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May 23, 2013

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.

New documentary on cabled ocean observatory airs on UWTV

A new half-hour documentary about a UW research expedition to Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano off the Washington coast, airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. on UWTV.


Practicing medicine pharma-free in a drug rep-filled world

A rural family medicine group is an example for other community physicians seeking to wean themselves from pharmaceutical industry influence.


UW joins edX to provide more free online courses

The University of Washington announced May 21 a new partnership with edX, the Massive Open Online Course provider from Harvard/MIT.

May 21, 2013

UW expands online courses

Sounds of the sea: Stones clanging

Bjong Wolf Yeigh selected as chancellor for UW Bothell

Bjong Wolf Yeigh, professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, has been selected as the next chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell.

The tea party and the politics of paranoia

New research argues that the tea party owes more to paranoid politics of the John Birch Society and others than traditional American conservatism. “True conservatives aren’t paranoid,” says political scientist Chris Parker. “Tea party conservatives are.”


May 20, 2013

New K-12 science standards add focus on practices, engineering and early learning

The recently updated K-12 science education learning goals outline a vision for what all U.S. citizens should know about science. Phillip Bell, director of UW’s Institute for Science and Math Education, talks about what’s new about the goals.


Amazon River exhales virtually all carbon taken up by rain forest

A study published this week in Nature Geoscience shows that woody plant matter is almost completely digested by bacteria living in the Amazon River, and that this tough stuff plays a major part in fueling the river’s breath.


May 17, 2013

Youth bullying because of perceived sexual orientation widespread and damaging

Harmful effects of bullying are profound for youth struggling with identity and self-worth, and can lead to depression and thoughts of suicide.


May 16, 2013

Arts Roundup: Dance, poetry, art, music — and slapstick ballet

Dance and drama talents lead a busy week in UW arts with the annual MFA Dance Concert, the 50th annual Theodore Roethke Poetry Reading and more.

May 15, 2013

Seattle’s ‘Mr. Sundial’ takes his passion to next level

UW astronomer Woody Sullivan, who has made Seattle the unlikely sundial capital of North America, has re-created a Renaissance ceiling sundial in his home office.

Documents that Changed the World: ‘What is the Third Estate?’ 1789

Joe Janes of the UW Information School reached back two centuries to pre-revolutionary France for the latest installment of his podcast series, “Documents that Changed the World.”


Tropical air circulation drives fall warming on Antarctic Peninsula

New UW research shows that, in recent decades, fall is the only time of extensive warming over the entire Antarctic Peninsula, and it is mostly from atmospheric circulation patterns originating in the tropics.

May 14, 2013

Symposium features undergraduate research

More than 1,000 undergraduates will showcase their contributions to innovative and groundbreaking research at the 16th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17 in Mary Gates Hall. Some presentations will also occur in Johnson Hall and Meany Studio Theater. In conjunction with the symposium, another 50 undergraduates from UW and…

DNA analysis unearths origins of Minoans, the first major European civilization

The maternal genetic information passed down through many generations of mitochondria is still present in modern-day residents of the Lassithi plateau of Crete.


Engineered biomaterial could improve success of medical implants

University of Washington engineers have created a synthetic substance that fully resists the body’s natural attack response to foreign objects. Medical devices such as artificial heart valves, prostheses and breast implants could be coated with this polymer to prevent the body from rejecting an implanted object.


May 13, 2013

New report released on health impacts of Duwamish River cleanup

The UW report recommends ways to protect the health of Native American tribes and others affected by the cleanup.


Celebration of life of Bryan Pearce, UW Book Store CEO, May 19

A celebration honoring the life and legacy of Bryan Pearce, who served as CEO of the University Book Store from 2002 to 2013, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Sunday, May 19 at the UW Club.

Using earthquake sensors to track endangered whales

Oceanographers are using a growing number of seafloor seismometers, devices that record seafloor vibrations, to carry out inexpensive and non-invasive studies of endangered whales.


May 10, 2013

News Digest: Underwater robot competition Saturday, Honors: Cecilia Bitz, Anthony Greenwald and Patricia Kuhl

UW underwater robot team competes Saturday || Cecilia Bitz recognized for decade’s worth of work || Greenwald, Kuhl among 25 honored as part of 25th anniversary

May 9, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, art, poetry — and the 2013 MFA Dance Concert

This week there’s experimental music, a string quartet, photos about food, a health-minded art walk, student exhibits and the combined talents of the Dance Program and School of Drama.

UW ranked sixth in US and eighth in world for academic performance

A new ranking has determined that the University of Washington is the sixth best university in the United States and eighth in the world.

May 8, 2013

Do peppers reduce risk of Parkinson’s?

New study suggests dietary nicotine may protect against this disorder, which results from the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.


Pioneer bacteria lay down trails that draw new recruits

New research shows bacteria may draw other bacteria to an infection site by laying down trails of a “molecular glue” that attract free-swimming individual bacteria.


Affordability drives Washington housing recovery in first quarter of 2013

The UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies shows Washington state’s housing market improved in the first quarter of 2013 for the third consecutive quarter.


News digest: Recyclemania results, professor speaks on career journey, Honor: Rodney Ho

UW outcompetes PAC-12 schools in Recyclemania || MIT engineering professor to speak on research, career journey || Pharmaceutical science association recognizes Rodney Ho

Herbert Blau remembered as teacher, history-making theater pioneer

Herbert Blau, who died on May 3, will be remembered as a theater innovator and scholar who introduced American audiences to avant-garde playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.


New ‘academic redshirt’ program to support undergraduate STEM education

The University of Washington in collaboration with Washington State University is developing an “academic redshirt” program that will bring dozens of low-income, Washington state high school graduates to the two universities to study engineering in a five-year bachelor’s program.


May 7, 2013

Spokane physician participates as patient in breast cancer vaccine trial

Dr. Alisa Hideg, who teaches UW medical students, is grateful for the chance to move science forward toward a future with more options for other patients.


Guggenheim names Braester, Daniel as fellows

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation names 173 fellows for 2013.


May 6, 2013

UW research vessel Clifford A. Barnes marks its 1,000th cruise

This week marks the 1000th cruise for the UW’s Clifford A. Barnes research vessel, a converted tugboat that has spent decades exploring Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest waters and is now reaching the end of its UW career.


Celebration May 7 showcases student leadership, service

More than 100 UW undergraduates will share information about their volunteer activities at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, Tuesday, May.


UW study: Exercise cuts women’s kidney stone risk

New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes

A new device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples to help with genome sequencing, disease diagnosis and forensic investigations.


May 2, 2013

News briefs: Bike to campus month, drag-racing math, campus tree prize

May is bike to campus month || Math at top speed: Exploding drag racing myths || UW recognized for campus tree management

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