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  • Appeal of ‘genetic puzzles’ leads to National Medal of Science for UW’s Mary-Claire King

    May 23, 2016 at 7:13am

    In a White House ceremony May 19, President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Science to Mary-Claire King, University of Washington professor of genome sciences and medicine. The award, the nation’s highest recognition for scientific achievement, honors King’s more than 40 years dedicated to research in evolution and the genetics of human disease, as well as to teaching and outreach endeavors that have supported human rights efforts on six continents and reunited families.

    Read the full article in UWToday.

  • $750,000 Mellon Foundation grant will fund research, collaboration in arts

    May 16, 2016 at 1:30pm

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Washington a three-year, $750,000 grant to support guest artists in developing new works, and to better integrate arts disciplines into the broader university curriculum.

    The grant will support a Creative Fellowships Initiative, under which guest performing artist fellows will be recruited from around the world for one- to three-year residencies in dance, music and theater.

    The initiative will mark the first time the UW’s performing arts units — the UW World Series, School of Drama, School of Music, Dance Program and Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXArts) — have joined together for an experiment of this scale.

    Read the full article in UWToday.

  • New handheld, pen-sized microscope could ID cancer cells in doctor’s offices and operating rooms

    May 10, 2016 at 6:13am

    Surgeons removing a malignant brain tumor don’t want to leave cancerous material behind. But they’re also trying to protect healthy brain matter and minimize neurological harm.

    Once they open up a patient’s skull, there’s no time to send tissue samples to a pathology lab — where they are typically frozen, sliced, stained, mounted on slides and investigated under a bulky microscope — to definitively distinguish between cancerous and normal brain cells.

    But a handheld, miniature microscope being developed by University of Washington mechanical engineers could allow surgeons to “see” at a cellular level in the operating room and determine where to stop cutting.

    The new technology, developed in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford University and the Barrow Neurological Institute, is outlined in a paper published in January in the journal Biomedical Optics Express.


    Read the full article in UWToday.


  • UW team stores digital images in DNA — and retrieves them perfectly

    May 6, 2016 at 2:22pm

    Technology companies routinely build sprawling data centers to store all the baby pictures, financial transactions, funny cat videos and email messages its users hoard.

    But a new technique developed by University of Washington and Microsoft researchers could shrink the space needed to store digital data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter down to the size of a sugar cube. Read the full article in UWToday.

  • F&A Rate Change Guidance

    May 6, 2016 at 1:22pm

    Negotiations for the UW’s new Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rates are completed and are now applicable for FY2015-2020. Use the new rates for new & competing proposals immediately. Guidance and rates on how to apply the new rates are available.


  • UW undergraduate team wins $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for gloves that translate sign language

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:45am

    Two University of Washington undergraduates have won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for gloves that can translate sign language into text or speech. Read the full article in UWToday.

  • Medicine, nursing programs top national rankings; dozens more UW programs highly rated

    Apr 15, 2016 at 7:39am

    For the 22nd time in the past 23 years, the University of Washington ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate School rankings released Tuesday. Read the full article on our ranking history in UWToday.

  • UW ranks No. 7 on Business First’s top 10 list

    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:03am

    The University of Washington was ranked No. 7 by Business First, a Buffalo-based publication, for America’s top 10 best public colleges and universities, the publication released Tuesday, Feb. 23. Read the full article in UWToday.

  • NewsBeat reports, Microbicide reduces women’s HIV risk in large-scale trial

    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:56am

    Two large clinical trials have found that a microbicide prevention method can safely help reduce new HIV infections in women. Read the full article in NewsBeat.

  • Grad School Offers Data Support for Table 6A!

    Apr 4, 2016 at 1:58pm
    report has been developed by the Graduate School containing pre-doctoral admissions data for Table 6a. Log in to this self-service web-based report accessible on demand using your UW credentials.  Access to this report requires basic MyGradProgram authorization.  To request authorization send an email to MyGradProgram with the text "Access to NIH T32 Table6A report" in the Subject Line.
  • This smartphone technology 3-D maps your meal and counts its calories

    Mar 18, 2016 at 1:57pm

    NutriRay3D combines laser mapping technology with a smartphone app to estimate the calories and other nutritional content on a plate of food. Read the full article in UW Today.

