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June 12, 2014

Health Sciences News Digest

News from the UW Health Sciences: Seafaring Neolithic people, communal bike programs, and high-utilizer patients

2014 Awards of Excellence recognize campus, community contributions

The University of Washington’s 44th annual Awards of Excellence ceremony was conducted June 12.

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New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything

Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.

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June 11, 2014

Arts Roundup: Year-end student exhibitions abound

Though graduation and summer are approaching, there is still a lot to see on campus, including exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery and Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

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Memorial June 15 for UW photographer, lecturer John Stamets

  John Stamets, longtime University of Washington photographer and lecturer in the Department of Architecture, died last weekend. He was 64. He is remembered as a talented photographer and a dedicated teacher and mentor to students. There will be a public celebration of Stamets’ life and work from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15,…

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2014 UW graduates have interesting tales to tell

UW Today profiles some of 2014’s highest-achieving graduates.

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Nearly 1 in 8 American children are maltreated before age 18

By the time they reach age 18, nearly one in eight of American children experience a confirmed case of maltreatment. Co-author Hedy Lee, a UW assistant professor of sociology, says the study shows that child maltreatment is much more common than previously thought.

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June 10, 2014

Students mine history for their own Documents that Changed the World installment

Undergraduates working with University of Washington Information School Professor Joe Janes looked to American and European history for their own installments of Janes’ podcast series, Documents that Changed the World.

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139th commencement for UW’s Seattle campus at Husky Stadium June 14

A record 5,300-plus graduates and an audience of more than 40,000 are expected to attend the 139th University of Washington commencement ceremonies June 14.

June 6, 2014

Board of Regents — June 12 Regular Meeting

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 11:45 a.m. in the Petersen Room of Allen Library. The full agenda is available online.

Ocean technology course ends spring quarter with a splash

A University of Washington undergraduate class has students design, build and test their own Internet-connected oceanographic sensors. The students are getting their feet wet, literally, in a new type of oceanography.

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International award cites UW for leadership in sustainability

The University of Washington is the only U.S. university named as a 2014 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner.

June 4, 2014

Back home again: UW ethnomusicologists return heritage music to its roots

The UW School of Music’s Ethnomusicology Program is helping to bring roots and hill music collected decades ago by folklorist Alan Lomax back to its place of origin, with teaching materials and local ceremonies.

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Arts Roundup: Drama, art — and University Symphony

As spring quarter comes to a close and summer quickly approaches, we encourage you to take advantage of some of the final arts events until next fall. Highlighting the week are a variety of performances from the School of Music, School of Drama’s “The Workroom” and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s “Dog Sees God.”

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It’s not giant asparagus: Nine-foot agave showing off at botany greenhouse

Stop outside the botany greenhouse to see an agave plant that’s grown a 9-foot-plus flower spike and is about to bloom for the first time in 25 years.

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June 3, 2014

UW Health Digest

Recent UW health sciences news: E-health in small practices, summer safety, stopping farm worker assaults

UW Libraries hosts digital collection of activist Gary Greaves’ interviews

Interviews from the 1990s by Seattle-area activist Gary Greaves on how the area changed after the 1962 World’s Fair are now offered online by UW Libraries.

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June 2, 2014

UW experts offer free resources to help caregivers boost babies’ brains

UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences has a new online library to showcase the latest in how young children learn – and what their caregivers can do to help kids be ready to start school.

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May 29, 2014

News digest: Empowering blind students, personal stories of identity, pro staff nominations

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

Retirees honored for more than 10,000 years of service to UW

Some 480 faculty and staff members retired between spring 2013 and spring 2014 and were invited to the event earlier this month at the UW Club

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May 28, 2014

Arts Roundup: Drama, Gospel — and the Burke trivia night

Rounding out spring quarter is a variety of events to keep you entertained. From the Undergraduate Theater Society’s production of “Dog Sees God” to various music performances presented by the School of Music at Meany Theater, prepare yourself for the rest of spring quarter because it’s looking bright!

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PTSD treatment cost-effective when patients given choice

A cost-analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder treatments shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment – either psychotherapy or medication – is less expensive than assigning a treatment and provides a higher quality of life for patients.

