News

September 11, 2021

Where stars are born

At the UW's Friday Harbor Laboratories, scientists give sunflower sea stars a chance to shine.


September 4, 2021

New chancellors

Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06, is the new chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma. Kristin Esterberg has been named chancellor at UW Bothell.


Fred Hutch, SCCA merging

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Seattle Children’s are restructuring their relationship,.


Anderson honored

James G. Anderson, '66, will receive the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.


Jewell on faculty

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, ’78, was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership for the 2021-2022 school year.


AAPI stories

A website highlights Asian American and Pacific Islander voices from our community.


June 10, 2021

Bridging the distance

UW faculty members used innovative approaches to teaching hands-on courses during the pandemic.


June 3, 2021

Archives to stay

When the federal government announced it would be closing its national archives at Sand Point, a UW community of alumni and faculty sprang into action to halt the plan.


May 11, 2021

Scholarship boost

Sea Mar partnered with MultiCare Health Systems to develop a $100,000 gift to OMA&D and the Office of Equity and Inclusion at UW Tacoma.


Building opportunity

The Black Opportunity Fund addresses the harmful legacies that colonialism, racism, white supremacy and racial capitalism have on Black communities.


May 10, 2021

Diversity takes work

In the recent years, the UW has seen the highest racial and gender diversity among students in its history, “and yet we have fallen short on our faculty diversity efforts."


March 11, 2021

Aiming at COVID-19

A year after it became one of the first academic labs in the U.S. to develop a COVID-19 test, the UW Medicine Virology Lab continues to innovate in response to the pandemic.


Helen Chu honored

University of Washington Medicine professor Dr. Helen Chu, ’12, “Washingtonian of the Year” by the Washington State Leadership Board.


March 9, 2021

Don’t be a spreader

Some advice about the kind of misinformation you may see in the coming months about COVID-19 vaccines and some tools to stop its spread.


Sign of the times

A campus road has been renamed sluʔwiɫ, a word in the Lushootseed language that loosely translates to “Little Canoe Channel.”


March 8, 2021

The greater Gould

Gould Hall’s original designers created a building that could be modified to serve new generations of students and faculty in the design disciplines.


March 4, 2021

Stories of home

The UW Alumni Association recently invited a group of Native storytellers for a virtual event to discuss the meaning of sense of place.


December 16, 2020

Nobel laureate’s UW ties

Harvey J. Alter, a UW resident in internal medicine from 1964-65, has received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.


UW vs. COVID-19

Recent news in the battle against COVID-19 from the UW community.


The other pandemic: racism

Members of the UW community join to fight “white supremacy as a lethal public health issue.”


10 feel-good stories

In the spirit of Swedish doctor Hans Rosling, we’ve assembled a sampling of good news findings and events with connections to the UW.


Whale on display

The skeleton of a 39-foot-long Baird’s beaked whale is now on permanent display in the Burke Museum lobby.


December 11, 2020

Sign of the times

A campus road has been renamed sluʔwiɫ, a word in the Lushootseed language that loosely translates to “Little Canoe Channel.”


September 21, 2020

Celebrating a milestone

At the end of June, the University closed the books on a historic fundraising campaign, in which more than half a million donors gave a combined $6.3 billion.


Racing a pandemic

Thanks to years of foresight, funding and preparation, two UW labs have been on the forefront of COVID-19 testing.


A brilliant conclusion

In 2016, the UW launched the public phase of its Be Boundless campaign. Since then, the campaign effort has expanded community connections and investment in the work the University does.


September 16, 2020

Fresh fish finder

With many restaurants closed, the Fish Map offers a way for commercial fishing companies to sell their products directly to consumers.


Double trouble

With flu season coming, doctors and public health officials worry that an outbreak of influenza in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out our health care system.


Mapping landslide risk

UW engineers are developing a new mapping system to quantify landslide risk in the prone areas of Seattle


September 11, 2020

Our lives, disrupted

We asked three UW experts—a historian, a leader in education and an expert in infectious disease—how we might use this time of challenge and change to plan for a better future.


