Stories of impact
Read about the people, places and programs that drive the University of Washington’s faculty, staff and students to work for a world of good.
Speeding up the science
Johanna Trueblood, a semiprofessional cyclist, lost her life to an uncommon form of cancer. Now, through her parents’ philanthropy, there’s new hope for patients and their families.
Presidential scholars look ahead
As the first Presidential Scholarship recipients finish their time at the UW, they share favorite moments and future plans.
Unleashing the superpower of dogs
The UW’s Conservation Canines sniff out answers to pressing environmental questions.
Bridging the distance
When the UW returns to in-person learning this fall, faculty will bring with them the creative methods developed while teaching remotely — even in courses that are typically hands-on.
His journey took him from the UW to professional basketball and back. But it’s in the special education classroom that Anthony Washington, ’16, ’19, is making a lasting difference.
State of the arts
Behind the scenes at 4Culture, three UW alumni are helping artists and cultural organizations across King County to thrive — with racial equity as their North Star.
ISchool assistant professor Miranda Belarde-Lewis, ’07, ’11, ’13, combines research, teaching and curating to help reclaim how Native art is presented — and bring Native voices to the forefront.
A year in focus: 20 from 2020
Twenty moments from a year like no other — captured through the lenses of UW photographers.
For Helen Noyes, ’69, a love of languages nurtured at the UW translated into a lifelong career with the CIA.
Bringing health care home
Danyelle Thomas, ’07, became a doctor to help improve the health outcomes of underserved communities — starting with her own.
Portraits of the frontline
With courage, compassion and commitment, workers at UW Medicine care for our communities in the time of COVID-19.
Health planet, healthy people
How can we recover from a health crisis during a climate crisis? Five UW experts weigh in.
Racing against a pandemic
Last winter, King County became the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter. The UW’s quick response was months, even years, in the making.
A new age of fires
As wildfires grow in severity, UW researchers are helping our region create a path forward — for the health of our forests and all who live here.
A twist of fate
The life of engineering alumna Ayan Hassan, ’12, ’16, was changed by the UW’s Making Connections program. But she didn’t expect it to be saved by one of the program’s founders.
Putting health care in your hands
UW faculty and students are developing smartphone apps to improve health and save lives.
A body in motion
When Louis Maliyam, ’21, came to the U.S. to study computer science, he never expected that he’d find a second passion — dance. He now brings its lessons of vulnerability and freedom into his work teaching others.
Between humanity and technology
What makes us human? The UW Center for Neurotechnology examines the ethics of tomorrow’s technology.
The language of the land
UW Lecturer Tami Hohn is bringing Southern Lushootseed to a new generation across the University and the Puget Sound — where the language has always lived.
Who you are is enough
For years, the Q Center has been advocating for the queer community at the UW — and it has made all the difference in students’ lives.
Filling the gaps
Low-income veterans are getting life-changing dental care and more, thanks to Everyone for Veterans — a nonprofit founded by UW assistant clinical professor Theresa Cheng.
The year in focus:
19 for 2019
Every day, our photographers capture the University of Washington through their lenses. See the diversity and depth of experiences across the UW — the remarkable students transforming our campuses, the dedicated faculty making discoveries in the field and the joyful moments that brought us all together.
Rising to the challenge
In the UW’s Grand Challenges Impact Lab, students like Cristina Lopez, ’19, worked in Bangalore, India, to address real-world problems — like the city’s urgent groundwater shortage — and increase their own cultural awareness.
Fueled by floods
Along the Mekong River, which is currently at its lowest level in 100 years, UW researchers are collaborating with Cambodian leaders across industries and disciplines to find new ways to manage the impacts of hydropower on the supplies of rice and fish in the region.
Setting the pace
Last year, standout high school athlete Hallie Jensen had never rowed — but now she’s competing on the UW’s Division I crew team, thanks to the Hometown Huskies program.
Caring for every child
The Sunderlands were changed forever by the UW’s groundbreaking support for children with autism. Now they want to help other families access the same opportunities.
Policy in action
Through the Task Force program, students in the Jackson School of International Studies tackle critical policy challenges — with accomplished experts as their guides.
