UW Today

February 27, 2014

Battery-free technology brings gesture recognition to all devices

University of Washington computer scientists have built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements. The prototype, called “AllSee,” uses existing TV signals as both a power source and the means for detecting a user’s gesture command.

February 26, 2014

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, dance — and ‘The Arabian Nights’

Exhibit openings, music, theater and dance performances fill this especially busy week in the arts.

Pine forest particles appear out of thin air, influence climate

German, Finnish and U.S. scientists have discovered how gas wafting from coniferous trees creates particles that can reflect sunlight or promote formation of clouds.

Whales, ships more common through Bering Strait

A three-year survey of whales in the Bering Strait reveals that many species of whales are using the narrow waterway, while shipping and commercial traffic also increase.

February 25, 2014

Joel Migdal book ‘Shifting Sands’ considers American role in Middle East

Migdal, UW professor of international studies, discusses his latest book, “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East.”

February 24, 2014

Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence opens with lecture on changing culture of aging

The University of Washington’s School of Social Work will launch a new center – called the Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work – with a public lecture and reception Thursday, Feb. 27.

News Digest: Justice Sotomayor visit, donate frequent flyer miles

Tickets available starting Tuesday for Justice Sotomayor visit || Donate frequent flyer miles to UW Combined Fund Drive, Make-A-Wish

Vitamin water: Measuring essential nutrients in the ocean

Oceanographers have found that archaea, a type of marine microbe, can produce B-12 vitamins in the ocean.

February 21, 2014

News Digest; Literary conference; Honor: Classics department

Writers to gather in Seattle for literary conference || Classics department wins new award for professional equity

February 20, 2014

Notice of Possible Rule Making — Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (per RCW 34.05.310)

Subject of Possible Rule Making:  WAC 478-136-041, Alcoholic Beverage Policy, and WAC 478-137-050, Limitations on Use Statutes Authorizing the University to Adopt Rules on This Subject:  RCW 28B.20.130. Reasons Why Rules on This Subject May Be Needed and What They Might Accomplish:  Due to recent changes in the state Liquor Control Board’s rules for the special

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