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October 18, 2013

Expectant mother stays hopeful through breast cancer

Sarah and her mom UWMC beast cancer

Sarah Lien and her mother Barbara Hawkins were both diagnosed with breast cancer as young women. Sarah is modeling her mother’s optimistic approach to the disease while awaiting the birth of her own daughter, Elizabeth.


May 8, 2013

Herbert Blau remembered as teacher, history-making theater pioneer

Herbert Blau of the University of Washington died on May 3.

Herbert Blau, who died on May 3, will be remembered as a theater innovator and scholar who introduced American audiences to avant-garde playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.


April 24, 2013

Carlos Gil tells family story in memoir, ‘We Became Mexican American’

The cover of We Became Mexican American.

A conversation with Carlos Gil, UW professor emeritus of history and author of the memoir “We Became Mexican American.”


April 22, 2013

Professor of computer science and engineering remembered through UW scholarship fund

David Notkin, professor of computer science and engineering at UW.

David Notkin, University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, died April 22. He was 58.


February 11, 2013

A reading life considered in David Shields’ ‘How Literature Saved My Life’

Part of the cover of "How Literature Saved My Life."

English professor David Shields discusses his new book, “How Literature Saved My Life.”


November 5, 2012

Home sales, median prices up in Washington; affordability slips

A house for sale.

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the third quarter of 2012 as median selling prices and the number of homes sold both increased, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Existing home sales increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter, to seasonally adjusted annual rate of…


May 8, 2012

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.


March 27, 2012

Secrets of famous 1930s ‘blonde bombshell of rhythm’ revealed with help from UW library

Ina Ray Hutton rose to fame in the 1930s and was known as blonde bombshell of rhythm. But she had a secret that could have damaged her stardom.


January 12, 2012

Rachel Vaughn: A perfect fit at the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

The new director of the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center talks about the center, here role and the extraordinary staff and student service-learners.


December 7, 2011

Decoding unselfishness- the double-helix of enthusiasm

In foreground, from left, are advisers Rob Egbert, Justin Siegel and Ingrid Swanson Pultz, who mentored the iGEM team. In the back are team members Mathew Harger, Sydney Gordon and Liz Stanley.

Over the past four years grad students Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Justin Siegel and Rob Egbert have worked hundreds of hours with more than 50 students who competed in November to win the championship in iGEM, sometimes sacrificing their own work to help the team.


November 30, 2011

Judy Ramey: From medieval studies to technical communication and beyond

Plymouth Housing Group employees Brian Hatfield and Alan Berliner take Rameys food delivery at the Gatewood Apartments near the Pike Place Market.

Judy Ramey came to the UW in 1983 and has since seen a department, Technical Communication, form, offer degrees and evolve into Human Centered Design and Engineering. Yet, but for a few happy accidents, she might have had a very different career.


November 18, 2011

Former Regent Ark Chin dies

Ark Chin

Former University of Washington regent Ark Chin died on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the age of 87. A World War II veteran, engineering executive and avid philanthropist, Chin was a regent from 1998-2004, serving as board president in 2001-2002.


October 12, 2011

Ashley Emery: A half-century at the UW and going strong

Ashley Emery, professor of mechanical engineering, has taught at the UW for 50 years now and has no plans to stop.

Emery, a professor of mechanical engineering, remembers the UW he joined, in the pre-computer days of slide rules, mimeograph machines, chalky blackboards and typing pools.


September 28, 2011

UW games by the numbers: Craig Heyamoto, statistics crew chief

UW games by the numbers: Craig Heyamoto, statistics crew chief (2)

Since New Years Day in 1960, Craig Heyamoto has either attended, watched on television or listened on the radio to all but two UW football games. And for 34 years hes headed the crew that keeps statistics for UW home football games.


September 14, 2011

A straw-bale house: Built for one, built by hand

Pleasant places to walk is one of the advantages of working at the UW.

When Marilyn Ostergren began her straw-bale house on Bainbridge Island nine years ago, the only structure she had built previously was a chicken coop. Her house is small, to be sure, but it’s all hers. (See a video and slide show — photos by Mary Levin.)


