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September 6, 2018

WSJ: UW No. 3 in the country for best value

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The University of Washington is among the top schools on The Wall Street Journal’s newest college ranking: value for the money. The UW was ranked third in the nation by the newspaper.


August 10, 2018

Rankings put UW at No. 4 among US universities

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The University of Washington placed fourth among U.S. higher education institutions, according to the NTU Rankings released Thursday.


July 31, 2018

Lou Cariello named vice president for UW Facilities

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Lou Cariello has been named vice president of UW Facilities, University of Washington Executive Vice President Jeff Scott announced earlier this month. Cariello is scheduled to start in mid-August.


July 19, 2018

UW Oceanography ranks No. 1 in global ranking; more than two dozen areas in top 40

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The University of Washington’s School of Oceanography is ranked No. 1 in the world on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2018. The ranking, released this week, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


July 16, 2018

Dr. Gary Chiodo named interim dean at UW School of Dentistry

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Dr. Gary Chiodo of Oregon Health & Science University has been appointed interim dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, effective Aug. 1, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards announced Monday.


Chronicle of Higher Ed: UW a ‘Great College to Work For’

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The University of Washington has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the fifth consecutive year. The UW received accolades in five categories.


June 28, 2018

UW President Ana Mari Cauce named ‘Great Immigrant’ on 2018 Carnegie list

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University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce has been named one of 38 great immigrants by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


June 21, 2018

Q Center’s Jen Self a grand marshal at 2018 Seattle Pride Parade

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The University of Washington’s Jen Self will be one of three grand marshals of Sunday’s 2018 Seattle Pride Parade.


June 20, 2018

Ali Mokdad named chief strategy officer for Population Health

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Ali Mokdad has been named the chief strategy officer for Population Health at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce announced today. In this new role he will be responsible for collaboratively setting and executing the UW’s vision and strategy for the Population Health Initiative, a 25-year effort to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.


June 6, 2018

GIX team competes for $1 million XPRIZE for women’s safety

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A team from the University of Washington’s GIX program are competing to win the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.


Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson to speak at UW’s 143rd commencement Saturday

Graduates and their families and friends attend the UW's 142nd Annual Commencement Ceremony at the Husky Stadium.

About 5,900 graduates, along with 50,000-plus family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 143rd University of Washington commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Husky Stadium.


June 5, 2018

UW’s Allen School to expand direct freshmen admissions in computer science

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In an effort to improve the student experience and provide certainty for prospective computer science majors, the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is expanding its direct to major admissions program for incoming freshmen. Beginning with the class of fall 2019, direct admission from high school will be the primary pathway into computer science for the majority of UW undergraduates.


May 29, 2018

Global rankings put UW at No. 4 among US public universities

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Two renowned global rankings released this week place the University of Washington fourth among U.S. public institutions.


May 25, 2018

Class of ’68 reflects and looks ahead

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Assassinations. War in Vietnam. Racial clashes. Far more than simply the generation who lived the Summer of Love, the Class of 1968, which celebrates its 50th reunion next week, recalled their college years during a turbulent time in the nation’s history.


May 18, 2018

UW Faculty Senate celebrates its 80-year history

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Eight decades ago to the day, the Faculty Senate met for the first time at the University of Washington.


May 17, 2018

Washington Research Foundation grant brings on four new biology faculty just in time for new Life Sciences Building

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With the grand opening of the new $171 million Life Sciences Building just months away, it’s time to fill the building with faculty. That was the idea behind a $3 million Washington Research Foundation (WRF) grant to hire four biology professors. It’s called a cluster hire and will help maintain the University of Washington’s leading reputation in primary research and life sciences.


May 15, 2018

Born of protest: Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity celebrates a half-century

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It was spring 1968. A group of students occupied the University of Washington administration building calling for change: justice, diversity, agency for Blacks on campus.


May 14, 2018

Seattle-area universities and colleges declare Affordable Housing Week, May 14-18

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The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 14-18, 2018 as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, interim president of Highline College; Dr. Daniel J. Martin of Seattle Pacific University; Steven V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, have signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity. The higher-education institutions join King County and 20 King County cities, including Seattle, in recognizing the benefits of affordable housing to everyone in the community.


May 3, 2018

UW welcomes Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary

Denmark's Crown Princess Mary will visit UW on Friday.

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary is scheduled to visit the University of Washington on Friday morning.