August 14, 2020

The queen of the skies goes quiet

The majestic Boeing 747, designed by Joseph Sutter, ’43, will no longer be flying for one of the world's biggest airlines.


June 24, 2020

IHME in the spotlight

As the pandemic expanded across the country, IHME projections became a resource for local, regional and national leaders as they responded.


Students step up

Students from across the university have volunteered to assist in a variety of support efforts.


May 14, 2020

Dangerous cells

Professor Dan Berger says incarcerated people must be freed to halt virus spread.


May 12, 2020

Justice arrives

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, '95, '96, is the second Native American to ever serve on any state’s supreme court.


March 30, 2020

Small-business booster

A UW program to help Washington small businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans has expanded to 13 cities across the country.


March 20, 2020

We need to talk about vehicle residency

Criminalizing a form of shelter causes undue and disproportionate harm to vulnerable people.


December 9, 2019

Building pays tribute

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health is a key part of the University’s public health mission.


October 23, 2019

From war to law

An owner of three Bronze Stars, the Hon. Ronald E. Cox is UWAA’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient.


June 13, 2019

Q Center turns 15

The Q Center continues to evolve and grow. It now serves 500 visitors per month.


March 12, 2019

Abolished

How UW research convinced our state's highest court to toss out the death penalty.


March 7, 2019

Keep it Moovn

Foster grad wants to change how Seattle moves with a homegrown ride-sharing app.


March 1, 2019

IMA at 50

Since the late 1960s, students who wanted to clear their heads and have some fun have headed down to the IMA Building.


New life for historic hotel

Tidbits of local history are scattered throughout the guest rooms of the Graduate hotel, formerly Hotel Deca.


December 1, 2018

Signs of success

To recognize Tom Foley and Alan Sugiyama for their drive to make life better, two roadways were named in their honor.


October 10, 2018

Beyond the confines of campus

A faculty leader shares her view of the future.


May 21, 2018

Making trouble

“Women are shaking the foundation of this country in every possible way," said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, at a UW Book Store event.


May 8, 2017

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Brothers, mentors, friends

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


May 6, 2017

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Talking Trump

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, '89, returned to campus.


April 12, 2017

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Huskies in the headlines

A roundup of alumni in the news.


April 5, 2017

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Huskies in the headlines

A roundup of alumni in the news (3/30-4/05).


March 30, 2017

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Busting BS

Inside the class that's training students to catch—and call out—fake news and falsehoods.


March 29, 2017

Huskies in the headlines

A roundup of alumni in the news (3/22-3/29).


March 24, 2017

A legacy of access

Celebrating 50 years of the 1967 Community College Act.


Newsprint

Huskies above the fold: Forbes 30 Under 30, White House awards, predicting sickness.


February 28, 2017

Spokane startups

UW will expand its innovation lab system to Eastern Washington this spring.


February 27, 2017

A Zillow addition

Zillow, the online real estate database, has pledged $5 million to the UW for a second building to expand the University’s high-demand computer science and engineering program.


February 24, 2017

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Luminary Lewis

Rep. John Lewis, a giant of the Civil Rights movement, comes to campus.


December 29, 2016

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Healthy people, healthy planet

With a $210 million gift, the UW moves forward to become a global hub for human health.


December 16, 2016

The Not-So-Daily

The student newspaper formerly known as The Daily is still known as The Daily… despite only coming out two days a week.


December 15, 2016

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Thouless nabs Nobel

The highest honor in physics goes to Professor Emeritus David Thouless.


September 1, 2016

The med student is in

While classroom instruction is crucial for learning the scientific foundations of medicine, there is no substitute for firsthand clinical experience. That’s why the UW School of Medicine launched a new curriculum last year that puts an earlier and greater emphasis on clinical training.


March 1, 2016

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

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

Introducing GIX

Last summer, high up in a Bellevue office building’s bright conference room, leaders from the UW, Microsoft Corp., and China’s Tsinghua University announced a novel partnership. They will train a new generation of innovative scientists, technicians and entrepreneurs.


It all starts here

Fluke Hall provides a base for innovators to develop their products and look for investors.


