State Relations

February 12, 2015

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)…

105-day 2015 state legislative session kicks off in Olympia

On Monday, the Washington State Legislature convened in Olympia for the start of its 105-day Regular session. The legislative cycle is a two year process. In odd-numbered years, the Regular session is 105 days. In the even-numbered years, the Regular session it is 60 days. For more overview on Washington’s legislative process, read this primer from the Legislature….

January 8, 2015

Study: University of Washington generates $12.5 billion, nearly 80,000 jobs for the state

The University of Washington generates $12.5 billion a year in economic activity and supports 79,331 direct and indirect jobs in the state of Washington, according to a new economic impact report released Thursday by an independent research firm. Here are a few of the highlights of UW’s annual impact on the state economy: $12.5 billion…

December 23, 2014

Universities react to Governor Inslee’s 2015-17 budget proposal

On December 18, Governor Inslee released his plans to fund education in the 2015-17 biennium. You can find information about the Governor’s full budget proposal online here. This is what Washington’s public universities had to say about Governor Inslee’s plans for funding higher education: This week’s budget proposal from Governor Inslee makes important investments in…

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