Research findings published by UW Professor Anne Steineman this week show that air vented from machines using top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheets contains hazardous chemicals that are essentially unregulated and unmonitored.
According to a new study co-authored by the UW Autism Center, parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder face a 19 percent chance of having additional children diagnosed with the disorder. Click on the current issue of Front Porch at right to read more about how the UW is improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
If you think we’ve been experiencing a colder than usual spring and summer, UW Research Associate James Johnstone from the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean in the UW College of the Environment can back you up. Based on data gathered from 44 weather stations across Washington state, Johnstone found that recent weather patterns are the coldest and cloudiest for any spring since 1900.
Did you know that the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture is a member of the Blue Star Museum program,offering free admission to immediate family members of active duty US Military when they show their active military ID at the front desk? The Burke is one of 1,500 museums across America offering military families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Regional & Community Relations and the entire UW community welcome new University of Washington President Michael Young, who was dressed in one of his 12 new purple shirts on his first official day in office July 1. UW Daily interviewed President Young about issues important to students and what lies ahead.
July is an excellent time to visit the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory, near the north entrance to campus. Built in 1895, it still offers celestial views of the universe through several telescopes, including the 120-year old six-inch refractor telescope. The observatory is open the first and third Wednesdays of each month through September (9-11 pm), when public lectures are also offered. For more details about the talks, or to read about the observatory’s history, visit the Theodor Jacobson Observatory website.
The UW Department of Genome Sciences invites you to its 2011 public lecture series beginning July 6 and continuing each Wednesday evening in July. Four presentations by experts in their fields will cover a range of topics – new evolutionary discoveries to ancient infections – and require no background knowledge in genetics or other biological subjects. The lectures will be held in the Foege Building Auditorium beginning at 8 pm, with refreshments and further discussion to follow.
A new electronics shopping service launched June 20 is helping to eliminate buyer’s remorse about new consumer electronics, an area that often moves too fast for the average person to keep up. Decide.com was co-founded with four other UW alums by Oren Etzioni, UW professor of Computer Science & Engineering. It uses advanced technology to predict future product releases and pricing so consumers can buy before prices rise, or wait until prices drop.
A quarterly update of State General Fund Revenues has predicted a total drop of over $570 million for the upcoming 2011-13 biennium when combined with other economic and non-economic revenue changes. While this news has no immediate impact for the University, continued declines in state revenue would likely necessitate another round of mid-year and supplemental session budget cuts for state agencies, including the UW.
Find out how Puget Sound Salish people use plants to make diapers, canoes, mats, fishing hooks and much more on a free walking tour at Washington Park Arboretum on July 3. Leaving from the Visitors Center at 11 am, this 90 minute tour will also describe how to identify native plants and edible berries.