University of Washington

New Medical School
5:12 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Gonzaga and Legislature Enter Medical School Conversation

The Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the WSU Spokane campus is used by medical students.
Credit Paige Browning

This week both Washington State University and University of Washington revealed their next moves in developing a Spokane medical school.

UW has asked Gonzaga University to consider a medical education partnership, now that UW and WSU dissolved their Spokane program. GU President Thayne McCulloh says a partnership is not set in stone.

“Gonzaga wants to be an active part of the and we are looking forward to opportunities to talk more broadly about what role Spokane sees Gonzaga playing,” McCulloh says.

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WSU Medical School
4:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WSU President Hopes To Present 'Unified Front' On Medical School

An existing building on the WSU Spokane campus would be used for the proposed medical school.
Credit Washington State University

This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

The question is will the University of Washington oppose that effort? It currently runs its own prominent medical school.

WSU President Elson Floyd said his goal is to avoid what one lawmaker has termed the “Apple Cup of medical schools.”

“We are in the process now of negotiating those things so it’s my hope that we’ll be able to present a unified front to the legislature as we go forward next year,” Floyd said.

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Sacagawea Casting Call
8:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

HBO Searches Tribal Communities For Actress To Play Sacagawea

Donna Reed played Sacagawea in the 1955 film “The Far Horizons.
Credit Paramount Pictures / Youtube

HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition. And it's searching the Northwest for one of the most famous and beloved figures in the saga – the role of Sacagawea. 

She was the young Native American mother who helped the Corps of Discovery reach the Pacific. This miniseries may do something previous productions haven't – cast a Native American actress in the role.

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WSU Med School
7:21 am
Thu September 18, 2014

WSU Plans Med School While UW Highlights Flaws

Washington State University
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Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.

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WSU Medical School
5:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on WSU’s Spokane campus would be used for the university’s proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.
Credit Northwest News Network / Northwest News Network

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Public Universities Offer Help For Students Affected By Slide

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are prepared to deal with students who have been impacted by the Oso landslide.

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Protecting the Food Web
6:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Northwest Biologists Say Preserving Predators Is Critical

You get ten times as many urchins, and ten times less kelp if the otters disappear.
Credit Stephen & Claire Farnsworth/Flickr

In a paper published in the journal Science Thursday, biologists with University of Washington and Oregon State University make the case for protecting carnivores. They say that two thirds of the world’s largest predators are threatened. And losing them could trigger a cascade of effects.

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Native American Violence
6:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UW Prof To Advise Justice Dept. On Children & Violence In Indian Country

A new Justice Department advisory panel will be specifically looking at violence faced by American Indian children.
Credit Rennett Stowe / Creative Commons

Tribal leaders from the Northwest and from around the country had the opportunity today to tell the Obama Administration what they want in the coming year. The White House convened what has become an annual conference with Native American tribes. A University of Washington law school professor will be giving advice all year long thanks to his appointment to a new Justice Department advisory panel. Ron Whitener says the group is specifically looking at violence faced by American Indian children.

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Deep Sea Submarine
4:15 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Seattle Company Partners With UW To Build One-of-a-Kind Submarine

Rendering of manned deep sea sub in development in Seattle.
Credit OceanGate

A commercial submarine operator is teaming up with the University of Washington to build a new, manned deep sea sub. The five passenger mini-sub could be available for charter by oil companies or researchers beginning in 2016. 

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Alpine Frog
7:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tracking An Alpine Frog That "Chuckles" And Beeps For Climate Change Research

Cascade Frog
Credit Greg Schechte, GregTheBusker

Way up in the mountains of the Northwest you’ll find a little amphibian known as the Cascades Frog. This frog thrives in alpine wetlands, which are dependent on snowmelt. But snowpacks are decreasing across the West. And scientists are trying to figure out how the frogs will adapt to their shrinking habitat. And they’re using some pretty interesting research methods to do that.

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