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September 3, 2013

Research cruise makes discoveries about Cacadia megaquake fault

Huskies vault to No. 20 in new AP poll

UW welcomes Bjong Yeigh, UW Bothell chancellor

Bjong “Wolf” Yeigh takes the helm this week as chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell.

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August 30, 2013

New ocean forecast could help predict fish habitat six months in advance

UW researchers and federal scientists have developed the first long-term seasonal forecast of conditions for the Northwest ocean ecosystem.

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August 28, 2013

UW student archaeologists wind up summer at Tel Dor site

Scenes from the summer 2013 at the UW Tel Dor Archeological Excavation and Field School.

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Town Hall to host discussion of tea party and reactionary politics

August 27, 2013

Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.

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August 26, 2013

Husky Stadium recognized as ‘Game Changer’ in sustainability

The National Resources Defense Council featured Husky Stadium in its list of ten “Collegiate Game Changers”— athletic programs that excel in green practices.

Microneedle patch could replace standard tuberculosis skin test

A team led by University of Washington engineers has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test. The researchers published their results online Aug. 26 in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

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UW Tacoma offers behind-the-scenes U.S. Open experience

UW ranked 13th nationally by Washington Monthly, 9th in “Bang for Buck”

Washington Monthly, which ranks universities based upon social mobility, research production and commitment to service, has ranked the University of Washington 13th among national universities for 2013.

August 23, 2013

One-of-a-kind shell collection donated to Burke Museum

August 21, 2013

Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

UW scientists have made the first-ever accurate determination of a solid-state triple point, the temperature and pressure at which three different solid phases can coexist stably.

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Julie Kientz named one of world’s top innovators under 35

Julie Kientz, a UW assistant professor of human centered design & engineering, has been named one of the world’s top 35 innovators under age 35 by MIT Technology Review magazine.

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August 20, 2013

Network would move the classroom to the reservation

Barry Witham chronicles rustic repertory in new book, ‘A Sustainable Theatre’

Barry Witham, drama professor emeritus, discusses his new book, “A Sustainable Theatre: Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow.”

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August 19, 2013

Medical students learn practical skills with unique tools

University of Washington again ranked 16th best in world

The University of Washington again ranked 16th among universities around the world in a recent study by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Students from unique summer research programs share their work

Undergraduates who participated in a variety of research programs over the summer will share their work

Magma can survive in upper crust for hundreds of millennia

Research shows reservoirs of silica-rich magma, which causes the most explosive volcanic eruptions, can persist in Earth’s upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years without erupting.

August 16, 2013

News Digest: New annual-leave sharing program for organ donors, Honor: Allan Devol and Barbara Hickey

UW launches annual-leave sharing program for organ donors || UW oceanographers named AGU Fellows

UW Dentistry tackles a job for Huskies: mouth guards

The winning smiles of the UW Huskies will be protected on the football field with customized mouth guards from UW Pediatric Dentistry.

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Helping Puget Sound shed its armor

August 14, 2013

Scientists want a detailed picture of Mount St. Helens’ plumbing

Earth scientists are laying plans for a two-year study designed to develop a better understanding of how Mount St. Helens gets its supply of volcanic magma.

UW geographer devises a way for China to resolve its ‘immigration’ dilemma

University of Washington geographer Kam Wing Chan is in China this week, explaining how that country can dismantle its 55-year-old system that limits rural laborers from moving to and settling in cities and qualifying for basic social benefits.

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Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

New ice core research shows that the warming that ended the last ice age in Antarctica began at least 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

UW garners highest score possible, named again to Green Honor Roll

The University of Washington has again been named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, receiving the highest score possible for the 2012-13 academic year.

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August 13, 2013

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

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August 12, 2013

A chilly epic: Biologist Julia Sidorova’s novel, ‘The Age of Ice’

Julia Sidorova, research scientist for the UW Department of Pathology, discusses her debut novel, “The Age of Ice.” She’ll be at the Elliot Bay Book Company at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Progress made in linking some forms of epilepsy to genetics

Some epilepsy patients who have both seizures and speech abnormalities share something else in common — mutations on the same gene.

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August 8, 2013

Ocean acidification center another example of state leading the nation

Washington’s governor and state legislators in the last session created a hub at the University of Washington to coordinate research and monitoring of ocean acidification and its effects on local sea life such as oysters, clams and fish.

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Dementia risk tied to blood sugar

August 7, 2013

Washington’s housing market strengthens in second quarter of 2013

Washington state’s housing market continued to advance in the April-June quarter, with four consecutive monthly improvements in home sales activity.

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Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

UW researchers have discovered a high-performance polymer that could make inexpensive, organic solar cells competitive with silicon-based cells.

UW researchers report on genome of aggressive cervical cancer that killed Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was the subject of bestselling book on the HeLa immortal cell line, the most used of its kind in labs around the world. The UW scientists are the first to publish under new policy, established through agreement with Lacks’ family.

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August 6, 2013

News Digest: UW wins two CASE awards, cosmic ray detectors being assembled, informant testimony questioned, Honor: Charles Johnson

UW wins two Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards || Local high school students, teachers assembling cosmic ray detectors || Triple exoneration aided by UW’s Innocence Project Northwest || Charles Johnson recipient of Humanities Washington Award

Documents that Changed the World: Einstein’s letter to FDR, 1939

The latest installment in the popular podcast series by Joe Janes of the UW Information School is about the famous physicist being persuaded to warn FDR of a growing atomic threat from Germany.

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August 5, 2013

Compile and create: Early book collecting examined in Jeffrey Todd Knight’s ‘Bound to Read’

Jeffrey Todd Knight, UW professor of English, discusses his new book, “Bound to Read: Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature.”

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Abused children found to smoke more as teens and adults

Researchers have long suspected some kind of link between childhood abuse and smoking. But in an interesting twist, UW researchers found a connection not between whether or not an abused child will ever begin smoking, but to how much they smoke once they do start.

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August 1, 2013

Brain chemistry changes in children with autism offer clues to earlier detection and intervention

Between ages three and 10, children with autism spectrum disorder exhibit distinct brain chemical changes that differ from children with developmental delays and children with typical development.

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