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Why companies should stop scaring employees about cybersecurity

Man on computer in darkWall Street Journal, Dec. 7, 2020
Companies often turn to a powerful emotion to get employees to be vigilant about cybersecurity. The problem: Fear doesn’t work... scare tactics don’t get people invested in security over the long term, as Marc Dupuis of the University of Washington and Karen Renaud from  Abertay University discovered in research last year. Read more

Building mental health resilience to stress


Kosuke Niitsu, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing & Health Studies, researches mental health resilience by surveying how UW Bothell students respond to virtual mindfulness exercises. 

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Reduce latrine odors, improve global sanitation

Research largely conducted by University of Washington Bothell undergraduates has determined that a disinfectant produced by a Woodinville company can neutralize latrine odors, a development that has the potential to improve sanitation for millions of people in developing parts of the world. Read more

Cancer survivors may control pain themselves


Assistant Professor Linda Eaton is researching whether cancer survivors could ease their pain without drugs by listening to hypnosis recordings that suggest visualizing the pain floating away.

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Local stream watchers add to salmon science

Jeff Jensen, a teaching professor in biology, revived a local salmon watchers program and found enthusiastic support from community members reporting fish returning to their spawning streams.  Read more

Research center tracks schools during pandemic

The University of Washington Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education has a national reputation as a school research organization whose nonpartisan analysis is sought by media, including The Seattle Times.  Read more

Cybersecurity for when 911 is the emergency

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Researchers at the University of Washington Bothell have received a grant from the National Security Agency to model how a next-generation 911 system would operate in an emergency and react to a cybersecurity attack. 
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Undergraduate researchers marvel at birds

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Seed grant helped Assistant Professor Doug Wacker launch a study of the birds of Lake Forest Park and gave undergraduate researchers a chance to see how habitat and urbanization impact avian life.

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UW Bothell Sponsored Research FY20 Annual Report Published


Review research the UW Bothell faculty, staff, and students have been pursuing over the past year in the UW Bothell Sponsored Research FY20 Annual Report.

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How to make your own home air purifier


Professor of Environmental Chemistry Dan Jaffe, who studies smoke and other air pollution, recently demonstrated to UW News how to make your own home air purifier.
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How Arctic fish survive in North Cascades lake


Working through the pandemic summer of 2020, researchers led by University of Washington Bothell Teaching Professor Jeff Jensen found how Arctic grayling are surviving in one lake in the North Cascades. Read more


Do-it-yourself air filter for smoke


With wildfire smoke making the air unhealthy, University of Washington Bothell Professor of Environmental Chemistry Dan Jaffe tells Q13 how to MacGyver an effective filter at home using a 20-inch box fan and an MERV 13 furnace filter. Read more


Computer science used against coronavirus


Dong Si, an assistant professor in the School of STEM, led a team of computer science students in developing a program that could help develop a drug or vaccine against the coronavirus, The Herald of Everett reports.

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Who controls data matters more than ever


Carrie Tzou, associate professor in the School of Educational Studies and recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award tells UW Bothell Magazine, “The need for scientific and data literacy is more important than ever.”

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Brennan oversees research, connected learning


As the assistant vice chancellor overseeing the Office of Sponsored Research and the Office of Connected Learning, Carolyn Brennan sees her role as coordinating support and making the best use of resources.

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Using AI to trace deep secrets of COVID-19


A UW Bothell computer science research team developed an artificial intelligence program called DeepTracer to model the atomic structure of the COVID-19 coronavirus, KIRO-TV reports.  Read more


Professional development integrating art, STEM

STEAM-short.jpg08/06/2020 Education researchers at the University of Washington Bothell are helping lead a project that fosters teaching K12 students to integrate science and art. Through this integration, researchers aim to broaden the participation of students in science, technology, engineering and math. Read more


Artificial intelligence turned against COVID-19

A team led by Assistant Professor Dong Si is turning the power of artificial intelligence against the COVID-19 coronavirus with a new software tool that could help design vaccines and drugs.

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Mask’s fit more important than fabric

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When deciding on a face mask, fit is more important than fabric, says Dan Jaffe, a professor of environmental chemistry who is testing how well different masks filter particles from the air.

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Assessing student learning loss from coronavirus


UW Bothell's Center on Reinventing Public Education says diagnostic assessments with a clear purpose can be an essential tool for public schools in helping students recover from learning loss, Education Dive reports. Read more

COVID-19 population health equity research grants

""Applications are due on July 31, 2020.

