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August 1, 2011

Kids anxiety, depression halved when parenting styled to personality

When it comes to rearing children, just about any parent will say that what works with one kid might not work with another. But which parenting styles work best with which kids? A study by UW psychologists provides advice about tailoring parenting to childrens personalities.


July 26, 2011

College-educated undocumented young adults face same narrow range of jobs as their parents

Roberto G. Gonzales is a sociologist studying the life histories of undocumented young adults raised in the United States. He is an assistant professor at the University of Chicagos School of Social Service Administration, and previously an assistant professor in the University of Washington's School of Social Work.

A new survey of life trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults raised and educated in America shows that they end up with the same labor jobs as their parents, working in construction, restaurants, cleaning and childcare services.


July 5, 2011

Rose-colored beer goggles: Social benefits of heavy drinking outweigh harms

Rose-colored beer goggles: Social benefits of heavy drinking outweigh harms

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, suggesting a new direction for programs targeting binge drinking.


June 29, 2011

Florence Ray Stier, UW School of Social Work pioneer faculty member, dies at 93

Florence Stier (left) began her social work education career in 1964.

A memorial service for Florence Ray Stier, who passed away June 15, will be held July 8 in Seattle.


June 27, 2011

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Brief, voluntary conversations with a health educator led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for teenagers who frequently used the drug.


June 17, 2011

Getting even gets you nowhere, new book by husband-wife team suggests revenge alternatives

Getting even gets you nowhere, new book by husband-wife team suggests revenge alternatives (2)

Redirected aggression, such as yelling at your spouse after your boss yells at you, is the focus of a new book David Barash co-wrote with his wife Judith Lipton, a psychiatrist.


June 6, 2011

UW part of national effort for greater ties with Indonesia

Group photo including Randall Kyes (top row, far left) and UW and Indonesian students participating in the 2010 field course on Tinjil Island, Indonesia.

The UW is one of six U.S. universities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State to increase the number of American students studying in Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world.


May 27, 2011

UW oral history project explores human diversity and cultural identity

UW oral history project explores human diversity and cultural identity

A UW multimedia exhibit recounts oral histories of individuals of all ages whose life experiences cross conventional boundaries of class, culture, country and race.


May 17, 2011

Real nature beats technological stand-ins for human well-being

This is the robot dog, AIBO, used in the University of Washington studies.

In a new book, a University of Washington psychologist argues that to flourish, humans need exposure to the natural world.


May 16, 2011

Farm-to-table dinner May 26 at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

UW students gather around a three-bin compost pile that they built last year.

The UW Farm and UW Department of Anthropology will host a fundraising dinner and reception featuring local, seasonal foods. “A Taste of Spring” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.


May 11, 2011

Risking one's neck for better grog: Mutinies reveal tipping points for collective unrest

Muster books -- such as this one from the Culloden -- contain information about all the individuals aboard a ship, including name, place and country of birth, nature of recruitment (volunteer or impress), desertion, discharge and death and age at entry onboard. Muster books were usually updated weekly.

UW sociologists are studying naval records of mutinies as a way to see how modern-day ill-treatment toward subordinates can lead to violence.


New United Nations world population projections based on UW research

The 2010-2015 median total fertility projection based on a statistical model developed by UW statisticians.

The world population could reach 10.1 billion people by the year 2100, according to a statistical model for future fertility developed by UW statisticians.


May 4, 2011

Adult-supervised drinking in teens may lead to more alcohol use

UW researchers show that allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older.


May 3, 2011

‘Fatting in: Immigrant groups eat high-calorie American meals to fit in

‘Fatting in: Immigrant groups eat high-calorie American meals to fit in

Immigrants to the United States and their U.S.-born children gain weight, and it’s not simply the abundance of high-calorie American junk food. Psychologists show that immigrants choose typical American dishes as a way to prove their American-ness.


April 25, 2011

Psychologists warn that therapies based on positive emotions may not work for Asians

Psychologists warn that therapies based on positive emotions may not work for Asians

Thinking happy thoughts is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But UW psychologists reveal that pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures.


April 12, 2011

New book by UW geographers describes social influences on Seattle — see video

The University of Washington Press published "Seattle Geographies” in April.

Liberal yet conservative, cosmopolitan but close to wilderness, postindustrial while still strong in manufacturing. UW geographers explain how the Emerald City acquired its contradictions and stereotypes.


April 11, 2011

Social wasps show how bigger brains provide complex cognition — see slideshow

From left, Abby Temple, Ana Lottis, Geoff Morgan and Melanie Robinson.

UW neurobiologists studied 10 species of social wasps and report that bigger-brained wasps devoted more brain space to complex thinking, implying that smaller-brained wasps can never get ahead.


