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January 8, 2014

Arts Roundup: Juried open, Garrick Ohlsson — and the Littlefield Organ Series

With the new year come new events to entertain and inspire you. From the School of Music’s Littlefield Organ concert to a piano performance by Garrick Ohlsson presented by the UW World Series, discover what’s happening this coming week in the arts. VIVA! Exhibit: “Celebrating Latino/a Art, Activism & Life” Jan. 6-April 18 | First

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Despite declines in smoking rates, number of smokers and cigarettes rises

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Population growth since 1980 drives increases in the number of smokers in countries including China and Russia, while Canada, Mexico, and the United States see strong declines

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January 7, 2014

‘Sharecropper’s Troubadour': The life of singer, union organizer John Handcox

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UW historian Michael Honey talks about his latest book, “Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, and the African American Song Tradition.”

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On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles

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University of Washington engineers hope a new type of vaccine they have shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans. Immunizations could be administered within minutes where and when a disease is breaking out.

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January 6, 2014

Babbling babies – responding to one-on-one ‘baby talk’ – master more words

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Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. Now new findings show that what spurs early language development isn’t so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs.

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‘Future of Ice’ initiative marks new era for UW polar research

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The UW’s new “Future of Ice” initiative includes several new research hires, a new minor in Arctic studies and a free winter lecture series.

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Book explains astrobiology for a general audience

News and Information

David Catling’s new book, part of an Oxford University Press series, aims to explain astrobiology to a general audience.

January 3, 2014

Board of Regents — Jan. 9 Meeting Announcement

The Board of Regents will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 12:15 p.m. in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library.  The full agenda is available online.

January 2, 2014

El Niño tied to melting of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier

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A new study in Science, co-authored by the British Antarctic Survey and UW authors, shows that melting of the floating Pine Island ice shelf is tied to global atmospheric patterns associated with El Niño.

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December 31, 2013

Genetically identical bacteria can behave in radically different ways

UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine

When a bacterial cell divides into two daughter cells there can be an uneven distribution of cellular organelles. The resulting cells can behave differently from each other, giving them an evolutionary advantage.

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