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Released: 30-Mar-2021 10:15 AM EDT
D.C. Dermatologist Plays Leading Role in COVID-19 Testing for Vulnerable Communities
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) named board-certified dermatologist Ginette Okoye, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for establishing a dedicated COVID-19 community testing site in a historically underserved neighborhood in northeast Washington, D.C.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 10:00 AM EDT
D.C. Entrepreneurial Instruction and Mentorship Network helps Jamaican native catapult her tech-forward beauty brand
George Washington University

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded the George Washington University a $75,000 grant to launch the Entrepreneurial Development Network DC (EDNDC).

Released: 1-Mar-2019 5:05 PM EST
Assessing riverside corridors — the "escape routes" for animals under climate change — in the Northwest
University of Washington

Lands surrounding rivers and streams offer natural migration routes that will take on a new importance as temperatures rise. A new, open-access study pinpoints which riverside routes will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate.

Released: 1-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST
Fred Hutch announces 2019 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recipients
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the 2019 recipients of the annual Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Washington State University

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America.

Released: 27-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives
University of Washington

As gray wolves return to Washington state, a new study finds that one species of deer is changing its behavior to spend more time away from roads, at higher elevations and in rockier landscapes.

Released: 27-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Predictive Modeling Could Help Fight Neighborhood Crime
Washington State University

New technology developed by a Washington State University scientist could help police officers predict where burglaries are likely to occur

Released: 25-Feb-2019 10:00 PM EST
New AI approach bridges the ‘slim-data gap’ that can stymie deep learning approaches
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientists have developed a deep neural network that sidesteps a problem that has bedeviled efforts to apply artificial intelligence to tackle complex chemistry – a shortage of precisely labeled chemical data.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
It’s all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles on the nanoscale
University of Washington

In a paper published Feb. 25 in Nature, scientists report that they have developed a system to trap individual excitons — bound pairs of electrons and associated positive charges. This system could form the basis of a novel platform to monitor excitons with precision and develop new quantum technologies.

Released: 20-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST
New study: How to save a seabird
University of Washington

A new study outlines more than a decade of success in reducing seabird bycatch in Alaska’s longline fisheries, and where there’s still room for improvement.

19-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
CASSINI Trial publishes data on preventing blood clots in cancer patients
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

The first clinical study investigating the use of the direct oral anticoagulant, rivaroxaban, to prevent blood clots in patients with cancer at high-risk published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found no significant reduction in venous thromboembolism or death in the overall 180-day trial period; however, the researchers did observe a lower incidence of these events while patients were actively on the study drug, or during the on-treatment period.

19-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST
New research shows structural barriers are the biggest reason for low participation in clinical trials
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Findings in Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows patients don’t have enough opportunities for participation

Released: 13-Feb-2019 9:05 PM EST
UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer
University of Washington

Exposure to glyphosate—the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup—increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.

Released: 13-Feb-2019 6:05 PM EST
Parents don't pick favorites, at least if you're a Magellanic penguin
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers report in a paper published Jan. 23 in Animal Behaviour that, when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with fish, the parent tries to feed each of its two chicks equal portions of food, regardless of the youngsters' differences in age or size.

6-Feb-2019 5:15 PM EST
Sophisticated Blood Analysis Provides New Clues About Ebola, Treatment Avenues
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A detailed analysis of blood samples from Ebola patients is providing clues about the progression of the effects of the virus in patients and potential treatment pathways. The findings point to a critical role for a molecular pathway that relies on the common nutrient choline, as well as the importance of cellular bodies known as microvesicles.

8-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Many Arctic lakes give off less carbon than expected
University of Washington

New research by the University of Washington and U.S. Geological Survey suggests many Arctic lakes pose little threat to global carbon levels, at least for now.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
All the data in the sky, alerted via UW eyes
University of Washington

The Zwicky Transient Facility has identified more than a thousand new objects and phenomena in the sky, including supernovae and near-Earth asteroids. University of Washington scientists led the development of the ZTF's alert system, which informs teams of possible new objects in the sky.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Parenting in the age of legal pot: Household rules, conversations help guide teen use
University of Washington

The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.

