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Husky StadiumOlympia Considers Husky Stadium Renovation Plan
State lawmakers are considering a plan to help finance the renovation of Husky Stadium by tapping funds currently used to pay for professional stadiums in King County. On Jan. 17, former Gov. Dan Evans, ’48, ’49, and Interim Athletic Director Scott Woodward presented a plan to the Board of Regents for a $300 million renovation of Husky Stadium, with half the amount coming from private funding and the other half from public sources. The public money would come from hotel/motel, restaurant and car-rental taxes only levied in King County. They currently fund bonded debt payments for Safeco Field, Qwest Field and the Kingdome. Read more...


Campaign UW: Creating Futures Surpasses $2.5 Billion
The University of Washington Foundation has raised $2.52 billion in student, faculty, program and facility support through Campaign UW: Creating Futures with five months remaining in the eight-year endeavor.  Since the start of the campaign, more than 246,000 individuals have invested in the University’s efforts, and more than 3,800 volunteers have given their time and energy to promote the campaign and the University’s initiatives. Read more...

UW Is #1 University for Peace Corps Volunteers
For the second year in a row, the University of Washington has contributed more volunteers to the Peace Corps than any other college or university in the nation. The UW is also the top-ranked university for sending graduate students to the organization. Since 1961, the University has sent 2,504 volunteers into the Peace Corps. Read more...

Legislature Debates New UW North Sound Campus
As the Washington State Legislature works on the state’s supplemental budget this month, lawmakers are debating a proposal for a new UW North Sound campus. Last year, the state asked the UW to plan for a new regional campus in the north Puget Sound area. In November, consultants hired by the state recommended a site in downtown Everett anchored by the Pacific Station transit hub. However, groups from northern Snohomish County and Skagit County are pushing for a 369-acre campus near Marysville at Smokey Point. Read more...

Study Links Autism and Genetic Mutations
A genetic mutation occurring during embryo development at a particular point on a human chromosome may cause some cases of autism, scientists reported Jan. 9 on the New England Journal of Medicine Web site. The research indicates that, rather than being strictly an inherited disease, autism may also be caused by spontaneous deletions and duplications in mutation-prone areas of the genome. Read more...

Endoscope
The UW's scanning fiber endoscope fits in a pill that can be comfortably swallowed. The casing measures 6 millimeters wide and 18 millimeters long. UW photo.
Camera in a Pill Offers Cheaper, Easier Window on Your Insides
The UW has developed a tiny camera in a pill that can easily be swallowed. This scanning endoscope consists of just a single optical fiber for illumination and six fibers for collecting light, all encased in a pill. The device promises low-cost screenings to prevent esophageal cancer. Read more...

Hooked on Travel? Try Fly-Fishing in Central Washington
The UW Alumni Tours program offers more than 40 trips this year, many to faraway places. But alumni also have the chance to travel closer to home at a very reasonable price. The trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and kayaking in the San Juan Islands are extremely popular with the Husky community. Now there is a new getaway to lure alumni: spending a weekend learning how to fly fish on the Yakima River. Alumni can choose from four weekends (May 17–18, July 26–27, Aug. 16–17 and Oct. 11–12) to learn the art of fly fishing in a two-day, hands-on introductory course. Guests will stay in the historic Pine Valley Lodge, which has its own private 160-acre estate on the Yakima River. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit the Fly-Fishing tour page. For information on all alumni tours, see the UW Alumni Tours site.

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February 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

The UW prides itself on being a "green" campus. During fiscal year 2007, how many tons of paper and cardboard did its students, faculty and staff recycle?

    1. 767 tons
    2. 1,255 tons
    3. 1,904 tons
    4. 2,170 tons
    5. 2,434 tons

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