September 10, 2019

Protecting life in Cambodia

Climate change threatens fish runs and the livelihood and food resources for millions of Cambodians.

September 2, 2019

Warming sea

A die-off points to a larger-scale, longer-term problem with the food supply caused by warming seas.

June 4, 2019

Fossil flosser

Some might find the work of dusting and dabbing sand away from a fossil tedious, but Jean Primozich still marvels at it.

Inventing the future

The UW's Gates Center is a ‘new landmark’ for computer science and engineering.

June 3, 2019

Energy’s new wave

Converting ocean waves into electricity poses challenges—and promise.

June 2, 2019

World of worry

A new book by UW faculty explores anxiety-provoking topics ranging from food safety to mobile phones and bedbugs.

April 18, 2019

History keepers

Creating historical records, archiving photos, recording oral histories—it’s all in a program of UW Libraries with the Ethnic Heritage Council.

March 12, 2019


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

March 1, 2019

Busier bees

Using teeny, tiny batteries and sensors, insects provide a valuable eye in the sky for agriculture.

Natural elixir

Spending time outside is a sure-fire way to feel better. But researchers still don't know why that is.

November 30, 2018

Safe travels

Author and traveler Chris Sanford shares 10 bits of wisdom from his book, “Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Traveler’s Guide.”

Tech for mental health

UW Medicine researchers are exploring how a smartphone might help someone manage a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

August 30, 2018

New biologies

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

August 29, 2018

Have a say, your way

A UW summer camp helps teens who stutter find their voices.

August 26, 2018

Sharks spin a tale

Great white sharks dive deep into the Atlantic’s clockwise-spinning warm-water whirlpools.

August 6, 2018

Diabetes nation

We talk about the state of diabetes with Ira Hirsch, the UW’s Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair.

Soldier Shakespeare

Acting out the Bard’s works enables veterans to access feelings of rage, isolation and grief—
and heal the invisible wounds of war.

Shooting for the stars

For 40 years, a group of Seattle-area women has helped UW students strive to be the best in science and engineering.

June 22, 2018

The Innovation File: A study in persistence

Dennis Edmondson, ’80, ’13, invented the studs inside the Nanoengineering & Sciences Building.

June 5, 2018

Coffee with a twist of tech

Paul Tupper, ’14, started Onda Origins, a Seattle-based coffee company with a technological spin, to further his environmental agenda.

June 4, 2018

Rethinking drugs

Ingrid Walker wants to change the way media and government frame our perceptions about illicit drugs, and the people who use them.

No easy tusk

Marine biologist Kristin Laidre is living her dream of studying narwhals, the mysterious 2,000-pound mammals that are notoriously tricky to find.

Drug price isn't right

There’s a new blockbuster drug that could save the lives of thousands of people with type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

April 5, 2018

International problem solvers

Outside of the classroom, UW engineering students solve problems around the world.

Genetic fortune telling

Thanks to services such as 23andMe, genetics has gone mainstream. But should you believe the hype?

March 26, 2018

From playdough to Plato

Children are by nature philosophical thinkers—ready to take on heady topics like race, fairness and human rights.

March 13, 2018

New point of view

Lisa Zurk, ’95, will be the first woman to lead the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 6, 2018

Cyber safe

Stefan Savage, ’02, earned a MacArthur "genius" grant for his work on cyber security.

March 5, 2018

Stop the bleed

It only takes a few minutes to bleed to death, but bystanders with a little knowledge can save lives.

March 4, 2018

The man who made us look

Psychology professor Anthony Greenwald developed the Implicit Association Test, a rapid-fire survey that reveals the biases that lurk inside us.

January 9, 2018

Rural rescue

Connecting UW Medicine research to primary care clinics around the region.

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 15, 2017

The puzzle of aging

Building on decades of research and outreach, UW experts are piecing together new ways to live longer and better.

December 11, 2017

History lessons

After Charlottesville clash, a history professor heard echoes of an ugly era.

