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Bill Radke talks to Thaisa Way, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, about the school's new Population Health Initiative. The University received a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week for a new building on campus that will house the project. 

The future University of Washington Seattle campus will be tall, dense, and a little greener. UW planners have released a draft Master Plan for the campus, including recommendations for dozens of new buildings.

An artist's rendition of a 130,000-square-foot computer science building that the University of Washington is preparing to build.
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A $10 million gift from tech giant will help the University of Washington complete a second building on the Seattle campus dedicated to computer science and engineering.

Celebrating the GIX groundbreaking: Tsinghua University VP Yang Bin, UW VP of Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala, Governor Jay Inslee, Tsinghua President Qiu Yong, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Consul General Luo Linquan
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

An unusual center for learning is taking shape in Bellevue. It’s a partnership between the University of Washington, Microsoft and Tsinghua University in China to build a school for innovation.

The University of Washington said this is the first time a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States.

Trigger warnings, the heads-up that college professors give to students to let them know disturbing content is coming, have gotten a lot of attention as the school year has unfolded. When a University of Chicago dean wrote a letter to incoming freshmen this fall rejecting the idea of those warnings, it sparked a nationwide debate on the use of advisories in the classroom.

A University of Washington Medical Center employee says researchers have sometimes claimed patient tissues before diagnosis was complete. The medical center says it is strengthening its policies on this issue.

When cancer tissue is removed from a patient, doctors are supposed to hand it over to someone to form diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Leftover tissue goes to research.

This cartoon by Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer, following the police shootings in Dallas, Texas, is part of Suzzallo Library’s Editorial Cartoons exhibit.
Courtesy of Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer

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Bill Radke speaks with University of Washington librarian Jessica Albano about their political cartoon display. The display at the Suzzallo Library showcases cartoons from across the U.S. concerning 2016 election cycle and other top-of-mind issues.

Dozens of cancer patients in Seattle have been told they might have made contact with a healthcare worker infected with tuberculosis.

The worker was an employee at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and officials say the employee had contact with patients since February.

Scan from professor Adam Summers' project.
Courtesy of Adam Summers

Bill Radke speaks with University of Washington professor Adam Summers about his project that aims to scan all the species of fish in the world. Summers is a biomechanist and provided technical advice for the movies "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory." 

Will DNA molecules replace DVDs and flash drives?
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In a  lab test tube at the University of Washington, scientists stored an HD video of the song “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go on DNA molecules. They also stored the text of 100 books and the Declaration of Human Rights in multiple languages.

Now, they've broken their own record for the amount of media rich data they've encoded onto DNA.

Dr. Michael Katze of the University of Washington microbiology department.
University of Washington

Kim Malcolm talks with Buzzfeed News reporter Azeen Ghorayshi about the sexual harassment allegations against University of Washington microbiology professor Dr. Michael Katze.

University of Washington faculty and students are protesting administrators' decision to cut 25 teaching assistant positions in the College of Arts and Sciences.

KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

A group hoping to buy the public radio station KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University announced Thursday that it’s raised the money to do so.

General manager Joey Cohn delivered the news on-air with supporters cheering in the background. Reaching the $7 million goal paves the way for the group Friends of 88.5 FM to enter negotiations with PLU. If they reach a sale agreement, the previous offer from KUOW will be terminated.

The University of Washington and KUOW officials worked to keep the acquisition of public radio station KPLU secret, according to a Seattle Times report.

The story says the deal was intentionally described in vague language on an agenda for a UW Board of Regents meeting. The Times story revealed that UW and Pacific Lutheran University officials tried to keep details under wraps for months until they were ready to announce it publicly.

The Burke Museum breaks ground Wednesday for a major new facility.