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June 26, 2014

Foul fumes derail dinner for hungry moths

New research on how pollinators find flowers when background odors are strong shows that both natural plant odors and human sources of pollution can conceal the scent of sought-after flowers.

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Ask the crowd: Robots learn faster, better with online helpers

University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks.

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Notice of Expedited Rule Making

Housekeeping changes to Title 478 WAC rules are intended to keep the university’s rules accurate and up to date.

June 25, 2014

Shellfish center – named after UW’s Ken Chew – to tackle shellfish declines

Washington state’s newest shellfish hatchery has been named after longtime faculty member Ken Chew.

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News digest: 35,000 to stadium July 4 weekend, transportation-safety research, new poetry, staff awards

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

June 24, 2014

Rhoads leaving UW commercialization; Jandhyala takes new innovation post

Linden Rhoads will leave her post as UW vice provost for commercialization; Vikram Jandhyala will take over the new position of vice provost for innovation.

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June 23, 2014

Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

University of Washington researchers have shown that a favorable electrical property is present in a type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract, such as the lungs, heart and arteries. These findings are the first that clearly track this phenomenon, called ferroelectricity, occurring at the molecular level in biological tissues.

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Zippy, electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research

The University of Washington is one of four institutions receiving four Innova Dash all-electric micro vehicles this summer. They will be able to communicate data such as position, speed and battery charge directly to the UW’s network, which will provide the information to various research projects.

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June 20, 2014

UW students’ electric-hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition

The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition this month for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel.

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June 18, 2014

Global issues at play in book of study-abroad student letters

Creative letters written by UW undergraduates who studied last summer in Bangalore, India, are gathered in a new book, “T.I.P.S. for Study Abroad.”

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Health Sciences News Digest

News from the UW Health Sciences: Muscular dystrophy research center, UW Medicine part of a care network for Boeing employees, and a Q&A with Aaron Katz, a UW expert on health systems and policy.

Scientists ready to study magma formation beneath Mount St. Helens

Scientists are embarking on research to improve volcanic eruption forecasting by learning more about how a deep-underground feeder system creates and supplies magma to Mount St. Helens.

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June 17, 2014

UW news office, advancement services, Columns win national awards

UW units have won medals in the annual awards program sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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June 16, 2014

Ferries for science: Instrument will monitor flow in Puget Sound

The UW, the state Department of Ecology and Washington State Ferries are working together to get a better understanding of water circulation in Puget Sound.

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Accounting graduate named as next UW student regent

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Marnie Brown, a recent accounting graduate who will pursue a master’s degree, as the next student member of the UW Board of Regents.

Sensor in eye could track pressure changes, monitor for glaucoma

University of Washington engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track hard-to-measure changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be embedded with an artificial lens during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then transmit the data wirelessly using radio frequency waves.

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June 13, 2014

News digest: NeuroFutures Conference, Honors: David Wright, Richard Haag, UWTV

Compiled by the Office of News and Information

June 12, 2014

Health Sciences News Digest

News from the UW Health Sciences: Seafaring Neolithic people, communal bike programs, and high-utilizer patients

2014 Awards of Excellence recognize campus, community contributions

The University of Washington’s 44th annual Awards of Excellence ceremony was conducted June 12.

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New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything

Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.

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June 11, 2014

Arts Roundup: Year-end student exhibitions abound

Though graduation and summer are approaching, there is still a lot to see on campus, including exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery and Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

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Memorial June 15 for UW photographer, lecturer John Stamets

  John Stamets, longtime University of Washington photographer and lecturer in the Department of Architecture, died last weekend. He was 64. He is remembered as a talented photographer and a dedicated teacher and mentor to students. There will be a public celebration of Stamets’ life and work from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15,…

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2014 UW graduates have interesting tales to tell

UW Today profiles some of 2014’s highest-achieving graduates.

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Nearly 1 in 8 American children are maltreated before age 18

By the time they reach age 18, nearly one in eight of American children experience a confirmed case of maltreatment. Co-author Hedy Lee, a UW assistant professor of sociology, says the study shows that child maltreatment is much more common than previously thought.

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June 10, 2014

Students mine history for their own Documents that Changed the World installment

Undergraduates working with University of Washington Information School Professor Joe Janes looked to American and European history for their own installments of Janes’ podcast series, Documents that Changed the World.

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139th commencement for UW’s Seattle campus at Husky Stadium June 14

A record 5,300-plus graduates and an audience of more than 40,000 are expected to attend the 139th University of Washington commencement ceremonies June 14.

June 6, 2014

Board of Regents — June 12 Regular Meeting

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 11:45 a.m. in the Petersen Room of Allen Library. The full agenda is available online.

Ocean technology course ends spring quarter with a splash

A University of Washington undergraduate class has students design, build and test their own Internet-connected oceanographic sensors. The students are getting their feet wet, literally, in a new type of oceanography.

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International award cites UW for leadership in sustainability

The University of Washington is the only U.S. university named as a 2014 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner.

June 4, 2014

Back home again: UW ethnomusicologists return heritage music to its roots

The UW School of Music’s Ethnomusicology Program is helping to bring roots and hill music collected decades ago by folklorist Alan Lomax back to its place of origin, with teaching materials and local ceremonies.

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Arts Roundup: Drama, art — and University Symphony

As spring quarter comes to a close and summer quickly approaches, we encourage you to take advantage of some of the final arts events until next fall. Highlighting the week are a variety of performances from the School of Music, School of Drama’s “The Workroom” and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s “Dog Sees God.”

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It’s not giant asparagus: Nine-foot agave showing off at botany greenhouse

Stop outside the botany greenhouse to see an agave plant that’s grown a 9-foot-plus flower spike and is about to bloom for the first time in 25 years.

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June 3, 2014

UW Health Digest

Recent UW health sciences news: E-health in small practices, summer safety, stopping farm worker assaults

UW Libraries hosts digital collection of activist Gary Greaves’ interviews

Interviews from the 1990s by Seattle-area activist Gary Greaves on how the area changed after the 1962 World’s Fair are now offered online by UW Libraries.

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June 2, 2014

UW experts offer free resources to help caregivers boost babies’ brains

UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences has a new online library to showcase the latest in how young children learn – and what their caregivers can do to help kids be ready to start school.

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May 29, 2014

News digest: Empowering blind students, personal stories of identity, pro staff nominations

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

Retirees honored for more than 10,000 years of service to UW

Some 480 faculty and staff members retired between spring 2013 and spring 2014 and were invited to the event earlier this month at the UW Club

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May 28, 2014

Arts Roundup: Drama, Gospel — and the Burke trivia night

Rounding out spring quarter is a variety of events to keep you entertained. From the Undergraduate Theater Society’s production of “Dog Sees God” to various music performances presented by the School of Music at Meany Theater, prepare yourself for the rest of spring quarter because it’s looking bright!

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PTSD treatment cost-effective when patients given choice

A cost-analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder treatments shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment – either psychotherapy or medication – is less expensive than assigning a treatment and provides a higher quality of life for patients.

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May 27, 2014

Graduate student art, design projects exhibited at Henry Art Gallery

With autobiographical oil paintings, informational graphics, a wall-sized photomontage and sculptures resembling inside-out cameras, the annual spring exhibition of graduate student art at the Henry Art Gallery offers a lot for the visitor — as it does every year.

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