  • UW Equipment Capitalization Threshold is Changing: Message from Mary Lidstrom and Sue Camber

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:15am
    After extensive consultation with our campus partners, UW’s Office of Research and UW Finance & Facilities have made the decision to increase the University’s existing equipment threshold.
    Effective July 1, 2016 the University of Washington’s equipment capitalization threshold will increase from $2,000 to $5,000. This change applies to both purchased and fabricated equipment and to furniture. In order to minimize the impact on the research community, the threshold increase will be implemented in phases.
    The driving force behind this change is a significant reduction in both faculty and staff administrative burden at all three campuses. Over 40,000 items, representing 65% of UW’s total inventory, will no longer require physical inventory. The time and effort currently spent tracking these lower value assets is significant. Additionally, this will align the UW’s capitalization threshold with Federal and State thresholds of $5,000 and this should also help reduce confusion when dealing with sponsors. This change will allow UW faculty and staff more time to focus on the important teaching, research and public service for which the UW is recognized around the world, and put us in alignment with all of our peers. Due to the fact that facilities and administrative costs will now be assessed on equipment in the $2,000-$5,000 range, the total costs for such equipment purchased on grants will increase. However, it was our assessment as well as that of our campus advisors that overall the cost savings from implementing this change outweigh the disadvantages.


    EXISTING AWARDS & PROPOSALS approved prior to May 1, 2016
    The $2,000 threshold will continue to apply to existing funding.  The $2,000 threshold will also continue to apply to non-competing renewals.  In addition, funding received in response to proposals with an EGC-1 approval date prior to May 1, 2016 will continue to have the $2,000 threshold apply, even if the award has a start date of 7/1/2016 or later, to accommodate the use of the lower threshold in budgeting.
    PROPOSALS FOR NEW, COMPETING RENEWALS & SUPPLEMENTS approved on or after May 1, 2016
    Proposals for new, competing renewal, and supplemental funding with an EGC-1 approval date on or after May 1, 2016 will be subject to the new $5,000 threshold. Budgets submitted with these proposals must categorize items with an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life exceeding one year as equipment. Indirect cost (F&A) must be calculated on all non-capital equipment/supplies with an acquisition cost under $5,000.


    PURCHASE ORDERS fully executed prior to July 1, 2016
    The purchase order date will determine which threshold will apply. The $2,000 threshold will apply in cases where a purchase order has been fully executed (EI or BPO number issued) prior to July 1, 2016, with the equipment object code “06” regardless of when the equipment is paid for and/or received.  Purchase orders executed on or after July 1, 2016 will be subject to the new $5,000 threshold. As we approach July, we will provide additional details on the implementation process and FAQ’s. We would like to thank all of our campus partners (Faculty Council on Research, the Research Advisory Board, Associate Deans for Research and Post-Award Administrative Advisory Group) who participated in the decision making process. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us.

    Thank you
    Mary Lidstrom                                  Sue Camber Vice Provost for Research                  Associate Vice President for Research & Student Accounting Office of Research                             Finance & Facilities
  • NIH Data Tables are Changing

    Mar 8, 2016 at 9:24am
    NIH training grant data tables are changing. New tables are required for all RPPRs as of December 15, 2015, and for all new applications submitted after May 25, 2016. Read this presentation with an overview of changes to data tables and view annotated tables here.
  • West Coast study emphasizes challenges faced by marine organisms exposed to global change

    Feb 19, 2016 at 1:13pm

    The Pacific Ocean along the West Coast serves as a model for how other areas of the ocean could respond in coming decades as the climate warms and emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide increases. This region — the coastal ocean stretching from British Columbia to Mexico — provides an early warning signal of what to expect as ocean acidification continues and as low-oxygen zones expand. Read the full article in UW Today.

  • New Field for International Work in SAGE

    Feb 19, 2016 at 1:04pm

    Added Field for International Work in SAGE: A newly added multi-select Country field on the eGC1 will become visible when answered ‘YES’ to the question of whether your work will be performed internationally.

    Want to see more? Login to SAGE to experience the new features.

  • Research News: OR Horizon: A Culture of Partnership

    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:41pm

    Check out our most recent newsletter: OR Horizon:A Culture of Partnership.

  • AAAS names four UW researchers as fellows

    Dec 3, 2015 at 2:50pm

    Four UW researchers are among 347 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

    Qiang Fu, professor of atmospheric sciences

    Kathleen A. O’Connor, professor of anthropology

    Peter S. Rabinovitch, professor of pathology

    Ning Zheng, professor of pharmacology

    Read the full article in UW Today.

