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November 4, 2010

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.

October 31, 2010

UW losing 60-year tradition of salmon returning to campus

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

October 29, 2010

Murray leads Rossi, voters against income tax, new KCTS 9/KPLU/Washington Poll shows

A survey of registered voters in Washington state shows incumbent Patty Murray four percentage points ahead of former state Sen. Dino Rossi

A film about Feist.

Look at What the Light Did Now documents the journey of singer Feist’s Grammy-nominated album The Reminder.

October 28, 2010

Masters of art: Student art, design talents shine in Henry Art Gallery’s eclectic MFA Exhibition

From towering aluminum headgear to outsized stainless steel pillows, interactive note cards, posters promoting good social works and even a device to better document medical emergencies, there’s a lot to peruse and ponder at the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition, now open at the Henry Art Gallery. Each year, the Henry hosts the thesis work of…

President Obama pleases a purple and gold crowd in UW campaign stop

President Barack Obama addressed — and delighted — a packed, purple house of Huskies at Hec Edmondson Pavilion today, part of a whistlestop-style tour to get out the Democratic vote, especially for Sen. Patty Murray, before the mid-term elections. “I am thrilled to back in Seattle, thrilled to be back in the state of Washington!”…

Molecular imaging and therapy center to develop, commercialize technologies

Ultrasound, best known by many people for snapping pictures of babies before they are born, could soon be a way to spot cancerous cells before a tumor develops, precisely monitor how a person responds to treatment, or deliver genetic therapies to their targets.

‘Fungus Among Us.’

The UW Botanic Gardens hosts a special, daylong event to inventory the various mushroom species living within the Washington Park Arboretum.

Gwendolyn Shaw on American artists.

An associate professor of American art at the University of Pennsylvania, Shaw also holds the American art history professorship at the UW School of Art this fall.

Seattle Public Library/UW Medicine free public lecture Nov. 3 looks at living organ donation

UW Medicine transplant surgeon Dr.

UW again receives top ranking for sustainability

For the fourth year in a row, the UW received a grade of A- on the College Sustainability Report Card, issued by the Sustainability Endowments Institute.

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