4-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Rust never sleeps
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers have been able to observe in unprecedented detail how rust happens.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 10:00 AM EST
Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent
University of Washington

A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction
University of Washington

Scientists have just discovered a dinosaur relative that lived in Antarctica 250 million years ago. The iguana-sized reptile's genus name, Antarctanax, means "Antarctic king."

Released: 31-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
Even a one-hour 'planting party' can lift spirits, build skills among women in prison, study shows
University of Washington

Exposure to nature, even through a brief gardening activity, can improve well-being among women in prison, a UW Tacoma-led study finds.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Gonzaga U. to Host 5th International Conference on Hate Studies April 2-4
Gonzaga University

SPOKANE, Wash. — Top researchers and thought leaders focused on hate and building peace will participate in the 5th International Conference on Hate Studies April 2-4 at Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center.

Released: 25-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Study Could Help Predict Aneurysm Risk for Kids with Kawasaki Disease
Seattle Children's Hospital

In honor of National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day on January 26, we are sharing the story of Olivia, a 9-year-old who lives with the disease. Research at Seattle Children’s aims to improve life for children with this condition who are at risk for aneurysms. When Olivia Nelson was 3 years old, her parents noticed that she had a fever that wouldn’t get better.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 11:20 AM EST
Washington State University

PULLMAN, Wash.--Erik Johnson has what looks like a surefire way to hurt support for spending to protect the environment: Elect a Democratic president.

Released: 17-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle
University of Washington

Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study used local data to model food consumption patterns by city block. Weekly servings of salad and soda served as proxies for diet quality.

Released: 14-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
Seattle Bike Share Programs Show Infrequent Helmet Use, Little Disparity in Access to Bikes Among Neighborhoods
University of Washington

People riding free-floating bike share rentals in Seattle are wearing helmets infrequently, according to a new analysis conducted by University of Washington researchers. Only 20 percent of bike share riders wore helmets in the study, while more than 90 percent of cyclists wore helmets while riding their own bikes. Different research on the free-floating bike share systems showed that bikes were usually available in all Seattle neighborhoods across economic, racial and ethnic lines. However, more bikes were located in more-advantaged neighborhoods.

Released: 11-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
PNNL tech serves as fish body double
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — Hundreds of surrogate "fish" will be put to work at dams around the world through an agreement between ATS - Advanced Telemetry Systems - and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to improve operations and increase sustainability. PNNL developed the Sensor Fish to understand what happens to fish as they pass through turbulent waters and turbines at hydroelectric facilities.

Released: 10-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Astronomers find signatures of a 'messy' star that made its companion go supernova
University of Washington

On Jan. 10 at the 233rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, an international team of astronomers announced that they have identified the type of companion star that made its partner in a binary system, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf star, explode.

Released: 9-Jan-2019 7:05 PM EST
Gonzaga University Names Deena J. González, Ph.D., Provost & Senior Vice President
Gonzaga University

SPOKANE, Wash. — Deena J. González, Ph.D., former associate provost for faculty affairs and professor in the department of Chicana/o, Latina/o studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has been named provost and senior vice president at Gonzaga University effective June 1.

Released: 9-Jan-2019 5:00 PM EST
First Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Its Precursors
University of Washington

UW researchers have developed a smartphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone's breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred.

Released: 7-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
UW study: Long-term breastfeeding sheds light on whether an infant becomes right- or left-handed
University of Washington

Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The study found that the prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants as compared to bottle-fed infants. This finding was identified in about 60,000 mother-infant pairs and accounted for known risk factors for handedness.

