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June 27, 2014

Portland’s 1990s bookmobile stars in staffer’s mystery series

Cover for the mystery book "Corpse of Discovery." UW Libraries staffer Barbara Cantwell writes these Portland Bookmobile Mysteries with her husband, Brian Cantwell, under the pen name B.B. Cantwell.

Barbara Cantwell, a UW Libraries staff member, is the co-author of “Corpse of Discovery,” the second book in a series of mysteries featuring “fiery-haired librarian Hester Freelove McGarrigle” and Portland’s old library bookmobile.


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 11, 2014

Memorial June 15 for UW photographer, lecturer John Stamets

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  John Stamets, longtime University of Washington photographer and lecturer in the Department of Architecture, died last weekend. He was 64. He is remembered as a talented photographer and a dedicated teacher and mentor to students. There will be a public celebration of Stamets’ life and work from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15,…


2014 UW graduates have interesting tales to tell

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

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


May 16, 2014

Filmmaker Werner Herzog examined in new book of interviews

"Werner Herzog: Interviews," edited by the UW's Eric Ames, was published by University Press of Mississippi.

Eric Ames, UW professor of Germanics and editor of the new book, “Werner Herzog: Interviews,” discusses the work.


May 9, 2014

Memorial June 8 for historian Stephanie Camp

Stephanie Camp, UW associate professor of history, died on April 2. there will be a campus memorial for her on June 8.

Stephanie Camp, University of Washington associate professor of history, died on Wednesday, April 2. There will be a memorial service and reception in remembrance and celebration of Camp’s life at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in Kane Hall room 210.


May 5, 2014

Memorial May 14 for Information School’s Eliza Dresang

Eliza Dresang, professor in the UW Information School, died April 21 and will be remembered on campus May 14.

Eliza Dresang, a well-loved professor in the University of Washington Information School, died on Monday, April 21. She is remembered as a respected friend, colleague, teacher and community member. She was 72. There will be a campus memorial for Dresang from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Husky Union Building Lyceum (room…


May 1, 2014

Todd London named new executive director of UW School of Drama

Todd London, new executive director of the UW School of Drama

Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists, a playwriting center in New York, has been named the new executive director of the University of Washington School of Drama.


April 7, 2014

UW startup creates underwater robotics with a human touch

Undergraduates students work on instrumentation with the BluHaptics team.

A team of University of Washington scientists and engineers working at the Applied Physics Laboratory is creating a control system for underwater remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Researchers will demonstrate the technology at the SmartAmerica Challenge in Washington, D.C. in June.


March 31, 2014

School of Music’s Tom Collier celebrates ’60 Years Behind Bars’ with concert

Tom Collier, age 5, April 2, 1954.

Longtime School of Music Professor Tom Collier celebrates 60 years of performing with a concert on April 2 in the Meany Studio Theater.


February 20, 2014

NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ advocates ‘audacious,’ creative engineering

Bobak Ferdowsi photo

Bobak Ferdowsi, a NASA flight engineer who became known as “Mohawk Guy” after sporting a mohawk hairstyle during the 2012 rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars, spoke to a class of University of Washington aeronautics and astronautics engineering students on Feb. 19. Ferdowsi was a student in the department and graduated from the UW in 2001.


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.


January 7, 2014

‘Sharecropper’s Troubadour’: The life of singer, union organizer John Handcox

"Sharecropper's Troubadour" by Michael Honey.

UW historian Michael Honey talks about his latest book, “Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, and the African American Song Tradition.”


December 17, 2013

UWMC grants wish for seriously ill teen interested in NICU nursing

Samantha in NICU

Samantha’s dream career is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nursing. One day last week the nurses in the UW Medical Center NICU warmly welcomed her to their world of caring for babies and their families.


November 1, 2013

UW surgical robot featured in 2013 movie ‘Ender’s Game’

A close-up shoot of the UW’s Raven II robot as it simulates brain surgery on actor Moisés Arias during the filming of “Ender’s Game.”

A University of Washington surgical research robot appears in the sci-fi movie “Ender’s Game” starring Harrison Ford. Two UW students operated the robot during the filming of the movie, which opens Nov. 1 in theaters across the country.


October 23, 2013

Stephen Boyd: Making the best decisions in smart systems, products

photo of stephen boyd

Stephen Boyd of Stanford University is the speaker at this year’s Lytle Lecture Series hosted by the UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering. He will give a free public talk at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.


October 18, 2013

Expectant mother stays hopeful through breast cancer

Sarah and her mom UWMC beast cancer

Sarah Lien and her mother Barbara Hawkins were both diagnosed with breast cancer as young women. Sarah is modeling her mother’s optimistic approach to the disease while awaiting the birth of her own daughter, Elizabeth.


May 8, 2013

Herbert Blau remembered as teacher, history-making theater pioneer

Herbert Blau of the University of Washington died on May 3.

Herbert Blau, who died on May 3, will be remembered as a theater innovator and scholar who introduced American audiences to avant-garde playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.


April 24, 2013

Carlos Gil tells family story in memoir, ‘We Became Mexican American’

The cover of We Became Mexican American.

A conversation with Carlos Gil, UW professor emeritus of history and author of the memoir “We Became Mexican American.”


April 22, 2013

Professor of computer science and engineering remembered through UW scholarship fund

David Notkin, professor of computer science and engineering at UW.

David Notkin, University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, died April 22. He was 58.


February 11, 2013

A reading life considered in David Shields’ ‘How Literature Saved My Life’

Part of the cover of "How Literature Saved My Life."

