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Improving malaria detection through computer vision and machine learning

Electrical engineering doctoral students Charles Delahunt and Mayoore Jaiswal are applying their skills in computer vision and machine learning to the fight against malaria, a disease that affects over 200 million people each year and is one of the most severe public health problems globally. Working with a team at Intellectual Ventures (IV) Lab and with support from the Global Good Fund, they have developed Autoscope, a low-cost, portable and automated device for diagnosing malaria. For Jaiswal, who grew up in Sri Lanka where mosquito-transmitted diseases were and, in some cases, continue to be a serious threat, the project’s social impact is key.

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Fostering global connections and understanding for our students and community

The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange names the University of Washington a leader in global student engagement. The report was released today by the Institute for International Education. Global engagement is integral to the UW student experience, also known as the Husky Experience. UW graduates leave with a global perspective, the ability to navigate and thrive within diverse communities and workplaces, and an appreciation for the value of diversity.
Ranked 20th in the nation among institutions awarding credit for study abroad, the UW offers leading-edge international learning opportunities that match the goals and interests of its diverse student community. Many students study abroad on faculty-led programs, where the expertise of UW professors and a supportive community of fellow students further enhances the experience. Looking forward, the UW seeks to further increase access to global learning for all students through continuous improvement of its high-quality programming and by providing specialized advising and financial support to students from communities underrepresented in study abroad.
The University of Washington is also proud of the global diversity on its campuses, and is ranked 10th in the nation among institutions hosting international students. The UW campus community is enriched by the global and cultural diversity of its students, faculty and staff. Hosting international students from around the world on our campuses offers students from overseas an outstanding education at the world’s most innovative public university (Reuters, 2015) and enhances the educational experience for all.  
With a mission of education, discovery and public service, the UW believes in the importance of fostering global connections and understanding for our students – and our community. This work supports our commitment to equity, access and excellence, and will help to build a better future for us all.

The fate of Salonica’s Jews in the city’s transition from Ottoman Empire to Greece

Devin Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies — part of the Jackson School of International Studies — and an associate professor in the Department of History. He is the author of “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece,” published in September by Stanford University Press. His recently-published work will be celebrated tonight with a book launch. Registration and more information here.

Helping refugees abroad with a Fulbright scholarship

Hamda Yusuf ’16 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in a first-ever cohort for a “Community-Based Combined Grant,” which requires both community work and teaching in a foreign country. In fall 2016, she’ll be heading to Austria for 9 months to support Refugees Welcome, a non-profit that is dealing with the Middle East refugee crisis there, and will be an English teaching assistant in secondary schools.

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UW maintains No. 11 position in US News Best Global Universities ranking; third among public institutions

The University of Washington maintained its No. 11 spot in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. The UW remains the third-ranked public university on the global list, behind University of California, Berkeley (fourth) and UCLA (10th).

“This recognition reflects the work of our faculty and students in seeking answers to problems of global import in the areas of health and medicine, physical sciences and social sciences,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “We are immensely proud of the work being done here, and it’s nice to see the world is noticing.”

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As 1 Million Strong implementation partner, the UW is creating a pipeline of China-savvy leaders

On the anniversary of its 1 Million Strong initiative, the US-China Strong Foundation, a global nonprofit committed to strengthening US-China relations, announced its new 1 Million Strong implementation partners – including the University of Washington – who will help guide the initiative’s growth.

Announced in September 2015 by Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping during the Chinese leader’s official state visit to the US, 1 Million Strong looks to create a pipeline of China-savvy leaders and employees in the US. The initiative calls for a five-fold increase from current numbers: today, approximately 200,000 US K-12 students are learning Mandarin, while there are more than 300 million English language learners in China.

Read the entire press release from the US-China Strong Foundation…