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November 21, 2012

UW rates gold in sustainability assessment, strongest performer in Pac-12

Bins for recycling and compost on Red Square

The UW has the strongest sustainability performance in the Pac-12 according to a new rating system.

November 14, 2012

December deadlines approach for Awards of Excellence nominations


Nominations are due next month for many Awards of Excellence categories including a new award for teaching innovation.

October 18, 2012

Energy a focus of third annual Sustainability Summit

2012 logo for Sustainability Summit

Next week will be the University of Washington’s third Sustainability Summit, an annual event that celebrates leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

October 17, 2012

Scientists building crowdsourced encyclopedia to further Puget Sound recovery

Sea-otter TILE

Representatives of the Encyclopedia of Earth and the Encyclopedia of Life will be on the University of Washington campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the public launch of an encyclopedia unique to Puget Sound.

October 1, 2012

UW composer fills arboretum byways with her ‘Music of Trees’

Solar panal in tree in arboretum

A UW doctoral student in musical composition uses sounds from the Washington Park Arboretum to create music that’s part natural, part imagined.

September 14, 2012

Rideshare Mixer meant to help you find, create a carpool or vanpool

Graphic Rideshare mixer Fall 2012

The first Rideshare Mixer next week – complete with free snacks, bowling and prizes in the newly renovated HUB games area – will provide tips from folks who already share their rides as well as information on how to find or create a carpool or vanpool.

September 10, 2012

Crows react to threats in human-like way

Crows react to one of two masks

Crows and humans share the ability to recognize faces and associate them with negative and positive feelings. The way the brain activates during that process is something the two species also appear to share.

September 4, 2012

Gardener’s delight offers glimpse into the evolution of flowering plants

Thalictrum thalictroides DoubleWhite mutantPlone

Double flowers – though beautiful – are mutants. UW biologists have found the class of genes responsible in a plant lineage more ancient than the one previously studied, offering a glimpse even further back into the evolutionary development of flowers.

August 21, 2012

66th field season underway in world’s longest-running effort to monitor salmon

Sockeye salmon migrate up stream to spawn

The UW’s Alaska Salmon Program, now in its 66th field season, focuses not just on fisheries management, but on ecology and evolution as well, and has just won a top fisheries prize.

August 15, 2012

Detection dogs spot northern spotted owls, even those alarmed by barred owls

Northern spotted owl and detection dog in forest

Forest searches using specially trained dogs improved the probability of finding spotted owls by nearly 30 percent over traditional vocalization surveys.

August 2, 2012

Bears, scavengers count on all-you-can-eat salmon buffet lasting for months


Salmon conservation shouldn’t narrowly focus on managing flows in streams and rivers or on preserving only places that currently have strong salmon runs. Instead, watersheds need a good mix of steep, cold-running streams and slower, meandering streams of warmer water to keep options open for salmon adapted to reproduce better in one setting than the…

July 23, 2012

President Obama honors UW biologist

Jay Parrish

Jay Z. Parrish, University of Washington assistant professor of biology, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

July 18, 2012

UW names DeLuca director of School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Thomas H. DeLuca

A soils and ecosystem scientist who studies natural resources sustainability has been named the director of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Thomas H. DeLuca is currently professor of natural resources and geography at Bangor University, Wales, where he holds the chair in environmental sciences sponsored jointly by the university and…

July 13, 2012

Robert J. Naiman earns award for insights into freshwater ecosystems

Robert Naiman

Robert J. Naiman has received the highest award given by the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest society of professional ecologists.

July 3, 2012

Kali, UW's explosive-detection dawg, turning 8

UW’s first Explosive Detection K-9 Kali has helped locate handguns and taken part in numerous bomb sweeps, including when President Obama visited this area earlier this year.

June 22, 2012

Remembering the life of Thomas Pressly, 1919-2012

The UW Department of History will hold a celebration of the life of Thomas James Pressly, professor emeritus, at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the UW Club, and all are welcome.

