The latest news from the UW
March 4, 2013
“Governor’s Day 2,” a six-minute montage of colorful campus scenes, is the latest in the Lost and Found Films series, where readers help identify snippets of UW footage.UW Libraries
New work in Argentina where scientists had previously thought Earth’s first grasslands emerged 38 million years ago, shows the area at the time covered with tropical forests rich with palms, bamboos and gingers. Grit and volcanic ash in those forests could have caused the evolution of teeth in horse-like animals that scientists mistakenly thought were adaptations in response to emerging grasslands.Caroline Strömberg • Department of Biology • evolution • paleontology • University of Washington
February 28, 2013
This week the Undergraduate Theater Society stages the Cyrano de Bergerac story and the School of Drama performs “Pentecost.” There’s also the 2013 Dance Majors Concert.Henry Art Gallery • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Drama • School of Music • Undergraduate Theater Society
Regional cloud changes may be as important for climate change as the overall amount of cloud cover.Department of Atmospheric Sciences • Department of Earth and Space Sciences • Ryan Eastman • Stephen Warren
February 27, 2013
UW biologist to push for more forensic testing of seized ivory to help track down poachers, slow elephant slaughter.
The Women Who Rock Project, a collaboration between University of Washington and the community organizers, will hold its third “unconference” combined with the launch of its oral history archive March 9.
People are exposed to these endocrine-disrupting chemicals even if they eat an organic diet and do not store, prepare or cook in plastic containers.Environmental and Occupational Sciences • pollution • Sheela Sathyanarayana • workplace safety
The annual Polar Science Weekend, featuring many UW students and faculty, takes place tomorrow through Sunday at Pacific Science Center.Applied Physics Laboratory • Harry Stern • Polar Science Weekend
February 26, 2013
Michael B. Bragg, professor and interim engineering dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as dean of the UW College of Engineering.
February 25, 2013
Eric Ames, UW associate professor of Germanics, discusses his new book about filmmaker Werner Herzog.Department of Germanics
Eleven UW undergraduates leave today on an unusually ambitious research and teaching expedition to study the Kuroshio Current off Japan.Argo floats • School of Oceanography • Stephen Riser • Steven Emerson
February 22, 2013
Part-time UW gardener designs winning display garden || RecycleMania a chance to increase recycling, composting || Newborn screening test brings chemical society honor to Gelb, TurečekCenter for Urban Horticulture • chemistry • recycling • UW Botanic Gardens
February 21, 2013
Evidence suggests it will someday be possible to slow down aging and delay the onset of diseases common in the elderly.
Do changes in the amount of fish caught necessarily reflect the number of fish in the sea? “No,” say UW researchers in a “Counterpoint” commentary in Nature.College of the Environment • Ray Hilborn • School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences • Trevor Branch
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.
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.Henry Art Gallery • Jacob Lawrence Gallery • Meany Hall for the Performing Arts • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Drama • School of Music
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…
A new episode in the podcast series about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and other famous resignations.Information School
February 20, 2013
UW Botanic Gardens is digitizing 55 years of handwritten plant records and creating an interactive GIS map for the Washington Park Arboretum.College of the Environment • Sarah Reichard • School of Environmental and Forest Sciences • UW Botanic Gardens • Washington Park Arboretum
February 19, 2013
Jeffrey Riedinger has been named vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington
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.Benjamin Kerr • College of Arts & Sciences • Department of Biology • evolution • microbiology • University of Washington
Three faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows
February 18, 2013
The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored are more prone to snap when ocean temperatures climb higher than normal.climate change • College of Arts & Sciences • College of the Environment • Department of Biology • Emily Carrington • Friday Harbor Laboratories • shellfish
February 15, 2013
The review generated public debate on publishing legitimate biological science findings that could pose a threat to public health or national security,
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.firearms • workplace safety
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
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.Department of Psychology
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.Applied Physics Laboratory • Axel Schweiger • climate change • Jinlun Zhang • sea ice
February 12, 2013
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
UW researchers have discovered a hierarchical warning scheme in which territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals.Department of Psychology
February 11, 2013
English professor David Shields discusses his new book, “How Literature Saved My Life.”Department of English
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.Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
February 8, 2013
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.graduate programs • Maggie Baker • School of Nursing • students
The Office of the UW Chief Information Security Officer is offering some tips to prevent falling prey to “phishing” scams.
February 7, 2013
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.College of Built Environments • Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
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 DayBurke Museum of Natural History & Culture • Henry Art Gallery • New Voices in World Jewish Music • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Music
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