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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More

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Q&A: Margaret O’Mara on the history of innovation and what makes a tech hub tick

Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, spends her days analyzing the ingredients that make up technology hubs like Seattle and San Francisco. The author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley sat down with Todd Bishop and John Cook for the latest… Read More

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UW spin-out Oricula Therapeutics raises cash to sell medicine that prevents hearing loss

Oricula Therapeutics, a startup spun out of the University of Washington, has raised $122,000 to commercialize medicine that can help prevent hearing loss. Founded in 2013, Seattle-based Oricula grew out of research done at the UW that uncovered ways to help patients maintain good hearing after taking antibiotics for serious infections. The startup has licensed… Read More

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Washington Research Foundation to invest in UW researchers, help commercialize innovations

More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation (WRF). Xconomy reports today that the WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to… Read More

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Virtual reality game for stroke patients wins UW competition

Four University of Washington students who developed a virtual reality game that provides real-time feedback for patients undergoing stroke therapy came away victorious at a neural engineering competition on Friday. Five teams made up of UW undergrad and grad students spent the last ten weeks preparing educational demos of concepts in sensorimotor neural engineering. A panel made… Read More

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University of Washington grads sell content creation platform CloudPress to News Corp.

CloudPress, a content creation platform co-founded in Egypt by three University of Washington computer science graduates, today announced that it has been acquired by News Corp. Allen Chen, Mohamed El-Zohairy and Bobby Mathews all met at the UW in the early 2000s and went to work for companies like Amazon and Adobe. They reunited a few years… Read More

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Why these UW researchers had their own booth at CES

The giant Consumer Electronics Show is known for glitzy, multi-story booths, showing off the next big products from some of the world’s largest technology companies. But GeekWire’s adventures at the show in Las Vegas last week included a visit to a much more modest booth — staffed by researchers whose work could have much more… Read More

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When technology – and time – overtake research

For the past three decades, I have been a psychological test subject. Not in a creepy NSA-and-tin-foil-hat kind of way, but as part of a long-term study designed to understand how mental abilities change as people age. Yet as time affects cognition, technology is encroaching on the study itself. The Seattle Longitudinal Study is something… Read More

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UW computer science program eyes 2nd building to meet booming demand

The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which opened a decade ago, houses the University of Washington’s nationally-recognized computer science program. The building is currently operating at full capacity and demand for admission into the school is growing rapidly. In fact, more than 900 students are taking Intro to Computer Programming this… Read More

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Battery-free wireless communication technology highlights UW computer science show

The impressive work coming out of University of Washington’s computer science department was on full display Wednesday evening inside the Paul G. Allen Center. As part of the University of Washington’s Industry Affiliates Annual Meeting, nearly 100 research groups made up of more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students showed off their work in a poster and… Read More

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No eyes Namaste: Microsoft Kinect helping the blind do yoga

With help from the Microsoft Kinect, researchers from the University of Washington have figured out a way to help blind people or those with low vision perform yoga correctly. Using just a computer and Kinect skeletal tracking data, “Eyes-Free Yoga” acts as a virtual yoga instructor that can provide speech feedback for someone attempting to… Read More

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Chemical computer: Researchers develop programming language to control DNA molecules

Programming languages tell computers what to do, and now researchers from the University of Washington want to do the same for scientists working with chemical reactions. In what could potentially pave the way for an advanced drug delivery system or disease detector, the UW researchers have written a programming language that can control the movement… Read More

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Next Big Thing: Jeremy Jaech, CEO of SNUPI Technologies

This week I sit down with Jeremy Jaech, the CEO and co-founder of SNUPI Technologies. He is a self-described serial entrepreneur and a very successful one. Jaech has changed how industries operate and how every day work gets done. He co-founded Aldus, which invented desktop publishing, and Visio, a product that enables everyone from engineers… Read More

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These researchers just figured out how to control each other’s brains with the Internet

New research that just came out of the University of Washington is groundbreaking, utterly insane and straight out of a sci-fi flick. In what they call the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, two UW researchers found a way to control each others minds from across campus. Yes, that’s right — using the Internet and a few other… Read More

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This tiny $15 lens turns your cell phone into a microscope

Our smartphones can do some pretty neat stuff — surf the web, check email, take high-res pictures, give us turn-by-turn directions, wake us up, deposit checks, etc., etc. And now, by attaching a tiny lens to the camera, your phone can become a 60X microscope. That’s what recent University of Washington grad Thomas Larson is… Read More