Recent UW News Highlights

Fall quarter 2017 is officially underway at the University of Washington. Here are a few of the latest news highlights from around campus.

1971 alumnus awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

UW alumnus Jeffrey C. Hall has received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with his colleagues Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. The research team was honored for “discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm,” according to the Nobel Laureate announcement. Hall graduated with a doctorate from the former UW Department of Genetics (which eventually merged with the Department of Molecular Biotechnology and became today’s Department of Genome Sciences) in 1971. He went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology, a professor of biology at Brandeis University, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maine until 2012. He is the 5th UW alumnus to receive a Nobel Prize.

UW scientists join relief effort at Puerto Rican research station

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, UW researchers have joined forces with seven other institutions (New York University, the University of Buffalo, the University of Exeter, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Puerto Rico, and Yale University) to provide relief to Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago Research Station and the nearby community. The station, located on the southeast coast and also known as Monkey Island, is home to more than 1,000 rhesus monkeys who are part of an ongoing behavioral study. The primary goal is to replenish the monkey’s fresh water supply and aid the local residents and staff. Preliminary observations appear to show that most of the monkeys survived the hurricane, so the team now intends to help in the recovery process.

Henry Art Gallery receives two distinguished print and photo donations

As UW’s Henry Art Gallery celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, with more than 26,000 total collected works, the gallery has received two prized donations. One, titled “Collection of American Photographs 1970-1980,” features photos by prominent contemporary photographers. The collection was donated by the Washington Art Consortium, which disbanded in February and has been distributing its collection among member museums. The other collection features more than 200 15th-18th century European prints donated by Seattle art collector Albert Feldmann (a retired mechanical engineer credited with building the first laser and helping to develop the atomic clock).

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