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August 13, 2019

Dr. Nancy Allbritton named dean of UW’s College of Engineering

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Dr. Nancy Allbritton has been named the next Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced today. Allbritton’s appointment, set to begin Nov. 1, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


August 2, 2019

UW selects artists and tops out Population Health Building

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The University of Washington today announced the topping out of the new $230 million Population Health Building. The UW also has selected two artists whose work will help tell the story of the education and research that will take place within the new facility.


July 30, 2019

UW study: House move during early pregnancy linked to heightened premature birth risk

Moving to a new residence during the first three months of pregnancy is linked to a heightened risk of premature birth and low birthweight, as well as a slightly higher risk of a smaller-than-expected-size baby, according to new research from the University of Washington published online today in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.


July 26, 2019

UW moves up to No. 5 on Kiplinger’s list of ‘best value’ public universities

The University of Washington is now fifth on Kiplinger’s list of best values among U.S. public universities, according to a new ranking published this week. Last year, the UW placed No. 7.


July 22, 2019

University of Washington to create UW Center for an Informed Public with $5 million investment from Knight Foundation

The University of Washington today announced a $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create the UW Center for an Informed Public, led by an interdisciplinary group whose mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. The Center is also funded by a $600,000 award from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


July 18, 2019

François Baneyx named director of UW’s CoMotion and Interim Vice Provost for Innovation

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François Baneyx has been named the new director of CoMotion and Interim Vice Provost of Innovation at the University of Washington, Provost Mark Richards announced today. Baneyx fills a position formerly held by Vikram Jandhyala, who died in March. “François is a respected researcher, teacher and innovator with connections throughout academia and industry, as well…


July 17, 2019

UW steady at No. 28 in the world, fourth among U.S. public institutions; No. 1 on CNBC US public colleges that pay off the most

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The University of Washington was recognized this week for its global impact in teaching and research, as well as for its value to graduates compared to cost of attendance.


Magdalena Balazinska named director of UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

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Magdalena Balazinska has been named the new director of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2020, and is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


July 12, 2019

UW School of Law receives $3.75 million gift to support environmental law

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The University of Washington today announced a $3.75 million gift to the School of Law that will support UW Law graduates pursuing public interest environmental law, enhancing their opportunities to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to tackle some of Washington’s and the world’s most pressing environmental issues.


July 9, 2019

Alison Cullen named interim dean of UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

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Alison Cullen has been named interim dean of the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Provost Mark A. Richards announced earlier this month. Her appointment, set to begin Sept. 1, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


July 3, 2019

Joy Williamson-Lott named dean of UW Graduate School

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Joy Williamson-Lott has been named the next dean of the University of Washington’s Graduate School, Provost Mark A. Richards announced today. Her appointment, set to begin July 16, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


UW School of Oceanography ranks No. 1 in global ranking; more than two dozen areas in top 50

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The University of Washington’s School of Oceanography again is ranked No. 1 in the world on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2019. The ranking, released in June, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


June 18, 2019

UW holds No. 4 position on global rankings among US universities

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The University of Washington again placed fourth among U.S. higher education institutions, according to the NTU Rankings released Tuesday.


June 13, 2019

People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data

The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. More and more consumers are using services like 23andMe to learn about their genetic blueprint.


June 10, 2019

Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts to speak at UW’s 144th commencement on Saturday

A record 5,900 graduates, along with 50,000-plus family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 144th University of Washington commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Husky Stadium.


UW is a top place to work in Washington, and top school nationally for LGBTQIA+ students

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The University of Washington has been ranked the No. 5 best place to work in the state by Forbes. The UW also topped the national list of best colleges for LGBTQIA+ students published by Best Colleges, an organization that ranks higher education institutions in various categories.


June 3, 2019

UW marching band says thank you to Grant County after Thanksgiving bus accident

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The Husky Marching Band returned to central Washington on Sunday to say thank you to the Grant County community after a bus crash there last Thanksgiving.


May 30, 2019

16 UW students awarded Fulbright fellowships

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Sixteen UW students and alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, and one has been named an alternate, joining about 1,900 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad this coming year.


May 14, 2019

Provost announces new initiative to bolster Ph.D. student recruitment and support

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The University of Washington today announced a new $5 million initiative to strengthen recruitment and support of Ph.D. students. Mark Richards, the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, introduced the effort during the Provost Town Hall this afternoon.


April 30, 2019

UW OMA&D receives $3.6 million gift commitment from Armon Dadgar and Joshua Kalla to support underrepresented students

The University of Washington today announced a $3.6 million gift commitment awarded over 12 years to the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D). The gift commitment will fund full scholarship packages for approximately 30 underrepresented undergraduate students based on financial need.


April 26, 2019

UW, WSU community partnership: Improving the health of homeless youth and their pets

Rivals in the sports arena, the state’s two largest public universities have teamed up off the field to improve the health of young adults experiencing homelessness – and their pets.

