Academic News

Discovering the Creativity in Math

Alex Compeau, a freshman interested in math and engineering, says he was “inspired to the core” by the course. “Our schooling has always taught, and still teaches, that art and math don’t mix,” says Compeau. “You either focus on one or the other. It’s crazy, because the two are so linked together. Now, everything I look at I ask myself where was the math involved, and where did they make an artistic choice—even if they didn’t know it was an artistic choice.”
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What the *#@$&*?: Linguistics Course Tackles Taboo Language

“Swear words that were considered the worst five hundred years ago were religious, but some of the words for body parts that we now consider obscene were in medical textbooks,” says Laura McGarrity, lecturer in the Department of Linguistics.
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Jason and Walter's Excellent Arctic Adventure

“Yeah, we totally got stuck,” says undergraduate Walter O’Toole of part of their travels. “It’s almost like a maze out there. In certain places there are chunks of ice with cracks in them or space between them. We didn’t really know how to jump over cracks and which ones were safe to jump over.”
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Faculty Profile: David Butman

Professor Butman brings a strong background in aquatic biogeochemistry and remote sensing, including the application of new sensors to monitor the environment. He studies the influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems.
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New Degree Programs Add Options as School Begins

New degree programs range from architecture with a liberal arts perspective to international affairs and teaching science and offer expanded avenues of study to traditional areas of interest.
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Biology Lecture Courses Skip the Lecture

“The most inspiring comment I’ve ever gotten on a teaching evaluation was that I made a class of 700 feel like a class of 35,” says Scott Freeman, principal lecturer in the Department of Biology.
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Students Help Build World's Largest Deep-Ocean Observatory

“It was really nice being a part of the actual science part of the cruise,” says Charles Garcia, a senior in oceanography. “Being exposed to real fieldwork is something I wouldn’t have got otherwise. It’s pretty hectic on a ship and people work in an ever-changing environment.”
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Perseverance Pays Off With Childhood Passion

“I love this program,” says Maria Gamman, who is heading into her final quarter at the School of Environmental and Forest Services. “From that first quarter, I’ve absolutely loved my classes, and it’s not that they’re easy. Most of the classes I’m required to take are pretty challenging, but I love that.”
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Jackson School Applied Research Projects Reach Around the World

“You don’t always get research opportunities when you’re not in the hard sciences,” says Rebecca Snyder, a student participant of the program. “This is great.”
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Undergraduate Researchers Stay Busy Through Summer

“It really shows how diverse the UW is, and all the stories you can find here,” says Trinh Ha, an incoming freshman who was one of the participants in the popular Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.
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