June 6, 2012

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales – with slide show

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales - with slide show

Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whales summering in the Salish Sea. In lean times, however, the stress normally associated with boats becomes more pronounced, further underscoring the importance of having enough prey.

June 5, 2012

News Digest: Free dental screening for kids, Honor: James DeLisle

News Digest: Free dental screening for kids, Honor: James DeLisle (2)

Free dental screening for children June 9 || International council recognizes James DeLisle

May 25, 2012

It's in the genes: Research pinpoints how plants know when to flower

Scientists believe they’ve pinpointed the last crucial piece of the 80-year-old puzzle of how plants “know” when to flower. Understanding how flowering works in a simple plant should lead to a better understanding of how the same genes work in more complex plants such as rice and wheat.

May 22, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Xiaodong Xu, ‘Raise the Roof’ May 24, ‘Cirque’ launches at UW Tacoma, Honor: Buddy Ratner, science behind ‘Chasing Ice,’ Honor: Jeff Hou

News Digest: Honor: Xiaodong Xu, 'Raise the Roof' May 24, 'Cirque' launches at UW Tacoma, Honor: Buddy Ratner, science behind 'Chasing Ice,' Honor: Jeff Hou

Xiaodong Xu garners Department of Energy early-career grant || Ethnic Cultural Center’s ‘Raise the Roof’ party Thursday || ‘Cirque,’ an activism traveling carnival, launches June 2 at UW Tacoma || Buddy Ratner recognized for biomaterials work || Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind film ‘Chasing Ice’ || Jeff Hou named community builder

May 21, 2012

Inaugural Conservation Remix aims to foster creative thinking about environment

Conservation Remix, a daylong event June 2 organized by UW staff with Conservation Magazine and biology, offers an eclectic mix of topics for discussion – from designing superefficient buildings that generate their own energy to controlling invasive species by eating them.

May 16, 2012

News Digest: Recognition for UW waste management, nurturing communities, Honor: Danny Hoffman, disability-policy posters, undergraduate research conference

News Digest: Recognition for UW waste management, nurturing communities, Honor: Danny Hoffman, disability-policy posters, undergraduate research conference

Association honors UW for waste management, sustainability || New book explores creating, supporting livable communities || ‘New Directions’ award to Danny Hoffman || Disability, Law, Policy and the Community poster session || Minority Affairs and Diversity hosts undergraduate research conference

May 14, 2012

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

Carrie Schloss

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9 percent of the Western Hemisphere’s mammals, and as much as 40 percent in certain regions, because the animals just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace climate change, according to new research from the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

May 9, 2012

News Digest: Mathematical perspective on voting rules, Honor: Dick Morrill, timeline of education and research

Mathematical perspective on voting rules Friday in MathAcrossCampus || Geography “legend” announces last doctoral committee defense || Education and research timeline stretches back 150 years

Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership spotlights undergrad efforts

University of Washington undergraduates will showcase their civic engagement projects at the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 11 on the second floor of Kane Hall.

May 7, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Clay Schwenn, Tower Green Fair May 15, check out Campus Tours Central, Honor: Seth Cooper

News Digest: Honor: Clay Schwenn, Tower Green Fair May 15,  check out Campus Tours Central, Honor: Seth Cooper

Honor: Academic counselor Clay Schwenn wins national award || Tower Green Fair May 15 features sustainability efforts || Visitors? Relatives here for commencement? Check Campus Tours Central || Seth Cooper, chief architect of Foldit, wins national doctoral dissertation award

May 4, 2012

Video Friday: Clip about fighting invasives takes cue from ‘The Artist’

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The almost-silent-movie “The Artist” recently won five Oscars. The producer and stars of a video mimicking that movie-making style hope to win $10,000 to fight invasive plants and provide wildlife habitat on the University of Washington campus.

