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December 27, 2013

News digest: Fight hunger site, MyPlan extension, Energy Star rating, lecture nominations due

Letters UW and Farm with plants growing

Check out Huskies Fight Hunger site || UW online academic planner to be extended to community, technical college students || UW Tower data center now Energy Star certified || Nominations due Jan. 31 for graduate school public lectures


December 17, 2013

UWMC grants wish for seriously ill teen interested in NICU nursing

Samantha in NICU

Samantha’s dream career is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nursing. One day last week the nurses in the UW Medical Center NICU warmly welcomed her to their world of caring for babies and their families.


November 20, 2013

December deadlines approach for Awards of Excellence nominations

UW Awards of Excellence recipients announced

Nominations are due in December and coming months for this year’s University of Washington Awards of Excellence categories.


November 19, 2013

Paddlers spread pump-out ‘gospel’ to recreational boaters

Pumpout paddlers1

Washington Sea Grant’s “Pumpout Paddlers” are readying their kayaks for winter paddling to deliver more adapters so boaters have a cleaner, easier way to pump their sewage-holding tanks.


November 8, 2013

Forest fires and fireside chats: UW students learn about management challenges

Students uses hand lens to examine moss on rock

An intensive two week field course helped 20 University of Washington students learn firsthand about the challenges of managing dry, fire-prone forests of the Pacific Northwest.


November 6, 2013

UW scholars offer short takes on Shakespeare Nov. 14 at ACT Theatre

The UW English Dept will hold "Shakespeare Ever After," a series of short presentations on the Bard, Nov. 14 at ACT Theater.

Ten Shakespeare scholars, students and actors, most from the University of Washington, will discuss the Bard’s life and work at Seattle’s ACT Theatre on Nov. 14 — and verily, they’ll be quick about it.


October 31, 2013

Epilepsy film to be screened Nov. 9 at Harborview Medical Center

Epilepsy film man in the street

Independent film producer Louis Stanislaw will present “Living on the Edge” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Harborview Medical Center Research & Training Building. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion of individuals living with epilepsy and UW Medicine professionals who treat seizure disorders.


October 30, 2013

A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another’s actions

child plays pat-a-cake with an adult

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it’s their foremost tool for learning. Now researchers from the University of Washington and Temple University have found the first evidence revealing a key aspect of the brain processing that occurs in babies to allow this learning by observation.


October 29, 2013

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

An artist's conception shows a sampling rocket, with a tether linking a return capsule inside the rocket to a recovery craft.

This year, in an annual trek to the Nevada desert, UW students deliberately launched rockets from altitude directly into a dry lakebed. These were early tests of a concept that eventually could be used to collect and return samples from an erupting volcano, a melting nuclear reactor or even an asteroid in space.


October 28, 2013

New musical theater degree begins with outreach, talent search

Student Annmarie Morro caught in motion during a class in advanced jazz and theater dance taught by Wilson Mendieta. Morro was accepted into the new musical theater degree program.

The first order of business for the UW’s new degree in musical theater is not greasepaint or tap shoes but public outreach and finding talented, committed students.


October 17, 2013

Campus sustainability, climate change focus of Sustainability Summit Oct. 23

Green mountain and text

Learn how to be more involved with campus sustainability during UW Sustainability Summit activities Oct. 23.


October 15, 2013

Initiative draws faculty, students into collaborative health care

Joseph Falcone, a second-year medical student.

The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.


October 8, 2013

Profile: Brian Wansink, Slim By Design author and 2013 Hogness Lecturer

Brian Winsink

Wansink explores mindless eating and how cues in our environment lead us to eat too much of the wrong foods.


October 3, 2013

Pioneering MOOC instructors remain enthusiastic

This poster explores explores the meaning of "Massive Open Online Courses."

The first reports from the pioneers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at the UW contain a mixture of humility and abiding enthusiasm for this new education platform.


September 25, 2013

Shiny new Odegaard library greets students

The second and third floors of Odegaard library.

UW students are being greeted by a spiffy new version of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library following a nearly $17 million makeover, the first in the library’s 41-year history.


September 23, 2013

News Digest: Flu clinics this fall, help with new K-12 standards, public events about Middle East

Sketch of little girl blowing her nose

Flu clinics in October, November || UW helping with new science, engineering standards for K-12 || Jackson School to hold public events about Middle East


September 5, 2013

News Digest: UW 14th on Teach for America list, program scores perfect 100, UW Botanic Gardens showcases vendors

Teach for America Logo thumbnail

UW 14th on Teach for America list || College Assistance Migrant Program scores perfect 100 || UW Botanic Gardens showcases venues and vendors


August 28, 2013

UW student archaeologists wind up summer at Tel Dor site

Students carefully excavate a complete vessel — this time, a Roman period juglet, possibly an oil container. After excavation, the soil in the interior of the vessel is sent for soil analysis at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. This analysis is then able to reveal the original contents of the vessel at the UW's Tel Dor archaeological site.

Scenes from the summer 2013 at the UW Tel Dor Archeological Excavation and Field School.