English professor David Shields discusses his new book, “How Literature Saved My Life.”


November 5, 2012

Home sales, median prices up in Washington; affordability slips

A house for sale.

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the third quarter of 2012 as median selling prices and the number of homes sold both increased, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Existing home sales increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter, to seasonally adjusted annual rate of…


May 8, 2012

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.


March 27, 2012

Secrets of famous 1930s ‘blonde bombshell of rhythm’ revealed with help from UW library

Ina Ray Hutton rose to fame in the 1930s and was known as blonde bombshell of rhythm. But she had a secret that could have damaged her stardom.


January 12, 2012

Rachel Vaughn: A perfect fit at the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

The new director of the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center talks about the center, here role and the extraordinary staff and student service-learners.


December 7, 2011

Decoding unselfishness- the double-helix of enthusiasm

In foreground, from left, are advisers Rob Egbert, Justin Siegel and Ingrid Swanson Pultz, who mentored the iGEM team. In the back are team members Mathew Harger, Sydney Gordon and Liz Stanley.

Over the past four years grad students Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Justin Siegel and Rob Egbert have worked hundreds of hours with more than 50 students who competed in November to win the championship in iGEM, sometimes sacrificing their own work to help the team.


November 30, 2011

Judy Ramey: From medieval studies to technical communication and beyond

Plymouth Housing Group employees Brian Hatfield and Alan Berliner take Rameys food delivery at the Gatewood Apartments near the Pike Place Market.

Judy Ramey came to the UW in 1983 and has since seen a department, Technical Communication, form, offer degrees and evolve into Human Centered Design and Engineering. Yet, but for a few happy accidents, she might have had a very different career.


November 18, 2011

Former Regent Ark Chin dies

Ark Chin

Former University of Washington regent Ark Chin died on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the age of 87. A World War II veteran, engineering executive and avid philanthropist, Chin was a regent from 1998-2004, serving as board president in 2001-2002.


October 12, 2011

Ashley Emery: A half-century at the UW and going strong

Ashley Emery, professor of mechanical engineering, has taught at the UW for 50 years now and has no plans to stop.

Emery, a professor of mechanical engineering, remembers the UW he joined, in the pre-computer days of slide rules, mimeograph machines, chalky blackboards and typing pools.


September 28, 2011

UW games by the numbers: Craig Heyamoto, statistics crew chief

UW games by the numbers: Craig Heyamoto, statistics crew chief (2)

Since New Years Day in 1960, Craig Heyamoto has either attended, watched on television or listened on the radio to all but two UW football games. And for 34 years hes headed the crew that keeps statistics for UW home football games.


September 14, 2011

A straw-bale house: Built for one, built by hand

Pleasant places to walk is one of the advantages of working at the UW.

When Marilyn Ostergren began her straw-bale house on Bainbridge Island nine years ago, the only structure she had built previously was a chicken coop. Her house is small, to be sure, but it’s all hers. (See a video and slide show — photos by Mary Levin.)


August 31, 2011

Hanson Hosein, on creativity, credibility and his ‘Storyteller Uprising’

Hanson Hosein

In releasing a print version of his book, Storyteller Uprising, Hanson Hosein did what he often encourages his students in the Masters in Digital Media Program to do — stop waiting for institutional approval and just make it happen.


August 17, 2011

A murder, a mystery — and a glimpse of the face of autism

A murder, a mystery -- and a glimpse of the face of autism (2)

Jane Meyerding, longtime staffer at the University, has written a murder mystery involving autism and prosopagnosia, or face blindness — topics she knows well because she has both disabilities.


Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

Lois Fink works at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and volunteers in her free time to encourage people affected by IBD.

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.


August 5, 2011

Around the world, with medical genetics

UW's Mercy Laurino, second from left (bottom row) with colleagues and students from the University of the Philippines -Manila.

Mercy Laurino, a graduate student in the Institute for Public Health Genetics, has had an illustrious career at a young age. She was part of a team -— including collaborators from Seattle Children’s — that helped launch the Pediatric Neurogenetics Clinic at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability in November 2005.


August 3, 2011

Shes got that swing: Bethany Staelens sings jazz as few can

Bethany has a great view from her office in UW Tower.

She might have been a star as a jazz singer, but at Seattles Tulas she still is. And each workday Bethany Staelens stars at Educational Outreach.


August 2, 2011

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

Beaton's studies of resiliency in firefighters and paramedics has led to new training programs.

Beaton is an expert on the causes and effects of occupational stress on firefighters and paramedics.


July 27, 2011

Best foot forward: Dr. Michael Brage

After studying under Dr. Sigvard Hansen in 1991, Dr. Michael Brage went on to build a national reputation in foot and ankle reconstruction.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Brage is newly arrived at the Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute, but he is no stranger to Seattle or Harborview Medical Center. Hansen asked his former fellow to return as his successor.


July 20, 2011

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer (4)

John Sahr is an excellent professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, but a lousy zombie killer. He’s not much better as a zombie, but he enjoys being both in the student-created game.


June 22, 2011

Elegance, engineering combine in Maya Guptas high-end jigsaw puzzles

One of the fun nuances of such high-end jigsaw puzzles is what's called a "whimsy piece" -- a special piece of its own distinctive design, like a joke within a joke.

Maya Gupta noticed unusual jigsaw puzzles one day and got an idea she could do better. Now this associate professor of electrical engineering runs Artifact Puzzles, her own company, selling high-end jigsaw puzzles of great art, laser-cut from quarter-inch wood.



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