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  • Opinion: 'Translating' a Times article to reach new audiences

    "College freshmen read a New York Times Magazine piece about issues in education, then communicate what they learned by experimenting with audience and format," writes Megan Butler, a doctoral student of English at the UW.
    11/15/2023 | The New York Times
  • Opinion: Social media and mental health –– seeing through the fog in the midst of conflict

    "Often, we use social media as a link –– this incredible resource to connect us to the people and places we love. As disinformation, decontextualization, and propaganda increase across X, TikTok, and other sites, users need to assess what the sources are for the information they are consuming," writes Danielle Marie Holland. Liora Halperin, professor of history and international studies, is quoted.

    11/08/2023 | South Seattle Emerald
  • The Health Impacts of Changing the Clocks

    The first week of November brings the end of Daylight Saving Time and return of Standard Time. Reporter Corey Olson sat down with UW Biology professor Horacio de la Iglesia to discuss the health benefits of staying in Standard Time permanently.

    11/06/2023 | The Daily UW
  • Analysis: Forest fires, air pollution in New York, and climate emergency

    "Early this month, Quebec forest fires caused severe air pollution on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Although subject to some debate, many blamed climate change for these fires," write the UW's Nives Dol?ak, professor of marine and environmental affairs, and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.
    06/22/2023 | Forbes
  • Forget about the AI apocalypse -- the real dangers are already here

    Two weeks after members of Congress questioned OpenAI CEO Sam Altman about the potential for artificial intelligence tools to spread misinformation, disrupt elections and displace jobs, he and others in the industry went public with a much more frightening possibility: an AI apocalypse. Emily M. Bender, professor of linguistics at the UW, is quoted.
    06/16/2023 | CNN
  • Analysis: Drawing, making music and writing poetry can support healing and bring more humanity to health care in US hospitals

    "The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the deep need that people feel for human touch and connection in hospital settings. Having relatives peering through windows at their loved ones or unable to enter hospitals altogether exacerbated the lack of human intimacy that is all too common in health care settings" writes Marlaine Gray, affiliate assistant professor of anthropology at the UW.

    06/09/2023 | The Conversation
  • Words in review: 'Follow your passions!'

    Sapna Cheryan, professor of psychology at the UW, and her colleagues want U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to consider not telling grads to, "Follow your passions," in his commencement address on Saturday. Instead, in this interview Cheryan shares alternative advice for graduating students.

    06/05/2023 | KUOW
  • Analysis: Including race in clinical algorithms can both reduce and increase health inequities -- it depends on what doctors use them for

    "Health practitioners are increasingly concerned that because race is a social construct, and the biological mechanisms of how race affects clinical outcomes are often unknown, including race in predictive algorithms for clinical decision-making may worsen inequities," writes Anirban Basu, professor of health economics at the UW.

    05/26/2023 | The Conversation
  • How the conversation around eating disorders is changing for women of color

    All women and girls are susceptible to eating disorders and poor body image, but because of misleading medical terminology, popular-media images, and a lack of overall awareness and training, the issue and remedies are framed almost exclusively around white women. But individuals and organizations are working to shift the discussion and unveil the true complexities of eating disorders, particularly in relation to minoritized communities. Timeka Tounsel, assistant professor of Black studies in communication at the UW, is quoted.

    05/17/2023 | The Seattle Medium
  • Who is Sam Altman? The man behind ChatGPT is about to have his moment on Capitol Hill

    Altman, the CEO and co-founder of OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind viral chatbot ChatGPT and image generator Dall-E, is set to testify before Congress on Tuesday. His appearance is part of a Senate subcommittee hearing on the risks artificial intelligence poses for society, and what safeguards are needed for the technology. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.

    05/16/2023 | CNN
  • How AI and ChatGPT are full of promise and peril, according to 5 experts

    Is AI going to kill us? Or take our jobs? Or is the whole thing overhyped? Depends on who you ask. Emily M. Bender, professor of linguistics at the UW, is quoted.

    05/08/2023 | Vox
  • ICE appears to resume using Boeing Field; future operations in Yakima unclear

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to have resumed flights to Boeing Field in King County after four years of using the Yakima Air Terminal. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is quoted.
    05/03/2023 | Yakima Herald
  • Analysis: Sudan crisis explained: What's behind the latest fighting and how it fits nation's troubled past

    Christopher Tounsel, associate professor of history at the UW, explains the reasons behind the violence and what it means for the chances of democracy being restored in Sudan.

    04/17/2023 | The Conversation
  • Ongoing sanitation concerns at Tacoma ICE facility have been ignored, says UW report

    A new UW report raises questions about adequate janitorial services at Tacoma’s immigration detention center. The report includes internal emails among ICE staff, noting concerns about cleanliness at the facility. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is quoted.
    02/09/2023 | KUOW
  • Obtained documents reveal years of unsanitary conditions at the Northwest Detention Center

    Over 100 people participated in a hunger strike last week at the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma, known colloquially as the Northwest Detention Center. The strike ended on Feb. 5 after four days, according to detention abolitionist group, La Resistencia. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is quoted.

    02/09/2023 | Northwest Public Broadcasting