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August 27, 2014

New smartphone app can detect newborn jaundice in minutes

University of Washington engineers and physicians have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians within minutes.

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August 26, 2014

Russian children’s books explored in new Special Collections exhibit

Sandra Kroupa had to learn a lot about Russian children’s literature in a hurry to curate the exhibit now on display in UW Libraries Special Collections. But it wasn’t meant to be that way. Kroupa is the longtime book arts and rare book curator for UW Libraries. The exhibit is “From the Lowly Lubok to…

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Health Digest: Ebola outbreak, HIV persistence, kids’ sleep routines

UW Health Sciences News Digest: Ebola outbreak, HIV persistence, back-to-school sleep routines

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Scientists craft a semiconductor junction only three atoms thick

Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick.

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August 25, 2014

Learning by watching, toddlers show intuitive understanding of probability

UW researchers have found that children as young as 2 intuitively use math concepts to help make sense of their world.

UW climbs to No. 7 in national ranking

The Washington Monthly magazine has listed UW seventh in the nation in its 2014 national university rankings.

August 21, 2014

Busy midsummer week for UW undergraduate researchers

The popular Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session allows UW students — and some just arriving — to show off their research.

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Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

Observations show that the heat absent from the Earth’s surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a slow, naturally recurring cycle.

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Washington housing market improves in second quarter of 2014

Washington state’s housing market rebounded from its first quarter performance, as the annual rate of existing home sales rose 6.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014.

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August 20, 2014

Notice of possible rule making: Preproposal statement of inquiry

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 478-120 WAC, Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington.

UW project becomes a focal point in hunt for dark matter

The UW has one of three experiments aimed at detecting elusive dark matter in the universe that have gotten a big financial boost.

August 19, 2014

Shyam Gollakota named one of world’s top innovators under 35

Shyam Gollakota, a University of Washington assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been named one of this year’s “Innovators Under 35” by global media company MIT Technology Review.

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August 18, 2014

University of Washington No. 15 in the world

The University of Washington moved up one position to No. 15 on the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which was released Friday. The UW ranked 13th among U.S. universities and fourth among public institutions worldwide. The ranking considers several indicators…

StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for blind riders

A UW study found that StopInfo, a new hub for bus stop information in the OneBusAway app, is helpful for blind riders and can promote spontaneous and unfamiliar travel. A UW research team launched the program recently in collaboration with King County Metro.

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August 16, 2014

Virginity pledges for men can lead to sexual confusion — even after the wedding day

Young men receiving support after they pledge to abstain from sex until marriage, can find themselves without advisors and help once they do marry.

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August 15, 2014

Research from 1960s shakes up understanding of West Coast earthquakes

A new study used seabed samples collected by UW graduate students in the late 1960s to question current interpretations of earthquake frequency along the West Coast.

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August 14, 2014

Stardust sample analysis finds likely interstellar dust

The Stardust mission, the brainchild of a UW astronomer, enlisted help from thousands of citizen scientists to find likely evidence of interstellar dust.

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Seymour Rabinovitch leaves a long UW legacy in chemistry

Seymour Rabinovitch, 95, a professor emeritus who spent four decades in the UW Chemistry Department, died Aug. 2.

August 13, 2014

Snow has thinned on Arctic sea ice

Historic observations and NASA airborne data provide a decades-long record showing that the snowpack on Arctic sea ice is thinning.

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August 8, 2014

David Briggs remembrance Aug. 17 at UW

David Briggs, professor emeritus of environmental and forest sciences, will be remembered Sunday, Aug. 17 at the University of Washington Club.

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Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Niño cycles

Piles of ancient shells provide the first reliable long-term record for the powerful driver of year-to-year climate changes. Results show that the El Niños 10,000 years ago were as strong and frequent as they are today.

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August 7, 2014

Ocean’s most oxygen-deprived zones to shrink under climate change

Predictions that the lowest-oxygen environments in the ocean will get worse may not come to pass. UW research shows climate change, by weakening the trade winds, will shrink these extremely low-oxygen waters.

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Rebuilding part of the Large Hadron Collider – with Legos

UW students used Legos to build a replica of the Atlas detector, part of the Large Hadron Collider that made physics history. (With video)

August 6, 2014

Penguins at risk world over, scientists urge new strategies

Scientists writing in the current issue of Conservation Biology call for marine protected areas and partially protected areas to help penguins cope.

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August 5, 2014

Funding approval a big step forward for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

With a key funding approval, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, an international astronomy project of which the University of Washington is a founding member, is taking a major step toward becoming a reality.

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August 4, 2014

No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel Internet of Things reality

University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to battery-free devices.

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August 1, 2014

Determination of non-significance — UW Police Department Facility

University of Washington — Determination of non-significance (DNS) Project Name: UW Police Department Facility Description of Proposal: Construction of a proposed three-story (two above-grade levels plus a basement), approximately 29,241-gross square foot building. The building would provide space for approximately 93 staff members and would include offices, a dispatch/communications center, records storage, identification lab, evidence…

A unique lab class: UW students explore nation’s largest dam removal

A spring research apprenticeship course had nine undergraduates living at Friday Harbor Labs and studying what will happen to sediment released by dam removals on the Elwha River.

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July 31, 2014

Rovy Branon named vice provost for UW Educational Outreach

University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today the selection of Rovy Branon as the new vice provost for UW Educational Outreach, effective Oct. 15, 2014. The appointment is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents. “Rovy Branon’s prior leadership experiences make him uniquely qualified for this…

Companion planets can increase old worlds’ chance at life

Having a companion in old age is good for people — and, it turns out, might extend the chance for life on certain Earth-sized planets in the cosmos as well.

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July 30, 2014

Availability of a draft environmental impact statement — Animal Research and Care Facility

Project Name: Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) Proponent: University of Washington Description: The University is proposing to construct a new state of the art” two-story below-grade structure approximately 96,000 square feet of building development to replace currently non-compliant facilities and provide centralized holding and procedure space for the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) and…

Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV

University of Washington bioengineers have discovered a potentially faster way to deliver a topical drug that protects women from contracting HIV. Their method spins the drug into silk-like fibers that quickly dissolve when in contact with moisture, releasing higher doses of the drug than possible with other materials.

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July 29, 2014

UW sophomore part of America’s Got Talent tonight

A UW student takes center stage on America’s Got Talent. (With video)

Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

The first measurements of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean recorded house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. More sensors are going out this summer to study waves in newly ice-free Arctic waters.

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Health Sciences News Digest 7.29.2014

News from the UW Health Sciences: Alzheimer’s impact on our aging population, hunger cues, trauma treatment study, avoiding burnout, training new neuroscientists, an AIDS-free generation

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July 28, 2014

UW alum, Bremerton native wins global architecture award

World-renowned architect and UW alumnus Steven Holl recently received a 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in architecture, joining the likes of I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.

More than half of new state academy of sciences members are UW faculty

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has added 18 new members, 10 from the University of Washington.

New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer’s, related diseases

University of Washington bioengineers have a designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins into a state that’s linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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July 25, 2014

News Digest: Honors: Christopher Adolph and Ruth Johnston

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

Budget or bust: Primer on public finance teaches government officials the basics

Many newly elected or appointed officials arrive knowing next to nothing about public finance. That’s why Justin Marlowe of the Evans School of Public Affairs wrote this basic guide to public finance.

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