• UW Affiliate Prof. Rusty Rodriguez, who is the founder and CEO of Symbiogenics, was recently featured in a Public Radio International article regarding the role of microbes in the future of agriculture. Rodriguez and Swiss geneticist, Ian Sanders, study various fungi in hopes of developing a more sustainable alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Click here to read more.

    Corn and other crops grow with the aid of introduced fungi in the Seattle greenhouse of the microbiologist Rusty Rodriguez's company. Rodriguez hopes the microbes will help crops survive growing climate stresses like droughts, floods and extreme heat and cold. Credit: Cynthia Graber

    Tue, Jul 15 at 1 PM
  • Asst. Prof. Jeff Riffell and co-authors found that background scents in the environment, such as vehicle exhaust and other plants, occlude the scent of flowers that moths seek. Riffell said that further research "could provide insight into whether urban emissions affect pollinators in farms neighboring urban centers."

    Read more here.

    Coauthors of the study, from right to left: Jeff Riffell, Elischa Sanders, and Eli Shlizerman. Credit: Kiley Riffell

    Thu, Jun 26 at 11 AM
  • The clingfish, which can support 300 times its weight, has a sucker made up of highly modified pectoral and pelvic fins. The creature is so well studied thanks in part to Prof. Adam Summers. Check out the article here.

    Photo: Petra Ditsche, University of Washington

    Wed, Jun 18 at 2 PM
  • Science is becoming more open, with researchers more likely than in the past to share data sets, preprints, and scientific code. Click here to read more about this cultural shift in lowering the bar to sharing.

    Wed, Jun 18 at 12 PM
  • Kelsey Byers, Ph.D., Prof. Toby Bradshaw and Asst. Prof. Jeff Riffell are featured in a NSF highlight that describes their finding that two closely related species of wildflowers use varying degrees of scent to attract different organisms. Read more here.

    Tue, Jun 17 at 11 AM
  • UW Medicine Acting Asst. Prof. Greg Crowther is taking an innovative approach to teaching biological concepts... by singing to students! Check out the video here.

    Thu, Jun 5 at 12 PM
  • Heather Goldsby, a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof. Ben Kerr, found that "multicellular organisms set aside germ cells to protect their genetic material, letting other cells – the soma – do the dirty work that damages DNA, their genetic building blocks."

    The findings were recently published in PLOS ONE and Goldsby conducted the research as a graduate student at Michigan State University. Read more here.

    Thu, Jun 5 at 12 PM
  • DNA-based methods pioneered by Prof. Sam Wasser's lab helped in the prosecution of the largest ivory dealer in West Africa. Read the story here.

    Three men stand next to a haul of ivory tusks seized by security forces at the port of Lomé in Togo. The ivory was ready to be shipped to Vietnam.

    Wed, Jun 4 at 1 PM
  • Last year as part of Scott Freeman, Mary Pat Wenderoth, and Alison Crowe's Biology Education Research Group, former postdoc Sara Brownell involved over 240 biologists nationwide in revising and validating a framework of core learning objectives for biology majors.

    Sara is now an assistant professor at Arizona State University. Read more here.


    ASU assistant professor Sara Brownell, along with colleagues from University of Washington, has developed a new, detailed, core concept template called BioCore Guide. The guide, which includes input from more than 240 biologists nationwide, is an updated blueprint for educators to help them clarify the learning outcomes for undergraduate students majoring in general biology. (Left to right) Alison Crowe (UW), Mary Pat Wenderoth (UW), Sara Brownell (ASU) and Scott Freeman (UW).

    Tue, Jun 3 at 10 AM
  • On the heels of publishing new findings on how more undergraduates succeed in science courses that employ active learning, it was announced today that Principal Lecturer Scott Freeman and colleagues have received $1.5 million to expand their work.

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected 37 research universities, including the UW, to receive $60 million in grants to improve how science is taught.

    Among other intiatives, Freeman's group plans to use the funds to reform undergraduate teaching labs by having students carry out original research.

    Thu, May 29 at 4 PM
  • Barbara, who was the first Chair of Biology's Diversity Committee, has long been a champion of promoting diversity among undergrads, grads, postdocs, and faculty.

    The GO-MAP Faculty Leadership Award was established to recognize service, leadership and mentoring by a UW faculty member in areas promoting and supporting graduate diversity and to highlight all that our faculty do outside of their academic responsibilities to ensure that there is an environment of support for our graduate students. 

    Congrats Barbara!

    Wed, May 28 at 3 PM
  • Heather Hunsperger, who is graduate student in Prof. Rose Ann Cattolico's lab, won the Harold C. Bold Award at the Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society. The award is given for the outstanding graduate student paper(s) presented at the Annual Meeting.

    Congrats Heather!

    Wed, May 28 at 3 PM
  • In perhaps the largest "show and tell" of undergraduate research in the country, 1,100 students presented their projects to the campus community and public during the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 16.

    Check out the video here, which includes comments from graduate student Tracy Larson, who was a recipient of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

    Wed, May 28 at 2 PM
  • Prof. Dee Boersma has been studying and protecting Magellanic penguins in the Galapagos Islands and Punta Tombo, Argentina for three decades. Read the profile here.

    Wed, May 28 at 12 PM
  • Prof. Billie Swalla - along with many faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate co-authors - provides genomic evidence in the journal Nature that comb jellies, not sponges, could be the earliest ancestor of animals. 

    Read the story here.

    The Pacific sea gooseberry is crystal clear and about the size of a marble. When light refracts off of the jelly’s rapidly moving cilia, a rainbow of colors can be seen. Photo: R Sanford
    Wed, May 28 at 12 PM
  • Postdoctoral researcher Melanie Harsch, who is part of Assoc. Prof. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers' lab, is the lead author on a paper that describes how shrubs achieve less yearly growth when cold winter temperatures are interrupted by temperatures warm enough to trigger growth.

    Read more here.

    Dracophyllum (the genus in which the researchers studied two species), on Campbell Island, New Zealand. Photo by Janet Wilmshurst

    Wed, May 28 at 11 AM
  • Prof. and Burke Museum Curator Dick Olmstead will assume his role of President of the Botanical Society of America in 2016. Congratulations Dick!

    Fri, May 16 at 10 AM
  • Check out this cool video that addresses philosophy's role in guiding neuroengineering research. 

    It features Prof. Tom Daniel and Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy Sara Goering.

    Thu, May 15 at 4 PM
  • Congratulations to Prof. Emeritus Merrill Hille and graduate student Tracy Larson for being announced as 2014 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recipients! 

    Vice Provost Ed Taylor will present the awards at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 16 at 11am in Mary Gates Hall.

    Thu, May 15 at 11 AM
  • Assoc. Prof. Caroline Stromberg's paper - "Floral and environmental gradients on a Late Cretaceous landscape" - was just awarded the Ecological Society of America's Cooper Award.

    The William Skinner Cooper Award, initiated in 1985, is given by the ESA to honor an outstanding contributor to the fields of geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession, or the distribution of plants along environmental gradients, these being the fields in which W. S. Cooper worked. The award is for a single contribution in a scientific publication (single or multiple authored). 

    Congrats to Caroline and her co-authors: Scott Wing, the late Leo Hickey, Fleur Tiver, Brian Willis, Robyn Burnham, and Anna Behrensmeyer.

    Thu, May 15 at 11 AM