May 2, 2012

Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forest champs

Washington State University's Mark Swanson pulls a tape tight around a 4-foot-wide sugar pine, one of the 34,500 live trees counted and tagged for long-term study in a Yosemite National Park study plot.

Big trees three or more feet in diameter accounted for nearly half the biomass measured at a Yosemite National Park site, yet represented only 1 percent of the trees growing there.

Now in a refrigerator section near you: Sea Grant partners on "Cows for Clean Water" cartons

Washington Sea Grant has partnered with Smith Brothers Farms of Kent, to produce a milk carton featuring “Cows for Clean Water” and offering a selection of simple steps for protecting Puget Sound.

May 1, 2012

News Digest: Roundtable on education May 2, political cartoonist speaks, entrepreneurs share insights, Honors: Bob Morgan, students

Evans School roundtable on education May 2 || Political cartoonist Aislin to speak May 10 || Bob Morgan receives leadership award || Four additional entrepreneurs share insights with UW researchers || Students An, Woelfer garner awards

April 25, 2012

Wind pushes plastics deeper into oceans, driving trash estimates up (with video)

Giora Proskurowski deploys a net to collect samples that help estimate how much plastic debris is in the ocean.

Decades of research into how much plastic litters the ocean, conducted by skimming only the surface, may in some cases vastly underestimate the true amount of plastic debris in the oceans, according to a University of Washington oceanographer publishing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

April 24, 2012

Celebrating 150th – HuskyFest slideshow

Polar Science Center scientists will be part of the open house April 21 in the Johnson Courtyard organized by the College of the Environment.

Performers, volunteers, students and neighbors joined HuskyFest April 19-21. Check out various activities as captured by News and Information photographer Mary Levin.

April 20, 2012

Photo Friday: A time for learning, arts, family

Music and art: A member of the UW student group Oceana Quartet during a Friday performance. Behind her is one of the art installations, this one called Crystalline Growths, on display in the tent pavilion on Red Square.

News and Information’s photographer Mary Levin has been capturing performers and festival goers during HuskyFest. Look for a slide show of highlights next week. In the meantime, enjoy this handful of snapshots from the festivities.

UW awards six Husky Green Awards for 2012

The Husky Green Award, now in its second year.

Winners of the third annual Husky Green Awards were announced Friday during Earth Day activities.

April 17, 2012

News Digest: New child care resources, police open house Wednesday, workplace giving best in state, Honor: Magnuson Scholars

New child care resources available to UW community || UW police open house Wednesday || UW has highest participation in state’s workplace giving program || Six health sciences students named Magnuson Scholars

April 12, 2012

Get your HuskyFest on April 19-21

Polar Science Center scientists will be part of the open house April 21 in the Johnson Courtyard organized by the College of the Environment.

The first-ever HuskyFest, a part of UW’s 150th anniversary celebration, is almost here. Events kick off at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19.

Annual campus Earth Day events April 20 during HuskyFest

The annual campus observation of Earth Day Friday, April 20, coincides this year with HuskyFest.

April 11, 2012

News Digest: WasteWise honorable mention, faculty lecturer nominations due, volunteer April 14 at arboretum

EPA awards UW WasteWise honorable mention || Nominations for University Faculty Lecturer Award sought || Volunteers welcome for arboretum work party April 14

April 6, 2012

Video Friday: April edition of UW|360, just out, includes cherry-tree feature

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Watch a clip from Sunday’s episode of UW|360 where campus arborist Sara Shores talks about the Quad’s cherry trees and how they were rescued in the mid-60s from the arboretum, where they were in the path of the 520 bridge, then under construction.

April 4, 2012

News Digest: U-PASS 20th celebration, Honor: KUOW, home improvement fair April 11, Honor: Guntis Smidchens

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Guntis Smidchens.

U-PASS turns 20 with website, trivia contest || KUOW trio wins national broadcast award || 15th annual home improvement fair April 11|| Guntis Smidchens honored by Estonia

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