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  • Spurred by the Supreme Court, a nation divides along a red-blue axis

    Pressed by Supreme Court decisions diminishing rights that liberals hold dear and expanding those cherished by conservatives, the United States appears to be drifting apart into separate nations, with diametrically opposed social, environmental and health policies. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    The New York Times
  • How many homeless people are in King County? Depends who you ask

    Since the data-driven Marc Dones was hired to lead the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority, one of their main priorities has been to get an accurate count of the homeless population. Now, Dones and the Authority have two different counts: 13,368 and 40,800. Both are larger than the previous estimate of the homeless population conducted in 2020. Zack Almquist, assistant professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.
    The Seattle Times
  • How to date when it feels like everyone forgot how to date

    “We know from the research, for example, that hookups can lead to some very positive experiences, people can feel happy and satisfy a sense of sexual adventure, but they can often lead to a lot of misery and anger and feelings of shame and humiliation,” says Nicole McNichols, associate teaching professor of psychology at the UW.
    Vox
  • Nikki Yeboah, Kemi Adeyemi, and Jasmine Mahmoud together in a kitchen.

    The Power of Cohorts & Collective Histories

    Kemi Adeyemi, Jasmine Mahmoud, and Nikki Yeboah first met as PhD students in Chicago. Now they pursue scholarship in support of Black arts as UW faculty.

    July 2022 Perspectives
  • Opinion: The Supreme Court just rolled democracy back ? you can measure how much

    "The Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade will have immense consequences for the lives and healthcare of Americans. But if you’ve followed the shifts in how American democracy works over the past few decades, the decision also signals another big wave coming for the nation: It’s likely to turbocharge the trend toward greater polarization in state policies, with significant consequences for American democracy," writes Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW.
    Politico
  • Algae cells that cheat are more likely to die of environmental stress

    Algae cells that cheat are more vulnerable to stress. This trade-off could help explain the emergence of multicellular organisms, and what keeps cells in algae and cells in our bodies cooperating with one another. Benjamin Kerr, professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.
    New Scientist
  • The next 'iPhone moment' will eventually arrive ? hurry up already

    It may seem now like the iPhone was a sure thing. But 15 years ago at launch, its success was far less certain. Tech insiders acknowledge they can rarely tell if something will be a hit until development is pretty much done. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
    CNET
  • African wild dogs give birth 22 days later than they did 30 years ago due to climate change

    African wild dogs like to breed at the coolest time of year, and climate change has shifted the average timing of birth by 3 weeks in just 30 years. Briana Abrahms, assistant professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.
    New Scientist
  • Top predators trapped by trying to adapt to climate change

    A team led by the UW has investigated for the first time the effect of life history changes driven by climate change on a species of large carnivore – the African wild dog. This species is distantly related to wolves and raise their young cooperatively in packs. Briana Abrahms, assistant professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.
    Earth.com
  • 5 questions about the Big Bang answered

    The "BBC Sky at Night Magazine" shares some of the most thought-provoking questions about the Big Bang we've most been asked over the years, and the answers that exist to the best of our knowledge. John Cramer, professor emeritus of physics at the UW, is quoted.
    BBC