  • New Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease at UW Medicine

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:46am

    A new Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease at UW Medicine seeks to become a world leader in finding therapies to regulate the body’s defense system and fend off a wide variety of diseases. Among these are infectious illnesses like Ebola, influenza and dengue fever, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus, and common, complex conditions, like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read the full article in UW Health Sciences NEWSBEAT.

  • UW climbs to No. 11 in U.S. News Global University Rankings

    Oct 7, 2015 at 1:27pm
    The University of Washington moved up three spots to No. 11 overall in the second edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Global University Rankings. The UW is also the third-ranked public university on the global list, behind University of California, Berkeley (third) and UCLA (eighth). Other rankings of import: Read the full article in UW Today.
  • The Shaw Prize awarded to E. Peter Greenberg and Bonnie Bassler (Princeton) in Life Science and Medicine

    Jun 17, 2015 at 12:11pm

    The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine for 2015 was awarded to E. Peter Greenberg from the University of Washington and Bonnie Bassler from Princeton for their discovery of quorum sensing, a process whereby bacteria communicate with each other and which offers innovative ways to interfere with bacterial pathogens or to modulate the microbiome for health applications.

    The Shaw Prize honors individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have recently achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

  • New York Times Article Highlights work of Mary-Claire King

    Mar 13, 2015 at 3:36pm

    Read the full article.




  • Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards

    Dec 26, 2014 at 7:52am

    The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued consolidated and revised regulations pertaining to federal awards. These regulations supersede a number of OMB Circulars, including Circular A-21, A-110 and A-133, and take effect December 26, 2014.

    The UW Uniform Guidance Core Team was assembled in early 2014 to review, analyze and then address changes to UW policy, procedure, and system changes due to the revised regulations. See the UW Uniform Grant Guidance webpage for federal/sponsor announcements, timelines, and UW developed materials.

    UW sponsored program policies (Grants Information Memoranda or “GIMs”) have been updated to conform to the Uniform Guidance.  Please visit the Office of Sponsored Programs GIM homepage for more information.

    Please note that a few specific provisions of the Uniform Guidance – those involving Procurement Standards -- do not go into effect for the University of Washington until July 1, 2016. Further information can be found on the Procurement Services homepage. All other provisions are effective December 26, 2014.

    The UW Uniform Guidance Team stands ready to provide assistance in any way possible.  If you have questions, please contact Ted Mordhorst.

  • NYSERDA seeks proposals for its Advanced Building Program - Deadline: December 31, 2013

    Oct 24, 2013 at 1:00pm

    PON 2606 Advanced Buildings Program


    NYSERDA seeks proposals for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector. Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to: construction materials, strategies and practices; HVAC and lighting technologies, automation technologies enabling load flexibility and smarter background operations; and building integrated renewable energy systems. Energy improvements in buildings can also result from activities that do not involve development of new products or construction methods; improvements can result from new policies, regulations or assessments. NYSERDA also seeks proposals for activities to remove inadvertent barriers that hinder the wider use of promising technologies. Added consideration will be given to technologies and opportunities that in addition to improving the energy and environmental performance, increase building resiliency, recovery, and adaptability to disruptions in the electric grid. The total available funding under six rounds of this solicitation is $25 million.  The solicitation and associated documents can be found at






    A informational webinar regarding NYSERDA's Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2606 Advanced Buildings Program will be held on November 5th, 2013 at 1 PM EST. The webinar will provide information on the solicitation including technology areas of interest, eligible project categories and funding, program requirements, and the proposal submission process.



    The webinar will provide answers to frequently asked questions and offer participants the opportunity to submit additional questions.  Proposals for Round 3 of this solicitation must be received on December 3rd, 2013 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time.









  • The Office of Research Campus Update is Available Online

    Apr 2, 2013 at 1:42pm

    The Office of Research Campus Update is now available online. Read about sequestration, an update on the Research Roadmap and a variety of topics of interest to the research community.

  • New FCOI training available

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:38am

    The online Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) training is now available at http://uw.edu/research/fcoi. Starting August 24th, 2012, Public Health Service (PHS)-funded investigators or investigators anticipating receiving PHS funds must complete the online FCOI training prior to the expenditure of funds on any new awards.

