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February 1, 2013

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.

News Digest: Explore global food law Feb. 8, Honor: Nina Isoherranen

Explore global food law at Feb. 8 UW conference || Nina Isoherranen honored for early-career achievement

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Pioneer of human values in technology design to give University Faculty Lecture

Information School professor Batya Friedman will give the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 130 of Kane Hall.

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University District Livability Partnership to unveil Commercial Revitalization Plan Jan. 31

The public is invited to participate in the unveiling of the University District Livability Partnership’s Commercial Revitalization Plan Thursday, Jan. 31.

Beer’s bitter compounds could help brew new medicines

A UW researcher has determined the precise configuration of substances derived from hops that give beer its distinctive flavor, a finding that could lead to important new pharmaceuticals.

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January 25, 2013

Kidney disease is diabetics’ deadliest threat

January 24, 2013

Astronomy to go: UW readies new portable planetarium

The University of Washington astronomy department is readying a traveling planetarium to take to schools for outreach — and collaboration — in Seattle and beyond. It may look like a carnival bouncy house or an inflatable igloo, but the portable planetarium is in fact an innovative tool for teaching and spreading interest in astronomy. The…

Arts Roundup: Dance, art, music, historical photos — and undergraduates stage ‘Burn This’

A new Henry Art Gallery exhibit, a classical pianist performs Nirvana and Radiohead and the visiting Compagnie Marie Chouinard continues the campus celebration of “The Rite of Spring.”

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Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors

A paper in Science describes an organic crystal that shows promise as a cheap, flexible, nontoxic material for the working parts of memory chips, sensors and energy-harvesting devices.

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Admissions: A rise in minority applicants

Recent admissions statistics show that more minority students are applying to the UW.

January 23, 2013

Greenland ice core shows Antarctica vulnerable to warming

A UW scientist’s work aided a Greenland ice study that could indicate where Earth is headed with climate change.

Better outlook for dwindling black macaque population in Indonesia

Hunting and habitat loss harm the critically endangered Sulawesi black macaque, but new research shows the population has stabilized in the past decade.

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January 22, 2013

Seized ivory could help UW biologist stop poachers

Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at 1 year

Researchers at UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas – the hippocampus and cerebellum – can predict children’s language abilities at 1 year of age.

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January 18, 2013

Documents that changed the world: The fraudulent ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

Joe Janes investigates the 1900-era anti-Semitic manifesto “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

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January 17, 2013

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, lectures, books on stage — and a dance collaboration

A busy week in UW arts, including a dance concert and staging great novels with Book-It Repertory.

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News Digest: Reflection on Martin Luther King, Report to Stakeholders now online

Reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr. and sacred songs || Financial, research, learning highlights part of Report to Stakeholders now online

Scientific families: Dynasty

UW students envision designs for a school for girls in Afghanistan — with slide show

The classroom challenge: Design a school for girls in Afghanistan that’s pleasant and safe, using available materials.

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Early signals warn of prolonged sports concussion symptoms

Researchers found little correlation between loss of consciousness and duration of concussion symptoms.

MLK and sacred songs that feed the soul

January 16, 2013

High school athletes take lead from coaches in reporting concussive symptoms

New laws in many states require school athletes to be taught about concussion, but education alone is ineffective if it does not translate into students reporting possible symptoms.

A family’s lost story found, and the Sephardic Studies Initiative

For Devin Naar, the Sephardic Studies Initiative is not just a valuable historical archive, it has also been a personal journey revealing an untold family story from World War II.

January 15, 2013

Celebrations start Thursday, service opportunities during MLK holiday weekend

A number of events and volunteer opportunities for UW faculty, staff and students are planned in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

International study: Where there’s smoke or smog, there’s climate change

A new international assessment found that soot, or black carbon, is a major contributor to global warming — second only to carbon dioxide.

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January 14, 2013

Salmon runs boom, go bust over centuries

Salmon runs are notoriously variable: strong one year, and weak the next. New research shows that the same may be true from one century to the next.

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Potential harvest of most fish stocks largely unrelated to abundance

Fisheries managers should sharpen their ability to spot environmental conditions that hamper or help fish stocks, and not assume that abundance translates to sustainable harvest.

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Robert Stacey selected as dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Robert C. Stacey, a UW professor of history and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the next dean of the college effective Feb. 15.

New book by James Wellman explores the rise, effect of Pastor Rob Bell

James Wellman, UW associate professor of American religion, talks about his book, “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity.”

January 11, 2013

UW Combined Fund Drive breaks giving record, supports more than 1,700 charities

The 2012 UW Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, raised $2,117,828 making it the most successful year in the program’s 28-year history.

January 10, 2013

Multiple sclerosis study reveals how killer T cells learn to recognize nerve fiber insulators

Misguided killer T cells may be the missing link in sustained tissue damage in the brains and spines of people with multiple sclerosis, research in immunologist Joan Goverman’s lab suggests.

Life possible on extrasolar moons

Exomoons, or moons orbiting planets outside the solar system, might be as good candidates for life as exoplanets, research shows.

Arts Roundup: Art, lectures, photos — and novels on stage

Art exhibits abound and the School of Drama once again teams with Book-it Repertory this week in UW arts.

January 9, 2013

UW announces president’s medalists for 2011-12

The University of Washington has announced the freshman, sophomore and junior medalists for 2011-12.

UW, Pacific NW National Lab join forces on computing research

The University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, a joint institute based at the UW that will foster collaborative computing research.

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January 8, 2013

‘The Philosophical Child’: A book for when your child asks, ‘Why are we here?’

Children are natural philosophers, says Jana Mohr Lone of the UW Department of Philosophy and author of a new book titled “The Philosophical Child.”

Renovated Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center celebrates grand opening

The University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center with a pair of events Jan. 10-11.

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