The University of Washington and Washington State University are working with New Horizons Ministries and Neighborcare Health to provide health care and veterinary care to this vulnerable population. Key educational partners include the UW School of Public Health, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and UW Medicine.


April 16, 2019

Mindful body awareness training during treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse

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A novel type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research from the University of Washington. People in the study made marked improvement, and many improvements lasted for a year.


April 10, 2019

National Academies join colleges and universities, including UW, to found Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have joined with over 40 colleges, universities, and research institutions, including the University of Washington, to launch an Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.


April 4, 2019

Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts to deliver UW’s 2019 commencement address

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Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and a University of Washington alumnus, will be the featured speaker at the UW’s Commencement exercises Saturday, June 15.


April 3, 2019

UW virtuoso of mobile sensing technology receives ACM Prize in Computing

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A University of Washington professor, Shwetak Patel, is the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health, the Association for Computing Machinery or ACM announced today.


March 26, 2019

Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana

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Marijuana use among older adults has soared in recent years despite little being known about the effectiveness and safety of the drug in people 65 and older. That’s resulted in more seniors asking health care providers about marijuana use: Is it safe? How much to use? Where to buy?


March 19, 2019

Managed retreat due to rising seas is a public health issue

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Sea-level rise associated with climate change is a concern for many island and coastal communities. While the dangers may seem far off for large coastal cities like Miami or New Orleans, the advancing oceans are already displacing some small indigenous communities, and many others are at risk around the world.


March 11, 2019

University of Washington graduate and professional disciplines rank highly in US News’ Best Graduate School lists

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The University of Washington’s graduate and professional degree programs were widely recognized as among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate School rankings released March 12.


March 4, 2019

University of Washington and Aga Khan University sign agreement to further population health, research, service and education

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The University of Washington today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University to codify partnership activities already underway and to leverage complementary strengths to further expand research, service and education in low- and middle-income countries.


February 28, 2019

Bill & Melinda Gates Center opens a new era of computer science education and innovation at the University of Washington

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The University of Washington today marked the official opening of the new Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering on its Seattle campus. The building doubles the space available to UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering to enable a new wave of computing innovation and to educate more of Washington’s students for 21st century careers that will help shape the future of technology.


February 27, 2019

Three UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

Three faculty members at the University of Washington have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The new Sloan Fellows, announced Feb. 19, include Kelley Harris, an assistant professor of genome sciences at the UW School of Medicine; and Alvin Cheung and Shayan Oveis Gharan, both assistant professors in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.


February 19, 2019

Annual Soule lecture celebrates nursing

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A member of the British House of Lords is scheduled to deliver the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 21st, as part of the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Centennial celebrations and the Nursing Now initiative in the State of Washington. Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock, a professor of nursing and alternate chair…


February 13, 2019

UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.


February 6, 2019

Two new studies published about the Seattle minimum wage ordinance

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University of Washington researchers continue to study the impact of the 2014 Seattle minimum wage ordinance. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students who have tracked various industries since the ordinance’s implementation just published two new studies: These papers take a closer look at the effects on child care businesses and on food prices during the policy implementation.


January 16, 2019

UW opens Othello Commons in Southeast Seattle

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The University of Washington today opened the doors to Othello-UW Commons, a new multifunctional partnership space in the heart of Southeast Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.


January 15, 2019

Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge to open at University of Washington

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Esports — the phenomenally popular world of competitive video games — soon will have a home at the University of Washington.

This spring, the UW’s Husky Union Building (HUB) will officially open the doors to the HUB Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge – a full-service, state-of-the-art gaming center that supports both casual and competitive gaming and virtual reality. The 1,000 square-foot space will serve as the epicenter between student communities, business communities and gaming culture in the Northwest.


January 14, 2019

Seattle bike share programs show infrequent helmet use, little disparity in access to bikes among neighborhoods

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People riding free-floating bike share rentals in Seattle are wearing helmets infrequently, according to a new analysis conducted by University of Washington researchers. Only 20 percent of bike share riders wore helmets in the study, while more than 90 percent of cyclists wore helmets while riding their own bikes.

Different research on the free-floating bike share systems showed that bikes were usually available in all Seattle neighborhoods across economic, racial and ethnic lines. However, more bikes were located in more-advantaged neighborhoods.


January 7, 2019

UW study: Long-term breastfeeding sheds light on whether an infant becomes right- or left-handed

Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The study found that the prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants as compared to bottle-fed infants. This finding was identified in about 60,000 mother-infant pairs and accounted for known risk factors for handedness.


December 17, 2018

American Talent Initiative shows increased college access for lower-income students

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The American Talent Initiative, a nationwide alliance comprising the University of Washington and more than 100 other colleges and universities, has made significant progress in improving opportunities for low- and moderate-income students, according to a new report.


December 10, 2018

Frank Hodge named dean of the Foster School of Business

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Frank Hodge has been named the next Orin and Janet Smith dean of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Provost Mark A. Richards announced today. His appointment, set to begin July 9, 2019, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.



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