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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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UW Population Health Pilot Research Grant Application Opening January 2020

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. The application period for the next round of funding will open on January 6, 2020 for grants up to $50,000.
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New Grants for UW Bothell Centers Fall 2019


The Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal and the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity have received over $400,000 in research grants since July 2019. Read more.


New Certificate in Research Administration at UW

On September 25th, 2019 (Research Administrators Day!), UW launched its new Certificate in Research Administration.  Register for a free NCURA webinar Research Development for Research Administrators - Understanding, Mapping and Leveraging Assets. Read more


Monitoring and protecting wildlife

Six faculty and staff members whose research includes monitoring local plants and wildlife or who work for sustainability share their knowledge with the public in a Campus Research Connection Oct. 18 in Discovery Hall. Read more


Conservatory a base for learning and landscaping

The many uses of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory over the past six years — courses, research, campus landscaping, wetlands restoration — show just how valuable it is as a campus resource. Read more


RRF supports UW faculty seeking to establish new research programs

It's that time of year again! The UW Royalty Research Fund fall deadline (Sept 30, 2019) is almost here and the spring deadline (March 2, 2020) will be here before you know it. Congratulations to Dr. Naomi Bragin and Dr. Charles Collins who was awarded on the last round.  Read more


UW Bothell Professor Dan Jaffe named to EPA list of clean air experts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named University of Washington Bothell Professor of Environmental Chemistry Dan Jaffe to its list of air quality experts.

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A chatbot that cares about caregivers

One of this year’s projects under the UW Population Health Initiative is a chatbot being developed to help caregivers in families with children who have chronic health conditions. It’s called CocoBot.

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NSF Transitioning to New Grant Proposal Submission System

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In order to provide a modernized, intuitive environment for proposal preparation and submission, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has begun transitioning their grant submission system.
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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

""8/26/219, Students from across the country opted to spend their summer vacation doing research at UW Bothell.

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Curious about crows? Campers consider corvids

""08/10/2019, In the newest Pacific Science Center summer camp developed by the University of Washington Bothell, elementary students learned about the science and culture of crows on the campus where thousands of them roost.

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The power of mentoring

""08/08/2019, Mentors help students overcome obstacles on their academic journey. Mentoring is part of the culture at the University of Washington Bothell. See how professors build those relationships that help students move ahead.

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Preparing for wildfire smoke indoors

UW Bothell students are helping evaluate enhanced air filtering at Seattle community centers that offer residents fresh air when wildfire smoke falls over the city.

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Listening to the noise that whales hear

""07/12/2019, Assistant Professor Shima Abadi has received a three-year $850,000 grant from the Navy to analyze underwater noise in the Pacific to better understand the impact of human activities on marine life.

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Bees represent UW Bothell sustainability

""07/10/2019, If the University of Washington Bothell had an official insect it would be the bee. Bees embody the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability in academics and practice.

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Soda can solar heater built to warm tiny home

""06/26/2019, For their capstone project, four Mechanical Engineering students built a soda can solar heater to demonstrate how recycled aluminum cans could help heat a tiny house for the homeless. 

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Are you on camera? Detector can find out

""06/26/2019, Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Washington Bothell have come up with a way to detect spycams — tiny, wireless digital cameras so small they can be easily hidden.

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UW Bothell Herbarium now on world index

""06/12/2019, A scientific compendium of dried plants housed at the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory is now listed on the world’s largest index of such collections, known as herbaria.

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President’s Medal to Kaheerman Saibire

An international student from China who learned English less than four years ago, Kaheerman Saibire was selected for the President’s Medal, which honors a student with a top GPA.

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Undergraduate research showcased

A record number of University of Washington Bothell students — 61 — presented their work at the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium May 17 on the UW campus in Seattle.

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Andrea Stone receives Mentor of the Year Award

""05/23/2019, Andrea Stone, who mentors students as an assistant professor and a substance-use researcher plus as faculty instructor for The CROW research journal, was selected for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research & Creative Practice Mentor of the Year Award.
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Naomi Macalalad Bragin receives NEH award

Naomi Macalalad Bragin, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, received an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project, “Black Power of Hip-Hop Dance.”

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Feds certify UW excellence in cybersecurity

""05/16/2019, Federal agencies recently redesignated the University of Washington as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. The center is managed by the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at UW Bothell.

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Undergrads present stem cell research

""05/08/2019, Eleven University of Washington Bothell undergraduates worked through spring break on research they presented at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM).

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Distinguished research award to Surya Pathak

Surya Pathak, an associate professor in the School of Business, has been selected by the University of Washington Bothell as the 2019 recipient of its Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity award.

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Founders fellows traveling to conferences

""04/11/2019, UW Bothell’s Founders Fellow fund is now aligned with UW’s Undergraduate Research Travel Award. It means undergraduates can apply for more help with expenses to attend a conference.

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Mary Gates scholars advance plant research

Four undergraduates at the University of Washington Bothell are experiencing advanced research as Mary Gates Scholars, under the mentorship of three faculty members in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

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Full STEAM ahead

Carrie Tzou leads a discussion of the changing role of librarians in STEAM Education May 7 at the Edmonds Public Library as part of the Campus Research Connections series.

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Building a green-construction database

""03/20/2019, Mechanical Engineering students are helping the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild assemble a database of green-engineering innovations that can help architects and contractors design and build energy-efficient climate-friendly buildings.

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Long, long ago and far, far away: quasars

""03/13/2019, Introducing UW Bothell students to cosmology since fall 2018, Rodriguez Hidalgo also will talk about “Quasars: supermassive black holes and galaxies far, far away” in a Pub Night Talk on March 26 at McMenamins in Bothell.

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At the intersection of art and geography

""03/06/2019, Ted Hiebert and Jin-Kyu Jung, associate professors in different fields in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, are exploring how to merge geographic and artistic representations of information.

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Computer modeling reveals secrets of teamwork

""02/28/2019, With a three-year $400,000 government grant, Deanna Kennedy employs student researchers to help study teamwork and discover how to keep people on the same page.

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