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November 4, 2013

More wildfires, earlier snowmelt, coastal threats top Northwest climate risks

A new comprehensive report co-authored by the UW’s Climate Impacts Group looks at what climate change will mean for Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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UW Bothell prof, students present crowd-funded study of coal train emissions

Atmospheric scientist Dan Jaffe tonight will present the first results of a crowd-funded study of train emissions, conducted with four undergraduates from the Seattle and Bothell campuses and funded by public donations.

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November 1, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: The Rosetta Stone

The latest installment of Information School Professor Joe Janes’ podcast series takes a look at the 2,200-year-old Rosetta Stone.

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UW surgical robot featured in 2013 movie ‘Ender’s Game’

A University of Washington surgical research robot appears in the sci-fi movie “Ender’s Game” starring Harrison Ford. Two UW students operated the robot during the filming of the movie, which opens Nov. 1 in theaters across the country.

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October 31, 2013

Epilepsy film to be screened Nov. 9 at Harborview Medical Center

Independent film producer Louis Stanislaw will present “Living on the Edge” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Harborview Medical Center Research & Training Building. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion of individuals living with epilepsy and UW Medicine professionals who treat seizure disorders.

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October 30, 2013

Arts Roundup: Faculty performances — and the Earshot Jazz Festival

As we head into November, the UW offers an array of events to get you out of the rain and into a museum or performance. If jazz is your flavor, make sure to check out the Earshot Jazz Festival with special performances by UW music professors and other local jazz favorites.

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A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another’s actions

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it’s their foremost tool for learning. Now researchers from the University of Washington and Temple University have found the first evidence revealing a key aspect of the brain processing that occurs in babies to allow this learning by observation.

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Institute of Medicine issues report today on youth concussions

UW injury expert Dr. Fred Rivara was vice chair of the committee. Its report recommends actions to reduce the occurrence and consequences of youth concussions in sports and in the military, and stresses the need to better understand their nature and treatment.

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October 29, 2013

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

This year, in an annual trek to the Nevada desert, UW students deliberately launched rockets from altitude directly into a dry lakebed. These were early tests of a concept that eventually could be used to collect and return samples from an erupting volcano, a melting nuclear reactor or even an asteroid in space.

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John Schaufelberger appointed dean of the UW College of Built Environments

University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce have announced that they are appointing interim dean John E. Schaufelberger to be the next dean of the UW College of Built Environments.

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Redwood trees reveal history of West Coast rain, fog, ocean conditions

Scientists found a way to use coastal redwood trees as a window into historic climate, using oxygen and carbon atoms in the wood to detect fog and rainfall in previous seasons.

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October 28, 2013

Much of rural India still waits for electricity

UW work contributes to largest international study of Alzheimer’s genes

Eleven regions of the human genome have been newly discovered to influence the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The UW was one of 145 academic centers worldwide participating in this research, which involved analyzing genes from more than 74,000 people.

New musical theater degree begins with outreach, talent search

The first order of business for the UW’s new degree in musical theater is not greasepaint or tap shoes but public outreach and finding talented, committed students.

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UW hosts series of events for Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 5 to 11

The University of Washington is planning a number of events that will be held during the week preceding Veterans Day.

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Columnist: Crowdfund UW computer-science expansion

October 25, 2013

Patient case takes health care students on an interprofessional learning journey

Students from the various health sciences schools worked together on a fictional case to solve the patient’s list of problems from different perspectives.

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New UW-Pacific NW National Lab computing-research institute holds first public workshop

Based at the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing’s first public event on Oct. 30 will feature speakers from the UW, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and industry, as well as breakout sessions that explore various aspects of science and engineering technologies.

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October 24, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, exhibits, women’s festival — and a Halloween concert

It’s a big week for the arts on campus featuring dance, music, lectures, and a festival. From the annual Halloween Organ Concert to the ISIS: Women Arts Festival at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture — take your pick or pick them all.

