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September 2007 VOLUME 6 ISSUE 6

UW Ranked 11th Best Public University by U.S. News
The University of Washington is the 11th best public university in the nation, according to the most recent edition of America's Best Colleges released Aug. 17 by U.S. News & World Report. The UW shared 11th place with UC-Davis and tied for 42nd among all national universities. The UW's public and overall rankings were the same as last year's.

UW Medical Center's First Heart-Lung Transplant Doing Well
Just days after surgery, UW Medical Center's first heart-lung transplant recipient walked on his own for the first time in more than a decade. Surgeons performed Seattle's first adult heart-lung transplant on 30-year-old Patrick Farris of West Richland, Wash., on Aug. 6. Farris suffers from cystic fibrosis and familial cardiomyopathy. Despite his cystic fibrosis, Farris played football throughout high school.

New UW Branch Campus Will Be in Snohomish County
The number of potential sites for the UW's new campus in the north end has dropped from 73 to nine, and all of them are in Snohomish County, the state Office of Financial Management announced in late August. The new branch will focus on science, technology and mathematics and serve students from north Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. Sites in all three counties were previously under consideration. Six of the nine possible locations on the new shortlist are in Marysville, two are in Everett and one is in Arlington.
Seattle Times article...
Seattle Post-Intelligencer article...

Magazine Names 3 UW Profs Among World's Top Young Innovators
Technology Review magazine announced Aug. 15 it has named three members of the UW College of Engineering as being among the world's top innovators under the age of 35. The UW winners are: Yoshi Kohno, 29, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, who is recognized for his work in computer security; Tapan Parikh, 33, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, who uses mobile phones and open-source software to create novel tools for the developing world; and Babak Parviz, 34, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, who is recognized for his research at the interface of biology and nanotechnology.

Baby DVDs, Videos May Hinder, Not Help, Infants' Language Development
Rather than helping babies, the over-use of baby DVDs actually may slow down infants eight to 16 months of age when it comes to acquiring vocabulary, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute. The scientists found that for every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants who did not watch them. The findings are controversial. On Aug. 13, the Walt Disney Co., makers of the "Baby Einstein" DVDs, sent a letter to UW President Mark Emmert asking him to retract a UW press release about the study. On Aug. 16, President Emmert replied, stating that after a careful review, "the University of Washington will not retract its news release."

The summit of Mount Everest. Photo by Richard Salisbury
The summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, rises more than 29,000 feet above Nepal. Photo by Richard Salisbury
60 Is the New 40? Not if You're Climbing Everest for the First Time
In this era of not surrendering to age, some claim that 60 is the new 40. But new research shows that 60-year-olds cannot keep up with 40-year-olds on Mount Everest and suffer a sharply higher chance of dying if they do reach the summit. The study shows that among 2,211 first-time climbers during the spring seasons from 1990 through 2005, the overall chances of reaching Everest's summit were nearly 31 percent, but they dropped to 13 percent for climbers in their 60s. The overall chances of dying on the mountain were 1.5 percent, but they more than tripled to 5 percent for climbers 60 and older.
Biology Letters scientific article...

Alumni Vote: What Was Your Most Memorable Freshman Experience?
In a few weeks more than 5,500 freshmen will arrive on UW campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. For most, their first year of college will change them for the rest of their lives. Some freshmen will meet their life-long friends - or even their future spouse - during their first year of college. For some, sharing a dorm room with a stranger will be a learning experience. Others will find their future career when they step into a classroom. For the September Columns Alumni Vote, we would like to know, "What was your most memorable freshman experience?"

Husky Fever Strikes: Warm Ups, Alumni Ticket Discounts, Viewing Parties
For the first time, the UWAA has arranged for three Member Appreciation Days at Husky Stadium. UWAA members can take advantage of discounts on tickets to the USC, Oregon and Arizona (Homecoming) football games held Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Individual reserve seat tickets, which normally run $65-$69, will cost members only $46. If you're a Husky football fan who can't make it to Montlake this fall, there's probably a viewing party in your area. Also, at all remaining away games, the UWAA will hold a Washington Warm Up three hours before the kickoff at a location near the stadium.
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Don't forget:

When the Huskies met Syracuse on Aug. 31, it was only the third time the UW had played this Big East team. Of the Big East teams listed below, which one has the UW taken on the most?

1. Cincinnati
2. Louisville
3. Pittsburgh
4. Rutgers
5. West Virginia

Answer this month's question

Last Month's Answer
In last month's trivia question, we asked asked how many Northwest Indian artifacts the Burke Museum holds.

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