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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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Notice of Possible Rule Making: WAC 478-136-041, “Alcoholic Beverage Policy”

Notice of Possible Rule Making Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (per RCW 34.05.310) Subject of Possible Rule Making:  WAC 478-136-041, “Alcoholic Beverage Policy.” Statutes Authorizing the University to Adopt Rules on This Subject:  RCW 28B.20.130. Reasons Why Rules on This Subject May Be Needed and What They Might Accomplish:  Currently, the UW’s alcoholic beverage policy does not…

March 26, 2013

Gene therapy may aid failing hearts

Scientists come closer to boosting heart muscle by powering its contractile machinery.

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Documents that Changed the World: The ‘Casablanca’ letters of transit

The latest in the Documents that Changed the World podcast series is about a famous World War II-era document that never existed at all.

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March 22, 2013

Rising ocean acidity saps mussels’ strength

March 21, 2013

Arts Roundup: Art about music, music about art — and ongoing shows

Ongoing exhibits at the Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum and UW-related art being shown off campus are featured.

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March 20, 2013

News Digest: U Bridge closures, demo of mobile planetarium, SeattleSounder FC’s UW Day

University Bridge closures March 23, 24 || Mobile planetarium demonstration April 1 || Portion of ticket sales for Seattle Sounder FC’s UW Day goes to scholarships

2013 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award goes to King Holmes for STD work

Holmes was honored for his groundbreaking work on sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea and human papilloma virus.

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Some Alaskan trout use flexible guts for the ultimate binge diet

The stomach and intestines of certain Dolly Varden trout double to quadruple in size during month-long, salmon-egg-eating binges in Alaska each August. It’s the first time researchers have documented such fish gut flexibility in the wild.

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Update April 3, 2013 cherry blossom watch: Quad in full bloom

The cold weather this week is delaying the blooming of cherry trees in the UW Quad.

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March 19, 2013

Jordanna Bailkin studies postwar Britain in new book ‘The Afterlife of Empire’

UW History Professor Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book “The Afterlife of Empire.”

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Tenfold boost in ability to pinpoint proteins in cancer cells

New research offers a more comprehensive way to analyze a cell’s unique behavior, revealing patterns that could indicate why a cell will or won’t become cancerous.

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Grieving parents find solace in remembrance photography – with photo gallery

A UW anthropology student investigated how remembrance photography helps grieving parents, and how the practice’s resurgence could signal a change in the way death and dying are dealt with in our society.

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March 18, 2013

UW students create, harvest fog in campus ‘hoop house’

University of Washington students have been testing low-cost materials capable of harvesting water from fog.

UW professor fights poverty one land plot at a time

March 15, 2013

UW medical students match up with residency programs nationwide

On Match Day, students at medical schools across the nation find out where they will train as residents.

News Digest: Sea Grant symposium focuses on waterfronts, lecture March 22 on tissue engineering, reception honors staff nominees

Washington Sea Grant sponsors four-day symposium on waterfront challenges || Lecture March 22 on advances in tissue engineering || Reception March 26 for Distinguished Staff Award nominees

Endangered species meeting endorses ivory testing

March 14, 2013

Arts Roundup: Symphony, chamber singers, organ music and more

The UW Symphony, Chamber Singers, Littlefield Organ Series and more this week in UW arts.

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March 13, 2013

Innocence Project Northwest wins right to DNA testing for felons serving time in community

Felons who serve part of their prison sentence in the community may now have the right to publicly funded DNA testing.

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Ethnomusicology’s Global Reach

UW places highly in ranking of graduate programs by US News

US News & World Report recently published its national ranking of graduate programs.

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March 12, 2013

News Digest: UW Tower Green Fair Thursday, Restoration Ecology Network recognized

Demos, films, exhibits at UW Tower Green Fair Thursday || Society recognizes UW Restoration Ecology Network

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March 11, 2013

Long-term relationships, access to data drive sustainability institutions’ success

Successful sustainability initiatives need to be grounded in long-standing relationships among scientists, local communities and decision-makers, UW’s Lisa Graumlich told a session on sustainability science at AAAS.

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Remote clouds responsible for climate models’ glitch in tropical rainfall

One of the most persistent biases in global climate models is due to poor simulation of cloud cover thousands of miles to the south.

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March 8, 2013

Spring move-in slated for new UW Medicine South Lake Union research building

Occupying the seven-story facility will be labs for kidney research, vision sciences, immunology, rheumatology, and infectious disease investigations.

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The engineering and design behind EcoCar2

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.

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