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June 14, 2021

Fond farewells

As we celebrate 12,000 new University of Washington graduates, we also have the special opportunity to honor three academic leaders who are retiring.


June 10, 2021

A dog-gone great idea

Bill Perkins' nonprofit organization employs people in prisons to train service dogs for veterans.


A Coast Guard first

Linda Fagan, '00, was nominated to become the highest-ranking woman in Coast Guard history.


A Husky to the core

W. Thomas Porter, ’59, served in the army, earned his MBA from the Foster School of Business, taught at the UW, and loved Husky athletics with all his might.


Forward momentum

Erin O'Connell, '96, is back at the UW as the Deputy Athletics Director and the Senior Woman Administrator.


A shot at better care

To get vaccines into arms in underserved communities, we need to meet people where they are, Pharmacy Professor Don Downing writes.


Bridging the distance

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


Learning the business

At the Foster School, Nicole Bryant, ’21, is getting a real-world business education and helping a women-owned startup.


Less can be more

Compared to changes that add, those that subtract are harder to think of. The removal of a bridge in the Bay Area illustrates how sometimes, less is more.


June 7, 2021

Retiree honored

One of the Foster School’s most prolific researchers in organizational behavior, Terence Mitchell has not slowed down since retiring.


Curiosity and clay

From the start, Seattle artist George Rodriguez explored identity, culture and community in his work.


Promoting preservation

Elizabeth Bell was honored for more than 42 years of “tireless effort in preserving the city and promoting understanding of the heritage” of Antigua, Guatemala.


RIP, Dubs I

Dubs I, an Alaskan Malamute who was the Huskies’ cheerful and beloved mascot for a decade, died on April 3. He was 12.


Calling the shots

For Golf Channel analyst Paige Mackenzie, ’06, the only thing more thrilling than scoring a hole-in-one is calling the golf play-by-play at the Olympic Games.


June 4, 2021

Can’t hold him back

From radical youth to senior statesman, Larry Gossett is an activist for us all. The 2021 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award recognizes his lifetime of service.


Humanity and impact

Anthony Ishisaka’s impact on legions of University of Washington students as well as all of Western Washington shines as bright as ever.


Passion for the UW

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley’s commitment to serving the UW Alumni Association, the University of Washington and higher education has been nothing short of amazing.


June 3, 2021

Q&A with designer Shu Jones

Shu Jones, ’17, has dabbled in earth-conscious furniture making, 3D printing, illustration, origami and footwear with brands like Reebok.


Joy Plein, 1925-2021

Joy B. Plein, ’51, ’57, dedicated her long life to researching, teaching and sponsoring pharmaceutical research at the University of Washington.


‘A child’s eye view’

By the time of her death at the age of 104, Beverly Cleary’s books had sold more than 85 million copies.


June 1, 2021

The death dodger

Taking risks was second nature for Albert Scott Crossfield. That’s how he became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound and laid the groundwork to go into space.


Speeding up the science

Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson lost their daughter to an uncommon form of cancer. Their philanthropy aims to expand research and bring hope to patients and their families.


May 22, 2021

Golden Graduates 2021: David and Marcie Stone

This UWAA recognition honors alumni who have demonstrated sustained, long-term and meaningful engagement with the UW.


May 11, 2021

High-flying professor

Cecilia Aragon’s memoir, “Flying Free,” is for “anybody who has been discouraged all their life,” she says.


Building opportunity

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


MAP award recipients

This year’s promising scholars range from early undergraduates who are still zeroing in on a major to those pursuing graduate and professional degrees.


Building brotherhood

Last June, 17 students from the first Brotherhood Initiative cohort graduated, and now three more classes of young men are following in their footsteps.


The adventure gap

Money isn’t the only challenge. Racist and classist gatekeeping of hiking spaces also impedes the ability to access the outdoors.


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."


Remembering Bryan Monroe

Brian Monroe, ’87, headed a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper team and being the first print journalist to interview the country’s first Black president-elect.


April 26, 2021

Bouncing back for the next physical challenge

A near-fatal paragliding accident in Central Washington didn’t keep Masako Hirata down for long.


