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UW at AAAS meeting

The University of Washington is the host university for the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (AAAS). The conference is Feb. 13-16 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The UW has more than 50 speakers and session moderators participating in the conference across a number of topics, including earthquakes, climate change impacts, misinformation during emergencies, criminal justice reform, early childhood learning and using artificial intelligence to stop child sex trafficking.

Additionally, UW President Ana Mari Cauce will welcome conference attendees to Seattle at a kickoff reception Feb. 13. The UW and Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a social event Feb. 15 at the museum for hundreds of journalists attending the conference.

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Stop by the University of Washington booth at the AAAS Expo.

More than a dozen UW scholars presenting at the meeting will be available Friday through Sunday to talk with attendees. Dubs II will make a special appearance at the booth on Sunday morning. The Expo Hall is open to the public with free on-site registration, check out the AAAS registration page for more info.


Friday, Feb. 14

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Lisa Graumlich — Dean, College of the Environment

Lisa Graumlich is available to discuss opportunities to bridge science and practice to address the risks we face from climate change and other environmental challenges. She is also interested in how we support young scientists in developing leadership skills to be successful in transdisciplinary work.

At the UW booth: Friday, Feb. 14 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Alexes Harris — Professor, Sociology

Alexes Harris is a sociologist who uses a mixed-method approach to study institutional decision-making. Her research interests focus on social stratification processes and racial and ethnic disparities.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

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David Baker — Professor and Director of the Institute for Protein Design

David Baker’s research group is focused on the prediction and design of macromolecular structures, interactions and functions. The group is currently working on a universal flu vaccine.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. (New time!)

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Emma Spiro — Assistant Professor, Information School

Emma Spiro’s research involves the spread of information during crisis events, including rumors, misinformation and collective sensemaking in online environments.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

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Emily M. Bender — Professor, Linguistics

Emily M. Bender’s research interests include ethics and natural language processing; fairness, transparency and accountability in natural language processing and AI more broadly; and multilingual natural language processing.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (New time!)

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Gina-Anne Levow — Associate Professor, Linguistics

Gina-Anne Levow’s research concentrates on the use of intonation in spoken dialog, and her interests range over natural language processing, spoken language systems and human-computer interfaces.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. (New time!)

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Jeff Berman — Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jeff Berman’s research blends experimental and analytical investigations to help develop the tools and understanding necessary for engineers to design structures to resist the forces of earthquakes, blasts and other hazards.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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Amy Snover — Director, Climate Impacts Group

Amy Snover connects science and decision making to help society prepare for the impacts of climate change. She leads innovative efforts to catalyze and enable science-based actions that reduce climate risks.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

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Patricia Kuhl — Professor and Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Patricia Kuhl is internationally recognized for her research on early language learning and bilingual brain development, for pioneering brain measures on young children, and for studies that show how young children learn.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

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Andrew Meltzoff — Professor and Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Andrew Meltzoff’s discoveries about infant learning have revolutionized our understanding of early cognition, personality and brain development.

At the UW booth: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

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Sunday, Feb. 16

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Dubs II — UW live mascot

Dubs II is 2 years old. He can run really fast, especially when properly motivated by cougar stuffies. He knows how to make an entrance and usually stops traffic when out on a walk.

At the UW booth: Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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Kristina Olson — Associate Professor, Psychology

Kristina Olson’s research focuses on gender diversity in childhood, prosocial behavior, understanding status and inequality, prejudice and discrimination.

At the UW booth: Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

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Sally Jewell — Chair, UW EarthLab Advisory Council

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, serves as Chair of UW EarthLab’s Advisory Council and is Interim CEO of The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental NGO.

At the UW booth: Sunday, Feb. 16 from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

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Public event

Family Science Days are Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Register for Family Science Days

Research highlights from UW speakers at AAAS

Sea level map of Washington state.

Sea-level rise report contains best projections yet for Washington’s coasts

A University of Washington report provides the best projections yet for sea-level rise due to climate change at 171 sites along Washington’s coasts.

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Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming

New research shows that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe.

Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Using 30 years of satellite data, UW researchers discovered that within one year of the opening of a major dam in the Mekong River basin, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C).

27 years with the most federal research funding.
There are more than 300 specialized research centers at the UW.

A tool resource center for natural disaster researchers

The RAPID Facility at the UW, which is the first of its kind in the world, contains over 300 instruments.

Scientists design protein that prods cancer-fighting T-cells

The achievement opens new approaches to the design of protein-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases and other disorders.

Trees on Mount Rainier

Forests, human health, Northwest outlook

UW researchers were among the authors of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, an assessment of climate change across the nation produced every four years by the federal government.

Jevin West teaches a class in “Calling BS.”Quinn Russell Brown/University of Washington

UW creates Center for an Informed Public with $5 million investment from Knight Foundation

The UW Center for an Informed Public is led by an interdisciplinary group whose mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society and strengthen democratic discourse.

