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.

December 15, 2016

Growing up in Union Bay Village

How many of us Union Bay Village kids are left?

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.

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.