People

November 27, 2022

Driving innovation

The UW team earned the EcoCAR Collaboration Award at last spring's Mobility Challenge.


She’s fly

An 18-year-old UW biology major is a legend in the world of fly casting.


Hip-hop and hype

The UW Graduate School will host an “Evening with Chuck D” for its public lecture series.


Genius at work

The MacArthur Foundation honors Yejin Choi, a professor who teaches human language to computers.


A seat at the table

Gov. Jay Inslee, ’73, selected Professor Alexes Harris, ’97, to serve a three-year term on the University’s highest governing body.


A Husky who did it all

Rick Redman was a star on both sides of the ball for the UW football team, playing guard and linebacker, and he shined on special teams as a punter.


Star power

On the 20th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, we remember astronaut Michael Anderson, ’81.


November 26, 2022

The hows of housing

Two UW alumni lead separate projects to address some of the biggest social issues of our time.


Learners and leaders

With a foundation rooted in leadership, service and education, the Women’s University Club has served the community since 1914. This year, its headquarters turns 100.


Newsroom star

Former Daily reporter turned Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Suki Dardarian was honored for her newspaper’s George Floyd coverage.


Treasure in feces

Bryn Nelson followed his love for animals and science to become both a microbiologist and the writer of a book on human feces.


On the scene of change

In data and in the field, professor Briana Abrahms seeks ways for humans and wildlife to coexist as the climate changes.


Behind the data

When doctoral student Horacio Chacón Torrico looks at public-health data, he sees the ‘forgotten’ people he wants to help.


Dorothy Hollingsworth, 1920-2022

“She was a maverick, and she placed the most vulnerable and marginalized populations—primarily women and children—at the center of her work.”


November 23, 2022

Our first astronaut

In 1969, NASA launched Apollo 12, which took Richard F. Gordon, '51, to the moon and back.


November 17, 2022

Alumni on the small screen

From Anna Faris to Joel McHale, check out a few of our favorite performances from UW alumni on television.


November 9, 2022

Mountain man

John E. Kurnick, '67, climbed all 68 of the 14,000-foot peaks in the contiguous United States.


On the big screen

Anna Faris plays Savannah, a struggling business owner after her aunt's inheritance, in her latest silver screen effort.


November 4, 2022

A new era for campus security

The UW's new police chief, Craig Wilson, has served 26 years in the department.


Media

Viewpoint Magazine highlights two new books from the UW community.


November 3, 2022

Uprooting exclusivity

The UW seeks to make the Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture more inclusive.


Inspired by a blue suit

Poet Shin Yu Pai uses everyday objects to explore unique meaning in her new podcast "The Blue Suit."


Tamara Lawson portrait

Tamara Lawson is the UW's new law dean

The UW’s new law dean wants to infuse social justice and civil rights throughout the law school curriculum.


At home on campus

Studies show that students who feel a sense of belonging are more likely to thrive in college and experience better personal wellbeing.


A name for themselves

Vern Harner led the effort to change University policy for names on diplomas. Now, trans students' diplomas can reflect their chosen names.


October 28, 2022

Service on his terms

Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient Michael Kilmer is now a leader in Veterans Affairs 20 years after being forced out of the Coast Guard.


September 20, 2022

A body in motion


Making history

History professor Margaret O'Mara explains how prior generations handled a pandemic and what we can learn from their mistakes.


Dynamic times, dynamic giving

Through the UW Fund and other unrestricted philanthropy, donors to the UW can make an immediate impact where it's needed most.


Let's do something about it

By supporting students, professors and research-based solutions to global problems, Leo Maddox Schneider's family is honoring his passion for learning and making a difference.


September 19, 2022

It begins with a dreamer

Alula Asfaw, '08, wants to help schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds thrive. That's why he started the Dream Project.


September 16, 2022

Big day for Smart

The acclaimed Seattleite and actor wins her second consecutive Emmy Award on the day before her birthday.


Hall of famer

The former Husky defensive back turned football upside down with his unstoppable “Air Coryell” passing attack.


No. 19

On Oct. 6, all Husky players will wear number 19 warmup tops in memory of their teammate and to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.


September 9, 2022

Story of Black Seattle

Quintard Taylor tells the stories of Seattle’s small, but influential Black community.


September 4, 2022

Nursing advocate

Joanne Montgomery, recipient of the 2022 Gates Volunteer Service Award, spent two decades as a nurse—and two more ensuring that the UW is at the forefront of the field.


