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December 21, 2012

UW Bothell biologist wins teaching honor from Science

December 20, 2012

Mild brain cooling after head injury prevents epileptic seizures in lab study

Traumatic head injury is the leading cause of acquired epilepsy in young adults, and at present there is no treatment to prevent or cure it.

UW geneticist gets the Hollywood treatment

December 19, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy statement on pesticide exposure in children

Chronic low levels of pesticides are detrimental to children’s health: evidence suggests they may induce neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma and cancer.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Governor’s Day, 1941’

The University of Washington prepares for war in “Governor’s Day,” the latest installment of the Lost and Found Films series.

Composting confusion rampant in UW waste bins, study finds

A study of waste bins at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus revealed that 88 percent of the contents in trash bins could have been recycled or composted. Most – 72 percent – of what didn’t belong in trash bins turned out to be compostable items, such as food, carry-out containers and paper coffee cups.

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December 18, 2012

Eerie photos show ‘flowers’ made of Arctic ice

Burke Museum exhibit explores the impact of plastics

Ecological avatars predict species invasions

Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service gives $1.15 million to transform education of dentists

Under new dean Dr. Joel Berg the school has launched a plan to revamp its clinical education and curriculum.

December 17, 2012

Plumes across the Pacific deliver thousands of microbial species to West Coast

Microorganisms – 99 percent more kinds than had been reported in findings published just four months ago – are hitching rides in the upper troposphere from Asia.

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Aging, end-of-life expert offers advice for coping with holiday blues

The holidays can be a time of sadness and loneliness, and UW’s Wendy Lustbader has advice on how to deal with these issues.

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December 14, 2012

Jewish condition, ‘new’ anti-Semitism observed in Edward Alexander’s ‘The State of the Jews’

Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English, discusses his new book, “The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal.”

U-Village’s glassybaby assists UW Medical Center cancer patients

Art business owner created White Light Fund to defray incidental costs, like car fare, for people receiving cancer treatment.

December 13, 2012

Energy Dept. funds UW project to turn wasted natural gas into diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded $4 million to a team, led by UW chemical engineers, that aims to develop bacteria to turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

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Arts Roundup: Medieval music and ‘Plastics Unwrapped’ at the Burke

Medieval chanting in Mary Gates Hall and a major new exhibit on plastics at the Burke Museum come to campus this week.

Massive shifts reshape the health landscape worldwide

Giving library pests the cold shoulder

UW librarians acted quickly to eliminate bedbugs in books last August.

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Dark Ages scourge enlightens modern struggle between man and microbes

Discoveries reported today help explain how the stealthy agent of Black Death avoids tripping a self-destruct mechanism inside germ-destroying cells.

December 12, 2012

Intracranial pressure monitoring for traumatic brain injury questioned

Researchers in United States and Latin America re-examine standard of care for severe head injury.

News Digest: Parties go green, share of Race to Top money, Honor: Anna Karlin, Early Entrance info session, Saturday classes for K-8 students and teachers

Going green at holiday parties || Dream Project named in $40 million federal Race to the Top grant || Anna Karlin new fellow || Early Entrance info session Jan. 10 || Registration opens Jan. 7 for Saturday classes for K-8 students, teachers

Award recognizes UW oceanographer’s talent for engaging public

The American Geophysical Union has presented its top prize for engaging the public in science to UW’s John Delaney.

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December 11, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’

Joe Janes of the UW Information School visits the arcane world of parliamentary procedure in the latest entry to his Documents that Changed the World podcast series.

December 10, 2012

Armbrust shares $35 million to investigate tiniest ocean regulators

Oceanographer Ginger Armbrust has received a multi-million dollar award to spend as she wishes on her research into ocean microbes and their role in regulating ocean environments and our atmosphere.

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Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

A British philosopher once suggested the possibility that our universe might be a computer simulation run by our descendants. A team of physicists at UW has devised a potential test to see if the idea has merit.

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December 7, 2012

UW Bothell celebrates opening of sports and recreation complex – with video

UW Bothell celebrated the grand opening Thursday of the $3.3 million, 2.5 acre sports and recreation complex.

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

The ASL-STEM Forum is a crowdsourcing project, similar to Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary, that creates a new sign language for the latest scientific and technical terms.

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Greenland ice sheet carries evidence of increased atmospheric acidity

Research suggests rising atmospheric acidity is probably why levels of the isotope nitrogen-15 in Greenland ice samples dropped around the time of the Industrial Revolution.

December 6, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art, plays, the University Symphony — and ‘Pippin’ continues

The University Symphony and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s popular production of “Pippin” lead this week’s busy UW arts schedule.

Moths wired two ways to take advantage of floral potluck

Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers because of two distinct “channels” in their brains, scientists have discovered.

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Tipsy? UW expert’s tips for reining in holiday drinking

The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. UW’s Dennis Donovan offers advice for how to drink moderately, and treatment approaches he’s used with people recovering from alcohol problems.

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December 4, 2012

Crowdsourcing the cosmos: Astronomers welcome all to identify star clusters in Andromeda galaxy

Astronomers are inviting the public to search Hubble Space Telescope images of the Andromeda galaxy to help identify star clusters and increase understanding of how galaxies evolve. The new Andromeda Project, set to study thousands of high-resolution Hubble images, is a collaboration among scientists at the University of Washington, the University of Utah and several…

Scientists find oldest dinosaur – or closest relative yet

Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ challenge explored in ‘Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving’

UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”

December 3, 2012

Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin

The Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands, long shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government, are a seismic and volcanic hotbed with a potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin.

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November 30, 2012

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers show promise as a cheap, versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will further test the system’s versatility and feasibility.

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November 29, 2012

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch

These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.

AAAS names 11 UW researchers as fellows

Eleven University of Washington researchers are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News Digest: Faculty Senate vice chair nominations due, carbon efficient cities subject of book

Nomination deadline Monday for vice chair of Faculty Senate || ‘The Carbon Efficient City’ discusses sustainable development

Arts Roundup: Music galore, plus ‘Pippin’ and choirs combine for holiday CarolFest

Music — and musical theater — rule this packed week in UW arts. Take your pick from choirs and choruses, jazz, percussion, world music and campus bands, the musical “Pippin” and the opera “Die Fledermaus.”

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