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April 24, 2013

Carlos Gil tells family story in memoir, ‘We Became Mexican American’

A conversation with Carlos Gil, UW professor emeritus of history and author of the memoir “We Became Mexican American.”

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April 23, 2013

A greener concrete? UW-led coalition seeks to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint

Concrete is used to build streets, bridges, buildings, dams and driveways — and it lasts a very long time — but what if concrete could be made with a 50 percent smaller carbon footprint?

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Workers Memorial Day event takes place April 24 at HUB Lyceum

The 65 workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington state this past year will be remembered at a UW event promoting safer workplaces.

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Robots, solar-powered cars at Engineering Discovery Days, April 26-27

Engineering Discovery Days is April 26-27 at the UW campus and will feature exhibits and demonstrations from engineering departments and student groups.

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April 22, 2013

Professor of computer science and engineering remembered through UW scholarship fund

David Notkin, University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, died April 22. He was 58.

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New book explores fragile status of world’s penguins

Wayne C. Roth, president and general manager of KUOW, to retire after 30 years

Wayne C. Roth, president and general manager of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, has announced that he will retire this September.

News Digest: Husky Green Awards, oceanbound on Earth Day, join Trash-in Wednesday, spring-clean your inbox

Husky Green Awards announced at kick-off || Expedition oceanbound on Earth Day || Annual ‘UW Trash-In’ event Wednesday || Tips to spring-clean your inbox

‘Rare Earth’ redux: Moon is key to our existence

April 19, 2013

Roboticists discover the secret of insect flight

A UW biologist is among scientists who have found that the abdominal movements of some insects play a large role in flight control.

April 18, 2013

HuskyFest, Earth Day activities fill Red Square Friday

Join in Friday during HuskyFest and kick-off activities for Earth Day.

Arts Roundup: Drama, art — and a student-run jazz festival

The School of Drama continues its Western, music Professor Robin McCabe and sister Rachelle McCabe perform works for piano, and jazzman Bill Frisell visits for the fifth-annual IMPfest.

Astronomers discover five-planet system with most Earth-like exoplanet yet

A University of Washington astronomer has discovered perhaps the most Earth-like planet yet found outside the solar system by the Kepler Space Telescope.

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April 17, 2013

A key to mass extinctions could boost food, biofuel production

A substance implicated in several mass extinctions could greatly enhance plant growth, with implications for global food supplies biofuels, new UW research shows.

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April 15, 2013

Preparing to install the world’s largest underwater observatory

Engineers at the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory are under pressure to build and test parts for installation this summer in the world’s largest deep-ocean observatory off the Washington and Oregon coasts.

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Jon Huntsman selected as UW Commencement speaker

Jon Huntsman, who has spent more than two decades in public service, will be the featured speaker at the UW’s 2013 Commencement exercises

High glucose levels could impair ferroelectricity in body’s connective tissues

Researchers found that a protein in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract can lose their functionality when exposed to sugar.

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April 14, 2013

Recent Antarctic climate, glacier changes at the ‘upper bound’ of normal

In recent decades the thinning of glaciers at the edge of Antarctica has accelerated, but new UW-led research indicates the changes, though dramatic, cannot be confidently attributed to human-caused global warming.

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April 12, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day at the Arboretum

New device could cut costs on household products, pharmaceuticals

A new procedure that thickens and thins fluid at the micron level could save consumers and manufacturers money, particularly for some soap products.

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Tsunami debris could be found in Washington’s annual beach cleanup

The annual beach cleanup may turn up new items from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan more than two years ago and sent objects to the Washington coast.

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Airlift Northwest will station a Turbo Commander aircraft in Juneau

The new Turbo Commander aircraft will allow the medical transport service to reach more people living in outlying rural areas of Southwest Alaska.

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April 11, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, art — and a Western from the School of Drama

This week brings art exhibits, lectures and several events from the UW School of Music, and the School of Drama wrangles the Western genre for a six-part, ensemble-created show.

Space-age domes offer a window on ocean acidification

At Friday Harbor Labs, students are conducting a three-week study on the effects of ocean acidification using a strategy that’s midway between a controlled lab test and an open-ocean experiment.

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Senate confirms Sally Jewell as Interior secretary

UW musician finds key to solving saxophone discord

Tuberculosis fighter and promoter reveals what’s behind its split identity

Latest research findings suggest the possibility of reverting TB hyper-susceptibility to TB hyper-resistance.

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April 10, 2013

Burke Museum Herbarium launches new wildflower app

The “Washington Wildflowers” app, out this week, includes information for more than 870 common wildflowers, shrubs and vines.

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Bringing art to Arctic narwhal research

April 8, 2013

News Digest: Police department open house, Magnuson scholars named, ethics of health care ‘migration’

Police department open house April 17 || 2013 Magnuson Scholars named || Bioethicists to discuss ethics of health care ‘migration’

New book explores Harry Truman’s record on civil liberties

A few questions for Richard Kirkendall, UW professor emeritus of history and editor of the new book, “Civil Liberties and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman.”

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April 5, 2013

World renowned brain cancer researcher to join UW Medicine

Neurosurgeon Eric Holland has been recruited to establish a preeminent brain cancer program at UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.

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April 4, 2013

Explore global health through the arts during Global Health Week

Dance, photography, cinema, theater and music will convey how the arts can make a difference in public health.

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Arts Roundup: Music, art, fiction — and the Burke Museum’s ‘Coast Salish Weekend’

There’s much to see and hear on campus as spring quarter begins — music. art, lectures and fiction — even though the true campus stars are the cherry blossoms.

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Listening to the Big Bang – in high fidelity (audio)

A UW physicist has used new satellite data to update his decade-old recreation of the sound of the Big Bang at the birth of the universe.

Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

Astronauts could be a step closer to a fast journey to Mars using a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion devised by UW scientists and those at a Redmond company.

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April 3, 2013

UW group part of national report, meeting on adaptation to climate change

The UW’s Climate Impacts Group is part of a national report and first-ever national meeting on adapting to the effects of a changing climate.

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Brain cell signal network genes linked to schizophrenia risk in families

The genetic variants disturb the functioning of the same brain signal receptors affected by hallucinogenic drugs.

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Safety emphasis cuts UW’s major construction injuries to less than 2 percent

Construction can be a dangerous business, and there’s always plenty of it happening at the University of Washington, from remodeling a section of one building to refurbishing an entire building or erecting a new one. A decade ago, when the Capital Projects Office began keeping tabs on worker injuries, it was estimated that 12 of…

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