December 8, 2017

Engineering on the brain

Doctors, engineers and other experts work together at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

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.

September 28, 2017

Dyslexia, defeated

My alma mater helped my daughter become a reader.

Understanding homelessness

"It's a symptom of a bigger disease of our society."

September 13, 2017

Transplants on the double

UW Medicine’s innovation could yield better results for kidney patients.

June 27, 2017

Welcome back, Paul Allen

Before he funded UW's computer science labs, Paul Allen got kicked out of them.

June 26, 2017

Predict and prevent

The UW has partnered with Microsoft and the city of Bellevue to curb traffic accidents with machine learning.

June 16, 2017

Animal instinct

Biology professor Sam Wasser fights to save endangered species.

June 15, 2017

'If we don't, who will?'

A family eager to help their son has helped make the UW a leader in facing down an insidious disease.

June 12, 2017

Legal loop

Fees and fines are the punishment that keeps on giving in the criminal justice system.

June 6, 2017

Discoveries, breakthroughs and data

From researchers at the University of Washington.

May 25, 2017


Overt racism has long been linked to health disparities, but what about subtle slights?

March 24, 2017

Why do people give to charity?

Why do we give to charitable organizations and causes? Our motivations for philanthropic giving depend on how we feel we’re faring compared to others.

March 1, 2017

Finding a solution

Tackling the most vexing medical problems facing humankind.

Cancer calamity

Disparities in health care access hit communities of color hard—particularly when it comes to cancer.

Gates gift

A historic $279 million donation will enable the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to forecast health scenarios.

Live better

Where we live affects our quality of life in many ways, including our health, happiness and social equity.

Diet and disease

How UW researchers are mapping and combating health disparities.

Tending to the world

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

February 28, 2017

Birds’ brains

An over-the-counter health supplement can be linked linked to aggression in songbirds, suggesting health implications for people who may be using the DHEA hormone.

Failure to grow

About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age—a growth failure called stunting.

Dr. Chocolate

UW Bothell lecturer Kristy Leissle is a leading researcher of the global cocoa trade.


STEM researchers at the UW have arranged a dataset to understand classical music.

Prevention revisited

A Harborview-based center wants to stop injuries before they happen.

We heart UW

If you need a heart transplant, here’s your prescription: come to UW Medical Center.

February 27, 2017

Yes, it's rocket science. Really.

Inspired by the film "Hidden Figures," the Obama White House honored a group of women of color who have contributed to NASA’s success. Two UW alumnae were included.

January 17, 2017

Zeroing in on Zika

In South Lake Union, a UW lab races to halt the Zika virus.

December 29, 2016

The breast biopsy puzzle

Why some women don't get clarity when it comes to a cancer diagnosis.

Healthy people, healthy planet

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

December 21, 2016

Fishy business

A broad examination of seafood mislabeling and the ecological and financial impacts suggests that because of the mislabeling, more people are eating more sustainably.

Smartphones over needles

A team of engineers and computer scientists from the University of Washington has developed HemaApp, a smartphone camera app to measure hemoglobin levels.

December 19, 2016

Smarter garbage

Compost. Recycle. Landfill. Three words, so many headaches. Two design professors think interactive trash bins could make life much easier.

December 16, 2016

Long live twins

Two UW researchers paired up to look at the life span of twins. They found that womb-mates live longer than the rest of us.

Self-driving trike

Researchers at UW Bothell are working on a self-driving tricycle.

December 13, 2016

On the mend

No matter the fate of the Affordable Care Act, UW faculty and alumni continue to seek remedies for our health care system.

December 12, 2016

Social mourning

Two UW sociology researchers are studying how people tweet about death, analyzing feeds of deceased Twitter users.

September 1, 2016

Deep data

In April 2015, the Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon, erupted. For the first time ever, scientists, engineers and students from the UW and around the world could watch it in real time thanks to an elaborate array of sensors they installed a year earlier.

