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  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill did no harm to BP's long-term share value

    BP paid $65 billion in fines and compensation for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but a simulated version of the oil and gas company suggests there was no dent in long-term stock market performance. Aseem Prakash, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.

    New Scientist
  • Opinion: We're staring at our phones, full of rage for 'the other side'

    Columnist Thomas Edsall writes of the internet giving both voice and access to virtually everyone regardless of their status. "The surge in small dollar campaign contributions democratizes the financing of elections, lessening the power of the rich," he says. Work by Jacob Grumbach, a professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.

    The New York Times
  • Opinion: Human-like programs abuse our empathy ? even Google engineers aren?t immune

    "The Google engineer Blake Lemoine wasn’t speaking for the company officially when he claimed that Google’s chatbot LaMDA was sentient, but Lemoine’s misconception shows the risks of designing systems in ways that convince humans they see real, independent intelligence in a program. If we believe that text-generating machines are sentient, what actions might we take based on the text they generate? It led Lemoine to leak secret transcripts from the program, resulting in his current suspension from the organization," writes Emily M. Bender, professor of linguistics at the UW.

    The Guardian
  • Is a recession headed this way? Watch groceries, traffic

    What do misplaced groceries, slow restaurants, empty strip clubs, and traffic patterns have in common? They could all potentially be early indicators of a recession. Yael Jacobs, assistant professor of economics at the UW, is quoted.

    Tacoma News Tribune
  • Pain at the pump drives debate in Washington?s closest congressional race

    Pain at the pump is a major issue for political candidates running in the 8th Congressional District, which includes cities like Enumclaw in the western portion of the district to Chelan in the east. Incumbent Democrat Kim Schrier is running for reelection here, and this year political analysts are calling the race a toss-up — one of the closest House races in the United States. The UW's Margaret O'Mara, professor of history, and Scott Montgomery, lecturer of international studies, are interviewed.

    KUOW
  • Burke Museum receives national award

    Burke Museum receives national award

    The Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle today announced it is one of six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award is given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Burke Museum is the only institution in Washington to be selected.

    UW News
  • Microsoft's union pledge, and the new era of organized labor in tech

    Microsoft’s new “principles for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations” represent a change in attitude for the company, and a different approach than its fellow Seattle-area corporate titans, Amazon and Starbucks, who have opposed the formation of unions in their respective workforces. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.

    GeekWire
  • Burke Museum receives national award

    The Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle today announced it is one of six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award is given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Burke Museum is the only institution in Washington to be selected.

    UW News
  • Munira Khalil University of Washington Department of Chemistry

    Professor Munira Khalil Receives Prestigious Award

    The Brown Investigator Award recognizes researchers in chemistry and physics with $2 million to their respective universities. 

    06/07/2022
  • The first privately funded killer asteroid spotter is here

    Researchers at the B612 Foundation’s Asteroid Institute developed a new tool for tracking space-rock trajectories — even with limited data. Joachim Moeyens, a graduate student in astronomy at the UW, is quoted.

    WIRED