For Washington

The University of Washington is the University for Washington. From Seattle to Spokane, Walla Walla to Bellingham, across the great state of Washington, the UW’s faculty, staff and students are having an impact on the residents of Washington.

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Northwest
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Maple syrup industry in Washington

Syrup producers, tapping into the natural sugar sap that runs through Pacific Northwest bigleaf maple trees, are hoping to make Washington’s product as well known and sought after as the state’s wines.

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Central
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Career growth in Eastern Washington

A Foster School program has been evolving in Eastern Washington since its inception more than two decades ago. Today, the course is targeting mid-level managers in the fruit industry and more than 150 companies throughout the Yakima Valley.

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Central
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Lessons in logs

For four days in September, a group of students from Yakima’s Wilson Middle School set aside their daily lives and immersed themselves in outdoor science at the University of Washington’s Mount Rainier Institute.

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Northeast
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Living with fire

Agencies that are well practiced in putting out wildfires are now learning a new skill: how to set the spark and fan the flames. UW research and expertise are playing an important role in forest management across Eastern Washington, particularly in the state's Methow Valley.

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Southwest
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Source: UW State Relations

Chehalis legislators engage with students at UW-hosted STEM camp

In partnership with the Chehalis School District, the UW hosted a STEM camp at W.F. West High School last summer for local high school students focused on engineering and medical science.

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Tribal Nations
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Source: UW Stories of Impact

Native knowledge

ISchool assistant professor Miranda Belarde-Lewis combines research, teaching and curating to help reclaim how Native art is presented — and bring Native voices to the forefront.

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Puget Sound
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Source: UW Stories of Impact

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.

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Olympic Peninsula
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Source: UW Stories of Impact

Sea lessons

Oceanography major Deana Crouser did more than just get her feet wet on the R/V Rachel Carson. She helped peer into the future of our oceans.

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Tribal Nations
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Source: UW Stories of Impact

A road to recovery

Struck by the number of nonviolent offenders imprisoned on drug charges, the Tulalip Tribes and UW Law alumnus Brian Kilgore are offering second chances through treatment.

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Central
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Source: UW Stories of Impact

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.

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Northwest
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Source: UW News

Beach trash accumulates in predictable patterns on Washington shores

A study by the University of Washington analyzed 843 beach surveys and found that certain beaches, and certain areas of a single beach, are “sticky zones” that accumulate litter.

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Northwest
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Source: UW News

2021 heat wave created ‘perfect storm’ for shellfish die-off

Researchers found that many shellfish were victims of a “perfect storm” of factors in summer 2021 that contributed to widespread death.

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Puget Sound
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Source: UW News

Moon jellies appear to be gobbling up zooplankton in Puget Sound

Swarms of jellies have been seen more frequently in Puget Sound over the past several decades, and some biologists speculate these fast-growing jellyfish will do especially well in the warmer oceans of the future.

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Puget Sound
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Source: UW News

Air pollution can be dramatically reduced with portable air filters

What started as a University of Washington-led project to measure air pollution near Sea-Tac International Airport has led to schools in the area installing portable air filters to improve indoor air quality.

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Northwest
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Source: Clean Energy Institute

Microgrids for education and energy sovereignty

After founding Northwest Indian College’s first engineering program, Stephanie Bostwick aims to bring clean energy to her classroom — and to the Lummi Nation.

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Tribal Nations
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Source: UW News

Partnering with indigenous communities to anticipate and adapt to ocean change

With a $700,000 grant awarded from the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, scientists from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Washington Sea Grant and the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean have teamed with federal and tribal partners to study the social and ecological vulnerabilities of Olympic Coast ocean acidification.

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Tribal Nations
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Source: UW News

New resources support tribes in preparing for climate change

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners have developed a collection of resources that may be useful to tribes at any stage in the process of evaluating their vulnerability to climate change. The project is a partnership among tribes, tribal associations, universities and the federal government.

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Southwest
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Source: UW News

Tides don’t always flush water out to sea

By area, tidal flats make up more than 50 percent of Willapa Bay in southwest Washington state, making this more than 142-square-mile estuary an ideal location for oyster farming. On some parts of these flats, oysters grow well, filling their shells with delicacies for discerning diners. But according to experienced oyster farmers, oysters raised in other parts of Willapa Bay don’t yield as much meat.

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Northeast
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Source: UW News

Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact other animals — particularly the ones these large carnivores target as prey.

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Central
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Source: UW News

Assessing riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change — in the Northwest

Under climate change, plants and animals will shift their habitats to track the conditions they are adapted for. As they do, the lands surrounding rivers and streams offer natural migration routes that will take on a new importance as temperatures rise.

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Puget Sound
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Source: UW News

With climate change, Mount Rainier floral communities could ‘reassemble’ with new species relationships, interactions

Central to the field of ecology is the mantra that species do not exist in isolation: They assemble in communities — and within these communities, species interact. Predators hunt prey. Parasites exploit hosts. Pollinators find flowers.

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Northwest
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Source: UW News

Study shows high pregnancy failure in southern resident killer whales

A multi-year survey of the nutritional, physiological and reproductive health of endangered southern resident killer whales suggests that up to two-thirds of pregnancies failed in this population from 2007 to 2014. The study links this orca population’s low reproductive success to stress brought on by low or variable abundance of their most nutrient-rich prey, Chinook salmon.

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Central
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Source: UW News

Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington

The sage grouse is an exceptionally showy bird and an icon of the American West. But its sagebrush habitat is disappearing, and there is debate over how best to protect the populations in an increasingly developed landscape.

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Olympic Peninsula
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Source: UW News

Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula to test innovations in forest management

Forest ecosystems are accustomed to change. Long before humans started intervening, disturbances such as fire, wind storms and diseases wracked segments of the landscape, killing off swathes of trees and providing spaces for regrowth of the forest.

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Northwest
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Source: UW News

UW professor is digitizing every fish species in the world

Nearly 25,000 species of fish live on our planet, and a University of Washington professor wants to scan and digitize them all.

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Northwest
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Source: UW News

First Salish Sea-wide shoreline armoring study shows cumulative effects on ecosystem

Bulkheads and seawalls along the shores of Puget Sound help ease erosion and stabilize bluffs to protect waterfront properties.

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Central
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Source: UW News

Power lines restrict sage grouse movement in Washington

Transmission lines that funnel power from hydroelectric dams and wind turbines across Eastern Washington affect greater sage grouse habitat by isolating fragile populations and limiting movement, a new study finds.

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