• Arts & Sciences' Fab Four for 2022

    Four Dean's Medalists were selected by the College of Arts & Sciences for their varied and impressive work as UW undergraduates. 

    July 2022 Perspectives
  • Professor Munira Khalil Receives Prestigious Award

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

  • COVID death tolls: Scientists acknowledge errors in WHO estimates

    Researchers with the World Health Organization explain mistakes in high-profile mortality estimates for Germany and Sweden. The UW's Jon Wakefield, professor of statistics and of biostatistics, and Victoria Knutson, a doctoral student in biostatistics, are quoted.

  • A Passion Takes Root

    During her time at the UW, Ava Kloss-Schmidt (BS, Biology, 2022) has surrounded herself with plants — in a lab, in a greenhouse, and on mountaintops.

    June 2022 Perspectives
  • 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
  • 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
  • Astronomers make an Earth Day plea to rein in satellite constellations for the environment’s sake

    Astronomers have issued an Earth Day call for environmentalism to be extended more fully to the final frontier, and for companies such as SpaceX and Amazon to dial back their plans for mega-constellations. Meredith Rawls, a research scientist in the UW Department of Astronomy, is quoted.

  • Even in a virtual classroom, preschoolers can gain reading skills

    Patricia Kuhl, co-director of I-LABS and a UW professor of speech and hearing sciences and Yael Weiss-Zruya, a research scientist at I-LABS, explain how their virtual "Research Camp" program has been effective in teaching kids to read in an online setting.

    UW News
  • Connecting through Challenges

    With a gift to Speech & Hearing Sciences, Lacey Berns is creating community for those caring for children facing communication challenges — and honoring her daughter.

    May 2022 Perspectives
  • Scientists find elusive gas from post-starburst galaxies hiding in plain sight

    Scientists once thought that post-starburst galaxies scattered all of their gas and dust — the fuel required for creating new stars — in violent bursts of energy, and with extraordinary speed. Now, a team led by University of Washington postdoctoral researcher Adam Smercina reports that these galaxies don’t scatter all of their star-forming fuel after all. Instead, data from the Chile-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, reveals a more complex process at work.

    UW News
  • How happy are Seattle, and WA as a whole, compared to other cities and states?

    By some accounts, Seattle is among the most stressed and sleep-deprived metros in the nation, but let’s forget about that for a moment. New reports find Seattle, and Washington as a whole, rate high on the happiness scale. Milla Titova, assistant teaching professor of psychology at the UW, is quoted.

    The Seattle Times
  • 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
  • Meet the mysterious particle that’s the dark horse in dark matter

    Gray Rybka, associate professor of physics, explains the difference between WIMPS and axions, both of which are hard-to-spot theoretical, subatomic particles.

    Popular Science
  • The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Is Armed to the Teeth

    Karly Cohen, a doctoral student in biology, discusses the curious Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker, "one of the cutest fish that you can find."

    The New York Times
  • Elephant Tusk DNA Exposes Illegal Poaching Networks

    Sam Wasser, professor of biology, explains how DNA tests of seized elephant tusks can reveal ivory trafficking networks.

    Smithsonian Magazine