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November 9, 2010

UW Medicine lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

The Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, lauded UW Medicine for superb performance in its transplant and organ donation programs.

Harry Kimball receives 2010 Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award

Kimball was honored for fostering high standards of professionalism in medical practice and in physician training, and for his commitment to social justice and patient welfare.

Preparing multi-skilled future principals at UW Bothell

Bothell principal preparation program is designed to accommodate busy teachers who have the ambition to become principals.

By popular request: A DVD about anatomy for dancers

People kept asking to record Dance Professor Jennifer Salk’s presentations about anatomy for dancers. So she made her own DVD, containing eight lessons.

Career Services director at Evans School writes new book: ‘Jobs that Matter’

Heather Krasna writes about discovering secure and meaningful jobs.

Charles Johnson to deliver Libraries Maxine Cushing Gray Lecture, Nov. 19

Charles Johnson, the National Book Award winner and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who retired from teaching at the UW a year ago, will give a free lecture Nov. 19. Reservations are recommended.

Meet the Mammals on Nov. 20 at the Burke

For more information Meet the Mammals is included with museum admission and is free for Burke members. Learn more online at www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum invites the public to see, touch, and learn about the museum’s extraordinary collection of mammals at the annual Meet the Mammals family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,…

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. Two of the new ProStaff Awards will be given out twice a year — in fall and spring — and nominations are now open.

Global infectious disease researchers awarded Gates grants

Dr. Keith Jerome is looking to prevent the AIDS virus from taking hold, and Dr. Pradpsinh Rathod is testing ways to keep malaria parasites from becoming drug resistant.

Pharmacy faculty members honored for contributions to their profession

The Washington State Pharmacy Assocaition honored Don Downing and Joy Plein for their pioneering work and community service.

Undergraduates’ low-cost ultrasound system wins Gates Foundation grant

A team of University of Washington undergraduate students were among 65 research groups that today learned they had won one of the <A href="http://www.

November 8, 2010

Blog profile: Patrick Dobel muses about sports in ‘Point of the Game’

Looking for blogs to profile Do you know of a blog written by a member of the UW community that would be of interest to faculty and staff readers? Drop us a line at uweek@uw.edu. Members of the UW community are increasingly expressing themselves in blogs about their interests or professional matters. University Week will…

Throwing money around: Departmental CFD activities make giving fun

When it comes to the Combined Fund Drive, you could just ask people for money, or you could invite them to a carnival, a spaghetti feed, a coin toss or other event where theyd have fun while they give.

Century of suffrage

On Nov. 8, 1910, the state granted women the right to vote. The centennial of that landmark was celebrated at the UW and across the state.

UW losing 60-year tradition of salmon returning to campus

The decades-long tradition of salmon returning to campus each fall is ending because of new directions in fisheries research and budget cuts.

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound

University of Washington researchers are using tiny sea creatures called foraminifera to help diagnose the health of Puget Sound.

New book investigates the cost — and payoff — of great teaching

In “Profit of Education,” UW economics Professor Dick Startz says America’s public school system can be fixed if we raise teacher salaries 40 percent, which would pay for itself nine times over.

UW army ant expert advises on National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations’

See some amazing video of army ants at work, including one in which they bring down prey many times larger than themselves.

Honors Program director to take on broader role in Undergraduate Academic Affairs

James J. Clauss, director of the Honors Program, has been named associate dean in Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Part of his new role is to expand awareness of the program across the UW.

Study shows universities may be failing to sufficiently teach basic research skills

Students need assignments that help with basic tasks such as formulating an inquiry and comparing sources.

November 6, 2010

Elisabeth C. Miller Library open house.

The Elisabeth C.

November 5, 2010

MFA Open house.

The School of Art design graduate program hosts an open house.

November 4, 2010

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

UW Medical Center was recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday, November 3, for superb performance in its transplant and organ donation programs.

A new space with infinite resources for students: The Research Commons

Step into Allen Library South’s ground floor and you’ll see a colorful room with furniture not typical in a library.

Martha Graham Dance Company.

Founded in 1926, it’s the oldest and perhaps most celebrated dance company in America.

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

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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


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