August 31, 2011

Hanson Hosein, on creativity, credibility and his ‘Storyteller Uprising’

Hanson Hosein

In releasing a print version of his book, Storyteller Uprising, Hanson Hosein did what he often encourages his students in the Masters in Digital Media Program to do — stop waiting for institutional approval and just make it happen.


August 17, 2011

A murder, a mystery — and a glimpse of the face of autism

A murder, a mystery -- and a glimpse of the face of autism (2)

Jane Meyerding, longtime staffer at the University, has written a murder mystery involving autism and prosopagnosia, or face blindness — topics she knows well because she has both disabilities.


Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

Lois Fink works at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and volunteers in her free time to encourage people affected by IBD.

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.


August 5, 2011

Around the world, with medical genetics

UW's Mercy Laurino, second from left (bottom row) with colleagues and students from the University of the Philippines -Manila.

Mercy Laurino, a graduate student in the Institute for Public Health Genetics, has had an illustrious career at a young age. She was part of a team -— including collaborators from Seattle Children’s — that helped launch the Pediatric Neurogenetics Clinic at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability in November 2005.


August 3, 2011

Shes got that swing: Bethany Staelens sings jazz as few can

Bethany has a great view from her office in UW Tower.

She might have been a star as a jazz singer, but at Seattles Tulas she still is. And each workday Bethany Staelens stars at Educational Outreach.


August 2, 2011

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

Beaton's studies of resiliency in firefighters and paramedics has led to new training programs.

Beaton is an expert on the causes and effects of occupational stress on firefighters and paramedics.


July 27, 2011

Best foot forward: Dr. Michael Brage

After studying under Dr. Sigvard Hansen in 1991, Dr. Michael Brage went on to build a national reputation in foot and ankle reconstruction.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Brage is newly arrived at the Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute, but he is no stranger to Seattle or Harborview Medical Center. Hansen asked his former fellow to return as his successor.


July 20, 2011

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer (4)

John Sahr is an excellent professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, but a lousy zombie killer. He’s not much better as a zombie, but he enjoys being both in the student-created game.


June 22, 2011

Elegance, engineering combine in Maya Guptas high-end jigsaw puzzles

One of the fun nuances of such high-end jigsaw puzzles is what's called a "whimsy piece" -- a special piece of its own distinctive design, like a joke within a joke.

Maya Gupta noticed unusual jigsaw puzzles one day and got an idea she could do better. Now this associate professor of electrical engineering runs Artifact Puzzles, her own company, selling high-end jigsaw puzzles of great art, laser-cut from quarter-inch wood.


June 10, 2011

Academic counselor brings message of hope to disaster victims in Japan

Hiroya and Sakuko Oda of Sendai, Japan, display their Prayer Flags of Hope from Seattle.

Linda Ando, an academic counselor with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, brought a message of hope and compassion to disaster victims in Japan in the form of prayer flags made by elementary school students and community members.


May 25, 2011

An opera diva in our ranks

Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox

Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, who works in Patient Financial Services for UW Medical Center, is also an opera singer. In a conversation with Tara Brown of Organization Development & Training, she talks about her operatic career, the joy of performing and her favorite big dramatic operas.


May 23, 2011

Memorial planned for UW emeritus Professor Eugene Vance

Eugene Vance

Vance, 77, a UW professor emeritus of French, comparative literature and comparative religion, died May 14 in the crash of a one-seat, lightweight plane at Arlington Municipal Airport. He will be remembered in a gathering on Friday, May 27.


May 11, 2011

Harborview dietitian Marilyn Shelton noted for nutritional support for trauma and ICU patients

Harborview dietitian Marilyn Shelton was honored for teaching, research, and clinical practice in nutritional support for trauma and intensive care patients.

Marilyn Shelton provides complex nutrition support for trauma and intensive care unit patients at Harborview Medical Center. The Washington State Dietetic Association has presented her with its Clinical Practice and Research Award for Excellence.


Ali Tarhouni reflects on decision to leave UW, help lead Libyan opposition

Ali Tarhouni

Ali Tarhouni, a senior lecturer in finance and business economics, recently left the UW to become oil and finance minister for the group leading opposition to Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The work is obviously difficult, but “after all these years,” Tarhouni said, “I welcome the challenge.”


