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August 4, 2003

Ultrasound imaging advance improves prostate cancer treatment

For the estimated 140,000 U.S. men diagnosed annually with localized prostate cancer, radioactive seed implantation is fast becoming a preferred alternative to standard treatments involving removal of the prostate gland or external-beam radiation therapy.


April 29, 2001

UW professor helping create digital replicas of Michelangelo’s sculptures

An exhausted, yet exhilarated, Brian Curless recently returned from Florence, Italy, where he spent two months working as many as 20 hours a day on the first phase of an ambitious effort to create virtual replicas of Michelangelo’s sculptures.


August 11, 1999

$32 million GEAR UP project boosts education for Yakima Valley poor

The U.S. Department of Education has approved a $32 million initiative to reverse the cycle of poverty and low educational attainment that plagues the lower Yakima Valley in central Washington.


July 26, 1999

Research on arctic expeditions suggests private sector may bebetter suited than government for exploring space

Ninety years ago this month, the S.


May 25, 1999

Expanded University of Washington faculty field tour to introduce new professors to people, places and problems around the state

The University of Washington’s successful 1998 faculty field tour has been expanded to cover more of the state this year. President Richard L. McCormick will lead 30 new professors and librarians from the UW’s Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses on an 1,100-mile, five-day bus trip to learn about the people, places, passions and problems of their home state.


April 30, 1999

Student entrepreneurs woo investors in UW business plan competition

Hoping to add their names to Seattle’s growing ranks of successful entrepreneurs, contestants in the University of Washington Business School’s student business plan competition will vie for $25,000 in seed capital to launch companies that may become the next REI, Visio or Wizards of the Coast.


April 21, 1999

UW bringing together students from around the world for first Global Business Challenge competition

As University of Washington Business School students prepare to enter the global marketplace, they are bringing peers from around the globe to Seattle for a week of events culminating in the West Coast’s first international business case competition.


April 14, 1999

New coating process may prevent body from rejecting medical implants

Reporting in the April 15 issue of Nature, Ratner and Galen Shi, a graduate student in the UW Department of Bioengineering, describe a technique they developed for coating a biomaterial surface with tiny keyhole-like indentions that bind specific proteins to potentially unlock the body’s natural healing process.


April 6, 1999

UW Business School bringing Eastman Kodak CEO, Harvard professor to Seattle to discuss inner-city economic development

Porter and Eastman Kodak Chairman George Fisher will be in Seattle April 14 to address inner-city economic development issues as guests of the University of Washington Business School’s business and economic development program.


April 5, 1999

Singapore opposition leader to speak at UW on free speech

Dr. Chee will be giving a lecture titled “Free Speech and the Political Maturation of Singapore.”


March 4, 1999

Power outages are result of economic trade-offs, UW researcher says

Power outages are result of economic trade-offs, UW researcher says


February 16, 1999

Computer simulation reveals nano-switch that regulates cell-binding function of key protein in the body

Flipping a nano-scale molecular switch may regulate the cell-binding function of a protein involved in healing and other fundamental biological activities.


November 13, 1998

UW professor to lead American Institute of Chemical Engineers

University of Washington Professor Bruce Finlayson has been elected vice president of the 58,000-member American Institute of Chemical Engineers and will take over as president next year.


November 2, 1998

‘Smart computer’ researcher at UW wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

A University of Washington professor researching ways to build computers with the intelligence and adaptability of living creatures has been awarded a highly competitive fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


October 16, 1998

Inspiring undergraduates to reach new heights,Salesin named ‘Washington Professor of the Year’

David Salesin’s resume keeps getting longer as he makes room for his ever-expanding list of honors and awards. The latest addition comes from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which has named Salesin the 1998-99 Washington Professor of the Year.


October 13, 1998

Pacific Northwest Roundtable bringing together leaders from academia, government and industry to assess region’s engineering education

Educational institutions must work more closely with government and industry if they are to succeed in the increasingly competitive global environment. That is the motivation behind the Pacific Northwest Regional Roundtable for Enhancing Engineering and Technology Education, which will hold its first meeting from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the University of Washington Husky Union Building.


September 8, 1998

White House honoring UW Women in Science & Engineering center

The University of Washington Center for Women in Science & Engineering has been selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


August 10, 1998

Transatlantic crossing attempt by Aerosonde miniature autonomous aircraft moving ahead with new itinerary

Aviation authorities from the United Kingdom have given final regulatory approval to The Insitu Group of Bingen, Wash., and the University of Washington to attempt the first transatlantic crossing by an autonomous aircraft.


July 30, 1998

Mentoring curriculum shares lessons from award-winning UW program

As the gap widens between industry’s demand for a diverse, well-trained work force and the available labor supply, mentoring is becoming an increasingly important bridge to success for women pursuing science and engineering careers.


July 16, 1998

Trans-Atlantic crossing attempt by Aerosonde aims to prove viability of robotic planes for weather reconnaissance, make aviation history

Following Charles Lindbergh and the Concorde on the well-traveled, trans-Atlantic path to aviation history, researchers next month will attempt the first Atlantic Ocean crossing by an autonomous, civilian aircraft.


