College of Arts and Sciences

  • Andrea Woody Named Divisional Dean of the Social Sciences

    Woody, professor of philosophy, currently serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy.

  • Gabriel Solis Named Divisional Dean of the Arts

    Solis comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will join the UW on July 1.

  • Film from UW professors explores a tree poacher, a wildfire and a complicated story

    A few years ago, a tree poacher named Justin Wilke was charged with starting a forest fire while trying to steal a tree. The new documentary "The Maple Cutter" takes a deeper look. The UW's Lynn Thomas, professor of history, and Daniel Hoffman, professor of anthropology and of international studies, are interviewed.

  • How Bellevue’s tech hub is similar to Silicon Valley — and what they can learn from each other

    Comparing Silicon Valley and Seattle has become something of a regional pastime in the Pacific Northwest. But the comparison might be more accurate if directed a few miles east, across the shores of Lake Washington to where Bellevue skyrises are multiplying. Because historically speaking, the rise of the Eastside closely mirrors the trajectory of Silicon Valley’s San Jose. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.

  • Where and how to make the most of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, peaking May 4 to 5

    The cosmos has reserved for you a moment, in the early hours between May 4 and 5, to just let go and immerse yourself in the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. Jessica Werk, associate professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.

    The Seattle Times
  • Opinion: The everyday creativity of mothering

    “In recent years, the relationship between motherhood and work, including creative work, has clearly become a topic of interest — even more so since the pandemic has shined a light on the difficulties mothers face shouldering domestic tasks and child-rearing as they attempt to hold on to careers or simply earn enough to support their families — but much less attention has been paid to the essential creativity of mothering itself,” writes Maya Sonenberg, professor of English at the UW.

    Seattle Times
  • Elephant ivory detective: Biologist uses DNA to trace poaching crimes

    When Sam Wasser, professor of biology at the UW, was a young biologist studying baboons in Tanzania, he never imagined he would one day lead an international force cracking down on the smuggling of illegal goods, from elephant ivory to pangolins and timber. Yet fighting transnational criminal organizations is exactly what he’s doing today, all because of his passion for animals.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Colleen McElroy Honored Through Room Dedication

    The CAS Dean’s Office conference room will now be named in honor of McElroy, the UW’s first full-time African American female faculty member.

  • Burke Museum Named 2022 IMLS National Medal Finalist

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is among 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. 

  • Seattle music producer brings home the Grammys

    Seattle musicians had a couple of nominations but not many wins at last weekend’s Grammys. One producer who did bring home a Grammy is Steve Rodby, artist in residence in the UW School of Music.

  • Connecting Promise Programs to Community College Transfer

    Anyone keeping an eye on the U.S. Congress senses that free community college across the country looks increasingly unlikely. However, one emerging model may provide a road map for other institutions. It’s the Path to UW — a transfer partnership between the Seattle Colleges Seattle Promise program and the University of Washington Seattle campus. The UW's Joslin Boroughs, associate director of undergraduate advising; Cynthia Caci, director of advising at the UW College of Arts and Sciences; and Michaelann Jundt, associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, are quoted.

    Inside Higher Ed
  • Women Are Creating a New Culture for Astronomy

    A new generation of scientists is challenging the biased, hierarchical status quo in astronomy. The UW's Jessica Werk, Sarah Tuttle, and Emily Levesque, discuss.

    Scientific American
  • A Brief History of Prostitution in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Sarah Levin-Richardson, associate professor of classics, discusses the significance of prostitution in antiquity.

  • The politics of gas prices

    Aseem Prakash, professor of political science, explains why the high price of gas is not an economic issue, but a political one.

    Q13 Fox
  • This tribe has fought for years to get federal recognition. It's about their identity

    Josh Reid, associate professor of American Indian studies, explains the Duwamish tribe's long struggle for federal recognition.