April 17, 2021

Frontline photographer

Photographer David Ryder, ’06, ’11, was recently recognized as UW Bothell's Alumni of the Year recipient.


March 13, 2021

Surveying the Native art of the Pacific Northwest

Here's what it's like to be a student in the University of Washington's class about Indigenous art.


March 11, 2021

Rural nurses wanted

A program funded by Premera Blue Cross is placing nursing students in rural practices throughout Washington.


Bracing artistry

Residents in the School of Dentistry’s orthodontics program crafted wire sculptures using the materials of their profession.


Helen Chu honored

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


Charles V. Johnson, 1928-2020

Colleagues remember the remarkable life of Charles V. Johnson, ’57.


Native knowledge

Native art is prominent in the life of Miranda Belarde-Lewis, an assistant professor in the University of Washington Information School.


March 9, 2021

Culture crew

Their commitment to equity brought three UW alumni to 4Culture—and it has remained the agency’s North Star in its pandemic response.


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.


Standing tall

He went from the UW to professional basketball and back. But it’s in the special education classroom that Anthony Washington, ’16, ’19, is making a lasting difference.


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

Our climate future is now

Scientists spent decades warning us about what would happen during the 2020s and 2030s. Now we see it.


Digital dynamo

UW Libraries has undertaken a massive effort to expand access to digital resources and develop programs that teach students and faculty skills for research in a digital age.


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.


Private-eye inspiration

Instead, Thoft uses the P.I. skills she learned to write her award-winning detective novels featuring hard-nosed private eye Fina Ludlow.


Dick’s dynasty

Jim Spady never expected to preside over the family business of burgers and fries.


March 3, 2021

Soul of Seattle

With the city changing rapidly, Ron Chew set out to write about one of its beloved communities. It’s a story only he could tell.


March 2, 2021

Never done learning

Ed Jones has since completed 11 UWPCE certificate programs, more than anyone else.


January 16, 2021

Catch up with Jake Locker

Husky football fans remember Jake Locker for his determined play during some down years for the program.


Hockey heights

Now an agent, Ryan Minkoff, ’15, became the first student-athlete from the Husky club hockey team to make it to the professional hockey ranks.


January 11, 2021

Books and conversation

To date, more than 1,600 readers have joined the UW Alumni Book Club, representing alumni from every college and school across all three campuses.


December 16, 2020

A year to remember

Historians and information experts encourage us to preserve our memories and mementos so future generations might understand this exceptional time.


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.


Emerging from pain

Britt East’s book “A Gay Man’s Guide to Life” provides realistic ways for gay men to deal with homophobia and live a good life.


The other pandemic: racism

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


Honoring our roots

In celebration of the Seattle Japanese Garden’s 60th birthday this summer, a number of local artists created works honoring the landscape and the people involved.


Whitman revisited

In “Unsettled Ground: The Whitman Massacre and Its Shifting Legacy in The American West,” historian Cassandra Tate, ’86, ’88, ’95, revisits a conflict that left 13 settlers dead.


December 10, 2020

Voice of the band

Frazer Cook called his time with the Husky Marching Band “an honor, a privilege and a pleasure.” Husky fans everywhere felt the same way about him.


Grade A performer

Liberty Bracken is a big reason the Husky football team earned an NCAA-record academic score.


December 9, 2020

Healing words

Norman B. Rice’s timing couldn’t have been better for his new book, “Gaining Public Trust: A Profile of Civic Engagement.”


Holistic view

The first Filipino American to graduate from UW medical school, Fernando Vega helped open the path to alternative medicine in the U.S.


December 8, 2020

Learning from darkness

After a tumultuous 2020, what have we learned that can light our way forward?


December 7, 2020

Inspirational figure

A titan of the law and a trailblazer on the bench, Judge Joseph Jerome Farris sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for 41 years.


Painting a new picture

LeShawn Gamble uses art as a tool to write a new narrative.


After prison

Ten stories that show how the UW can help people take advantage of second chances.


Building a future

After holding down a job at Mod Pizza, Amanda Henritze sees bigger things in her future in architecture.


