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Mon, 04/05/2021 | UW News

‘Telling Stories’: Imagined tales of artificial intelligence presented by the UW Tech Policy Lab

For “Telling Stories: On Culturally Responsive Artificial Intelligence,” the UW Tech Policy Lab collects stories of AI and its effects on future life. The lab is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Information School and School of Law.

a medical form titled Alzheimer's Disease on a clipboard next to a brain x-ray, medication, and syringes

Mon, 04/05/2021 | College of Engineering

Alzheimer’s research gets a boost

Bioengineering startup AltPep advances its technology for the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other amyloid diseases.

woman holding in a smartphone in front of her face

Thu, 04/01/2021 | UW News

New system that uses smartphone or computer cameras to measure pulse, respiration rate could help future personalized telehealth appointments

A University of Washington-led team has developed a method that uses the camera on a person’s smartphone or computer to take their pulse and respiration signal from a real-time video of their face. 

Kueh lab image T cell timer

Wed, 03/31/2021 | Department of Bioengineering

Delayed action gene switch controls when stem cells become T cells

Bioengineering assistant professor Hao Yuan Kueh has uncovered a molecular timer used by stem cells to control when they differentiate, or turn into a specialized cell type.

microvasculature 3D structure

Wed, 03/31/2021 | Department of Bioengineering

New approach builds capillaries in full 3D complexity

Bioengineering associate professor Ying Zheng has developed a technique that replicates microvasculature in full 3D complexity using multiphoton ablation and laser-guided cellularization. 

carbon fiber

Thu, 03/25/2021 | College of Engineering

The carbon fiber state

How Washington became a global epicenter for advanced carbon fiber.

Azadeh Yazdan

Mon, 03/22/2021 | Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

A larger, clearer window into the brain

UW researchers have received a National Institutes of Health grant to lead a team in creating a unique device for brain study. 

Nathalie Thelemaque

Thu, 03/18/2021 | UW Graduate School

Building for sustainability

Doctoral student Nathalie Thelemaque is studying infrastructure's impact on the environment and communities so she can create sustainable systems.

Woman gives a box of masks to a donation drive at a UW parking lot.

Wed, 03/10/2021

Helpful behavior during pandemic tied to recognizing common humanity

A new University of Washington study links helpful behavior during the pandemic, such as donating medical supplies, to individuals’ feelings of connection to others.

A small white box on a table and a person sitting in front of it (their back is to the camera)

Tue, 03/09/2021

Alexa, do I have an irregular heart rhythm? First AI system for contactless monitoring of heart rhythm using smart speakers

UW researchers have developed a new skill for a smart speaker that acts as a contactless monitor for both regular and irregular heartbeats.

Sheldon Levias writing on a whiteboard

Mon, 03/08/2021

Making connections

When Sheldon Levias came to the UW as an engineering student, he never imagined the path he would travel as an educator and adviser.

illustration of a person putting a ballot in ballot bos with text "The Long Fuse: misinformation and the 2020 election"

Fri, 03/05/2021

UW Center for an Informed Public co-authors report on mis- and disinformation surrounding the 2020 U.S. election

The Election Integrity Partnership, a nonpartisan coalition of research institutions, including the University of Washington, released its final report on voting-related mis- and disinformation during the 2020 U.S. elections.

A collage of student headshots

Fri, 03/05/2021

Engineering students win big

Engineering teams placed second, third, and won special prizes in the 2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge.

Portrait of Professor Karen Thomas Brown

Mon, 02/22/2021

Professor Karen Thomas-Brown named new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

"In this position, Karen will lead the college’s ongoing efforts to become an accessible, welcoming, and inclusive community."

atomic force microscopy image of a surface with nine shapes attached

Fri, 02/19/2021 | UW News

‘Small moon’ shapes allow DNA devices to attach precisely

A team of engineers has developed a technique that allows the precise placement of molecules formed from folded DNA in not only a specific location but also in a specific orientation.

Colleen O’Connor

Fri, 02/19/2021 | UW Graduate School

How Colleen O'Connor is helping kids love science

The bioengineering doctoral student is supporting a more diverse field of STEM learners through community outreach.

Mary Lidstrom

Fri, 02/19/2021 | UW News

Vice Provost for Research Mary Lidstrom stepping down after 15 years

Dr. Mary Lidstrom, professor of chemical engineering and of microbiology, will step down on Aug. 31 as the UW’s Vice Provost for Research.


Thu, 02/18/2021 | Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

New law of physics finds a sweet spot for aircraft efficiency

Newly discovered law of physics provides the blueprint to boost aircraft efficiency.

Booga Gilbertson

Fri, 02/12/2021 | Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Looking ahead to give back

UW alumna Booga Gilbertson has established the “You Rock” Endowed Scholarship in Electrical & Computer Engineering. The fund will help support undergraduate students, especially those from rural communities or who have lacked educational opportunities in STEM or computer science.

Jessica Ray, James Carothers and Ayokunle Olanrewaju

Wed, 02/10/2021 | UW News

1,000 inspiring Black scientists

A list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists published by Cell Mentor in December 2020 includes CEE Assistant Professor Jessica Ray, ChemE Associate Professor James Carothers and ME Acting Assistant Professor Ayokunle Olanrewaju.

Mari Ostenford Portrait

Wed, 02/10/2021 | National Academy of Engineering

Mari Ostendorf elected to NAE

ECE professor Mari Ostendorf has been elected to the 2021 National Academy of Engineering.

a still photo of a beating heart tissue against a red background with illustrated hearts

Mon, 02/08/2021

Engineering that tugs at the heartstrings

UW researchers engineer miniature beating heart tissues that allow them to study a range of topics in human health.

A hand pressing a piano key

Thu, 02/04/2021 | Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

‘Audeo’ teaches artificial intelligence to play the piano

A University of Washington team created Audeo, a system that can generate music using only visual cues of someone playing the piano.

UW Bioengineering’s Kelly Stevens (left) and Univ. of Michigan’s Omolola Eniola-Adefesa (right)

Tue, 02/02/2021 | UW Medicine

Fighting racial inequity by funding Black scientists

A network of U.S. biomedical engineering researchers calls to end funding discrimination against Black scientists.

COVID biosensor

Mon, 02/01/2021 | Department of Bioengineering

New sensors quickly spot coronavirus proteins, antibodies

Researchers have created a new way to detect the proteins that make up the COVID-19 virus, and the antibodies against it.