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SPLiT-seq illustration by Georg Seelig

Thu, 03/15/2018 | UW News

With new ‘shuffling’ trick, researchers can measure gene activity in single cells

Researchers at the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have developed a new method to classify and track the multitude of cells in a tissue sample. In a paper published March 15 in the journal Science, the team reports that this new approach — known as SPLiT-seq — reliably tracks gene activity in a tissue down to the level of single cells. Senior author is Georg Seelig, a UW associate professor in EE and CSE. The article includes a video illustration of the concept using ping-pong balls.

Thu, 03/01/2018 | UW Foster School of Business

Students wow judges at Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Student entrepreneurs dazzled at the 2018 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Teams of UW Engineering students won top honors.

  • A team of BioE Ph.D. students and recent graduates won first place ($15,000) for A-Alpha Bio, a technology that helps fully characterize drug candidates in the pre-clinical stage.
  • Second place ($10,000) was awarded for OLA Simple, a point-of-care technology platform for genetic disorders and conditions developed by a team of BioE and EE graduate students.
  • A team of ME and EE graduate students won third place ($5,000) for ACBI, technology that makes continuous bladder irrigation treatment faster, less expensive, and safer.

Fri, 02/23/2018

Reducing failed deliveries, truck parking time could improve downtown Seattle congestion, new report finds

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab at the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL) have analyzed solutions for alleviating urban congestion by making truck parking spaces more productive and reducing the growth of truck traffic.

Tue, 02/20/2018 | UW News

Using a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone safely across a room

Although mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones let us communicate, work and access information wirelessly, their batteries must still be charged by plugging them in to an outlet. But engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time developed a method to safely charge a smartphone wirelessly using a laser. Co-authors of a new paper are Shyam Gollakota (CSE) and Arka Majumdar (EE and physics).

Tue, 02/20/2018

Undaunted determination

Nearing completion of a dual Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and astrobiology, Osazonamen Igbinosun reflects on her journey from U.S. Navy pilot to UW engineer, scientist and mentor.

Thu, 02/15/2018 | UW News

Five UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

Five faculty members at the University of Washington have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Among the new Sloan Fellows, announced Feb. 15, are Maya Cakmak, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, and Arka Majumdar, assistant professor of electrical engineering and physics. The fellowships honor early-career researchers whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.

Mon, 02/12/2018 | UW News

Hybrid optics bring color imaging using ultrathin metalenses into focus

For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras. But today’s glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Engineers at the University of Washington have successfully combined two different imaging methods — an ultrathin lens along with robust computational processing — to create full-color images.

Mon, 02/12/2018 | UW News

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper – similar to toilet tissue – into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics.

Tue, 02/06/2018

Open access

Airplanes? Fossils? Health care? Accessibility? Whatever you’re into, the WOOF 3D Print Club wants to show you how it can benefit from 3D printing

Fri, 02/02/2018 | GeekWire

Geek of the Week: Univ. of Washington’s Robert Masse plugs into analytics to build better batteries

Materials Science & Engineering graduate student Robert Masse is passionate about renewable energy technology and its potential contribution to addressing climate change. His business, Astrolabe Analytics (formerly Cloud Instruments), focuses on improving battery analytics to assist in the quest for better batteries. Masse recently won the Global Student Entrepreneur Award and is featured in GeekWire as a "Geek of the Week."

Wed, 01/31/2018 | UW News

University of Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory team up to make the materials of tomorrow

The outsized impact of materials science on today’s world has prompted UW and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry and Technology — or NW IMPACT. The new joint research endeavor will power discoveries and advancements in materials that transform energy, telecommunications, medicine, information technology and other fields.

Wed, 01/24/2018 | UW News

#MemoriesInDNA Project wants to store your photos in DNA for the benefit of science – and future generations

Researchers from the Molecular Information Systems Lab at the University of Washington and Microsoft are looking to collect 10,000 original images from around the world to preserve them indefinitely in synthetic DNA manufactured by Twist Bioscience. DNA holds promise as a revolutionary storage medium that lasts much longer and is many orders of magnitude denser than current technologies.

Tue, 01/16/2018 | UW News

Researchers program biomaterials with ‘logic gates’ that release therapeutics in response to environmental triggers

UW scientists have built a biomaterial-based delivery system that uses mathematical logic to target therapeutics with a high degree of precision. When specific physiological conditions are met, the casing dissolves and releases its therapeutic freight.

Tue, 01/09/2018

Inspiring future engineers

As a Clean Energy Institute outreach ambassador, ChemE graduate student Gabriella Tosado is encouraging K-12 students statewide to pursue engineering and science.

Mon, 01/08/2018 | UW News

UW Reality Lab launches with $6M from tech companies to advance augmented and virtual reality research

The UW Reality Lab will focus on developing next-generation virtual and augmented reality technologies and educating an industry workforce.

Fri, 12/29/2017

UW a leader in supporting Washington’s STEM students

STARS is part of the effort to grow the pipeline of Washington students who will graduate and enter high-demand STEM and health care fields, a public-private partnership was initiated in 2011 to support low- and middle-income students as they earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce.

Tue, 12/19/2017 | Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

UW selected as new site for the Center for Health Organization Transformation

ISE Professor Christina Mastrangelo will lead the new UW site for the Center for Health Organization Transformation, a National Science Foundation funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center focused on providing innovative, evidence-based transformational strategies in healthcare.

Wed, 12/13/2017 | UW News

University of Washington celebrates fundraising and construction milestones for second computer science building

UW Engineering celebrated two major fundraising and construction milestones on Wednesday for the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which will allow the UW to double its annual computer science and engineering degree production, offer an unparalleled education to more of Washington’s students and grow its high impact research programs.

Tue, 12/05/2017 | UW News

Making humanity’s challenges smaller and smaller: UW launches Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems

The University of Washington has launched a new institute aimed at accelerating research at the nanoscale: the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, or NanoES. Housed in a new, multimillion-dollar facility on the UW’s Seattle campus, the institute will pursue impactful advancements in a variety of disciplines — including energy, materials science, computation and medicine.

Tue, 12/05/2017 | UW News

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

UW engineers have developed the first 3-D printed plastic objects that can connect to WiFi without electronics.

Fri, 12/01/2017 | Avvo

How I made the most of my Avvo internship

STARS student and HCDE major Tuyen Truong gives students advice about how to make the most out of internship experiences.

Thu, 11/30/2017 | Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Thanks to scholarships, CEE senior is ready to make an impact

Tammy Teal, a CEE major and STARS participant, discusses her UW experiences in the Civil and Environmental Engineering departmental magazine. Teal hopes to put her engineering skills into practice by improving access to clean water in developing countries.

Tue, 11/28/2017

Earthshaking information

In the aftermath of the Central Mexico earthquake, a team of researchers including professor Pedro Arduino and Jake Dafni travel to Mexico to gather perishable data.

Tue, 11/28/2017 | UW News

UW students win Amazon’s inaugural Alexa Prize for most engaging socialbot

A team of University of Washington students and faculty has won Amazon’s inaugural Alexa Prize, a university competition designed to produce an artificial intelligence agent capable of coherent and sustained conversation with humans.

Tue, 11/28/2017 | UW Today

Two UW professors elevated to IEEE Fellows

Two College of Engineering faculty have been elected as 2018 fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Tom Furness, professor of industrial and systems engineering, was honored for “leadership in virtual and augmented reality” and Siddhartha “Sidd” Srinivasa, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, was recognized for “contributions to robotic manipulation and human-robot interaction.”