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Bitcoin: Modern-day gold rush or risky investment?

"If this was truly a currency this would be unprecedented levels of volatility right now," says University of Washington economics professor Phillip Bond. Learn more at KOMO.

Post-Chavez Venezuela: a political house of mirrors

Steve Scher talks with Jose Antonio Lucero, chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington, about the protests in Venezuela. Learn more at KUOW.

Editorial: Ukraine's conflicted neighbors

The Seattle Times editorial board asks, "How will Europe pick between lucrative economic ties and forcing Russia to respect the democratic aspirations expressed by Ukrainians?" Scott Radnitz, associate professor in the Jackson School, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

How to prevent the crisis in Ukraine from escalating

Scott Radnitz, professor of political science breaks down the situation in Ukraine and offers thoughts on averting armed conflict. Learn more at The Washington Post.

Hirabayashi medal comes home

Gordon Hirabayashi's heroic journey began at the University of Washington, where he was attending classes when the U.S. government ordered him and thousands of other Americans, singled out for their Japanese heritage, to obey curfews and be imprisoned in internment camps during World War II. He refused. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly.

Joel Migdal book 'Shifting Sands' considers American role in Middle East

Migdal, UW professor of international studies, discusses his latest book, "Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East." Learn more at UW Today.

Editorial: A missing bridge in Ukraine's east-west divide

The Seattle Times editorial board comments on current events in Ukraine. Scott Radnitz, director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Why Ukraine Is "Unique" Among Post-Soviet Countries

KUOW talks with Scott Radnitz, associate professor in the Jackson School, about the growing tension in Ukraine and why there has been a rise in violence. Learn more at KUOW.

Decline of unions affects all

A UW sociology professor details the ways in which the decline of unions has contributed to inequality in the U.S. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Seminar will celebrate courageous sociology alum Gordon Hirabayashi

When President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Gordon K. Hirabayashi in 2012, he said the man "knew what it was like to stand alone." Learn more at UW Today.

V-Day: one billion rising to stop domestic violence

Valentine's Day is also V-Day, started in 1998 with the mission to end violence against girls and women. Noralis Rodriguez-Coss, a doctoral candidate in gender, women and sexuality studies, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Parade of wooden boats offers glimpse of Seattle's maritime history

Nine wooden fishing vessels will parade from Fishermen's Terminal to South Lake Union Thursday, calling attention to an exhibit that will open Saturday at the Center for Wooden Boats. UW history students' research helped shape the exhibit. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Washington state and workers' rights

Washington state has been lengths ahead of other states when it comes to worker pay, benefits, and workplace protections. James Gregory, professor of history, is quoted. Learn more at CNN.

Does a more equal marriage mean less sex?

The very qualities that lead to greater emotional satisfaction in peer marriages may be having an unexpectedly negative impact on these couples' sex lives. Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology, is quoted. Learn more at The New York Times.

What Seattle can teach the world about innovation

In an op-ed piece, Hanson Hosein, director of the Communication Leadership program, writes about the changing media landscape, noting that even as audiences shun ads they are more open to "branded" articles and videos. Learn more at Puget Sound Business Journal.

UW offers master's in international studies

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington is accepting applications for its new 10-month Master of Arts (MA) degree in Applied International Studies (MAAIS). This accelerated program is designed for U.S. and international professionals with experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, military, philanthropy, and international development. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly.

A glimmer of hope for democracy in Egypt

In an op-ed piece, Victor Menaldo, assistant professor of political science, and co-author look at the current political situation in Egypt. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

New book explores mixed success of China's 'Emperor Huizong'

Patricia Ebrey, professor of history, is the author "Emperor Huizong," a new biography of a Chinese emperor who lived from 1082 to 1135 and ruled for 26 years during China's Song Dynasty. Learn more at UW Today.

To ensure a nuke-free Iran

The Herald editorial board says of the Menendez-Kirk bill on Iran sanctions that "it's in the national interest for this sputtering, reactionary bill to die a quick death." Joel Migdal, professor of international studies, is quoted. Learn more at Everett Herald .

Most Latinos want government action on climate change

A new poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, says Latinos strongly favor U.S. government action to fight climate change. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at The Los Angeles Times.

Shanghai test scores and the mystery of the missing children

Some have questioned whether migrants are fairly represented in Shanghai test results. Kam Wing Chan, professor of geography, is quoted. Learn more at The New York Times.

Why Egypt's new constitution may not turn out as badly as you think

The UW's Victor Menaldo and a colleague from the University of Chicago write that Egypt's revolution is about to enter a new phase. Learn more at The Washington Post.

Now 15 campaign fits Seattle's labor past

The campaign to raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15 fits in with Washington state's long history of labor movements, according to James N. Gregory, a history professor at the University of Washington Learn more at The Seattle Times.

'The War On Poverty' helped shape Seattle activism

Ross Reynolds talks with UW historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action. Learn more at KUOW.

One New Year's idea: Have dinner and talk about death

A new project encourages hosts around the country to gather friends and families to talk about what matters in death and in life. Creator Michael Hebb said he came up with the idea during a class he co-taught in the UW communications department. Learn more at USA Today.




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