Academic News

Lose the Loud, Not the Proud

“Let’s put education in action,” says Dr. Kelly Tremblay, who asked her students to come up with ideas to protect fan hearing at notoriously loud Seahawks games without dulling team spirit.
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Thesis Project Takes Seniors on 10-Day Expedition

“The morning sun rose up and over the heralding cliffs that surrounded the pristine waters of Nootka Sound,” wrote senior Bryan Swaffield. “The storm had continued farther inland, and only a few straggling clouds remained. The region was more picture-perfect than most imagined.”
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Karan Goel Brings Hacker Culture to UW

“I believe the best kind of learning happens out in the open,” says Karan Goel, a UW computer science student. “It’s a process where continuous scrutiny transforms into feedback that helps you improve.”
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Class Explores the Politics of Cloth

“I loved to see which items in the exhibition the students read to,” says instructor Julia Freeman. “One student read to an image of a dead crow, while another read to a mink coat from the 1940’s. Their voices all quietly molded together to form one as they read.”
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Comic Artistry Explains Human-Centered Design

“It’s about how to take what academics and researchers discover and present it in a way that’s still true to the science, but also very entertaining, accessible, and connected to the public,” says Jeremy Keyes, co-instructor of the comics class.
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Undergrads Design Portable Planetarium

Undergraduate student talents were heavily involved in the design and construction of the traveling planetarium, including the development of the dome’s mirror-based optics and curriculum for its use in schools.
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Undergrads Uncover Shipwrecks with Sonar

“At other schools undergraduates don’t get the opportunity to go out on boats,” says Don Setiawan, a senior in oceanography. “It’s nice because you get hands-on experience and see what it means to be an oceanographer.”
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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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