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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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Diversity programs give illusion of corporate fairness, study shows

Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to findings by UW psychologists.

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Paws on Science 2013

It’s Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center, and UW scientists and researchers will have family-oriented activities and exhibits ranging from building a race car to controlling underwater robots.

News Digest: Montlake closures, environmental excellence finalist, Paws-on Science April 5-7, home fair April 11

Portion of Montlake closing all day Saturday, Sunday || UW finalist in environmental excellence contest || Family-friendly Paws-on Science April 5-7 || Home Improvement Fair April 11

April 2, 2013

Book focuses on 1969 fight to save America’s premier fossil beds

Book Q and A: To allow buildings on 34 million year-old fossils would be like using the Dead Sea Scrolls to wrap fish in, proclaimed the lawyer defending land that would eventually become Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

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South African gender, sexuality and race topic of Samuel E. Kelly lecture April 18

Amanda Lock Swarr, a UW associate professor in gender, women and sexuality studies, will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s ninth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thurs., April 18.

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April 1, 2013

News Digest: Built “ecologies” lecture April 4, cybersecurity competition winner, autism awareness lectures

Built “ecologies,” resource integration subject of lecture April 4 || UW wins sixth consecutive regional cybersecurity competition || Autism center lecture series in Seattle, Tacoma

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Infant tests for debilitating diseases set for mainstream

UW-developed screening for debilitating, often-fatal genetic conditions has drawn interest from companies that could use it in tests distributed nationally and around the world.

UW Medicine launches multi-media health and wellness initiative April 1

In partnership with Fisher Communications, UW Medicine Health will provide information on healthy living and on the latest treatments and medical breakthroughs

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March 29, 2013

Head-on collisions between DNA-code reading machineries accelerate gene evolution

Bacteria speed up their evolution by positioning specific genes along the route of expected traffic jams in DNA encoding. Collisions can result in mutations.

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March 28, 2013

UW Medicine establishes Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases

This week UW Medical Center’s pulmonary fibrosis support group celebrated its 25th anniversary and the establishment of the new center.

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Arts Roundup: Art, recitals, trivia — and big band jazz

This week, student art and music, a School of Social Work art exhibit a lecture on art and more. It’s between quarters but there’s still plenty to see on campus.

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Volunteers use historic U.S. ship logbooks to uncover Arctic climate data

A volunteer project enlists citizen scientists to transcribe climate observations buried in historic logbooks of U.S. ships that spent time in the Arctic.

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March 27, 2013

Federal ‘detainer requests’ for suspected immigration violators cause longer jail stays, increase cost, UW research shows

Jail stays and costs increase when federal immigration authorities request that inmates be held under what are called “detainer requests,” according to UW research.

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UW announces new, low-cost online-only degree completion program in early childhood studies

The UW will offer a new low-cost online bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood and family studies. Pending final approval, the program will start in the fall.

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