Taking control

In describing her mindset, Kelly Olson quotes a favorite author: “You have to own your story if you want to change the ending.”


Scholar and mentor

After earning his doctorate, Christopher Beasley established the Husky Post-Prison Research Lab.


Moving forward

Prison gave Kurt Myers a perspective he uses in his professional life.


Seeking change

Her experience in the criminal justice system drives Michelle Brownlee toward her goal of working in government.


Future in the law

After her experience in prison, Ginny Burton has her sights set on becoming an attorney.


Positive mindset

Powered by positive thinking, Theron Taylor went to the UW to earn a degree in psychology.


November 29, 2020

For many UW retirees, service never stops

Retiring from the UW doesn’t end the story for faculty and staff. They are driven to serve their communities on a local or global scale.


Bill Gates Sr.’s legacy

As a leader in public service and champion of the UW, Bill Gates Sr. leaves a legacy far beyond his legal contributions.


November 21, 2020

Be a bird’s buddy

More than 4 billion birds are moving through North America during fall migration. An expert shares some ways to aid in their journey.


November 12, 2020

A new face teaches American portraiture

Assistant Professor Juliet Sperling, pictured here, began teaching American art history at the University of Washington this fall. She took us on a tour of U.S. history by looking at 18 portraits over four centuries.


October 13, 2020

Sweet science

Kennewick native Danielle Reed forages for genetic answers after her research finds that processed food is much too sweet for the average human tastebud.


September 30, 2020

Campus ambassador

Our sketchbook profiles Alice Lee, manager of the UW Visitors Center.


September 21, 2020

A twist of fate

Ayan Hassan’s life was changed by the Making Connections program—and then unexpectedly saved by one of the program’s founders.


Making people count

Underrepresented minority communities often view government with mistrust. The ECC is working with those communities to build trust in the U.S. Census.


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.


Book takes honors

A book by UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Emily Thuma won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies.


Being there

For many older Americans, the rhythms of every day have not just changed during the COVID-19 pandemic; they have stopped.


Golf legend dies

Edean Anderson Ihlanfeldt started the UW women’s golf team in 1974-75 and coached it for eight years.


Gentle giant

Rod Stanley, a Federal Way High School graduate who was a beloved member of the Husky football teams of the early 1970s, died in 2018.


Algae's many faces

To most of us, algae is the green squishy stuff that occasionally “blooms.” But a UW neuroscience doctoral student found that algae has a creative side.


September 11, 2020

No longer lost

Stephen Johnson, '99, scoured archives, the internet and a villa in Italy to discover the fate of a missing World War II pilot.


Beauty by all accounts

To experience the true beauty of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, look no further than the photographs of Loyd Heath.


Values and victories

Jennifer Cohen started working at the UW athletic department in 1998 and was promoted to athletic director in 2016.


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.


September 8, 2020

Course correction

The UW has responded with leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Now we must make the same commitment to addressing systemic racism and injustice.


August 23, 2020

Under Astra’s spell

A Latvian refugee from World War II, the colorful Astra Zarina had a vision to bring UW architecture students to Rome. Today, her students are making sure she is not forgotten.


August 21, 2020

Make fine art with a UW professor, from his kitchen to yours

The chair of UW’s Printmaking Program designed a popular new class during the pandemic, stamping out doubt about how effective remote learning can be.


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.


August 13, 2020

The historian of Seattle hip-hop

Daudi Abe, author of an upcoming book on Northwest rap, tells us what makes the local scene so special.


'A Husky to his core'

The legacy of Gabriel “Dr. Gabe” Gallardo.


August 4, 2020

Stars in her eyes

Astronomer Emily Levesque’s new book shares the wonder of stargazing—and the adventures it’s taken her on.


July 7, 2020

Hard-hat Barbie

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni, ’83, joined a project between National Geographic and Mattel to create a new line of Barbie dolls centered around science and exploration.


June 26, 2020

When takeout takes you across the world

As restaurants scrambled to serve their customers during quarantine, Archipelago innovated with a fresh take on a Filipino immigrant tradition.