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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.


December 7, 2018

UW is top U.S. public institution for federal research expenditures

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The University of Washington is the top public institution in the country when ranked by 2017 fiscal year (FY) federal research expenditures according to data recently released by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


December 3, 2018

UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S. She plans to attend the London School of Economics and Oxford University.


November 20, 2018

Mobile health has power to transform HIV/AIDS nursing

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The abundance of personal smartphones in southern African countries got University of Washington professor Sarah Gimbel thinking: What if these phones were used by front-line health workers — namely nurses — to collect and analyze data on patients living with HIV or AIDS to improve their care?


November 18, 2018

UW joins with WSU to promote affordability of public higher education

Public higher education is not just possible, it is easily within reach for Washington residents. That’s the message behind a new joint public-awareness campaign of the University of Washington and Washington State University to promote the affordability of higher education in the state of Washington.


November 7, 2018

University of Washington’s Fall 2018 entering class is largest ever

The University of Washington welcomed the largest class of new students across all three campuses, and the largest number of Washington residents in UW history, according to the finalized Fall 2018 census of enrolled students released by all three campuses.


November 1, 2018

UW opens permanent food pantry on campus

Studies suggest that as many as 25 percent of college students nationwide do not get enough food. That’s one of the reasons why the University of Washington on Thursday opened a new, permanent food pantry.


October 30, 2018

UW is No. 10 in US News Best Global Universities ranking; No. 2 among US public institutions

The University of Washington maintained its No. 10 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released Tuesday. The UW is second among American public institutions.


October 18, 2018

New Faculty Chair George Sandison outlines his priorities

The incoming chair of the Faculty Senate sat down for a Q and A with UW News.


October 12, 2018

UW ranked among top 5 most innovative universities in the world by Reuters

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The University of Washington is listed at No. 5 on the Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities, released Thursday. Now in its fourth year, the list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.


September 26, 2018

UW at No. 28 in the world, fourth among U.S. public institutions, on Times Higher Education ranking list

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The University of Washington has been ranked No. 28 on the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2019, released Wednesday.


Significant gift from Lynn and Howard Behar funds new UW School of Social Work Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work

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A substantial gift from Lynn and Howard Behar will expand the University of Washington School of Social Work’s support for the next generation of oncology social work scholars by providing funds to launch a new Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work.

The Center will take a social justice approach to oncology and palliative care services, with a commitment to addressing documented health disparities in cancer and end-of-life care based on race and ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual identity, geographic location, income or education.


September 20, 2018

UW Convocation welcomes largest-ever class of new students

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The University of Washington in Seattle is welcoming its largest-ever incoming class — about 7,050 freshmen —in ceremonies this Sunday. The university’s 35th annual New Student Convocation, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.


September 10, 2018

Visionary gift from Hawaii businessman and philanthropist transforming education at University of Washington and University of Hawaii

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An innovative gift from Honolulu-based real estate investor Jay H. Shilder to the Universities of Washington and Hawaii is being celebrated this week in Seattle. The gift includes cash, potential future leasing income and a transformational real estate gift to be realized a century from now.


September 7, 2018

New Life Sciences Building is a nexus for modern-age teaching and research at the University of Washington

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The University of Washington today opened the doors to a new Life Sciences Building that will transform learning, teaching and research for generations.

The $171 million Life Sciences complex includes seven floors and 207,000 square feet that encourages and makes possible team-oriented science. Designed by Perkins+Will and built by Skanska, the building encompasses a 187,000-square-foot research and teaching facility and a 20,000-square-foot research greenhouse with UW plant collections.


September 6, 2018

WSJ: UW No. 3 in the country for best value

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The University of Washington is among the top schools on The Wall Street Journal’s newest college ranking: value for the money. The UW was ranked third in the nation by the newspaper.


August 27, 2018

Rankings: UW is No. 14 in the world, third among U.S. public universities, plus on Money and Washington Monthly best-of lists

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The University of Washington is ranked No. 14 in the world — No. 3 among public universities — on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released this month.


August 15, 2018

UW professor Cecilia Bitz elected American Geophysical Union fellow

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Cecilia M. Bitz, a University of Washington atmospheric scientist, has been elected as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.


August 10, 2018

Labor leader Frank Jenkins honored with UW fellowship

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Now, a new $250,000 fellowship at the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies has been established in his name. The Jenkins Fellowship in Labor Studies will honor and preserve Jenkins’ lifelong commitment to the causes of social and economic justice through financial support for students at the UW.


Rankings put UW at No. 4 among US universities

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


July 31, 2018

Lou Cariello named vice president for UW Facilities

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Lou Cariello has been named vice president of UW Facilities, University of Washington Executive Vice President Jeff Scott announced earlier this month. Cariello is scheduled to start in mid-August.


July 19, 2018

UW Oceanography ranks No. 1 in global ranking; more than two dozen areas in top 40

The University of Washington’s School of Oceanography is ranked No. 1 in the world on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2018. The ranking, released this week, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


UW Nurse Camp provides high school students with exposure to the promise of a nursing degree

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As a middle school student, Srinya Sukrachan spent a lot of time in hospitals. She had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and her father was battling colon cancer.

When she was 17, her personal health care experience led her to participate in the University of Washington School of Nursing’s first Nurse Camp. Now, a decade later, Sukrachan is one of the student leaders for the camp’s 10-year anniversary session and she’s become an advocate with a passion for teaching, equity and inclusion. The recent School of Nursing graduate already also has a job lined up at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.


July 17, 2018

14 UW professors elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2018

Fourteen scientists, physicians and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected this year to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.


July 16, 2018

Chronicle of Higher Ed: UW a ‘Great College to Work For’

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The University of Washington has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the fifth consecutive year. The UW received accolades in five categories.


June 28, 2018

UW President Ana Mari Cauce named ‘Great Immigrant’ on 2018 Carnegie list

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University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce has been named one of 38 great immigrants by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


June 21, 2018

Q Center’s Jen Self a grand marshal at 2018 Seattle Pride Parade

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The University of Washington’s Jen Self will be one of three grand marshals of Sunday’s 2018 Seattle Pride Parade.


June 20, 2018

Ali Mokdad named chief strategy officer for Population Health

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Ali Mokdad has been named the chief strategy officer for Population Health at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce announced today. In this new role he will be responsible for collaboratively setting and executing the UW’s vision and strategy for the Population Health Initiative, a 25-year effort to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.


June 6, 2018

GIX team competes for $1 million XPRIZE for women’s safety

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A team from the University of Washington’s GIX program are competing to win the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.


Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson to speak at UW’s 143rd commencement Saturday

About 5,900 graduates, along with 50,000-plus family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 143rd University of Washington commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Husky Stadium.


June 5, 2018

UW’s Allen School to expand direct freshmen admissions in computer science

In an effort to improve the student experience and provide certainty for prospective computer science majors, the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is expanding its direct to major admissions program for incoming freshmen. Beginning with the class of fall 2019, direct admission from high school will be the primary pathway into computer science for the majority of UW undergraduates.


May 29, 2018

Global rankings put UW at No. 4 among US public universities

Two renowned global rankings released this week place the University of Washington fourth among U.S. public institutions.


May 25, 2018

Class of ’68 reflects and looks ahead

Assassinations. War in Vietnam. Racial clashes. Far more than simply the generation who lived the Summer of Love, the Class of 1968, which celebrates its 50th reunion next week, recalled their college years during a turbulent time in the nation’s history.


May 18, 2018

UW Faculty Senate celebrates its 80-year history

Eight decades ago to the day, the Faculty Senate met for the first time at the University of Washington.


May 17, 2018

Washington Research Foundation grant brings on four new biology faculty just in time for new Life Sciences Building

With the grand opening of the new $171 million Life Sciences Building just months away, it’s time to fill the building with faculty. That was the idea behind a $3 million Washington Research Foundation (WRF) grant to hire four biology professors. It’s called a cluster hire and will help maintain the University of Washington’s leading reputation in primary research and life sciences.


May 15, 2018

Born of protest: Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity celebrates a half-century

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It was spring 1968. A group of students occupied the University of Washington administration building calling for change: justice, diversity, agency for Blacks on campus.


May 14, 2018

Seattle-area universities and colleges declare Affordable Housing Week, May 14-18

The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 14-18, 2018 as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, interim president of Highline College; Dr. Daniel J. Martin of Seattle Pacific University; Steven V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, have signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity. The higher-education institutions join King County and 20 King County cities, including Seattle, in recognizing the benefits of affordable housing to everyone in the community.



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