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May 8, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: Airline ‘black box’ flight data recorder, 1958

Recent headlines sadly explain why Joe Janes chose the latest installment in his Documents that Changed the World podcast series — he’s writing about airline flight data recorders, or “black boxes.”

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Army drug users twice as likely to use synthetic marijuana as regular marijuana

Social work researchers from the University of Washington have found that among a group of active-duty Army personnel who use illicit drugs, the most abused substance is synthetic marijuana, nicknamed “Spice,” which is harder to detect than other drugs through standard drug tests.

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May 7, 2014

UW building teleoperated robots for disaster response in national challenge

University of Washington electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. They are working with a large team as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge, an initiative that encourages new technologies that help society in our increasingly connected world.

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Greenland melting due equally to global warming, natural variations

Up to half of the recent warming in Greenland and surrounding areas may be due to climate variations that originate in the tropical Pacific and are not connected with the overall warming of the planet. Still, at least half the warming remains attributable to global warming caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions.

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Arts Roundup: Dance, music – and IMPFest

This week, enjoy a bevy of events that range from the Painting + Drawing exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery to IMPFest at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse.

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UW student briefs lawmakers on global land use, touts undergrad research

At an event in Washington, D.C. a UW biology student presented her research into the global connections between consumers and goods that come from agriculture and forest production.

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May 6, 2014

UW scientist a lead author on third National Climate Assessment

University of Washington climate scientist Amy Snover is one of two lead authors for the Northwest chapter of the newly published National Climate Assessment.

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Health sciences digest: Drug pricing uproar, antioxidant dangers

The latest news from the UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine:   What price for a cure? The economics of drug pricing The uproar against the $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, generic name sofosbuvir, may signal a turning point in drug pricing in the United States.  Purchasers appear to be pushing back and saying, “No.”…

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Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries

More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms each year. A University of Washington researcher has found that a 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury.

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May 5, 2014

Board of Regents — May 8 Regular Meeting

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, May 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Petersen Room of Allen Library. The full agenda is available online.

Hundreds seek confidential, objective advice from UW Ombud

Career transitions, conflicts with colleagues, grades, student housing and more are issues that arise for the UW Office of the Ombud, which has released an annual report detailing the scope of their work during 2013.

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Memorial May 14 for Information School’s Eliza Dresang

Eliza Dresang, a well-loved professor in the University of Washington Information School, died on Monday, April 21. She is remembered as a respected friend, colleague, teacher and community member. She was 72. There will be a campus memorial for Dresang from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Husky Union Building Lyceum (room…

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May 2, 2014

Public Hearing Notice

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at Noon on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Room 142 of Gerberding Hall, on the UW Seattle campus.  The purpose of the hearing is to allow all interested persons an opportunity to present their views, either orally or in writing, on the proposed amendments…

Teaching kids the language behind their devices — Code.org co-founder to speak

Hadi Partovi of Code.org will talk May 8 at UW’s Seattle campus about the impact of the Hour of Code and what parents, educators and policymakers in Washington state can do to prepare students for science, technology, math and engineering jobs.

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Healing art at Hall Health

What began as an effort to “make the walls look pretty” after renovations has become an eclectic permanent collection of art by students, staff and faculty at UW Medicine’s Hall Health Center.

And a couple of times a year, Mark Shaw, the center’s director of health promotion, arranges exactly that. The next Hall Health Art Walk will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 6.

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May 1, 2014

Todd London named new executive director of UW School of Drama

Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists, a playwriting center in New York, has been named the new executive director of the University of Washington School of Drama.

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Amphibians in a vise: Climate change robs frogs, salamanders of refuge

Amphibians in the West’s high-mountain areas find themselves caught between climate-induced habitat loss and predation from introduced fish. A novel combination of tools could help weigh where amphibians are in the most need of help.

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April 30, 2014

Arts Roundup: Lectures, music– and Alonzo King LINES Ballet

The forecast is looking bright not only in relation to the weather but also for the arts on campus!

