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December 20, 2010

Students water-testing tool wins $40,000, launches nonprofit

UW engineering students won an international contest for designing a way to monitor water disinfection by solar rays. The students will share a $40,000 prize from the Rockefeller Foundation and are now working with nonprofits to turn their concept into a reality.

Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.

New book on Martin Luther King Jr. and economic rights: "All Labor Has Dignity”

Michael Honey, a history professor at UW Tacoma, collected, edited and wrote introductions for 16 of Kings speeches on economic justice.

New book on Martin Luther King Jr. and economic rights: “All Labor Has Dignity”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years

Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.

December 17, 2010

Philip Howard to speak at Town Hall

Howard, an associate professor of communication, will speak Jan. 14 regarding Muslim politics and the Internet.

December 15, 2010

Holiday bowl festivities planned

The Huskies will face Nebraska in the 2010 Holiday Bowl at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 in San Diego, and the UW Alumni Association has big plans.

Polar bears still on thin ice, but cutting greenhouse gases now can avert extinction

New research indicates that if humans reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the next decade or two, enough Arctic ice is likely to remain intact during late summer and early autumn for polar bears to survive.

December 14, 2010

Too much retinoic acid disrupts development in zebra fish embryos

Retinoic acid causes lethal truncation of the embryo which grows all of its body, except its head, by releasing cells from its posterior end

Harborview Medical Center named to Target: Stroke Honor Roll

The UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview has been recognized for excellence in emergency stroke care on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

UW, WSU collaborate in landmark national study of children’s health

The Pacific Northwest Center today announced the launch of a campaign to recruit area families into the National Children’s Study, the largest long-term study of children’s health and development ever undertaken in the United States.

December 13, 2010

Assessing the environmental effects of tidal turbines

UW scientists are helping to prepare for a tidal energy project in Puget Sound. Researchers say this pilot project will have the most comprehensive environmental monitoring of any tidal energy installation to date.

Calculating tidal energy turbines effects on sediments and fish

Engineers are developing computer models to study how changes in water pressure and current speed around tidal turbines affect sediment buildup and fish health.

Applications due Jan. 10 for new Diversity Pedagogy Seminar

A seminar on diversity pedagogies is being sponsored by the Center for Curriculum Transformation, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Simpson Center for the Humanities in winter and spring 2011. The series will convene faculty, graduate students and others with interest and expertise in the field to review and discuss current research.

Decline of West Coast fog brought higher coastal temperatures last 60 years

Summertime fog, a common feature along the West Coast, has declined since 1950 while coastal temperatures have increased slightly, new research shows.

‘Array of arrays coaxing secrets from unfelt seismic tremor events

New technology is letting UW researchers get a much better picture of how episodic tremor events relate to potentially catastrophic earthquakes every 300 to 500 years in the Cascadia subduction zone.

For news media: La Nina, PNW climate experts

Reporters can turn to UW experts on PNW climate variability, effects of La Nina and flooding.

Decline of West Coast fog brought higher coastal temperatures last 60 years

Summertime fog, a common feature along the West Coast, has decline since 1950 while coastal temperatures have increased slightly.

‘Array of arrays’ coaxing secrets from unfelt seismic tremor events

Every 15 months or so, an unfelt earthquake occurs in western Washington and travels northward to Canada’s Vancouver Island.

December 10, 2010

University-wide award deadlines approaching

Do you have an outstanding colleague you’d like to nominate for one of the university-wide awards offered each year? If so, you’ll need to get your materials together, because deadlines are coming up.

December 9, 2010

Odegaard to close Dec. 21-Jan. 2

Odegaard Undergraduate Library will be closed for fire and safety upgrades from Tuesday, Dec. 21, through Jan. 2, 2011.

Watch the Huskies in the NCAA volleyball regionals live on UWTV

UWTV will broadcast NCAA regional volleyball semifinals live from Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 10.

The life and times of Denny the red-tailed hawk

The story of a juvenile hawk who hangs around Savery Hall and doesnt mind eating a little crow from time to time.

December 8, 2010

Tackling new terrain: climate change and global health

A new initiative could position the University of Washington as a major player in addressing global health and environmental issues arising from climate change.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

The Henry Art Gallery helps the ‘History Detectives’ solve a mystery; an art installation gets new life advertising the Burke Museum, an exhibit of art by Kazimierz Poznanski; four from Facilities Services celebrate 25 years of service each; and the College of Education notes three alums at the helm of Washington state two-year schools.

UW Medical Center nurse finishes first in 2010 Seattle Women's Half Marathon

Sheila Croft, a UW Medical Center nurse, was the first woman to cross the finish line during the Women’s Half Marathon, one of the 2010 Seattle Marathon events.

These women rock — in research and in life

The Women Who Rock Research Project provides courses and cross-academic discussion examining the politics of gender, race and sexuality generated by popular music.

Pharmacy students leave a lasting impression on public officials

UW pharmacy students inform public leaders about the expanding role of pharmacists in disease prevention and health promotion.

Information session on Early Entrance Program set for Jan. 5

Students, parents and teachers of middle-school aged children are invited to learn more about the Transition School/Early Entrance Program at the UW at an information session on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Teen Feed, a CFD choice: Continuing a tradition of generosity

The folks at UW Advancement just cant look away from the challenges of homeless youth in the University District. So theyre helping out, serving free meals in partnership with Teen Feed, a nonprofit agency thats also a Combined Fund Drive (CFD) choice.

Official notices

The Regents cancel their December meeting; campus blood drives scheduled, and a public hearing on an administrative change in parking.

‘Doomed Cavalier Apartments building makes excellent training site

The UWs Pre-Entry Assessment Team and area firefighters use the soon-to-be-demolished Cavalier Apartments for training scenarios.

School of Pharmacy honored for service to the community

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has named the UW School of Pharmacy the winner of the 2010-11 Transformative Community Service Award.

Working in a construction zone: Hall Health continues serving clients

Despite working within a construction site, the staff of Hall Health Center have managed to meet with every client, student or non-student, who needed care with only a slight increase in the number of complaints about the centers environment.

UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey to give annual address Jan. 31

Dr. Paul G. Ramsey will discuss the challenges ahead as well as major developments in the past year at UW Medicine.

Flowers, cookies, Twister: It wasnt your usual Coke machine

Students may have wondered what the extra Coke machine was doing in By George on Friday, Dec. 3. Then it came alive and started handing out prizes.

From Beaux-Arts to Bauhaus: Old student architectural drawings displayed at Allen Library

Some of the best examples of UW architecture student drawings from 1914 to 1947 are on display in Allen Library until March 12.

Master class Dec. 11 an inside look at bass auditions

Jordan Anderson, principal bass of the Seattle Symphony, will give a master class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in Brechemin Auditorium.

University Symphony concert features violinist Ronald Patterson

Jonathan Pasternack conducts the University Symphony Friday, Dec. 10, in a performance of works by Stravinsky, Ravel, Massenet, and Tchaikovsky. Violinist Ron Patterson will be featured on Ravels Tzigane.

NSF awards $3.5 million to prepare math teachers for diverse classrooms

The UW Tacoma is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation to transform how K-8 mathematics teachers can be trained as they face classrooms in which many students are not native English speakers.

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