November 30, 2018

The sci-fi future is here

Science fiction has come alive in our modern world—from robots in our homes to the search for life across the universe.

Paul Allen's legacy

To the late Paul G. Allen, the University of Washington felt like home.

3 hearts, 1 full life

An adventurous alum stricken with heart disease as a young man is thriving after undergoing two heart transplants.

October 19, 2018

First-gens find their way

Resilience, persistence and belonging help students survive the complexities of college.

A serving of advocacy

Taylor Hoang speaks up for small and immigrant-owned businesses.

Helping hungry Huskies

An on-campus pantry works to reduce hunger and end the stigma of food insecurity.

Top doc

Alumnus Lorne Murray, '96, credits his UW mentors for his success.

September 11, 2018

The human rights fight

From El Salvador to Spokane, the UW Center for Human Rights seeks justice.

August 30, 2018

‘Yes, I am a boy’

Nonconformist and social media star Kevin Ninh shares his story of self-discovery.

The heart of Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a team of UW engineers and scientists went to Puerto Rico to learn and to help.

New biologies

Nature is an interconnected web of life. A new Life Sciences building takes that to heart.

August 29, 2018

Career puppeteer

If these puppets could talk, they would describe Aurora Valentinetti as the UW's beloved puppeteer.

June 4, 2018

Legends of the IMA

Why did we keep playing softball even after graduating? Because we loved softball and the IMA league was much more fun than other leagues. And we really wanted those championship T-shirts.

June 2, 2018

Mr. Smith’s journey

With core values formed by his Chehalis upbringing, Orin Smith went on to become a business leader who knew how to treat people right.

April 28, 2018

Heart, soul and ice cream

For 85 years, Husky Deli has warmed hearts in West Seattle with scrumptious sandwiches, house-made ice cream and goodies from the world over.

March 4, 2018

Keeper of the flame

A founding member of UW's Black Student Union, Emile Pitre has spent 50 years building solutions from the inside out.

March 3, 2018

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Perfectly Claire

Best-selling feminist author Claire Dederer, ’93, on growing up grunge, creating a literary canon for the Northwest, and bad men who create great art.

OMA&D at 50: The people behind the movement

Student activism in 1968 led the UW to create one of the nation’s first office of minority affairs. Here’s their story. And their outlook for the future.

January 9, 2018

The lunch guy

Fueled by an appetite for social justice, Jeffrey Lew, ’06, set out to end the stigma of school lunch debt.

December 28, 2017

Forging new links

A new type of fire-resistant wood reduces atmospheric carbon and can be made of damaged trees. Could it revive depressed economies in Washington’s rural timber communities?

December 7, 2017

The opioid boom

The prevailing practice for treating addiction to painkillers led to the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history.

November 15, 2017

Students of nature

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is changing the faces—and future—of conservation.

November 8, 2017

The art of preservation

The Conservation Center repairs up to 12,000 items each year.

September 28, 2017

Dyslexia, defeated

My alma mater helped my daughter become a reader.

September 13, 2017

Humanities anyone?

Society’s focus on STEM careers has contributed to a precipitous drop in liberal arts majors. It could be a problem.

September 12, 2017

Scions of Spokane

Ted and Jeremy McGregor operate one of the best alternative weekly papers in the nation.

August 18, 2017

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'We came here to contribute'

As an undocumented immigrant, he dreaded going to the dentist. Now he goes the extra mile to put his patients at ease.

June 16, 2017

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Animal instinct

Biology professor Sam Wasser fights to save endangered species.

June 12, 2017

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The Mountaineers

In a time before trails, UW climbers found a way to trek the Pacific Northwest.

June 1, 2017

Of the highest grade

Celebrating the 2017 teachers of the year.

May 29, 2017

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Man of the city

In his five decades of public service, Norman Rice has helped build a community we are all proud of.

May 8, 2017

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Brothers, mentors, friends

Inside the new program advocating for black and brown students on campus.

March 3, 2017

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Rhymes on the mic

With spoken word and hip-hop, a new generation of poets has taken the stage.

March 1, 2017

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Tending to the world

Scientists, doctors and data collectors join forces for population health.

February 27, 2017

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Dramatic dynamics

Stereotypes don't have a chance when Kathy Hsieh, '87, takes center stage.

December 29, 2016

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In the heart of Yakima

Dulce Gutiérrez, ’14, is making history as one of Eastern Washington’s first Latina city council members.

