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May 6, 2013

UW study: Exercise cuts women’s kidney stone risk

New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes

A new device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples to help with genome sequencing, disease diagnosis and forensic investigations.

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May 2, 2013

News briefs: Bike to campus month, drag-racing math, campus tree prize

May is bike to campus month || Math at top speed: Exploding drag racing myths || UW recognized for campus tree management

Mountain going solo in May; time for fountain tune up

The mountain is going to have to go it alone when the fountain is shut down this month for routine maintenance.

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Arts Roundup: Art, the music of Charles Ives — and privacy goes public with Facebook-fueled ‘Sanctum’

“Sanctum” by James Coupe and Juan Pampin opens at the Henry Art Gallery and the School of Music celebrates the life and music of Charles Ives.

May 1, 2013

2013 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

The UW has announced this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients, recognizing achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support.

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National Academy of Sciences selects Mary Lidstrom, David Kaplan

Mary Lidstrom and David Kaplan are among the 84 new members announced by National Academy of Sciences.

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Notice of Expedited Rule Making: Housekeeping amendments

Notice of Expedited Rule Making (Per RCW 34.05.353) Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Housekeeping amendments to WAC 478-120-020, 478-120-140, and 478-124-020. Statutory Authority for Adoption and Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28B.20.130. Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: In both WAC 478-120-020 and 478-124-020 one subsection…

April 30, 2013

The challenge of finding what challenges students

A yearlong project to learn how UW students were being challenged academically in their majors attracted volunteers from 33 degree-granting departments and programs.

Tactics of new Middle East virus suggest treating by altering lung cells’ response to infection

The Erasmus virus resets 207 genes in lung cells to hamper the cells’ ability to launch an antiviral reaction. Available drugs might correct this sabotage.

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April 29, 2013

Blast concussions could cause pituitary deficiencies in war vets

Low pituitary hormone levels can mimic symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome, but are easily treated.

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Dinosaur predecessors gain ground in wake of world’s biggest biodiversity crisis — with photo gallery

Newly discovered fossils reveal a lineage of animals thought to have led to dinosaurs taking hold in Tanzania and Zambia, many millions of years before dinosaur relatives were seen in the fossil record elsewhere on Earth.

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Arts and sciences academy selects Eggers, Moon

UW faculty members Susan Eggers and Randall Moon have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Grocery delivery service is greener than driving to the store

New University of Washington research shows it’s much more environmentally friendly to leave the car parked at home and opt for groceries delivered to your doorstep.

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April 25, 2013

Arts Roundup: Student music and art, a staged Western — and wind ensemble (with tuba)

Art students show their work, music students play jazz with famous guests, the Burke invites all for a celebration of Salish Coast art, and more.

Also, the School of Music’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band unite for an evening of music featuring a tuba concerto, of course.

Astronomer studies far-off worlds through ‘characterization by proxy’

A UW astronomer is using Earth’s interstellar neighbors to learn the nature of certain stars too far away to be directly measured or observed, and the planets they may host.

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Keeping beverages cool in summer: It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity

Drops forming on the outside of your drink don’t just make the can slippery. Experiments show that in hot, humid weather, condensation heats a drink more than the surrounding air.

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UW students pitch business plans in competition

April 24, 2013

Air pollution may harden arteries

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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