July 15, 1998

Human Interface Technology Lab’s virtual retinal display wins 1998 Discover magazine Technological Innovation Award

The Human Interface Technology (HIT) Laboratory at the University of Washington has received the 1998 Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation in the sight category.


June 8, 1998

Wanted: More women and minority engineers to meet industry demand

The numbers paint a grim picture. While women and minorities are projected to make up 68 percent of new entrants to the U.S. labor force by the year 2000, only a small fraction of them are likely be trained as scientists and engineers.


June 3, 1998

Unique UW animation arts class producing a series of hit graduates

The UW’s animation arts class has been transformed into a full-blown production studio in which art, music and computer science students blend their diverse talents to produce a movie — from storyboards to soundtracks.


May 26, 1998

Move over Weather Channel: Traffic TV covers local commuting conditions

Beginning June 1, a new University of Washington cable television channel will broadcast real-time, rush-hour traffic updates so viewers can get a forecast of their morning commute along with the weather.


April 27, 1998

Stanford biologist to address politics of global warming in UW lecture

The United Nations-sponsored climate convention in Kyoto last December was a failure, according to an award-winning global warming expert who will deliver the 1998 Evans Lecture at the University of Washington.


April 24, 1998

Promising nuclear waste management plan earns UW students prize at international competition

A model system for dealing with radioactive wastes earned University of Washington chemical engineering students third prize last week at an international environmental design contest.


April 22, 1998

UW developing fleet of unmanned airplanes to gather Pacific Ocean weather data needed to improve accuracy of Northwest forecasts

Aeronautical engineering researchers at the University of Washington have been awarded a $456,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to launch a fleet of unmanned airplanes to gather this missing weather data.


April 21, 1998

UW College of Engineering Open House shows why there’s never been a more exciting time to be an engineer

With robots exploring Mars, cars navigating themselves around town and computers beating world chess champions, there’s never been a more exciting time to be an engineer. Students and families from throughout Puget Sound can see for themselves at the University of Washington College of Engineering Open House.


April 8, 1998

UW engineering students paddle concrete canoe to regional title

University of Washington’s concrete canoe team sank the competition Sunday (April 5) to win its first regional title in 16 years at the 1998 Pacific Northwest regional student conference of the American Society of Civil Eng ineers in Seattle.


March 31, 1998

UW hosting concrete canoe races, bridge-building contest as part of civil engineering ‘olympics’

The University of Washington is hosting a civil engineering olympics, of sorts, featuring concrete canoe races and a steel bridge-building cont est.


March 4, 1998

Internet privacy and other emerging technology issues focus of 24th annual UW Computer Fair March 18-19

The oldest and largest technology show in the Pacific Northwest is just around the corner. The 24th Annual UW Computer Fair, which attracts up to 16,000 visitors, will be held March 18 and 19 at th e University of Washington.


February 24, 1998

Nobel Prize-winner, acclaimed science photographer kick off UW Center for Nanotechnology

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu of Stanford University and acclaimed science photographer Felice Frankel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be keynote speakers at a March 6 seminar to formally kick off the UW Center for Nanotechnology.


February 13, 1998

El Nino expected to shrink spring snowpack, may reduce water supply

Though you wouldn’t guess it by looking at current conditions, snowpacks in the Cascade Mountains are likely to fall significantly below normal levels by late spring, which may affect water supplies, fisheries, agricultural operations and hydroelectric plants which depend on the runoff, University of Washington researchers predict.


February 10, 1998

New chemical processing technique being studied at UW may hold key to cleaning up Hanford, reducing industrial waste

A new technique for reducing waste from chemical processes involved in everything from petroleum refining to pharmaceutical manufacturing also may hold the key to cleaning up radioactive remains at eastern Washington’s Hanford nuclear site.


February 4, 1998

Mysterious fate of vast dissolved organic matter in oceans may be to mitigate the greenhouse effect

Vast amounts of dissolved organic matter in the ocean, once thought to be inert, may play a surprising role in mitigating the greenhouse effect, according to bioengineering researchers at the University of Washington.


January 12, 1998

UW conference helps women engineering students build bridges to top firms

Female students looking for mentors or role models in science and engineering often find themselves swimming upstream. The eighth annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference at the University of Washington aims to buoy the efforts of these students by providing workshops and networking opportunities with women scientists, engineers and managers from more than 30 top companies.


November 26, 1997

UW engineering students exploring ‘distant planet’ with robots

For the past three weeks, engineering students at the University of Washington have been exploring the “distant planet” of Sram using remote-controlled robots.


November 18, 1997

Engineer behind Mars Sojourner rover to speak at UW

This presentation will cover the highlights of the Mars Pathfinder mission and the design and control of the Sojourner vehicle. It will include pictures taken by the lander and rover, video clips of mission operations, a video containing eight rover movies showing sojourner navigating its way across the Martian surface and a 3-D animated playback of data collected by Sojourner.


November 6, 1997

UW professor to coordinate National Science Foundation’s external year 2000 efforts

The National Science Foundation has appointed University of Washington Professor Mark Haselkorn to coordinate its external efforts to address the year 2000 computer problem.


October 7, 1997

UW to help lead $20 million earthquake hazard prevention project

University of Washington researchers will play a leading role in a $20 million effort to identify and mitigate potential earthquake hazards in urban areas along the Pacific coast.



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