  • Department of Energy Awards More Than $145 Million for Advanced Solar Technologies

    Sep 14, 2011 at 2:59pm

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $145 million for projects to help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies and ensure that the United States remains a leader in this global market. Sixty-nine projects in 24 states will accelerate research and development to increase efficiency, lower costs, and advance cutting-edge technologies. Funded through DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the projects will also improve materials, manufacturing processes, and supply chains for a wide range of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and components of solar energy systems. Some of these investments also support efforts that will shorten the overall timeline from prototype to production and streamline building codes, zoning laws, permitting rules, and business processes for installing solar energy systems.

    Two faculty received awards:  Hugh Hillhouse got the only award that went to Washington State and Scott Dunham is funded via the award to Solar World (in Oregon).

    Read the full article at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/news_detail.html?news_id=17701

  • Taking meds before exposure cuts HIV risk for heterosexuals

    Aug 30, 2011 at 1:50pm

    Heterosexuals who are HIV negative can significantly reduce their risk of infection by taking a daily dose of an antiviral drug, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The study, called TDF2, followed 1,200 uninfected heterosexual men and women between the ages of 18 and 39 years in Botswana, Africa. Read more at CNN: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/13/taking-meds-before-exposure-cuts-hiv-risk-for-heterosexuals/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_gupta+%28Blog%3A+Paging+Dr.+Gupta%29.

  • NSF Awards Grant to Establish Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

    Aug 30, 2011 at 1:32pm

    An $18.5 million grant has been awarded by the National Science Foundation for establishment of a new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). Researchers at the centre will develop "neurobotics", which is development of robotic replacement limbs that can be controlled with the mind. Read more at: http://www.azorobotics.com/news.aspx?newsID=1797.

  • UW ranked 16th in world in recent study

    Aug 26, 2011 at 1:55pm

    The University of Washington ranks 16th among universities around the world in a recent study by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Read the article at UW Today at: http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/uw-ranked-16th-in-world-in-recent-study-1

  • Scholarships now available for Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations conference

    Jul 13, 2011 at 10:52am

    Graduate student scholarships are now available for the Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations conference at Meany Hall, University of Washington, September 22-23, 2011.

    The application page is here:


    Deadline for submission: August 18, 2011 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

    A limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students who attend the conference. Preference will be given to graduate students who submit an original abstract that represents their field of scholarly work AND is judged to be relevant to the conference objectives. Please see the “How do I submit an Abstract” FAQ and Submit an Abstract page for more information.

    Scholarship applications will be accepted thru August 18th. Individuals awarded scholarships will be informed by September 1st. Applicants must complete the registration process in order to be considered for a scholarship.

    Awardees will be reimbursed for their on-line registration fee. Please see “How do I receive my scholarship?” FAQ for more information.

  • Research Integrity Conference at the UW

    Jun 17, 2011 at 1:56am

    The University of Washington is hosting the next US Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity sponsored conference, Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations:

    Thursday September 22, 2011 and Friday September 23, 2011

    Meany Hall, University of Washington

    Nationally recognized speakers from across the country will focus on ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations:

    University-Industry Collaboration

    Researcher to researcher collaboration

    Collaboration in the International Arena

    Read more and register for the conference here. Read the preliminary agenda here.

  • Save the Date: Conference on Research Ethics 9/22-9/23/11

    Apr 8, 2011 at 7:16am
    September 22 & 23, 2011, Meany Hall     ORIThe University of Washington and Region X of the Public Health Service have been funded by the Office of Research Integrity, and the US Department of Health and Human Services to host a conference on the responsible and ethical conduct of research. This conference is hosted in collaboration with co-sponsors Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The conference will be held on Sept. 22 and 23, 2011 in Meany Hall on the UW campus. The theme is “Ensuring an Ethical Foundation for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Biomedical Research and the Provision of Public Health Services.” The conference will focus on ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations:     * University-Industry Collaboration: Building Translational Research Models     * Researcher to Researcher Collaboration: Promoting Shared Standards and Resources     * Collaboration in the International Arena: Challenges and Opportunities Who Should Attend? Physicians, researchers, compliance officials, educators, research administrators, attorneys and government employees. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are especially encouraged to attend! Keynote presentations will be held in the main auditorium of Meany Hall, with specific breakout sessions held nearby in Kane Hall. A link to the conference’s preliminary agenda and online registration information will be posted in April on the main web page for the Office of Research. Please stay tuned and place this exciting and timely conference onto your calendars!
  • NSF Requirement for a Data Management Plan

    Jan 11, 2011 at 9:32am

    NSF has instituted a new requirement for data management and sharing of the products of research. All new proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011 must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan". Note that if a Data Management Plan would not be applicable to the proposed scope of work, a clear justification should be included. If it is applicable, the supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4), and may include:


    1.  the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;


    2.  the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);


    3.  policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;


    4.  policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and


    5.  plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.


