• Jay Parrish has won this year’s UW Innovation Award in the biomedical sciences, providing two years of research support to further develop his creative ideas on the molecular basis of neuronal growth control, and the opposing phenomena of plasticity and robustness whose interplay is crucial for neuron function.

    Congratulations, Jay! 

    Wed, Dec 17 at 1 PM
  • Dr. Freeman received a nod from the Gates Foundation in their Postsecondary Success newsletter, reaching approximately 2,500 indiciduals across the nation. His active learning research is featured in the November/December issue: Lecutre Hall vs. Active Learning.

    Mon, Dec 15 at 10 AM
  • Professor Keiko Torii has received the 31st Inoue Prize for Science for her work on elucidating the cell-cell communication and the mechanism of stomatal development in plants. The Inoue Prize for Science is one of the most prestigious prizes awarded to researchers under the age of 50 for outstanding achievements in basic research in natural science.

    Here's the award announcement -- original press releases are in Japanese


    Congratulations Keiko! 

    Thu, Dec 11 at 1 PM
  • Postdoc Sarah Eddy continues to be at the forefront of education, this time feautred in an enlightening article on how minority students learn and what can be done to improve overall learning. Adjusting traditional teaching models and promoting a more active learning environment significantly increases performance scores in minorities.

    Read the Atlantic article here

    Transforming a lecture into a more active experience is one possible way of fixing STEM's diversity dilemma.

    Jirka Matousek/Flickr

    Fri, Dec 5 at 10 AM
  • Prof. Emeritus Bob Paine comments on the parvovirus that's taken the lives of countless starfish up and down the coast, from Alaska to Baja California. The virus weakens the starfish, and now sea cucumbers and sea urchins as well, making them susceptible to infection by bacteria commonly from the genus Vibrio. Read more here.

    An orange bat star, surrounded by purple sea urchins, is one of many starfish species being killed by a newly identified virus. PHOTOGRAPH BY NORBERT WU, MINDEN PICTURES/CORBIS

    Tue, Nov 18 at 1 PM
  • She's at it again! Graduate student Sarah Eddy and former postdoc Sara Brownell published a paper in CBE Life Science Education on gender and how it effects gaps in achievement and participation. The study focused on introductory biology classes, which sees a greater ratio of females to males compared to the other STEM subjects. Their research shows that closing the gender gap in science education may require more than just recruitment alone.

    Congratulations on not only publishing the paper, but also for being mentioned in this issue of Science - Editor's Choice!


    Mon, Oct 13 at 11 AM
  • Looking at the past to help us in the future. Associate Chair of Biology, Carl Bergstrom, was published in Science along with eight other international scientists on the importance of evolutionary biology in solving many of today’s problems. This includes insect-resistant crops, anti-biotic resistant bacteria, and even climate change! Read more in this UW Today article.


    Fri, Oct 3 at 11 AM
  • Biology Graduate student Tracy Larson is first author in the Sept. 23 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience and is featured in this UW article for her research on neural signaling pathways in the brains of songbirds. Their cells die in the fall and signal new cells to grow in the spring. The surge of new cells increases the size and quality of their songs during breeding season to attract mates. Treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's could be on the horizon if this pathway is exploited into human brain tissue. 


    Gambel's white-crowned sparrows are about 7 inches in length.

    Tue, Sep 23 at 4 PM