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October 15, 2003

UW engineering faculty members speak to hot topics in 2003 lecture series

The public will have a chance to hear from three of the University of Washington’s world-class researchers on some of today’s hot technology topics via “Engineering the Future,” a fall lecture series that begins next week.


October 13, 2003

Pioneer in information visualization and computing usability speaks to UW audience about ‘Leonardo’s Laptop’

A lecture exploring how human needs must be considered as new computing technologies emerge, followed by a book signing.


UW Aeronautics and Astronautics celebrates 100 years of flight with lecture series

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington is celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight with a lecture series that begins this week.


October 9, 2003

Community support evident in new people-friendly CSE building


When one walks through the Paul G.


October 2, 2003

Community gears up for celebration and dedication of UW’s new Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering

Dedication and open house for the new $72 million Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.


September 9, 2003

Researchers turn to virtual reality to treat 9/11 post traumatic stress

A virtual reality researcher from the University of Washington and a Weill Cornell Medical College therapist have engaged the virtual world to treat victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.


August 29, 2003

Leading cosmologist to speak about ‘dark matter’ and mysterious ‘dark energy’ that make up most of the universe

An internationally recognized cosmologist will explain the latest theories about “dark matter” and “dark energy,” the invisible components that scientists say make up most of the universe.


July 10, 2003

Computer Science & Engineering begins move to new building

The UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering has started to move across campus into the department’s new building — a transition that will take one of the nation’s top 10 computer science programs to a state-of-the-art facility where it can expand on its tradition of leadership.


July 3, 2003

UW Computer Science & Engineering begins move to new home

The University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering has started to move across campus into the department’s new building.


May 15, 2003

Lazowska named to IT advisory committee

President Bush has selected UW computer scientist Ed Lazowska as co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, the White House announced recently.


May 8, 2003

UW’s Lazowska selected to lead President Bush’s IT Advisory Committee

President George W. Bush has selected a University of Washington computer scientist as co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, the White House announced today.


April 28, 2003

Homegrown talent dominates worldwide mathematics competition

A group students in the University of Washington Department of Mathematics – all but one of them local residents and most products of public education – have taken top honors in an international mathematics competition, edging out teams from such math powerhouses as MIT, Harvard and Harvey Mudd College.


April 24, 2003

UW dominates mathematics competition with homegrown talent

A group of students in the UW Department of Mathematics — all but one of them local residents and most products of public education — have taken top honors in an international mathematics competition, edging out teams from such math powerhouses as MIT, Harvard and Harvey Mudd College.


April 10, 2003

If Hamlet were an air traveler new software would eliminate doubt

It’s a classic dilemma for air travelers in today’s world of wildly varying ticket prices — should you purchase now if the rate seems reasonable, or wait for a better deal and take the risk that the price will go up?


Researchers at the UW and the University of Southern California appear to have taken out some of the uncertainty with a new computer program that approaches a 90 percent score in saving money by predicting air fares.


April 1, 2003

Airfare analyzer could save big bucks by advising when to buy tickets

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California have developed a new computer program that approaches a 90 percent score in saving money by predicting air fares.


March 6, 2003

UW, national lab initiate a nationwide effort to bolster nanotech education

An effort initiated by the University of Washington to broaden the scope of education in one of science’s hottest and most rapidly evolving fields has attracted a national audience of researchers.


March 5, 2003

Scientists gather at UW to discuss the intersections of engineering and biology

Leaders in the fields of biology and engineering and researchers from around the Puget Sound region involved in exploring the intersection of these rapidly advancing fields.


February 26, 2003

Endless hotcakes make for hot debate among hungry engineering students

The International House of Pancakes restaurant just west of the University of Washington campus in Seattle is not usually considered a hotbed for science.


February 20, 2003

Engines based on nature may someday improve synthetic world

For Viola Vogel, thinking big naturally comes coupled with the smallest objects imaginable.


February 14, 2003

Tiny ‘nanotrains’ could power big changes in the future

According to Vogel, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Nanotechnology, understanding how nature does things at the molecular level and adapting those techniques into the synthetic world could drastically alter just about every aspect of our lives.


