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December 12, 2019

Barrels of ancient Antarctic air aim to track history of rare gas

snow and tents

An Antarctic field campaign last winter led by the U.S. and Australia has successfully extracted some of the largest samples of air dating from the 1870s until today. Researchers will use the samples to look for changes in the molecules that scrub the atmosphere of methane and other gases.


November 5, 2019

Soundbites & b-roll: HuskySat-1

purple wings on device marked "W"

‘HuskySat-1’ is among seven student-built satellites from around the country that launched Saturday morning, Nov. 2, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast.


October 28, 2019

Spider myths, facts from the Burke Museum’s spider expert

This video features Rod Crawford, the curator of arachnids at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. He has spent decades studying spiders and says there are many common myths about spiders that he is regularly asked about.


October 16, 2019

Video: UW President Ana Mari Cauce delivers annual address to community

UW President Ana Mari Cauce delivered her annual address to the community Oct. 15 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on the University of Washington campus.


Soundbites and b-roll: UW Annual President’s Address 2019

UW President Ana Mari Cauce delivered her annual address to the community Oct. 15 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on the University of Washington campus.


October 7, 2019

Soundbites & B-roll: Pop-up gallery portrays homelessness with animals

The University of Washington Center for One Health Research will build “pop-up galleries” in public spaces around Seattle in October that will use autobiographical photographs taken by people experiencing homelessness with their companion animals. The photos will be accompanied by quotes from the participants about the challenges and the important bonds they share with their animals.


September 23, 2019

Soundbites: UW convocation 2019

Convocation welcomes the entering class and officially marks the beginning of the academic year, with classes starting Sept. 25. More than 6,000 people were expected to attend this year’s event.


Video: New UW students welcomed at 2019 convocation

Convocation welcomes the entering class and officially marks the beginning of the academic year. UW classes begin Sept. 25. More than 6,000 people were expected to attend this year’s event.


September 20, 2019

Video: 2019 move-in days for campus Huskies

The University of Washington welcomed nearly 10,000 students during Husky move-in days Sept. 18-20.


Soundbites: 2019 move-in days for Huskies

moving students into residence halls

The University of Washington is welcoming nearly 10,000 students who will live on campus this fall during Husky move-in days Sept. 18-20.


August 23, 2019

Wildfires west of the Cascades: Rare, but large and severe

More than 99 percent of wildfires in the last 40 years have been east of the Cascade Crest. But evidence that suggests Western Washington also has a history of large wildfires, each burning hundreds of thousands of acres. We might not be familiar with them, because most happened centuries ago.


July 30, 2019

Soundbites: UW hosts student robotics ‘moon landing’ challenge

Two fifth-grade boys from Forks, WA point out design elements of their LEGO lunar rover.

A robotics challenge July 20th at the UW featured twenty-eight teams of middle and high schoolers from Forks to Walla Walla and from Bellingham to Olympia. The event marked a half-century since the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and two U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked its surface.


Video: UW hosts student robotics ‘moon landing’ challenge

Two fifth-grade boys from Forks, WA point out design elements of their LEGO lunar rover.

A robotics challenge July 20th at the UW featured twenty-eight teams of middle and high schoolers from Forks to Walla Walla and from Bellingham to Olympia. The event marked a half-century since the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and two U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked its surface.


July 17, 2019

Video: ‘Pickled’ sharks from the UW Burke Museum fish collection

Latex gloved hands holding head of preserved baby sixgill shark.

The Burke Museum at the University of Washington has North America’s largest fish collection that includes a number of sharks, including many species that live in Pacific Northwest waters.


July 12, 2019

Video: Friend or foe? Fun facts about sharks

In honor of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, UW News sat down with Katherine Maslenikov, manager of the UW Fish Collection, to learn about sharks in the Pacific Northwest and other fun facts about sharks.


July 11, 2019

B-roll: Middle school students study mechanics, gravity at UW engineering camp

Who's in this photo (left to right): Favian Gil from Wapato, 8th grade (red shirt) Ivar Light from Burlington, 9th grade (sitting) UW mechanical engineering major Jocelyn Panchal Team "Vas"

Sixty middle school students from all over Washington state came for a week-long camp on the UW campus in late June. The camp, which is part of the Early Learning Institute, culminated in a chance to improve the basic design of a toy-sized “gravity car.”


June 24, 2019

B-roll: Karen Fredriksen Goldsen and the GenPride Center

The GenPride Center is the first and only multipurpose LGBTQ senior center in Seattle and King County. It was founded by Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, a University of Washington professor of social work, with the goal of combating social isolation experienced by many LGBTQ older adults.


June 20, 2019

Video: Surprising discoveries in coral reefs found in low-light waters

It uses a pincher like hand to grasp a piece of fan shaped coral.

Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, an assistant professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, spent up to eight hours at a time in the cramped quarters of a submersible watercraft, studying the largest known coral reef in the mesophotic zone, located in the Hawaiian Archipelago.


