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February 16, 2011

Ten years after Nisqually quake, Northwests seismic dangers still lurk

A decade after the Nisqually earthquake shook Western Washington, scientific ideas about the region’s seismic danger have evolved and the ability to study and prepare for it has improved immensely.

Experts on Pacific Northwest earthquakes

Seismic/geology issues John Vidale, UW professor, Earth and space sciences – 310-210-2131, vidale@uw.edu. Stephen Malone, UW emeritus professor, Earth and space sciences – 206-685-3811, steve@ess.washington.edu. Craig Weaver, U.S. Geological Survey – 206-459-6457, craig@ess.washington.edu. Kenneth Creager, UW professor, Earth and space sciences – 206-685-2803, kcc@ess.washington.edu. Bill Steele, UW seismology lab coordinator – 206-685-5880, wsteele@uw.edu. Joan Gomberg,…

February 15, 2011

Celebration of Alena Suazos life to be held Feb. 16 at UW School of Law

A memorial service will mark the life of Alena Suazo, who graduated from the law school in June.

Six faculty from engineering, chemistry and genome sciences awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

UW engineers and chemists have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships, prestigious awards for early-career scientists.

If greenhouse gas emissions stopped now, Earth still would likely get warmer

As debate continues about potential policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions, new UW research shows the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred up to now.

UW launches initiative to double online enrollments

Online course enrollments will increase to 24,000 over next three years.

February 14, 2011

Egypt: The Revolution and the Future

Whats next for Egypt? Four UW experts, including two in Cairo, will address the question in a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Carbon Leadership Forum will devise standards to limit carbon footprints in building products

University of Washington researchers, along with design and construction professionals, will devise standards that will help limit carbon footprints of building products and systems.

February 11, 2011

Kent School District and UW launch partnership program for three-year degree completion

The UW is launching an accelerated program allowing students to graduate in three years.

February 10, 2011

Breakfast treats offered Feb. 15-18 for UWalk members — old and new

Transportation Services will be offering members of the UWalk program breakfast treats between 7 and 10 a.m. at various locations around campus Feb. 15-18. And if you arent a member, you can sign up on the spot and receive your treat.

'This Week in Virology' recorded in Seattle

The creators of TWiV bring viruses and parasites to life with their witty, informative netcasts. They were in Seattle Feb. 14 to record a show with four local virus experts.

Webinar, panel discussion on ethics in international research Feb. 16

The UW Human Subjects Division will hold a webinar and panel discussion with UW researchers titled International Research: Applying Ethical Principles and Research Guidelines in Global Settings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the UW Tower Auditorium.

19th Annual UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala takes place Sat., Feb. 26

The UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala is the premier fundraising event to support the mission of caring at Harborview Medical Center. Please join us and help us continue to provide world-class care for people from all walks of life.

February 9, 2011

Dance buddies: A little history, a lot of dance and some unusual mentoring

Michelle Zimmerman introduced dance to Amazing Grace Christian School when she volunteered there at 16, and theyve been dancing ever since. On Feb. 4 many stopped by the UW, where they showed some moves and learned some new ones.

UW Medical Center ‘tops out new inpatient tower (with slide show, video)

On Feb. 7, workers from Skanska USA Building and the University of Washington Medical Center celebrated a major construction milestone as the final piece to a new inpatient towers superstructure was placed.

Working more than 20 hours a week in high school can harm grades, UW researcher finds

A UW researcher shows that working during the school year can impede high school performance and cause behavior problems, such as drug use and delinquency.


Etc. : Campus News & Notes

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering honors Buddy Ratner; Michael Honey gets honor named for peacemakers; Edmond Chang is named a future leader.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

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

Information gaps create risks during transitions of care

Are you the quarterback of your medical care? Try these tips for better hand-offs and communication with your health-professional team.

VA Puget Sound and Boise VA to establish Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education

The centers will teach interprofessional collaboration among health professional students from a variety of disciplines, and will be learning communities for faculty and students alike.

An arresting curriculum: UW Police offer Citizens Academy

The UWPD will hold its annual Citizens Academy on Wednesday afternoons from March 30 through June 1. Sign up, come down and learn how the police do the tough jobs they do every day.

Nominations sought for celebration of UW women

Members of the campus community are invited to nominate outstanding female UW students, staff and faculty in honor of Womens History Month, coming in March. All women nominated will be honored at a reception on March 31.

Sustaining forests and ourselves is topic Feb. 24

The speaker at the School of Forest Resources annual public lecture has climbed trees on four continents using ropes and mountain-climbing techniques to study animals and plants that live in the treetops.

Its artificial versus human intelligence on ‘Jeopardy

The answer is, “On the TV show ‘Jeopardy.” The question: Where will human trivia champions battle a computer named Watson?

Northwest Flower & Garden Show preview gala Feb. 22

Get a preview of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and help support the Arboretum at the same time by attending the Arboretum Foundations annual preview gala.

Pianist Simon Trpceski performs at Meany Feb. 16

Pianist Simon Trpceski performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Meany Hall. The program includes works by Haydn, Mozart and Chopin, as well as a new work by Pande Shahov.

Littlefield Organ Series presents Mark Brombaugh Feb. 13

Mark Brombaugh, interim director of music ministries at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma, will perform works by several composers on the UWs famed Littlefield Organ.

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani to give guest recital Feb. 19

Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani will performs works by Debussy, Chaminade, and Chopin in a concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Brechemin Auditorium.

School of Music presents new works and international performers Feb. 14

The School of Music will present an evening of new works performed by internationally renowned visiting artists in the Contemporary Group concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in Meany Hall.

Symphonic, Concert and Campus bands to perform Feb. 17 at Meany

The UW Symphonic, Concert and Campus bands will perform an evening of music for wind band ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Meany Hall.

Stories of strength shine in ‘Better than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920-2007

African-American athletes share their life stories in John C. Walters new book from University of Washington Press.

Stardust set to meet its NExT comet

It’s been 12 years since Stardust, the brainchild of a UW astronomer, was launched and seven years since it encountered a comet called Wild 2 out beyond Mars. Next Monday the probe will make history again when it meets its second comet, Tempel 1.

February 8, 2011

Follow the field work: researcher blogging about fishing tech and turtles

On her plane trip to Ecuador Wednesday, UWs Kiki Jenkins will write her first entry for the “New York Times” blog “Scientist at work: Notes from the Field.”

A dance response to ‘Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic Feb. 8

Students from Dance Composition II will respond in movement to the exhibit ‘The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic’ 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 267 Meany.

UW's Hank Levy elected to National Academy of Engineering

Henry “Hank” Levy, professor and chair of the UW’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

February 7, 2011

Implantable computers to restore brain function lost to injury or disease is Keck Foundation grant goal

The UW has made significant progress in neural engineering — the study of communication and control between biological and machine systems. The Keck project is the next step in advancing the technology of miniature devices developed at the UW to record from and stimulate the brain, spinal cord and muscles.

February 3, 2011

Earplug advice

UW occupational hygienist and noise researcher Rick Neitzel tells how to protect your hearing while enjoying your favorite music or sports.

Light rail noise

UW research scientist Rick Neitzel comments on noise reduction for light rail. He is an occupational hygienist in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Global health minor launched in response to student interest

More than 200 students from disciplines across campus have enrolled in an intro course in global health offered for the first time this quarter.

Common Book: Spring seminars wanted; funding available for student-led activities

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is looking for faculty to teach a one- or two-credit seminar this spring in connection with the Common Book. This years Common Book is a UW-created book of poetry titled “You Are Never Where you Are.”

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