Research

  • 'Full of injustice': Burden of court fines vary by race, county in Washington

    Legal financial obligations, or LFOs, can burden people with suffocating debt long after they’ve done their time in prison. Yet the way court fines and fees are imposed in Washington can depend both on who you are and where the crime occurred. Alexes Harris, professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.
    Yakima Herald
  • The Return of the Marcoses

    "The level of support in the Philippines for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. cannot be explained by social media disinformation or sheer coercion alone," writes Vincente Rafael, Professor in the Department of History.

    The New York Review
  • Analysis: Analyzing how 3 US presidents announced the deaths of terrorist leaders

    The sight of a U.S. president announcing the death of a terrorist leader has been a fixture in American politics over the past 11 years. The words each president uttered and their mannerisms at the podium reveal a lot about the type of leader they are attempting to be. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
    NPR
  • Opinion: There are too few women in computer science and engineering

    "Only 20 percent of computer science and 22 percent of engineering undergraduate degrees in the U.S. go to women. Women are missing out on flexible, lucrative and high-status careers. Society is also missing out on the potential contributions they would make to these fields, such as designing smartphone conversational agents that suggest help not only for heart attack symptoms but also for indicators of domestic violence," write Sapna Cheryan, professor of psychology at the UW; Andrew Meltzoff, professor of psychology and co-director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences; and Allison Master, professor at the University of Houston.
    Scientific American
  • A Walk in Their Heels: Meet the Hustle Evangelist

    Abdiel Jacobsen, a graduate in the Department of Dance and a former Martha Graham dancer, found freedom in hustle, which offers a progressive, gender-neutral vision of partnered social dance.

    New York Times
  • In experiment, AI successfully impersonates famous philosopher

    A recent experiment from the philosophers Eric Schwitzgebel, Anna Strasser and Matthew Crosby quizzed people on whether they could tell which answers to deep philosophical questions came from philosopher Daniel Dennett and which from the language generator GPT-3. Emily Bender, professor of linguistics at the UW, is quoted.
    Vox
  • New study challenges old views on what’s ‘primitive’ in mammalian reproduction

    Which group of mammals has the more "primitive" reproductive strategy — marsupials, with their short gestation periods, or humans and other placental mammals, which have long gestation periods? For decades, biologists viewed marsupial reproduction as "more primitive." But University of Washington scientists have discovered that a third group of mammals, the long-extinct multituberculates, had a long gestation period like placental mammals. Since multituberculates split off from the rest of the mammalian lineage before placentals and marsupials had even evolved, these findings question the view that marsupials were “less advanced” than their placental cousins.
    UW News
  • Is the silence of the Great Plains to blame for 'prairie madness'?

    A new study suggests the soundscape could have affected the mental health of 19th-century settlers. Adrian K.C. Lee, professor of speech and hearing sciences, is quoted.
    Atlas Obscura
  • Novel HIV combination therapies could prevent viral escape and rebound

    New research by scientists at the University of Washington, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and the University of Cologne indicates that carefully designed cocktails of broadly neutralizing antibodies could help treat HIV while minimizing the risk of the virus evolving to “escape” treatment.
    UW News
  • Covid Findings — with some Controversy

    Statistics professor Jon Wakefield led a team estimating excess deaths due to COVID. The findings caused a stir.

    August 2022 Perspectives
  • Seattle's soda tax beneficial for lower-income communities, according to UW study

    A new study by the University of Washington found that sweetened beverage taxes, on products like soda, produce benefits for low-income families. Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Melissa Knox, associate teaching professor of economics at the UW, are referenced.
    MyNorthwest
  • UW astronomer: NASA's new telescope shows clearest images of other galaxies to date

    NASA unveiled a handful of its first images taken by the James Webb Telescope (JWTS) on Monday, and for many scientists, it’s been an astronomical feat. James Davenport, a research assistant professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.

    MyNorthwest
  • Analysis: Cosponsoring the Green New Deal boosted Democrats' vote share

    "Our research suggests that co-sponsoring the Green New Deal helped in the 2020 elections. Could it boost incumbents’ votes in the 2022 midterms as well?" write UW's Meagan Carmack, a doctoral student in political science; Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs; and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.

    The Washington Post
  • Seven UW faculty members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

    Seven professors at the University of Washington are among 25 new members of the Washington State Academy of Sciences for 2022, according to a July 15 announcement.

    UW News
  • Biden and NASA unveil James Webb Space Telescope's first image

    President Joe Biden got in on today’s celebration of the first full-color image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion observatory that’s been decades in the making. But the star of the show was the image itself, billed as the deepest and sharpest infrared view of the universe to date. Emily Levesque, associate professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.

    GeekWire