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Recent mentions of UW Tacoma in the news

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Gen Z says it wants less sex on screen. But is that true?

Associate Professor David Coon and Associate Teaching Professor Jennifer Myers Baran question the results of a recent survey of people age 13-24, 40% who said they wanted "more asexual and aromantic ... relationships on screen."

The Seattle Times
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Altaf Merchant: A Dynamic Dean

In a conversation with reporter John Stearns, Milgard School of Business Dean Altaf Merchant describes the school's focus on entrepreneurship, financial wellness and the South Sound's business climate strengths.

South Sound Business
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Pierce County is Tech Central

Pierce County's increasingly tech-focused economy is buttressed by the presence of UW Tacoma, it's computer science Ph.D., it's strength in AI research and teaching, and partnerships with regional incubators, JBLM, MultiCare, Aquagga and others.

Onward: The Newsletter of the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board
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Fishing groups sue tire-makers over toxic chemical that kills salmon

Two west coast fishing advocacy organizations filed suit against 13 tire makers for their discharge of 6PPD-q, a chemical derived from a tire preservative, into the environment. A UW Tacoma team led by Dr. Ed Kolodziej identified the chemical.

The Seattle Times
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A Tree Grows in Tacoma, But Will It Be There in 10 Years?

Associate Professor Rubén Casas describes impacts of Tacoma's sparser tree canopy compared to other Puget Sound cities, including urban heat island effects. An updated Tacoma tree ordinance is described.

The Urbanist
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Johns Hopkins Welcomes Second Cohort of Vivien Thomas Scholars

Former student Arabelis Wally has received a prestigious fellowship at Johns Hopkins University that will support her graduate work. The Thomas Scholarship is awarded to "exceptional students from ... minority-serving institutions to pursue PhDs in STEM fields ... ."

Johns Hopkins University Hub
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Rolling car tires into the global circular economy

The average tire contains more than 400 chemicals and compounds, including 6PPD, a tire preservative that transforms to 6PPD-quinone in the environment. Researchers at UW Tacoma and WSU Puyallup discovered 6PPD toxicity. The Center for Urban Waters' Ed Kolodziej is quoted.

Mongabay
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Beyond Transfer: Offering Guaranteed Admission

Chancellor Sheila Edwards Lange and Pierce College Chancellor Julie White engage in a Q&A on their experience with the Aspen Transfer Intensive, a national effort, including UW Tacoma and Pierce, "to accelerate transfer reform at scale."

Inside Higher Ed
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Juneteenth in our community

Juneteenth marks an important historic event, and is also an opportunity to celebrate and show respect for Black history, tradition and culture.

Equity & Inclusion
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Sen. Murray Brings Support to APCC

Dr. Belinda Louie, School of Education, vice president of Tacoma's Asia Pacific Cultural Center, contributed to a community discussion with U.S. Senator Patty Murray about anti-Asian hate crimes.

Tacoma Weekly
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Can tires turn green?

This comprehensive round-up of work to create greener production processes and more renewable materials for rubber vehicle tires cites Center for Urban Waters research on tire preservative 6PPD and quotes Dr. Ed Kolodziej.

Chemical & Engineering News
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Tina Turner created a career on her terms, not defined by her trauma

Dr. Carolyn West, SIAS/Psychology, is quoted on societal patterns of discrediting Black women who are abused. She cites general disbelief that Ike Turner "would have done these things or that [Tina] ... was a survivor or wasn't somehow responsible for the abuse."

AP News
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UWT Professor Leading Team Exploring Human Gene Function

Drs. Ka Yee Yeung and Ling-Hong Hung's work on the MorPhiC project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to delineate the function of every gene in the human body, is described.

South Sound Business
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Lessons from a Pro: Shallae Hobbs

Shallae Hobbs received her Master of Nursing from UW Tacoma in 2013 and a certificate in program administration from the Professional Development Center. She is now director of health services for Tacoma Public Schools.

South Sound Business
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Listen to one of the largest trees in the world

Sound artist Jeff Rice recorded the ambient sounds of one of the largest life forms on earth, a quaking aspen grove in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. Rice is managing editor at UW Tacoma's Puget Sound Institute.

NPR Weekly Dose of Wonder
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Sheila Lange Wants to Meaningfully Impact Students

As part of South Sound Business's annual Women in Business profiles, Chancellor Sheila Edwards Lange describes her upbringing, her academic career, her job, her experience as a women in higher education, and her advice for women looking to work in higher ed.

South Sound Business
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UW Tacoma Hosts First Dawg Bites Event

The Milgard School of Business is taking the lead on planning an all-campus, all-day open house for the community, hoped to be the start of an annual tradition.

South Sound Magazine
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The right exploits Nashville shooting to escalate anti-trans rhetoric

In the wake of a mass shooting in Nashville, conservative commentators are linking mass violence and anti-trans rhetoric, even though transgender people are rarely the perpetrators of mass shootings. Associate Professor Eric Madfis is quoted.

Washington Post
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Nashville shooting exploited by right to escalate anti-trans rhetoric

Dr. Eric Madfis, associate professor in UW Tacoma's School of Social Work & Criminal Justice, is quoted on intentional mischaracterization of perpetrators of mass shootings, who are "cisgender male ... by and large. ... This is a cynical, bigoted attack."
Washington Post
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Hometown Hero: Federal Way veteran, researcher isn’t deterred by death

Biomedical sciences student and Army veteran Melissa Swain is a Federal Way Mirror Hometown Hero and a Soroptomist Club Live Your Dream scholarship recipient. Tragedy led to her role as a single mother and a research intern with the King County Medical Examiner's office.

Federal Way Mirror
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