University of Washington

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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Medical care
7:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients

University of Washington surgical technician Maurice Lybarger counting sponges.
Credit John Ryan

About 30 times a year, a surgery patient in Washington state has a sponge or surgical instrument left inside them. It’s one of the most commonly reported medical mistakes.

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Immigrations Holds
6:28 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

In King County Jails, I.C.E. Holds Lead To Longer Lockups

If you’re booked into a King County jail, you’ll stay an extra month, on average, if immigration officials want to review your file. That’s even if you haven’t been charged with a crime. This is one of the findings in a new report today from the University of Washington.

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University Research Funding
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:59 pm

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

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Silent Earthquakes
5:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

'Silent Earthquakes' Ripple Under Cascadia

The past five weeks saw two swarms of "slow slip and tremor" in the Northwest.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Parts of Washington and Oregon are in the midst of silent earthquakes this week. You can't feel this so-called "slow slip" quake and it doesn't cause damage. Still, scientists want to learn more about the recently discovered phenomenon.

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College Football
5:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Have A Game Plan For Game Day

Big games in Corvallis and Eugene this weekend mean potential traffic headaches for travelers in Oregon.
highdesertbruin (Top) and Ray Terrell Flickr

Saturday the Oregon State Beavers take on the Washington State Cougars at home in Corvallis. Then a couple hours later, the Oregon Ducks play the University of Washington Huskies in Eugene. The two games will bring a lot of traffic. Officials are urging fans to have a game plan.

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