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July 11, 2013

Health facilities earn inclusion in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s U.S. index

UW Medicine hospitals and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were Identified as National ‘Leaders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Healthcare Equality’

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Arts Roundup: Art, photography — and ‘The Ghost of Architecture’ at the Henry

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 hosts national conference on higher ed advocacy

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 speaks at White House about citizen science

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.

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Greater activity having little impact on obesity

Park carbon dioxide under our feet with a biocarbon approach

Global study stresses importance of public Internet access

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.

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Functional genomics lab to predict potential AIDS vaccines efficacy and find protection markers

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.

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July 9, 2013

Biceps bulge, calves curve, 50-year-old assumptions muscled aside

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.

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Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race

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.

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Hazy days of summer: Southeast U.S. field work measures mercury, smog

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.

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School policies reduce student drinking – if they’re perceived to be enforced

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.

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July 8, 2013

Raising money for fund-it-yourself science

July 5, 2013

Board of Regents — July 11 Meeting Announcement

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

Great ape genetic diversity catalog frames primate evolution and future conservation

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.

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A medieval moment at EMP

Would onsite forecasting have averted Arizona tragedy?

July 1, 2013

Calming your dog’s anxiety during noisy Fourth of July

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?

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Work this summer extends reach of cabled deep-ocean observatory

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.

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June 28, 2013

UW student creates unusual world map

June 27, 2013

Competitive STEM program at UW targets deaf, hard of hearing students

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.

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UW gas-, electric-powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest

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.

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Kiana Scott appointed as new student regent

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

Pharmacy students learn TB screening

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.

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Working for Justice in El Salvador

Dentistry names new oral surgery chair

Thomas B. Dodson of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine will become chair the UW Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Sept. 1.

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June 25, 2013

More women pick computer science if media nix outdated ‘nerd’ stereotype

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.

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Cow-sized lumpy reptile wandered ancient desert

Brewster Denny, founding dean and civic leader, dies at 88

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.

UW awarded $10 million to design paper-based diagnostic medical device

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.

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Astronomers find three ‘super-Earths’ in nearby star’s habitable zone

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.

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

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.

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June 21, 2013

Airborne gut action primes wild chili pepper seeds

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.

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June 20, 2013

Faculty Field Tour gives new faculty bird’s eye view of state

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.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

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.

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June 19, 2013

The solar system’s future is dicey, and it began in chaos

Determination of Non-Significance — Grading Adjacent to Baseball Complex

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…

UW seventh in world for articles in Nature and Nature’s research journals

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.

Detour ahead: Cities, farms reroute animals seeking cooler climes

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.

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June 17, 2013

Fiber-optic pen helps see inside brains of children with learning disabilities

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.

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