The latest news from the UW
July 16, 2013
University of Washington engineers found in a recent study that the user’s experience could be key to creating an authentication system that doesn’t rely on passwords.Cecilia Aragon • College of Engineering • Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering • Michael Brooks
July 15, 2013
Researchers hope to build a predictive model of the human microbiome to study what affects this massive biological system and to design ways to manipulate the microbiome to achieve desired clinical outcomes.Department of Computer Science & Engineering • Department of Genome Sciences • human microbiome • predictive models • systems biology
The UW welcomes today (July 15) Michael B. Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering.
July 14, 2013
Swarms of small earthquakes before a volcanic eruption can come in such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor. A new eruption analysis from Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano shows the harmonic tremor glided to higher frequencies, then stopped abruptly just before six eruptions in 2009.earthquakes & seismology • volcanoes
July 12, 2013
July 11, 2013
UW Medicine hospitals and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were Identified as National ‘Leaders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Healthcare Equality’LGBTQ • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance • UW Medicine
A new exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery leads this slow summer week in UW arts. Plus, there are some interesting off-campus events involving UW talents.
UW Impact, the legislative advocacy program created by the University of Washington Alumni Association, is hosting a national conference of public higher education advocates.
July 10, 2013
Julia Parrish was one of 12 “champions of change” invited to share their ideas on public engagement in science and science literacy June 25 at the White House.College of the Environment • School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Millions of people in low-income countries still depend on public computer and Internet access venues despite the global proliferation of mobile phones and home computers.Araba Sey • Chris Coward • Information School • Internet access • Technology and Social Change Group
Funded by the NIH at $15 million over five years, the lab will be a national resource to evaluate candidate vaccines from studies around the country.Department of Microbiology • genomics • HIV and AIDS • vaccines
July 9, 2013
The basics of how a muscle generates power remain the same: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of actin shorten, or contract, the muscle – but the power doesn’t just come from what’s happening straight up and down the length of the muscle, as has been assumed for 50 years. The rest of the force should be credited to the lattice work of filaments as it expands outward in bulging muscle – whether in a body builder’s buff biceps or the calves of a sinewy marathon runner.College of Arts & Sciences • Department of Biology
Low vitamin D levels are linked to higher risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks or Hispanics. The findings underscore the importance of designing medical research that includes a diverse ethnic and racial makeup of participants.Department of Epidemiology • Department of Medicine • heart disease • racial diversity in medical research
Dozens of atmospheric scientists, including three University of Washington faculty members, are taking part in what’s being described as one of the largest atmospheric field campaigns in decades.College of the Environment • Dan Jaffe • Department of Atmospheric Sciences • Joel Thornton • Lyatt Jaegle
Every middle and high school has a policy against drinking alcohol on campus, but not all students follow the rules. New research suggests students are less likely to drink if they believe their school will strictly enforce its policy.alcohol use & abuse • Richard Catalano • School of Social Work • Social Development Research Group
July 8, 2013
July 5, 2013
The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m. in CSE 691 (Bill & Melinda Gates Commons). The full agenda is available online.
July 3, 2013
A model of great ape history during the past 15 million years has been fashioned through the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.Department of Genome Sciences • evolution • genetics & DNA • great apes
July 1, 2013
Dog owners everywhere feel a pang of anxiety as the Fourth of July approaches. Will their pooch simply hide under the bed when fireworks go off or run for the hills? If you’re the owner of a dog with noise phobias, what can you do?Fourth of July • James Ha • pets • psychology
A UW research vessel leaves July 2 for six weeks at sea, during which oceanographers will install miles of cable for a new type of deep-sea observatory.College of the Environment • Deborah Kelley • John Delaney • Ocean Observatories Initiative • School of Oceanography
June 28, 2013
June 27, 2013
The Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing at the University of Washington is the only program of its kind in the nation that offers a full quarter of academic credit to incoming college students or those who just finished their first year.AccessComputing • College of Engineering • Department of Computer Science & Engineering • Richard Ladner • Robert Roth • Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing
The University of Washington Formula Motorsports team took first place at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb.Ashley Emery • College of Engineering • Daniel Wageman • Department of Mechanical Engineering • Evan Marquardt
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he has appointed Kiana M. Scott, a graduate student in communication, as the student representative on the University of Washington Board of Regents, effective July 2.
June 26, 2013
Ninety-one UW pharmacy students became certified in TB screening through collaborative training from the State Department of Public Health, the Washington State Pharmacy Association and the UW School of Pharmacy.School of Pharmacy • tuberculosis
Thomas B. Dodson of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine will become chair the UW Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Sept. 1.oral surgery • School of Dentistry • Thomas B. Dodson
June 25, 2013
The media often portray computer scientists as nerdy males with poor social skills. But a UW psychologist found women will want to study computer science if they don’t buy into the stereotypes.Department of Psychology • Sapna Cheryan
Brewster C. Denny, the founder of what is now the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, one of the first independent public schools of public administration in the country, died Saturday (June 22) at the age of 88.
The University of Washington has received nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue a project aimed at building a small, paper-based device that could test for infectious diseases on-demand in areas where diagnostic capabilities are limited.College of Engineering • Department of Bioengineering • Paul Yager
A UW astronomer is part of an international team that found six or seven planets orbiting a nearby star where only two or three were thought to exist.
Leading experts on water issues in the Western U.S. have come together to establish what is known about the future of Colorado River water, and to understand the wide range of estimates for future flows.climate change • Dennis Lettenmaier • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • water management
June 21, 2013
Seeds gobbled by birds and dispersed across the landscape tend to fare better than those that fall near parent plants. Now it turns out it might not just be the trip through the air that’s important, but also the inches-long trip through the bird.College of Arts & Sciences • Department of Biology
June 20, 2013
The Faculty Field Tour, which offers new faculty a bird’s eye view of the state’s varied geography, industry and inhabitants, is resuming this year after a four-year hiatus due to budget cuts.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision June 13 to bar the patenting of naturally occurring genes opens up important clinical testing options for a variety of diseases.genetics & DNA • U.S. Supreme Court
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