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October 30, 2013

Arts Roundup: Faculty performances — and the Earshot Jazz Festival

As we head into November, the UW offers an array of events to get you out of the rain and into a museum or performance. If jazz is your flavor, make sure to check out the Earshot Jazz Festival with special performances by UW music professors and other local jazz favorites.

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A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another’s actions

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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it’s their foremost tool for learning. Now researchers from the University of Washington and Temple University have found the first evidence revealing a key aspect of the brain processing that occurs in babies to allow this learning by observation.

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Institute of Medicine issues report today on youth concussions

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UW injury expert Dr. Fred Rivara was vice chair of the committee. Its report recommends actions to reduce the occurrence and consequences of youth concussions in sports and in the military, and stresses the need to better understand their nature and treatment.

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October 29, 2013

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

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This year, in an annual trek to the Nevada desert, UW students deliberately launched rockets from altitude directly into a dry lakebed. These were early tests of a concept that eventually could be used to collect and return samples from an erupting volcano, a melting nuclear reactor or even an asteroid in space.

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John Schaufelberger appointed dean of the UW College of Built Environments

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University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce have announced that they are appointing interim dean John E. Schaufelberger to be the next dean of the UW College of Built Environments.

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Redwood trees reveal history of West Coast rain, fog, ocean conditions

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Scientists found a way to use coastal redwood trees as a window into historic climate, using oxygen and carbon atoms in the wood to detect fog and rainfall in previous seasons.

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October 28, 2013

Much of rural India still waits for electricity

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UW work contributes to largest international study of Alzheimer’s genes

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Eleven regions of the human genome have been newly discovered to influence the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The UW was one of 145 academic centers worldwide participating in this research, which involved analyzing genes from more than 74,000 people.

New musical theater degree begins with outreach, talent search

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The first order of business for the UW’s new degree in musical theater is not greasepaint or tap shoes but public outreach and finding talented, committed students.

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UW hosts series of events for Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 5 to 11

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The University of Washington is planning a number of events that will be held during the week preceding Veterans Day.

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