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See National Ocean Sciences Bowl put the M (for “marine”) in STEMM

The Super Bowl of high school marine studies, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, takes place this weekend on the UW campus. The theme of this year’s event is ocean acidification.

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Stem cell therapy regenerates heart muscle in primates

Regenerative medicine researchers successfully attempted stem cell therapy to repair damaged heart muscle in non-human primates.

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April 29, 2014

Health Digest: Infant immunization, worker memorial, malaria and AirCare

Health Digest is a selection of recent news and features from the UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine.

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Benjamin Hall, Eric D’Asaro elected to National Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Hall and Eric D’Asaro are among the 84 new members elected fellows the National Academy of Sciences.

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April 25, 2014

Online ‘Legislative Explorer’ uses big data to track decades of lawmaking

University of Washington political scientist John Wilkerson has matched data visualization with the study of lawmaking to create a new online tool for researchers and students called the Legislative Explorer. Think of it as big data meeting up with How a Bill Becomes a Law. “The goal was to get beyond the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ narrative…

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Worker struggles, immigrant rights topic of social work series in May

The UW School of Social Work will host the series “Working Together for Labor Justice” during Labor History Month in May.

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April 24, 2014

Determination of Significance and Request for Comments on Scope of SEIS — Animal Research and Care Facility

University of Washington Determination of Significance and Request for Comments on Scope of SEIS Project Name: Animal Research and Care Facility Proponent: University of Washington Description of Proposal: Construction of a two-story, below-grade building, connecting to both the Foege Building and Hitchcock Hall at the first level below grade. The facility will provide flexible housing…

Roger Roffman chronicles society’s long struggle with pot in ‘Marijuana Nation’

Roger Roffman, UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years, talks about his new book, “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.”

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April 23, 2014

Academy of arts and sciences inducting Franklin, Fine

Jerry Franklin and Arthur Fine have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Arts Roundup: Exhibitions, music – and the Kollar American Art Lecture

As we step into spring it’s a busy week for the arts on campus and we encourage you to take advantage of the many performances, exhibitions and lectures now happening.

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Fisheries act, up for reauthorization, subject of UW symposium

The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the subject of this year’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.

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Thousands on campus for Engineering Discovery Days, April 25-26

Engineers and scientists at the University of Washington will display their most engaging research and projects Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, during the annual Engineering Discovery Days, which is free and open to the public.

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April 22, 2014

Health Digest: ‘One Health,’ OB-GYN comments, labs study ‘green’-ness

Health Digest is UW Today’s round-up of news stories from UW Health Sciences.

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News digest: Burke-Gilman detours, Honor: McCarthy, provost town hall, Honors: Sutton and Loveland, Green UW

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

Doug Underwood scouts border between fiction, journalism in new book

Doug Underwood, UW professor of communication, discusses his latest book, “The Undeclared War between Fiction and Journalism: Journalists as Genre Benders in Literary History.”

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April 21, 2014

Campus events Earth Day, April 22

Network with representatives of environmentally minded campus units and learn who won this year’s Husky Green Awards during Earth Day activities Tuesday on the HUB lawn.

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‘Upside-down planet’ reveals new method for studying binary star systems

What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a UW student astronomer.

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April 18, 2014

UW moving to online course evaluations to save paper, money

The University of Washington is expanding online course evaluations to reduce its use of paper. The online evaluations are expected to save the university tens of thousands of dollars every year in paper costs while giving faculty and administrators more direct access to evaluation results.

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April 17, 2014

2014 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

UW recognizes achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support.

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April 16, 2014

Arts Roundup: Film, University Symphony – and ‘The Beggar’s Opera’

There’s much to see and do this week in the arts. Join the Burke Museum this Saturday for Native Arts and Artists Day or Head to the Jones Playhouse for the debut of “The Beggar’s Opera” presented by the UW School of Drama.

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Metoyer to present 10th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

In her lecture “Are We There Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education,” Metoyer will talk about the historic development of Native Americans in higher education.

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April 15, 2014

UW requires licensees to sign Bangladesh Accord

UW licensees who source, produce or buy apparel in Bangladesh are now required to become signatories to The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

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