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September 27, 2012

State Supreme Court campaign shows race still matters

September 26, 2012

Singing whales and Noah’s flood: Summer stories you may have missed

From reports on new planets to singing whales, American megachurches and ethical computer hacking, UW News and Information published some interesting stories during the summer.

Treasure trove of restricted social science data now available to Pacific Northwest researchers

The newly-opened Northwest Census Research Data Center in the University District will provide qualified researchers with access to restricted data.

The ‘grand duchess of jellyfish’ and her research

UW profs immortalized in Google T-shirt

September 25, 2012

Official Notice: Regents to hold Special Meeting on Sept. 28

The University of Washington Board of Regents will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, Sept. 28.

UW community invited to tour Montlake Tower

Montlake Tower, which overlooks Portage Bay, has distinctive architectural, technological and environmental elements.

Textbook rentals arrive at U Book Store

September 24, 2012

New York Times blog features UW scientist at sea

The New York Times’ Scientist at Work blog is featuring posts from Jim Thomson, an oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, as he seeks big waves in the North Pacific.

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News Digest: Discount Stanford tickets for faculty/staff, checklist for smart computing, scorecard for St. Helens, Honor: D. Boersma, environmental-humanities confab

Discount Stanford football game tickets for faculty/staff || It’s a new year: UW offers checklist for secure/smart computing || Dee Boersma receives Motar Board award || First transatlantic environmental humanities conference starts Friday

September 23, 2012

Large bacterial population colonized land 2.75 billion years ago

New University of Washington research suggests that early microbes might have been widespread on land, producing oxygen before the atmosphere was oxygen-rich.

September 20, 2012

Arts Roundup: Burke Museum activities, organ music and poetics

Weekend activities at the Burke Museum, Renaissance organ music in Kane Hall and a UW Bothell conference on poetics lead the last quiet week in UW arts before the new school year starts.

Low income linked to poorer health in both U.S. and England, despite different health systems

Although the English are generally healthier than Americans, both countries grapple with large health inequalities. A new study suggests that in both countries, health and wealth are tightly linked. The study, published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, links income level with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and other health conditions….

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Native health researcher bikes for Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund

Dr. Angela Gonzales will ride from Bellingham, Wash., to Ventura, Calif., to raise funds for Hopi cancer patients.

Beekeeping at the UW farm — UW 360 video

The original Twitter? Tiny electronic tags monitor birds’ social networks

A tiny digital tag developed at the UW can for the first time see when birds meet in the wild, offering a window into animal social networks. A study in Current Biology used the tags to track the social habits of New Caledonian crows, and found a surprising amount of interaction among the tool-using birds.

September 19, 2012

When students scram, tons of items find new homes

As a new school year begins, so do the university’s efforts to collect and donate reusable items that might otherwise go to the landfill including books that raise money to fight illiteracy and backpacks donated to Real Change newspaper sellers.

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September 18, 2012

Center for Chemical Innovation receives NSF reauthorization of $20 million

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant over five years in reauthorizing the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis based at the University of Washington.

Local scientists chosen for NIH High Risk High Rewards program

The scientists were selected for their inventive ideas to transform their field of research and improve the health of the public.

Remembering David Olson, UW professor emeritus of political science

A memorial service will be held later this fall for David Olson, highly respected professor emeritus of political science, who died on Saturday, Sept. 16.

A Look Inside UW’s Board Of Regents

News Digest: Virtually explore deep-sea volcanoes, iSchool documentary airs tonight, UW community building award

Explore deep-sea volcanoes, virtually || iSchool stars in new UWTV-produced documentary || Seattle Fandango to receive UW diversity award for community building

App lets you monitor lung health using only a smartphone

Feeling wheezy? You could call the doctor. Or soon you could use your smartphone to diagnose your lung health, with a new app that uses the frequencies in the breath to determine how much and how fast you can exhale.

September 17, 2012

University of Washington adds housing with big building boom

Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat

Scientists found that the habitat required for ringed seals — animals under consideration for the threatened species list — to rear their young will drastically shrink this century.

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September 14, 2012

Rideshare Mixer meant to help you find, create a carpool or vanpool

The first Rideshare Mixer next week – complete with free snacks, bowling and prizes in the newly renovated HUB games area – will provide tips from folks who already share their rides as well as information on how to find or create a carpool or vanpool.

Researchers come a step closer to finding HIV vaccine

Finding that the failed vaccine RV144 did offer some protection against certain HIV viruses suggests a more potent vaccine might be possible.

HUB gets a reboot for the 21st century

September 13, 2012

Documents that Changed the World podcasts: Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’

For the latest installment of  his Documents that Changed the World podcast series, Joe Janes takes a look at a small book that had a huge impact. “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tsetung,” also known as Mao’s “Little Red Book,” was published in 1965 and became one of the most widely printed and distributed books in…

After months on portable artificial heart, Alaska man receives transplant

Christopher Marshall underwent a seven-hour heart transplant surgery yesterday, Sept. 12, a UW Medical Center.

Arts Roundup: Student theater, Native American films — and the Burke gets buggy

The last couple of weeks before fall quarter begins are like the calm before the storm. In this otherwise quiet week, UWTV starts a new series featuring Native American filmmakers, the Undergraduate Theater Society sets its 2012-13 lineup and the Burke Museum goes buggy. Also, University of Washington Press reprints a powerful 1845 slave narrative…

Alaska man with artificial heart gets transplant at UW

September 12, 2012

Groceries and more: District Market opens in Alder Hall

There’s a new grocery store on campus. The District Market, with new deli, bakery, noodle bar and café, was built to serve students, but it’s open to all.

News Digest: Volunteer Saturday at Urban Hort, webcast compares Mars rover and undersea research, book out on floating homes

Join hundreds of volunteers Saturday putting a shine on Urban Hort || Thursday webcast links Mars rover to undersea research || Architecture graduate student pens book on Seattle’s floating homes

UW celebrates opening of new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building

The UW’s new Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building opens this fall with a series of kick-off events focused on this emerging area of research. The associated Institute will focus on research applications in medicine and clean energy.

West Seattle hum apparently not so fishy

Official U.S. poverty rate remains high, middle class incomes decline

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show that, after increasing since 2008, the poverty rate for the U.S. remained stable at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. In Washington state, the estimated poverty rate increased from 11.5 percent (774,000 residents) to 12.5 percent (854,000 residents) between 2010 and 2011.

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September 11, 2012

Freshman Convocation marks opening of UW’s school year

University of Washington President Michael Young will be the featured speaker at the UW’s 29th annual Freshman Convocation, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. About 4,800 people are expected to attend this event, which welcomes the entering class. Convocation officially marks the beginning of…

Open for business: The HUB is back

After a makeover lasting nearly 2½ years, the Husky Union Building opened on Monday, though it will continue in transition for the next couple of weeks.

September 10, 2012

Slayton to become chair of Pediatric Dentistry

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