UW’s Brotherhood Initiative builds a community of success for men of color

As the UW’s Brotherhood Initiative grows—and welcomes a counterpart Sisterhood Initiative—students like senior Noah Stanigar continue to soar.


September 3, 2022

Glowing observations

Willem Volkersz, ’65, will have an exhibit of his work, “The View From Here,” on display at the Boise Art Museum from Oct. 8 to Jan. 8.


Ancient voices

Grace Funsten, ’17, ’22, studied ancient epitaphs in Rome as part of a select group of classics scholars.


Neurodiversity at work

Neurodiverse UW employees gather to share their stories at a seminar.


September 2, 2022

Pulitzer for podcaster

Audrey Quinn detoured from a life in science to become an award-winning storyteller.


Environment’s friend

Philanthropist Harriet Stimson Bullitt’s advocacy for Earth knew no bounds.


Hollywood Husky

Collaborating with Will Smith and Dave Chappelle is all in a day’s work for one of TV’s leading women directors.


Ever forward

Thanks to a catalyzing donation, the ASUW Shell House—a location with a rich history—is on the way to being renovated for another century of service for campus and the community.


Hellish for shellfish

After an unprecedented Pacific Northwest heat wave, shellfish died at alarming rates. Tribal scientists and UW researchers figure out why.


September 1, 2022

State of happiness

Early each summer, the University organizes a statewide field trip to introduce new faculty and administrators to Washington.


School in wartime

Anastasiia Konovalova and her colleagues create normalcy for 350 Ukrainian schoolchildren living in Romania.


August 31, 2022

The Poet Laureate

Ada Limón, the 24th poet laureate of the United States, gives UW Magazine a glimpse into her process.


Touch Down

There's a new head coach in town: Kalen DeBoer shares his insights on the upcoming season with editor Jon Marmor.


August 10, 2022

MAP Maker

A “true leader,” Thaddeus Spratlen brought dignity, dedication and a scholarly approach to the Multicultural Alumni Partnership.


August 5, 2022

100 and counting

Once self-described as shy, the sociable Yvette Gunther, '45, now enjoys dance classes and public speaking. She recounts her time at the UW during World War II.


July 22, 2022

Ada Limón, ’98, named 24th U.S. Poet Laureate

The 1998 drama graduate received the nation's highest honor in poetry.


July 21, 2022

A tribute to John Hartl, ’67, Seattle’s greatest movie critic

Famed movie critic John Hartl had a thoughtful eye, an unusually high IQ and an encyclopedic knowledge of film.


June 15, 2022

Good, better, best!

They garden, they read, they cook and they dream of becoming dentists. Teachers: They're just like us! But these six are the cream of the crop.


May 30, 2022

Clear sailing ahead

A new nonprofit called the Husky Sailing Foundation aims to create a more stable future for a sports club that dates back to 1948.


JoAnn Taricani, 1953-2022

School of Music Director JoAnn Taricani brought joy to her students and colleagues over more than four decades before her sudden death Feb. 1.


High-water mark

Linda Fagan will continue to put her UW master’s degree in marine affairs to good use in her new role leading the U.S. Coast Guard.


Dreaming of America

Wes Hurley has built a community of allies from his time at the UW, and it’s paying off.


‘Star Wars’ to the stars

NASA is going back to the moon and planning to land humans on Mars, thanks in part to Orion manager Howard Hu, ’91, ’94


The heart of health care

Through public health crisis, nursing leader Pam Cipriano, ’81, has delivered doses of hope and advocacy. The 2022 Alumna Summa Laude Dignata award recognizes her service.


May 29, 2022

Stolen beauty

The story of the shocking theft, destruction and replacement of George Tsutakawa’s sculptural gates at the Washington Park Arboretum.


Media man

For the past 31 years, Jeff Bechthold has worked in sports information for the UW athletic department. He handles Husky football and crew.


Earth and space

Gary Lai, the lead architect of Blue Origin’s New Shepard program, heads to the heavens.


For the next generation

After 26 years leading Densho, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and sharing Japanese American history, executive director Tom Ikeda, ’76, ’79, ’83, is retiring


Out of style

The HUB has been home to a hair stylist since 1952. Now, salon operator Jane Snell hangs up her shears and closes the Scissor’s Edge.


Chilling out

For most people, camping season starts in early summer. For a few hardy UW students, it started in March.


May 25, 2022

Champion of opportunities

Michael Verchot receives the 2022 UWAA Distinguished Service Award for his work on behalf of the UW Consulting and Business Development Center.


