State Relations

March 2, 2015

Approaching session’s mid-way point, legislative action moves from committee to the floor

Today is Day 50 of the 105-day 2015 Regular Session. Legislative cutoff dates signal the ebb and flow of legislative activity, as committee, staff and legislative members’ workloads change in response to the winnowing list of bills still “alive.” Legislative work moves from committee to floor sessions this week, as both policy and fiscal cutoffs on the legislative…

February 19, 2015

Proposal to rapidly expand health care access in Washington state heard in Senate committee

The Senate Health Care committee held a hearing and passed SB 5909 today, a bipartisan proposal intended to comprehensively address the critical need for primary-care access and healthcare-workforce shortages in Washington’s rural and underserved communities. Specifically, the proposal would: Expand the UW School of Medicine and Dentistry in Spokane to train more rural doctors and dentists at…

February 12, 2015

UW Regents name Provost Ana Mari Cauce interim president

University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce was named interim president by the Board of Regents at their regular meeting on Thursday. Her appointment will be effective March 2, 2015. She succeeds President Michael K. Young, who is leaving the UW for Texas A&M University.   Click here to learn more…

Effort to improve healthcare access for all Washingtonians launched in Olympia

A bipartisan group of legislators in Washington’s House and Senate have introduced a proposal intended to comprehensively address the critical need for primary-care access and healthcare-workforce shortages in Washington’s rural and underserved communities. Senate Bill 5909 and House Bill 2065 bring together several active legislative proposals, including expansion of the University of Washington School of…

February 9, 2015

Co-director of UW I-LABS presents to House committee

Last week (Feb. 3), Professor and Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences co-director Patricia Kuhl presented to the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee on early childhood learning and brain development. Watch the committee work session on TVW here.

January 29, 2015

Director of UW’s Clean Energy Institute presents to House committee

Today (Jan. 29), Dan Schwartz, Director of UW’s Clean Energy Institute, appeared before the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development to give an overview of CEI’s pioneering work in the fields of solar generation, energy storage, and systems integration. The CEI was founded in 2013 with a $6 million investment from the Washington legislature, which has the…

January 23, 2015

UW leaders present to legislative committee on proposal to expand UW School of Medicine in Spokane

Leaders of the University of Washington and UW Medicine appeared before the Senate Higher Education Committee yesterday (Jan. 23) to make the case for the expansion of UW’s community-based medical education program, WWAMI, in Spokane. UW President Michael K. Young, UW Medicine CEO and Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. Paul G. Ramsey and UW Regent…

January 19, 2015

Boeing, UW open research lab on Seattle campus

Via UW Today: The Boeing Advanced Research Center, located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on the UW campus, will let students and faculty members work collaboratively with Boeing engineers on aircraft and spacecraft assembly and manufacturing. Four initial projects are underway at the UW, led by Boeing-employed affiliate instructors and UW engineering professors. ……

KING 5 News: UW needs new research ship

KING 5 News reports on UW’s need for a new local class research vessel to replace the research vessel R/V Clifford A. Barnes, which will reach the end of its useful life in 2016. Via UW’s College of the Environment: …The research vessel is nearly 50 years old, and has limited capabilities to help scientists and students really understand what’s going on…

January 14, 2015

UW releases 2015 state legislative agenda

Today, the University released its legislative priorities for the 2015 session that began this week in Olympia. Here is a quick overview of what’s on the agenda: Priority No. 1: Keep the UW affordable Washington’s public colleges and universities are jointly requesting a $198 million state investment for 2015–17 (the UW’s share is $68 million)…

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