For Washington, for the world

A look inside UW’s most ambitious fundraising campaign.

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Gridiron giant

Under head coach Gilmour Dobie, the UW Football team went undefeated for 10 years.

September 1, 2016

New age of dentistry

Going to the dentist has never been as unpleasant as it’s often made out to be. But new technology and a new teaching philosophy is about to dispel that myth for good. Say ahhh.

Introducing Shwetak Patel

He's one of the brightest thinkers you'll ever meet. Writer Julie Garner pays him a house call and confirms that, yes, he puts his inventions and gadgets to work, but she finds out a whole lot more.

An open invitation

Here we present six alumni who show us the different ways they keep connected, whether they graduated 40 years ago or just this spring.

Growing up in Union Bay Village

How many of us Union Bay Village kids are left?

June 1, 2016

True hued

Brock and Damon Huard both found NFL careers and success after their UW playing days, and both felt drawn to come home.

The torch carrier

Letters from a young man's trip to the 1936 Olympics offer hints of the life he would live.

Dying with dignity

Columns staff writer Julie Garner talks to two men facing death, and the people who care for them.

Always in her element

Whether on a mountain, in a boardroom or on a boat, Sally Jewell is leading the way.

March 1, 2016

How does baby learn?

Researchers with the UW's I-LABS break new ground with their discoveries of how young minds develop.

KEXP rocks its new digs

KEXP and its predecessor KCMU have been a staple of the Seattle music community for four decades. With new digs at the Seattle Center and a 30-year cooperative agreement with the UW, the station enters its next phase as an independent nonprofit.

When compassion was policy

With five children and a sixth on the way, the Nguyen family fled Vietnam. Washington Governor Dan Evans opened the door to a life the family never would have imagined.

2015 shined a spotlight on race

After a year of intensifying protests, the UW opens a dialogue and takes action to promote equity.

December 1, 2015

Restaurateur Renee

She wants to serve the world’s best steak. That’s why chef Renee Erickson, ’95, is now in the ranch business.

An unprecedented president

She is the first woman, first Latina and the first in a long while to be promoted from within to lead the University of Washington.

The dream lab

For more than a century, scientists and students the world over have come to Friday Harbor to learn about the future of our oceans.

The silent stroke

If a stroke should occur, the unparalleled care at UW Medicine's Harborview Medical Center will give you your best shot.

September 1, 2015

25 years of dance

The UW's unique master's program influences dance education across the country.

True to self

As Terra Hoy and others in the UW community know, changing genders is fraught with challenges -- emotional, physical and societal.

The new mindset

Turning research into better living is the goal of UW's innovation imperative.

June 1, 2015

Welcome to wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – the Intellectual House – is a place the UW Native American community can call home.

Norm Dicks, retired?

His 36-year career as a Democratic Congressman for Washington’s 6th District may have ended in 2012, but he’s still on the case protecting wildlife and fighting to bolster the economy in his native region.

Top teachers

They walk into a classroom that is filled with a sea of anxious faces. Expectations run high. They take a deep breath and off they go—the process of molding students into scholars is what teachers do everyday. With the greatest of ease? Hardly. Only some have the chops to rise above the rest. Introducing this year’s best of the best.


As the official travel program of the UW Alumni Association, UW Alumni Tours gives alumni and friends the opportunity to grab their passports and suitcases and see the world. Here are three stories of people's adventures with UW Alumni Tours.

March 1, 2015

Ring leaders

The UW Boxing Club doesn't just teach how to jab, hook and counterpunch. It teaches how to succeed.

Finding my father

I was 55 when my father passed away at the age of 80, the victim of a stroke. I had to wait another 17 years from the time of his death to finally receive his unexpected “gift.” Somehow he resurrected himself and had me cheering for the man I had long ago given up on.

Gerberding's legacy

Though the longest-serving president in UW history (from 1979 to 1995) is no longer with us—the North Dakota native died Dec. 27 at the age of 85 after suffering a stroke—his imprint on the University is indelible.

Grade upgrade

Sure, it’s a national model of academic support; but the UW’s Instructional Center is way more than that—it’s a family for students who need a boost.

December 1, 2014

Birth of an anthem

One of the best fight songs of all time turns 100 in 2015.

New dawn of dialysis

At the UW, the birthplace of kidney dialysis, a clinical trial has been approved to test the safety and effectiveness of a wearable artificial kidney. Not counting preliminary studies, it is the first human trial of its kind in the United States.

