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August 1, 2013

Burnt sugar-derivative reduces muscle wasting in fly and mouse models of muscular dystrophy

A trace substance in caramelized sugar, when purified and given in appropriate doses, improves muscle regeneration in insect and animal models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Scientists review the ecological effects of sea ice loss

A UW atmospheric scientist is co-author of a review paper, published this week in the journal Science, looking at the ecological consequences of sea ice decline.

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Lost and Found Film: ‘History and Industry, 1965’

The title of the latest Lost and Found Film — “History and Industry, 1965” gives away the “where” and the “when” of the mystery footage —it’s the “what” and “why” parts that film archivist Hannah Palin is interested in.

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July 31, 2013

University presidents urge President Obama, Congress to address “innovation deficit”

University of Washington President Michael K. Young today joined more than 160 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.”

July 30, 2013

Fifty years of ecological insights earn UW biologist international award

Biologist Robert Paine has been awarded this year’s International Cosmos Prize that carries a cash award of about $408,000 and has previously gone to well-known conservationists such as David Attenborough and the leaders behind the Census of Marine Life project.

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Santa’s workshop not flooded – but lots of melting in the Arctic

Widespread media reports of a lake at the North Pole don’t hold water — but scientists who deployed the monitoring buoys are watching closely as Arctic sea ice approaches its yearly minimum.

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July 29, 2013

Planetary ‘runaway greenhouse’ more easily triggered, research shows

It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research.

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Natural affinities – unrecognized until now – may have set stage for life to ignite

It might not have been just happenstance that caused components of RNA and the earliest “cell” membranes to be in the right place at the right time to spark life.

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UW welcomes Denzil Suite, vice president for student life

The University of Washington on July 29 welcomed Denzil Suite as vice president for student life.

July 28, 2013

Breakthrough in detecting DNA mutations could help treat tuberculosis, cancer

Researchers have developed a new method that can look at a specific segment of DNA and pinpoint a single mutation, which could help diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis.

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July 25, 2013

Dental school mourns alumnus Dr. Vincent G. Kokich

The Northwest has the best summer in the nation. But why?

University of Washington ranked eighth in country by Forbes

The University of Washington was ranked eighth among public universities in the country (excluding federally-funded military academies) in the quality of undergraduate education, according to Forbes.

Video: Building the Galapagos penguin population

July 24, 2013

Fish-ear bones offer clues to health of ocean, species

Literary arts: Discarded books become art in UW Summer Youth Programs class

Can a book be a sculpture? Sure — at UW Summer Youth Programs, it’s all part of the creative process.

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July 23, 2013

Pain of artificial legs could be eased by real-time monitoring

University of Washington engineers have developed a device that tracks how much a person’s limb swells and shrinks when inside a prosthetic socket. The data could help doctors and patients predict how and when their limbs will swell, which could be used to build smarter sockets.

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July 22, 2013

Geochemical ‘fingerprints’ leave evidence that megafloods eroded steep gorge

For the first time, scientists have direct geochemical evidence that the 150-mile long Tsangpo Gorge, possibly the world’s deepest, was the conduit by which megafloods from glacial lakes, perhaps half the volume of Lake Erie, drained catastrophically through the Himalayas when their ice dams failed during the last 2 million years.

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July 19, 2013

Nighttime heat waves quadruple in Pacific Northwest

Nighttime heat waves — events where the nighttime low is unusually hot for at least three days in a row — are becoming more common in western Washington and Oregon.

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July 18, 2013

Board of Regents — August 8 Meeting Canceled

The meeting of the Board of Regents for Thursday, August 8, is canceled. The next Regular Meeting of the Board is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Petersen Room of the Allen Library.  Agendas and schedule will be available after noon on Friday, Sept. 6.

Falling from windows is serious risk for small children

A few safety measures can help those with young children at home reduce the chance of window falls.

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UW launches record 17 startup companies

The University of Washington launched a record 17 startup companies this fiscal year.

A warmer planetary haven around cool stars, as ice warms rather than cools

In a bit of cosmic irony, planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter stars. This is due to the interaction of a star’s light with ice and snow on the planet’s surface.

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Arts Roundup: Art exhibits and 2013-14 drama, World Series schedules

Even in July, there are UW arts events to take in, as the sun and clouds battle for attention overhead. Plus, the School of Drama and UW World Series announce their 2013-14 seasons.

July 17, 2013

Northwest scientists using drones to spy on nature

July 16, 2013

UW Medicine hospitals rank highly in latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.

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News Digest: UW unveils events calendar, ocean expedition blog

New UW events calendar now available || Follow ocean expedition via bilingual blog, photo page

UW welcomes Azita Emami, dean of School of Nursing

Azita Emami recently joined the School of Nursing as the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean.

Eye-tracking could outshine passwords if made user-friendly

University of Washington engineers found in a recent study that the user’s experience could be key to creating an authentication system that doesn’t rely on passwords.

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July 15, 2013

Ecological forces structure your body’s personal mix of microbes

Researchers hope to build a predictive model of the human microbiome to study what affects this massive biological system and to design ways to manipulate the microbiome to achieve desired clinical outcomes.

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UW welcomes Michael Bragg, dean of the College of Engineering

The UW welcomes today (July 15) