2019 News Archive

Airplane taking off
December 11, 2019 | UW News
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.
The night sky over a grass field
December 6, 2019 | UW News

An astronomy fellowship now has greater gender diversity among its awardees, thanks to a collaboration with UW's ADVANCE Center.

harvesting rice in a rice field
December 4, 2019 | UW News
UW researchers found that warmer temperatures, at levels expected under most climate change projections, can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains.
A wooden birdhouse
December 2, 2019 | UW News
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.
Woman holding a smart phone
November 27, 2019 | UW News
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.
A coal power plant in West Virginia.
November 20, 2019 | UW News
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.
A healthy reef in Indonesia teems with life
November 15, 2019 | UW News
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.
freight shipping container in foreground and research ship in background
November 7, 2019 | UW News
A University of Washington team is leaving to study how fall storms, dwindling sea ice and vulnerable coastlines might combine in a changing Arctic.
Five hands making fists in a circle. All arms have black Fitbit trackers on them.
November 4, 2019 | UW News
A UW team compared students’ reports of unfair treatment to changes in daily activities to understand how single discrimination events alter students’ daily behavior.
illustration of the optical tractor beam
November 4, 2019 | UW News
College of Engineering researchers have developed a method that could make reproducible manufacturing at the nanoscale possible.
perovskite solar cell
October 31, 2019 | UW News

UW researchers have developed a way to illuminate strain in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them.

October 21, 2019 | College of Engineering
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.
A baby is asleep while a smart speaker prototype monitors its breathing. The breathing waveform is shown on a computer screen nearby.
October 15, 2019 | UW News
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.
Line of Pronto bikes on a sidewalk in front of water
October 7, 2019 | UW News
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.
A scanning electron micrograph image of the surface of the optical element.
October 4, 2019 | UW News
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.
September 25, 2019 | Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
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.
orange sun with spots
September 19, 2019 | UW News
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.
A traffic jam on a huge freeway at night
September 16, 2019 | UW News
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.
members of the nandropper team with nanodropper
August 26, 2019 | College of Engineering
By reducing the size of eye drops, the team behind Nanodropper wants to make your eye medications last longer and help you save money.
Maria Huffman
August 23, 2019 | UW News

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.

CEE graduate student Shashank Bhushan
August 22, 2019 | UW News
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.
August 20, 2019 | UW News
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.
Ashis Banerjee
August 19, 2019 | UW News
Engineering researchers have developed a system to monitor workers and tell them how risky their behaviors are.
August 12, 2019 | UW News

A team of researchers at UW has solved the puzzle of how Earth's first cells came to function.

a biopsy image of ductal carcinoma in situ
August 9, 2019 | UW News
Researchers at University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles, have developed an artificial intelligence system that could help pathologists read biopsies more accurately, and lead to better detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.