Natural Sciences in the News

UW receives $31.2 million grant for science programs

The UW received a total of $31.2 million from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) to further advance research that "tackles some of society's most pressing challenges," according to the UW Today news release. Learn more at The Daily.
6/5/2014

Forensic technology helps case against West African ivory dealer

Sam Wasser, UW Biology professor and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, provided the Toglese government with advanced forensic technology that helped solve a case against an illegal ivory trafficker. Learn more at National Geographic.
6/4/2014

Thinning ice in the Antarctic promises rising sea levels worldwide

In order to make predictions about the future of the ice sheet and the impact it will have, scientists across different departments at the University of Washington are conducting multifaceted research. Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, explained that they used computer modeling to analyze the large Thwaites glacier, which has the potential for contributing two feet of sea level rise once it disappears completely. Learn more at The Daily.
6/4/2014

Town hall meeting discusses PARR closure

The UW College of Arts and Sciences organized a town-hall meeting last night in Kane Hall in response to the request to halt the closure of the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room (PARR). Learn more at The Daily.
6/3/2014

PTSD treatment cost-effective when patients given choice

A cost-analysis study by the UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment is less expensive than assigning a treatment. Learn more at UW Today.
5/28/2014

Is Mark Cuban right about the pervasiveness of prejudice?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ignited a firestorm with candid comments on his own biases. The Washington Post talks to UW psychologist Anthony Greenwald about the nature of racial bias. Learn more at The Washington Post.
5/22/2014

22 books by Seattle-area writers for summer

Seattlepi.com's science blogger adds a book to the summer reading list: "Einstein's Bridge," a science fiction novel published in 1998 by UW emeritus professor of physics John Cramer. Learn more at SeattlePI.
5/22/2014

A shimmery sea blob may have just upended evolutionary history

A squishy little sea creature fished out of the Salish Sea may be rewriting our history of how animal life first evolved. Learn more at KPLU.
5/22/2014

Reshaping medicine through Google Glass

Entrepreneurs, professors, photographers, secret service agents, and architects are just a handful of the individuals who currently see the world through Glass. And one of these tech-savvy professionals is dissecting ways to use Glass at UW Medicine. Learn more at The Daily.
5/14/2014

New evidence from UW researchers has found a link between atmospheric acidity and the nitrogen cycle

Lei Geng, a UW postdoctoral research associate in atmospheric sciences, has discovered new evidence linking acid rain and smog. Learn more at The Daily.
5/7/2014

UW student briefs lawmakers on global land use, touts undergrad research

A geographer and a biologist at the University of Washington have teamed up to examine the connections between consumers and goods that come from agriculture and forest production. Learn more at UW Today.
5/7/2014

Campus Pulse: News from UW research community

UW study finds that high doses of selenium and vitamin E can increase prostate cancer risk; UW researcher finds that social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries; New approach of collaborative care decreases symptoms of depression in women Learn more at The Daily.
5/7/2014

Habitable planets may not look exactly like Earth

To understand the role that M-dwarf stars play in the hunt for habitable exoplanets, NPR talks with experts including Vikki Meadows, director of the astrobiology program. Learn more at NPR.
5/6/2014

TEDxUofW hosts talks on campus

Scholars, scientists, and writers gathered at the UW Tower on Saturday to collaborate in presenting topics relating to technology, entertainment, and design (TED). Learn more at The Daily.
5/4/2014

Students rally to halt repurposing of Physics Reading Room

Nearly 800 students and supporters have signed a petition on Change.org hoping to halt plans to repurpose the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room (PARR) into an eScience Data Science Studio. Learn more at The Daily.
4/30/2014

Benjamin Hall, Eric D'Asaro elected to National Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Hall, professor emeritus of genome sciences and biology, and Eric D'Asaro, a senior principal oceanographer at the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory and professor of oceanography, are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as fellows the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more at UW Today.
4/29/2014

Lab Course Features Cutting-Edge Resarch

Biology Professor Jay Parrish offers students in BIOL 413 access to his research lab, where they design and conduct their own genetics experiments. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.
4/29/2014

Biology alum wins UW's highest honor

Biology alumnus Art Levinson is the 2014 recipient of the UW Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest honor given to an alumnus by UW. Learn more at Department of Biology.
4/28/2014

Unique floating lab showcases 'aliens of the sea'

The Washington Post profiles research that aims to to decode the genomic blueprints of fragile marine life. Billie Swalla, professor of biology, is quoted. Learn more at The Washington Post.
4/27/2014

Blue-Footed Booby Threatened in the Galapagos

UW conservation scientist and Galapagos expert Dee Boersma comments on the decline in breeding among birds known for their happy feet. Learn more at National Geographic.
4/25/2014

UW researcher wins award for Bioelectricity Toy Set

Robijanto Soetedjo, a neurophysiologist and research assistant professor at the UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded $25,000 after coming in second place in the national Science, Play, and Research Kit competition (SPARK) for his prototype of a "Bioelectricity Toy Set." His invention could help lead the way in introducing children to neuroscience through play. Learn more at The Daily.
4/23/2014

Scientists find an "Earth twin," or perhaps a cousin

It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far. Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy, is quoted. Learn more at The New York Times.
4/18/2014

Your baby is a racist -- and why you can live with that

Are babies racist? The latest evidence for that decidedly unlovely trait comes from research out of the UW that actually sought to explore one of babies' more admirable characteristics: their basic sense of fairness. Learn more at Time.
4/17/2014

Fruit flies and fighter jets

Fruit flies and fighter jets use similar nimble tactics when under attack. Watch a slow motion video to see how they do it. Learn more at UW Today.
4/10/2014

MESA Community College Program Helps Mark Bennett Overcome the Odds

From homeless youth to UW math major, Mark Bennett overcame the odds to pursue higher education thanks to support services from the Washington MESA Community College Program. Learn more at UW Today.
4/8/2014


 

 

 

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