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June 4, 2012

New statistical model lets patient’s past forecast future ailments

Analyzing medical records from thousands of patients, statisticians have devised a statistical model for predicting what other medical problems a patient might encounter.

May 16, 2012

Gaydar automatic and more accurate for women's faces, psychologists find

After seeing faces for less than a blink of an eye, college students have accuracy greater than mere chance in judging others sexual orientation.

May 10, 2012

School of Social Work to lead new partnership for child welfare

The School of Social Work at the University of Washington will lead a newly formed partnership to provide professional development for the state’s social workers involved in child welfare.

May 8, 2012

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.

May 7, 2012

Unconscious racial attitudes playing large role in 2012 presidential vote

After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era. But a new large-scale study by UW psychologists shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries.

April 24, 2012

Global health priorities should shift to preventing risky behaviors in adolescence: UW professor

As deaths from infectious diseases have declined worldwide, policymakers are shifting attention to preventing deaths from noncommunicable causes, such as drug and alcohol use, traffic crashes and unsafe sex practices.

April 23, 2012

Robots fighting wars could be blamed for mistakes on the battlefield

Humans apply a moderate amount of morality and other human characteristics to robots that are equipped with social capabilities and are capable of harming humans, according to UW psychologists.

April 13, 2012

Your child gets diagnosed with autism – what now?

A new workshop at the UW Autism Center teaches parents and other caregivers techniques to encourage social and communication skills in their children recently diagnosed with autism.

April 12, 2012

Arts Roundup: Dance, drama, recitals — and the Solaris Vocal Ensemble debuts

Student performances on piano, flute and saxophone, and a black comedy performed by the Undergraduate Theater Society. Visiting artists give a contemporary dance performance and showcase music from West Java, Indonesia.

April 5, 2012

Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being

Robot nannies could diminish child care worries for parents of young children, but UW psychologists warn that this could impoverish kids’ emotional and social growth.

April 2, 2012

Sex-offender registries list individuals not living in community, UW study

A UW Tacoma researcher has discovered that sex-offender registries include people who are not actually living within the community,such as individuals who have died, been deported, are in jail or have moved out of state.

March 27, 2012

Testosterone low, but responsive to competition, in Amazonian tribe — with slideshow

UW anthropologists report that Tsimane men have less baseline testosterone compared with U.S. men, but show the same increase in testosterone following a soccer game.

Secrets of famous 1930s ‘blonde bombshell of rhythm’ revealed with help from UW library

Ina Ray Hutton rose to fame in the 1930s and was known as blonde bombshell of rhythm. But she had a secret that could have damaged her stardom.

March 23, 2012

Emotionally supportive teachers lower risk for alcohol use in middle schoolers

Middle school students who felt more emotional support from teachers reported a delay in alcohol and other illicit substance initiation.

March 19, 2012

Pediatricians' pain-medication judgments affected by unconscious racial bias, says UW study

Pediatricians who showed an unconscious preference for European Americans tended to prescribe better pain-management for white patients than they did for African-American patients, new UW research shows.

February 29, 2012

Chinas urbanization unlikely to lead to fast growth of middle class: UW geographer

Chinas growing cities are considered a boon for the consumer goods market, but a UW geographer presents evidence that new city dwellers will unlikely have much disposable income.

February 15, 2012

Say woof?: Psych 101 students have unusual guest lecturer – with video

Chantel Prat, a UW assistant professor of psychology, uses her pet dog “Cocco” to demonstrate learning in a psychology 101 class.

February 10, 2012

‘Dr. Chocolate seeks worlds best chocolate

Kristy Leissles chocolate-strewn writing desk.

A UW Bothell lecturer describes her worldwide study of the cocoa and chocolate trade.

February 3, 2012

Public lectures explore the brain and behavior

The psychology departments annual public lecture series will cover the relationships between brains and behavior, exploring hearing, vision and memory.

January 25, 2012

New center to develop interventions for writing, reading disabilities

UW’s College of Education has been awarded an $8.1 million, five-year federal grant to study how best to teach writing and reading to both learning-disabled and typically achieving children.

January 24, 2012

UW leads in connecting scholarship with community

Discussion group for students pursuing a certificate in public scholarship.

Research that gives back to the public is an emerging trend in higher education, and the UW is among the first U.S. universities to establish a path of study for it.

