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July 16, 2024

Q&A: The climate change toll on roads — two UW professors weigh in

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Two University of Washington researchers are investigating how to mitigate the effects of climate change on common road pavements, such as asphalt and concrete.

July 1, 2024

Q&A: How the H5N1 bird flu outbreak could become humanity’s problem

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A major outbreak of a new strain of bird flu — formally named Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 — has killed millions of wild birds and infected poultry, dairy cattle, domestic cats and a small number of humans. UW experts explain how bird flu evolves and what it could mean for humans.

June 27, 2024

UW ranks in the top 10 on a US News & World Report list of best global universities

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The University of Washington tied for No. 7 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released on Tuesday. The UW maintained its No. 2 ranking among U.S. public institutions.

June 20, 2024

Changes to WaNPRC protocols, procedures following recent incidents

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The University of Washington’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was informed on Thursday of recent significant incidents at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), which have prompted changes to protocols and procedures to ensure high standards of animal welfare and research integrity.

June 14, 2024

Statement on leadership change for the Washington National Primate Research Center

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After careful consideration, the University of Washington ended the appointment of Dr. Michele Basso as Director of the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), effective May 31. Her scientific leadership and contributions to neuroscience are appreciated, and Dr. Basso will continue her work as a core scientist in the Center.

June 13, 2024

Q&A: Finding varieties of corn that are adapted to future climates

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Research led by the University of Washington used computer models to pinpoint varieties of corn that will be best adapted to produce high yields in future U.S. climates. The study combined weather and climate projections across the U.S. for 2050 and 2100 with a plant model that simulates corn’s growth to find the mix of traits that will produce the highest, most reliable yield under future conditions across the country.

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.

May 28, 2024

In the Field: UW researcher headed to Alaska to study factors that lead to permafrost thaw and to educate foster care youth

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UW doctoral student Joel Eklof has been investigating which environmental factors contribute to permafrost thaw and the release of methane into the atmosphere. For years, Eklof has traveled to a field site southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska.

May 17, 2024

UW atmospheric scientist participating in field campaign to improve Western snowfall, drought forecasts

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A UW atmospheric scientist will participate in a campaign to study winter storms and snowfall in northwestern Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Like Seattle, this area depends on winter snow for its summer water supplies, so improving mountain snow forecasts will improve projections for summer drought and wildfire risks.

May 15, 2024

Thirteen UW students receive Fulbright exchange awards for study, research and teaching positions around the world

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Thirteen UW students and recent alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships this year, joining about 2,000 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad.

May 9, 2024

UW files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint following ASE union’s harassment of Dean and staff

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The University of Washington on Tuesday filed an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint with the Washington State Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) against UAW 4121 after more than 100 union members harassed and engaged in intimidation tactics toward the Dean and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences on May 2.

May 3, 2024

Video: Washington students learn about engineering at Discovery Days

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This University of Washington College of Engineering event brings thousands of elementary and middle school students from all over Washington to campus to be engineers for a day.

April 23, 2024

UW is No. 3 for schools that produce most Peace Corps volunteers

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The Peace Corps announced that the University of Washington is again No. 3 on a list of top volunteer-producing institutions over the past two decades.

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…

Author Daniel James Brown and MIT atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon to receive honorary degrees at UW’s 2024 Commencement

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The University of Washington 149th Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. This year, the UW will recognize best-selling author Daniel James Brown and Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental science and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both will receive honorary degrees for their contributions to the humanities and sciences.

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 12, 2024

Statement on allegations involving a student-athlete

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The following is a statement from the University of Washington on the allegations involving a student-athlete.

April 10, 2024

Ranking: UW recognized as among the best in the world


The University of Washington has been named one of the world’s top universities, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject released Wednesday.

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.

April 4, 2024

Q&A: Eclipses aren’t just good for jaw-dropping views — they’re also opportunities for stellar science, says UW astronomer

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Eclipses past and present aren’t just opportunities for incredible sights. Generations of researchers have used them to study phenomena ranging from the sun itself to the fabric of the universe. UW News intervewed Emily Levesque, author and associate professor of astronomy, about what scientists past and present have learned by studying eclipses.

In the Field: UW researchers traveling to capture total solar eclipse

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Baptiste Journaux, a UW faculty member in Earth and space sciences, and four graduate students will travel to Arkansas on Monday to view the total solar eclipse. They will use a special telescope to capture images of solar features that can be viewed most clearly during an eclipse. 

