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March 9, 2011

New book maps battle over same-sex marriage – literally

Peter Nicolas, a professor of law, and Mike Strong, a cartographer, have written The Geography of Love, a new book that literally and figuratively maps the 40-year battle over same-sex marriage in the United States.

UW Nanotoxicology Center to look at nanoscale product safety

Engineering of molecular machines, light-emitting quantum dots and other nanoscale products is still in its infancy. Government agencies hope to preemptively identify health and safety concerns in nanotechnology and make its products safe by design.

UW named base for EPA-funded Clean Air Research Center

The center will examine the health effects of pollution near roadways. Researchers from several institutes and universities will participate.

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.

House sets March 21 as budget deadline; no date set in Senate

With the state legislative session at about the halfway mark, many policy bills of interest to the UW remain alive, while other bills that have financial implications will remain in play until the legislature concludes its work by adopting the 2011-13 biennial budget.

Handel arias — and faux arias — featured in concert March 14

UW singers will present original arias by composer George Frideric Handel, along with parodies and adaptations by Henry Fielding (author of “Tom Jones”) and other playwrights, heard for the first time in almost 300 years.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to perform March 16

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform works by Chopin and Granados at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Meany Hall as part of the President’s Piano Series.

Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform at Meany

The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, at Meany Hall.

Seattle Opera general director to speak at World Voice Day event April 18

Join the Northwest Chapter Voice Foundation and Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins for a celebration of World Voice Day, April 18, at Harborview Medical Center. Jenkins will speak on the power of the human voice.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Two UW students are honored by the American Association for Cancer Research; the University hosts World Languages Day; and Meredith Honig is honored as a “Thought Leader” by the American Association of School Administrators.

Signed, sealed delivered: Students turn mailboxes into art

Mailing Services needed to spiff up its mailboxes; students needed a public art project. The results can be seen all over campus.

CEO of Teachstreet.com to speak March 31

The Find Your Focus Lecture Series will be hosting Dave Schappell, CEO of Teachstreet.com, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in 210 Kane.

Natural science, teamwork and beer: Its Burke Trivia Night

Take trivia, add a natural science theme and mix liberally with beer and you have Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub.

David Edwards to give Rushmer Lecture March 25

“On Edible Bottles, Drinkable Pumpkins, & Breathable Iodine: Mixing Culture, Science and Commercial Markets for Sustainable Global Health Technology Development” is the title of this years Rushmer Lecture by David A. Edwards

March 7, 2011

Double bassist to perform, give master class at School of Music

Scott Pingel, principal double bassist of the San Francisco Symphony, performs a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Brechemin Auditorium.

School of Music choruses, symphony unite for Mendelssohns ‘Elijah

The Chamber Singers, University Chorale and University Symphony will team March 11 for a performance of Felix Mendelssohns beloved oratorio Elijah.

UW researchers seek volunteers for study on anxiety disorder therapies

UW researchers seek King County area adults who have difficulty regulating their emotions and who are struggling with depression or anxiety disorders

March 3, 2011

5-ALA clinical trial opens for patients with brain tumors called gliomas

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved University of Washington Medical Center’s use of an experimental drug called 5-ALA to help locate brain tumors. The compound causes certain kinds of tumor tissue to glow during surgery under a fluorescent light.

New findings on drug tolerance in TB suggest ideas for shorter cures

Inexpensive medications already approved for other uses, such as treating high blood pressure, can block this drug tolerance mechanism. Overcoming drug tolerance would permit TB antibiotics to do their infection-fighting job.

March 2, 2011

Algal antifreeze makes inroads into ice

Sea-ice algae – the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean – can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.

World-class music and dance: The UW World Series announces its 2011-12 season

Pilobolus dance, the songs of Chava Alberstein, the African harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Carpe Diem and Emerson string quartets — these and many more will be presented next year.

A glimpse of 2016: New plan for Montlake Triangle features better access

When the Sound Transit station near Husky Stadium opens in 2016, there will be a pedestrian overpass across Montlake and a path to Rainier vista. Read more and take a look.

No easy answers to pressing questions in Human Rights and Education seminar

Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders, is introducing students to international human rights policies and the complexities of trying to implement them.

Etc: Campus News & Notes

JW Harrington performs with the Bellevue Opera, Dafney Dabach wins an award for her dissertation, the UWPD raise a lot of cold cash in their 2011 Polar Plunge, and doctoral candidate Jason Siegel wins a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award.

Official Notices

A regent’s meeting at UW Bothell, this week’s blood drives and grants available for work on alcohol and drug abuse.


Labor unrest, cancer of the esophagus and the spread of disease as a result of climate change are three of the things UW faculty commented on in the national news media recently.

Faculty Senate will consider endorsing Faculty Fund for Library Excellence

The Faculty Fund for Library Excellence would accept donations for current and emeritus faculty members.

Pakistani human rights advocate to speak March 10

Investing in Women in Pakistan & the Muslim World is the title of a talk to be given by Humaira Shahid at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in 110 Kane. Shahid is a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, a human rights activist and a journalist.

Disks around young distant stars likely forming into planets

A UW astronomer is part of an international team that for the first time has captured detailed images that indicate how planets might have formed from the disks of material around two young stars more than 400 light years from Earth.

UWs Craig Sheppard to join Emerson String Quartet at Meany March 8

The Emerson String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Meany Hall — and the UWs own Craig Sheppard will join them in the shows second half.

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.

Deadline is March 18 for Transition School/Early Entrance Program

Qualified seventh- and eighth-graders can apply for admission to the Transition School/Early Entrance Program that allows them to skip high school and enter the UW early.

March 1, 2011

Narwhal, polar bear research subject of talk Thursday

APLs Kristin Laidre talks Thursday at the Seattle Aquarium about working in the high Arctic and her projects on narwhals and polar bears.

Wise to hold town hall on budget matters March 8

Interim President Phyllis Wise will hold a town hall meeting for the UW community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in 130 Kane. The meeting will be webcast live on UWTV.org.

Intensive counseling on adhering to HIV treatment improves patient outcomes

Intensive counseling on the importance of adhering to HIV treatment significantly reduces poor compliance and treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an article in PLoS Medicine March 1 by UW researcher Michael Chung and colleagues.

For first time, scientists show an HIV vaccine impacts the genetic makeup of the virus

Results of study suggest new vaccine strategies to debilitate viruses by tapping into their response to selective pressure.

UW-written works lead March 7 evening of jazz

The Modern Jazz Ensemble will perform original works by UW music students and the Studio Jazz Ensemble will play music by UW alumni in Meany Hall.

Dino Day: A paleontological journey for the whole family March 5

Take a paleontological journey to Antarctica, Patagonia, Zambia, Montana, and Wyoming without leaving town at Dino Day, the Burke Museums popular family-friendly event.

Yes, summers really coming: UW Summer Youth Programs open for registration

UW Summer Youth Programs is taking registration now, with classes in writing, dance, programming and even architecture. Can summer be far off?

Advocate for pregnant women to speak March 7

Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, will speak from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 7 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

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