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February 2, 2011

Architecture Professor Sharon E. Sutton gets award, publishes new book

Sharon E. Sutton has been a professional musician, an artist and an architect and is now an architecture professor. Really though, shes a community builder — with a new book and an honor from the American Institute of Architects.

UW researcher studies transit, other noises in life

The screech of a subway lurching into the station, the blast of a ferry horn: How do the sounds of people on the move affect their hearing and health? Occupational hygienist Rick Neitzel explores this question, and gives tips on protecting your hearing.

Official notices

A blood drive on Feb. 9, a Regents meeting on Feb. 17 and applications for research grants are being accepted by the Alcohol & Drug Use Institute.

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.

Fair to highlight ‘travel with a purpose Feb. 11

The UW Retirement Association is hosting a travel fair for people who want to do more than just see the sights. “Travel with a Purpose: A Fair for the 50+ UW Community” will be held Friday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall.

‘Lean and green — and a showcase for office sustainability

The Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office is a place youd expect to have environmentally friendly furnishings, and it does.

Chiara String Quartet to perform as part of World Series Feb. 8

The Chiara String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Meany Hall. They will be giving the world premiere of Daniel Otts new piece, “String Quartet No. 2,” paired with two pieces by Beethoven.

‘Guitar Ensemble: Four and More at Brechemin Auditorium Feb. 11

Students of Michael Partington will present a program of music arranged or composed for large guitar ensemble in Guitar Ensemble: Four and More, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Two-mile Antarctic ice core could shed light on climate change

UW scientists are part of a project that has succeeded in extracting a core more than 2 miles in depth from Antarctic ice.

February 1, 2011

Invader abundance not always explosive

When invasive plants gain a foothold in new territory they become about as abundant as on their home turf, a new finding that challenges a widely held assumption.

New center aims to dramatically lower barrier to making silicon photonic chips

The University of Washington has launched a new program, co-funded by Intel Corp., to make it easier and cheaper to build silicon photonic circuits. Sending information using light, instead of electrons, will allow for faster, lower-power and more versatile microchips.

January 26, 2011

Show and tell at the Burke: Behind the Scenes Night 2011

For members, the Burke Museums Behind the Scenes Night is a chance to explore usually unseen specimen collections. But for the staff and students volunteering as experts for the night, its a big natural science show and tell — and they do it well.

Dream Project gets $972,000 grant from Gates Foundation, plans to expand, deepen work

A look at the Dream Project, founded at the UW to help low-income and first-generation students get to college and stay there. It just got a major Gates Foundation grant, and was named Charity of the Month by the Seahawks and KIRO radio.

Lifetime achievement award goes to epilepsy drug researcher Rene Levy

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pharmaceutics Rene Levy has received the 2011 Arthur A. Ward, Jr. Achievement in Epilepsy Award from the Northwest Epilepsy Foundation. He is an expert on medications to control seizures and on drug interactions.

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.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

An award for excellence in arts presentation for Matthew Krashan; a math prize for Gunther Uhlmann; Rajesh Rao to speak at the 2011 TED Conference; Richard Anderson develops a Microsoft tool for distance learning; economist Dick Startz to speak at the UW Bookstore; and UW alum Peter Rhee sits in the First Lady’s box for the State of the Union speech.

Engineers Without Borders hosts dessert and wine fundraiser, silent auction

The UW chapter of Engineers Without Borders hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year, a dessert and wine tasting and silent auction, on Monday, Jan. 31. See a slide show of the group’s work in Bolivia.


Official notices

A UW Regents meeting on Feb. 17, blood drives, and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute invites grant applications.


Fecal transplants, city signs, May-December romances, scat-detecting dogs and New Years resolutions are some of the things UW professors commented on in the national press recently.

Combined Fund Drive 2010 ends with record $2 million-plus

Once again, despite tough times, the UW community has stepped forward to help others in a record-breaking way. The 2010 Combined Fund Drive, which ended Dec. 10, raised a record $2,044,404.

UWs sixth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series explores diversity

The UW psychology department – a world leader in diversity science – will focus on diversity in its sixth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series, which begins Feb. 16. Over the course of three installments, six speakers will discuss ways of breaking down barriers to diversity in business, law and health care.