Released: 2-Jan-2019 6:05 PM EST
The number of single male Magellanic penguins is rising at this breeding colony. Here's why.
University of Washington

Female Magellanic penguins are more likely to die at sea as juveniles, which has caused a skewed sex ratio of nearly three adult males to every female, as well as population decline of more than 40 percent since 1987 at one of their largest breeding colonies — Punta Tombo in Argentina.

Released: 2-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
How economic theory and the Netflix Prize could make research funding more efficient
University of Washington

Two scientists use the economic theory of contests to illustrate how the competitive grant-application system has made the pursuit of research funding inefficient and unsustainable. They say alternatives, such as a partial lottery to award grants, could relieve pressure on professors and free up time for research.

Released: 24-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
New Global Migration Estimates Show Rates Proportionally Steady Since 1990, High Rate of Return Migration
University of Washington

A new study shows that rates of global migration are higher than previously thought, but also relatively stable, fluctuating between 1.1-1.3 percent of global population from 1990 to 2015. Approximately 45 percent of migrants returned to their home countries, a much higher estimate than other methods.

Released: 19-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
Researchers develop a new houseplant that can clean your home's air
University of Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington have genetically modified a common houseplant to remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it.

Released: 18-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
Salmon May Lose the Ability to Smell Danger as Carbon Emissions Rise
University of Washington

New research shows that the powerful sense of smell Pacific salmon rely on for migration, finding food and avoiding predators might be in trouble as carbon emissions continue to be absorbed by our ocean.

Released: 18-Dec-2018 10:00 AM EST
SCCA Bone Marrow Transplant Program Survival Rates Recognized Nationally
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

The Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has once again earned national recognition for outperforming expected one-year survival rates, for the sixth consecutive year.

Released: 14-Dec-2018 8:00 AM EST
Helping Families Navigate the Digital World
Seattle Children's Hospital

Digital devices like the iPad have only been around for about 10 years, but in that short amount of time, they have become ingrained into everyday life and research examining their impact on young children is limited.Tune into 60 Minutes this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT as Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, discusses with Anderson Cooper the evolving digital age children are growing up in today and how his research hopes to uncover the impact this new era has on a child’s developing mind.

Released: 13-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
Fred Hutch 2018 highlights: immunotherapy, prevention strategies, precision screening, value-based care and more
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Summaries of this year’s notable advances at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and beyond.

12-Dec-2018 7:45 PM EST
New Findings on Concussion in Football’s Youngest Players
Seattle Children's Hospital

New research from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5%, sustaining a football-related concussion each season.

Released: 12-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
Cloud or no cloud, that is the question
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Feature RICHLAND, Wash. — Kids lying on their backs in a grassy field might scan the clouds for images—perhaps a fluffy bunny here and a fiery dragon over there. Often, atmospheric scientists do the opposite—they search data images for the clouds as part of their research to understand Earth systems.Manually labeling data images pixel by pixel is time-consuming, so researchers rely on automatic processing techniques, such as cloud detection algorithms.

Released: 12-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills
University of Washington

Anticipation is often viewed as an emotional experience, an eager wait for something to happen.

Released: 11-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees
University of Washington

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health. But these machines need so much power to fly that they can't get very far without needing a charge. Now, engineers at the University of Washington have created a sensing system that is small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee.

Released: 11-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST
What Social Stress in Monkeys Can Tell Us About Human Health
University of Washington

Research in recent years has linked a person’s physical or social environment to their well-being. Stress wears down the body and compromises the immune system, leaving a person more vulnerable to illnesses and other conditions. Various stressors, from family adversity to air pollution, can lead to inflammation, diabetes and heart disease.

Released: 6-Dec-2018 7:05 PM EST
Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath
University of Washington

The largest extinction in Earth’s history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago. Long before dinosaurs, our planet was populated with plants and animals that were mostly obliterated after a series of massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia. Fossils in ancient seafloor rocks display a thriving and diverse marine ecosystem, then a swath of corpses.

Released: 6-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — A new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials.