Research

  • Sleep experts, physicians address impacts of increased travel on student-athletes as colleges leave Pac-12 conference

    As several athletic programs announce their move to a new conference, a group of sleep and circadian scientists and physicians dive into the impacts of increased travel on student-athletes. The UW's Horacio de la Iglesia, professor of biology; Dr. Russ Van Gelder, professor of ophthalmology; and Michael Dillon, associate athletic director for health and wellness, are quoted.

    12/06/2023 | KHQ
  • The quiet part loud: Our life with my husband's hearing loss

    "The toll of my husband's hearing loss can be invisible--even to me. But a new wave of tech could change everything," writes Seattle Met editor, Allecia Vermillion. Yi Shen, associate professor of speech and hearing sciences at the UW, is quoted.

    12/06/2023 | Seattle Met
  • Why didn't more Washingtonians vote in the 2023 election?

    Turnout for this year's November election was the lowest on record since Washington started keeping track in 1936. Statewide, 36.41% of registered voters returned their ballot in 2023. That beats the previous low of 37.1%, held in another odd-year election -- 2017, and the one before that, 38.52% in 2015. Mark Smith, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.

    12/05/2023 | KUOW
  • Still Fascinated by Physics

    "The questions are long-term questions," emeritus professor Marshall Baker says of his theoretical physics, which he is still pursuing at age 91. 

    December 2023 Perspectives
  • Small UW study on alcohol, caffeine, sleep yields 'unexpected finding'

    UW researchers discovered an "unexpected finding" while studying the effects of alcohol and caffeine on sleep. Frank Song, a doctoral student of psychology at the UW, is quoted.
    The Seattle Times
  • Opinion: Welcome to the new economics of tipping

    "Why do you tip? And have your reasons for tipping changed lately? Is there less gratitude in the mix and more – shall we say – fear?" writes columnist Peter Coy. Anthony Gill, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.

    The New York Times
  • How lockdowns affected teen brains

    Pandemic-related lockdowns were hard on everyone, but a growing body of research suggests they were especially hard on young people. Now a new study scanning adolescent brain seems to be backing some of those suspicions. Patricia Kuhl, professor of speech and hearing sciences at the UW and co-director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, is interviewed. [This interview is part of a roundup and begins at 27:05]
    CBC Radio
  • Cheetahs become more nocturnal in extreme heat, study finds

    Hunting later at night may force the big cats to surrender their prey to larger carnivores, such as lions and leopards. Kasim Rafiq, postdoctoral scholar of biology at the UW, is quoted.

    Smithsonian Magazine
  • Cheetahs become more nocturnal on hot days –– climate change may trigger fights among predators

    Cheetahs are usually daytime hunters, but the speedy big cats will shift their activity toward dawn and dusk hours during warmer weather, a new study finds. The UW's Briana Abrahms, assistant professor of biology, and Kasim Rafiq, postdoctoral scholar of biology, are quoted.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    The Daily UW
  • On an island in Southeast Asia, early humans coped with climate change by tailoring their technology

    Over the course of some 44,000 years, humans occupying the island of Timor-Leste, just north of Australia, changed their methods of making stone tools in lockstep with climate change, according to a recent study in Quaternary Science Reviews. Ben Marwick, professor of anthropology at the UW, is quoted.

    CNBC
  • Crow-Calling in the Experts (part one)

    An interview with Dr. Loma Pendergraft on crow vocalization. Pendergraft — a current psychology lecturer in animal behavior-related classes — found interest in the noises the crows on the south side of the UW campus made as he fed them. This curiosity led to the experiment that comprised his master’s degree. 

    The Daily UW
  • Fruit, nectar, bugs and blood: How bat teeth and jaws evolved for a diverse dinnertime

    There are more than 200 species of noctilionoid bats, mostly in the American tropics. And despite being close relatives, their jaws evolved in wildly divergent shapes and sizes to exploit different food sources. A paper published Aug. 22 in Nature Communications shows those adaptations include dramatic, but also consistent, modifications to tooth number, size, shape and position. For example, bats with short snouts lack certain teeth, presumably due to a lack of space. Species with longer jaws have room for more teeth — and, like humans, their total tooth complement is closer to what the ancestor of placental mammals had.
    UW News
  • Voting in Emerging Democracies, Despite the Challenges

    Political Science professor James Long studies why many voters choose to participate in elections in emerging democracies despite the considerable personal cost.

    November 2023 Perspectives
  • For Black Republicans, A Dramatic Shift

    What it means to be Black and Republican has changed through the years. American Ethnic Studies professor La TaSha Levy is researching a period of dramatic change for Black Republicans. 

    November 2023 Perspectives