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June 3, 2024

Q&A: Microinclusions improve women’s workplace belonging and commitment

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New research from the University of Washington published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, shows how “microinclusions” — brief instances of positive treatment, especially from members of the dominant group — help women feel valued at work.

May 30, 2024

Infants hear significantly more speech than music at home, UW study finds

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A new University of Washington study, published May 21 in Developmental Science, is the first to compare the amount of music and speech that children hear in infancy. Results showed that infants hear more spoken language than music, with the gap widening as the babies get older.

April 23, 2024

Video: UW professor on ‘The Boys in the Boat,’ Nazi Germany and the 1936 Olympics

The film version of “The Boys in the Boat,” released on Dec. 25, was inspired by the University of Washington men’s rowing team that won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. It’s based on the 2013 book by Daniel James Brown. But there is more to the story than the improbable victory by UW student-athletes from…

Q&A: UW research shows neural connection between learning a second language and learning to code

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New research from the University of Washington shows the brain’s response to viewing errors in both the syntax (form) and semantics (meaning) of code appeared identical to those that occur when fluent readers process sentences on a word-by-word basis, supporting a resemblance between how people learn computer and natural languages.

April 15, 2024

Q&A: How claims of anti-Christian bias can serve as racial dog whistles

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A new University of Washington study showed that white and Black Christians perceived a politician concerned about anti-Christian bias as caring more about anti-white bias, being more willing to fight for white people and as less offensive than one concerned about anti-white bias.

April 8, 2024

Everyday social interactions predict language development in infants

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In a study published April 8 in Current Biology, University of Washington researchers found that when the adult talked and played socially with a 5-month-old baby, the baby’s brain activity particularly increased in regions responsible for attention — and the level of this type of activity predicted enhanced language development at later ages.

April 5, 2024

Q&A: The growing trend of environmental, social and governance assurances in corporate America

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Voluntary reports that discuss environmental, social and governance issues — or ESG issues — have become a major trend in corporate America over the past decade. Shawn Shi, University of Washington assistant professor of accounting in the Foster School of Business, is conducting ongoing research on the topic.

February 27, 2024

Q&A: Decline in condom use indicates need for further education, awareness

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New research from Steven Goodreau, University of Washington professor of anthropology, shows that condom use has been trending downward among younger gay and bisexual men over the last decade, even when they aren’t taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

February 6, 2024

Parents’ conversational approaches about Black Lives Matter differ by race

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A new study from the University of Washington professor Andrew Meltzoff and Northwestern University showed key differences in the language Black parents and white used to explain Black Lives Matter.

January 19, 2024

UW military rhetoric instructor explores trauma through poetry, writing

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Abby Murray doesn’t have a military background, but she is an instructor and fellowship director for the U.S. Army War College fellowship program at the University of Washington. She’s also a poet who has hosted free writing workshops at locations including community centers, military posts and immigration detention centers.

December 11, 2023

New faculty books: Story and comic collection, Washington state fossils, colonial roots of intersex medicine

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Three new faculty books from the University of Washington cover wide-ranging topics: life in the Rio Grande Valley, fossils of Washington state and the colonial roots of contemporary intersex medicine. UW News talked with the authors to learn more. Collection highlights life in Rio Grande Valley “Puro Pinche True Fictions” is a collection of short…

November 28, 2023

Authentic or ethical? UW study shows best leadership style for inclusive hiring depends on manager’s racial identity

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New research from Andrew Hafenbrack, associate professor of management and organization in the University of Washington School of Business, and other institutions examines the impact of leadership style on prospective Black employees who apply for jobs in less-diverse companies.

October 19, 2023

Q&A: UW expert on rise of younger, less experienced bosses in the workplace

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Supervisors are traditionally associated with higher status markers such as age, education and tenure than their subordinates. But it’s increasingly common to see those dynamics reversed, which is the focus of a new study from Jessica Huisi Li, University of Washington assistant professor of management and organization.

October 9, 2023

Prescription opioid companies increased marketing after Purdue Pharma lawsuit, UW study shows

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Public scrutiny of Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis increased sharply in the years after the state of Kentucky filed a lawsuit against the company. New research from David Tan, University of Washington associate professor of management, examines the ensuing behavior of competing prescription opioid companies.

September 11, 2023

Q&A: New book examines intersection between climate and information crises

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Adrienne Russell, professor of communication at the University of Washington, examines in her new book how journalism, activism, corporations and Big Tech battle to influence the public about climate change.

September 6, 2023

A tax on menthol cigarettes would work better than statewide bans, UW study finds

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New research from Simha Mummalaneni and Ali Goli, assistant professors of marketing in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, finds that a menthol cigarette tax is a preferable policy to scattered statewide bans.

August 14, 2023

These organizational changes can shake up company hierarchy

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How people initially react to organizational change depends on their placement within their work groups’ status hierarchy, according to new research from Elijah Wee, assistant professor of management in the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

June 13, 2023

Employee approval can make or break CEOs, UW research shows

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New research from Bruce Avolio, professor of management in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, finds that employee approval greatly influences whether a board of directors will retain or dismiss a chief executive officer.

June 9, 2023

UW ‘Brainworks’ video wins Northwest Emmy Award

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A University of Washington Video production, “Brainworks: Vision and the Brain,” won a 2023 Northwest Emmy Award this month in the Children/Youth/Teens category. “Brainworks” is a series that educates children about neuroscience. The episode was executive produced by Eric H. Chudler, research associate professor of bioengineering and executive director of the UW Center for Neurotechnology, and Cara Podenski, managing executive…

June 6, 2023

UW research shows real-world value of strategy courses for MBA students

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A new study from Mana Heshmati, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, found that strategy courses in MBA programs improve decision-making abilities, boost the amount of attention paid to broader industry concerns and expand the depth of mental representations.