    Data management requirements and plans specific to the Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF unit, relevant to a proposal are available at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp. If guidance specific to the program is not available, then the requirements established in this section apply.


    NOTE: The UW eScience Institute has provided some guidance on language for the Data Management Plan requirement that may apply. The guidance can be found at http://escience.washington.edu/blog/writing-nsf-data-management-plan

  • UW Professor's Lifetime Efforts Receive International Recognition

    Nov 2, 2010 at 3:09pm

    A prize claimed by renowned conservationists such as David Attenborough and directors of some of the world's largest botanic gardens has been awarded to Estella Leopold, a University of Washington professor emeritus of biology, forest resources and quaternary research. Estella Leopold has dedicated herself to the preservation and stewardship of natural landscapes. Read more at: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/59408

  • Introducing Dave Eaton, Interim Vice Provost for Research

    Oct 11, 2010 at 7:48am
    Professor Dave Eaton

    I'm delighted but humbled, to step into the role of Interim Vice Provost for Research of this great University. In spite of the relatively recent turn down in the national and state economies, the research enterprise at the University of Washington remains as vibrant as ever. Leading this remarkable organization is truly an honor.

    Although there are many challenges we face, I am comforted by the fact that I will still be reporting to the same ‘bosses' I've had for the past five years in my role as Associate Vice Provost for Research. Interim Provost Mary Lidstrom, and Interim President Phyllis Wise have, and will continue to provide, steady leadership and vision for this University. Most importantly, I know that the dedicated staff in HSD, ORIS, OSP and OR-Central will continue their tireless efforts to provide outstanding service to our stakeholders, while at the same time ensuring full compliance with federal and state regulations.

    The research productivity of our faculty, staff, and students continues to be nothing short of amazing - this is the ‘bright light' in an otherwise dim economic climate. The UW recently exceeded $325 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA ‘Stimulus') funding from federal resources, placing us at or near the top of all research institutions nation-wide (see ARRA side bar). This is in addition to the over $1 billion in annual grants and contracts our faculty have received.

    The recent UW Economic Impact Report shows how important the UW research enterprise is to the State of Washington. For every dollar of state investment in the UW, we have returned over $22 to the state economy! Much of that impressive return on investment is the result of the $1.3 billion in research grants and contracts brought into the State, as well as the intellectual stimulus and well trained graduates that attract new businesses with high paying jobs.

    Finally, the research enterprise is an integral part of the education mission of the UW. I am committed to ensuring that the Office of Research does all that we can so that our students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) have every opportunity to learn from, and contribute to "discovery," the hallmark of our research endeavor. True to our motto, "DISCOVERY is at the heart of the university."

  • Office of Research Names Eaton Interim Vice Provost for Research

    Aug 5, 2010 at 8:19am
    Professor Dave Eaton

    Professor Dave Eaton has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Provost for Research as Mary Lidstrom moves into her new role as Interim Provost. Dave has served as an Associate Vice Provost for the Office of Research since 2005.

    Dr. Eaton received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in 1978, and joined the University of Washington faculty in 1979.  He is currently Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and also holds adjunct appointments in Public Health Genetics and Medicinal Chemistry.  He served as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health from 2000-2005.  In addition to his academic titles, he is founding Director of the NIH/NIEHS Core Center of Excellence, the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health at the University of Washington.   He has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of molecular toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis, and is author of several key textbook chapters on the principles of toxicology. Dr. Eaton is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences.

  • UW Board of Regents Names Provost Phyllis Wise as Interim President

    Jul 15, 2010 at 3:39pm
    The University of Washington Board of Regents at a special public meeting today voted to appoint Phyllis M. Wise, UW Provost and Executive Vice President, to serve as interim president of the University of Washington while the Regents conduct a search for a new president to replace Mark Emmert. Read the full article here.
  • University of Washington Names Lidstrom Interim Provost

    Jul 14, 2010 at 6:41pm
    Mary Lidstrom

    University of Washington Names Lidstrom Interim Provost

    Interim president-designate Phyllis Wise has named Mary Lidstrom, to be interim provost, filling the position Wise will leave when she becomes interim president in the fall. Lidstrom is Vice Provost for Research and a professor of microbiology and chemical engineering, where she holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering. She has been the vice provost for research since 2005. The appointment was approved by the Board of Regents at its regular meeting today.

