UW in the media
Recent mentions of the University of Washington in the news
- Microsoft president calls for UW computer science program expansion | Puget Sound Business Journal6 hours ago
"We need to get more computer science into schools here in Washington state, including the University of Washington, which is a world leader," said Microsoft President Brad Smith. Ed Lazowska, professor of computer science and engineering at the UW, is quoted.
- People in research: How mouse kidneys led Dr. Jimmy Bennett to career in genetics | Puget Sound Business Journal6 hours ago
Dr. Jimmy Bennett, acting instructor of genetics at the UW, got his first big break in high school when his chemistry teacher helped him get a job grinding up mice kidneys. The process allowed scientists to isolate DNA for testing.
- Indonesia is fighting illegal fishing by blowing up boats | Motherboard6 hours ago
Since December 2014, Indonesia has sent warships to hunt illegal fishing boats, to drive them off or sink them. Michael de Alessi, research scientist in the UW's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is quoted.
- Facial recognition systems stumble when confronted with million-face database | TechCrunch6 hours ago
The University of Washington’s MegaFace Challenge is an open competition among public facial recognition algorithms that’s been running since late last year. Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the UW, is quoted.
- After Supreme Court’s affirmative-action decision, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation urges schools to consider income | The Atlantic6 hours ago
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of race in some admissions decisions, but it doesn’t mean all colleges are free to employ the practice. Mark Long, professor in the UW's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, is quoted.
- The Amazon Echo is winning the race to a screenless future | WIRED6 hours ago
The Amazon Echo is an unlikely hit. After all, the world’s largest online retailer hasn’t always won its bets on hardware. Noah Smith, professor of computer science and engineering at the UW, is quoted.
- How a doughnut led to a 31-year career | Puget Sound Business Journal6 hours ago
If anyone knows Seattle’s byzantine commercial real estate marketplace, it’s George Rolfe. His biggest impact has been at the University of Washington, where he taught real estate for 31 years. Now he’s retiring.
- Which AI software is the best at facial recognition?6 hours ago
A new UW study into how various facial recognition software performs has found that actual effectiveness plummets as test sample sizes grow.
- Opinion | Brexit: Global reaction to Britain's vote to leave the EU | The Conversation6 hours ago
"After the referendum, British opinion remains badly split. The typical 'Leave' voter is similar to supporters of Donald Trump in the US and National Front voters in France. Xenophobic, angry nationalist and isolationist parties have been rising all over Europe," writes Daniel Chirot, professor of Russian and Eurasian studies at the UW.
- Scientists call on citizens to monitor Puget Sound’s shores | San Juan Islander6 hours ago
After a successful pilot run last year, Washington Sea Grant (based at the UW) is up and running with the first full season of the Crab Team, a citizen science program dedicated to detecting invasive European green crab and monitoring pocket estuaries, a favorite green crab habitat.
- Why self-driving cars will favor the lives of passengers over pedestrians | BuzzFeed News6 hours ago
When facing an imminent crash, a self-driving car could save the lives of many pedestrians in its path — or save the couple of passengers on board. How should it be programmed to act? Ryan Calo, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
- Tesla’s Musk may have to justify SolarCity deal in court | MSN7 hours ago
Elon Musk will likely have to prove in court that his offer for Tesla Motors to buy SolarCity is a fair deal, experts say. Ran Duchin, associate professor of finance at the UW, is quoted.
- 'Undead' genes activate days after life ends, University of Washington study finds | Washington Times7 hours ago
A University of Washington microbiologist, Peter Noble, and his colleagues have completed a study that appears to show how some genes refuse to die even days after clinical death.
- Diabetes plus kidney problems may raise heart risks | US News7 hours ago
For black Americans with diabetes, poor kidney function appears to boost their risk of dying from heart disease, a new report suggests. Dr. Maryam Afkarian, assistant professor of nephrology at the UW, is quoted.
- The real winners of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling are rich, white people | The Washington Post7 hours ago
The Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas could consider race in its admissions process. Mark Long, professor in the UW's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, is quoted.
- Scientists caught 'undead' genes coming alive after death | Motherboard7 hours ago
Two new studies claim that hundreds of genes actually kept expressing — and, in some cases, become more active — after death occurred. Peter Noble, affiliate professor of periodontology at the UW, is quoted.
- Smart-manufacturing center to be launched in Richland | The Seattle Times7 hours ago
The center is part of a national public-private partnership aimed at reducing energy use in manufacturing, and it will partner with WSU, the UW and several other research organizations to explore new smart-manufacturing tools.
- Mother and child disunion | Arkansas Times1 day ago
In an era of mass incarceration, more women are going to prison and for longer. An often overlooked consequence is that more children are ending up in foster care. Frank Edwards, doctoral candidate in sociology at the UW, is quoted.
- Hundreds of genes spring back to life in the days after death | Gizmodo1 day ago
We assume that all biological processes come to an end when we die, but new research shows that many genes remain active for up to four days following clinical death. Peter Noble, affiliate professor of periodontology at the UW, is quoted.
- Is there life after death? Study finds evidence of hidden genes coming to life | Huffington Post1 day ago
If there life after death? Well from a purely scientific point of view it appears as though yes, there is. A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that even after death, there is still a lot of activity going on under the surface.