Natural Sciences in the News

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.

Students rally to halt repurposing of Physics Reading Room

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Research in action: Pilot program gives parents tools to boost babies' brains

The UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences is part of a new, privately-funded campaign in South King County that helps parents put into practice the latest findings from infant brain research. UW's Patricia Kuhl is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Decline of natural history troubling for science, society

Support for natural history - the study of organisms, how and where they live and how they interact with their environment - appears to be in steep decline in developed countries, according to Joshua Tewksbury, a University of Washington professor and WWF International scientist. Learn more at UW Today.

Husky Goalkeeper Named Top Student

I'm an athlete and a scholar. I want people to realize that it is possible to be both," says President's Medalist Megan Kufeld. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Virtual reality game for stroke patients wins UW competition

Four University of Washington students who developed a virtual reality game that provides real-time feedback for patients undergoing stroke therapy came away victorious at a neural engineering competition on Friday. Learn more at GeekWire.

Tech Sandbox competition in photos

The Seattle Times Picture This blog features photographs from the Tech Sandbox competition at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Chemistry's Matthew Bush named Sloan fellow

UW's Matthew Bush has been selected as one of 126 Sloan Research Fellows for 2014. Learn more at UW Today.

Public lecture series will explore the science of decision making

The ninth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series will delve into "The Science of Decision Making," to explain how the brain and an individual's expectations influence decisions made in uncertain conditions. Learn more at UW Today.

Does caregiving cause psychological stress? Study says, it depends

The results break the longstanding belief that caregiving directly causes psychological distress, and make a case for genetics and upbringing influencing vulnerability. Learn more at UW Today.

Fruit flies - fermented-fruit connoisseurs - are relentless party crashers

That fruit fly appearing moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used a poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search and arrive in time for happy hour. Learn more at UW Today.

Solving a physics mystery

The same physics that gives stability to tornadoes lies at the heart of new UW research and could lead to a better understanding of nuclear dynamics in studying fission, superconductors and the workings of neutron stars. Learn more at UW Today.

Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

For already vulnerable penguins, a UW study finds climate change is another danger. Learn more at

She's A Keeper: Kufeld's At The Top Of Her Class

The driven goalkeeper is so much more than a rising star in the Pac-12. She's a molecular biology major. She has a 3.96 GPA. And she is the first Husky student-athlete in 20 years to win UW's prestigious president's medal as the university's top student in her class. Learn more at Go Huskies.

How Twitter knows when you're depressed

Scientists can now accurately predict if you have the blues -- just by looking at your Twitter feed. Tyler McCormick, assistant professor of statistics, is quoted. Learn more at Time.




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