April 3, 2024

Q&A: UW researchers on the unseen community effects of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

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Starting in the earliest days of the 2020 outbreak, a team of researchers at the University of Washington conducted real-time surveys of King County residents, asking what measures people had taken to protect themselves, how their daily lives had been affected and what worried them most.  

March 28, 2024

Q&A: UW researcher discusses the vital role of Indigenous librarians

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Sandy Littletree, a UW assistant professor in the Information School, discusses the importance of working Indigenous ways of knowing into libraries, archives and data repositories.

March 20, 2024

Statement from UW President Ana Mari Cauce on the departure of Troy Dannen, Director of Athletics

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The following is a statement from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce regarding Director of Athletics Troy Dannen’s departure.

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 16, 2024

Video: Bringing stars back to the sea 

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Scientists at Friday Harbor Laboratories, a University of Washington facility in the San Juan Islands, are working to help sunflower stars — a type of sea star — grow and thrive once again after their populations along the West Coast were devastated by a mysterious disease called sea star wasting syndrome.

February 14, 2024

The UW once again is a Fulbright top producer

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The University of Washington is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2023-24 Fulbright U.S. students and scholars. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that had the highest number of applicants selected for the 2023-24 Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs.

February 13, 2024

UW is among the top universities worldwide, ranked by reputation

The University of Washington was No. 26 in the world on the Times Higher Education annual reputation ranking, released on February 12.

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 29, 2024

Q&A: How ‘slow slip’ earthquakes may be driven by deep hydraulic fracturing

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New research confirms the cause of slow slip along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and other faults that is accompanied by intermittent tremors or “pops” at the surface. Co-authors Marine Denolle and Joan Gomberg discuss the role of fluid-driven fracturing deep underground.

January 23, 2024

Report on Washington’s Extended Foster Care program shows successful ways to support more young adults

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The state of Washington’s Extended Foster Care program — in which young adults ages 18-21 can continue to receive some support — could help even more people by expanding participation, providing greater flexibility in eligibility criteria, and extending benefits, according to a new report from the University of Washington.

January 22, 2024

Q&A: UW expert on the rise and risks of artificial sweeteners

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The rise of artificial sweeteners has made it easier for conscious consumers to reduce their sugar intake, but these products may present their own health risks.

January 16, 2024

UW research helps California forest managers assess smoke hazards from prescribed burns

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An international team led by researchers at the University of Washington built a framework to help land managers assess the air quality implications of land management scenarios with different levels of prescribed burning.

January 9, 2024

Q&A: UW researchers answer common questions about language models like ChatGPT

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A team University of Washington researchers have published a guide explaining language models, the technology that underlies chatbots.

January 5, 2024

Husky football players take their skills from the field to the classroom and beyond

Holly Barker, a University of Washington teaching professor of anthropology, and three current members of the UW football team — Ulumoo Ale, Makell Esteen and Faatui Tuitele — are studying how the skills they develop to maximize their chances of victory on the field have applications outside the stadium. Their work, which is ongoing, is showing that the research methods and analytical abilities of student-athletes are applicable in academic and research settings, as well as jobs in a variety of fields.

December 21, 2023

UW statement regarding the outcome of the University of Washington Police Department employment trial

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We are disappointed in the decision reached by a King County Superior Court jury today in a racial harassment and retaliation case brought by four former officers and one current UWPD officer. Our attorneys are reviewing options for our next steps, including the potential for an appeal. The University of Washington is committed to providing…

December 19, 2023

How will climate change affect how predators hunt prey? Two UW professors teamed up to find out

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Two UW professors teamed up to study how climate change will affect predator-prey interactions in snowy landscapes. Together with a group of researchers, the two measured snow properties that led to a “danger zone,” where prey would sink but predators would not.

December 12, 2023

Holiday blahs? Why social connection, even talking to strangers, can help

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Milla Titova, assistant teaching professor of psychology and director of the Happiness and Well-Being Lab at the UW, offers strategies for joy this holiday season.

December 6, 2023

Social media highlights: UW News in 2023

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This year, the UW News social media team shared the inspiring stories of work being done by the University of Washington community with reporters, news outlets and our social media followers. These included stories about new biodegradable plastics that break down at the same rate as a banana and efforts to make technology more accessible….

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