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August 16, 2013

News Digest: New annual-leave sharing program for organ donors, Honor: Allan Devol and Barbara Hickey

UW launches annual-leave sharing program for organ donors || UW oceanographers named AGU Fellows

UW Dentistry tackles a job for Huskies: mouth guards

The winning smiles of the UW Huskies will be protected on the football field with customized mouth guards from UW Pediatric Dentistry.

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Helping Puget Sound shed its armor

August 14, 2013

Scientists want a detailed picture of Mount St. Helens’ plumbing

Earth scientists are laying plans for a two-year study designed to develop a better understanding of how Mount St. Helens gets its supply of volcanic magma.

UW geographer devises a way for China to resolve its ‘immigration’ dilemma

University of Washington geographer Kam Wing Chan is in China this week, explaining how that country can dismantle its 55-year-old system that limits rural laborers from moving to and settling in cities and qualifying for basic social benefits.

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Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

New ice core research shows that the warming that ended the last ice age in Antarctica began at least 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

UW garners highest score possible, named again to Green Honor Roll

The University of Washington has again been named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, receiving the highest score possible for the 2012-13 academic year.

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August 13, 2013

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

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August 12, 2013

A chilly epic: Biologist Julia Sidorova’s novel, ‘The Age of Ice’

Julia Sidorova, research scientist for the UW Department of Pathology, discusses her debut novel, “The Age of Ice.” She’ll be at the Elliot Bay Book Company at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Progress made in linking some forms of epilepsy to genetics

Some epilepsy patients who have both seizures and speech abnormalities share something else in common — mutations on the same gene.

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August 8, 2013

Ocean acidification center another example of state leading the nation

Washington’s governor and state legislators in the last session created a hub at the University of Washington to coordinate research and monitoring of ocean acidification and its effects on local sea life such as oysters, clams and fish.

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Dementia risk tied to blood sugar

August 7, 2013

Washington’s housing market strengthens in second quarter of 2013

Washington state’s housing market continued to advance in the April-June quarter, with four consecutive monthly improvements in home sales activity.

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Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

UW researchers have discovered a high-performance polymer that could make inexpensive, organic solar cells competitive with silicon-based cells.

UW researchers report on genome of aggressive cervical cancer that killed Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was the subject of bestselling book on the HeLa immortal cell line, the most used of its kind in labs around the world. The UW scientists are the first to publish under new policy, established through agreement with Lacks’ family.

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August 6, 2013

News Digest: UW wins two CASE awards, cosmic ray detectors being assembled, informant testimony questioned, Honor: Charles Johnson

UW wins two Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards || Local high school students, teachers assembling cosmic ray detectors || Triple exoneration aided by UW’s Innocence Project Northwest || Charles Johnson recipient of Humanities Washington Award

Documents that Changed the World: Einstein’s letter to FDR, 1939

The latest installment in the popular podcast series by Joe Janes of the UW Information School is about the famous physicist being persuaded to warn FDR of a growing atomic threat from Germany.

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August 5, 2013

Compile and create: Early book collecting examined in Jeffrey Todd Knight’s ‘Bound to Read’

Jeffrey Todd Knight, UW professor of English, discusses his new book, “Bound to Read: Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature.”

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Abused children found to smoke more as teens and adults

Researchers have long suspected some kind of link between childhood abuse and smoking. But in an interesting twist, UW researchers found a connection not between whether or not an abused child will ever begin smoking, but to how much they smoke once they do start.

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August 1, 2013

Brain chemistry changes in children with autism offer clues to earlier detection and intervention

Between ages three and 10, children with autism spectrum disorder exhibit distinct brain chemical changes that differ from children with developmental delays and children with typical development.

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Burnt sugar-derivative reduces muscle wasting in fly and mouse models of muscular dystrophy

A trace substance in caramelized sugar, when purified and given in appropriate doses, improves muscle regeneration in insect and animal models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Scientists review the ecological effects of sea ice loss

A UW atmospheric scientist is co-author of a review paper, published this week in the journal Science, looking at the ecological consequences of sea ice decline.

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Lost and Found Film: ‘History and Industry, 1965’

The title of the latest Lost and Found Film — “History and Industry, 1965” gives away the “where” and the “when” of the mystery footage —it’s the “what” and “why” parts that film archivist Hannah Palin is interested in.

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July 31, 2013

University presidents urge President Obama, Congress to address “innovation deficit”

University of Washington President Michael K. Young today joined more than 160 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.”

July 30, 2013

Fifty years of ecological insights earn UW biologist international award

Biologist Robert Paine has been awarded this year’s International Cosmos Prize that carries a cash award of about $408,000 and has previously gone to well-known conservationists such as David Attenborough and the leaders behind the Census of Marine Life project.

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Santa’s workshop not flooded – but lots of melting in the Arctic

Widespread media reports of a lake at the North Pole don’t hold water — but scientists who deployed the monitoring buoys are watching closely as Arctic sea ice approaches its yearly minimum.

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July 29, 2013

Planetary ‘runaway greenhouse’ more easily triggered, research shows

It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research.

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Natural affinities – unrecognized until now – may have set stage for life to ignite

It might not have been just happenstance that caused components of RNA and the earliest “cell” membranes to be in the right place at the right time to spark life.

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UW welcomes Denzil Suite, vice president for student life

The University of Washington on July 29 welcomed Denzil Suite as vice president for student life.

July 28, 2013

Breakthrough in detecting DNA mutations could help treat tuberculosis, cancer

Researchers have developed a new method that can look at a specific segment of DNA and pinpoint a single mutation, which could help diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis.

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July 25, 2013

Dental school mourns alumnus Dr. Vincent G. Kokich

The Northwest has the best summer in the nation. But why?

University of Washington ranked eighth in country by Forbes

The University of Washington was ranked eighth among public universities in the country (excluding federally-funded military academies) in the quality of undergraduate education, according to Forbes.

Video: Building the Galapagos penguin population

July 24, 2013

Fish-ear bones offer clues to health of ocean, species

Literary arts: Discarded books become art in UW Summer Youth Programs class

Can a book be a sculpture? Sure — at UW Summer Youth Programs, it’s all part of the creative process.

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July 23, 2013

Pain of artificial legs could be eased by real-time monitoring

University of Washington engineers have developed a device that tracks how much a person’s limb swells and shrinks when inside a prosthetic socket. The data could help doctors and patients predict how and when their limbs will swell, which could be used to build smarter sockets.

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July 22, 2013

Geochemical ‘fingerprints’ leave evidence that megafloods eroded steep gorge

For the first time, scientists have direct geochemical evidence that the 150-mile long Tsangpo Gorge, possibly the world’s deepest, was the conduit by which megafloods from glacial lakes, perhaps half the volume of Lake Erie, drained catastrophically through the Himalayas when their ice dams failed during the last 2 million years.

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July 19, 2013

Nighttime heat waves quadruple in Pacific Northwest

Nighttime heat waves — events where the nighttime low is unusually hot for at least three days in a row — are becoming more common in western Washington and Oregon.

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July 18, 2013

Board of Regents — August 8 Meeting Canceled

The meeting of the Board of Regents for Thursday, August 8, is canceled. The next Regular Meeting of the Board is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library.  Agendas and schedule will be available after noon on Friday, Sept. 6.

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