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January 11, 2005

Electrical engineering Professor Mani Soma named acting engineering dean

Mani Soma, a professor of electrical engineering whose research involves the design of integrated circuits and bioelectronic systems, has been named acting dean for the University of Washington College of Engineering, the university announced today.


December 14, 2004

UW dean of engineering named chancellor at UC Santa Cruz

The following is a statement by University of Washington Acting Provost David Thorud on today’s appointment of Denice D.


December 9, 2004

Levy named to Wissner-Slivka Endowed Chair

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November 9, 2004

Researchers to gather in Seattle for international meeting on fluid dynamics

More than a thousand scientists and engineers from around the world will gather in Seattle later this month to exchange ideas and discuss some of the latest work in such hot research areas as climate change, cardiovascular disease and the development of tiny devices fractions of a millimeter in size.


October 14, 2004

UW licenses potential cancer treatment derived from ancient Chinese folk remedy

A group of promising cancer-fighting compounds derived from a substance used in ancient Chinese medicine will be developed for potential use in humans, the University of Washington announced today.


Computer scientists help biochemists crack RNA problem

Two UW computer scientists are part of a team that has discovered a pair of rare, naturally occurring RNA “switches” in a class of bacteria that work cooperatively to manage the amino acid glycine.


An ancient remedy reborn: UW licenses potential wormwood treatment for cancer

 A group of promising cancer-fighting compounds derived from a substance used in ancient Chinese medicine will be developed for potential use in humans, the UW has announced.


October 8, 2004

UW computer scientists help find rare cooperative RNA switches in nature

Two University of Washington computer scientists are part of a team that has discovered a pair of rare, naturally occurring RNA “switches” in a class of bacteria that work cooperatively to manage the amino acid glycine.


October 7, 2004

Smart watch: Smarter than we are?

In the not-so-distant future, your wristwatch could stop you if you try to run out the door without the necessities you need for the day, like your keys, wallet or cell phone.


October 6, 2004

Smart watch system could help busy, forgetful people keep track of necessities

In the not-so-distant future, your wristwatch could stop you if you try to run out the door without the necessities you need for the day, like your keys, wallet or cell phone.


September 15, 2004

UW chemical engineering celebrates 100 years of life-changing innovations

The next time you change junior’s diaper, think of the University of Washington’s Department of Chemical Engineering as you conveniently toss the soiled article in the trash.


August 17, 2004

Tuttle named new head of UW mechanical engineering department

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July 26, 2004

Students with disabilities gather at UW to learn success strategies

Next week, more than 40 college-bound students with disabilities will gather at the University of Washington to explore challenging careers and strategies for success in the academic world as participants in the annual DO-IT Scholars Summer Study Program.


June 24, 2004

Reducing pain: Virtual reality changes brain response, not just perception

Virtual reality appears to dramatically change how the brain physically registers pain, not just how people subjected to pain perceive the incoming signals, according to a new study by a group of UW researchers.


June 21, 2004

Virtual reality significantly reduces pain-related brain activity

Virtual reality appears to dramatically change how the brain physically registers pain, not just how people subjected to pain perceive the incoming signals, according to a new study by a group of University of Washington researchers.


June 8, 2004

Top astronaut Bonnie Dunbar visits campus as UW alum of the year for 2004

Bonnie Dunbar, one of the world’s most experienced women astronauts and a 1970s-era engineering graduate, will be honored this week as the UW’s Alumna Summa Laude Dignata winner for 2004.


June 3, 2004

On the road again: Technical communication’s senior computer manager likes life in the fast lane

What do a violin and a race car have in common?

For most people, absolutely nothing, admits Paul Nortrom, senior computer manager in the College of Engineering’s Department of Technical Communication.


A high-tech helping hand for the sight-impaired


What do you get when you cross a computer and a seeing-eye dog?

That’s easy, according to a group of student researchers at the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory: a first-of-its-kind Wearable Low Vision Aid.


May 13, 2004

Denton honored by White House

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May 6, 2004

UW Dean of Engineering receives presidential award from White House

Denice Denton, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, is among nine scholars being honored by the White House with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


April 28, 2004

Mars hardware, levitating metal balls and robotic fish mark the 2004 Engineering Open House

Annual gathering draws thousands of students, teachers and their parents for the largest engineering fair in the Pacific Northwest.


April 2, 2004

UW physicists preparing underground lab proposal for national science panel

Two University of Washington physicists, responding to a new National Science Foundation plan, are preparing a proposal to place a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory beneath the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington.