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May 27, 2014

Graduate student art, design projects exhibited at Henry Art Gallery

With autobiographical oil paintings, informational graphics, a wall-sized photomontage and sculptures resembling inside-out cameras, the annual spring exhibition of graduate student art at the Henry Art Gallery offers a lot for the visitor — as it does every year.

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UW students, neighbors join forces down on the Union Bay ‘bayou’

Swamp once site of historic Yesler sawmill being restored with UW student and neighborhood help.

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May 22, 2014

Moves from a master: UW student dancers work with choreographer Robert Moses for new piece

UW undergraduate and alumni dancers work with with famed choreographer Robert Moses to create the piece “Draft,” one of five pieces to be performed by Robert Moses’ Kin May 29-31 in the Meany Studio Theatre. Read the story and watch a film by UWVideo.

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Sociologist Robert Crutchfield examines the relationship between work and crime in ‘Get a Job’

In his new book, “Get a Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime,” University of Washington sociologist Robert Crutchfield explains the nuanced links between work, unemployment and crime.

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May 21, 2014

Marine apprenticeships give UW undergrads role in animal-ancestor breakthrough

Comb jellies – and not sponges – may lay claim as the earliest ancestors of animals, according to new research in Nature.

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Arts Roundup: Music, dance – and ‘The Workroom’

As we head into a long weekend, take the time to indulge in some of the innovative performances and exhibits happening on campus.

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May 20, 2014

Health Sciences Digest: Alcoholism in homeless, medical phone apps, aging with chronic disability

Designing medical apps for your phone, treating alcohol-dependent homeless individuals, and enhancing wellness in older disabled adults are some of the developments at the UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine

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Shrub growth decreases as winter temps warm up

Many have assumed that warmer winters as a result of climate change would increase the growth of trees and shrubs because the growing season would be longer. But shrubs achieve less yearly growth when cold winter temperatures are interrupted by temperatures warm enough to trigger growth.

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May 19, 2014

Favoritism, not hostility, causes most discrimination, says UW psychology professor

Most discrimination in the U.S. is not caused by intention to harm people different from us, but by ordinary favoritism directed at helping people similar to us, according to a theoretical review published online in American Psychologist.

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May 16, 2014

Filmmaker Werner Herzog examined in new book of interviews

Eric Ames, UW professor of Germanics and editor of the new book, “Werner Herzog: Interviews,” discusses the work.

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May 15, 2014

News Digest: New cherry trees, Mushroom May-nia, autism assessments, Honor: Daily staff

Compiled by the Office of News and Information.

May 14, 2014

$31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs

The University of Washington is receiving a $31.2 million gift from Washington Research Foundation to boost entrepreneurship and support research that tackles some of society’s most crucial challenges. The award will fund four interdisciplinary initiatives that seek to advance global innovation in clean energy, protein design, big data science and neuroengineering.

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Arts Roundup: Dance, opera – and the University District Street Fair

Dance, opera, exhibition openings and the Roethke Reading fill this especially busy week in the arts. From the MFA Dance Concert to School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks’ production of G.F. Handel’s “Semele,” there’s plenty to see and do on the main stages.

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May 13, 2014

Health Digest: Cutbacks jeopardize newborns, safe water, MERS facts

The costly effects of cutbacks on maternal/child services, assuring a pure water supply, and what you need to know about Middle East respiratory syndrome.

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Focus on research: Undergraduates bring findings alive Friday

Join your colleagues at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, May 16.

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Video stories, other bonding exercises could help foster families connect

Researchers affiliated with the UW’s School of Social Work tailored a parenting program known to improve communication in non-foster families for use in foster families, who often say they don’t feel connected and have trouble communicating, but few resources exist that nurture their bonding.

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May 12, 2014

Improve grades, reduce failure – undergrads should tell profs ‘Don’t lecture me’

A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail with active learning according to the largest analysis ever of studies comparing lecturing to active learning in undergraduate education

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is under way

The collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, according to computer models using detailed topographic maps. The fast-moving Thwaites Glacier will likely disappear in a matter of centuries, researchers say, raising sea level by nearly 2 feet.

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