May 2, 2018

Hilary Godwin named dean of the School of Public Health

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Hilary Godwin has been named the next dean of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today. Her appointment, set to begin July 15, 2018, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


UW, plaintiffs reach agreement on ADA lawsuit regarding parking facilities on campus

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The University of Washington announced today it has reached agreement with a group of three plaintiffs in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit alleging violations in the University’s parking facilities on the Seattle campus.


May 1, 2018

Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice, researchers say

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Parents don’t need to fear their children playing with iPads and other devices, researchers say. Mindful play with an adult, combined with thoughtful design features, can prove beneficial to young developing minds. New research shows that thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions facilitated the same kind of play and development as analog toys.


April 27, 2018

UW ranks No. 5 on Forbes’ Best Value Colleges 2018

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The University of Washington this week ranked No. 5 on the Forbes list of Best Value Colleges 2018. The UW rose from 23rd place in the 2016 ranking.


April 25, 2018

UW breaks ground on new Population Health building

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A crowd of dignitaries gathered Wednesday for the official groundbreaking of the university’s new 290,000-square-foot Population Health Building, a facility that will house the Population Health Initiative launched by the UW in 2016.


April 4, 2018

UW’s newest icon — a carillon of bells atop Kane Hall — to be dedicated Thursday

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A new carillon — the only such instrument in Western Washington — will ring in full concert at the University of Washington for the first time Thursday.


March 29, 2018

Mario L. Barnes named dean of the School of Law

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Mario L. Barnes has been named the next Toni Rembe dean of the University of Washington’s School of Law, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today. His appointment, set to begin July 5, 2018, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


March 27, 2018

Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson to be UW’s 2018 commencement speaker

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Dr. Benjamin Danielson, a 1992 graduate of the UW School of Medicine, a Children’s Hospital pediatrician and director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s Commencement exercises Saturday, June 9.


February 26, 2018

Brian McCartan named vice president for finance at the UW

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Brian McCartan has been named vice president for finance at the University of Washington, Executive Vice President Jeff Scott announced today. McCartan joins the UW after serving as the chief financial officer at Sound Transit for the past 11 years. He begins on Feb. 26.


February 21, 2018

UW among Peace Corps’ 2018 top volunteer-producing colleges & universities

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The Peace Corps today announced that University of Washington ranked No. 2 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 74 UW alumni currently volunteering worldwide.


February 20, 2018

University of Washington is a top producer of Fulbright scholars

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The University of Washington ranked second in the country in producing Fulbright Scholars. Fulbrights were awarded to 11 researchers at UW’s Seattle campus, and to three faculty members at UW Bothell.


April 29, 2013

Dinosaur predecessors gain ground in wake of world’s biggest biodiversity crisis — with photo gallery

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Newly discovered fossils reveal a lineage of animals thought to have led to dinosaurs taking hold in Tanzania and Zambia, many millions of years before dinosaur relatives were seen in the fossil record elsewhere on Earth.


March 20, 2013

Some Alaskan trout use flexible guts for the ultimate binge diet

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The stomach and intestines of certain Dolly Varden trout double to quadruple in size during month-long, salmon-egg-eating binges in Alaska each August. It’s the first time researchers have documented such fish gut flexibility in the wild.


March 4, 2013

‘True grit’ erodes assumptions about evolution

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New work in Argentina where scientists had previously thought Earth’s first grasslands emerged 38 million years ago, shows the area at the time covered with tropical forests rich with palms, bamboos and gingers. Grit and volcanic ash in those forests could have caused the evolution of teeth in horse-like animals that scientists mistakenly thought were adaptations in response to emerging grasslands.


February 19, 2013

Mutant champions save imperiled species from almost-certain extinction

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Species facing widespread and rapid environmental changes can sometimes evolve quickly enough to dodge the extinction bullet. UW scientists consider the genetic underpinnings of such evolutionary rescue.


December 26, 2012

Piranha kin wielded dental weaponry even T. rex would have admired — with video

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Taking into consideration size, an ancient relative of piranhas weighing about 20 pounds delivered a bite with more force than prehistoric whale-eating sharks or – even – Tyrannosaurus rex.


December 17, 2012

Plumes across the Pacific deliver thousands of microbial species to West Coast

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Microorganisms – 99 percent more kinds than had been reported in findings published just four months ago – are hitching rides in the upper troposphere from Asia.


December 13, 2012

Giving library pests the cold shoulder

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UW librarians acted quickly to eliminate bedbugs in books last August.