March 29, 2011

UW Autism Center hosts public events for Aprils Autism Awareness Month

Donald Brownlee

Learn the latest in autism research and techniques to help children with autism spectrum disorders through a series of events in Seattle and Tacoma.


March 28, 2011

Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies

Amelia Gavin is an assistant professor in UWs School of Social Work.

UW researchers report that mothers who were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies.


March 22, 2011

Interest in toys predicts effectiveness of autism treatment in toddlers

The parent-guided treatment, called Hanen's More Than Words, is intended to boost communication and social skills in youngsters.

A short-term, parent-guided treatment improved communication skills in some toddlers showing early signs of autism spectrum disorders.


March 14, 2011

Gender stereotypes about math develop as early as second grade

UW researchers find that children show math-gender stereotypes even before gender differences in math achievement appear.

UW researchers report that children express the stereotype that mathematics is for boys, not for girls, before gender differences in math achievement emerge.


March 7, 2011

UW researchers seek volunteers for study on anxiety disorder therapies

UW researchers hope that coping skills training will help adults suffering from depression and anxiety. Photo: raymaclean, Flickr

UW researchers seek King County area adults who have difficulty regulating their emotions and who are struggling with depression or anxiety disorders


February 21, 2011

Foggy, volcanic Kuril Islands illuminate limits of where humans can live (with slideshow)

Tracy Knotts reacts after a near-miss in the coin-toss she held for members of the Benefits Office to contribute to the Combined Fund Drive. Behind her are Kathleen Dwyer, Jon Petersen and Tony Duenas.

Ben Fitzhugh, a UW anthropologist, is leading an international team of anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and earth and atmospheric scientists in studying the history of human settlement on the Kuril Islands.


February 9, 2011

Working more than 20 hours a week in high school can harm grades, UW researcher finds

Kathryn Monahan is a research scientist at the Social Development Research Group in UWs School of Social Work. Photo credit: University of Washington.

A UW researcher shows that working during the school year can impede high school performance and cause behavior problems, such as drug use and delinquency.


January 26, 2011

UW sociologists seek Tacoma high school Class of 2000 for survey

Based on surveys from Tacoma high school graduates, the UW-Beyond High School Project is revealing what factors help high school students transition into happy, healthy and productive adult lives.


January 3, 2011

Anti-bullying program reduces malicious gossip on school playgrounds

Not all gossip is behind the back. The UW researchers found that sometimes gossips will huddle together and clearly talk about a victim. Photo credit: Committee for Children.

UW researchers report that elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program in Seattle schools showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip.


Anti-bullying program reduces malicious gossip on school playgrounds

Elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program in Seattle schools showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip.


December 20, 2010

Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Coast of Rota Island. Credit: Renee Ha.

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.


Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.


December 7, 2010

International law permits abusive fathers custody of children

Jeffrey Edleson, University of Minnesota professor of social work

A survey of court cases shows that when battered women living abroad flee their abusive husbands and return to the United States, many times their children are sent back, usually to their fathers.


International law permits abusive fathers custody of children

International law permits abusive fathers custody of children


November 29, 2010

Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food

Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food


November 17, 2010

IQ scores fail to predict academic performance in children with autism

New data show that many children with autism spectrum disorders have greater academic abilities than previously thought.


November 10, 2010

New director of the UW’s Robinson Center plans challenging classrooms for all children

Nancy Hertzog had one heck of a first day teaching elementary school: one of her students pulled the fire alarm and then vanished — later he was found hitchhiking by the assistant superintendent — as fire and police forces descended on the school.


Volunteers needed for studies on substance abuse, domestic violence interventions

Volunteers needed for studies on substance abuse, domestic violence interventions


November 9, 2010

New director of the UW’s Robinson Center plans challenging classrooms for all children

On Nancy Hertzog’s first day of teaching, one of her students pulled the fire alarm and then vanished. She isn’t likely to have that experience here, as she brings her 30 years of experience to lead the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars.


November 8, 2010

UW army ant expert advises on National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations’

See some amazing video of army ants at work, including one in which they bring down prey many times larger than themselves.


November 4, 2010

UW army ant expert advises on National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations,’ Nov. 7

Sean O’Donnell, UW psychology professor who studies social insects in the tropics, served as a biology consultant for the new television documentary Great Migrations by the National Geographic Channel.


UW primatologist discusses conservation biology and global health at USA Science & Engineering Festival

What do macaques, parasites and a piece of plastic poop have in common? They’re all used by Randy Kyes, director of the UW Center for Global Field Study, to demonstrate the significance of biodiversity on health.


October 25, 2010

Volunteers needed for study on suicide intervention strategies

Researchers at the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington seek King County men and women to participate in a study on suicide intervention.



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