    "I am delighted Mary is willing to step into the provost's position," said Wise. "She has a great perspective on the major issues the University faces and understands deeply the importance of investing strategically to support excellence in discovery and learning. She's a highly respected academic and administrative leader, and I look forward to working with her in our new roles."

    Lidstrom has been at the UW twice, first from 1978-85 and again since 1996. She earned her B.S. in microbiology from Oregon State and her master's and Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. She was a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow in microbiology at the University of Sheffield. She has also held academic appointments in the Center for Great Lakes Studies in Milwaukee and in environmental engineering science at the California Institute of Technology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Lidstrom has directed or co-directed a number of interdisciplinary programs that couple biology and engineering. She also has implemented an educational initiative that encourages engineering students to pursue careers at the boundary between engineering and biology and oversees the NHGRI-funded Genomics Outreach to Minorities program at UW. In addition, she runs an active research program in applied microbiology.

    Lidstrom has a history of excellence in educational innovation. In 1993 she won the Caltech Associated Students Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2003, she received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Award for learning at the life sciences/engineering boundary. In 2006, she received the American Society for Microbiology Graduate Teaching Award for her long track record in mentoring graduate and postdoctoral students.

    As the University's chief academic and budgetary officer, the Provost provides leadership in educational and curriculum development, formulation and allocation of space, long-range strategic planning, and management of the University's research programs, and serves as deputy to the President and provides advice and assistance to her and to the deans and the faculty in these matters.

  • Alfred Berg receives Curtis Hames Award for Research

    May 14, 2010 at 8:09am

    Alfred O. Berg, UW professor and immediate past chair of the Department of Family Medicine, received the Curtis Hames Award for Research at the recent meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Vancouver, B.C. This is the highest research recognition in family medicine, awarded jointly by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the North American Primary Care Research Group. Read the full story here.

  • Mary-Claire King awarded Dawson Prize in Genetics

    May 14, 2010 at 8:08am

    Mary-Claire King, the American Cancer Society Research Professor at the UW School of Medicine and renowned geneticist, has received the 2010 Trinity College Dublin Dawson Prize in Genetics. She was presented with the award by the college’s Smurfit Institute of Genetics after she gave a public lecture on Genetics and Breast Cancer: Progress in Personalised Medicine last month. Read the full story here.

  • Launch of the Office of research iSTAR website!

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:28am

    This site features our metrics dashboard, training and survey results, and progress/updates to OR’s strategic goals through process improvement initiatives.  The dashboard measures organization success in the following areas:


    ·        Customer Service

    ·        Systems Support

    ·        Operational Excellence

    ·        Training


    Please visit our site at:  http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=istar




  • WA State Life Sciences Discovery Fund awards health research program grants

    Apr 9, 2010 at 7:36am

    For Immediate Release

    Media contact: Alden Jones

    Tel: 206-732-6770




    SEATTLE, Washington, April 6, 2010 - The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) today announced nearly $15 million in program grant awards to support collaborative research initiatives spearheaded by three Washington state life sciences organizations.

    The programs will utilize diverse approaches to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other major diseases.

    One program, led by Stephen Friend of Sage Bionetworks, will use powerful computational tools to create better models of complex biological systems and identify molecular pathways that can be targeted to develop safer and more effective drugs and diagnostic tests.

    A second program, headed by Thomas Matula at the University of Washington, will combine ultrasound technologies with cutting-edge molecular medicine approaches to more accurately image tumors and enhance drug delivery to diseased tissues.

    The third program, directed by Peggy Porter of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will establish a multi-institutional system for collecting and distributing the biological specimens required to advance cancer research, diagnosis, and therapy.

    According to LSDF executive director Lee Huntsman, each award is anticipated to yield great returns on LSDF’s investment. “These world-class teams will create critical information, material, and technological resources that are expected to provide competitive advantages to Washington’s researchers and companies and, ultimately, accelerate the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics for serious health conditions.” Huntsman also noted that LSDF support will further advance Washington’s leadership positions in computational research, systems biology, and ultrasound.

