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January 17, 2013

UW students envision designs for a school for girls in Afghanistan — with slide show

The classroom challenge: Design a school for girls in Afghanistan that’s pleasant and safe, using available materials.

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Early signals warn of prolonged sports concussion symptoms

Researchers found little correlation between loss of consciousness and duration of concussion symptoms.

MLK and sacred songs that feed the soul

January 16, 2013

High school athletes take lead from coaches in reporting concussive symptoms

New laws in many states require school athletes to be taught about concussion, but education alone is ineffective if it does not translate into students reporting possible symptoms.

A family’s lost story found, and the Sephardic Studies Initiative

For Devin Naar, the Sephardic Studies Initiative is not just a valuable historical archive, it has also been a personal journey revealing an untold family story from World War II.

January 15, 2013

Celebrations start Thursday, service opportunities during MLK holiday weekend

A number of events and volunteer opportunities for UW faculty, staff and students are planned in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

International study: Where there’s smoke or smog, there’s climate change

A new international assessment found that soot, or black carbon, is a major contributor to global warming — second only to carbon dioxide.

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January 14, 2013

Salmon runs boom, go bust over centuries

Salmon runs are notoriously variable: strong one year, and weak the next. New research shows that the same may be true from one century to the next.

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Potential harvest of most fish stocks largely unrelated to abundance

Fisheries managers should sharpen their ability to spot environmental conditions that hamper or help fish stocks, and not assume that abundance translates to sustainable harvest.

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Robert Stacey selected as dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Robert C. Stacey, a UW professor of history and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the next dean of the college effective Feb. 15.

New book by James Wellman explores the rise, effect of Pastor Rob Bell

James Wellman, UW associate professor of American religion, talks about his book, “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity.”

January 11, 2013

UW Combined Fund Drive breaks giving record, supports more than 1,700 charities

The 2012 UW Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, raised $2,117,828 making it the most successful year in the program’s 28-year history.

January 10, 2013

Multiple sclerosis study reveals how killer T cells learn to recognize nerve fiber insulators

Misguided killer T cells may be the missing link in sustained tissue damage in the brains and spines of people with multiple sclerosis, research in immunologist Joan Goverman’s lab suggests.

Life possible on extrasolar moons

Exomoons, or moons orbiting planets outside the solar system, might be as good candidates for life as exoplanets, research shows.

Arts Roundup: Art, lectures, photos — and novels on stage

Art exhibits abound and the School of Drama once again teams with Book-it Repertory this week in UW arts.

January 9, 2013

UW announces president’s medalists for 2011-12

The University of Washington has announced the freshman, sophomore and junior medalists for 2011-12.

UW, Pacific NW National Lab join forces on computing research

The University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, a joint institute based at the UW that will foster collaborative computing research.

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January 8, 2013

‘The Philosophical Child’: A book for when your child asks, ‘Why are we here?’

Children are natural philosophers, says Jana Mohr Lone of the UW Department of Philosophy and author of a new book titled “The Philosophical Child.”

Renovated Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center celebrates grand opening

The University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center with a pair of events Jan. 10-11.

David Eaton selected as dean of Graduate School

David L. Eaton, associate vice provost for research and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, has been selected as dean of the Graduate School, effective March 15, UW President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of…

January 7, 2013

Judith Ramey appointed interim dean of UW College of Engineering

Judith Ramey, professor and former chair in the UW’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, is named interim dean of the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.

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University of Washington selects Azita Emami as dean of School of Nursing

Azita Emami, dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, will be the new dean of the UW School of Nursing.

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Human trafficking conference to focus on poverty, trade policy

Human trafficking is commonly thought of as part of the sex trade, but in reality it entangles many more types of labor and continues to grow worldwide even as laws try to squelch it. The UW Women’s Center will hold a conference Jan. 11-12 to take a fresh look at the issue.

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January 4, 2013

Many unaware of radiation risk from CT scans

January 3, 2013

Arts Roundup: Student art and a new library exhibit as quarter begins

A new student art exhibit and a UW Libraries exhibit about printmaker Richard V. Correll are featured this week.

January 2, 2013

Let there be daylight: New book illustrates use of natural light in design — with slide show

Christopher Meek, research associate professor of architecture, answers questions about the book he co-authored, “Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest.”

UW student gets degree months after his death

While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers

Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought.

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December 31, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Daniela Witten

Daniela Witten named one of Forbes’ rising stars

Study shows naloxone kits cost-effective in preventing overdose deaths

Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone can help save lives. Efforts are under way to make similar kits available for prescription opioid users.

In rain and snow at home, Seahawks much more likely to win

The Seahawks win four times as many home games as they lose when the weather is inclement, compared to less than two to one when it’s not.

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Baby genome listed in top 10 discoveries in 2012

Sayonara to sopping year — with one big dry spell

December 28, 2012

Husky alums influence Northwest wine industry

Surgery establishes penile sensation in men with spina bifida

The new procedure may improve the quality of life for men with spinal cord lesions or injuries.

December 27, 2012

Academic medicine has major economic impact on the state and the nation

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that its member medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of more than $587 billion in the United States in 2011

December 26, 2012

Piranha kin wielded dental weaponry even T. rex would have admired — with video

Taking into consideration size, an ancient relative of piranhas weighing about 20 pounds delivered a bite with more force than prehistoric whale-eating sharks or – even – Tyrannosaurus rex.

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For New Year’s resolutions to stick, plan ahead

This year, for sure, you will lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, learn a new language, get a better job, and travel to exotic lands. And of course you’re going to eat better, stress less and create (and stick to) a household budget – all while spending more time with the family. It’s gonna happen!…

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December 24, 2012

Dentistry sculpture winners named

Wire, rubber bands and dental acrylics are fashioned into sculptures for the annual Department of Orthodontics contest.

December 21, 2012

Training Xchange puts UW research advances into practitioners’ hands

The UW is expanding its Training Xchange initiative to help researchers transmit innovations in healthcare and other fields to professionals locally and beyond the Northwest.

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