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November 8, 2010

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound

University of Washington researchers are using tiny sea creatures called foraminifera to help diagnose the health of Puget Sound.

New book investigates the cost — and payoff — of great teaching

In “Profit of Education,” UW economics Professor Dick Startz says America’s public school system can be fixed if we raise teacher salaries 40 percent, which would pay for itself nine times over.

UW army ant expert advises on National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations’

See some amazing video of army ants at work, including one in which they bring down prey many times larger than themselves.

Honors Program director to take on broader role in Undergraduate Academic Affairs

James J. Clauss, director of the Honors Program, has been named associate dean in Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Part of his new role is to expand awareness of the program across the UW.

Study shows universities may be failing to sufficiently teach basic research skills

Students need assignments that help with basic tasks such as formulating an inquiry and comparing sources.

November 6, 2010

Elisabeth C. Miller Library open house.

The Elisabeth C.

November 5, 2010

MFA Open house.

The School of Art design graduate program hosts an open house.

November 4, 2010

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

UW Medical Center was recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday, November 3, for superb performance in its transplant and organ donation programs.

A new space with infinite resources for students: The Research Commons

Step into Allen Library South’s ground floor and you’ll see a colorful room with furniture not typical in a library.

Martha Graham Dance Company.

Founded in 1926, it’s the oldest and perhaps most celebrated dance company in America.

Cheerleading, shibboleths & disease mongering: The dark side of health care news

How does consumer confusion arise from incomplete and unbalanced health news reporting? Longtime news media commentator Gary Schwitzer promises to explain.

Eat a fish, save a rainforest: Professor says to weigh alternatives before we curtail fishing

Alarming news reports and journal articles in recent years about fisheries facing ruin the world over has led to calls to curtail, or more drastically, to completely cease harvesting fish from coastal and ocean waters.

Bringing art to the Commons

The pieces hanging on the new Research Commons’ walls might at first seem to be modern art.

Mystery Photo

Where are we? The photo above was taken somewhere on campus.

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound

From low oxygen levels in areas of Hood Canal to pollution in Elliott and Commencement bays, scientists have documented some serious environmental issues in Puget Sound, whose shores are home to more than 3 million Western Washington residents.

Honors Program director to take on broader role in Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Where credit is due: Professional Staff Organization brings out new ProStaff Awards

The Professional Staff Organization has announced a new award to highlight the good work done by its members on campus.

Official notices

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a regular public meeting at 2 p.

New book investigates the cost of great teaching — and how it might be paid

You want more great teachers, the kind that demonstrably raise student achievement, the kind students remember years after finishing school?

According to a new book by Dick Startz, UW economics professor, that will cost about $90 billion a year.

Foster School of Business and UWTV collaborate for new show, ‘Fostering Leadership’

By Andrew Krueger
Foster School of Business

People expect leadership to be mostly about the leader, but is it also about the followers? Is context a key driver behind star performers? Why do some outstanding performers fail when the situation changes?

These are but a few of the questions that will be explored in Fostering Leadership, a collaborative undertaking by UWTV and the Foster School of Business, which premiered October 27.

World War I landmark not forgotten — just moved a little

The installation of the bronze W in the median of Memorial Way a few weeks ago brought the relocation of another UW landmark — the rock on which is a plaque that lists the names of men from the UW community who died in World War I.

Master weaver to visit Burke Nov. 5-7

From Friday, Nov.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

IN THE CLOUDS: The American Meteorological Society has named Robert Wood, a UW associate professor of atmospheric sciences, the winner of the Henry G.

Energy, sustainability and social responsibility is topic of panel discussion

Is the era of affordable and reliable energy coming to a close? Assuming that our current path is unsustainable, what will replace our energy sources, and what is the role of private enterprise in exploring and producing alternatives?

“Social Responsibility in the Energy Sector,” a panel discussion, will bring three industry leaders together to discuss social responsibility and the road to new energy.

100 women honored by the UW Women’s Center at the suffrage centennial gala


UW Women’s Center, state to celebrate women’s suffrage — 100 years later

On Nov.

Writing tutors needed for Dream Project’s Admissions Workshop Weekend

Want to help local high school students achieve the dream of getting into college? You can, by joining the Dream Project on Nov.

UW primatologist discusses conservation biology and global health at USA Science & Engineering Festival

What do macaques, parasites and a piece of plastic poop have in common? They’re all used by Randy Kyes, director of the UW Center for Global Field Study, to demonstrate the significance of biodiversity on health.

Throwing money around: Departmental CFD activities make giving fun

Staffers in the Benefits Office really threw their money around on Oct.

UW losing 60-year tradition of salmon returning to campus

New directions in fisheries research, along with budget cuts, led the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences faculty to decide to discontinue the research salmon run created some 60 years ago at the campus.

UW army ant expert advises on National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations,’ Nov. 7

Sean O’Donnell, UW psychology professor who studies social insects in the tropics, served as a biology consultant for the new television documentary Great Migrations by the National Geographic Channel.

Blog profile: Patrick Dobel muses about sports in ‘Point of the Game’

Members of the UW community are increasingly expressing themselves in blogs about their interests or professional matters.

Global infectious disease researchers awarded Gates grants

Two UW scientists with bold new ideas for treating infectious diseases rampant in developing nations are among the latest recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration Grants.

Pharmacy faculty members honored for contributions to their profession

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) recently announced its 2010 award winners.

Dentistry alums featured in Seattle museum exhibit

Two UW School of Dentistry alumni are featured in a new exhibit about African-American health care professionals.

November 3, 2010

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

New book investigates the cost – and payoff – of great teaching

Univ. of Washington economics Professor Dick Startz says raise salaries 40 pecent, an increase that can pay for itself nine times over.

November 2, 2010

Benefit Fairs.

Learn more about the medical and dental plans offered to UW employees.

November 1, 2010

Molecular imaging and therapy center to develop, commercialize technologies

Ultrasound could soon be a way for spotting cancerous cells before a tumor develops, precisely monitoring how a person responds to treatment or delivering genetic therapies.

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound

Researchers are using tiny creatures called foraminifera to diagnose the health of Puget Sound.

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