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Remembering Former UW Prof. George Lake

Prof. George Lake has passed way, but his impact on Astronomy and Computational Science at the University of Washington, the nation and the world continues on.

George Lake passed away on May 24, 2019…

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Pacific Science Center Highlights UW Astronomy Outreach

UW Astronomy and the Pacific Science Center co-host 12 Discovery Corps members at Manastash Ridge Observatory every summer. Read more in the Pacific Science Center’s Fall 2018 Impact Report.

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Prof. Vikki Meadows Featured in The Atlantic

When Victoria Meadows needs to ponder life on distant planets, she surrounds herself with earthly vegetation.

“Being in nature kind of drops you into a different state of thinking,” said Meadows, w…

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Prof. Vikki Meadows To Receive Drake Award

On June 14, 2018, the SETI Institute will recognize Victoria S. Meadows with the 2018 Drake Award in celebration of her contributions to the field of astrobiology and her work as a researcher, leader …

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UW Undergraduate Tyler Valentine Named Goldwater Scholar

Three University of Washington undergraduates are among 211 students nationwide named as 2018 Goldwater Scholars. The Barry Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to students who have outstanding potential and plan to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Tyler Valentine, who is from Washington, is majoring in Astronomy, Earth and space sciences. He plans to pursue a…

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