October 18, 2016
The 2016 University of Washington Annual President’s Address: For Washington and the World
When I get asked what my vision for the University of Washington is, I have a ready answer: I want this university to be the number one university in the world in terms of impact. I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about that impact – on our state, nation and our world. Above all, on our collective future.
October 4, 2016
UW Professor Emeritus David J. Thouless awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
This morning we awoke to tremendous news: One of the University of Washington’s own, Professor Emeritus David J. Thouless, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. As the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted when awarding the prize to Thouless and two of his colleagues, “This year’s laureates opened the door on an…
September 21, 2016
We are all accountable for justice and equity
As interim president, I spoke to our university about racism, equity and the need for each of us to take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our University culture. We committed to deepen the work of more systematically combating racism and inequities, both individual and institutional, which persist here and throughout our society.
August 28, 2016
With Bob Santos’ passing, we’ve lost a giant
I had the opportunity to first get to know Bob Santos – known as “Uncle Bob” to so many he advocated for – when I chaired the UW’s Department of American Ethnic Studies. It was a tough time for the department, and our first meeting was marked by mutual skepticism. But it ended with mutual…
August 19, 2016
President Cauce speaks at Business Journal Live event on what’s next for the UW
This Wednesday, August 17, President Cauce sat down with Puget Sound Business Journal columnist Patti Payne for a wide-ranging discussion about the University, her experience thus far as president and what the future holds for the UW. Topics at the breakfast event, attended by dozens of Seattle business luminaries, ranged from the incoming freshman class to the Population Health…
August 2, 2016
On free expression, universities must light the way
As we head into the home stretch of the election season there is heightened potential for visits to the UW by candidates or speakers invited by campus groups to speak on topics that may be quite controversial. That makes it a good time to remind ourselves of the fundamental importance of freedom of expression to our University and our nation.
July 29, 2016
Executive Council selected for the UW’s Population Health Initiative
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today the selection of the 30-member Executive Council for the University’s new Population Health Initiative. The council’s members will lead the development of a 25-year vision for population health at the UW, as was originally announced in President Cauce’s remarks on May 3,…
July 11, 2016
Standing together for justice
Dear faculty, staff and students: We both love the University during its high-energy moments — crowded hallways and walkways, the chatter on Red Square so loud we have to close our windows to concentrate. Yet, as June rolls around, we look forward to the bittersweet joy of graduations, the warmer weather and quieter times that…
June 20, 2016
The University’s Role in the Innovation Ecosystem (Times Higher Education Asia Summit keynote)
Universities play a vital – and unique – role in the innovation ecosystem. Leading the University of Washington, I see every day the ways in which the environment and community of a university are not only conducive to creation and discovery, more often than not, they are the drivers of innovation. Universities both augment the innovation in companies and institutions around them and they compensate for the fact that some organizations are not as well-equipped to do so.
June 15, 2016
Letter to alumni: Welcome the Class of 2016 to the pack!
The University of Washington’s alumni family got a little bigger this week as we graduated the Class of 2016. Diplomas in hand, these newly minted graduates are leaving the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses to join your global fellowship. I know you’ll welcome them with open arms as they share not just a love of…