Past and present together: ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at Meany Studio Theater

A small Texas town in 1975 and the Disciples of James Dean are gathering to remember their hero. But the reunion doesnt turn out as expected.

Chill with the UWPD for a good cause at Polar Plunge 2011

Are you ready to be freezin for a reason? The annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics is co-sponsored by the UW Police Department. It is set for noon Saturday, Jan. 29.

‘Resonance: Nature, Glass, and Standing Waves in the Art of Joe Davis opens at Jacob Lawrence Gallery

“Resonance: Nature, Glass, and Standing Waves in the Art of Joe Davis,” an exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, will feature works by Joe Davis, an artist-researcher in laboratories at both MIT and Harvard University. Davis is a pioneer of “bioart.”

Art up for bid at annual fundraiser Feb. 8

If youd like to take a chance on some art and help a student at the same time, you might want to consider the annual Scholarships for Scholars celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Put on by the 3D4M Program in the School of Art (3D4M stands for Three Dimensional Forum, covering ceramics, glass and sculpture), the event includes a raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds going to support students.

Brazilian dance company to perform at Meany

The dance troupe Grupo Corpo performs at Meany Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 3-5. The performance is part of the UW World Series.

UW pledges $5 million to help make ‘Intellectual House a reality

The UW has pledged $5 million to match gifts made to support the $10.6 million UW Intellectual House budget, Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange announced. The longhouse-style facility is designed as a learning and gathering space for Native Americans on campus.

He will follow them: Wildlife tracking a practical hobby for UW librarian

Nature awareness lectures got this staffer on the trail; now hes tracking and surveying animal populations on weekends.

University presses receive collaborative grant to support Art History Publishing Initiative

The University of Washington Press and three other academic presses have been awarded a collaborative publishing grant of $1.257 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish first books by scholars in the field of art history.

UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey to give annual address Jan. 31

At his annual address, Paul Ramsey will review the challenges and achievements of the past year at UW Medicine, and talk about future directions locally, regionally, and globally.

UW sociologists seek Tacoma high school Class of 2000 for survey

Based on surveys from Tacoma high school graduates, the UW-Beyond High School Project is revealing what factors help high school students transition into happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

January 25, 2011

Learn how sports medicine harnesses the body's own healing potential

The next downtown Seattle Public Library and UW Medicine evening is lecture Feb. 2. It will feature sports medicine specialist Kim Harmon explaining platelet rich plasma therapy for injuries.

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health

People with lower incomes and less education typically have less healthful eating habits than people with higher incomes and more education. A UW study concludes that socio-economic disparities in diet quality are directly affected by diet costs.

Rogue storm system caused Pakistan floods that left millions homeless

Last summers disastrous and deadly Pakistan floods were caused by a rogue weather system that wandered hundreds of miles farther west than is normal for such systems, new UW research shows.

Its all budget all the time at the state Legislature

“The budget is absorbing all the conversations in both houses and in both parties,” said Margaret Shepherd, UW director of state relations, during a Skype session from her office in Olympia Jan. 24. “Higher education continues to be a focus of those discussions, and there is broad agreement that ‘something needs to be done. At this point, there is not much agreement on what that something is.”

January 24, 2011

Scientists, artists collaborate to produce new art exhibit in Seattle

The work of three UW researchers is highlighted in an art exhibit at the Washington State Convention Center featuring creations from collaborations between artists and scientists.

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health: UW research

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health: UW research

January 21, 2011

President Obama honors UW maternal health researcher Dr. Michelle Williams

Williams will receive a prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring next week at a White House ceremony.

President Obama honors UW epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Williams as one of the nation’s outstanding mentors

Williams will receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering mentoring.

January 20, 2011

Gulf grows between research practice and participant preferences in genetic studies

Realigning with participants’ interests is important for the future of research. UW and Group Health bioethicists suggest ways for scientists and study volunteers to build trusting relationships in a policy forum appearing Jan. 21 in the journal Science.

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