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Panel to discuss making a difference during health-care reform

UW faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a panel discussion on the “Affordable Care Act: How You Can Make a Difference,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Hogness Auditorium at the UW Health Sciences Center.

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October 23, 2013

Stephen Boyd: Making the best decisions in smart systems, products

Stephen Boyd of Stanford University is the speaker at this year’s Lytle Lecture Series hosted by the UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering. He will give a free public talk at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

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October 22, 2013

Dogs in dawg regalia, class of 2033 in diapers – vote now for W Day photos

A Husky Spirit Photo Contest is part of the runup to this year’s W Day, Friday, Oct. 25.

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Study: Quake-triggered landslides a significant hazard in Seattle

The next big earthquake on the Seattle fault could trigger destructive landslides in the city, potentially affecting a much larger area than previously thought, and in areas outside those currently considered to be landslide prone, a new UW-led study shows.

News Digest: Mercer Court grand opening, iSchool lecture Nov. 7, Honor: David Shields

Mercer Court Apartments grand opening Oct. 24 || UW iSchool presents author Jack Gantos Nov. 7 || David Shields honored by Artist Trust

Survey asks, ‘How do you use campus spaces?’

A new online survey will help develop a Campus Landscape Framework, a step toward updating the campus master plan.

October 21, 2013

Caryn G. Mathes selected as general manager for KUOW

Caryn G. Mathes, who has been general manager of WAMU in Washington, D.C., since 2005, has been selected as the general manager of KUOW, effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Native American longhouse breaks ground Oct. 25

A public, groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Washington Native American longhouse-style facility, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House), will take place Friday, Oct. 25, 3-5:30 p.m.

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‘Pushback’: Resisting the life of constant connectivity

Researchers at the University of Washington have studied and named a trend lots of people can identify with: the desire to resist constant connectivity and step back from the online world.

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Three UW faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine

Blood disease specialist Dr. Janis Abkowitz and drug safety expert Dr, Bruce Psaty today were named new members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, an honorary and national advisory group.

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October 20, 2013

Global ocean currents explain why Northern Hemisphere is the soggier one

A new study in Nature Geoscience explains a major feature of global precipitation, and shows how a current originating from the poles influences tropical rainfall in Africa and southern India.

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October 18, 2013

Expectant mother stays hopeful through breast cancer

Sarah Lien and her mother Barbara Hawkins were both diagnosed with breast cancer as young women. Sarah is modeling her mother’s optimistic approach to the disease while awaiting the birth of her own daughter, Elizabeth.

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UW receives grant from attorney general’s office for pain management

The University of Washington has received an 18-month grant of $110,299 from the state Attorney General’s Office to provide training and education for health professionals and the general public on the subject of chronic pain management and cannabis use.

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October 17, 2013

Project aims to make mall walking more accessible

A new project by the UW School of Nursing will evaluate whether mall-walking programs are effective and whether they can lead to larger-scale increases in walking.

Campus sustainability, climate change focus of Sustainability Summit Oct. 23

Learn how to be more involved with campus sustainability during UW Sustainability Summit activities Oct. 23.

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Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

A team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback using a Microsoft Kinect on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

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October 16, 2013

Arts Roundup: Birds at the Burke, exhibit openings — and Music of Today featuring Garth Knox

The UW School of Music leads this busy week in the arts with performances by the Steve Korn Group, UW Symphony and Music of Today featuring violist Garth Knox.

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Lost and Found Films: Building the Space Needle, 1961

We travel back in time 52 years for the latest installment of Lost and Found Films, to the 1961 construction of the Space Needle and the Monorail in downtown Seattle.

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October 15, 2013

Study: Nearly 500,000 perished in Iraq war

A new study estimates nearly a half-million people died from causes attributable to the war in Iraq from 2003 through 2011. The results come from the first population-based survey since 2006 to estimate war-related deaths in Iraq, and the first study covering the conflict’s full timespan.

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UW female professors building a culture for engineering

Initiative draws faculty, students into collaborative health care

The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.

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