The latest news from the UW
June 25, 2013
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
June 19, 2013
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON — DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE (DNS) Project Name: Grading Adjacent to Baseball Complex Description of Proposal: The project involves grading an area approximately 3500 square feet south of the existing Baseball Field. Approximately 2500 cubic yards of clean fill material will be placed over an extended pipe in an existing man-made ditch. The…
The University of Washington has been ranked seventh in the world for the number of journal articles published in 2012 in Nature or one of Nature’s main monthly research journals, some of the most widely cited journals in science.
In the first broad-scale study of its kind, UW led research finds half a dozen regions that could provide some of the Western Hemisphere’s more heavily used thoroughfares for mammals, birds and amphibians seeking cooler environments in a warming world.College of the Environment • School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences • School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
June 17, 2013
For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.Center on Human Development and Disability • child & adolescent development • Frederick Reitz • Thomas Lewis • Todd Richards
June 15, 2013
Other Galleries UW Bothell UW Tacoma The University of Washington celebrated its 138th Commencement on June 15, 2013 at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Governor of Utah, was the featured speaker. Photos by Mary Levin / University of Washington
June 14, 2013
With students huddled over spring quarter finals campuswide, the latest podcast in the Documents that Changed the World series seems particularly timely: It’s about intelligence testing.Documents that Changed the World • Information School • Joe Janes
Individuals who have made important contributions to the UW were honored June 13 at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.awards
June 13, 2013
UW President Michael K. Young has appointed a task force that will provide a comprehensive report on programs for prevention of and response to sexual assault among students.
Philip Howard, associate professor of communication, answers a few questions about his book with doctoral student Muzammil Hussain, “Demoracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.”Department of Communication • Philip Howard
A new United Nations analysis, using statistical methods developed at the University of Washington, shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, about 800 million more people than the previous projection issued in 2011.
June 12, 2013
Researchers at the University of Washington have created a material they say would make LEDs cheaper and greener to manufacture, driving down costs to consumers.Chang-Ching Tu • College of Engineering • Department of Electrical Engineering • Department of Materials Science & Engineering • Ji Hoo • LumiSands
June 11, 2013
University of Washington President Michael K. Young has selected Chuck Sloane to be University Ombud, starting this July.
About 5,000 graduates, a record number, are expected to attend the University of Washington commencement ceremonies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on June 15.
Awards recognize faculty, staff, alumni, top scholars || Paleontological Society gives highest honor to Estella Leopold
University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that when humans use brain-computer interfaces, the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball or waving. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.College of Engineering • Department of Bioengineering • Department of Computer Science & Engineering • Department of Neurological Surgery • Jeffrey Ojemann • Jeremiah Wander • Rajesh Rao
June 10, 2013
UW Professional and Continuing Education marked its 100th birthday in grand style today (June 10) with the announcement of an extraordinary glass sculpture from a UW alumnus who is also among the biggest names in art: Dale Chihuly.Dale Chihuly • David Szatmary • Michael Young • UW Educational Outreach • UW Professional & Continuing Education
A public hearing to discuss proposed changes to event parking rates is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 from 9-10 am in Anderson Hall, Room 10. All members of the UW community are encouraged to attend.
June 7, 2013
The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 13, at 1pm in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library. The full agenda is available online.
In “Spring Comes to the Cascades,” students don’t just read about the forests – they hike and snowshoe through them.College of the Environment • School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
June 6, 2013
Air pollution in the Northern Hemisphere in the mid-20th century cooled the upper half of the planet and pushed rain bands south, contributing to the prolonged and worsening drought in Africa’s Sahel region. Clean air legislation in the 1980s reversed the trend and the drought lessened.climate change • College of the Environment • Dargan Frierson • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
June 5, 2013
Short-term therapy from paraprofessionals improved the mental health of Congolese women who suffered sexual violence.Debra Kaysen • Department of Global Health • Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences • therapy • violence • warfare
Even as spring quarter winds down, there’s lots to see. The Burke Museum has a new exhibit, the School of Music presents its combined bands with the University Symphony, and two plays at the School of Drama conclude their runs.
Older adults are assessing their neighborhoods to make them more amenable to a favorite physical activity: walking.aging • Basia Belza • College of Built Environments • disability • exercise • guides • School of Nursing
June 4, 2013
New research demonstrates that life as we know it might never have come to exist on Earth if meteorites didn’t deliver a key element billions of years ago.
The UW will become the global capital of bicycling when scores of scholars, policymakers, analysts and activists come to campus for the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, June 19-22.Alon Bassok • College of Built Environments • Department of Urban Design and Planning • Don Miller • Peter House
University of Washington researchers have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.College of Engineering • Department of Computer Science & Engineering • Qifan Pu • Shwetak Patel • Shyam Gollakota • Sidhant Gupta
June 3, 2013
The University of Washington was one of two universities that received national recognition for “best practices that have broad impact within the higher education community.”
A long-time student-led effort to pass a diversity course requirement for all University of Washington undergraduates has come to fruition.
June 2, 2013
In 1936, when Jesse Owens made headlines by winning Olympic gold in front of Adolf Hitler, nine University of Washington rowers improbably did the same in competition that had been dominated by Germany. An upcoming book vividly tells the tale.
May 30, 2013
Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels.College of the Environment • School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
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