April 1, 2004

UW has champion math team — again

A three-member team of UW students — all local residents and all products of public education — have taken top honors in an international mathematics competition, beating teams from such math powerhouses as MIT, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley.


March 30, 2004

UW team takes top honors in worldwide math contest for third year in a row

A three-member team of University of Washington students — all local residents and all products of public education — have taken top honors in an international mathematics competition, beating teams from such math powerhouses as MIT, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley.


March 12, 2004

UW developing AI caretakers that could assist the elderly and disabled

A hand-held device that can precisely pinpoint a person’s location could mean freedom for many seniors whose navigational abilities are failing. University of Washington graduate student Don Patterson will be on Capitol Hill in Washinton, D.C., Tuesday to demonstrate such a device, dubbed “Opportunity Knocks.”


February 19, 2004

Computer translations of spoken word — the new data source

In the not too distant future, if you miss a meeting, you’ll likely be able to check a database prepared by a computerized secretary that recorded, indexed and stored the event in such a way that you can search for the main topics of discussion, find out who committed to do what, determine participants’ stances on the topics at hand or pinpoint courses of action.


February 18, 2004

Exposure to low-level magnetic fields causes DNA damage in rat brain cells, researchers find

Prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, similar to those emitted by such common household devices as blow dryers, electric blankets and razors, can damage brain cell DNA, according to researchers in the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering.


February 13, 2004

Researchers target computer recognition of speech as the next-generation data source

In the not too distant future, if you miss a meeting, you’ll likely be able to check a database prepared by a computerized secretary.


February 12, 2004

Exposure to low-level magnetic fields cause DNA damage in rat brain cells

Prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, similar to those emitted by such common household devices as blow dryers, electric blankets and razors, can damage brain cell DNA, according to researchers in the UW’s Department of Bioengineering.


Exposure to low-level magnetic fields cause DNA damage in rat brain cells

Prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, similar to those emitted by such common household devices as blow dryers, electric blankets and razors, can damage brain cell DNA, according to researchers in the UW’s Department of Bioengineering.


January 28, 2004

Four UW electrical engineers awarded one of discipline’s highest honors

Four faculty members in the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering have been elected fellows of in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, bringing the total number of IEEE fellows in the department to 22.


January 23, 2004

Gift of Tektronix test equipment gives UW students a jump on the competition

Budding computer engineers at the University of Washington can get valuable hands-on experience early in their academic programs thanks to high-tech testing equipment recently donated by Tektronix Inc.


January 8, 2004

UW lands role in $70 million national network for nanotechnology research

The University of Washington is one of 13 major research universities teaming up under a $70 million federal grant to form the world’s largest network dedicated to studying science on the smallest of scales.


Tiny heaters may pave the way for easier tissue engineering, medical sensors

Tiny microheaters that can prompt chemical changes in surrounding material may provide the means to more easily grow replacement tissue for injured patients and form the basis for medical sensors that could quickly detect pathogens, according to researchers at the UW who are the first to demonstrate the process.


January 7, 2004

Tiny heaters may pave way for easier tissue engineering, medical sensors

Tiny microheaters that can prompt chemical changes in surrounding material may provide the means to more easily grow replacement tissue for injured patients and form the basis for medical sensors that could quickly detect pathogens


December 24, 2003

UW lands role in $70 million national network for nanotechnology research

The University of Washington is one of 13 major research universities teaming up under a $70 million federal grant to form the world’s largest network dedicated to studying science on the smallest of scales.


November 20, 2003

Virtual secret agent encourages healthy behavior

It takes a lot of heart to fight evil — just ask Secret Agent Guy Simplant, who in his latest adventure is teetering on the losing edge of a battle with the ultra-naughty Evil Spy, and with his own poor health-care choices.


November 18, 2003

Digital secret agent asks students’ help in battling evil, beating heart disease

It takes a lot of heart to fight evil – just ask Secret Agent Guy Simplant, who in his latest adventure is teetering on the losing edge of a battle with the ultra-naughty Evil Spy, and with his own poor health-care choices.


November 6, 2003

Touching may reduce spider fear, study shows

A new study of the use of virtual reality to treat spider phobia that was released, appropriately enough, on Halloween, indicates that touching the fuzzy creepy-crawlers can make the therapy twice as effective.


October 30, 2003

Touch doubles the power of VR therapy for spider phobia, study finds

Just in time for Halloween, a new study of the use of virtual reality to treat spider phobia indicates that touching the fuzzy creepy-crawlers can make the therapy twice as effective.



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