Oceanography major Deana Crouser is doing more than getting her feet wet on the R/V Rachel Carson. She’s helping peer into the future of our oceans.
A road to recovery
Struck by the number of nonviolent offenders imprisoned on drug charges, the Tulalip Tribes partnered with UW School of Law alumni to offer second chances through treatment.
Changing the future of engineering
A redshirt year helps athletes gain confidence and skills. The STARS program is doing the same for engineering students like Tammy Teal, ’18, and senior Ivan Cordero.
Grid by grid
Months after Hurricane Maria, thousands in rural Puerto Rico still lack electricity. In partnership with local communities, UW researchers are working to restore their power.
At the UW’s CoMotion Labs, Lacey Leavitt, ’03, and Joe Jacobs of Electric Dream Factory are helping shape an inclusive future for the VR industry.
The heart of research
For help with her senior thesis on Korean dramas, Kristy Kwon reached out to the UW’s East Asia Library. What she found there opened up her world.
A week in the wild
Students and professors from the College of the Environment made a classroom out of one of the world’s most closely monitored ecosystems: Yellowstone National Park.
A lifeline to mental health
Lisa Lovejoy suffered for years with mental illness — until she found the right treatment at Harborview Medical Center. Now she hopes to inspire others toward better health.
A pocket-size research revolution
A breakthrough device called kidney-on-a-chip is giving new hope to patients suffering from kidney disease. Meet the team behind the project — and find out why the chip is heading to outer space.
Creating communities that care
Across Seattle, UW School of Social Work students and community leaders are working together to encourage healthy behaviors in young people — and set them up for success.
Changing the game
When she came to the UW, Havana McElvaine, ’17, thought of herself as an athlete first. She graduated as a student-athlete-activist — and now she’s getting ready to explore the world.
At the UW’s College of Built Environments, students like David de la Cruz, ’17, are partnering with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in the fight for environmental justice.
Where will meets way
For Yakima-born Yesenia Velasquez, the Young Executives of Color program at the Foster School of Business has opened the door to a promising future she never knew existed.
Creating safer, smarter homes
Older adults are living more independently thanks to modern technology. See how the UW School of Nursing is turning houses into smart homes, allowing residents and caregivers to catch warning signs of illnesses earlier.
Slide to unlock
Today’s touch-screen world is leaving behind an entire segment of the population: those with motor impairments. iSchool Ph.D. candidate Martez Mott wants to change that.
Tracking the $15 minimum wage
Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage presents an unprecedented opportunity for researchers like Hilary Wething to track the effects of a new policy in real time.
Bridging the know-do gap
We know science can improve health. But how do we go from knowing to doing? The School of Public Health has the world’s first Ph.D. program in implementation science, designed to raise the speed and quality of applying science toward improved health worldwide.
Special care for healthy smiles
Finding a dentist can be challenging for people with disabilities. But Dr. Keturah Lowe and other practitioners at the UW School of Dentistry are working to increase the number of dentists who can treat patients with special needs.
Tom Rochat 2.0
Five years ago, Tom Rochat, ’13, was foraging for mushrooms and struggling to pay rent. Today, he’s on the fast track to senior-level management at a global IT company — and he gives UW Tacoma credit for his transformation.
Taking diversity to the next level
Students and staff in UW Bothell’s Digital Future Lab are not only creating professional-quality video games for commercial release, they’re also addressing the lack of diversity in the technology industry.
What is possible?
Associate professors of art Mark Zirpel and Amie McNeil ask what is possible when we unite scientific curiosity and artistic mastery.
Helping the body heal, feel and move again
From the Ability & Innovation Lab to the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the College of Engineering is innovating novel devices to help people of all abilities live out their dreams.
Targeting cancer, precisely
At the vanguard of next-generation precision medicine, Dr. Pamela Becker’s work through the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine is taking aim at cancer.
Unleashing the Husky Experience
What is the Husky Experience? Well, that depends on who you ask.
Nurturing minds, opening doors
In South Seattle and south King County, the UW College of Education is partnering with the Road Map Project to close achievement gaps in schools — and open all doors for young learners.
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