In This Issue
UW To Open Second European Campus in Leon, Spain
UW researchers estimate that 574,000 jobs would be lost if states cut education spending by 15 percent, as they might have been forced to do without the federal economic recovery plan passed last month. Read more...
The New York Times: Nicholas D. Kristof - "Our Greatest National Shame"
African Great Ape Ancestor Genome Changed Rapidly
The genome of the evolutionary ancestor of humans and present-day apes underwent a burst of activity in duplicating segments of DNA, according to a UW-led study published in Nature Feb. 12, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday. Read more...
Proposed 2009-11 UW Budget Cuts Would Cost 600-800 Jobs
If the budget cuts proposed in December by Gov. Chris Gregoire for 2009-11 were implemented, University of Washington employment would be cut by about 600 jobs. If those cuts were 50 percent larger, employment would shrink by about 800, according to estimates from the UW Office of Planning and Budgeting. Read more...
KING5.com: "UW may lose 600 jobs through budget cuts"
Bus Left You Waiting in the Cold? Use Your Cell Phone To Track It Down
It's a question heard at countless bus stops: "Have you seen the number 48 go by?" Cold, impatient bus riders stamp their feet, check their watches, and wonder if that bus is ever going to come. But in Seattle, a cell phone and the ingenuity of two University of Washington students has come to the rescue. Read more...
KOMONEWS.com: "Where's that bus?!? Sweat no more"
UW Terminates Licensing Agreement With Apparel Maker Russell Corporation
The University of Washington has terminated its agreement with Russell Corp. to produce clothing carrying UW logos, effective immediately. In a letter to Russell dated Feb. 13, the UW cited reports issued by the Workers Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association, which alleged abuse of workers' rights and anti-union sentiment were significant factors in a decision to close one of the company's plants in Honduras. Such actions violate the University's Code of Conduct for companies licensed to produce goods bearing UW trademarks. Read more...
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "UW cancels contract for apparel"
University of Washington Undergraduate Earns Prestigious Scholarship
Undergraduate Sam Sudar is the most recent UW student selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship supports graduate study at the University of Cambridge, England, and brings recognition of accomplishments and future promise. This year, 37 students from across the United States were selected from an original applicant pool of more than 700. Sudar is the fourth UW student to be named a Gates Cambridge Scholar since the awards were first made in 2000. Read more...
Coffee Break: UWAA Lectures Look at the Grand Achievements of a Humble Bean
From its humble roots as an energy bar in ancient Africa to its current status as the emblem of our modern, global and fast-paced world, coffee has dominated and shaped entire cultures. And it's done so through a surprisingly simple mechanism--keeping us awake. Join us for "Coffee: From the Grounds Up," a savory public speaker series taking place right here in Seattle, the coffee capital of the United States. Complementing a major coffee exhibit at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, "Coffee: From the Grounds Up" is a series of eight lectures and panel discussions featuring some of the world's leading coffee experts and practitioners. Get more information and register online.
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March 2009 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest
What feature of the UW Seattle campus celebrated its 30th anniversary in August, 2008?
2. The R. Bronsdon Harris Alumni House
3. Barnett Newman's sculpture, "Broken Obelisk"
4. The Burke-Gilman Multi-Use Trail
5. The bronze Husky statue outside Hec Ed Pavilion
Answer this month's question
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