2014

Rebecca Thorpe studies military spending in new book ‘The American Warfare State’

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UW political scientist Rebecca Thorpe discusses her new book, “The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending.”


June 3, 2014

UW Libraries hosts digital collection of activist Gary Greaves’ interviews

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Interviews from the 1990s by Seattle-area activist Gary Greaves on how the area changed after the 1962 World’s Fair are now offered online by UW Libraries.


May 7, 2014

UW student briefs lawmakers on global land use, touts undergrad research

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At an event in Washington, D.C. a UW biology student presented her research into the global connections between consumers and goods that come from agriculture and forest production.


April 25, 2014

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

John Wilkerson, creator of the Legislative Explorer

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…


Worker struggles, immigrant rights topic of social work series in May

Part of the mural "Struggle Against Racial Descrimination"

The UW School of Social Work will host the series “Working Together for Labor Justice” during Labor History Month in May.


April 14, 2014

When job security becomes insecurity: Inequality the topic of April 25 conference

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Economic inequality will be the topic when activists, academics and policymakers meet the public for a conference presented by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies titled “Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality.”


March 27, 2014

Citizen scientists: UW students help state legislator with climate policy

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Four graduate students were part of a year-long legislative process in Olympia working to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in Washington state.


March 11, 2014

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on finding life’s work, facing discrimination

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a UW audience about life lessons spanning discrimination, public service, power and what makes her optimistic.


February 25, 2014

Joel Migdal book ‘Shifting Sands’ considers American role in Middle East

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Migdal, UW professor of international studies, discusses his latest book, “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East.”


January 30, 2014

When songs trumped rifles, new book by Guntis Šmidchens

A black and white photo of a Baltica Folklore Festival procession in Riga, Latvia in July 1988.

In his new book “The Power of Song,” Šmidchens explores what is often dubbed “the Singing Revolution,” a passive resistance movement that took hold in the Baltic nations.


January 27, 2014

‘Achieving Health for All’ is topic of 38th Annual Faculty Lecture Feb . 6

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Dr. Stephen Gloyd, professor of global health and health services, will discuss creative responses to reducing inequity worldwide.


January 6, 2014

‘Future of Ice’ initiative marks new era for UW polar research

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The UW’s new “Future of Ice” initiative includes several new research hires, a new minor in Arctic studies and a free winter lecture series.


December 12, 2013

New state-funded Clean Energy Institute will focus on solar, battery technologies

Gov. Jay Inslee (center) shakes hands with Dan Schwartz, director of the new Clean Energy Institute, with UW President Michael Young (left).

A new University of Washington institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems launched Dec. 12 with an event attended by UW President Michael K. Young, Gov. Jay Inslee and researchers, industry experts and policy leaders in renewable energy.


December 3, 2013

Project to gauge effects of Affordable Care Act in Washington state

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The overall purpose of the project, called UW-SHARE, is to obtain a benchmark, pre-ACA picture of health-care use, health, health-related attitudes, and access to health insurance.


November 20, 2013

Study shines light on what makes digital activism effective

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Digital activism is usually nonviolent and tends to work best when social media tools are combined with street-level organization, according to new research from the University of Washington.


October 21, 2013

Three UW faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine

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Blood disease specialist Dr. Janis Abkowitz and drug safety expert Dr, Bruce Psaty today were named new members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, an honorary and national advisory group.


October 18, 2013

UW receives grant from attorney general’s office for pain management

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The University of Washington has received an 18-month grant of $110,299 from the state Attorney General’s Office to provide training and education for health professionals and the general public on the subject of chronic pain management and cannabis use.


October 2, 2013

UW Medicine helps first patients sign up for Health Benefit Exchange

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Yesterday was a historic day for health care coverage in the United States. UW Medicine was ready to assist patients in signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010.


September 9, 2013

Nearly half of state’s distracted drivers are texting

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In our state, texting on a hand-held device diverts drivers’ attention more than any other distraction.


August 14, 2013

UW geographer devises a way for China to resolve its ‘immigration’ dilemma

Chinese farmers who move to cities without official permission don't qualify for basic social services.

University of Washington geographer Kam Wing Chan is in China this week, explaining how that country can dismantle its 55-year-old system that limits rural laborers from moving to and settling in cities and qualifying for basic social benefits.


June 20, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision June 13 to bar the patenting of naturally occurring genes opens up important clinical testing options for a variety of diseases.


June 13, 2013

Philip Howard’s new book explores digital media role in Arab Spring

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Philip Howard, associate professor of communication, answers a few questions about his book with doctoral student Muzammil Hussain, “Demoracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.”


May 21, 2013

The tea party and the politics of paranoia

Cover of "Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politcs in America"

New research argues that the tea party owes more to paranoid politics of the John Birch Society and others than traditional American conservatism. “True conservatives aren’t paranoid,” says political scientist Chris Parker. “Tea party conservatives are.”


April 8, 2013

New book explores Harry Truman’s record on civil liberties

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A few questions for Richard Kirkendall, UW professor emeritus of history and editor of the new book, “Civil Liberties and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman.”


March 27, 2013

Federal ‘detainer requests’ for suspected immigration violators cause longer jail stays, increase cost, UW research shows

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Jail stays and costs increase when federal immigration authorities request that inmates be held under what are called “detainer requests,” according to UW research.


March 19, 2013

Jordanna Bailkin studies postwar Britain in new book ‘The Afterlife of Empire’

"The Afterlife of Empire" was published in November 2012 by the University of California Press.

UW History Professor Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book “The Afterlife of Empire.”


February 5, 2013

Scholars urge Supreme Court to keep Voting Rights Act provisions ensuring equal access

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Political science and law scholars from the UW and elsewhere file a brief saying the Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act in a case out of Shelby County, Alabama.


December 27, 2012

Academic medicine has major economic impact on the state and the nation

The Washington state business volume impact of publicly funded research conducted at Association of American Medical Colleges-member institutions was nearly $1.8 billion in 2009.

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that its member medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of more than $587 billion in the United States in 2011


December 19, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy statement on pesticide exposure in children

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Chronic low levels of pesticides are detrimental to children’s health: evidence suggests they may induce neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma and cancer.


December 14, 2012

Jewish condition, ‘new’ anti-Semitism observed in Edward Alexander’s ‘The State of the Jews’

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Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English, discusses his new book, “The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal.”


December 4, 2012

‘Fiscal cliff’ challenge explored in ‘Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving’

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UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”



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