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Song of WashingtonSing the UW's Praises: Song of Washington Lyrics Contest Announced
Here’s a chance to show the world your song-writing skill and your school pride at the same time. The UW is searching for a new school song, and is inviting anyone and everyone to take a crack at writing the words. Submit the winning lyrics and a professional composer will set them to music. Plus you’ll get a $1,000 cash prize. The plan isn’t to replace “Bow Down to Washington,” but to complement it with a song so memorable and galvanizing that it can be sung on any special occasion—at Commencement, after a football victory, or whenever the Husky mood hits. The deadline is May 28. See the Song of Washington site for contest rules and the entry form.

National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen, '96
National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen, '96
For Second Straight Year, the Nation's Top Teacher Is a UW Grad
Michael Geisen, ’96, a seventh-grade science teacher from Prineville, Ore., was named the National Teacher of the Year at an April 30 ceremony at the White House. Remarkably, it was the second consecutive year in which a member of the UW’s class of ’96 had won the honor. Andrea Peterson, ’96, who teaches music at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wa., took home the crystal apple in 2007. Geisen, a former forester who came to teaching only seven years ago, is known for his eclectic style in the classroom. He uses music and other creative means to get his students excited about science. Read more...

UW-Led Group Delivers First Ever Sequence-Based Map of Human Genome
A nationwide consortium led by the University of Washington has completed the first sequence-based map of structural variations in the human genome, giving scientists an overall picture of the large-scale differences in DNA between individuals. The project gives researchers a guide for further research into these structural differences, which are believed to play an important role in human health and disease. The results appear in the May 1 issue of the journal Nature. Read more...

Life Expectancy Dropping Among Some U.S. Women
For this first time in nearly a century, a significant number of American women are seeing a drop in life expectancy, UW scientists reported in late April. Ailments associated with smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema, as well as diabetes and kidney failure, appear to be among the causes. Read more...

The glory shelf at the Daily.
The glory shelf at the Daily now includes a certificate from the Northwest region of the Society of Professional Journalists and an Apple trophy from College Media Advisers.
The Daily Earns National Honors
The Daily, published regularly since 1891, has been named the best overall four-year college newspaper by both the Northwest region of the Society of Professional Journalists and a national group of college media advisers who recently met in New York. Read more...

UW School of Pharmacy Names New Dean
UW Provost Phyllis Wise announced on April 22 the selection of Thomas Baillie to become the next dean of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Baillie has had a distinguished academic career and has also worked in leadership positions in private industry. His appointment, effective Oct. 1, 2008, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more...

Critical Condition? UW Study Says Supply of Surgeons Dwindling
The United States has seen a 26 percent drop in the ratio of general surgeons to patients since 1981, according to a recent UW study. The decline, which researchers attribute to increased specialization by medical students, comes at a bad time: as the baby-boom generation ages, the demand for general surgeons is going to continue growing. Read more...

The 2007 Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 2007 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Volunteers Needed for Annual Undergrad Research Symposium
The University of Washington will celebrate applied learning at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held May 16 in Mary Gates Hall. The symposium showcases undergraduate research in all disciplines, with posters, oral presentations and performances for students, families, faculty and all members of the UW community. The Undergraduate Research Program is seeking volunteers to help out before, during or after the event. Visit the Research Symposium site to learn more and volunteer.


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May 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

In April, the UW Daily was recognized at the top college newspaper in the country at the College Media Advisers national conference. The Daily has been published continuously since 1891, but not always under that name. At first, it was known as the Wave and appeared only sporadically. In what year did it acquire its current moniker and frequency—that is, when did the Daily become the Daily, and a daily?

    1. 1899
    2. 1909
    3. 1917
    4. 1921
    5. 1950

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UW NewsLinks is a free, monthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends about the University of Washington. Prepared by the editors of Columns, it features the same mix of campus news and features but also provides links to fascinating (and unusual) UW-related Web sites and a monthly trivia contest.

Photo credits - Geisen: Brent McGregor Photography; Daily: Becky Liu; Research Symposium: Mary Levin.

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