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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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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.

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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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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 Wta.org.


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 Salon.com

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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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 GoFundMe.com. 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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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. Read more


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. 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


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


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


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



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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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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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


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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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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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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New environmental center at Saint Edward park

University of Washington Bothell faculty and staff are helping plan an environmental learning center that would utilize Saint Edward State Park as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory.

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UW Bothell working to reduce foul odor of latrines, airing issue in global sanitation

""08/16/2018, The University of Washington Bothell is helping develop a disinfectant to reduce the foul odor of latrines. Making pit toilets less offensive could improve sanitation in developing regions of the world where defecation in the open air spreads disease.
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UW Bothell helping bring back ‘little red fish’

""08/08/2018, UW Bothell faculty Jeff Jensen and Rob Turner and their students are working on a project to return once-plentiful kokanee salmon to Lyon Creek in Lake Forest Park. Jensen is using a remote site egg incubator, and Turner is monitoring the water quality of storm runoff.
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Summer research strengthens math majors

""07/19/2018, Six promising UW Bothell math majors were selected for a National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program this summer. The Mathematical Association of America expects that immersing themselves in a research experience will strengthen their skills and encourage them to consider graduate school.
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Scanning electron microscope at UW Bothell

""03/16/2018, UW Bothell researchers in engineering, materials and biology have a powerful new tool in a scanning electron microscope installed in Discovery Hall. Seungkeun Choi’s research team is using it to develop organic solar cell technology.

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Dr. Hung Cao receives 2017 NSF CAREER Award

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Dr. Kristina Hillesland receives 2015 NSF CAREER Award

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Hazel Asuncion receives 2014 NSF CAREER Award

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