The Population Health Initiative is launching a COVID-19 population health equity research grant program. This program is intended to support University of Washington researchers in partnering with communities of color – which are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic – to develop COVID-19 research projects that address community-identified needs. Awards of up to $20,000 each are available. The period of performance for these awards is five months. View solicitation.

When School Districts Let Families Choose - by Robin Lake

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This paper, by Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, examines in-district and across-district school choice opportunities and provides recommendations to maximize their effectiveness and access for students most in need of options. Read full pdf.

UW Bothell SRCP Seed Grant Recipients Spring 2020 

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Congratulations to the following faculty who have recieved funding! A total of $284,000 was awarded to faculty and some funding was given specifically to support undergraduate researchers assisting with their mentor's research.

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CRPE in the news - Responding to education changes due to COVID-19

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UW Bothell's education center, Center for Reinventing Public Education, has pivoted their research focus to provide support and expertise in response to K-12 education affected by COVID-19 closures. Read more.


Covid crowdfunding raises questions of bias

Nora Kenworthy, an associate professor in the School of Nursing & Health Studies who studies crowdfunding for medical needs, tells Crosscut the outcomes often reflect existing biases.




Ursula Valdez receives Husky Green Award


Ursula Valdez, a lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, received  a 2020 Husky Green Award in recognition of how she incorporates conservation and sustainability into her classes and activities. 

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Undergraduate researchers present remotely

Undergrad-Symposium-logo-crop.jpg05/21/2020 University of Washington Bothell Mary Gates scholars and two dozen other students presented their work at the 23rd UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, held by teleconference this spring due to the pandemic. Read more


Mount St. Helens — 40 Years After the Blast

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Forty years ago, on May 18, 1980, people all over the world watched with awe and horror as Mount St. Helens erupted. The work of Cynthia Chang, a plant ecologist, is highlighted. Read more at


Precious keepsake or needless risk? Ultrasound businesses peddle fetal photos to anxious parents

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The Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds. Pierre Mourad, professor of neurological surgery in the UW School of Medicine and professor of engineering and mathematics at UW Bothell, is quoted.  Read more at

A pandemics course in the time of COVID-19


Assistant Professor Dan Bustillos quickly designed a timely spring quarter course in the School of Nursing & Health Studies — Coronavirus Pandemic: The ethical and legal implications of pandemic preparedness and response.  

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Tzou receives research, scholarship award


Carrie Tzou, an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies, is the recipient of the University of Washington Bothell’s 2020 Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.

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Research continues despite coronavirus

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The campus may be under restricted operations during the coronavirus pandemic, but the sea anemones in Professor Marc Servetnick’s research project still need to be fed. Caring for them is permitted during the restrictions.

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Pandemic shortens Fulbright research in Namibia

Making the most of her time, Mariah Crystal (Master of Arts in Policy Studies ’10) was able to conduct much of her Fulbright research in Namibia before she was told to return home because of the coronavirus pandemic. 
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Improving access for students with disabilities


Assistant Professor Neil Simpkins explores how disabled students experience college writing and the rhetorical tactics they use to navigate higher education.

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Supporting urban community gardening

Melanie Malone researches contaminants in urban community gardens, which is an important consideration as more people turn to gardening for vegetables during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The pandemic problem for prisons


Because of their age, underlying medical problems and the conditions of incarceration, a large percentage of Washington’s prison population is vulnerable to the coronavirus, Associate Professor Dan Berger writes at the UW Center for Human Rights.

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Crowdfunding versus coronavirus


COVID-19 has sparked an explosion of requests for help on But crowdfunding is an imperfect tool against a pandemic, writes Associate Professor Nora Kenworthy in the Washington Post. 

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How does the reduction of traffic in Seattle due to COVID-19 impact air quality?

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While the air quality improvement since vehicle traffic declined in March is nearly instantaneous, if emissions return to normal, the NO2 concentrations will bounce back just as quickly as they declined. Dan Jaffe, professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Washington Bothell, is quoted. Read article.

Chocolate expert immerses herself in research

An expert from the University of Washington Bothell on the culture, economics and politics of chocolate, Kristy Leissle is currently living in West Africa to conduct field work with cocoa growers for her next book on Africa’s contributions to chocolate.
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Student biology capstone projects zoom online

Adapting to remote operations at the University of Washington Bothell, biology students presented their winter quarter capstone research projects through a video conference, and faculty were pleased with what they saw on their screens.
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Plants tell their stories with QR codes

Thanks to a UW Bothell Herbarium project, dozens of plants, bushes and trees on around campus have labels with QR codes that a smartphone can read to open a website with site-specific information.
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Gravitational wave science finds a home in comics

An educational comic about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has a character inspired by Joey Key, a member of the LIGO team and an assistant professor in the School of STEM.

