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November 10, 2010

Bringing down Balmer Hall — one bite at a time

Among all the construction on campus, there’s a little destruction too.

Screening test validated for depression in adolescents

Primary-care clinicians know teen depression is common, but they’ve lacked a reliable screening test for it.

Harry Kimball receives 2010 Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award


Why I chose UW Medicine: I was having twins!


UW Medicine lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

UW Medical Center was recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (<A href="http://www.

November 9, 2010

Carpe Diem String Quartet to play Meany Hall

Carpe Diem String Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 as part of the World Series at Meany Hall. The quartet-in-residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, the group is known as one of the most versatile ensembles of its generation and is committed to bringing new audiences to chamber music.

Undergraduates’ low-cost ultrasound system wins Gates Foundation grant

UW undergraduate students will travel to Africa to test an ultrasound system aimed at lowering childbirth-related mortality, which kills an estimated 1,000 women each day, almost entirely in the developing world.

Show of hands: New screens in Meany Hall will show pianists’ hand movements up close

The acoustics of Meany Hall are splendid, so when musicians play, the audience hears everything beautifully. But sight lines can be a more difficult matter — especially when a pianist performs. Problem solved. New video screens recently installed at Meany will give audiences an up-close look at the pianists’ fingering as they play.

Screening of film by UW graduate will benefit School of Drama

Night Catches Us, a new film about the Black Panthers that was produced by UW graduate Ron Simons, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Cinebarre theater in Mountlake Terrace. The screening will raise money for the UW School of Drama Career Entry Endowment Fund.

School of Music offers fairy tale opera, ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Students from the UW Voice Division will perform a fully-staged production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel Nov. 17, 19 and 21 in Meany Hall. Musical accompaniment is by the University Symphony, conducted by Jonathan Pasternack, and the production is directed by Thomas Harper.

Why I chose UW Medicine: I was having twins!

Pediatric anesthesiology fellow Dr. Katherine Keech describes the family-centered care at UW Medicine during her pregnancy, the birth of her twins and their NICU stay. New dad Dr. John Keech is a UW surgery resident.

New director of the UW’s Robinson Center plans challenging classrooms for all children

On Nancy Hertzog’s first day of teaching, one of her students pulled the fire alarm and then vanished. She isn’t likely to have that experience here, as she brings her 30 years of experience to lead the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars.

Screening test validated for depression in adolescents

A brief questionnaire commonly used with adults is shown to be a suitable depression screening tool for teenagers, too.

UW Medicine lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

The Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, lauded UW Medicine for superb performance in its transplant and organ donation programs.

Harry Kimball receives 2010 Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award

Kimball was honored for fostering high standards of professionalism in medical practice and in physician training, and for his commitment to social justice and patient welfare.

Preparing multi-skilled future principals at UW Bothell

Bothell principal preparation program is designed to accommodate busy teachers who have the ambition to become principals.

By popular request: A DVD about anatomy for dancers

People kept asking to record Dance Professor Jennifer Salk’s presentations about anatomy for dancers. So she made her own DVD, containing eight lessons.

Career Services director at Evans School writes new book: ‘Jobs that Matter’

Heather Krasna writes about discovering secure and meaningful jobs.

Charles Johnson to deliver Libraries Maxine Cushing Gray Lecture, Nov. 19

Charles Johnson, the National Book Award winner and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who retired from teaching at the UW a year ago, will give a free lecture Nov. 19. Reservations are recommended.

Meet the Mammals on Nov. 20 at the Burke

For more information Meet the Mammals is included with museum admission and is free for Burke members. Learn more online at www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum invites the public to see, touch, and learn about the museum’s extraordinary collection of mammals at the annual Meet the Mammals family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,…

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. Two of the new ProStaff Awards will be given out twice a year — in fall and spring — and nominations are now open.

Global infectious disease researchers awarded Gates grants

Dr. Keith Jerome is looking to prevent the AIDS virus from taking hold, and Dr. Pradpsinh Rathod is testing ways to keep malaria parasites from becoming drug resistant.

Pharmacy faculty members honored for contributions to their profession

The Washington State Pharmacy Assocaition honored Don Downing and Joy Plein for their pioneering work and community service.

Undergraduates’ low-cost ultrasound system wins Gates Foundation grant

A team of University of Washington undergraduate students were among 65 research groups that today learned they had won one of the <A href="http://www.

November 8, 2010

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

Looking for blogs to profile Do you know of a blog written by a member of the UW community that would be of interest to faculty and staff readers? Drop us a line at uweek@uw.edu. Members of the UW community are increasingly expressing themselves in blogs about their interests or professional matters. University Week will…

Throwing money around: Departmental CFD activities make giving fun

When it comes to the Combined Fund Drive, you could just ask people for money, or you could invite them to a carnival, a spaghetti feed, a coin toss or other event where theyd have fun while they give.

Century of suffrage

On Nov. 8, 1910, the state granted women the right to vote. The centennial of that landmark was celebrated at the UW and across the state.

UW losing 60-year tradition of salmon returning to campus

The decades-long tradition of salmon returning to campus each fall is ending because of new directions in fisheries research and budget cuts.

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.

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