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February 12, 2013

Get off my lawn: Song sparrows escalate territorial threats – with video

UW researchers have discovered a hierarchical warning scheme in which territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals.

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February 11, 2013

A reading life considered in David Shields’ ‘How Literature Saved My Life’

English professor David Shields discusses his new book, “How Literature Saved My Life.”

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Noisy classroom simulation aids comprehension in hearing-impaired children

A new report by a UW researcher showed about a 50 percent increase in speech comprehension in background noise when children with hearing impairments followed a three-week auditory training regimen.

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February 8, 2013

UW School of Nursing re-envisions Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum

The initiative builds on the school’s national distinction in preparing students for careers in community health; critical care; psychiatric/mental health; pediatric, adult, geriatric and family nursing, and nurse-midwifery.

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How to avoid “phishing” scams

The Office of the UW Chief Information Security Officer is offering some tips to prevent falling prey to “phishing” scams.

February 7, 2013

Washington housing recovery strengthened in fourth quarter 2012

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

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Arts Roundup: Music old and new, drumming and percussion — and the Burke’s Artifact ID Day

The School of Music leads this crowded week, from baroque to modern, percussion to a combined band concert. Plus, Taiko drummers visit, the Henry Art Gallery has its annual gala and the Burke Museum holds its popular annual Artifact ID Day

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February 6, 2013

UW president calls Jewell selection ‘an inspired choice’

“Sally Jewell is an inspired choice to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior,” said Michael K. Young.

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New director named for Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Pediatrician Tao Kwan-Gett will head a center that provides training, research, evaluation and communication services to public health organizations across six states.

Smartphones, tablets help UW researchers improve storm forecasts

Atmospheric scientists are using pressure readings from some new smartphones and tablet computers to improve short-term thunderstorm forecasts. A weather station in every pocket would offer an unprecedented wealth of data.

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UW regent, REI head Jewell named to Interior post

February 5, 2013

UW is first again for Peace Corps volunteers, joined by WWU and Gonzaga

The University of Washington is No. 1 again among large universities (more than 10,000 students) for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Rogelio Riojas to receive UW’s 2013 Odegaard Award

Rogelio Riojas, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, is the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award.

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Scholars urge Supreme Court to keep Voting Rights Act provisions ensuring equal access

Political science and law scholars from the UW and elsewhere file a brief saying the Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act in a case out of Shelby County, Alabama.

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February 4, 2013

Ralina Joseph studies multiraciality in new book ‘Transcending Blackness’

Ralina Joseph, UW associate professor of communications, discusses her book, “Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial.”

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News Digest: Testing school-student computerized lessons, ‘Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis’ forum tonight

Grade school, junior high students sought for study of computerized lessons || Public Health co-hosts “Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis” tonight

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February 1, 2013

Turning necessity into success

School of Dentistry launches Center for Global Oral Health

The new center will promote collaborations in dental research and education, including faculty and student exchanges, with partners around the world.

January 31, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, theater, art, lectures — and ‘Short Takes on Plastics’

The drama “Burn This” continues, the School of Art has multiple events and the Kirkland Choral Society stops by for a visit.

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Cyclone did not cause 2012 record low for Arctic sea ice

A huge Arctic cyclone in August was not responsible for the historic minimum seen soon after in Arctic sea-ice extent.

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January 29, 2013

More sex for married couples with traditional divisions of housework

Married couples who divide chores in traditional ways have more sex than couples who share so-called men’s and women’s work.

News Digest: Explore global food law Feb. 8, Honor: Nina Isoherranen

Explore global food law at Feb. 8 UW conference || Nina Isoherranen honored for early-career achievement

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Pioneer of human values in technology design to give University Faculty Lecture

Information School professor Batya Friedman will give the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 130 of Kane Hall.

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University District Livability Partnership to unveil Commercial Revitalization Plan Jan. 31

The public is invited to participate in the unveiling of the University District Livability Partnership’s Commercial Revitalization Plan Thursday, Jan. 31.

Beer’s bitter compounds could help brew new medicines

A UW researcher has determined the precise configuration of substances derived from hops that give beer its distinctive flavor, a finding that could lead to important new pharmaceuticals.

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January 25, 2013

Kidney disease is diabetics’ deadliest threat

January 24, 2013

Astronomy to go: UW readies new portable planetarium

The University of Washington astronomy department is readying a traveling planetarium to take to schools for outreach — and collaboration — in Seattle and beyond. It may look like a carnival bouncy house or an inflatable igloo, but the portable planetarium is in fact an innovative tool for teaching and spreading interest in astronomy. The…

Arts Roundup: Dance, art, music, historical photos — and undergraduates stage ‘Burn This’

A new Henry Art Gallery exhibit, a classical pianist performs Nirvana and Radiohead and the visiting Compagnie Marie Chouinard continues the campus celebration of “The Rite of Spring.”

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Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors

A paper in Science describes an organic crystal that shows promise as a cheap, flexible, nontoxic material for the working parts of memory chips, sensors and energy-harvesting devices.

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Admissions: A rise in minority applicants

Recent admissions statistics show that more minority students are applying to the UW.

January 23, 2013

Greenland ice core shows Antarctica vulnerable to warming

A UW scientist’s work aided a Greenland ice study that could indicate where Earth is headed with climate change.

Better outlook for dwindling black macaque population in Indonesia

Hunting and habitat loss harm the critically endangered Sulawesi black macaque, but new research shows the population has stabilized in the past decade.

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January 22, 2013

Seized ivory could help UW biologist stop poachers

Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at 1 year

Researchers at UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas – the hippocampus and cerebellum – can predict children’s language abilities at 1 year of age.

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January 18, 2013

Documents that changed the world: The fraudulent ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

Joe Janes investigates the 1900-era anti-Semitic manifesto “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

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January 17, 2013

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, lectures, books on stage — and a dance collaboration

A busy week in UW arts, including a dance concert and staging great novels with Book-It Repertory.

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News Digest: Reflection on Martin Luther King, Report to Stakeholders now online

Reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr. and sacred songs || Financial, research, learning highlights part of Report to Stakeholders now online

Scientific families: Dynasty

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.

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