May 4, 2011

Memorial planned for G. Alan Marlatt, UW psychology professor and addiction expert

Alan Marlatt

A memorial service for G. Alan Marlatt, a UW psychology professor, will be held Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.


April 20, 2011

UW professors visit to family in Libya gives him front row seat to revolution

On his jacket, Elkhafaifi wears a pin with a photograph of Omar al-Mukhtar, who in the early part of the 20th century led the Libyan resistance against Italian colonization. The pin carries al-Mukhtars motto, adopted by Libyan freedom fighters: "We will never surrender. We will win or we will die.”

When Hussein Elkhafaifi left Seattle for Libya on Feb. 16, he was going to be with his mother who was dying of kidney failure in Benghazi. But he arrived just as a revolution was beginning in his native country.


April 13, 2011

Why I chose UW Medicine: Convenient, personalized care from inspiring providers

Ginna Wall (left) and Karen Carlson compare running shoes on a recent sunny day in Seattle.

Ginna Wall, a nurse who works with new moms and newborns at UW Medical Center, has received her own healthcare at UW Medical Center-Roosevelt for the past 12 years. She describes the convenient, personalized attention provided at the Women’s Health Care Center.


March 30, 2011

Public health professor an expert in all things green

Green spaces researcher Janet Bell competes in lawn bowling at the U.S. National Championships last October in Arizona.

Janice Bell studies how open spaces in neighborhoods encourage activity and reduce obesity. A green near her home enticed her to try a sport uncommon in the United States.


February 18, 2011

Staff member in doctoral program receives prestigious EPA STAR fellowship

Guadalupe Valdes

Cynnie Curl held down a full-time job at the UW while taking one graduate class at a time. She finished her doctoral general exam, and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund her research on pesticides in food.


February 2, 2011

UW researcher studies transit, other noises in life

UW Research Scientist Rick Neitzel evaluates noise levels on a construction site in Sunnyside, Wash./photo by Sabrina Somers

The screech of a subway lurching into the station, the blast of a ferry horn: How do the sounds of people on the move affect their hearing and health? Occupational hygienist Rick Neitzel explores this question, and gives tips on protecting your hearing.


Architecture Professor Sharon E. Sutton gets award, publishes new book

The cover of "The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequity and Transformation in Marginalized Communities."

Sharon E. Sutton has been a professional musician, an artist and an architect and is now an architecture professor. Really though, shes a community builder — with a new book and an honor from the American Institute of Architects.


January 26, 2011

He will follow them: Wildlife tracking a practical hobby for UW librarian

Rats, like the one who made these tracks, are among the many rodents found in the forest. | Photo by Joseph Kiegel

Nature awareness lectures got this staffer on the trail; now hes tracking and surveying animal populations on weekends.


January 19, 2011

Images from Photography Certificate Program on display at UW Tower

Capturing the light was an important thing to LuAnne Armstrong as she photographed in the forest.

When graduates of the UWs Photography Certificate Program offer an exhibit of their work in the UW Tower beginning Jan. 21, two UW staffers will be among the proud participants. And a third will be cheering them on.


January 12, 2011

With help from his friends: Resourceful staffer wins Canlis scavenger hunt, free meals

Members of Greg Barnes "home team” man their laptops. Standing at left are Lauren Bricker and Mike Schuh. Seated left to right are Dorothy Neville, Elizabeth Walkup, David Walkup (Barnes father-in-law, who was observing), Christy Semmens and Terry Farrah. Hidden behind Christy is Erik Selberg. | Photo by Franz Amador

A friend knew that if anyone could solve a Canlis 60th anniversary scavenger hunt, Greg Barnes could. After all, hed already solved the 2007 Emerald City Search. And sure enough…


December 8, 2010

UW Medical Center nurse finishes first in 2010 Seattle Women's Half Marathon

Dr. Larry Dean

Sheila Croft, a UW Medical Center nurse, was the first woman to cross the finish line during the Women’s Half Marathon, one of the 2010 Seattle Marathon events.



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