June 18, 2019

Soundbites: UW Commencement 2019

More than 6,000 graduates attended the University of Washington’s 144th commencement ceremonies held June 15 at Husky Stadium. UW President Ana Mari Cauce presided as nearly 13,795 degrees were conferred.


June 12, 2019

Video: The Wikipedia gender gap

Wikipedia is one of the most successful online communities in history, yet it struggles to attract and retain editors who are women — another example of the gender gap online.


June 4, 2019

Soundbites: Graham Pruss on vehicle residency

Graham Pruss has been researching vehicle residency in Seattle for nearly a decade. He established the methodology for counting the vehicle-resident population for All Home’s annual point-in-time count, conducted on one night each January.


Soundbites: UW marching band says thank you to Grant County

The Husky Marching Band returned to central Washington June 2 to say thank you to the Grant County community after a bus crash there last Thanksgiving.


Video: UW MFA + MDes students exhibit thesis work at Henry Art Gallery

The annual thesis exhibition by graduating art and design students with the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design brings together the dreamy and the practical to cohabit at the Henry Art Gallery. This year’s exhibit features the work of 10 artists and 11 designers, and will be at the Henry through June 23.


May 29, 2019

Video: Origami-inspired materials are designed to soften impact

A person holding a chain of unit cells

University of Washington researchers have developed a novel solution to change the feeling of impact when one thing hits another. It has potential for use in spacecraft, cars and beyond — inspired by origami.


April 26, 2019

Video: Kids have fun with science at Engineering Discovery Days

Engineering Discovery Days is a yearly event that invites Washington state fourth- through eighth-graders to have fun leaning about STEM with the College of Engineering.


Soundbites: Engineering Discovery Days

Engineering Discovery Days is a yearly event that invites Washington state fourth- through eighth-graders to have fun leaning about STEM with the College of Engineering.


April 19, 2019

Video: New Esports Arena opens at UW

The UW celebrated the opening of an esports center with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 18.


Soundbites: UW Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge opens

The UW celebrated the opening of an esports center with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 18.


April 18, 2019

Video: Soon, kidneys-on-a-chip will rocket to space station

UW scientists are sending a kidney-on-a-chip experiment into space. At an altitude of 250 miles, astronauts will help study how reduced gravity in space affects kidney physiology.


March 29, 2019

Soundbites: UW Quad cherry blossoms reach peak bloom

UW arborist Sara Shores explains that the iconic cherry trees in the University of Washington’s Quad have reached peak bloom, and this weekend will be prime viewing to see the blossoms.


March 21, 2019

Video: Snow may have delayed some blooms for the first day of spring

The first day of spring seems especially significant this year — record warm temperatures in the Northwest are marking the change of seasons. But our blooms may be a couple weeks behind schedule after February’s snow and cold weather, according to Ray Larson, curator at UW Botanic Gardens.


March 20, 2019

Soundbites: Snow may have delayed some blooms for the first day of spring

The first day of spring, when daylight hours begin to exceed nighttime hours, seems especially significant this year — record warm temperatures in the Northwest are marking the change of seasons. But our blooms may be a couple weeks behind schedule after February’s snow and cold weather.


March 1, 2019

Video: Amarilys Ríos shares the ‘bomba’ experience

  Amarilys Ríos is a professional percussionist, singer and dancer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In this video she gives an introduction to “bomba,” an Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance tradition in which dancers lead the drummer to sound out their improvised movements. “Bomba is a way of expression and communication” with key ingredients, explains…


February 19, 2019

Video: The UW’s annual budget explained

This video takes a look at the UW’s revenue and operating budget from the 2018-2019 academic year. We explain where the money comes from and how it is spent.


February 8, 2019

Video: Washington’s state climatologist comments on Puget Sound snowstorms

flower with snow

Nick Bond, Washington’s state climatologist, comments on the unusual weather in Western Washington.


January 23, 2019

First-of-its-kind center hosts tools to analyze the effects of natural disasters

A researcher watches the z boat

A center housed at the University of Washington offers a new way for scientists to get their hands on state-of-the-art equipment to study the effects of natural disasters. The RAPID Facility, which is the first of its kind in the world, contains over 300 instruments that are available for researchers around the world to use.


January 2, 2019

Video: UW Husky football players mentor Seattle youth

Myles Gaskin

Husky football players, including Myles Gaskin and JoJo McIntosh, mentor teens each week as part of a program hosted by the Yesler Community Center in Seattle.


October 2, 2018

Video: Washington’s state climatologist predicts this will be an El Niño year

people cross-country skiing

Washington state climatologist Nick Bond explains what our upcoming El Niño winter means for the Pacific Northwest.


September 15, 2018

Video: Dry and warm — summer 2018 conditions in Washington state

Washington map with orange and red

The assistant state climatologist, Karin Bumbaco, looks back on an unusually hot and dry summer — the third-hottest summer that Washington state has experienced since 1895.


August 13, 2018

UW forest biologist on wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, California

firefighting in oregon 2018

Forest biologist and University of Washington professor David Peterson explains which natural materials burn hotter and faster during a wildfire, what homeowners can do to protect their properties and how climate change is impacting the fire season.