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February 16, 2011

Spokane Lane to be widened, regraded

Why is part of Spokane Lane, between Kane and Savery halls, blocked off and torn up?

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

After evaluating two design options and taking input from the community, Sound Transit has decided to move forward with a single entrance design for Brooklyn Station.

Professional and Organizational Development plans ‘Network session March 1

A light breakfast and some talk on an interesting topic and youre still heading to work by 9 a.m. Thats what “Network,” a new event from Professional and Organizational Development, is all about.

DAISY Foundation celebrates 10-year nurse awards anniversary

DAISY awards recognize nurses for extraordinary compassion, kindness, sensitivity and communication skills. Nearly 250 nurses from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medicine have received the DAISY award since its inception.

Official Notices

A Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 17, some blood drives, and applications for small grants are being taken by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.


Teach for America, Egypts revolution and the defeat of the Dream Act are three of the things UW faculty were asked to comment on in national media.

Mark your calendars for Global Health Week Feb. 28 to March 4

Global Health Week has a great line-up of events — lectures, an award-winning film, trivia night, career fair, and more — brought to you by the Global Health Resource Center.

Presenters sought for Teaching and Learning Symposium

Presenters are needed for the seventh annual Teaching and Learning Symposium at the UW, scheduled for 2-4:30 p.m. April 19, in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall.

Northwest imagery, original music make unusual vision for ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht wasnt thinking of Seattle when he wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play with songs, in 1944. But director Alyson Roux kept the Northwest in mind when directing the show, opening soon at the Jones Playhouse.

Ren Sun's ink drawings of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Everest on display at Harborview

Ren Sun’s quiet ink drawings stir discussion of retreating glaciers and what their rapid melt means for the world’s water supply. His art is on exhibit in the Harborview Medical Center Cafeteria now through Feb. 28.

‘Romeo and Juliet to be presented by Undergraduate Theater Society

The Undergraduate Theater Society Will present Shakespeares ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Feb. 24-March 6 in the Cabaret Theater in Hutchinson Hall.

‘Meany Beat: UW Percussion Ensemble to perform Feb. 22

The UW Percussion Ensemble will perform a diverse program of music on Feb. 22 in Meany Hall. And Tom Collier will perform a piece by James Beale, music professor emeritus, who died last year.

University Symphony to perform Haydn, Shostakovich Feb. 24

Jonathan Pasternack, the School of Musics director of orchestral activities for 2010-2011, will conduct.

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.

New report examines promises, pitfalls of charter school autonomy

Charter schools are free of many school district mandates and can operate in innovative ways. But budget woes, huge administrative demands and expectations of what a school “should look like” tend to pull the schools back to traditional practice, a new report states.

Dinosaur hunter Philip Currie to speak at UW Feb. 25

Currie will discuss his travels uncovering dinosaur fossils from around the world to learn how these amazingly diverse animals were so successful for more than 130 million years.

UW College of Education states bold intentions with ‘Vision for 2015 strategic plan

Innovation, diversity, collaboration, evidence-based research and the flexibility to stay current in a changing world — a bold plan of action to keep the college relevant and competitive in coming years.

Stargazing days: Jacobsen Observatory announces open houses for the season

The Jacobsen Observatory at the UW will open its new season of tours and open houses in a few weeks. Come see the universe you’ve been living in.

Virginia Armbrust named director of UW School of Oceanography

A marine microbiologist and faculty member since 1996, Armbrust will lead a school with 50 faculty and 100 staff.

Ten years after Nisqually quake, Northwests seismic dangers still lurk

A decade after the Nisqually earthquake shook Western Washington, scientific ideas about the region’s seismic danger have evolved and the ability to study and prepare for it has improved immensely.

Experts on Pacific Northwest earthquakes

Seismic/geology issues John Vidale, UW professor, Earth and space sciences – 310-210-2131, vidale@uw.edu. Stephen Malone, UW emeritus professor, Earth and space sciences – 206-685-3811, steve@ess.washington.edu. Craig Weaver, U.S. Geological Survey – 206-459-6457, craig@ess.washington.edu. Kenneth Creager, UW professor, Earth and space sciences – 206-685-2803, kcc@ess.washington.edu. Bill Steele, UW seismology lab coordinator – 206-685-5880, wsteele@uw.edu. Joan Gomberg,…

February 15, 2011

Celebration of Alena Suazos life to be held Feb. 16 at UW School of Law

A memorial service will mark the life of Alena Suazo, who graduated from the law school in June.

Six faculty from engineering, chemistry and genome sciences awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

UW engineers and chemists have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships, prestigious awards for early-career scientists.

If greenhouse gas emissions stopped now, Earth still would likely get warmer

As debate continues about potential policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions, new UW research shows the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred up to now.

UW launches initiative to double online enrollments

Online course enrollments will increase to 24,000 over next three years.

February 14, 2011

Egypt: The Revolution and the Future

Whats next for Egypt? Four UW experts, including two in Cairo, will address the question in a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Carbon Leadership Forum will devise standards to limit carbon footprints in building products

University of Washington researchers, along with design and construction professionals, will devise standards that will help limit carbon footprints of building products and systems.

February 11, 2011

Kent School District and UW launch partnership program for three-year degree completion

The UW is launching an accelerated program allowing students to graduate in three years.

February 10, 2011

Breakfast treats offered Feb. 15-18 for UWalk members — old and new

Transportation Services will be offering members of the UWalk program breakfast treats between 7 and 10 a.m. at various locations around campus Feb. 15-18. And if you arent a member, you can sign up on the spot and receive your treat.

'This Week in Virology' recorded in Seattle

The creators of TWiV bring viruses and parasites to life with their witty, informative netcasts. They were in Seattle Feb. 14 to record a show with four local virus experts.

Webinar, panel discussion on ethics in international research Feb. 16

The UW Human Subjects Division will hold a webinar and panel discussion with UW researchers titled International Research: Applying Ethical Principles and Research Guidelines in Global Settings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the UW Tower Auditorium.

19th Annual UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala takes place Sat., Feb. 26

The UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala is the premier fundraising event to support the mission of caring at Harborview Medical Center. Please join us and help us continue to provide world-class care for people from all walks of life.

February 9, 2011

Dance buddies: A little history, a lot of dance and some unusual mentoring

Michelle Zimmerman introduced dance to Amazing Grace Christian School when she volunteered there at 16, and theyve been dancing ever since. On Feb. 4 many stopped by the UW, where they showed some moves and learned some new ones.

UW Medical Center ‘tops out new inpatient tower (with slide show, video)

On Feb. 7, workers from Skanska USA Building and the University of Washington Medical Center celebrated a major construction milestone as the final piece to a new inpatient towers superstructure was placed.

Working more than 20 hours a week in high school can harm grades, UW researcher finds

A UW researcher shows that working during the school year can impede high school performance and cause behavior problems, such as drug use and delinquency.


Etc. : Campus News & Notes

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering honors Buddy Ratner; Michael Honey gets honor named for peacemakers; Edmond Chang is named a future leader.

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.

Information gaps create risks during transitions of care

Are you the quarterback of your medical care? Try these tips for better hand-offs and communication with your health-professional team.

VA Puget Sound and Boise VA to establish Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education

The centers will teach interprofessional collaboration among health professional students from a variety of disciplines, and will be learning communities for faculty and students alike.

An arresting curriculum: UW Police offer Citizens Academy

The UWPD will hold its annual Citizens Academy on Wednesday afternoons from March 30 through June 1. Sign up, come down and learn how the police do the tough jobs they do every day.

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