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June 13, 2013

UW research: World population could be nearly 11 billion by 2100

A new United Nations analysis, using statistical methods developed at the University of Washington, shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, about 800 million more people than the previous projection issued in 2011.

June 12, 2013

Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper, greener to produce

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a material they say would make LEDs cheaper and greener to manufacture, driving down costs to consumers.


June 11, 2013

Chuck Sloane selected as university ombud

University of Washington President Michael K. Young has selected Chuck Sloane to be University Ombud, starting this July.

138th Commencement for UW’s Seattle campus — 1:30 p.m. June 15 at CenturyLink Field

About 5,000 graduates, a record number, are expected to attend the University of Washington commencement ceremonies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on June 15.

News Digest: Awards of Excellence program and reception Thursday, Honor: Estella Leopold

Awards recognize faculty, staff, alumni, top scholars || Paleontological Society gives highest honor to Estella Leopold

New tasks become as simple as waving a hand with brain-computer interfaces

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that when humans use brain-computer interfaces, the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball or waving. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.


June 10, 2013

UW Professional and Continuing Education celebrates centennial with Dale Chihuly art at UW Tower

UW Professional and Continuing Education marked its 100th birthday in grand style today (June 10) with the announcement of an extraordinary glass sculpture from a UW alumnus who is also among the biggest names in art: Dale Chihuly.


Public Hearing Set for Proposed Changes in Event Parking Rates

A public hearing to discuss proposed changes to event parking rates is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 from 9-10 am in Anderson Hall, Room 10. All members of the UW community are encouraged to attend.

June 7, 2013

Board of Regents — June 13 Meeting Announcement

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 13, at 1pm in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library.  The full agenda is available online.

Treks reveal distinctive forests of Cascade Mountains — with photo gallery

In “Spring Comes to the Cascades,” students don’t just read about the forests – they hike and snowshoe through them.


June 6, 2013

Measuring the impact of research

Pollution in Northern Hemisphere helped cause 1980s African drought

Air pollution in the Northern Hemisphere in the mid-20th century cooled the upper half of the planet and pushed rain bands south, contributing to the prolonged and worsening drought in Africa’s Sahel region. Clean air legislation in the 1980s reversed the trend and the drought lessened.


June 5, 2013

Congolese rape survivors helped by cognitive processing therapy

Short-term therapy from paraprofessionals improved the mental health of Congolese women who suffered sexual violence.


Arts Roundup: Drama, art, music — and the Burke celebrates female artisans with ‘Empowering Women’

Even as spring quarter winds down, there’s lots to see. The Burke Museum has a new exhibit, the School of Music presents its combined bands with the University Symphony, and two plays at the School of Drama conclude their runs.

A walking revolution helps older adults get and stay active

Older adults are assessing their neighborhoods to make them more amenable to a favorite physical activity: walking.


Kyle MacLachlan calls his UW actor training ‘essential’

June 4, 2013

Scientists resolve a 3.5 billion-year-old mystery of life

New research demonstrates that life as we know it might never have come to exist on Earth if meteorites didn’t deliver a key element billions of years ago.

Two wheels, four days: UW hosts international symposium on bicycling

The UW will become the global capital of bicycling when scores of scholars, policymakers, analysts and activists come to campus for the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, June 19-22.


Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home

University of Washington researchers have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.


June 3, 2013

UW honored for quality, efficiency and service by national organization

The University of Washington was one of two universities that received national recognition for “best practices that have broad impact within the higher education community.”

Diversity graduation requirement for UW undergraduates approved

A long-time student-led effort to pass a diversity course requirement for all University of Washington undergraduates has come to fruition.

Rethinking research: What’s ethics got to do with it?

June 2, 2013

New book tells stirring story of UW crew winning Olympic gold

In 1936, when Jesse Owens made headlines by winning Olympic gold in front of Adolf Hitler, nine University of Washington rowers improbably did the same in competition that had been dominated by Germany. An upcoming book vividly tells the tale.

May 30, 2013

Transportation fuels from woody biomass promising way to reduce emissions

Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels.


Arts roundup: Exhibits, one-act plays, music aplenty — and undergraduates stage Hitchcock

Late spring is perhaps the busiest time for arts at the UW. This week, ongoing productions and exhibits, plus a production of “The 39 Steps” and lots of music — including the powerful, 100-voice UW Gospel Choir.

News Digest: Seattle Science Festival June 6-16, Honor: Alison Wylie, Charles Wolfe e-book

UW part of second Seattle Science Festival || Alison Wylie honored by Society for Women in Philosophy || Sustainability studied in Charles Wolfe’s ‘Urbanism Without Effort’

Big feet preference in rural Indonesia defies one-size-fits-all theory of attractiveness

In most cultures, a woman’s small feet are seen as a sign of youth and fertility, but that’s not true of all cultures, including the Karo Batak on the island of Sumatra.


May 29, 2013

Early brain responses to words predict developmental outcomes in children with autism

The pattern of brain responses to words in 2-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder predicted the youngsters’ linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills at ages 4 and 6, according to a new study by UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.


Traffic air pollution turns good cholesterol bad

Exposure to diesel exhaust undermines one of the body’s protections against heart and blood vessel disease.


Public Hearing Notice: “Alcoholic Beverage Policy”

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at Noon on Friday, June 7, 2013, 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…

Inside the Professional Actor Training Program

Coming Soon: A new, faster search for University Libraries, partners

In late June, the University Libraries home page will feature a new unified search system that will enable the campus community to find and request books, journal articles and media of all formats, all combined in a single search.


UW to host student steel bridge competition this weekend

Just a week after the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge collapse north of Seattle, the University of Washington will host a national steel bridge competition for undergraduate civil engineering students. Forty-nine finalist teams will converge on campus for the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition.


May 24, 2013

‘The Return’ illustrates Native American environmental health story

“The Return,” a dreamlike account of a Native woman and her baby, is an allegory for passing environmental health values to the next generation.


Infrastructure experts: Engineers who can speak about bridge collapse

University of Washington structural engineers, architects and freight transportation experts are available to speak with reporters about the I-5 Skagit Bridge collapse on Thursday, May 23. Charles Roeder Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Office: 206-543-6199 E-mail: croeder@uw.edu   Web: http://www.ce.washington.edu/people/faculty/faculty.php?id=36 Expertise: Gusset plates and steel bracing frames; seismic behavior of steel and composite structures; fatigue…

May 23, 2013

Clinical trial aims to prevent type 2 diabetes through medication

The UW and the VA Puget Sound will be among the sites for the national RISE study. The researchers want to see if treating patients to preserve insulin secretion keeps diabetes from forming or slows its progression.


Arts roundup: Springtime concerts, exhibits — and vintage one-act plays

Spring is a great time for the arts at the UW, with the School of Music, School of Drama and School of Art all offering shows or exhibits — and a lot more.

Depression raises diabetics’ risk of severe low blood sugar episodes

Evidence points to importance of recognizing and treating depression in people with diabetes to reduce medical complications.


Denzil Suite selected as UW vice president for student life

Denzil Suite has been selected as vice president for student life.

May 22, 2013

News Digest: Seaglider technology licensed, lecture revisits the Boldt decision, U. of Minnesota president to speak

UW Seaglider technology is licensed commercially; Richard Whitney, emeritus professor of fisheries, will deliver a talk about the Boldt decision; U. of Minnesota president and former UW faculty member Eric Kaler will deliver a talk about challenges facing research institutions.

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