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Maria Patterson Named in Search for Hidden Figures in STEM Contest

Congratulations to Maria Patterson, a UW Astronomy Research Scientist working in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Data Management Science Pipelines group.  Maria is a runner-up in the “S…

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The many worlds of UW astronomer — and astrobiologist — Woody Sullivan

Woodruff T. Sullivan III — “Woody” for short — is a University of Washington professor emeritus of astronomy and co-founder of the UW Astrobiology Program. He sat down with UW Today for a wide-ran…

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New Funds to Assist Graduate Students Established

Generous donors have established two new Graduate Funds to honor emeritus astronomy faculty George Wallerstein and Paul Hodge.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Seattle’s high cost…

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Three faculty join the UW Astronomy Department


Our three newest assistant professors, Emily Levesque, Sarah Tuttle, and Jessica Werk. Welcome to the department!


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Suzanne Hawley Named Division Dean for the Natural Sciences at UW

Robert Stacey, Dean of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences, announced that Suzanne Hawley will be the next Divisional Dean for the Natural Sciences.

“I look forward to pro…

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The Astronomy Department at the University of Washington (UW) began in 1965 and has grown to 15 full and part-time faculty, approximately 20 postdocs, and 30 graduate students. Like every department at the UW, our goals and responsibilities can be summarized as excellence in education, research, and public service. The Astronomy Department provides the most engaging and challenging of research opportunities covering the spectrum of modern astrophysics. Courses provide the background; the close, diverse community of learning provides the excitement; and the array of observational and computational tools provides the opportunities for everyone to participate and learn together.


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