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A search to find and map happy places


Ted Hiebert and Jin-Kyu Jung , associate professors in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, plan to use digital mapping technology to represent where people find their happy places.

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Mary Gates scholars: Queen and Broussard

From the blast zone of a volcano to planets outside our solar system, Mary Gates scholarships are helping University of Washington Bothell students Katey Queen and Wynter Broussard expand their research. Read more


Race, gender inequities in medical crowdfunding

New research, led by School of Nursing & Health Studies Associate Professor Nora Kenworthy, shows that medical crowdfunding campaigns on the GoFundMe online platform appeared to be heavily influenced by users' race and gender. Read more

Zaneveld receives $940,000 NSF CAREER award

Jesse Zaneveld, an assistant professor in the School of STEM’s Division of Biological Sciences, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award worth more than $940,000 over five years to support his research in coral reef microbiology. Read more


A fellowship to help family back home


Djelli Berisha, a sophomore majoring in Biology who wants to become a doctor, is the first UW Bothell student to receive a summer fellowship at the UW’s Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine. Read more



Alka Kurian receives Fulbright grant to Morocco

Alka Kurian, a senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for five months of research in Morocco for part of her upcoming book, “Transnational Fourth Wave Feminisms: A Postcolonial Backlash.” Read more


Researching crowdsensing in German smart city

Over the next three summers, University of Washington Bothell students will be traveling to Germany to develop crowdsensing technology at the University of Bamberg, which conducts smart city research in the Bavarian city. Read more


One-lake wonders facing climate change

The survival of Arctic grayling in Washington could be imperiled, says Jeff Jensen, a senior lecturer in biology, because warming temperatures affect the only stream in the state where the fish spawn. Read more


UW Bothell's community engagement certified

The Carnegie Foundation has recognized the University of Washington Bothell for its community engagement — collaborations with outside partners that lead to the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. Read more


Grant puts child vision screening on wheels

Bill Erdly, an associate professor in the School of STEM, has received a $125,000 grant to support his work in developing new technologies to detect and treat vision problems that inhibit a child’s ability to read and learn. Read more


Protected areas need to move with marine life

Sara Maxwell, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences who studies migratory marine animals, says protected areas need to shift as climate change forces endangered species to move. Read more



Joey Key receives NSF CAREER award

Joey Shapiro Key, an assistant professor in the School of STEM, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to support her research, which introduces UW Bothell students to a new era of astronomy. Read more


Exploring human health through biotechnology

Biotechnology is revolutionizing health care, and University of Washington Bothell researchers are advancing what we know. Five of them share their work at Campus Research Connections. Read more


Engaging undergraduates in math research

Pietro Paparella, an assistant professor of mathematics, studies theoretical aspects of non-negative matrices, which found one profitable application when Google started ranking websites. Read more



It’s time to start adapting to climate change


How we respond to the impacts of climate change is a discussion Margaret Redsteer encourages as a researcher and assistant professor in UW Bothell’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. Read more


Sponge city: Planning climate change in China


Associate Professor Eric Salathé is creating a climate model for an area of southeast China that forecasts decades into the future. The simulation will help urban planners anticipate sudden, heavy rain storms and design a “sponge city” to prevent flooding. Read more

Student researcher has good ‘molecular hands’


A Biology major and president of the UW Bothell Biology Club, Kiana Imani received a Mary Gates scholarship to support her research with Assistant Professor Thelma Madzima who praises her attention to detail. Read more

Landscape evolving in volcano’s blast zone


Research led by Cynthia Chang sends students into the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens to track plant succession in an area that looked like a moonscape after the volcano’s big 1980 eruption. Read more

First ISCRM fellow, Djelli Berisha , from UW Bothell

Sophomore Djelli Berisha has become the first UW Bothell student to receive a fellowship through UW's Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) fellowship program intended to launch careers and expand opportunities in stem cell research.
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The mysterious snerka of Lake Washington

Kokanee that once filled Lake Washington streams may not be entirely gone. Ichthyologist Jeff Jensen is studying kokanee-like fish known as snerka.

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Mary Gates Research Scholarship Autumn Application due Oct 28th at 5pm

""October 7, 2019 - Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. Applications are due October 28, 2019.
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