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June 20, 2013

Faculty Field Tour gives new faculty bird’s eye view of state

The Faculty Field Tour, which offers new faculty a bird’s eye view of the state’s varied geography, industry and inhabitants, is resuming this year after a four-year hiatus due to budget cuts.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision June 13 to bar the patenting of naturally occurring genes opens up important clinical testing options for a variety of diseases.

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June 19, 2013

The solar system’s future is dicey, and it began in chaos

Determination of Non-Significance — Grading Adjacent to Baseball Complex

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON — DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE (DNS) Project Name: Grading Adjacent to Baseball Complex Description of Proposal: The project involves grading an area approximately 3500 square feet south of the existing Baseball Field.  Approximately 2500 cubic yards of clean fill material will be placed over an extended pipe in an existing man-made ditch.  The…

UW seventh in world for articles in Nature and Nature’s research journals

The University of Washington has been ranked seventh in the world for the number of journal articles published in 2012 in Nature or one of Nature’s main monthly research journals, some of the most widely cited journals in science.

Detour ahead: Cities, farms reroute animals seeking cooler climes

In the first broad-scale study of its kind, UW led research finds half a dozen regions that could provide some of the Western Hemisphere’s more heavily used thoroughfares for mammals, birds and amphibians seeking cooler environments in a warming world.

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June 17, 2013

Fiber-optic pen helps see inside brains of children with learning disabilities

For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.

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June 15, 2013

Photo Gallery: 2013 UW Commencement

Other Galleries UW Bothell UW Tacoma The University of Washington celebrated its 138th Commencement on June 15, 2013 at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Governor of Utah, was the featured speaker. Photos by Mary Levin / University of Washington

June 14, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: Alfred Binet’s IQ test, 1905

With students huddled over spring quarter finals campuswide, the latest podcast in the Documents that Changed the World series seems particularly timely: It’s about intelligence testing.

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Awards of Excellence ceremony recognizes colleagues, distinguished alumni, top scholars

Individuals who have made important contributions to the UW were honored June 13 at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.

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UW geneticist flying high over Supreme Court ruling

June 13, 2013

President Young appoints Sexual Assault Task Force

UW President Michael K. Young has appointed a task force that will provide a comprehensive report on programs for prevention of and response to sexual assault among students.

Philip Howard’s new book explores digital media role in Arab Spring

Philip Howard, associate professor of communication, answers a few questions about his book with doctoral student Muzammil Hussain, “Demoracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.”

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UW research: World population could be nearly 11 billion by 2100

A new United Nations analysis, using statistical methods developed at the University of Washington, shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, about 800 million more people than the previous projection issued in 2011.

June 12, 2013

Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper, greener to produce

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a material they say would make LEDs cheaper and greener to manufacture, driving down costs to consumers.

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June 11, 2013

Chuck Sloane selected as university ombud

University of Washington President Michael K. Young has selected Chuck Sloane to be University Ombud, starting this July.

138th Commencement for UW’s Seattle campus — 1:30 p.m. June 15 at CenturyLink Field

About 5,000 graduates, a record number, are expected to attend the University of Washington commencement ceremonies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on June 15.

News Digest: Awards of Excellence program and reception Thursday, Honor: Estella Leopold

Awards recognize faculty, staff, alumni, top scholars || Paleontological Society gives highest honor to Estella Leopold

New tasks become as simple as waving a hand with brain-computer interfaces

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that when humans use brain-computer interfaces, the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball or waving. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.

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June 10, 2013

UW Professional and Continuing Education celebrates centennial with Dale Chihuly art at UW Tower

UW Professional and Continuing Education marked its 100th birthday in grand style today (June 10) with the announcement of an extraordinary glass sculpture from a UW alumnus who is also among the biggest names in art: Dale Chihuly.

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Public Hearing Set for Proposed Changes in Event Parking Rates

A public hearing to discuss proposed changes to event parking rates is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 from 9-10 am in Anderson Hall, Room 10. All members of the UW community are encouraged to attend.

June 7, 2013

Board of Regents — June 13 Meeting Announcement

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 13, at 1pm in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library.  The full agenda is available online.

Treks reveal distinctive forests of Cascade Mountains — with photo gallery

In “Spring Comes to the Cascades,” students don’t just read about the forests – they hike and snowshoe through them.

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June 6, 2013

Measuring the impact of research

Pollution in Northern Hemisphere helped cause 1980s African drought

Air pollution in the Northern Hemisphere in the mid-20th century cooled the upper half of the planet and pushed rain bands south, contributing to the prolonged and worsening drought in Africa’s Sahel region. Clean air legislation in the 1980s reversed the trend and the drought lessened.

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June 5, 2013

Congolese rape survivors helped by cognitive processing therapy

Short-term therapy from paraprofessionals improved the mental health of Congolese women who suffered sexual violence.

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Arts Roundup: Drama, art, music — and the Burke celebrates female artisans with ‘Empowering Women’

Even as spring quarter winds down, there’s lots to see. The Burke Museum has a new exhibit, the School of Music presents its combined bands with the University Symphony, and two plays at the School of Drama conclude their runs.

A walking revolution helps older adults get and stay active

Older adults are assessing their neighborhoods to make them more amenable to a favorite physical activity: walking.

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Kyle MacLachlan calls his UW actor training ‘essential’

June 4, 2013

Scientists resolve a 3.5 billion-year-old mystery of life

New research demonstrates that life as we know it might never have come to exist on Earth if meteorites didn’t deliver a key element billions of years ago.

Two wheels, four days: UW hosts international symposium on bicycling

The UW will become the global capital of bicycling when scores of scholars, policymakers, analysts and activists come to campus for the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, June 19-22.

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Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home

University of Washington researchers have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.

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June 3, 2013

UW honored for quality, efficiency and service by national organization

The University of Washington was one of two universities that received national recognition for “best practices that have broad impact within the higher education community.”

Diversity graduation requirement for UW undergraduates approved

A long-time student-led effort to pass a diversity course requirement for all University of Washington undergraduates has come to fruition.

Rethinking research: What’s ethics got to do with it?

June 2, 2013

New book tells stirring story of UW crew winning Olympic gold

In 1936, when Jesse Owens made headlines by winning Olympic gold in front of Adolf Hitler, nine University of Washington rowers improbably did the same in competition that had been dominated by Germany. An upcoming book vividly tells the tale.

May 30, 2013

Transportation fuels from woody biomass promising way to reduce emissions

Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels.

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Arts roundup: Exhibits, one-act plays, music aplenty — and undergraduates stage Hitchcock

Late spring is perhaps the busiest time for arts at the UW. This week, ongoing productions and exhibits, plus a production of “The 39 Steps” and lots of music — including the powerful, 100-voice UW Gospel Choir.

News Digest: Seattle Science Festival June 6-16, Honor: Alison Wylie, Charles Wolfe e-book

UW part of second Seattle Science Festival || Alison Wylie honored by Society for Women in Philosophy || Sustainability studied in Charles Wolfe’s ‘Urbanism Without Effort’

Big feet preference in rural Indonesia defies one-size-fits-all theory of attractiveness

In most cultures, a woman’s small feet are seen as a sign of youth and fertility, but that’s not true of all cultures, including the Karo Batak on the island of Sumatra.

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