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August 19, 2010

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.

U.S. Department of Education award prepares new nurse educators

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grants are given to reduce the pending national shortage of faculty in nursing schools and

Integrating dance: different bodies, different abilities

Twenty-two dancers converged on the UW Aug.

UW Nurse Camp creates collegiate opportunities for minority and low-income high school students

This summer 24 teens explored nursing as a possible career by learning basic clinical skills and seeing professional options for nurses.

August 17, 2010

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

Franco Frattini, Italy’s minister of foreign affairs, will deliver an address on “Immigration and the Rights of Immigrant Workers”

August 16, 2010

Nanoscale DNA sequencing could spur revolution in personal health care

A new technique works at a very small scale to sequence DNA quickly and relatively inexpensively.

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

Sierra Magazine says the UW is a “cool school” for its efforts to stop global warming.

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

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

August 15, 2010

Genetic alterations common to Kabuki syndrome discovered through streamlined DNA sequencing

Finding stems from a National Human Genome Research Institute-funded effort to identify genes for 20 disorders

August 13, 2010

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

The National Research Council has endorsed funding for an international telescope project in which the UW is a key player.

August 12, 2010

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.

August 11, 2010

New study indicates tea party ideas may be out of step with mainstream conservatism

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August 10, 2010

Distracted drivers benefit from in-car driving coach

Although many states have banned using handheld cell phones at the wheel, a ban is difficult to enforce and doesn’t cover the growing number of gadgets now available.

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

UW scientists will monitor slow-slip event with more than 100 seismic recording stations.

August 9, 2010

A strategy to fix a broken heart

These days people usually don’t die from a heart attack.

August 6, 2010

Newly discovered mechanism controls levels and efficacy of a marijuana-like substance in the brain

The substance is part of a signaling pathway that may be a potential therapeutic target for treating certain neurological disorders.

August 5, 2010

UW professor’s lifetime efforts receive international recognition

A prize claimed by renowned conservationists such as David Attenborough and directors of some of the world’s largest botanic gardens has been awarded to Estella Leopold, a UW professor emeritus of botany, forest resources and quaternary research.


COMEDY IN A RECESSION: Wages, jobs and investments are down — but laughter seems to be holding its own, according to a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor.

Campus losing another tree to Dutch elm disease

The campus will soon be losing one of its venerable elm trees.

Close-up on photography at the Burke Aug. 14

The Burke Museum is offering a day dedicated to the art and craft of photography on Saturday, Aug.

Official Notices

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents meeting for August has been canceled.

Retail prices of healthful foods rising, according to UW study

As the federal government prepares to issue its latest guidelines for healthy eating, UW researchers have found retail prices of the most nutritious foods are increasing at a higher rate than other foods.

METROpolis 2030 envisions Northgate transit center as urban village

Class title: Architecture 403/506 — Advanced Architectural Studies, taught by Richard Mohler, an associate professor of architecture, and Susan Busch, an associate at Baylis Architects in Bellevue.

Scientists uncover a mechanism behind Salmonella virulence and drug susceptibility

Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism in Salmonella that affects its virulence and its susceptibility to antibiotics by changing its production of proteins in a previously unheard of manner.

Gaming for a cure: Computer gamers tackle protein folding

Biochemists and computer scientists at the UW two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower o computer gamers to solve medical problems.

10 climate indicators in new report point to marked warming in last 30 years

A climate report just out, that’s different from other climate publications because it’s based on observed data and not computer models, says 10 climate indicators all point to marked warming during the past three decades.

Etc: Campus news & notes

OF FILMS AND RACCOONS: Sometimes being a film archive specialist can bring you more adventure than you bargained for.

You oughta be in pictures — on Montlake’s ‘Great Wall of Us’

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.

Pool becomes a drama design studio — a new life for part of Hutchinson Hall

A new School of Drama design studio is rising in Hutchinson Hall where the swimming pool and locker rooms used to be.

Archaeology crews examine Arboretum locations for future bridge supports

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation began fieldwork in the Washington Park Arboretum Aug.

Mystery Photo

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

LEAP: Training new student athletes in the rigors of college academics

They’ve excelled in high school sports and been recruited to the UW, but before freshman athletes can take their places on the team, some of them go through an “academic boot camp.

From ‘pipe dream’ to reality: Foster School of Business readies Paccar Hall for its debut

The University’s Foster School of Business has quietly begun the process of occupying its new building, Paccar Hall, which was completed this summer.

UCAR now available at the Portage Bay Parking Facility

Transportation Services has announced the seventh location for Fleet Services’ successful UCAR car-share program.

Public invited to two plenary sessions at UW Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

Judy Monroe from the CDC wil speak Aug. 9, and Chris Murray, Institute of Health Metric & Evaluation, on Aug. 10

Good thinking: Shah named ‘Thought Leader’ by Academy of Management — again

Sonali Shah, an assistant professor of management at the UW’s Foster School of Business, has won the 2010 “Thought Leader Award” from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.

UW Dentistry’s Wendy Mouradian named federal oral health adviser


Busy Dream Project co-founder fulfilling her own educational dreams

Jenee Myers Twitchell plays several roles on campus, and likes it best when those roles intersect — when her worlds collide.

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