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January 5, 2011

Summertime is ‘showtime for busy conference coordinators at Housing & Food Services

It may be winter, but the UWs conference coordinators are already thinking summer. Thats because when most students leave campus, conference attendees arrive, and theres lots of work necessary to prepare for them.

Assunta Ng named Odegaard Award recipient

Assunta Ng, founder and publisher of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly who has devoted her life to promoting and mentoring women and youth, is the 2011 recipient of the University of Washingtons Charles E. Odegaard Award, Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange announced.

Sound Transit to host meeting on connection from rail station

Sound Transit will host a community meeting on Jan. 12 which will feature the latest design of the pedestrian connection from the UW Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium to the campus.

Transportation projects affecting UW will be topic of Jan. 10 meeting

The Regional Transit Task Forces meeting will be to open a dialogue between Seattle transportation groups and community members.

Clauss, Nkeze, Whitehead: Recipients of new ProStaff Award named

Louise Clauss, Namura Nkeze and Lisa Whitehead have been named the first recipients of the new ProStaff Award given by the Professional Staff Association.

Dentistry alums featured in Seattle museum exhibit

Northwest African-American Museum’s “Checking Our Health” looks at issues that disproportionately affect black Americans. The exhibit also highlights more than 100 health professionals from the region who work to reduce these disparities.

Parker honored for book on African American veterans

Christopher S. Parker has been honored for his book, ‘Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South.’

Aiding school district budgets by using 'cafeteria-style' benefits

School districts should consider restructuring the way they supply benefits for teachers, according to a new fiscal analysis by the UWs Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Uncovering the School of Arts ‘accidental collection

What were in those cabinets in the basement of the School of Art? A treasure trove of hundreds of art works by faculty artists.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs Jan. 12

Celebrated American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Meany Hall. The program features compositions by Bach.

Pianist Ned Kirk to perform at School of Music

Ned Kirk, artistic and managing director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Co-management holds promise of sustainable fisheries worldwide

Encouraging new evidence suggests that the bulk of the worlds fisheries – including small-scale, often non-industrialized fisheries on which millions of people depend for food – could be sustained using community-based co-management.

January 3, 2011

Engineering students hack Kinect for surgical robotics research

Students in the Biorobotics Laboratory hacked the Kinect, a motion-based controller for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming system, for research on telerobotic surgery.

Meet Dermestes maculatus: The Burke Museums flesh-eating volunteers

They slave away by the thousands in private, quietly giving their lives for science. No, not graduate students, they are members of the Dermestes maculatus species — otherwise known as flesh-eating beetles. And they help the UWs Burke Museum with a sensitive and important job.

Anti-bullying program reduces malicious gossip on school playgrounds

UW researchers report that elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program in Seattle schools showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip.

PBS invites college students to ‘get on the bus

PBS is looking for students to take part in a re-enactment of the “Freedom Riders” of 1961 to promote a new documentary, and students are invited to apply.

Information School to host international iConference 2011

Researchers from 28 information schools around the world and members of the Seattle business community will meet Feb. 8 to 11 in Seattle for iConference 2011.

Anti-bullying program reduces malicious gossip on school playgrounds

Elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program in Seattle schools showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip.

December 30, 2010

Team approach shows successes for depressed patients with diabetes, heart disease

Depression and physical disease were managed together in a primary-care intervention called TEAMCare in a UW/Group Health study. The results for patients: less depression, better control of blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol — and a greater enjoyment of life.

Team-based approach to patient care shows success in fight against depression with diabetes, heart disease

Team-based approach to patient care shows success

December 23, 2010

Construction begins on 15th Avenue NE

The Seattle Department of Transportation is beginning work to reconstruct 15th Avenue NE between NE Pacific Street and NE 55th Street. The roadway will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction on weekdays.

From tiny worms, scientists learn to read DNA instructions

UW researchers were part of an international consortium to conduct the first-ever analysis of how the genome functions in roundworms. The basic principles they uncovered apply to many forms of life, including humans.

Layoffs of teachers in Washington state are unrelated to effectiveness

A recent study by researchers Dan Goldhaber and Roddy Theobald of the Center for Education Data and Research at the University of Washington Bothell found that layoff decisions within the teaching profession are disproportionally determined by seniority and other factors unrelated to teaching effectiveness.

December 22, 2010

UW Medicine scientists among international consortium of researchers to conduct first-ever analysis of roundworm genome

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December 20, 2010

Students water-testing tool wins $40,000, launches nonprofit

UW engineering students won an international contest for designing a way to monitor water disinfection by solar rays. The students will share a $40,000 prize from the Rockefeller Foundation and are now working with nonprofits to turn their concept into a reality.

Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.

New book on Martin Luther King Jr. and economic rights: "All Labor Has Dignity”

Michael Honey, a history professor at UW Tacoma, collected, edited and wrote introductions for 16 of Kings speeches on economic justice.

New book on Martin Luther King Jr. and economic rights: “All Labor Has Dignity”

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Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.

December 17, 2010

Philip Howard to speak at Town Hall

Howard, an associate professor of communication, will speak Jan. 14 regarding Muslim politics and the Internet.

December 15, 2010

Holiday bowl festivities planned

The Huskies will face Nebraska in the 2010 Holiday Bowl at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 in San Diego, and the UW Alumni Association has big plans.

Polar bears still on thin ice, but cutting greenhouse gases now can avert extinction

New research indicates that if humans reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the next decade or two, enough Arctic ice is likely to remain intact during late summer and early autumn for polar bears to survive.

December 14, 2010

Too much retinoic acid disrupts development in zebra fish embryos

Retinoic acid causes lethal truncation of the embryo which grows all of its body, except its head, by releasing cells from its posterior end

Harborview Medical Center named to Target: Stroke Honor Roll

The UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview has been recognized for excellence in emergency stroke care on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

UW, WSU collaborate in landmark national study of children’s health

The Pacific Northwest Center today announced the launch of a campaign to recruit area families into the National Children’s Study, the largest long-term study of children’s health and development ever undertaken in the United States.

December 13, 2010

Assessing the environmental effects of tidal turbines

UW scientists are helping to prepare for a tidal energy project in Puget Sound. Researchers say this pilot project will have the most comprehensive environmental monitoring of any tidal energy installation to date.

Calculating tidal energy turbines effects on sediments and fish

Engineers are developing computer models to study how changes in water pressure and current speed around tidal turbines affect sediment buildup and fish health.

Applications due Jan. 10 for new Diversity Pedagogy Seminar

A seminar on diversity pedagogies is being sponsored by the Center for Curriculum Transformation, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Simpson Center for the Humanities in winter and spring 2011. The series will convene faculty, graduate students and others with interest and expertise in the field to review and discuss current research.

Decline of West Coast fog brought higher coastal temperatures last 60 years

Summertime fog, a common feature along the West Coast, has declined since 1950 while coastal temperatures have increased slightly, new research shows.

‘Array of arrays coaxing secrets from unfelt seismic tremor events

New technology is letting UW researchers get a much better picture of how episodic tremor events relate to potentially catastrophic earthquakes every 300 to 500 years in the Cascadia subduction zone.

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