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October 1, 2013

State Legislators and staff visit the UW

The Office of State Relations hosted a group of state legislators and staff on campus last Friday (September 27) for a tour of the Institute for Protein Design, a campus tour including the recently renovated Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons and the Paul G. Allen Center for Computing & Engineering, and a lunch briefing with…


August 21, 2013

Seattle Times: Computer games + math = fun and learning in schools

The Seattle Times recently reported on UW researcher Zoran Popovic‘s work to make computer games more effective at teaching math. One of the most successful examples, for adults and students alike, is the UW Center for Game Science’s Foldit, which challenges users to help uncover the structures of biologically important proteins. Players around the world have…


August 9, 2013

UW School of Medicine ranks first among medical students

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports: University of Washington School of Medicine was ranked No. 1 in a national survey of current medical students. … One Class of 2015 student at UW wrote: “The first thing every faculty and staff member in my program has said is, ‘We are here to help you; this is…


August 5, 2013

On the road: Southwest Washington study mission

Last week, yours truly joined the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council for a study mission to Southwest Washington. The study mission started bright and early on Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and wrapped up Friday afternoon at the Port of Vancouver. Along the way, the delegation of business and government…


July 31, 2013

Husky Pride: UW ranked 8th in country by Forbes

The University of Washington was ranked eighth among public universities in the country (excluding federally-funded military academies) in the quality of undergraduate education, according to Forbes. Read UW Today to learn more.


July 23, 2013

What does a MOOC look like up close?

This summer, University of Washington senior lecturer Matt McGarrity is teaching a MOOC (massively open online course) titled “Introduction to Public Speaking” through a partnership with Coursera. Seattle Times reporter Katherine Long is taking the course, and blogging about her experience at a blog titled, “The Massive Classroom.” Follow the blog to get a close up…


July 18, 2013

UW launches record 17 startups in 2013

via UW Today: The University of Washington launched a record 17 startup companies this fiscal year. That makes fiscal 2013 the UW’s single most productive year for startup formation.  It places the UW among the top five schools in the nation. Last year, President Michael K. Young challenged the university to increase its number of…


July 17, 2013

Seattle Times: Using small businesses to create community opportunities

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes in a recent article about the efforts of UW’s Foster School and other business schools around the country to improve their local communities: Business schools teach people how to run businesses and make money, and their focus has usually been high on big business and finance. But partly in…


July 16, 2013

This week in Olympia news: Maxwell leaving House for Inslee Admin., state revenue collections tick up, Kip Tokuda remembered

The News Tribune’s Political Buzz reported last week that State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-41st Legislative District) is leaving the State House this month to join Governor Jay Inslee’s administration. According to a statement obtained by the TNT, Maxwell will join Governor Inslee’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office as Senior Education Policy Advisor. Maxwell was elected to three…


July 15, 2013

UW welcomes new dean of the College of Engineering

The UW on Monday (July 15) welcomed Michael B. Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering. Bragg most recently was professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An aeronautical engineer by training, Bragg has held numerous leadership positions at Illinois, including head of the aerospace engineering…



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