Soil sage

A chef-turned-professor digs into a new crop — turning recycled waste into better soil, better food and better health.

September 1, 2014

Architecture at 100

The UW’s internationally-known architecture department enters its second century with bold designs on the future.

Prey for the senses

Ann Hamilton delves again into the world of animal-human relationships in her upcoming show at the Henry Art Gallery.

Straight shooter

She fights crime the only way she knows how — with directness, smarts and a wicked sense of humor.

UW Tacoma on a mission

Cleaning up pollution. Delivering health care. Improving education. Just a routine day at UW Tacoma.

June 1, 2014

Our kind of guy

After eight remarkable seasons at Boise State, Chris Petersen was finally ready for the next challenge, becoming the head football coach at the University of Washington.

Spokane solution

Expanding medical education in Eastern Washington’s largest city will address a key problem: increasing the number of primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas.

Teachers of the year

Why do we come to the UW? To learn. Lucky for us, we had the chance to meet the exceptional teachers honored here. They didn’t just teach us course material or put us on the path to a career. They inspired us. Challenged us. Pushed us. Opened our minds. Made us be our best.

Life guard

Art Levinson, the driving force behind several cancer-fighting drugs, is the 2014 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest award bestowed upon UW alumni.

March 1, 2014

Allure of the mountains

Mountain climbing has drawn many a UW student, parent, graduate, staff and faculty member up into the rarified air. Here, we highlight a few of those bold, strong and determined enough to push the limits.

December 1, 2013

Solid lesson plan

Instead of pondering why kids fall behind, the UW’s approach stacks the deck in their favor by looking at the factors that may have unexpected effects on performance, ranging from social and cultural to physical and emotional.

Platinum grad

For Ryan Lewis, ’09, the whirlwind of fame is only a few years removed from days ensconced in Suzzallo Library and the Parnassus cafe in the basement of the Art Building.

Montana mindscape

Ivan Doig's tales of the West have made him one of America's top authors.

Immortal life

The cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks succinctly proclaims the book’s storyline: “Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than 20 years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.”

September 1, 2013

Tomorrow's scientists

UW faculty and students are engaging K-12 students in STEM fields and collaborating with teachers.

The inspiration inquiry

Expanding the boundaries of knowledge in dance, theater and other performing arts requires research of a different stripe.

Huskies in Rome

For 30 years, the UW Rome Center has given students a chance to learn about new cultures, and themselves.

Whole new ballgame

After a $261 million privately funded renovation, Husky Stadium reopens Aug. 31, welcoming a fired-up Husky nation mad for football and excited about the prospects for the future.

June 1, 2013

Reconstructing hope

Diane Mapes shares her personal journey through breast reconstruction, using a new approach at UW Medicine.

Home of the freer

The state constitution provides more rights than the U.S. Constitution.

Bill Gates Sr.'s impact

Even at 87, the 2013 Alumnus Sigma Laude Dignatus recipient continues to serve his alma mater while leading the fight for social justice.

The inspirers

The 2013 recipients of the UW’s teaching awards are from fields ranging from philosophy to fisheries, but they all know how to inspire their students.

March 1, 2013

Virtual guardian

May magic

Every year, Huskies say the Windermere Cup creates a greatest moment for someone: a student athlete, a coach, alum, a band member, or family members watching with sack lunches along the cut.

Escape artist

W. Stull Holt secretly rescued thousands caught behind enemy lines.

December 1, 2012

Building a way out

A unique partnership will bring a school, and designs for a hopeful future, to girls in Afghanistan.

More than 'junk'

For decades most scientists thought the bulk of the material in the human genome—up to 95 percent—was “junk DNA.” It now turns out much of this “junk” actually contains the vital instructions that switch genes on and off in all kinds of different cells.

Purple gold

It takes more than perfect weather and ideal growing conditions to make a great Washington wine. The University of Washington has been part of the mix since the state’s wine industry began.

September 1, 2012

Mentors for life

The circumstances that many of the students in Community for Youth come from are heartbreaking: deceased, addicted, or incarcerated parents; physical abuse; emotional neglect. What follows are just two of the many success stories CFY has helped foster.

A hero's lessons

In combat, you learn quickly: life is too short. As a war reporter, I often turn to our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients, not only for advice on surviving the frontlines but also on leading a meaningful life.