August 19, 2013

Students from unique summer research programs share their work

Student in laboratory

Undergraduates who participated in a variety of research programs over the summer will share their work


August 6, 2013

News Digest: UW wins two CASE awards, cosmic ray detectors being assembled, informant testimony questioned, Honor: Charles Johnson

Logo of world with CASE

UW wins two Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards || Local high school students, teachers assembling cosmic ray detectors || Triple exoneration aided by UW’s Innocence Project Northwest || Charles Johnson recipient of Humanities Washington Award


July 24, 2013

Literary arts: Discarded books become art in UW Summer Youth Programs class

Molly Knopf, 11, a student in the UW Summer Youth Programs class on book arts, shows off her creation, made with wire, papier-mâché and a worn-out book.

Can a book be a sculpture? Sure — at UW Summer Youth Programs, it’s all part of the creative process.


June 26, 2013

Pharmacy students learn TB screening

Pharmacy students learn TB screening.

Ninety-one UW pharmacy students became certified in TB screening through collaborative training from the State Department of Public Health, the Washington State Pharmacy Association and the UW School of Pharmacy.


June 14, 2013

Awards of Excellence ceremony recognizes colleagues, distinguished alumni, top scholars

Award of Excellence medal

Individuals who have made important contributions to the UW were honored June 13 at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.


June 7, 2013

Treks reveal distinctive forests of Cascade Mountains — with photo gallery

Students in line walking across top of snow-covered ridge

In “Spring Comes to the Cascades,” students don’t just read about the forests – they hike and snowshoe through them.


June 3, 2013

Diversity graduation requirement for UW undergraduates approved

A long-time student-led effort to pass a diversity course requirement for all University of Washington undergraduates has come to fruition.


May 24, 2013

‘The Return’ illustrates Native American environmental health story

"The Return" book cover.

“The Return,” a dreamlike account of a Native woman and her baby, is an allegory for passing environmental health values to the next generation.


May 22, 2013

UW joins edX to provide more free online courses

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

The University of Washington announced May 21 a new partnership with edX, the Massive Open Online Course provider from Harvard/MIT.


May 14, 2013

Symposium features undergraduate research

Student researcher discusses her work at 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium

More than 1,000 undergraduates will showcase their contributions to innovative and groundbreaking research at the 16th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17 in Mary Gates Hall. Some presentations will also occur in Johnson Hall and Meany Studio Theater. In conjunction with the symposium, another 50 undergraduates from UW and…


May 10, 2013

News Digest: Underwater robot competition Saturday, Honors: Cecilia Bitz, Anthony Greenwald and Patricia Kuhl

Two operators stand on deck operating an underwater robot in a swimming pool

UW underwater robot team competes Saturday || Cecilia Bitz recognized for decade’s worth of work || Greenwald, Kuhl among 25 honored as part of 25th anniversary


May 6, 2013

UW research vessel Clifford A. Barnes marks its 1,000th cruise

R/V Cliff Barnes

This week marks the 1000th cruise for the UW’s Clifford A. Barnes research vessel, a converted tugboat that has spent decades exploring Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest waters and is now reaching the end of its UW career.


Celebration May 7 showcases student leadership, service

Four elementary students work at desk with UW undergraduate

More than 100 UW undergraduates will share information about their volunteer activities at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, Tuesday, May.


May 2, 2013

News briefs: Bike to campus month, drag-racing math, campus tree prize

Bicyclists ride to work on a past Bike to Work Day.

May is bike to campus month || Math at top speed: Exploding drag racing myths || UW recognized for campus tree management


April 30, 2013

The challenge of finding what challenges students

A student looks at a computer on the UW Quad.

A yearlong project to learn how UW students were being challenged academically in their majors attracted volunteers from 33 degree-granting departments and programs.


April 23, 2013

Workers Memorial Day event takes place April 24 at HUB Lyceum

The brass bell in the Workers Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Washington State Labor and Industries offices.

The 65 workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington state this past year will be remembered at a UW event promoting safer workplaces.


April 18, 2013

HuskyFest, Earth Day activities fill Red Square Friday

Husky Fest Block Party logo.

Join in Friday during HuskyFest and kick-off activities for Earth Day.


April 11, 2013

Space-age domes offer a window on ocean acidification

photo of dock

At Friday Harbor Labs, students are conducting a three-week study on the effects of ocean acidification using a strategy that’s midway between a controlled lab test and an open-ocean experiment.


April 10, 2013

Burke Museum Herbarium launches new wildflower app

Red wildflowers and mount in the background appear on a handheld device

The “Washington Wildflowers” app, out this week, includes information for more than 870 common wildflowers, shrubs and vines.


April 4, 2013

Explore global health through the arts during Global Health Week

Phil Borges Tibet portrait

Dance, photography, cinema, theater and music will convey how the arts can make a difference in public health.


April 1, 2013

News Digest: Built “ecologies” lecture April 4, cybersecurity competition winner, autism awareness lectures

Example of HOK design

Built “ecologies,” resource integration subject of lecture April 4 || UW wins sixth consecutive regional cybersecurity competition || Autism center lecture series in Seattle, Tacoma


UW Medicine launches multi-media health and wellness initiative April 1

TV slate UW Medicine Health

In partnership with Fisher Communications, UW Medicine Health will provide information on healthy living and on the latest treatments and medical breakthroughs



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