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June 25, 2020

Soundbites: UW public health experts on benefits of face coverings

Hilary Godwin

Beginning June 26, face coverings will be required statewide in Washington. Hilary Godwin, dean of the UW School of Public Health, offers some practical information about using masks to slow the spread of COVID-19.


June 23, 2020

Students create videos, capping new UW class on music as a form of protest

With the nation debating its response to COVID-19 and witnessing protests against racial injustice and police violence, undergraduate students enrolled in “Visual Anthropology of Protest Music” examined how communities use music to share their lived experiences and confront oppression.


June 17, 2020

Virtual classes offer fitness and mindfulness at home

Fitness, dance and mindfulness instructors are teaching virtual classes in light of COVID-19 closures, part of UW Recreation’s effort to make its activities accessible while people are physically distancing during the pandemic.


June 13, 2020

Video: UW’s 145th commencement is held virtually

college of arts and sciences graduates appear virtually during the webcast

More than 18,000 new University of Washington graduates were recognized in a first-ever online ceremony Saturday, June 13. All three UW campuses held a joint event that was broadcast around the globe and watched by thousands of graduates and their families in more than 40 countries.


Soundbites & B-roll: UW’s 2020 virtual commencement

More than 18,000 new University of Washington graduates were recognized in a first-ever online ceremony Saturday. All three UW campuses held a joint event that was broadcast around the globe and watched by thousands of graduates and their families in more than 40 countries.


June 9, 2020

Health care workers march to protest racism as a public health risk

Thousands of doctors, nurses, health care workers and public health experts from the University of Washington and other medical institutions turned out in downtown Seattle on June 6 to demand an end to systemic racism and calling for police reform.


May 22, 2020

How cloth face masks protect people during the pandemic

The dean of the UW School of Public Health shares information about using face coverings, including what kinds of masks are appropriate to wear and how they protect people.


May 18, 2020

Soundbites: UW dean of public health gives advice on where and how (and how not) to wear masks 

Beginning May 18, King County is directing people to wear face coverings in most public settings. Expert Hilary Godwin answers questions about the directive and shares information about using face coverings.


May 11, 2020

B-roll: RV Thomas G. Thompson comes home

The UW’s large research vessel, the RV Thomas G. Thompson, returned May 8 to its home port after more than two years exploring the world’s oceans. A scheduled cruise in Tahiti has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the return is roughly two months earlier than planned.


April 23, 2020

Face masks sewn for UW housing, dining, custodial staff

A team of staff and students are sewing masks and offering them for free to UW housing, custodial, dining and food service workers.


March 23, 2020

UW custodial staff in the midst of massive ‘deep clean’ of campus

woman at end of hallways wipes sculpture

When the UW moved to online instruction March 9, UW Facilities Services developed a three-week disinfection plan. Custodial staff are now working through more than 500 classrooms, lecture halls, libraries, auditoriums and shared spaces, with similar efforts under way in Bothell and Tacoma.


Soundbites: Law professor Hugh Spitzer on regulating human movement

UW law professor Hugh Spitzer speaks to the power of state and local governments as officials consider measures to restrict movement to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 11, 2020

An architecture class goes online

Rick Mohler, associate professor of architecture, meets with his Research Design Studio students online. Normally a hands-on class with poster-size drawings and tabletop scale models, Mohler’s design studio has shifted to the small screen.


March 9, 2020

Soundbites & B-roll: Instructor Rick Mohler’s architecture class goes online

Rick Mohler, associate professor of architecture in the College of Built Environments, is now teaching his classes using Zoom. His architecture classes usually meet in person, but were conducted entirely online Monday.


Soundbites & B-roll: Marissa Baker on workplace disease exposure

A University of Washington researcher calculates that 14.4 million workers face exposure to infection once a week and 26.7 million at least once a month in the workplace, pointing to an important population needing protection.


March 6, 2020

Video: President Cauce on the decision to end in-person classes for the quarter

ana mari cauce and denzil suite talk about issues related to covid-19

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce sat down with Vice President of Student Life Denzil Suite for a candid conversation about how COVID-19 is affecting campus operations, why classes will no longer meet in person for the rest of the quarter and whether a student-led petition had an impact on the decision.


March 5, 2020

President Cauce, Dr. Geoff Gottlieb discuss UW COVID-19 response at ASUW senate meeting

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, joined by Dr. Geoff Gottlieb, head of the UW’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, met with the members of the ASUW Student Senate on March 3 to share the most current information and take questions about the University’s response and preparations for the novel coronavirus.


March 3, 2020

Soundbites & B-roll: UW rural nursing program

On March 3, Premera Blue Cross announced a $4.7 million grant to the University of Washington to establish the Rural Nursing Health Initiative to place current students in rural practices in Washington state.


February 27, 2020

Video: Warming Arctic means less ice, bigger waves

ship surrounded by ice

Throughout the month of November 2019, a team of University of Washington researchers chased storms in the Arctic Ocean. The project, Coastal Ocean Dynamics in the Arctic, or CODA, is looking at how water currents shift and waves hit the coast with more open water, to provide better forecasts and predictions for the region’s future.


February 11, 2020

Soundbites & B-roll: Minimum wage and health

A UW study found that increases in minimum wages primarily had no effect on health overall. However, they did find a mix of negative and positive effects associated with the health of certain groups of working-age people.


February 5, 2020

Soundbites & B-roll: Altruistic babies

For journalists Download soundbites and b-roll   New research by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS, finds that altruism may begin in infancy. In a study of nearly 100 19-month-olds, researchers found that children, even when hungry, gave a tasty snack to a stranger in need. The findings not…


January 30, 2020

UW’s new broadcast meteorology course is first on West Coast

two people in front of green screen

The University of Washington has long boasted one of the country’s top programs in atmospheric sciences. Now, the UW is also teaching undergraduates how to share that knowledge online and on TV as a broadcast meteorologist.


January 22, 2020

Soundbites & b-roll: UW President Ana Mari Cauce addresses World Economic Forum in Davos: ‘Free to Be (LGBTI)’

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce participated in a “must-watch” panel, “Free to Be (LGBTI)“, Jan. 22 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


December 18, 2019

Highlights from 2019 in video

As 2019 draws to a close, we present highlights from video stories produced by the UW News team — selections from architecture to zoology, and everything in between


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.”



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