News archive for 2019
Wed, 12/11/2019 | UW NewsCommunities around Sea-Tac Airport exposed to a unique mix of air pollution associated with aircraft
Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft.
Fri, 12/06/2019 | UW NewsAstronomy fellowship demonstrates effective measures to dismantle bias, increase diversity in STEM
An astronomy fellowship now has greater gender diversity among its awardees, thanks to a collaboration with UW's ADVANCE Center.
Wed, 12/04/2019 | UW NewsWarmer temperatures will increase arsenic levels in rice, study shows
UW researchers found that warmer temperatures, at levels expected under most climate change projections, can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains.
Mon, 12/02/2019 | UW NewsCarpentry Compiler helps woodworkers design objects that they can actually make
UW researchers have created Carpentry Compiler, a digital tool that allows users to design woodworking projects and create optimized fabrication instructions based on the materials and equipment a user has available.
Wed, 11/27/2019 | UW NewsResearchers get ‘glimpse into a human mind’ as it makes choices in groups, social media
Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, UW researchers were able to uncover the process for how a person makes choices in groups.
Wed, 11/20/2019 | UW NewsEmissions from electricity generation lead to disproportionate number of premature deaths for some racial groups
University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental U.S. In many states, the majority of the health impacts came from emissions originating in other states. The team also found that exposures were higher for black and white non-Latino Americans than for other groups, and that this disparity held even after accounting for differences in income.
Fri, 11/15/2019 | UW NewsUW aerospace engineer part of $1.7M grant to study corals
A&A associate professor Jinkyu Yang and a team of researchers have received a two-year, $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to study coral growth.
Thu, 11/07/2019 | UW NewsFall storms, coastal erosion focus of northern Alaska research cruise
A University of Washington team is leaving to study how fall storms, dwindling sea ice and vulnerable coastlines might combine in a changing Arctic.
Mon, 11/04/2019 | UW NewsLight-based ‘tractor beam’ assembles materials at the nanoscale
College of Engineering researchers have developed a method that could make reproducible manufacturing at the nanoscale possible.
Mon, 11/04/2019 | UW NewsSingle discrimination events alter college students’ daily behavior
A UW team compared students’ reports of unfair treatment to changes in daily activities to understand how single discrimination events alter students’ daily behavior.
Thu, 10/31/2019 | UW NewsNew technique lets researchers map strain in next-gen solar cells
UW researchers have developed a way to illuminate strain in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them.
Tue, 10/29/2019 | College of EngineeringPopular third-party genetic genealogy site is vulnerable to compromised data, impersonations
Researchers at the University of Washington have found that GEDmatch, a popular third-party genetic genealogy site, is vulnerable to multiple kinds of security risks.
Mon, 10/21/2019 | College of EngineeringMaking medicine accessible
Through the student project-turned-startup MedsForAll, materials science and engineering alum Shawn Swanson (BS ’15, MS ’16) is developing an affordable alternative to the EpiPen.
Tue, 10/15/2019 | UW NewsFirst smart speaker system that uses white noise to monitor infants’ breathing
UW researchers developed the first smart speaker system that lets a device use white noise to both soothe sleeping babies and monitor their breathing and movement.
Mon, 10/07/2019 | UW NewsHow bike sharing in Seattle rose from the ashes of Pronto's failure
UW researchers, led by CEE professor Don MacKenzie, have published a study on why docked bike sharing in Seattle failed while dockless bike sharing succeeded.
Fri, 10/04/2019 | UW NewsNew metasurface design can control optical fields in three dimensions
UW scientists have designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision. As they report in a paper published Oct. 4 in the journal Science Advances, their designed optical element focuses light to discrete points in a 3D helical pattern.
Wed, 09/25/2019 | Department of Aeronautics & AstronauticsCOE remembers Fred Ribe, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Fred Ribe, Professor Emeritus at UW and a leading pioneer in U.S. fusion energy research, died on June 19, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at age 94. Professor Ribe was a pioneer in fusion energy research in the UW nuclear engineering department.
Thu, 09/19/2019 | UW NewsPlasma flow near sun’s surface explains sunspots, other solar phenomena
A University of Washington study published this month in the journal Physics of Plasmas proposes a model of plasma motion that would explain the 11-year sunspot cycle and several other previously mysterious properties of the sun.
Mon, 09/16/2019 | UW NewsAmericans would rather drive themselves to work than have an autonomous vehicle drive them, study says
Researchers at the University of Washington studied how Americans' perceived cost of commute time changes depending on who's driving. The study suggests that at least for now, people would rather drive themselves than have an autonomous vehicle drive them.
Mon, 08/26/2019 | College of EngineeringAn eye for innovation
By reducing the size of eye drops, the team behind Nanodropper wants to make your eye medications last longer and help you save money.
Fri, 08/23/2019 | UW NewsSemiconductor and Solar Industry Veteran named UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility Director
Dr. Maria Huffman is the new director of the University of Washington’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), the largest publicly accessible nanofabrication facility in the Pacific Northwest. Huffman joins WNF from Lund University in southern Sweden.
Thu, 08/22/2019 | UW News3 UW graduate students earn NASA fellowships, continue legacy of success
CEE graduate student Shashank Bhushan is one of three UW recipients of a prestigious NASA fellowship that funds student research projects in the fields of Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics.
Tue, 08/20/2019 | UW NewsNew tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments
University of Washington security researchers have developed ShareAR, a toolkit that lets app developers build in collaborative and interactive features without sacrificing their users’ privacy and security. The researchers presented their findings Aug. 14 at the USENIX Security Symposium in Santa Clara, California.
Mon, 08/19/2019 | UW NewsHow ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you
Engineering researchers have developed a system to monitor workers and tell them how risky their behaviors are.
Tue, 08/13/2019 | UW NewsDr. Nancy Allbritton named dean of UW’s College of Engineering
Dr. Nancy Allbritton has been named the next Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced today.