    The LSDF board of trustees selected the awardees from among 19 proposals that were evaluated by national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In a highly competitive two-phase process, proposals were rated on scientific merit and the potential to improve health and health care in Washington and provide statewide economic benefit.

    Funding for these awards comes from Washington’s allocation of bonus payments under the Master Tobacco Settlement. The awards are subject to finalization of LSDF’s budget for 2010 and the terms and conditions of a grant agreement negotiated between the recipient institutions and LSDF.

    The Life Sciences Discovery Fund, a Washington state agency established in May 2005, makes grant investments in innovative life sciences research to benefit Washington and its citizens.


    Life Sciences Discovery Fund 2009 Health Research Program Grants

    Stephen Friend, Sage Bionetworks - $4,999,996

    Program Title: Sage Integrative Bionetwork Community: Scalable Resource for the State of Washington

    Program Focus: To more accurately and comprehensively model biological systems through their network of interactions to develop safer and more effective drugs and diagnostic tests.

    Human disease frequently causes complex changes in biological systems and molecular pathways, and, consequently, is often not treatable with individual drugs that target a single step in a pathway. Sage Bionetworks is a new nonprofit medical research organization that is developing a novel approach to biological and drug development research. Sage’s approach uses powerful computational tools to create holistic models of biological systems that map interactions among the multiple pathways that can influence disease severity, drug efficacy, and drug safety. Sage will create the “Sage Commons” for open-access research on systems biology and network models and for the application of this research to biological problems and human disease. LSDF will fund two facets of the Commons: 1) the development and implementation of a computing infrastructure that will enable scalable delivery of network data models and analyses to collaborators, and 2) the creation of the Washington Partners Program, which will actively engage Washington’s academic and biotechnology communities in next-generation systems biology research. By accelerating the identification of pathways that can be targeted to develop better drugs or diagnostic tests, the Sage Commons will provide Washington biotechnology companies with competitive advantages in drug and diagnostic development, help launch new companies and create jobs, and retain some of the world's best computational biologists in Washington.

    Thomas Matula, University of Washington - $4,999,999

    Program Title: Molecular Imaging and Therapy Using Ultrasound

    Program Focus: To develop, translate, and commercialize new ultrasound techniques for molecular imaging and therapy.

    Ultrasound is one of the leading medical diagnostic tools in the world due to its high portability and low cost. More ultrasound procedures are performed than any other type of imaging, including X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The University of Washington (UW) and Washington companies are established leaders in biomedical ultrasound research, development, and commercialization. Ultrasound has traditionally been used for visualizing anatomical structures. However, combining ultrasound technologies with advanced molecular approaches could potentially revolutionize disease diagnosis and treatment by allowing clinicians to target specific molecules in tissues for more precise imaging as well as for delivery of drugs. The program team will create a center focused on researching, translating, and commercializing new ultrasound techniques for molecular imaging and therapy. The ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center will capitalize on the UW’s existing expertise and initiatives as well as recruit new faculty and support novel research projects. Partnerships with clinicians, industry, and venture capitalists are anticipated to accelerate clinical translation and commercialization.

    Peggy Porter, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - $4,995,711

    Program Title: Consortium Biospecimen Program (CBP)

    Program Focus: To facilitate cancer treatment through comprehensive biological specimen collection and distribution.

    Development of molecular tests for early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, as well as tests that enable treatments to be tailored to a patient's condition and new therapeutic technologies, are critically dependent on blood and tissue samples collected from patients and healthy individuals with their consent. To catalyze the development of new diagnostic tests and drugs, the investigators will develop an information-rich biospecimen collection and distribution system that links regional biomedical investigators with biological specimens. A cross-institution informatics platform will be developed, as well as standardized practices for materials transfer and intellectual property management. This new program will capitalize on the resources and expertise of two programs previously funded by LSDF, the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program and the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine. The CBP represents a collaboration between patients and researchers that provides an opportunity for cancer patients, their families, and friends to contribute to basic science and exciting discoveries that may one day lead to cures. The Consortium includes Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute.

    www.lsdfa.org / info@lsdfa.org / 206.732.6777
  • UW Center for Systems and Translational Infectious Disease Research established

    Mar 30, 2010 at 2:07pm

    The University of Washington has launched its newest biomedical research enterprise, the center for Systems and Translational Research on Infectious Disease. Read the full article here.

  • Energy website article in Uweek

    Feb 26, 2010 at 3:09pm

    Uweek has a fascinating article on our energy website.  See the Uweek article at: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/55788

  • New Energy Website Launched!