May 31, 2023

New funding supports growth of Canadian Studies Program, Foreign Language and Area Studies

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Two grants from the U.S. Department of Education International and Foreign Language Education office will allow the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington to award eight to 10 fellowships each year to students studying French or an Indigenous language spoken in Canada.

May 16, 2023

Q&A: Documenting the growth of UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

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In his new book, Emile Pitre chronicles the story of OMA&D from its 1968 inception to its current status as a model for university programs. Pitre retired from the UW as associate vice president for minority affairs in 2014.

March 31, 2023

Q&A: Developing a new Spanish-language controlled vocabulary of LGBTQIA+ terms

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The Homosaurus is a linked data controlled vocabulary used by libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions worldwide to describe LGBTQIA+ resources and aid in indexing and retrieving content. Marika Cifor, University of Washington assistant professor in the Information School, was awarded a 2023 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a free-standing Spanish-language Homosaurus.

March 17, 2023

UW study investigates how ‘vaccine shopping’ impacts rollout during pandemic

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New research from Leela Nageswaran, assistant professor of operations management in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, considers whether individuals should be able to select their vaccine type.

March 7, 2023

UW law professor goes to music school, launches interdisciplinary Music Law & Policy class

Peter Nicolas, professor of law and adjunct professor of music at the University of Washington, recently launched a new class. Music Law & Policy combines Nicolas’ legal training with his growing academic interest in the study of music.

February 8, 2023

Prosocial CEOs increase company value, stakeholder satisfaction

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New research from Weili Ge, professor of accounting at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, found that CEOs who engage in prosocial behavior — activities that primarily help others — are more likely to make decisions that benefit people and increase company value.

February 6, 2023

UW project has uncovered thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants in Washington state – and it’s not done yet

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More than 40,000 property deeds containing racially discriminatory language have been uncovered in Western Washington by the Racial Restrictive Covenants Project. Director James Gregory, professor of history at the University of Washington, and his team aren’t finished yet.

February 1, 2023

Q&A: UW historian explores how a Husky alum influenced postcolonial Sudan

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Christopher Tounsel, associate professor of history at the University of Washington, found multiple connections between Sudan and Seattle while researching his upcoming book. The most prominent was the late Andrew Brimmer, a UW alum who in 1966 became the first Black member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

December 13, 2022

New faculty books: Nightlife among Black queer women, hybrid warfare, and decolonizing climate justice

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Three new faculty books from the University of Washington cover a variety of topics: nightlife among Black queer women, hybrid warfare and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and decolonizing climate justice.

November 16, 2022

Q&A: How ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ impacts financial health

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Ed deHaan, associate professor of accounting in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, studies the impact of Buy Now Pay Later on financial health. His research finds that BNPL users faced rapid increases in bank overdraft charges and credit card interests and fees.

October 26, 2022

New study shows how voting methods affect group decision-making

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Michael Johnson, professor of management in the University of Washington Foster School of Business, found in a new study that groups that used “multivoting” in unofficial votes were 50% more likely to identify the correct option than those that used plurality or ranked-choice voting.

October 21, 2022

UW’s Dianne Xiao receives Packard Fellowship for research on new materials for sustainable chemical synthesis

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Dianne Xiao, a University of Washington assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a 2022 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for her research on creating new materials to make chemical reactions that are compatible with renewable energy sources and raw materials.

October 19, 2022

These factors have the biggest impact on influencer marketing effectiveness

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New research from the University of Washington professor Robert Palmatier examines how factors related to social media influencers, their posts and their followers impact marketing success. The study concluded that reallocating spending based on the study’s insights could result in a 16.6% increase in engagement.

October 6, 2022

Chamber Dance Company shifts focus, reimagines repertoire in return to stage

Comprised of University of Washington graduate students, the Chamber Dance Company works to perform, record and archive dance works of artistic and historical significance. This year, the company will exclusively perform contemporary works created within the last 15 years.

October 5, 2022

New faculty books: Black womanhood and corporate branding, reexamining Indigenous earthworks and more

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Black womanhood and corporate branding, Indigenous mound building and volunteering for the Peace Corps are among the subjects of recent and upcoming books by University of Washington faculty.

September 29, 2022

International field course held in Indonesia and led by UW professor ends after 30 years

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Randall Kyes established the International Field Study Program-Indonesia at the UW. The month-long study abroad program provided field-based educational and research opportunities for students from the UW, Indonesia and other participating countries.

September 21, 2022

New Global and Regional Studies major offers undergraduates a customizable window on the world

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Global and Regional Studies, a new major in the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, offers more flexible course options, allows undergraduates focus on a particular geographic region and theme and provides more choices for the capstone experience.

September 15, 2022

New direction for UW Botanic Gardens focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion

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New Directions in Public Gardens, a speaker series created by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, will conclude in September with the final speaker and a town hall. Past guests addressed topics like engaging with local Indigenous populations and opportunities for public land to support urban food systems and engage with BIPOC communities.

August 15, 2022

UW to host college students for NASA-funded lunar rover challenge

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The University of Washington received a nearly $500,000 grant to run one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges in which participants turn a model lunar lava tube into a habitat suitable for housing humans on the moon or Mars.

August 12, 2022

New faculty books: How your brain works, cycling around the world and more

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Recent and upcoming books from University of Washington faculty include those from the Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of Psychology and the Runstad Department of Real Estate.

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