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March 7, 2013

Tracking sediments’ fate in largest-ever dam removal

Any day now, the world’s largest dam-removal project will release a century’s worth of sediment . For geologists, it’s a unique opportunity to study natural and engineered river systems.

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Arts Roundup: Music, opera, drama — and dinosaurs

Lots of music this week, plus “Cyrano” continues and the Burke Museum holds Dino Day, a family-friendly event 65 million years in the making.

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March 6, 2013

UW nautilus expedition may have spied new species

A University of Washington research team has captured color photographs of what could be a previously undocumented species of chambered nautilus, a cephalopod mollusk often classified as a “living fossil,” in the waters off American Samoa in the South Pacific. “This is certainly a new taxon, but we are not sure if it is a…

Kate Starbird’s new path leads to UW

Crow slumber party at UW Bothell

March 5, 2013

News Digest: UW students speak at Town Hall, nominations due, celebrate Philosophy in Schools program, tobacco cessation help

UW Science Now kicks off at Town Hall tonight || Celebrating UW Women nominations due March 11 || Nominations sought for fourth annual Husky Green Awards || Grade-school students take on philosophy in panel discussion || Hall Health Center expands tobacco cessation program

March 4, 2013

United States lags behind many developed countries on key health measures

A public symposium on the Global Burden of Diseases study will be held on campus Monday, March 11.

Lost and Found Films: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge and more, 1940

“Governor’s Day 2,” a six-minute montage of colorful campus scenes, is the latest in the Lost and Found Films series, where readers help identify snippets of UW footage.

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‘True grit’ erodes assumptions about evolution

New work in Argentina where scientists had previously thought Earth’s first grasslands emerged 38 million years ago, shows the area at the time covered with tropical forests rich with palms, bamboos and gingers. Grit and volcanic ash in those forests could have caused the evolution of teeth in horse-like animals that scientists mistakenly thought were adaptations in response to emerging grasslands.

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February 28, 2013

Arts Roundup: Dance, art, music, lectures — and students stage ‘Cyrano’

This week the Undergraduate Theater Society stages the Cyrano de Bergerac story and the School of Drama performs “Pentecost.” There’s also the 2013 Dance Majors Concert.

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Changes in cloud distribution explain some weather patterns

Regional cloud changes may be as important for climate change as the overall amount of cloud cover.

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February 27, 2013

Tusk tracking will tackle illegal trade

UW biologist to push for more forensic testing of seized ivory to help track down poachers, slow elephant slaughter.

Women Who Rock (un)conference, launch of oral history archive – with video

The Women Who Rock Project, a collaboration between University of Washington and the community organizers, will hold its third “unconference” combined with the launch of its oral history archive March 9.

Contaminated diet contributes to phthalate and bisphenol A exposure

People are exposed to these endocrine-disrupting chemicals even if they eat an organic diet and do not store, prepare or cook in plastic containers.

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Bundle up for Polar Science Weekend at Pacific Science Center

The annual Polar Science Weekend, featuring many UW students and faculty, takes place tomorrow through Sunday at Pacific Science Center.

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February 26, 2013

Michael B. Bragg selected as dean of UW College of Engineering

Michael B. Bragg, professor and interim engineering dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as dean of the UW College of Engineering.

February 25, 2013

Eric Ames’ new book focuses on filmmaker Werner Herzog

Eric Ames, UW associate professor of Germanics, discusses his new book about filmmaker Werner Herzog.

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UW undergraduates embark on three-week research cruise off Japan

Eleven UW undergraduates leave today on an unusually ambitious research and teaching expedition to study the Kuroshio Current off Japan.

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February 22, 2013

News Digest: Flower and garden show winner, RecycleMania under way, Honor: Michael Gelb and František Tureček

Part-time UW gardener designs winning display garden || RecycleMania a chance to increase recycling, composting || Newborn screening test brings chemical society honor to Gelb, Tureček

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February 21, 2013

Drugs to slow aging are a matter of when, not if

Evidence suggests it will someday be possible to slow down aging and delay the onset of diseases common in the elderly.

Using amount of fish caught as measure of fisheries health is misleading

Do changes in the amount of fish caught necessarily reflect the number of fish in the sea? “No,” say UW researchers in a “Counterpoint” commentary in Nature.

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Changes in undergraduate teaching are continuous and pervasive, new research finds

Conventional wisdom says that faculty at research universities focus mostly on research and not so much on their teaching skills. Not so, according to a new book based on interviews with University of Washington faculty.

Arts Roundup: Drama, art, music, lectures — and the Dance Majors Concert

Dance and drama lead this busy week of UW Arts, with the School of Drama’s production of “Pentecost,” the visiting Black Grace dance company and later, the 2013 Dance Majors concert.

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MyPlan enhances student academic advising, planning

A powerful new online academic planning tool enhances the advising experience for both students and advisers. MyPlan makes it easier for students to find courses, develop an academic plan, track progress, and receive adviser input. Advisers have the ability to review and comment on academic plans electronically and view easy-to-read (html-enhanced) degree audits. Released this…

Documents that Changed the World: A papal resignation

A new episode in the podcast series about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and other famous resignations.

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February 20, 2013

Searchable by cell phone or GPS unit, interactive map for arboretum being created

UW Botanic Gardens is digitizing 55 years of handwritten plant records and creating an interactive GIS map for the Washington Park Arboretum.

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UW researcher finds new scorpion species

February 19, 2013

UW selects Jeffrey Riedinger as vice provost for global affairs

Jeffrey Riedinger has been named vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington

Mutant champions save imperiled species from almost-certain extinction

Species facing widespread and rapid environmental changes can sometimes evolve quickly enough to dodge the extinction bullet. UW scientists consider the genetic underpinnings of such evolutionary rescue.

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Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

UW study: Some TV can ease kids’ aggression

February 18, 2013

Mussels cramped by environmental factors

The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored are more prone to snap when ocean temperatures climb higher than normal.

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February 15, 2013

Flu researcher whose findings met U.S. biosecurity review to speak at UW

The review generated public debate on publishing legitimate biological science findings that could pose a threat to public health or national security,

Firing range lead exposure reduced with UW workplace health expertise

UW’s Field Research and Consultation Group in Environmental and Occupational Health assess ventilation systems and airborne lead levels in firing ranges, and offer advice on lowering exposure.

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Arts Roundup: Art, drama, dance — and McCabe, Larionoff celebrate Beethoven

In arts this week, the School of Drama opens “Pentecost,” Robin McCabe and Maria Larionoff kick off their Beethoven Project, and the dance company Black Grace visits campus.

February 13, 2013

Digital learning

Psychology in the real world: Public lecture series begins

The eighth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series will spotlight “The Science of Psychology in the Real World,” exploring psychological aspects of the natural world, adolescence and the law.

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UW scientist explains weird shiny thing on Mars

European satellite confirms UW numbers: Arctic Ocean is on thin ice

New satellite observations confirm a University of Washington analysis that for the past three years found accelerated declines in the volume of Arctic sea ice.

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February 12, 2013

News Digest: Rideshare treats, register for summer youth programs, Honor: Betsy Wilson, university faculty lecturer nominations sought

Transportation services “hearts” ridesharing this week || Registration opens for UW Summer Youth Programs || Lizabeth Wilson wins national library award || Nominations due March 1 for university faculty lecturer

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