The state legislative session is in full swing and there has been lots of coverage recently about the University of Washington’s budget woes.
On April 3, the Seattle Times reported budget cuts have forced UW officials to admit more out-of-state students this year, thus decreasing the number of in-state applicants who were accepted. The story, titled “Straight-A’s may not get you into the UW this year,” has generated an astonishing 700-plus comments on the Times website.
UW gives us what we asked for is today’s headline from columnist Danny Westneat, who argues the budget situation at UW is exactly what the state asked for when it demanded the UW do “more with less.” Westneat says declining state support strong-arms the UW into operating more like a business.
It’s clearly a critical time for all of us who love the UW. More information can be found on the new UW In Your Community map, and alumni can read UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley’s letter to members in the March issue of Columns.
Now, the happy return of Dawg Treats:
- UW Lecturer Ali Tarhouni was named finance minister of the shadow government in Libya. In a March 16 interview with Voice of America, the former Foster School of Business senior lecturer said, “There’s no fear of Gadhafi and his forces. We know he’s gone. … The question is how many innocent lives he’s going to take with him.” Read more about Tarhouni from the Seattle Times.
- Sadly, a 20-year-old UW sophomore was killed during an avalanche while snowboarding near Stevens Pass. A candlelight vigil was held for Riley McCarthy on the UW campus March 31.
- Former Husky quarterback Jake Locker impressed NFL scouts at Washington’s Pro Day at Dempsey Indoor.
- UWTV recently debuted two new shows that feature independent film making and contemporary performances from the UW’s Chamber Dance Company. UWTV also won three prestigious Telly Awards!
- UW alum Joe Sutter, the famed chief engineer of the original Boeing 747, had his initials carved into the 747-8 that made its maiden flight March 20.
- A story from KING 5-TV says UW physicists are monitoring for radiation in Seattle following the massive earthquake in Japan and have found trace amounts.
- Members of the Class of 2007 planted a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s Theory of Universal Gravitation.
- UW Forestry Professor Jerry Franklin teamed with a colleague from Oregon State to draft the Northwest Forest Plan, which divides national forests in Washington, Oregon and California into two landscapes—one for timber and one for wildlife—to settle lawsuits brought by conservation groups.
- Researchers at the UW have completed a study showing that mothers who had tough childhoods are at higher risk for having smaller babies.
- UW Law Professor Stewart Jay was quoted in this New York Times article about Alaska’s clash over resources and rights.
- Led by Professor Richard Rabbitt, UW researchers have discovered that laser ear implants could give deaf people the gift of hearing.
- UW researchers report that blocking carbon dioxide fixation in bacteria increases biofuel production.