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From counseling services to commissary items, how the private sector shapes ‘offender-funded justice’

Alexes Harris, UW professor of sociology, is leading a national study that has demonstrated the disproportionate impact of court-imposed fines and fees on the poor and on people of color.

Altruistic babies? Study shows infants are willing to give up food, help others

New research by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences finds that altruism may begin in infancy.

7 UW faculty have won the Nobel Prize.
UW is No. 1 in innovation in Reuters' ranking.

Hells Creek landscape

Interactive tool helps explore a century of Pacific Northwest weather data

The UW College of the Environment partnered with Seattle visual analytics company Tableau Software to create a new, interactive visualization for historical observations of temperature and precipitation in the region.

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‘The blob,’ food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

Scientists from the University of Washington, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem’s food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heatwave known as “the blob.”

Schooling herring fish

Young herring ‘go with the older fish’ a key finding in Ocean Modeling Forum

Similar to how children learn, often unconsciously, to mimic the adults around them, a small, silvery ocean fish employs this tactic when teaching the next generation.

Browse conference appearances by UW researchers

Full schedule from AAAS

Photo Name Title Email / Phone Expertise
Scott Allard Scott Allard Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance



Poverty and inequality, safety net policy and urban policy

Ernesto Alvarado Ernesto Alvarado Research associate professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences



Forest fire ecology, fire management, prescribed fire, smoke emissions, climate change, tropical forestry, landscape, international forestry, modeling

Cecilia Aragon Cecilia Aragon Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering


Human-centered data science; data visualization; visual analytics; human-computer interaction; data-intensive discovery; human-centered natural language processing.

Joel Baker Joel Baker Science director, Center for Urban Waters



Transport of organic contaminants in the environment, oil spills and water contamination, particularly in urban environments.

Rory Barnes Rory Barnes Research assistant professor, astronomy



Identifying habitable planets, formation and evolution of habitable planets

Erica Mills Barnhart Erica Mills Barnhart Director, Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy


Communications, marketing, nonprofits, philanthropy

George Bergantz George Bergantz Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences



Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Numerical modeling, lab experiments and field studies.

Carl Bergstrom Carl Bergstrom Professor, Department of Biology



Behavior, evolution and systematics, mathematical and computational biology

Elin Björling Elin Björling Senior research scientist and lecturer, Human Centered Design & Engineering


Technology design to improve mental health in teens

Nick Bond Nick Bond Research scientist, UW Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies / Washington state climatologist



Washington’s state climatologist, can comment on recent events, historic trends and the seasonal outlook

Ann Bostrom Ann Bostrom Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Risk perception, risk communication, and decision making under uncertainty

Sally Brown Sally Brown Research associate professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences



Contaminated soils, risks, waste (compost municipal wastewater) soil amendments, carbon accounting

Benjamin M. Brunjes Benjamin M. Brunjes Assistant Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance



American political institutions and processes; Public administration – bureaucracy, management, organization theory, ethics; and Public finance and procurement – budgeting, tax policy, government contracting

Karin Bumbaco Karin Bumbaco UW research scientist, Washington's assistant state climatologist



Questions or data inquiries on Washington weather trends in the context of historical data. Publishes the monthly newsletter on statewide trends and forecasts.

Steve Calandrillo Steve Calandrillo Professor, law



Controversial law and public policy topics including contracts, daylight saving time, drone technology/regulation, organ donation, minimum wage legislation, instant replay, and baseball’s designated hitter rule

Ryan Calo Ryan Calo Associate professor, law



law, technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, misinformation

Shuyi Chen Shuyi Chen Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences



Tropical meteorology, air-sea interactions, mesoscale dynamics, numerical modeling

Eric Chudler Eric Chudler Research associate professor, Department of Bioengineering



Behavioral neuroscience, brain-computer interfaces

Alison Cullen Alison Cullen Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Risk analysis, environmental policy, wildfire risk and management

Angel Fettig Angel Fettig Associate professor, education



Special education, early childhood special education, developmental disabilities

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen Karen Fredriksen Goldsen Professor, School of Social Work



Aging and well-being, health disparities among LGBT older adults

Anne Goodchild Anne Goodchild Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering



Freight transportation, E-commerce and online shopping, Urban Freight Home delivery, UAV or drone delivery, Goods movement, Sustainable freight transportation, Transportation logistics

Mary Kay Gugerty Mary Kay Gugerty Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Nonprofit and philanthropic policy and management; evaluation and social impact measurement; advocacy, accountability and voluntary regulation programs among nonprofit and NGOs; and community-based organizations and rural development policy in sub-Saharan Africa

Crystal C. Hall Crystal C. Hall Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance



Judgment and decision making, poverty and social welfare policy, and psychology and behavioral economics

