UW Ranked 25th Among Universities in the World

The World University Rankings“, using data provided by Thomson Reuters, ranked the UW 25th among universities world-wide. The rankings attempt to take into account teaching, international outlook, industrial income, research activity, and citations of scholarly work. Among U.S. public institutions, UW ranked 5th in this study.

The physical sciences and life sciences at the UW were ranked even higher, in both cases 15th in the world! Among U.S. public institutions, UW physical sciences ranked 3rd in the nation, after UC Berkeley and UCLA.

UW Chemistry chair Paul Hopkins commented that the outstanding UW rankings in the physical and life sciences are consistent with the extraordinary environment UW provides for collaborative research. “While UW faculty most certainly seek out the very best collaborators in the world for their scholarly programs, the world’s expert is often to be found down the hall, or in the next building, right here at the UW.”

Wow! That’s a Big Magnet

It’s finally here. At long last, the 800 MHz NMR magnet rolled up behind Bagley Hall last week on a very big truck in a very big box (see pictures below). The move of a 3-ton object from Europe to the basement of Bagley was only achieved after considerable planning and with the help of many experts. Among other things, the planning included assuring ourselves that the magnet in transit from the loading dock to its new home would not choose to travel suddenly from the ground floor to the sub-basement (meaning, cause the collapse of the suspended concrete slab that serves as the floor). Disaster did not ensue: the magnet is now in its new home, resting on a concrete slab directly in contact with mother Earth. Stay tuned as the super-conducting coils are cooled within a few degrees of absolute zero and are brought to the electrical current needed to achieve an 18.8 Tesla magnetic field. Congratulations and thanks to Professors Drobny, Klevit, and Varani for winning the grant that purchased this new instrument that will benefit so many research projects. And mega-kudos to Chemistry’s Director of Technical Services, James Gladden, who has so capably led the Department’s planning efforts for this installation.