Citizen science – Many hands make research work

Read the full story in August issue of Alaska Beyond magazine.

Seattle area resident Laura James spends many hours each year piloting an underwater exploration robot beneath Puget Sound waves to count sea stars, many of which are experiencing “sea-star wasting syndrome.” The syndrome, which has caused extensive die-offs from Alaska to Mexico, may start with a deflated appearance, unnatural twisting and lesions and rapidly progress to loss of arms, softening of tissue and death.

The big ideas about the tiniest science

In the almost windowless fabrication laboratory on the University of Washington campus, research engineer Richard Bojko is building structures on the molecular scale that may help revolutionize the gadgets we use in our everyday lives.

Wearing a white protective suit, green gloves and a face mask, he operates a large machine that uses a process called electron beam lithography to create a pattern for a microchip. More at Alaska Airlines magazine.

Learning to share big data

A UW effort aims to help scientists make better use of the vast amounts of information being collected.

The full story was published in Seattle Business Magazine. read it here.

The University of Washington has launched a new project that could dramatically increase the power of academic research by giving a broad universe of scientists — including astronomers, physicists, chemists and biologists — faster and smarter ways of extracting information and meaning from the increasingly large amounts of data they have available to them.