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May 26, 2010

Genome comparison tools found to be susceptible to slip-ups

You might call it comparing apples and oranges, but lining up different species’ genomes is common practice in evolutionary research.

Longtime UW climate researcher is new Washington state climatologist

Nick Bond, senior meteorologist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, will take over climatologist role.

May 24, 2010

Ignoring seat belt law costs Montanans $36 million in health-care costs

Ignoring seat belt law costs Montanans $36 million in health-care costs

Unexpected decline in newborn mortality drives child deaths below 8 million

Sub-Saharan African countries, such as Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia, see rapid reductions

Weird orbits of neighbors can make ‘habitable’ planets not so habitable

Computer models indicate some exoplanets might fluctuate between being habitable and not because of eccentric orbits of neighboring planets.

UW names Lisa Graumlich first dean of College of the Environment

A scientist known for climate and ecosystem research is the inaugural dean of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment.

Voters dissatisfied with Congress and state Legislature but willing to accept state income tax

New UW survey indicates growing discontent with state and national government but majority approval of state tax on wealthy households

UW research helps consumers, policymakers identify and access healthy, affordable food

Ensuring access to healthy, affordable foods is a top priority in tackling the obesity epidemic in the United States.

May 23, 2010

Ultraviolet radiation not culprit killing amphibians, research shows

In nature, ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is not the amphibian killer scientists once suspected.

May 21, 2010

Undergraduate Research Symposium.

This annual symposium provides an exciting venue for undergraduates from all academic disciplines to present their research via poster, oral presentation, and performance sessions.

Bothell capstones.

Graduating students in the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program present their capstone projects to colleagues and the UW Bothell community.

May 20, 2010

Media alert: Arboretum BioBlitz 2010 starts Friday, teams reveal findings Saturday at public open house

WHAT: Seattle’s first-ever bioblitz gets underway Friday afternoon with volunteers looking for as many birds, plants, lichens, amphibians and other species as possible in the Washington Park Arboretum during a 24-hour period.

Neandertal genome sequencing reveals new clues on human-specific gene changes

The distinctions between human and Neandertal genomes may reveal what set ancient humans apart from the now-extinct, human-like beings.

Two UW students chosen as President’s Medalists

Two UW students have been chosen President’s Medalists for the Class of 2010.


Board of Regents

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

Name that UWTV program, and win an iPad

What’s in a name? On television, it’s a key component of the show.

Neandertal genome sequencing reveals new clues on human-specific gene changes

The distinctions between human and Neandertal genomes may reveal what set ancient humans apart from the now-extinct, human-like beings

Bearers of cultural history: Burke Museum hosts two Ainu interns from Hokkaido, Japan

The Burke Museum is hosting two museum interns from Japan who are participating in a first-ever cultural exchange between the indigenous Ainu of Japan and Native American communities in Washington state.

A musical week ahead on campus

If you’re looking for a little night music next week, there will be three concerts to choose from.

Learning first: Refocusing central school district offices to improve teaching and learning

Central offices of urban school districts have been able to shift their focus from administration and compliance to improvement of teaching and learning districtwide by making five key changes, according to a new report by researchers from the UW College of Education.

Shakespeare blended with Husky themes: It’s ‘A U-Dubber Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare’s magic is transplanted to the UW campus in A U-Dubber Night’s Dream, opening May 26 in the Jones Playhouse, with previews May 23 and 25.

New Campus Sustainability Fund will support projects by students, faculty, staff

A new pool of nearly $340,000, created through the sustained work of student activists, will fund student, faculty and staff projects that help make the UW more sustainable.

Drink coffee and support the UW at the same time

The next time you purchase one of those cards that can be used repeatedly for satisfying your coffee habit, you have an opportunity to support the UW.

The big dig: Sound Transit construction will be around awhile

If you’ve passed Husky Stadium recently, you’ve no doubt noticed that something big is going on.

Statewide Washington MESA Day to be held May 22

Washington MESA Day, a one-day event of academic challenges for middle and high school students representing seven MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Centers from across the state, will be held Saturday, May 22, from 8:30 a.

Honoring the man who made the Physics-Astronomy Building a reality

When Mark McDermott was chair of the Department of Physics, he had many goals, but one of his major ones was to get his department moved into a new building that would better serve its needs.

New book studies how charter schools can better meet special education needs

A new book from the Center for Reinventing Public Education takes an in-depth look at the connection between charter schools and special education, and recommends ways such schools can improve their ability to serve special students’ needs.

Films from the Vault: A day of viewing (and digitizing) old and odd movies

If you’re intrigued by old and odd films, you might want to set aside some time on Wednesday, May 26.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

RISING CONSERVATIONIST: Julian Olden, assistant professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, has received this year’s Early Career Conservationist Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, a 10,000-member organization.

Industry veterans join Center for Commercialization’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program

Five high-tech and biotech industry veterans with extensive experience as innovators, developers, entrepreneurs, and executive-level managers have signed on as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) at the UW’s Center for Commercialization, Vice Provost for Technology Transfer Linden Rhoads has announced.

Class Notes: Fluency in Technology

Class title: Informatics 100 — Fluency in Information Technology, taught by D.

Mystery Photo

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

The frog who failed famously, and the man who captured it on film

This is the story of a frog who tried really hard to catch a dragonfly, and just barely missed — and the man who captured the moment on high-speed film and sent it out to the world.

Film stars octopus, but where was he and why?

Editor’s Note: The UW Audio Visual Services Materials Library has more than 1,200 reels of film from the late 1940s through the early 1970s, documenting life at the University through telecourses, commercial films and original productions.

Advocates for cleanup of Hanford Reservation win Annual Service Award For Community Partners

The UW School of Public Health presented the award to Gerry Pollet and Heart of America Northwest

Leader in adrenergic receptor research to give 23rd annual Krebs Lecture May 25

The speaker, Dr. Brian K. Kobilka of Stanford University, studies a pathway involved in high blood pressure, shock, asthma and migraines

Major depression is common and disabling after traumatic brain injury

A study of adults who had a traumatic brain injury showed that more than half — 53 percent — developed major depression in the year following their injury.

HUB hubub.

A day of festivity and fun to honor the HUB, standing since 1949 and headed for a two-year remodel.

MFA Dance Concert.

The Dance Program’s final concert of the season, featuring MFA artists who bring rich professional histories to their work at the UW.

May 19, 2010

Jazz Innovations.

Student jazz ensembles coached by Marc Seales, Tom Collier, Cuong Vu, and Phil Sparks will pay homage to jazz icons with new arrangements of the classics and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.

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