Brian Harvey Brian Harvey Assistant professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences


206-685-9929 (desk) 650-521-1988 (mobile)

Wildfires, climate, ecology, resource management, forest disturbances

Heather Hill Heather Hill Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Effects of poverty and low-wage work on families and children

Ines Jurcevic Ines Jurcevic Assistant professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Intersection of social psychology and public policy; stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and diversity

Reşat Kasaba Reşat Kasaba Professor, Jackson School of International Studies



State-society relations in the Middle East from a historical perspective, Turkey

Deborah Kelley Deborah Kelley Professor, School of Oceanography



Underwater volcanoes, hydrothermal vents, cabled deep-sea observatories

Sharon Kioko Sharon Kioko Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Public finance (US states/local governments), tax policy, voter referendum and tax limitations, education finance (K-12), infrastructure finance/debt management

Marieka Klawitter Marieka Klawitter Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance



Family and employment policy, gender, policy analysis, sexual orientation policy and savings and asset-building for low-income families

Patricia Kramer Patricia Kramer Professor, anthropology



Biological anthropology, evolution, human paleontology, nonhuman primates

Jane Lee Jane Lee Assistant professor, social work



Role of migration shaping health and wellbeing of immigrant populations

Taryn Lindhorst Taryn Lindhorst Professor, School of Social Work



Poverty, safety net health care settings and health equity; oncology social work; end-of-life, palliative are and grief issues

Jana Mohr Lone Jana Mohr Lone Director, UW Center for Philosophy for Children / Affiliate Associate Professor


Philosophical abilities of children and youth

Joe Lott Joe Lott Associate professor, education



Equity studies, higher education, policy and educational reform

Don MacKenzie Don MacKenzie Associate professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering



Electric vehicles, shared use transportation services, energy use in transportation sector

Julian Marshall Julian Marshall Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


(206) 685-2591

Models and measurements of people's exposure to air pollution, investigating ways to reduce exposures, environmental justice and disparities in exposure, exposures in the United States and in low-income countries

Karin Martin Karin Martin Assistant professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Crime and punishment policy, criminal justice debt, courts and sentencing, criminal justice reform

Scott Montgomery Scott Montgomery Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies



Arctic and oil, oil and gas (reserves, technology, prices, politics), fracking, nuclear power, worked 25 years in the energy industry

Steve Muench Steve Muench Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering



Infrastructure construction (bridges, roads, dams, etc.), Transportation infrastructure sustainability, Sustainability rating systems, Roads and pavements

Devin Naar Devin Naar Professor, international studies



Modern Jewish history, Jewish culture from antiquity until today, Sephardic history and culture, the history and memory of the Holocaust

Jan Newton Jan Newton Oceanographer, UW Applied Physics Laboratory



Ocean observing, ocean acidification and phytoplankton in Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest waters

Jeffrey Ochsner Jeffrey Ochsner Professor, architecture



Architectural design, urban design, historic preservation, and architectural history

Stephen Page Stephen Page Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


Public leadership, organizational culture, inter-organizational collaboration, transportation policy and projects

Saadia Pekkanen Saadia Pekkanen Professor, international studies



Outer space security, foreign policy, international relations, national security

Franziska Roesner Franziska Roesner Associate professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering


Computer security and privacy

Ilene Schwartz Ilene Schwartz Professor, education



Early childhood special education, applied behavior analysis and interventions for autism

Jeff Shulman Jeff Shulman Professor, Foster School of Business



Marketing, pricing strategies, Seattle growth, gig economy

Amy Snover Amy Snover Director, Climate Impacts Group



Climate change effects in the Pacific Northwest. Co-authored numerous regional reports on effects of climate change. Works with regional communities, governments and businesses on preparing for and adapting to climate change.

Hugh Spitzer Hugh Spitzer Professor, School of Law



Constitutional law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, legal philosophy and theory, legislative process, local government and municipal law

Bill Steele Bill Steele Director of outreach and information services, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network



Regional earthquake, volcano and tsunami hazards, risk communication, tours of the UW seismology lab, ShakeAlert earthquake early warning

Harold Tobin Harold Tobin Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences



Subduction zones, Cascadia Subduction Zone, earthquakes, “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system

Kathy Troost Kathy Troost Associate teaching professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences



Landslides, Seattle geology, Puget Lowland geology, geologic hazard mapping

Denise Walker Denise Walker Research associate professor, School of Social Work



Development, testing and implementation of interventions that bring about positive changes in patterns of behavior; treatment of marijuana disorders in both adolescents and adults

Kathryn Watts Kathryn Watts Professor, law



Administrative law, constitutional law, presidential powers, U.S. Supreme Court

Jevin West Jevin West Associate professor, Information School



Misinformation, evolution of science, the models and science used to predict the spread of COVID-19