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20 Stories from 2020
In many ways, 2020 is a year we’d like to forget. Yet despite this year’s challenges, there have been bright moments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty, staff, and students spent long hours making protective equipment for health care workers. Faculty found creative ways to provide meaningful and engaging online learning opportunities for their students. Faculty also shared their expertise to help combat the coronavirus, reflect on racial justice, and make sense of a contentious election.
Here are 20 stories from 2020 that feature the dedication of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff, students, and alumni:
Anthropology professor Steven Goodreau's "Plagues and Peoples" course took on heightened relevance when the coronavirus emerged.
A psychology course on human sexuality is the largest UW class — ever. Revising the content has been a journey.
Political Science faculty reflect on the George Floyd protests in a series of essays.
A popular new printmaking course, created during the pandemic, turns students’ kitchens into printmaking studios.
Arts & Sciences departments have used their 3D printers to create protective equipment for health care workers.
Seattle’s new hockey team is named for a legendary creature of the sea, and that’s a perfect fit, according to David Gire, octopus researcher and assistant professor of psychology.
They can't perform together on stage right now, but members of the UW Wind Ensemble are still making music.
Concerned about the lack of health coverage for undocumented individuals, UW senior Marium Raza is taking action.
Strategists on opposite sides of the political aisle co-teach a course on political campaigns. Good thing they're close friends.
UW lecturer Tami Hohn is bringing Southern Lushootseed to a new generation across the UW and Puget Sound — where the language has always lived.
As chief historian for the National Park Service, Turkiya Lowe (PhD, History, 2010) helps bring history to life.
As a UW undergrad, Amanda Doxtater fell in love with the Swedish book Kris (Crisis). As a UW professor, she completed its first translation into English.
Louis Maliyam, '21, came to the U.S. for computer science — and along the way discovered dance. Maliyam's academic journey was supported by UW donors.
“2020: The Course” helped contextualize 2020’s extraordinary events and challenges through lectures presented by faculty from across the UW.
A new study from the University of Washington has found that experiencing wild nature is important for personal well-being, especially for those who live in cities.
Ready to curl up with a good book? Five faculty in the Department of English offer recommendations.
Ayan Hassan’s life was changed by the Making Connections program at the Alene Moris Women’s Center — and then saved by one of the program’s founders.
A love of languages and a long career with the CIA inspired Helen Louise Noyes (BA, 1969) to support UW students studying challenging languages.
Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and sociology, explains how different sets of facts and figures about COVID-19 can paint different pictures of the pandemic.
Students create videos, capping a UW class taught by anthropology lecturer Graham Pruss on music as a form of protest.