After delays, Jackson School awarded $16 million for education

While most students were settling in for the start of autumn quarter, more than 100 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellows weren’t feeling as relaxed. Due to delays from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), they waited anxiously for the announcement of the FLAS awards. 

If funding was denied, those students would be left without the majority of their tuition money and be forced to scramble for alternative funds. Some may have been forced to drop out.

Jackson School hosts talk on Hong Kong and the shadow of Tiananmen

According to UW postdoctoral fellow Justin Tse, the ongoing Hong Kong protests, now dubbed internationally as the Umbrella Movement, is the climax of a deeply rooted Christian democratic movement in China and in Hong Kong.

Panelists address Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Despite recent fears, an Ebola epidemic in the United States is a highly unlikely event, according to experts at the UW’s “Ebola: What’s Next?” panel Tuesday afternoon.


Video: Jonathan Smith, Colin Tanigawa, Chris Strausser, Keith Bhonapha after practice

Offensive players and coaches met with the media Wednesday to talk about Washington's running game, playing Arizona, and the progress of redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Williams.

Tale of two quarterbacks

Six games an two quarterbacks into the season, the No. 14 Arizona State Sun Devils are in the thick of the Pac-12 South race.

Pac-12 volleyball power rankings

After an unprecedented five-way tie for fifth in last week’s rankings, things have begun to shake out in the Pac-12. Sort of. While we now have all dozen of the Pac-12 teams in their own spot, this weekend’s slate of games could shake things up again.


Room for debate: Midterm elections — Popping and gridlocking

It’s that time again. In between getting fired up for presidential elections, we’ve got to contend with midterms, that special season in which the electorate tend to express their preference for party ideology, rather than presidential candidates. This is a special midterm, because it will determine how the final act of the Obama presidency plays out. The simplest breakdown is this: If you want his agenda furthered, vote Democrat; if not, don’t. 

Room for debate: Midterm elections — Let’s try something different

First off, vote. Just do it.

Now with that squared away, let’s talk about how you vote. According to a Gallup poll in 2011, a record-breaking 69 percent of U.S. citizens had little or no confidence in the legislative branch of their government.

Room for debate: Midterm elections — Confronting gridlock (no, not that kind)

With the federal government gridlocked and no end in sight until at least 2016, it’s hard to be invested in politics right now. The Democrats have a statistically insignificant chance of taking the House, and if the Republicans take the Senate — which it looks like they very well might — all that will happen is Obama will exercise his veto power more often. Essentially, all likely outcomes of the midterm elections for the federal government will be inconsequential.

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Opera aspirations

Last spring, a graduating UW senior unlike any other, took the stage at the UW commencement ceremony to deliver a powerful rendition of the national anthem that belied her 5-foot stature and 16 years of age.

“I was grinning through the whole song,” Denná Good-Mojab, now 17, said. “The second I got off stage I said, ‘I just wanna do it again.’”

An aspiring opera singer, Good-Mojab sang the national anthem for a crowd of 40,000 at Husky Stadium. But she wasn’t fazed by the audience.

Mindfulness mission

Last year, when Yogis at UW (YUW) reached its 300-person capacity within the first month of school, the club founder, Alysha Greig, realized that the UW needed something bigger than a Registered Student Organization (RSO) to take care of students’ mental health.    

Transit troubles

Heron Paulson-Quick has a passion for dancing. She’s been doing it for four years, and though she lives on campus in Seattle, she’s willing to make a trek to Zamani Culture House, a dance studio in Bothell, to continue, because it’s the only place in the area that teaches the styles she’s interested in. Her journey consists of 40 minutes walking, and 35 minutes on two buses. 

Each night she goes to Bothell, Paulson-Quick takes two dance classes, totaling two and a half hours. 


Campus Pulse

An unlikely source affecting ocean chemistry 

The migration of tiny zooplankton and crustaceans like krill has a great effect on ocean chemistry, according to new research from the UW.

During these large migrations, urine is secreted. The ammonia in the urine plays a significant role in some regions of the ocean that aren’t as oxygenated. 

UW researcher predicts population increase

The global population is on the rise. Using new statistical models, never before applied to population estimates, statisticians have determined global population could be 11 billion people by 2100, 2 billion more than previously predicted. 

The figure comes from a new Bayesian statistical model, which uses the most recent data on population, fertility, and mortality, and also allows researchers to incorporate past experience in future projections. 

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Songbird singing reveals cell growth 

During the breeding season, songbirds sing the melodies they do because their specialized brain cells are multiplying. A new UW study sheds light on this ornithological phenomenon, which may in turn provide insight into cell replacement in humans.

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