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For a time unlike any before, the University of Washington has developed “2020: The Course,” a new online class for UW students that helps contextualize this year’s extraordinary events and societal upheaval. “2020: The Course” gives students an opportunity to hear from UW professors and special guests who will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, race in the United States, the state of the environment, the economic recession, civic participation, citizenship and this election season and outcomes.... Read more
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Welcome to our newest graduate student cohort! Please find their biographies below. Wesley Carrasco BA in Geography & Environmental Studies, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). I am a Central-American Indigenous scholar from South-Central Los Angeles. My research is driven by my foundational understanding that the capitalist hydra supported by globalization and neoliberal policies continues the same oppressive structures of colonialism that support violent inequalities and the... Read more
“2020: The Course” gives students an opportunity to hear from UW professors and special guests who will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, race in the United States, the state of the environment, the economic recession, civic participation, citizenship and this election season and outcomes.Featured on UW News 
During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online. This week's roundup includes a colloquium talk by Dr. Melanie Malone: Seeking Justice, Eating Toxins: Overlooked Contaminants in Urban Community Gardens. Urban community gardens have enabled users to mitigate the effects of many environmental injustices such as the impact of food... Read more
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The University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, or CSDE, along with partners in the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences and the eScience Institute, is among eight awardees across the country selected to develop training programs in advanced data... Read more
Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park
Thank you very much to Professor Emeritus Bill Beyers for contributing this article! Update March 10, 2021: We are so happy to announce that Professor Beyers has recently received a commendation letter from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for Professor Beyers's work on the state input-output table, applauding the "important contributions, ... technical skill and diligence and [Professor Beyers's] dedication as a public servant." Congratulations, Bill! Input-Output models are... Read more
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This Labor Day, I am grateful to have a job, and I am deeply grateful for the labor of essential workers. The COVID-19 pandemic means tens of thousands of Washingtonians are unexpectedly finding themselves out of work. In King County, more than 460,000 people have filed an initial unemployment claim... Read more
The 2020 Population Health Applied Research Fellows concluded their 10-week program to produce small area population forecasts at the Census tract and Health Reporting Area levels by sex, race, ethnicity and five-year age groups for King County from 2020 to 2045.Featured on UW News 
Forest Coverage Change in Bach Ma National Park
Recent graduates Elisabet Gordon, Claire Perez and Tyler Treat didn't know each other before the start of spring quarter, but in just ten weeks together they produced a series of maps analyzing forest coverage change in Bach Ma National Park in Vietnam. While the site of their research is thousands of miles from Seattle, this distance took on new meaning at a time when UW course instruction, teamwork collaboration, data collection and presentations were all conducted remotely due to COVID-19... Read more
International Longshore and Warehouse Union demonstrators march from Seattle's Terminal 46 during the "Juneteenth Shutdown of All Pacific Coast Ports" rally and march on June 19, 2020. Media credit: Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images   Since the arrival of COVID-19, workers in fields from health care to meat processing to grocery sales have been deemed essential. Many other workers have been furloughed or have lost jobs. What are the labor challenges and implications of this moment?... Read more

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