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November 8, 2011

Engineered critters bring 'world' title to UW team

Liz Stanley, a senior majoring in microbiology, accepts the brick trophy on a Boston stage Nov. 7 for the iGEM team's "World Champion" win in genetic engineering. The brick is a symbol of the molecular components that are used in synthetic biology.

A UW student team won the World Championship in synthetic biology Nov. 7 after months of lab work and genetic engineering of microbes.

November 7, 2011

Biological futures initiative aims to bring larger ethical issues into non-medical science

Alison Wylie

After he created the Center for Biological Futures at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Roger Brent joined forces with the UW to “generate better thinking and scholarship about the impact that increases in biological capability are having and will have on human affairs.” The result is an initiative, “Biological Futures in a Globalized World.”

November 2, 2011

SR 520 bridge and highway to close Nov. 5-7

Construction crews install another 22 huge concrete girders Nov. 5-7 for a new lidded overpass in Medina, closing the State Route 520 floating bridge and highway Saturday night through Monday morning for the work.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus? (2)

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Nominations sought for Awards of Excellence

Awards of Excellence

Nominations are now being sought for the University’s annual Awards of Excellence that honor outstanding teachers, staff, librarians, mentors and those engaged in leadership and public service.

'Chronicling Trauma': New book explores intersection of journalism, fiction, traumatic violence

Doug Underwood

Writers often turn from journalism to fiction when news stories cant drill deep enough, cant convey complex psychology. Communications Professor Doug Underwood writes about it in his new book, “Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss.”

Nominations open for ProStaff Award

Nominations are open for the ProStaff Award sponsored by the Professional Staff Organization. Any current professional staff member working at the UW is eligible; the deadline is Nov. 15.

Training students to prevent cybercrime

The UW has won a $2.1 million federal grant to train graduate students in the burgeoning field of information assurance and cybersecurity.

Volunteers needed for the Dream Project's Admissions Weekend

Want to help local high school students achieve the dream of getting to college? The Dream Project, which does just that, is looking for volunteers.

Just some folks talkin about birds — and where to spot them at the UW

Tom Cotner is surrounded by the beauty of Rainier National Park, but hes focused on looking for a white-tailed ptarmigan hed seen on previous trips. Cotner is a regular at the UWs Birders Brown Bag group.

Brown creepers in the Medicinal Herb Garden and red-breasted sapsuckers near Rainier Vista? They talk about those and more at the Birders Brown Bag. What will be your “spark bird”?

Books can now be delivered to your campus mailbox

UW Libraries staffer Brent Waller packs a book to be sent to a faculty or staff member's campus mailbox under the new Departmental Delivery service.

It may be a time of cutbacks, but UW Libraries and Mailing Services have found a way to increase service with a new program where you can order, receive and return books via campus mail.

U-PASS now good for King County water taxis

Your U-PASS is now good for both the Vashon Island/Downtown and West Seattle/Downtown routes of the King County Water Taxi system.

Flamenco artists to give master class, perform at Brechemin

Dancer Ana Gonzáles

Traditional Spanish dancers and instrumentalists from Madrids Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas will present a master class-performance of flamenco music and dance at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 in Brechemin Auditorium.

African musician to play banjo-like instrument in concert at Meany

Bassekou Kouyate and his group play Meany Nov. 12.

Grammy-nominated Bassekou Kouyate,a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in Meany Hall.

Spanish string quartet to perform at Meany

The Cuarteto Casals string quartet.

One of Europes most distinguished string quartets, Cuarteto Casals, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Meany Hall. The quartet makes its Meany Hall debut performing works by Arriaga, Turina, and Schubert.

3-D digital music to be featured in concert

Juan Pampin

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media presents an evening of 3-D digital music by graduate students and faculty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Meany Theater.

Arts Ticket Office has new location

The Arts Ticket Office can now be found in Poplar Hall.

The UW Arts Ticket Office has moved to the ground floor of the new student residence, Poplar Hall, 1313 NE 41st Street.

November 1, 2011

Cambodian-born sculptor exhibits work at Henry Art Gallery

Jose Abaoag talks to the play's director, Victor Pappas.

An exhibit of work by Cambodian-born artist Sopheap Pich will be at the Henry Art Gallery Nov. 10-April 4. “Compound,” his sculptural installation at the gallery, was originally constructed for the 2011 Singapore Biennial, although its modular construction will allow it to become an entirely new work in its reconfiguration at the UW.

Stories of Cambodian returnees form basis of play by drama school prof

Jose Abaoag talks to the play's director, Victor Pappas.

A friends insistence that he take a trip to an unlikely destination led Mark Jenkins to write a play. The friend was artist Don Fels. The destination was Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Jenkins met the subjects of his play — Cambodian youth who grew up in the United States but were deported back to Cambodia after serving time in American prisons.

