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February 21, 2013

Changes in undergraduate teaching are continuous and pervasive, new research finds

Conventional wisdom says that faculty at research universities focus mostly on research and not so much on their teaching skills. Not so, according to a new book based on interviews with University of Washington faculty.

Arts Roundup: Drama, art, music, lectures — and the Dance Majors Concert

Dance and drama lead this busy week of UW Arts, with the School of Drama’s production of “Pentecost,” the visiting Black Grace dance company and later, the 2013 Dance Majors concert.

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MyPlan enhances student academic advising, planning

A powerful new online academic planning tool enhances the advising experience for both students and advisers. MyPlan makes it easier for students to find courses, develop an academic plan, track progress, and receive adviser input. Advisers have the ability to review and comment on academic plans electronically and view easy-to-read (html-enhanced) degree audits. Released this…

Documents that Changed the World: A papal resignation

A new episode in the podcast series about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and other famous resignations.

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February 20, 2013

Searchable by cell phone or GPS unit, interactive map for arboretum being created

UW Botanic Gardens is digitizing 55 years of handwritten plant records and creating an interactive GIS map for the Washington Park Arboretum.

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UW researcher finds new scorpion species

February 19, 2013

UW selects Jeffrey Riedinger as vice provost for global affairs

Jeffrey Riedinger has been named vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington

Mutant champions save imperiled species from almost-certain extinction

Species facing widespread and rapid environmental changes can sometimes evolve quickly enough to dodge the extinction bullet. UW scientists consider the genetic underpinnings of such evolutionary rescue.

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Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

UW study: Some TV can ease kids’ aggression

February 18, 2013

Mussels cramped by environmental factors

The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored are more prone to snap when ocean temperatures climb higher than normal.

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February 15, 2013

Flu researcher whose findings met U.S. biosecurity review to speak at UW

The review generated public debate on publishing legitimate biological science findings that could pose a threat to public health or national security,

Firing range lead exposure reduced with UW workplace health expertise

UW’s Field Research and Consultation Group in Environmental and Occupational Health assess ventilation systems and airborne lead levels in firing ranges, and offer advice on lowering exposure.

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Arts Roundup: Art, drama, dance — and McCabe, Larionoff celebrate Beethoven

In arts this week, the School of Drama opens “Pentecost,” Robin McCabe and Maria Larionoff kick off their Beethoven Project, and the dance company Black Grace visits campus.

February 13, 2013

Digital learning

Psychology in the real world: Public lecture series begins

The eighth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series will spotlight “The Science of Psychology in the Real World,” exploring psychological aspects of the natural world, adolescence and the law.

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UW scientist explains weird shiny thing on Mars

European satellite confirms UW numbers: Arctic Ocean is on thin ice

New satellite observations confirm a University of Washington analysis that for the past three years found accelerated declines in the volume of Arctic sea ice.

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February 12, 2013

News Digest: Rideshare treats, register for summer youth programs, Honor: Betsy Wilson, university faculty lecturer nominations sought

Transportation services “hearts” ridesharing this week || Registration opens for UW Summer Youth Programs || Lizabeth Wilson wins national library award || Nominations due March 1 for university faculty lecturer

Get off my lawn: Song sparrows escalate territorial threats – with video

UW researchers have discovered a hierarchical warning scheme in which territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals.

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February 11, 2013

A reading life considered in David Shields’ ‘How Literature Saved My Life’

English professor David Shields discusses his new book, “How Literature Saved My Life.”

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Noisy classroom simulation aids comprehension in hearing-impaired children

A new report by a UW researcher showed about a 50 percent increase in speech comprehension in background noise when children with hearing impairments followed a three-week auditory training regimen.

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February 8, 2013

UW School of Nursing re-envisions Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum

The initiative builds on the school’s national distinction in preparing students for careers in community health; critical care; psychiatric/mental health; pediatric, adult, geriatric and family nursing, and nurse-midwifery.

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How to avoid “phishing” scams

The Office of the UW Chief Information Security Officer is offering some tips to prevent falling prey to “phishing” scams.

February 7, 2013

Washington housing recovery strengthened in fourth quarter 2012

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

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Arts Roundup: Music old and new, drumming and percussion — and the Burke’s Artifact ID Day

The School of Music leads this crowded week, from baroque to modern, percussion to a combined band concert. Plus, Taiko drummers visit, the Henry Art Gallery has its annual gala and the Burke Museum holds its popular annual Artifact ID Day

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February 6, 2013

UW president calls Jewell selection ‘an inspired choice’

“Sally Jewell is an inspired choice to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior,” said Michael K. Young.

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New director named for Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Pediatrician Tao Kwan-Gett will head a center that provides training, research, evaluation and communication services to public health organizations across six states.

Smartphones, tablets help UW researchers improve storm forecasts

Atmospheric scientists are using pressure readings from some new smartphones and tablet computers to improve short-term thunderstorm forecasts. A weather station in every pocket would offer an unprecedented wealth of data.

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UW regent, REI head Jewell named to Interior post

February 5, 2013

UW is first again for Peace Corps volunteers, joined by WWU and Gonzaga

The University of Washington is No. 1 again among large universities (more than 10,000 students) for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Rogelio Riojas to receive UW’s 2013 Odegaard Award

Rogelio Riojas, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, is the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award.

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Scholars urge Supreme Court to keep Voting Rights Act provisions ensuring equal access

Political science and law scholars from the UW and elsewhere file a brief saying the Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act in a case out of Shelby County, Alabama.

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February 4, 2013

Ralina Joseph studies multiraciality in new book ‘Transcending Blackness’

Ralina Joseph, UW associate professor of communications, discusses her book, “Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial.”

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News Digest: Testing school-student computerized lessons, ‘Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis’ forum tonight

Grade school, junior high students sought for study of computerized lessons || Public Health co-hosts “Gun Violence: A Public-Health Crisis” tonight

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February 1, 2013

Turning necessity into success

School of Dentistry launches Center for Global Oral Health

The new center will promote collaborations in dental research and education, including faculty and student exchanges, with partners around the world.

January 31, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, theater, art, lectures — and ‘Short Takes on Plastics’

The drama “Burn This” continues, the School of Art has multiple events and the Kirkland Choral Society stops by for a visit.

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Cyclone did not cause 2012 record low for Arctic sea ice

A huge Arctic cyclone in August was not responsible for the historic minimum seen soon after in Arctic sea-ice extent.

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January 29, 2013

More sex for married couples with traditional divisions of housework

Married couples who divide chores in traditional ways have more sex than couples who share so-called men’s and women’s work.

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