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April 3, 2012

For volunteer naturalist, the beach is a stage

Deborah Trout has spent her life helping to create artificial worlds. Maybe thats why she turns to the natural one when she isnt working. She is a costume designer in the School of Drama, and in her spare time she hits local waterfront parks as a beach naturalist

March 30, 2012

Photo Friday: Open window to campus wild areas

Moss-covered tree trunks and blossoms in the UW Botanic Gardens are among the images by Art Wolfe featured in this month's Columns magazine.

Enjoy plants and animals of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as captured by UW alumnus Art Wolfe in a slideshow for the current edition of Columns magazine.

March 29, 2012

UW invites kids, families for ‘paws-on’ science activities this weekend

Paws-On Science participant.

Head for Paws-On Science: Husky Weekend, March 30, 31 and April 1, at Pacific Science Center, for 50 stations featuring UW research. UW faculty, staff, students and their families receive a 20 percent discount on admission during the event, as do UW alums.

March 27, 2012

News Digest: Effective charter schools, annual 'Trash-In'

Similarities of effective charter schools studied || UW “Trash-In” set April 11

March 21, 2012

News Digest: Summer youth programs at UW, speaker says don’t ignore playtime head injuries

News Digest: Summer youth programs at UW, speaker says don't ignore playtime head injuries

UW Summer Youth Programs open for registration || Parents shouldn’t ignore children’s head injuries

March 20, 2012

Web tool, phone app pinpoint tsunami dangers, quick getaway routes

Jan Newton and oceanography graduate student at work on UW's vessel.

A new online portal and smartphone app lets Washington and Oregon residents enter the addresses of their homes, schools, workplaces or kids’ day care centers to check if they’re in harm’s way should a tsunami hit. The tool, being publicized on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku tsunami, was developed by researchers at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 19, 2012

D.C. cherry trees: Blooms won’t wait in warming world, UW research finds

Early-March bloom times in pale blue ranging to late-April times in hot pink are used to contrast the historical record of peak blooms of Yoshino cherry trees 1950 to 2000 (top) with predictions for the 2050s under moderate temperature increases (middle) and more drastic temperature increases (bottom).

Cherry trees in full bloom in our nation’s capital could be as much as four weeks earlier by 2080 depending on how much warming occurs. So says an analysis conducted at the University of Washington that relied on the UW’s own cherry trees as one test of a computer model used in the project.

March 15, 2012

News Digest: Nanomedicine’s potential, business-diversity honor, autism events, school-closure politics, ‘green’ nominations due

The UW Autism Center plans public events in April.

Lecture on nanomedicine, treating cancer || Honor: business-diversity efforts recognized || UW plans Autism Awareness Month events for public || Papers uncover political, human sides of school closure || Husky Green Award nominations due March 26

February 24, 2012

Kids can explore icy worlds with scientists at Polar Science Weekend (with video)

Taryn Black, a UW undergraduate, coaches two young visitors conducting an experiment to find out which block of ice is from fresh water and which from salt water.

Learn about polar bears and penguins. Center a two-foot tusk on your forehead and imagine youre a narwhal exploring your icy-ocean home. For these activities and more, grab the kids and head for Polar Science Weekend, March 1 to 4, sponsored by the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center.

February 23, 2012

Stop putting the squeeze on tiger territory, says UW alum, now chief scientist with World Wildlife Fund

The plight of the tiger – none of the worlds 350 protected areas in the tigers range is large enough to support a viable population – is the subject of the UWs “Sustaining our World” lecture March 1. Eric Dinerstein, the World Wildlife Funds chief scientist and a UW alum, will speak on “All Together Now: Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation and Local Livelihoods” at 6 p.m., in Kane 220.

February 22, 2012

AAAS Notebook: Faculty views range across natural world, human health, more

Last weeks American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC, included 11 speakers from the University of Washington on topics including marine protected areas, the myth of black progress, womens reproductive health and how undergraduates learn best.

AAAS Notebook: Elephant toothpaste as catalyst to engage public in science

UW's Michael Heinekey, children and parents watch the colorful foam generated during a demo of catalysts and chemical reactions.

Schoolchildren came in droves for the popular Family Science Days Feb. 18-18 during the American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC. UW faculty and students were there offering hands-on demonstrations at the National Science Foundations booth .

February 21, 2012

News Digest: ‘Occupy goes to school, Holocaust documentary, Celebrating UW Women seeks nominees, offices collect gold and silver by going green

“Occupy” subject of Friday teach-in || Holocaust documentary “Roma Tears” Thursday || Nominations close Feb. 28 for Celebrating UW Women program || 10 offices certified gold, silver by UW Green Office program

February 15, 2012

Design begins this spring for longhouse-style Intellectual House

Design should begin this spring, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2013, for Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility on the University of Washington campus that will be a resource for the university, tribal and surrounding communities.

February 14, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Jeffrey Ochsner, recognize staff nominees, "Winterruption” Thursday, eldercare workshop in March

Jeffrey Ochsner named distinguished professor || Reception Thursday for Distinguished Staff Award nominees || Q Faculty and Staff host Winterruption social || UW Retirement Association offers eldercare workshop March 24

February 13, 2012

UW president comments on Obama 2013 budget

University of Washington President Michael K. Young issued a statement today about President Barack Obamas budget.

February 9, 2012

News digest: MathAcrossCampus Friday, Honor: Charles Peck and Chrysan Gallucci, English language courses

Biochemistry prof showcases applications of math in MathAcrossCampus Friday || Charles Pecks teacher-education article honored || English language courses for UW employees

February 8, 2012

UW launches technology startup incubator, aims to double startups in three years

A business incubator unveiled today is one element in a larger commercialization initiative announced by UW President Michael Young that will double the number of startups produced by the university – from an average of 10 a year to 20 – during the next three years.

