• For more than 4 years, Profs. Horacio de la Iglesia and Marti Bosma have been working with other sleep specialists, teachers, and parents to convince stakeholders to move start time for middle and high schools to later times, which are in tune with the circadian and sleep biology of teenagers. Now, the Seattle School Board finally approved later start times for most middle and all high schools in the district. This decision is in line with the latest recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics and it is a historic decision, as ours is the largest district in the country to approve such a move. Check out this Seattle Times article for more information. 

    Congratulations Horacio and Marti and thank you for your hard work!

    Tue, Nov 24 at 11 AM
  • Prof. Emerita Rose Ann Cattolico was recently featured in UW Today for her publication of the genome sequence of the haptophyte Chrysochromulina tobin. The report in the journal PLOS Genetics highlights the sequence's basic importance for studying circadian gene regulation and of potential importance for algal biofuel production. 


    Haptophytes are recognized as seminal players in aquatic ecosystem function. These algae are important in global carbon sequestration, form destructive harmful blooms, and given their rich fatty acid content, serve as a highly nutritive food source to a broad range of eco-cohorts. Haptophyte dominance in both fresh and marine waters is supported by the mixotrophic nature of many taxa. Despite their importance the nuclear genome sequence of only one haptophyte, Emiliania huxleyi (Isochrysidales), is available. Here we report the draft genome sequence of Chrysochromulina tobin (Prymnesiales), and transcriptome data collected at seven time points over a 24-hour light/dark cycle...

    Tue, Nov 24 at 11 AM
  • Prof. Emeritus Johnny Palka has launched a new natural history blog from his Whidbey Island enclave.

    The blog’s primary intended readership is people who love nature but relate to it mainly emotionally, not with the sorts of insights that a biologist has. The idea put forward through the blog is that ones appreciation of, and sense of connection to, nature can be markedly enhanced by knowing more about how nature works.

    Mon, Nov 23 at 3 PM
  • Clemens Cabernard, who will join our faculty next year as an Assistant Professor, has been named an EMBO Young Investigator. The scientists will be supported through a mentoring program, various courses and symposia including the annual “EMBO Young Investigator Meeting” and will be given the opportunity to meet and network with other researchers. With its “Young Investigator program”, EMBO supports outstanding scientists, under forty years of age, who are establishing their career as a research group leader. 
    Congratulations, ClemensHe will be in Seattle in January for grad student recruitment, so you can congratulate him in person then.
    Mon, Nov 23 at 3 PM
  • The latest National Academies Press issue on “Reaching Students: What research says about effective instruction in undergraduate science and engineering” features the work of the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) in Biology 180 on a 3 page spread, as well as being sprinkled about the text (check out UW and Freeman in the index). 

    Check it out here.

    Fri, Nov 13 at 12 PM
  • The Board of Regents just gave final approval for the construction and funding of the Life Sciences Building and Greenhouse!  The entire Dean’s office in Arts & Sciences deserves the credit for bringing this one home, but a special thanks goes out to Assoc. Dean Steve Majeski, who has been in the financial trenches at the UW and in the halls of power in Olympia for the past 2 years to close this complex deal.

    We are expecting to turn the building site over to Skanksa, our general contractor, in the first week of July 2016. By mid-August the existing Greenhouse and Plant Lab will be demolished, and excavation for the LSB basements and foundation will begin.  Sometime around January 2017 we will have our very own tower crane in place along the Burke-Gilman Trail, building the glass curtain wall exterior.  In September 2018 we will be settling into our new state-of-the-art research, teaching, greenhouse, and social spaces.  We expect to have several — perhaps many — new colleagues joining us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural pig roast on the deck overlooking the new Greenhouse.
    Our once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a uniquely integrative Biology Department is going to be realized!
    Thu, Nov 12 at 1 PM
  • Greenhouse staffer Terry Huang has written a call to visit the greenhouse in anticipation of the hiatus during LSB/greenhouse construction.  Terry’s article is featured in UW Today, and may be read here.
    Wed, Sep 30 at 1 PM
  • Lecturers Mary Pat Wenderoth and Jennifer Doherty were interviewed by Ulrich Boser from the Center for Americacn Progress, who is writing a book on learning. Check out the US News & World Report article on their work in biology education. 

    "Testing plays a key role in education, if done right."

    Thu, Sep 24 at 9 AM
  • UW Biology Principal Lecturer Scott Freeman was interviewed by Ross Reynolds (KUOW) recently, and describes the innovations that he and the other members of the Biology Education Research Group have employed to improve student learning. The improvements have greatly benefited students from underprepared backgrounds, narrowing the pernicious “achievement gap.”

    Listen here.

    Wed, Sep 23 at 1 PM
  • Assistant Prof. Lauren Buckley was nominated by the National Science Foundation as a "Future Leader" in science and engineering to participate in the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan this October. The STS Forum is an annual international meeting of senior thought leaders in science and engineering policy, research, and business, modeled on the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Congratulations Lauren!

    Thu, Sep 17 at 2 PM
  • Prof. Sam Wasser was featured on KUOW this morning on wildlife trafficking in Seattle and the US. Check out the audio clip and article here

    Cinerama preview of "Racing Extinction" raised money for Initiative 1401. KUOW PHOTO/AMY RADIL

    Thu, Sep 17 at 2 PM
  • Prof. Emily Carrington and graduate student Laura Newcomb were recently featured in UW Today after publishing their research on the effects of ocean acidification on Acetabularia in Biology Letters

    Read the full article here

    Mermaid’s wineglass algae from a site with high carbon dioxide. Note the greener color.Jason Hall-Spencer

    Tue, Sep 15 at 3 PM
  • Prof. Horacio de la Iglesia and Prof. Emeritus Gordon Orians were featured in a recent episode of KPLU's Sound Effect.

    They speak on fear and access to (or the lack of) artifical light. Check out the audio clip here.

    Fri, Sep 11 at 3 PM
  • Faculty members from several departments at the University of Washington will share $2.25 million in research funds from the National Science Foundation to study and apply the principles of evolution “in real time.” Their studies are a part of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. 

    Read the full article here, featuring quotes from Profs. Ben Kerr and Billie Swalla. 

    Fri, Sep 11 at 8 AM
  • Prof. Sharlene Santana is one of two UW professors to win an NSF award grant to bring six Native American undergraduate students to their first scientific meeting. Native Americans are one of the most underrepresented minorities in the natural sciences. 

    “Less than half a percent of our society’s members are Native American,” said Santana, who is also curator of mammals at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. “Our goal was to specifically target this demographic and increase their participation.” 

    Read more about her efforts here

    Fri, Sep 4 at 11 AM
  • Prof. Dee Boersma was named a finalist for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, the top honor for conservation work worldwide. 

    Congratulations Dee!

    “The [nominees] are protecting species and creating successful conservation methods that ensure future generations will live in a flourishing and sustainable world,” -- Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo

    Thu, Sep 3 at 3 PM
  • Prof. Bergstrom and alum Jevin West were featured in an Inside Higher Ed article, "Men Who Admire Their Own Work".

    "One experimental study tested men’s response to group status threat. Men were randomly assigned to a computer-based woman partner who either ascribed to traditional gender roles or reported being a feminist seeking a traditionally male-typed job as a bank manager (the 'legitimacy threat' condition). Those assigned to the legitimacy threat condition were more likely to sexually harass the woman -- in other words, they were more likely to react to threat in a compensatory way. Another experiment found that men -- but not women -- who experienced threats to their gender identity express greater desire for dominance and support for societal dominance hierarchies. When men feel threatened, they compensate with greater displays of masculinity."

    Thu, Aug 27 at 4 PM