Innovation in action

Innovation at the UW occurs across disciplines, as well as in how the institution is run and how students are educated. Here are a few examples of innovation in action.


The CoMotion Commitment

While the UW is known for its groundbreaking research, it has not been perceived as spry or supportive in leveraging the expertise of its faculty. Vikram Jandhyala has set out to change that.


UW Press at 100

The University of Washington's press dates back to Edmond Meany's 1915 book on the governors of the state and territory.


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.


March 1, 2015

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.


June 1, 2014

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.


March 1, 2013

Top cop

Jim Pugel, ’81, keeps mementos from the sometimes-grueling adventures he completes each year with his former University of Washington crew teammates.


September 1, 2012

Highest honors

Two alumni were among 13 people receiving the highest honor given to an American civilian—the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


March 1, 2012

Slick job

Two UW alums who helped devise a better way to ameliorate oil spills were part of a team that won a $1 million prize for its ingenuity.


Open for business

Over the next three years, the Ideas to Impact initiative aims to double the number of companies started by the UW.


Belief in teaching

A passion for excellence in education led to a career as a UW professor and now an administrator.


Two for the Rhodes

Two UW seniors were selected in November to receive Rhodes Scholarships, making the UW the only American public university with more than one Rhodes Scholar for 2012.


December 1, 2011

Major milestone

The College of Arts and Sciences celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, providing an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of faculty, staff, and students—past and present.


Tradition timeout

The Nov. 5 Washington-Oregon football game was the final game in Husky Stadium before it closed its doors for more than a year.


Ben's fund

Carin Towne, ’95, ’02, and her husband Jeff, ’95, have turned a personal tragedy into a ray of hope for parents of children with cancer.


Purple power

As anyone worth their purple and gold will tell you, the beloved “W” can be found everywhere. The UW Trademarks and Licensing Office oversees it all.


Futuristic fellow

Shwetak Patel, a UW assistant professor in computer science & engineering and electrical engineering for the past three years, has been honored as one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.


September 1, 2011

Common Book

To commemorate the University of Washington’s 150 years of discovery and inquiry, the 2011-12 Common Book is The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard Feynman.


Higher aid, tuition

In July, the UW Board of Regents voted to raise tuition 20 percent and to increase the amount of aid available to low- and middle-income families by 45 percent, a dollar increase of $12 million.


Pharmacy for elders

Last year, the UW School of Pharmacy began providing pharmacy services at University House Wallingford.


Intellectual House funding

A total of $3.7 million from state funding and an anonymous gift have been received to support the building of the Intellectual House at the University of Washington.


10 years later

A decade ago, Sept. 11 changed our lives forever. But Sept. 12 turned out to be even more devastating to the University of Washington family.


Hidden cost of war

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, a Seattle native and Evans School alum, was in town as part of a national effort “to begin a conversation about veterans and what we can do to connect communities to veterans.”


June 1, 2011

No radiation threat

In the aftermath of the earthquake damage at Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant, UW physicists decided to find out if the leaked radiation had traveled 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to Seattle’s UW campus.


Rousing housing

The University of Washington’s plan to turn its west campus into an urban village will take a big step this fall with the opening of two new residence communities.


March 1, 2011

Stadium overhaul

The renovation of Husky Stadium received the green light to proceed when the University of Washington Board of Regents approved the $250 million project in November.


September 1, 2010

Food junked

The UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition got in on the fat-busting act, pioneering new research into the relationship between convenient, cheap food and our nation’s ever-growing waistlines.


June 1, 2010

Innovative idealism

Student teams from across the University of Washington and other state schools heralded their inventions of clean, green technologies at the second annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge.


March 1, 2010

Huskies in Haiti

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, numerous UW Medicine and Health Sciences faculty, students and health professionals went to Haiti to treat the injured and sick and care for the displaced.


June 1, 2009

Teachers of the year, 2009

The seven recipients of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards represent the broadest range of disciplines, from English to maxillofacial surgery. But they all have one thing in common: the ability to hold their students spellbound.


Going to bat

Last year, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez and his wife, Holli, ‘08, launched the Martinez Foundation to help students of color through scholarships and grants.