February 7, 2012

If a tree falls in the ‘forest, UW Botanic Garden arborists hear — view slide show

The two curving, smooth trunks to the right, one of which is being crushed by the oak, belong to another prime arboretum specimen, a huckleberry oak. Both trees represent the best of their kind in the city.

Like dominoes, two of Seattles signature oaks in the Washington Park Arboretum toppled under Januarys heavy snows. It turned out that the root balls of each tree had not pulled out of the ground and thus began an effort to pull a 60-foot oak tree, estimated to weigh more than 8,000 pounds, back into the upright position in order to save both trees.

News Digest: Info security and privacy seminar

Sign up by Feb. 9 to learn about information security, privacy issues

February 2, 2012

Scientists coax shy microorganisms to stand out in a crowd

Christian Frazar and David Schruth collect water samples from Puget Sound near Seattle.

University of Washington scientists have advanced a method that allowed them to single out a marine microorganism and map its genome even though the organism made up less than 10 percent of a water sample teeming with many millions of individuals from dozens of identifiable groups of microbes.

News digest: Foldit first from Science, register for summer youth programs

News digest: Foldit first from Science, register for summer youth programs

Honor: Science magazine awards Foldit a first || Registration opens for Robinson Center summer programs

February 1, 2012

UW Tacomas Joy Building receives highest green-building certification

The campus side of the Joy Building.

The University of Washington Tacomas Russell T. Joy Building has earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest, most rigorous certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system.

January 31, 2012

News digest: Corbally professorship, eText pilot, slugs and snails, flags at half-staff

J. Patrick Dobel named to Corbally professorship || Additional eText info session Wednesday || World of slugs, snails on display at Miller Library || Campus flags at half-staff

January 27, 2012

UW Bothell launches first Innovation Forum

UW Bothell launches its first Innovation Forum, Feb. 13 to 16, to encourage discourse between the university and the community

January 26, 2012

Commentary in Nature: Can economy bear what oil prices have in store?

Tad Hirsch

The economic pain of a flattening oil supply will trump the environment as a reason to curb the use of fossil fuels, say two scientists, one from the University of Washington and one from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Nature.

January 24, 2012

News Digest: ‘Ignite teaching/learning, faculty honor, live-shuttle tracking

Technology for teaching, learning at Wednesday event || Honor: David Harrison || Live-shuttle tracking for Health Sciences Express

January 23, 2012

‘Community Photos’ contributors capture snowy UW

Stephen Edwin Lundgren, UW staff with Harborview Medical Center, contributed this photo from outside the centers cafeteria of the art installation "Harborview Pillows" by Belize Brother. Lundgren emulated the work of Andre Kertesz – who often photographed empty courtyards, public squares and streets.

Catch a dozen photos of last weeks snowfall at UW News and Informations “Community Photos.” Be sure to contribute your own photos of UW buildings, landmarks, people – snow or not – to this ever-evolving collection.

January 20, 2012

‘Beyond the Ivory Tower offers latest on communicating science

A panel discussion Monday on “Broader Impacts: What do Funders Really Want?” is the first of six presentations on sharing University of Washington research with the general public.

January 9, 2012

Crab sagas yield insight into sustainable fisheries

Decades of wild swings in crab populations dramatize the myriad issues surrounding questions of sustainable fisheries, said David Armstrong, director of aquatic and fishery sciences, in his talk “Claws, causes, climate and corps: A cavalcade of true crab sagas.”

News Digest: MLK book, Imagine Cup, faculty honors

New edition: Michael Honeys book || UW Bothell students advance || Honor: Six in education || Honor: Alexes Harris

January 6, 2012

UW staffer zeros out daily commute costs, carbon footprint

Staff member Bob Edmistons quest was to cut both the time and cost of his daily commute.

January 5, 2012

Larger-than-life characters, intrigue part of history behind Battle of Adwa

Ethiopia is the only African country not defeated in the period of empire and Raymond Jonas new book “The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire” describes the key battle.

January 4, 2012

Russian river water unexpected culprit behind Arctic freshening – with video

James Morison lowers instruments to measure salinity. Direct measurements were combined with data from NASA satellites revealing a major redistribution of freshwater in the Arctic.

A powerful combination of data from NASA satellites and traditional sampling has led to the discovery of a new pathway of freshwater in the Arctic Ocean. Jamie Morison, Applied Physics Laboratory, is lead author of paper in this weeks Nature.

News Digest: School renamed, professors honored

Ian Joughin

New name: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences || Honor: Marsha Linehan || Honor: Ian Joughin

December 15, 2011

Nitrogen from humans pollutes remote lakes for more than a century

Daniel Schindler

Nitrogen derived from human activities has polluted lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere for more than a century and the fingerprint of these changes is evident even in remote lakes thousands of miles from the nearest city, industrial area or farm.

December 13, 2011

Featured video: Reflectors react to changing light

The reflector “paintings” on the exterior of the Henry Art Gallery, are made up of 21,500 reflectors normally found on bicycles, cars and trucks, explains this video, the first in a series highlighting the museums permanent collection.

December 12, 2011

Fisheries lands a Ray Troll – with slideshow

Some 99 species of fishes glide and snake across a supersized 15-foot mural by Alaskan artist and confessed fish groupie Ray Troll, unveiled last month at the University of Washington.

November 23, 2011

Featured video: Oyster standoff with ocean acidification

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Biologist Jennifer Ruesink considers UW oyster research and work with the shellfish industry in face of todays environmental challenges, including ocean acidification.

November 21, 2011

UW seniors Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle named Rhodes Scholars

Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle, University of Washington seniors, are among 32 Rhodes Scholars just named for 2012.

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