January 20, 2012

Hip-hop lesson plans teach Seattle students about social issues, arts – with playlist

A theme in hip-hop culture is that creating art -- such as graffiti -- gives young people a sense of worth.

Hip-hop music teaches middle- and high schoolers about social movements, poetry and art in a UW-coordinated project.

January 19, 2012

Homeless heavy drinkers imbibe less when housing allows alcohol

A study of a housing project that allows chronically homeless people with severe alcohol problems to drink in their apartments found that residents cut their heavy drinking by 35 percent.

December 28, 2011

A way to ‘feel human: School of Social Work fosters social justice, joy through art

A way to ‘feel human: School of Social Work fosters social justice, joy through art (3)

The School of Social Work will host a public reception Jan. 11 at 4-6 p.m. to kick off an art exhibit featuring about 20 paintings and drawings by homeless youths in the University District.

December 20, 2011

Just messy or is it hoarding? Sorting out darker reality hidden inside clutter

We joke about being pack rats or collectors, but hoarding is a common and extremely hard problem to treat. A psychologist tells UW students how to identify and treat hoarding.

November 28, 2011

40 percent of youths attempting suicide make first attempt before high school

40 percent of youths attempting suicide make first attempt before high school

UW researchers found that suicidal behavior begins sooner than previously thought and is linked to higher scores of depression at the time of the attempts.

November 22, 2011

Wars lasting legacy is a culture of violence — see video

Daniel Hoffman, author of "The War Machines," is a UW associate professor of anthropology.

Daniel Hoffman, a UW associate professor of anthropology, describes his new book “The War Machines” about lasting violence from civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He says that the same could be true in other war-torn regions, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

November 16, 2011

LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services, according to a new study by researchers in the School of Social Work

November 8, 2011

UW film series begins with documentaries on Chinese industrialization, American shopping malls

The UW geography department will host its second free, public film series exploring inequality, over-consumption and sustainability.

November 7, 2011

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

The Warrior Check-Up study provides free, confidential help to active-duty service members experiencing problems with alcohol and drug use but who arent already in treatment

October 21, 2011

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

It costs 8 percent more on average than it did two years ago for Washington residents to make ends meet, according to a new report from a UW research group.

October 11, 2011

Learning to not be afraid: UW psychologists treat PTSD with drug known to enhance learning

Learning to not be afraid:  UW psychologists treat PTSD with drug known to enhance learning

Lori Zoellner, director of UWs Center for Anxiety & Traumatic Stress, has a new study aimed to make PTSD treatment more efficient.

October 7, 2011

Babies show sense of fairness, altruism as early as 15 months

A new study by a UW psychologist presents the first evidence that a basic sense of fairness and altruism appears in infancy

October 3, 2011

Community effort brings lasting drop in smoking, delinquency, drug use

Tenth graders in towns using Communities That Care, a prevent system developed by UW School of Social Work researchers, were less likely to have tried drinking or smoking and showed less delinquent behavior.

September 21, 2011

33 percent drop in physical bullying in schools using Steps to Respect

Eric Brown, a research assistant professor at the UW School of Social Work, led the study of Steps to Respect's effect on bullying.

Schools using Steps to Respect saw a reduction in physical bullying and in the number of teachers reporting fighting as a big problem, according to a new study from researchers in the UW School of Social Work.

August 31, 2011

UW anthropologist explores Seattles Dumpster diving community – with video

A UW anthropology graduate student is studying the economics of food production, food waste and how social networks of Dumpster divers can help provide food for those in need.

August 29, 2011

Bilingual babies vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation

One of the babies in the study wearing an EEG cap that measures brain activity.

Researchers at UWs Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.

August 22, 2011

Less depression for working moms who expect that they ‘cant do it all

A UW sociologist reports less depression symptoms among working moms who expect that they will have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance.

August 15, 2011

Younger siblings of children with autism have one in five chance of autism diagnosis

Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder face a 19 percent chance of having additional children diagnosed with the disorder, according to a new study co-authored by the UW Autism Center.

August 10, 2011

Decline in unions accounts for one-third of the growth in wage inequality among male, private sector workers

Decline in unions accounts for one-third of the growth in wage inequality among male, private sector workers

A new study co-authored by a UW sociologist shows that unions have as much a role as education level in equalizing earnings between low- and high-paid workers, and that balancing force influences pay for nonunion workers.

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