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August 26, 2010

Tuning into cell signals that tell where sensory organs will form inside the ear

These signals disappear early in life, but perhaps could be recharged to restore hearing loss in adults

August 23, 2010

Prospects for democracy in Iraq? Research shows Internet indispensable

Digital media, such as mobile phones and the Internet, have become all but essential in building democracies.

Astronomy conference at UW to explore the sun and other cool stars

For many people, all stars are “cool.

August 20, 2010

UW, Sound Transit build “Great Wall of Us” on construction site

Attention photographers and videographers: Installation of the “Great Wall of Us” will take place from 8 to 11 a.

UW ranked 16th nationally by Washington Monthly based on service

            The University of Washington is ranked 16th in the country among national universities based on its commitment to service, according to results released today by Washington Monthly.

August 19, 2010

UW Regents finalize Emmert departure

The chair of the University of Washington Board of Regents today on behalf of the full board approved a plan for the upcoming presidential transition to occur commensurate with the start of the new school year at the university.

Tom Stritikus selected dean of UW College of Education

Associate Professor Tom Stritikus, who currently serves as associate dean of academic programs, has been selected by Provost Phyllis Wise to be the next dean of the University of Washington College of Education, effective Sept.

Researchers discover genetic link between immune system, Parkinson’s disease

A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that Parkinson’s disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin.

Genetic alterations common to Kabuki syndrome discovered through streamlined DNA sequencing

Using a new, rapid and inexpensive DNA sequencing strategy, scientists have discovered genetic alterations that may account for a majority of Kabuki syndrome cases.

There’s a movie being filmed on campus — want to be an extra?

Want to be part of a movie? The independent film Judas Kiss began filming on the UW campus Wednesday, and will keep filming through Sept.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health 2010 annual conference to be held at UW Sept. 19-21

Universities are at the center of a global health revolution and are leading the way in exciting interdisciplinary partnerships.

Young artists to parade heady summer creations

As a sculptor, Bryan Schoneman likes to work vertically, creating headwear that teeters a couple or even a dozen feet above the wearer.

Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

Editor’s note: Each year the summer academy hosts a premier of the students’ animated short films.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation launches landmark survey to discover the impact of disease worldwide

With so many products aimed at making people look and feel younger, it might be surprising to learn that not everyone wants to live forever.

Husky football coverage takes over Mondays on UWTV

UWTV and Husky Athletics will televise live press conferences with Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian and team quarterback Jake Locker beginning Monday, Aug.

UW Medicine palliative care program receives funds to care for terminally ill people lacking primary care

UW Medicine’s new program at Harborview Medical Center

A different, greener way of making things — call it ‘humblefacture’

Dominic Muren will go to the U District Farmers Market Aug.

Official Notices

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a regular public meeting at 3 p.

Next issue of ‘University Week’ is Sept. 30

This is the last issue of University Week for summer quarter.

Save the date: Emmert to be feted Sept. 27

The UW community is invited to a special Farewell Celebration for President Mark Emmert, who is leaving to become head of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Bellevue’s Taste of Main event Aug. 21 to help children on the Eastside

The second annual Taste of Main will take place from 11 a.

UW Tacoma opens new Student Health Services clinic

For the first time, when UW Tacoma students get a sore throat, discover a weird rash, have questions about living with diabetes or sprain an ankle getting off the bus, they have a place on campus to go for help.

UW Tacoma a top choice for veterans

The UW Tacoma is in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools offering opportunities and support for military veterans, according to the new Military Friendly Schools list released by <A href="http://www.

UW Bothell announces biology as a new degree option

The UW Bothell has announced that the Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved its proposal for a Bachelor of Science degree offering in biology.

15 UW students, alumni selected for Fulbright Scholarships

Fifteen UW alumni and students have been awarded Fulbright U.

Slow-moving ‘earthquake’ under Olympic Peninsula will be well recorded

UW seismologists have begun recording a slow-moving and unfelt seismic event under the Olympic Peninsula, and it promises to be the best-documented such event in the eight years since the regularly occurring phenomena were first discovered.


Etc.: Campus news & notes

BIKING FOR THE BALTICS: The UW’s Baltic Studies Program is $10,000 richer, thanks to a local man of Estonian heritage and a bicycle trip across the country.

UW named one of America’s 20 “coolest” schools by Sierra Magazine

Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has named the UW one of the top 20 colleges and universities for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit its contributions to global warming.

Italy’s foreign minister to deliver address at UW’s Rome Center

Franco Frattini, Italy’s minister of foreign affairs, will deliver an address titled Immigration and the Rights of Immigrant Workers at the UW’s Rome Center, Tuesday, Aug.

Nanoscale DNA sequencing could spur revolution in personal health care

In experiments with potentially broad health care implications, a research team led by a UW physicist has devised a method that works at a very small scale to sequence DNA quickly and relatively inexpensively.

Surf your way to a deep-ocean research expedition

Journey 300 miles off the Washington-Oregon coast and dive nearly a mile deep into the ocean as scientists and 20 students use underwater robots to explore, map and sample methane ice deposits, an underwater volcano and seafloor hot springs spewing water up to 570 degrees F.


An office in the sky: Crane operator too busy to appreciate the scenery 180 feet up

Imagine going from job to job, yet always having an office with a view.

National Research Council endorses project in which UW is a major player

The National Research Council has endorsed a major telescope project in which the UW is a key player as a priority among science projects to receive federal funding in the next decade.

Mystery Photo

Where are we? The photo above was taken somewhere on campus.

Of music and the mind: Conference for Music Perception and Cognition at UW this month

What’s the evolutionary purpose behind music? What are the benefits of musical engagement for infants or people with neurological disorders? How does visual information affect the way we hear music?

Scores of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in the area of music cognition and perception will gather at the UW this month to take up these questions and a lot more at the weeklong 11th annual International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition.

Late UW pediatrician Dr. Robert Deisher advocated for street kids and disabled youth


Report: Math, science teachers tend to earn less than colleagues in Washington state high schools

Despite the fact that Washington’s legislature and governor last session passed a law (House Bill 2621) intending to accelerate the teaching and learning of math and science, the system is hardwired to do the opposite.

Site work brings UW Construction Management interns back to campus

When Holly Nichols graduated from the UW in 2009, she didn’t know she’d be back on campus soon after.

It’s about the kids: Refocusing central school district offices with teaching and learning in mind

When Bonneville, Idaho, school superintendent Charles Shackett instructed his finance director to become the district liaison for two schools and to visit both twice a week, it knocked the director from his comfort zone, to be sure — but it had the desired effect.

State Route 520 to be closed for inspections this weekend, Aug. 20-22

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) maintenance crews will spend this weekend inspecting and making repairs to the aging State Route 520 floating bridge to make sure it will continue to carry traffic safely through winter weather.

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