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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.

David Eaton selected as dean of Graduate School

David L. Eaton, associate vice provost for research and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, has been selected as dean of the Graduate School, effective March 15, UW President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of…

January 7, 2013

Judith Ramey appointed interim dean of UW College of Engineering

Judith Ramey, professor and former chair in the UW’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, is named interim dean of the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.

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University of Washington selects Azita Emami as dean of School of Nursing

Azita Emami, dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, will be the new dean of the UW School of Nursing.

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Human trafficking conference to focus on poverty, trade policy

Human trafficking is commonly thought of as part of the sex trade, but in reality it entangles many more types of labor and continues to grow worldwide even as laws try to squelch it. The UW Women’s Center will hold a conference Jan. 11-12 to take a fresh look at the issue.

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January 4, 2013

Many unaware of radiation risk from CT scans

January 3, 2013

Arts Roundup: Student art and a new library exhibit as quarter begins

A new student art exhibit and a UW Libraries exhibit about printmaker Richard V. Correll are featured this week.

January 2, 2013

Let there be daylight: New book illustrates use of natural light in design — with slide show

Christopher Meek, research associate professor of architecture, answers questions about the book he co-authored, “Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest.”

UW student gets degree months after his death

While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers

Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought.

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December 31, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Daniela Witten

Daniela Witten named one of Forbes’ rising stars

Study shows naloxone kits cost-effective in preventing overdose deaths

Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone can help save lives. Efforts are under way to make similar kits available for prescription opioid users.

In rain and snow at home, Seahawks much more likely to win

The Seahawks win four times as many home games as they lose when the weather is inclement, compared to less than two to one when it’s not.

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Baby genome listed in top 10 discoveries in 2012

Sayonara to sopping year — with one big dry spell

December 28, 2012

Husky alums influence Northwest wine industry

Surgery establishes penile sensation in men with spina bifida

The new procedure may improve the quality of life for men with spinal cord lesions or injuries.

December 27, 2012

Academic medicine has major economic impact on the state and the nation

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that its member medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of more than $587 billion in the United States in 2011

December 26, 2012

Piranha kin wielded dental weaponry even T. rex would have admired — with video

Taking into consideration size, an ancient relative of piranhas weighing about 20 pounds delivered a bite with more force than prehistoric whale-eating sharks or – even – Tyrannosaurus rex.

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For New Year’s resolutions to stick, plan ahead

This year, for sure, you will lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, learn a new language, get a better job, and travel to exotic lands. And of course you’re going to eat better, stress less and create (and stick to) a household budget – all while spending more time with the family. It’s gonna happen!…

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December 24, 2012

Dentistry sculpture winners named

Wire, rubber bands and dental acrylics are fashioned into sculptures for the annual Department of Orthodontics contest.

December 21, 2012

Training Xchange puts UW research advances into practitioners’ hands

The UW is expanding its Training Xchange initiative to help researchers transmit innovations in healthcare and other fields to professionals locally and beyond the Northwest.

UW Bothell biologist wins teaching honor from Science

December 20, 2012

Mild brain cooling after head injury prevents epileptic seizures in lab study

Traumatic head injury is the leading cause of acquired epilepsy in young adults, and at present there is no treatment to prevent or cure it.

UW geneticist gets the Hollywood treatment

December 19, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy statement on pesticide exposure in children

Chronic low levels of pesticides are detrimental to children’s health: evidence suggests they may induce neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma and cancer.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Governor’s Day, 1941’

The University of Washington prepares for war in “Governor’s Day,” the latest installment of the Lost and Found Films series.

Composting confusion rampant in UW waste bins, study finds

A study of waste bins at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus revealed that 88 percent of the contents in trash bins could have been recycled or composted. Most – 72 percent – of what didn’t belong in trash bins turned out to be compostable items, such as food, carry-out containers and paper coffee cups.

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December 18, 2012

Eerie photos show ‘flowers’ made of Arctic ice

Burke Museum exhibit explores the impact of plastics

Ecological avatars predict species invasions

Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service gives $1.15 million to transform education of dentists

Under new dean Dr. Joel Berg the school has launched a plan to revamp its clinical education and curriculum.

December 17, 2012

Plumes across the Pacific deliver thousands of microbial species to West Coast

Microorganisms – 99 percent more kinds than had been reported in findings published just four months ago – are hitching rides in the upper troposphere from Asia.

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