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October 28, 2013

New musical theater degree begins with outreach, talent search

The first order of business for the UW’s new degree in musical theater is not greasepaint or tap shoes but public outreach and finding talented, committed students.

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UW hosts series of events for Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 5 to 11

The University of Washington is planning a number of events that will be held during the week preceding Veterans Day.

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Columnist: Crowdfund UW computer-science expansion

October 25, 2013

Patient case takes health care students on an interprofessional learning journey

Students from the various health sciences schools worked together on a fictional case to solve the patient’s list of problems from different perspectives.

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New UW-Pacific NW National Lab computing-research institute holds first public workshop

Based at the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing’s first public event on Oct. 30 will feature speakers from the UW, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and industry, as well as breakout sessions that explore various aspects of science and engineering technologies.

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October 24, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, exhibits, women’s festival — and a Halloween concert

It’s a big week for the arts on campus featuring dance, music, lectures, and a festival. From the annual Halloween Organ Concert to the ISIS: Women Arts Festival at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture — take your pick or pick them all.

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Panel to discuss making a difference during health-care reform

UW faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a panel discussion on the “Affordable Care Act: How You Can Make a Difference,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Hogness Auditorium at the UW Health Sciences Center.

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October 23, 2013

Stephen Boyd: Making the best decisions in smart systems, products

Stephen Boyd of Stanford University is the speaker at this year’s Lytle Lecture Series hosted by the UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering. He will give a free public talk at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

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October 22, 2013

Dogs in dawg regalia, class of 2033 in diapers – vote now for W Day photos

A Husky Spirit Photo Contest is part of the runup to this year’s W Day, Friday, Oct. 25.

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Study: Quake-triggered landslides a significant hazard in Seattle

The next big earthquake on the Seattle fault could trigger destructive landslides in the city, potentially affecting a much larger area than previously thought, and in areas outside those currently considered to be landslide prone, a new UW-led study shows.

News Digest: Mercer Court grand opening, iSchool lecture Nov. 7, Honor: David Shields

Mercer Court Apartments grand opening Oct. 24 || UW iSchool presents author Jack Gantos Nov. 7 || David Shields honored by Artist Trust

Survey asks, ‘How do you use campus spaces?’

A new online survey will help develop a Campus Landscape Framework, a step toward updating the campus master plan.

October 21, 2013

Caryn G. Mathes selected as general manager for KUOW

Caryn G. Mathes, who has been general manager of WAMU in Washington, D.C., since 2005, has been selected as the general manager of KUOW, effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Native American longhouse breaks ground Oct. 25

A public, groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Washington Native American longhouse-style facility, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House), will take place Friday, Oct. 25, 3-5:30 p.m.

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‘Pushback’: Resisting the life of constant connectivity

Researchers at the University of Washington have studied and named a trend lots of people can identify with: the desire to resist constant connectivity and step back from the online world.

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Three UW faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine

Blood disease specialist Dr. Janis Abkowitz and drug safety expert Dr, Bruce Psaty today were named new members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, an honorary and national advisory group.

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October 20, 2013

Global ocean currents explain why Northern Hemisphere is the soggier one

A new study in Nature Geoscience explains a major feature of global precipitation, and shows how a current originating from the poles influences tropical rainfall in Africa and southern India.

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October 18, 2013

Expectant mother stays hopeful through breast cancer

Sarah Lien and her mother Barbara Hawkins were both diagnosed with breast cancer as young women. Sarah is modeling her mother’s optimistic approach to the disease while awaiting the birth of her own daughter, Elizabeth.

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UW receives grant from attorney general’s office for pain management

The University of Washington has received an 18-month grant of $110,299 from the state Attorney General’s Office to provide training and education for health professionals and the general public on the subject of chronic pain management and cannabis use.

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October 17, 2013

Project aims to make mall walking more accessible

A new project by the UW School of Nursing will evaluate whether mall-walking programs are effective and whether they can lead to larger-scale increases in walking.

Campus sustainability, climate change focus of Sustainability Summit Oct. 23

Learn how to be more involved with campus sustainability during UW Sustainability Summit activities Oct. 23.

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Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

A team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback using a Microsoft Kinect on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

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October 16, 2013

Arts Roundup: Birds at the Burke, exhibit openings — and Music of Today featuring Garth Knox

The UW School of Music leads this busy week in the arts with performances by the Steve Korn Group, UW Symphony and Music of Today featuring violist Garth Knox.

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Lost and Found Films: Building the Space Needle, 1961

We travel back in time 52 years for the latest installment of Lost and Found Films, to the 1961 construction of the Space Needle and the Monorail in downtown Seattle.

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October 15, 2013

Study: Nearly 500,000 perished in Iraq war

A new study estimates nearly a half-million people died from causes attributable to the war in Iraq from 2003 through 2011. The results come from the first population-based survey since 2006 to estimate war-related deaths in Iraq, and the first study covering the conflict’s full timespan.

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UW female professors building a culture for engineering

Initiative draws faculty, students into collaborative health care

The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.

Nanopore sequencing technology lands licensing deal

A San Diego company has licensed UW-developed technology capable of reading the sequence of a single DNA molecule.

Local infrastructure focus of College of Engineering’s fall lecture series

The University of Washington College of Engineering fall lecture series will feature faculty researchers and industry leaders who work to maintain and improve our region’s critical infrastructure. The lectures are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14.

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October 14, 2013

UW Fall 2013 enrollment: Largest freshman class ever

The University of Washington in Seattle reports its largest freshman class in history at 6,255 students, according to the Office of Admissions.

Federal shutdown could hamper quake response

October 10, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, film, drama, lectures — and Chamber Dance Company

This week, the Chamber Dance Company’s 2013 concert is the icing on the cake in a busy week of arts events that also includes the School of Drama’s opening of “The Real Inspector Hound” and the Emerson String Quartet performing with School of Music Professor Craig Sheppard.

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UW Combined Fund Drive’s Charity Fair and Silent Auction Oct. 16

The UW Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, kicks off with a Charity Fair & Silent Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the HUB north ballroom.

October 9, 2013

News Digest: New employee housing, Carlos Pellegrini installed as president, Math Across Campus kicks off, Honor: Gerry Philipsen, health and safety nominations open

Ground broken for employee housing || Carlos Pellegrini installed as president || Math Across Campus considers challenge of sustainability || Gerry Philipsen honored by communication association || UW Health and Safety Committee nominations close Nov. 1

New strategy lets cochlear implant users hear music

University of Washington scientists have developed a new way of processing the signals in cochlear implants to help users hear music better. The technique lets users perceive differences between musical instruments, a significant improvement from what standard cochlear implants can offer.

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October 8, 2013

Profile: Brian Wansink, Slim By Design author and 2013 Hogness Lecturer

Wansink explores mindless eating and how cues in our environment lead us to eat too much of the wrong foods.

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Major funding awarded for research on drugs taken during pregnancy

Pharmacists and physicians will be looking at prescription and illicit drugs taken during pregnancy to evaluate risks to mothers and their fetuses.

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UW, local company building innovative deep-sea manned submarine

The UW, Boeing and an Everett company are building a carbon-fiber submersible that will carry five passengers almost 2 miles deep.

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October 7, 2013

Rheba de Tornyay, dean emeritus of School of Nursing, dies at 87

The distinguished career of a nursing pioneer and UW faculty member came to a close on Sept. 27 with the death of Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay.

October 3, 2013

Pioneering MOOC instructors remain enthusiastic

The first reports from the pioneers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at the UW contain a mixture of humility and abiding enthusiasm for this new education platform.

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