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Looking Back at 2021

Fourteen stories from the past year that showcase the best of UW Tacoma.

December 29, 2021

Closing the Gap

December 17, 2021

Abigail Lawson, '21, is helping others in her role as the director of Tacoma's guaranteed income program.


UW Tacoma in the News

Charges filed against Electron Hydro over river pollution

Work by the Center for Urban Waters on identifying toxic chemicals present in rubber is the basis for a criminal action brought against a dam operator in Pierce County, which allegedly contaminated the river during a construction project on the dam.

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January 12, 2022

Faces: Adan Espino

Marijuana Venture - December 30, 2021

Adan Espino, '19, Law & Policy, is now the executive director of Washington's Craft Cannabis Coalition.


Colleges with the best ROI in Washington

Stacker - November 21, 2021

UW Tacoma has the best return on investment of any college, public or private, in Washington, according to this calculation, based on a 2019 Georgetown University study.


Shape Our Water: Pah-Tu Pitt

South Seattle Emerald - November 19, 2021

Pitt, a part-time lecturer at UW Tacoma, provides a perspective on the role of Indigenous knowledge in water management as part of Seattle Public Utilities' updating of its 50-year plan.


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Alex Zerbe's Next Trick

December 9, 2021

UW Tacoma senior Alex Zerbe's life is up in the air as he balances the demands of performing, raising a family and going to school.

The Undiminished Spirit of Sharing

November 24, 2021

DeAnn Dillon is a mom, a teacher, an auntie, a Native American, a legislative aide, and a doctoral student. She is also a giver of energy.

Aboard the Adventuress

November 19, 2021

Take a deep dive into a research/instructional cruise on Commencement Bay. See science being done on an historic two-masted schooner.

One Foot in Front of the Other

November 10, 2021

School and women's tackle football helped current UW Tacoma student Ashley Young find her way after her military career ended.

Unstoppable Force

November 5, 2021

UW Tacoma alumna Saranda Ross overcame a difficult childhood and is now a practicing attorney and Fulbright Scholar.

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