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For the third summer in four years, it’s very hot in Seattle | The Stranger
If Seattle has felt unusually hot this summer it's not just you — we're in the midst of a record breaking heat wave. Joe Zagrodnik, a doctoral student in atmospheric sciences at the UW, is quoted.
Department:Atmospheric.Sciences  wawx  weather  Zagrodnik.Joe  College:Environment  !UWitM  2018  regl  The.Stranger  students 
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Supporting students in transition | UW College of Education
For one project, recent graduate Esquivel jointly created web-accessible checklists aimed at the transition phase in students’ lives as part of an effort to combat the phenomena. The lists walk students through each step they need to complete between high school graduation and their first day of college.

She said having guidelines—the transition checklist—helps students feel supported by providing information such as which forms to fill out and where to go to set up counseling appointments.
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America's housing crisis is forcing more people to live in vehicles | HuffPost
Wealthy cities like Berkeley and Seattle are seeing a boom in people calling their cars and RVs “home.” Graham Pruss, a graduate student in anthropology at the UW, is quoted.
Pruss.Graham  Huffington.Post  !UWitM  2018  natl  Department:Anthropology  students  College:Arts&Sciences 
6 days ago by uwnews
Teenager finds classical alternative to quantum recommendation algorithm | Quanta Magazine
A teenager from Texas has taken quantum computing down a notch. In a paper posted online earlier this month, 18-year-old Ewin Tang proved that ordinary computers can solve an important computing problem with performance potentially comparable to that of a quantum computer. Tang will be a doctoral student in computer science at the UW this fall.
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8 days ago by uwnews
Phone scam targets UW students | KOMO Radio
A new scam targeting UW students aims to impersonate UW police officers asking for money or, it claims, the person on the receiving end of the phone call will "go to jail." Maj. Steve Rittereiser of the UW Police Department is interviewed.
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12 days ago by uwnews
UW hyperloop team meets Elon Musk | KOMO Radio
A meeting with Elon Musk was the reward for a group of UW engineers who competed in the hyperloop contest. The team finished first out of the U.S. teams.
radio  KOMO  regl  !UWitM  2018  hyperloop  College:Engineering  students 
12 days ago by uwnews
A mother orca’s dead calf and the grief felt around the world | The Seattle Times
The orca Tahlequah, also known as J35, has now carried her dead calf for a ninth day. Experts say grief is driving her, but others urge caution about projecting human emotions on animals. Kaeli Swift, a doctoral student at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the UW, and John Marzluff, a professor in the same school, are quoted.
Swift.Kaeli  !UWitM  2018  School:Environmental&Forest.Sciences  College:Environment  regl  students  orcas  Marzluff.John 
12 days ago by uwnews
RoboMaster: DJI is turning robot battles into the next college sport — advantage China | Quartz
Last week, armies of robots landed in the city of Shenzhen—China’s paradise for hardware manufacturing—and shot pellets at one another in a cocoon-like stadium. As many as 10,000 people were in the stands cheering for the teams controlling them. Eric de Winter, captain of the University of Washington team, is quoted.
de.Winter.Eric  Quartz  !UWitM  2018  natl  robots  College:Engineering  students  Department:Physics  College:Arts&Sciences 
12 days ago by uwnews
UW team notches a personal best in hyperloop competition — and meets Elon Musk | The Seattle Times
A University of Washington engineering team took fourth place in a competition to build a futuristic form of travel called the hyperloop.
Seattle.Times  !UWitM  2018  regl  hyperloop  College:Engineering  students  alumni 
13 days ago by uwnews
‘Lopping,’ ‘Tips’ and the ‘Z-List’: Bias Lawsuit Explores Harvard’s Admissions Secrets
July 29, 2018 | - The New York Times | By Anemona Hartocollis, Amy Harmon and Mitch Smith.
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One tries very hard to assess the candidate’s potential. Is he or she a self-starter? How much help has he had? Has the candidate peaked? How will he or she react to not being head of the class?

Does he or she have the core values, confidence, perspective and flexibility to adapt and thrive? Not surprisingly, companies and others prefer applicants who have what a law firm where I later recruited called “a can-do attitude.”
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........The case has been orchestrated by Edward Blum, a longtime crusader against affirmative action and voting rights laws, and it may yield him a fresh chance to get the issue before the Supreme Court. The court turned away his last major challenge to university admissions, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in 2016.

[Read: How other Ivy League schools are coming to Harvard’s defense.]

The debate goes back to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. The assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 was a turning point, pushing colleges to redouble their efforts to be more representative of American society.

But Asians were an overlooked minority despite a long history of discrimination. .......The plaintiffs say that the personal rating — which considers an applicant’s character and personality — is the most insidious of Harvard’s admissions metrics. They say that Asian-Americans are routinely described as industrious and intelligent, but unexceptional and indistinguishable — characterizations that recall painful stereotypes for many people of Asian descent. (The applicant who was the “proverbial picket fence” was Asian-American.).........Professor Khurana, the Harvard College dean, acknowledged that Harvard was not always perfect, but said it was trying to get its practices right.

“I have a great deal of humility knowing that some day history will judge us,” Professor Khurana said. “I think that’s why we are constantly asking ourselves this question: How can we do better? How could we be better? What are we missing? Where are our blind spots?”
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