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On June 7, 2024, the Department of Geography celebrated over 165 B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. recipients at our annual Convocation Ceremony! Professor Bo Zhao, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Professor Suzanne Withers, Graduate Program Coordinator, announced the following honorees who received awards from the department and from other units at UW: Graduate Awards & Recognitions Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Alexandra Yanson Edward… Read more
Since joining the University of Washington Ph.D. in Geography program in autumn 2020, Natalie Vaughan-Wynn has been deeply involved in research, writing, teaching and collaborations across campus. One of Natalie's doctoral supervisory committee co-chairs (along with Professor Sarah Elwood), Professor Vicky Lawson describes Natalie as "a remarkable, caring and creative scholar and a wonderful human. She is conducting deeply ethical research that foregrounds relations of respect and co-creation… Read more
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Do dying patients have a “right to try” illegal drugs such as psilocybin and MDMA if they might alleviate end-of-life suffering from anxiety and depression? Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, clinical assistant professor in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.Featured on Los Angeles Times 
The Department of Geography is pleased to recognize Ph.D. graduate Iain Hay's 2024 Laureat d’honneur, awarded by the International Geographical Union (IGU). This international recognition for “service to the discipline at the international, national and local scales” is a tremendous honor. The award – which is arguably one of the most esteemed in international geography – will be presented in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, August 30. Having graduated… Read more
As a "self-described introvert," alum Eddie Bayya has navigated from the Department of Geography to a burgeoning career in the legal field. While pursuing a Paralegal Certificate at Highline College, Eddie currently works as an intern for the Law Office of Jenny Cochrane in Kirkland, WA, and a filing clerk with Cascade Guardianship Services in Everett, WA. Eddie notes that these roles allow them to "engage in geographical concepts and notions of gender as they work on different immigration and… Read more
Like so many future geographers, UW geography alum Sue Colburn Nevler fondly recalls spinning a globe as a child, though she was looking for her father's ports of call from his work with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution global research fleet. As a sea captain, Sue's dad brought her along to help at the Bermuda Biological Station and on the flight over she read about the UW Department of Geography. "In Bermuda, it was a thrill to sail out into the Sargasso Sea, marveling at the mass of… Read more
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Congratulations to Teddy Davenport, Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, whose dissertation proposal “Understanding the Political Potential of Care through Digital Spaces of Trans Belonging” has been selected for the Feminist Geography Specialty Group’s (FGSG) Susan Hanson Dissertation Proposal Award! Teddy will be recognized at the hybrid Business Meeting of the group during the AAG meetings on April 18 at 12:10 pm Hawaii… Read more
Professor Emeritus Richard L. Morrill passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024. He had been ill for several years and passed away with his wife and best friend at his bedside. Dick was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1935. He received his B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College in 1955. He moved to the University of Washington in Seattle that year to pursue a Master’s degree under Edward Ullman. Ullman was about to undertake fieldwork in Italy, however, so he moved to work with William… Read more
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I hope this email finds you well. As we continue to navigate through the rest of the year, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some upcoming wellbeing opportunities available to you this Spring 2024. Prioritizing wellness is crucial, especially during busy academic periods, and these offerings aim to support our collective wellbeing. Psychoeducation Workshops Throughout this quarter, we're hosting various workshops facilitated by our clinicians on various topics. These sessions will cover… Read more
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March 25, 2024   Dear University of Washington students, This guide provides information about adding, dropping, or withdrawing from any or all of your spring 2024 courses. You may not need these instructions until later in the quarter, so hold onto this email for future reference. As always, consult with your adviser before… Read more