October 26, 2011

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus? (2)

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Get a mammogram — and a compact mirror in the bargain

UW faculty and staff will receive a complimentary compact mirror when they schedule a mammogram at UW Medical Centers Roosevelt Clinic from now through the end of November.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Gabriel Gallardo is president-elect of the Northwest Association of Special Programs; Blake Barney receives the David H. Wands Graduate Fellowship in Prosthodontics, and a UW team including 22 science and engineering undergrads nabs two awards at an International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.

Official Notices, Oct. 27

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives and a call for applications for the UW-University of Ljubljana exchange.

Studies indicate charter schools performing well in reading, math

A new analysis from the Center on Reinventing Public Education, at UW Bothell, shows evidence that charter elementary schools outperform traditional public schools in math and reading, and that charter middle schools excel in math as well.

150 years and 200 stories: Campus historian contributes to anniversary timeline

Edmond Meany

You can read the highlights of the Universitys 150 years in a timeline full of stories. And a UW staffer had a major role in finding and telling those stories.

New courtyard and rain garden created behind Community Design Center

Kalyn Marab, a student in an introduction to landscape architecture class, prepares a sketch in the new Community Design courtyard.

At first glance, the new courtyard behind the Community Design Center looks like a simple square with benches. However, theres a rain garden on the perimeter to capture, cleanse and slow storm water entering the drainage system.

Keeping colleagues informed a top priority for 2011 Faculty Senate chair

Susan Astley

Budget matters will dominate the work of this years Faculty Senate, but discussions also will discuss online learning, activity-based budgeting and differential tuition.

Living Voters Guide updated for November election

Ads for the Living Voters Guide have been mounted on Metro Transit buses.

The Living Voters Guide was created at the UW to help voters sort through ballot initiatives in 2010. Now its back, powered to help voters make informed decisions in this years election.

Lost and Found Films: Back to 1958 for ‘Operation Cooperation

Film Icon

This weeks Lost and Found film takes us back to 1958 and folks watching a street parade advertising “Ye Olde Town Meeting” at the Woodland High Gym on Sept. 2. Its a little slice of life from the Eisenhower years.

Photo-journalist David Bacon to speak on free trade

David Bacon

On Thursday, Nov. 3, photo-journalist and author David Bacon will visit Seattle to discuss the topic Free Trade, Migration and the Culture of Solidarity. The talk will address Bacon’s extensive work with the pen and camera, giving voice to organized laborers and migrant workers.

Public leadership is subject of program at law school

Eric Liu

Author and educator Eric Liu will lead a discussion at the UW Law School on The Art of Public Leadership. The program is slated for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

October 19, 2011

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Judy Ramey

Henry Lai, Shwetak Patel, Valeri Vasioukhin, Mark Silvis and Football Coach Steve Sarkisian are named Most Influential people for 2011 by ‘Seattle Magazine; Judy Ramey honored by IEEE Professional Communication Society, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn becomes an honorary member of the Husky Cycling Club.

Celebrating Disability History Month — and a new center coming

Washington State Disability History Month will be celebrated on Oct. 27, and a new Disabilities Center is coming to the UW campus in 2012.

Official Notices, Oct. 20

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives two notices of possible rule making — on student housing and waivers of tuition and fees — and the University’s sexual harassment policy.

Health care, insurance information available at benefits fairs

The UW‘s annual benefits fairs will be held Nov. 1–3. The fairs provide an opportunity for UW employees to get information about their health care and insurance options directly from the benefits providers.

Bicyclists take note: Rides and classes in November

Play based on life of Eugene Debs created by School of Drama artists

November will be here soon and once again, more than 1,000 UW faculty, staff and students will take part in the annual Ride in the Rain Bicycle Commute Challenge.

New HUB meeting spaces open for reservations

Its still very much a construction site, but reservations are now being accepted for the new HUB, scheduled to open next fall. Reservations can be made for events beginning Oct. 1, 2012, or thereafter.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus? (2)

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Littlefield Organ Series Turns 20

Music Professor Carole Terry at the Littlefield organ.

Faculty, students, and guest artists will perform in a special series of concerts throughout 2011-12 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UWs Littlefield Organ Series. The series gets under way Friday, Oct. 28 with the popular annual Halloween organ concert.

Play based on life of Eugene Debs created by School of Drama artists

Play based on life of Eugene Debs created by School of Drama artists

Drama Professor Jeffrey Fracé and an ensemble of emerging artists at the UW created a play from the ground up and will present it Oct. 26 through Nov. 6 in Meany Studio Theatre.

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