Commemorating Ken Sirotnik

Ken Sirotnik's legacy remains strong nearly two decades after his death. The UWAA honors him with the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award.


Husky Walk of Fame

Jean Smart joins the growing list of UW legends whose names are engraved on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Community champion

For his dedication to the UW and Chicano/a/Latino/a communities, Erasmo Gamboa receives the 2022 Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award.


May 18, 2022

Heartfelt effort

After the tragic and sudden loss of his friend, Adam Lang found a way to honor Daniel Phelps's memory.


May 17, 2022

One who dared

A gifted actor and director—and one of "The Five Who Dared"—Harvy Blanks made history.


May 16, 2022

Why we love the ECC

As the ECC celebrates 50 years of creating a space for diversity and inclusion, alumni share fond memories of the space.


UW’s new regent, Leonard Forsman, ’87, looks ahead

Leonard Forsman, '87, is the UW's new regent. He tells Viewpoint his goals and priorities for his six-year term.


Toward a more diverse faculty

A new campus-wide effort led by Alexes Harris supports underrepresented groups and first-generation faculty.


May 5, 2022

Air anniversaries

UW-affiliated public radio stations KUOW and KEXP mark milestones in 2022.


May 4, 2022

Beloved communities

College of Built Environments students help historically Black churches survive gentrification.


May 3, 2022

Honoring Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon, noted social and civil rights activist, will be honored with the 2022 Charles E. Odegaard award.


Supporting diversity

Meet the 2022 recipients of the Multicultural Alumni Partnership awards.


March 18, 2022

Behind the scenes

Tres Tracy Ballon, '01, is the master carpenter at the UW School of Drama. We talked to her about squirrels, big ideas and building sets (and boats).


March 11, 2022

Remembering Desmond Tutu

Twenty years ago, the human rights leader delivered a message of hope to Seattle.


Win a trip to Browntown

George Tramountanas, '93, turned personal tragedy to big-screen comedy in his new feature film about a unique incentive for weight loss.


March 5, 2022

Dinosaur dreams

Zeke Augustine, ’23, has sifted through soil for microscopic fossils and helped dig up a Triceratops. The Burke Museum has been at the heart of it all.


Living through history

UW history professor Margaret O’Mara shares her perspective on the pandemic and its echoes from the past.


‘You Deserve the World’

Ally Ang is a 2021 graduate of the UW Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, with a focus on poetry.


Fungi friendly

The Northwest is the perfect place for a mushroom enthusiast; one digs into the Burke Museum’s collection.


For the Love of iPhone

Software developer Tom Love’s innovative programming language became the backbone of every Mac, iPhone and iPad.


The voice of Yakima Valley

While working on her doctorate, Monica De La Torre, ’16, studied the Yakima Valley's Radio Cadena. She shares their stories in “Feminista Frequencies."


March 4, 2022

Mentor to many

Millie L.B. Russell, who passed away in November, helped generations of BIPOC students become medical professionals.


Autism in the spotlight

Actor Mickey Rowe's book chronicles his journey from a legally blind self-described outcast to the hero of his own story.  


Caring for custodians

Evalynn Fae Taganna Romano, ’10, ’21, leads an effort recognize an often overlooked group in the pandemic: campus custodians.


Sweet success

Carlton Olson, ’61, overcame Type 1 diabetes to play 4 years of Husky baseball.


A real character

Versatility has been Jean Smart’s strength since her UW days. Now, the Emmy-winning actor’s star is shining brighter than ever.


Native leader joins Regents

As a UW regent, Leonard Forsman plans to help represent Indigenous people.


March 3, 2022

The Kelly ECC at 50

Once a student activist’s dream, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center celebrates five decades as a space for diversity and inclusion.


March 2, 2022

Where our voices are heard

Mustapha Samateh, president of the ASUW, reflects on his journey from Gambia to the UW.


March 1, 2022

A woman stands in front of a craft booth holding fabric

Preserving crafts in India

Judy Frater, '87, put her UW museology degree to good use by seeking out and empowering local Indian artisans.


One momentous week

In the span of seven days in November 1961, civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy spoke on campus.


February 14, 2022

Headshot of Cristobal Alex wearing a suit with the American flag in the background

The power of representation

An El Paso native's journey to UW leads to a key position as the White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary — and a piece of political power.


January 31, 2022

Ryan Minkoff smiles while wearing his UW Hockey Club uniform and holding a hockey stick

From puck steals to book deals

Player-turned-agent Ryan Minkoff’s second book, “Nora’s Hockey Dream,” pays homage to his sister and all the girls who love hockey.