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a person rowing in water

Mon, 03/02/2020 | UW News

Navigating the potential pitfalls of tracking college athletes

Fitness trackers make it easy for college athletic programs to collect data about health and performance on athletes. This shift toward more data collection might encroach on college athletes’ autonomy.

Tue, 02/18/2020 | UW News

Simple, fuel-efficient rocket engine could enable cheaper, lighter spacecraft

UW researchers have developed a mathematical model that describes how rotating detonation engines work.

earthquake damage to brick building

Fri, 02/14/2020 | UW News

Researchers at AAAS to discuss latest science on Cascadia earthquake hazards

UW researchers share new results about how midrise to tall buildings would fare in various simulated magnitude 9 earthquakes at the AAAS annual meeting.

A river in the foreground while children run on the beach in the background

Thu, 02/13/2020 | UW News

Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Researchers at the University of Washington were interested in studying how several hydropower dams affected the temperature of three major rivers in Southeast Asia's Mekong River basin. Using 30 years of satellite data, the team discovered that within one year of the opening of a major dam, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C). The cooling persisted where the rivers meet the Mekong River, which showed, at most, a 1.4 F (0.8 C) cooling.

diagram of cell activation

Thu, 02/13/2020 | UW News

Immune cells consult with neighbors to make decisions

Scientists and physicians have long known that immune cells migrate to the site of an infection. Now, researchers at the University of Washington and Northwestern University have uncovered evidence that this gathering is not just a consequence of immune activation. Immune cells count their neighbors before deciding whether or not the immune system should kick into high gear.

Steve Kramer

Mon, 02/10/2020 | UW News

Steve Kramer elected to National Academy of Engineering

CEE professor Steve Kramer has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions in engineering, for “contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering, including liquefaction, seismic stability and seismic site response.”

A researcher writes 'hello' on a computer screen by drawing out the letters in the air with a finger. The researcher is wearing the ring/wristband combo.

Mon, 02/03/2020 | UW News

The one ring — to track your finger’s location

Researchers at the University of Washington have created AuraRing, a ring and wristband combination that can detect the precise location of someone’s index finger and continuously track hand movements.

François Baneyx

Wed, 01/29/2020 | UW News

François Baneyx named UW Vice Provost for Innovation at inaugural meeting of UW Innovation Roundtable

François Baneyx has been named Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Washington, Provost Mark Richards announced yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the UW Innovation Roundtable.

Rendering of red blood cells

Wed, 01/22/2020 | UW Medicine

Engineered capillaries model traffic in tiny blood vessels

The 3D microvessels can show how normal red blood cells squeeze through them, and malaria-infected cells become stalled.

A view of Commencement Bay from a plane

Wed, 01/22/2020 | UW News

What’s in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

Using a new “non-targeted” approach, researchers at the University of Washington and UW Tacoma screened samples from multiple regions of Puget Sound to look for potentially concerning chemicals.

Airplane taking off

Wed, 12/11/2019 | UW News

Communities 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.

The night sky over a grass field

Fri, 12/06/2019 | UW News

Astronomy 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.

harvesting rice in a rice field

Wed, 12/04/2019 | UW News

Warmer 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.

A wooden birdhouse

Mon, 12/02/2019 | UW News

Carpentry 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.

Woman holding a smart phone

Wed, 11/27/2019 | UW News

Researchers 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.

A coal power plant in West Virginia.

Wed, 11/20/2019 | UW News

Emissions 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.

A healthy reef in Indonesia teems with life

Fri, 11/15/2019 | UW News

UW 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.

freight shipping container in foreground and research ship in background

Thu, 11/07/2019 | UW News

Fall 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.

illustration of the optical tractor beam

Mon, 11/04/2019 | UW News

Light-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.

Five hands making fists in a circle. All arms have black Fitbit trackers on them.

Mon, 11/04/2019 | UW News

Single 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.

perovskite solar cell

Thu, 10/31/2019 | UW News

New 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.

DNA testing kit

Tue, 10/29/2019 | College of Engineering

Popular 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 Engineering

Making 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.

A baby is asleep while a smart speaker prototype monitors its breathing. The breathing waveform is shown on a computer screen nearby.

Tue, 10/15/2019 | UW News

First 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.

Line of Pronto bikes on a sidewalk in front of water

Mon, 10/07/2019 | UW News

How 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.