The batwoman

Forget the silly myths about vampires. Sharlene Santana discovered that the role of bats in the environment is underrated. And most don't want to bite you.

June 1, 2016

Nordic Noir

Scandinavian Studies Professor Andy Nestingen shares his research into the genre and how it contrasts with American Noir’s heroes and villains.

Urban evolution

The UW's Urban Ecology Research Lab studies how species change in response to cities.

March 1, 2016

Test driven

Here, we present the tales of two clinical trials of technology that one day could alleviate suffering and improve lives for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering from severe heart problems and kidney failure.

December 1, 2015

'Scarface' found

A team of scientists has identified a new species of “pre-mammal” based on fossils unearthed in Zambia’s Luangwa Basin in 2009. Its discoverers include Christian Sidor, UW professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum.

Sweet gratitude

Gratitude is universally considered a social good—the warm feeling that results from a kindness received. But it can have a dark side: It can impel us to eat more sweets, according to new research by Ann Schlosser, professor of marketing at the Foster School of Business.

Tech that knows

A new wearable technology developed at the UW called MagnifiSense can detect what devices and vehicles the user interacts with.

Swim record

UW fisheries expert puts a number on Bristol Bay's annual sockeye salmon run.

September 1, 2015

High volume

Recordings by current and former UW researchers in fjords show that melting at glacier edges in the narrow rock-edged canyons are some of the noisiest places in the sea.

Cellphone guilt

A new UW study finds that cellphone use at playgrounds is a significant source of parental guilt, as well as a powerful distraction when children try to get caregivers’ attention.

Cling like a fish

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world’s best suction cups. It’s called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight.

Space explorers

Fifty years is no time at all for a universe that dates back 13.8 billion. But for those who study the sky, the past five decades have changed everything.

June 1, 2015

Blood stancher

An injectable polymer could keep soldiers and trauma patients from bleeding to death.


Whether it’s coping with college or taming an addiction, mindfulness has real medical and practical benefits, and it’s something UW researchers have been exploring for decades.

A startling find

Since she was a student in pharmacy school, Shelly Gray has felt a strong connection to the situation many elderly patients find themselves in: “I was struck by how many different medications older adults are taking, as well as their struggle with trying to keep those medications straight,” she recalls.

Hazy on the law

More than two years after Washington legalized marijuana, parents and teens may be hazy on the specifics of the law.

Leaves tell a story

Miniscule, fossilized pieces of plants could tell a detailed story of what the Earth looked like 50 million years ago.

March 1, 2015

Brain discovery

A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising: a large fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information.

Mirage Earths

Planets orbiting close to low-mass stars—the most common stars in the universe—are prime targets in the search for extraterrestrial life. But new research led by an astronomy graduate student at the UW indicates some such planets may have long since lost their chance at hosting life.

Baby face

It’s a game parents like to play: What will my child look like when she grows up? A computer could now answer the question in less than a minute.

Brain spotting

Football concussions get a lot of attention, but UW researchers want to know how a single brain injury can affect an ordinary person decades down the line.

December 1, 2014

Can't weight

Clues from bird brains

Brain cells that multiply to help birds sing their best during breeding season are known to die back naturally later in the year. For the first time, researchers have described the series of events that cue new neuron growth each spring.

Phone training

Mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. What’s coming next, say UW researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens, but through gestures in the space around the phone.

Toddler logic

Researchers have found that children as young as 2 intuitively use mathematical concepts such as probability to help make sense of the world.

September 1, 2014

Fighter flies

University of Washington researchers used an array of high-speed video cameras operating at 7,500 frames a second to capture the wing and body motion of flies after they encountered a looming image of an approaching predator.

Tide turner

Tidal power holds tremendous potential, especially here in the Evergreen State, because of the sheer volume of water moving in and out of Puget Sound each day.

Robot response

UW electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient.

About everything

Computer scientists from the UW and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.