    Jan 29, 2010 at 11:07am

    Energy researchers at the University of Washington are involved in scientific discovery, technology innovation, and society impacts research, and are involved in a broad range of energy projects that are making a difference and changing lives. The new website is designed to build the reputation of the UW in energy research, to increase our visibility, and to serve as a resource to find expertise in a given research area.  Visit Energy Research at the UW.

  • Recipient of stimulus funding aims to increase Native American enrollment in higher education

    Jan 7, 2010 at 10:53am

    The number of economic stimulus awards at the UW continues to rise. Read the full article here.

  • Six UW researchers named Fellows of AAAS

    Jan 7, 2010 at 9:49am

    Six UW researchers named Fellows of AAAS. Read the article here.

  • Are You Ready for the Restructured Grants.gov/NIH Forms? Grant Runner Is!

    Dec 3, 2009 at 8:05am
    Next week, NIH plans to release a new version of the SF424 and PHS398 forms. Grant Runner has already been enhanced to handle these changes. Read more about the change [...] NIH has mandated that all applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2010 must use the restructured forms. For further information, visit http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/restructured_applications.html.
  • Research Collaborations with the University of Queensland, Australia: 2010 Trans-Pacific Fellowships Available

    Nov 24, 2009 at 3:56pm

    Trans-Pacific Fellowship Program with the University of Queensland, Australia


    Attached please find a new program, called the 'Trans-Pacific Fellowship Proram', that funds Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Faculty exchanges with the University of Queensland, Australia.  This is part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Washington and the State of Queensland that was initiated several years ago by Governor Gregoire, with a specific UW-UQ Memorandum of Understanding signed by Provost Wise.   We are seeking applications from UW scientists interested in developing and/or fostering collaborations with UQ colleagues on research related to one or more of the following areas:

     a. Bio/nanotechnology
     b. Science education
     c. Imaging
     d. Population health
     e. Bioengineering

    Download the form here.

    Please distribute this announcement and the attached application packet to potentially interested faculty.  Applications are due in the Office of Research on February 1, 2010, for travel to Australia that begins between April 1 and December 1, 2010.

    Send applications to Peggy Fanning, Office of Research, Box 351202 by February 1, 2010.  If you have any questions, please call Peggy Fanning at (206)543-7502, or contact David Eaton (206) 685-3785.

  • Stimulus money funds studies of ocean surface waves, fire prevention and more

    Oct 9, 2009 at 3:06pm

    The last full week of September brought the UW the largest number of economic stimulus awards in a single week: 40 of them, adding up to almost $14 million. Read the full article at University Week here.

  • Obama announces $5 billion in research grants (9/30/09)

    Oct 6, 2009 at 11:22am

    President Obama, in an effort to stimulate the economy and support critical research, announced $5 billion in grants during a visit to the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday.  See more at CNNPolitics.com: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/30/obama.health.grants/index.html

  • UW receives largest-ever federal award to construct ocean observatory off the Pacific Northwest

    Oct 6, 2009 at 11:19am

    Today's announcement of approximately $385 million over 5½ years in funding for the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative is the culmination of a two-decade quest to transform the manner in which science in ocean basins can be conducted. See the fact sheet at uwnews:  http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/51819

  • Washington forests may be solution to state's green-energy quest

    Oct 6, 2009 at 11:16am

    Wood is a popular fuel for heating homes in the Northwest but few people might see it as an important source of liquid fuels for motor vehicles. However, a new UW report commissioned by the Washington Legislature suggests that woody biomass could represent the state's greatest opportunity to develop biofuels and reduce both green house gas emissions and dependency upon imported oil. Read more at the Uweek article of 8/20/09: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/uweek/51624

  • UW wins new honors for sustainability efforts

    Oct 6, 2009 at 11:04am

    The UW was ranked second in the country by Sierra Magazine for the University's sustainability efforts, and it was also named to the 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll by the Princeton Review.  See more at the uweek article of 8/20/09: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/uweek/51590


  • Plastics that convert light to electricity could have a big impact

    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:59am

    A research team headed by David Ginger, a University of Washington associate professor of chemistry, has found a way to make images of tiny bubbles and channels, roughly 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, inside plastic solar cells. These bubbles and channels form within the polymers as they are being created in a baking process, called annealing, that is used to improve the materials' performance.  Find out more from the uweek article of 8/4/09: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/51232