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  • Opinion: There are too few women in computer science and engineering

    "Only 20 percent of computer science and 22 percent of engineering undergraduate degrees in the U.S. go to women. Women are missing out on flexible, lucrative and high-status careers. Society is also missing out on the potential contributions they would make to these fields, such as designing smartphone conversational agents that suggest help not only for heart attack symptoms but also for indicators of domestic violence," write Sapna Cheryan, professor of psychology at the UW; Andrew Meltzoff, professor of psychology and co-director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; and Allison Master, professor at the University of Houston.
    Scientific American
  • Analysis: Inflation reduction act is a step forward but climate policy contradictions remain

    "Yesterday Senators Schumer and Manchin reached an agreement to provide $369 billion for climate and energy projects. Of course, many obstacles have to be overcome before this agreement, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), is enacted into law. While additional climate funding is helpful, particularly for the electric vehicles, solar, and wind, core questions about the speed and direction of the U.S. climate policy remain unresolved. Specifically, while the IRA provides funding for climate projects, the Biden administration seems to have become a cheer leader for the fossil fuel industry. Thus, the depth of this administration’s commitment to pursue climate goals in the face of obstacles such as energy inflation remains unclear," write UW's Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.
    Forbes
  • In experiment, AI successfully impersonates famous philosopher

    A recent experiment from the philosophers Eric Schwitzgebel, Anna Strasser and Matthew Crosby quizzed people on whether they could tell which answers to deep philosophical questions came from philosopher Daniel Dennett and which from the language generator GPT-3. Emily Bender, professor of linguistics at the UW, is quoted.
    Vox
  • Analysis: Red states are building a nation within a nation

    It was a revealing sign of the times when the Supreme Court last week, in response to a lawsuit from the Republican state attorneys general in Texas and Louisiana, blocked President Joe Biden's administration from changing a key element of federal immigration policy. The case was just the latest example of how red states, supported by Republican-appointed judges, are engaging in a multi-front offensive to seize control of national policy even while Democrats hold the White House and nominally control both the House and Senate. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    CNN
  • Should we tax unhealthy and emissions-heavy food?

    Is there a way to take the idea of carbon taxing to the grocery aisle? New research suggests that tax policies could minimize green house gas emissions and improve dietary quality at the same time. Aseem Prakash, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    Popular Science
  • Is the silence of the Great Plains to blame for 'prairie madness'?

    A new study suggests the soundscape could have affected the mental health of 19th-century settlers. Adrian K.C. Lee, professor of speech and hearing sciences, is quoted.
    Atlas Obscura
  • In WA's hottest congressional race, look to Leavenworth

    Leavenworth, Wash., is nestled in the North Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle. “People here are very independent," said Marco Aurilio, who serves on the Leavenworth City Council, and the politics are different here, too. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    KUOW
  • New study challenges old views on what’s ‘primitive’ in mammalian reproduction

    New study challenges old views on what’s ‘primitive’ in mammalian reproduction

    Which group of mammals has the more "primitive" reproductive strategy — marsupials, with their short gestation periods, or humans and other placental mammals, which have long gestation periods? For decades, biologists viewed marsupial reproduction as "more primitive." But University of Washington scientists have discovered that a third group of mammals, the long-extinct multituberculates, had a long gestation period like placental mammals. Since multituberculates split off from the rest of the mammalian lineage before placentals and marsupials had even evolved, these findings question the view that marsupials were “less advanced” than their placental cousins.
    UW News
  • 'Be Water, My Friend’: A close-up of the latest Bruce Lee exhibition at the Wing Luke Museum

    Bruce Lee was renowned for being many things: one of the greatest martial artists of all time, mentor, instructor, and all-star actor. He was also a devout, loving father, as well as a philosopher. Lesser known is that he was a student of the University of Washington, where he studied drama and philosophy. Beloved by our community, his legacy is now reinstated at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, where his personal collection of over 2,800 books and thoughtfully curated achievements will remain on permanent display for decades to come.

    The Daily
  • A memoir of Prague

    Study abroad programs are back, and with them comes the opportunity to become studious explorers in a new location. To see what adventures might await you on your own trip, join photographer Claire McCreery as she walks us through her time in the Czech Republic with the Comparative History of Ideas program, "History, Memory, and Human Rights in Central Europe.”

    The Daily