February 7, 2003

Whidbey grad, UW alum gives $1 million to send budding engineers to college

The founder and president of the company that makes the world’s top-selling civilian helicopter has given $1 million to help promising engineering students from Whidbey Island attend the University of Washington.


February 6, 2003

Computer Science center nears completion

The new home of computer science at the UW has entered its final phase.


January 21, 2003

UW’s new computer science building nearing completion

The new Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington is starting the new year as a fully enclosed structure.


December 16, 2002

Students go head-to-head in end-of-the-quarter robot tournament

Fourteen teams of undergraduate students will vie for mechanical mastery to see whose robot can sink the most golf balls in a series of one-on-one matches between the competitors.


December 13, 2002

Smart polymers provide light-activated switch to turn enzymes on and off

Researchers at the University of Washington have applied research in how proteins bind with different molecules to create a molecular switch that enables them to turn an enzyme on and off.


December 4, 2002

DO-IT program seeking students with disabilities for college, career prep

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) Scholars program is now accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors with disabilities who are interested in preparing for college and careers in challenging fields.


December 2, 2002

Kirkland group that will compete in New Zealand for the America’s Cup is using the Kirsten Wind Tunnel in a bid for sleeker, faster sailboats

OneWorld Challenge, a Kirkland-based syndicate that will compete in New Zealand next year for the America’s Cup, the world’s premier sailing competition.


November 25, 2002

Research reveals a cellular basis for a male biological clock

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a cellular basis for what many have long suspected: Men, as well as women, have a reproductive clock that ticks down with age.


November 21, 2002

Northwest residents facing tough decisions in a warmer future

People living in the Pacific Northwest will likely face a difficult choice in coming decades as global warming alters the region’s climate — they can have water for hydroelectric power or water for salmon runs, but not both.


Salmon or power? Study shows Northwest will be faced with tough choice

People living in the Pacific Northwest will likely face a difficult choice in coming decades as global warming alters the region’s climate — they can have water for hydroelectric power or water for salmon runs, but not both.


November 15, 2002

National program expands to educate campus leaders and encourage students with disabilities to enter science-oriented careers

A national UW-led program that teaches students with disabilities to use technology as a prominent ingredient in their recipes for success is celebrating a landmark birthday with new programs to reach out to university administrators and encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering.


November 14, 2002

UW professor studies cultural clues to aid in fostering technological savvy

Contrary to what most Americans seem to think, a computer with an on-line connection does not always equal Internet access.


October 17, 2002

Lidstrom’s interdisciplinary effort gets boost from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

By training, Mary Lidstrom is a biologist.


October 4, 2002

Scientists, students, technophiles gather to see latest in wearable computers

An international gathering of computer scientists, students and technology mavens


October 3, 2002

Steve Wolfman, Computer Science & Engineering

Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate outstanding skills in the classroom.


September 26, 2002

UW to lead effort exploring how engineering students think and learn, and how best to teach them

An engineering professor at the University of Washington has received a $10 million federal grant for a national center to explore how engineering students think and learn — knowledge that experts consider essential to teach today’s undergraduates the skills they need to solve tomorrow’s problems.


September 23, 2002

Researchers mesh technology with life at conference on wearable computing

Computer scientists from around the world will gather at the University of Washington in Seattle next month to discuss, debate and disseminate information about the latest in designer wear. Or maybe that should be “ware.”


September 20, 2002

Professor crosses disciplinary boundaries to teach biology to student engineers

By training, Mary Lidstrom is a biologist. By choice, she operates as an engineer. The advantages of combining both fields are just too great to pass up, she saysIt’s a message that Lidstrom has been endeavoring to pass along to UW students for the past two years via a federally funded program to teach biology to engineering undergraduates. This week, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that her efforts will get a major boost.


August 22, 2002

Big boom in tiny microfluidics world?

The field of microfluidics, a discipline that deals with movement and control of fluids at the microscopic level, is poised for a boom similar to the microelectronics revolution that transformed computing, according to two UW researchers.


August 16, 2002

Professors predicting a big boom in the tiny world of microfluidics

The field of microfluidics, a discipline that deals with movement and control of fluids at the microscopic level, is poised for a boom similar to the microelectronics revolution that transformed computing, according to two University of Washington researchers.



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