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September 30, 2010

80 percent of agricultural expansion in tropics came at expense of forests

Tropical forests — and not previously cleared land, as some have contended — were the primary source of new agricultural land in the tropics from 1980 through 2000, according to a paper published online in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Eight UW professors elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Eight UW professors are among 17 scientists newly elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.

UW Bothell debuts new principal preparation program

This year, UW Bothell begins its new Leadership Development for Educators Program (LEDE), which will support teacher instructional leaders and help them document their learning so that it contributes to requirements for a masters degree and state residency principal certificate.

New faculty get orientation, too — in the Faculty Fellows Program

Chantel Prat was nervous.

Young investigators will hunt clues at Burke Museum in ‘Seek Your Own Proof’ online game

This fall, the Burke Museum will be visited by a number of secret agents, each on a special mission, seeking information vital to their task.

UW Bothell nursing students in first UW program offered in Everett

The first UW program to be offered in Everett begins Oct.

Memorial planned Oct. 3 for Randolph ‘Ran’ Hennes


A memorial service for Randolph “Ran” Hennes, former associate director of the University Honors Program and history department lecturer, will be held at 1 p.

Etc: News & Notes from around campus

GREEN UW: The UW was a winner of a 2010 Green Washington award from Seattle Business magazine, which recognized those companies and organizations that are “in the forefront of making our state a greener place to live and work” according to the magazine.

U.S. poised to repeat mistakes concerning nuclear wastes, researchers say

Much of the problem of dealing with high-level nuclear waste — from both defense wastes and spent fuel from commercial nuclear power — is political and social, yet the search to date for workable solutions has been dominated by technological remedies, says Thomas Leschine, a UW professor of marine affairs.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity awarded Student Support Services grants

The UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) was recently awarded a pair of grants from the U.

‘Now Urbanism’ kicks off with panel discussion Oct. 7

Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities.

Campus in 2010 is one big construction zone (and that’s a good thing)

If it seems as if the campus is one large construction site right now, that’s because it is.

34 University of Washington doctoral programs rated highly on national assessment

By Elizabeth Lowry
Director of Marketing and Communications
The Graduate School


Fifteen of the UW’s doctoral programs were very highly rated, and 19 programs were highly rated among their peers at major universities across the country in an assessment by the National Research Council, according to the UW Graduate School’s analysis of the rankings.

‘We the people’: Read and hear the U.S. Constitution Oct. 8

There’s no need to be dramatic when you read aloud from the U.

Comfortable at Condon: Former HUB offices getting used to new home

Lost and Found hasn’t gone missing and the ASUW Bike Shop hasn’t ridden off into the sunset — they’re over at Condon Hall now, where many HUB offices have relocated during that building’s two-year remodeling project.

New UW-based Northwest Climate Center to develop new tools for climate change planning

A grant of nearly $3.

Vice President Joe Biden to attend Tacoma rally Oct. 8

Vice President Joe Biden will be on the UW Tacoma campus for a Get Out the Vote Rally on Friday, Oct.

Michaela Leslie-Rule wins Young Investigator Award for work on gender-based violence

Michaela Leslie-Rule, a 2010 master’s graduate of both the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, was honored with a Young Investigator Award this summer at the 2010 Global AIDS Conference in Vienna.

Pharmacy professor Joy Plein named Distinguished Alumna of Idaho State

Idaho State University recently bestowed its highest alumni honor to UW Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein.

UW researchers seek to improve access to personalized drug therapy for underserved populations

The UW has joined a nationwide network of scientists through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how genes affect individual response to medicines.

From film school to medical school, UW grad pursues his passion

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Mice engrafted with human immune cells may pave way to better typhoid fever treatments

Better treatments and prevention for typhoid fever may emerge from a laboratory model that has just been developed for the disease.

UW, Seattle Children’s launch new pediatric oral health center


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UW Nursing’s Betty Bekemeier named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

Betty Bekemeier, UW assistant professor of nursing, has won a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how research partnerships between public health leaders in government, academia and the non-profit sector can answer practice-based questions that affect public health policies.

School of Medicine hosts Walker-Ames Scholar Dr. Roger Strasser, a global leader in rural physician training

The founding dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine met with local groups

September 28, 2010

34 University of Washington doctoral programs rated highly on national assessment

Fifteen of the University of Washington’s doctoral programs were very highly rated, and 19 programs were highly rated among their peers at major universities across the country in an assessment by the National Research Council, according to the UW Graduate School’s analysis of the rankings.

New U.S. Census data show more Washington residents living in poverty

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September 23, 2010

Trio of PNW universities to develop new tools for climate change planning

The nearly $3.6 million in Interior Department funding will ramp up efforts already underway at three Pacific Northwest universities.

September 22, 2010

Sudden ocean cooling likely contributed to Northern Hemisphere global warming pause in mid-20th century

A mid-20th century global warming pause in the Northern Hemisphere may have been due to an abrupt cooling event in the North Atlantic

September 21, 2010

Freshman Convocation features UW “genius award” winner

UW Professor Thomas Daniel, who has received local and national honors as a researcher and educator, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s 27th Annual Freshman Convocation, which begins at 10:30 a.

Mice engrafted with human immune cells may provide clues to better prevention and treatment of typhoid fever

The model is based on transplanting human immune stem cells from umbilical blood into mice that are susceptible to infection

September 20, 2010

New research shows massive ad campaign didn’t reduce meth use

In 2005, Montana had one of the highest rates of methamphetamine use in the United States.

September 16, 2010

Rising education levels among women save children’s lives worldwide

The educational gender gap is closing. The finding offers a new path for accelerating progress in child health.

New U.S. Census data show West more hurt by recession than rest of country

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UW ranked 23rd in the world, fourth among American publics in new study

The Times Higher Education study shows the UW ranks among the best universities in the world.

September 15, 2010

Home’s electrical wiring acts as antenna to receive low-power sensor data

If these walls had ears, they might tell a homeowner some interesting things.

September 8, 2010

UW to Host Largest University-Based Global Health Conference Sept. 19-21

More than 800 people will gather for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference being held at the University of Washington in Seattle on September 19-21 to discuss the critical role of universities in global health.

September 7, 2010

UW researchers seek to improve access to personalized drug therapy for underserved populations

The University of Washington has joined a nationwide network of scientists through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how genes affect individual response to medicines.

September 2, 2010

80 percent of agricultural expansion in tropics came at expense of forests

Tropical forests — and not previously cleared land, as some have contended — were the primary source of new agricultural land in the tropics from 1980 through 2000, according to a paper published online this week in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Handouts for college research assignments are often poor roadmaps

Many handouts give more direction about mechanics than appropriate ways to conduct research.

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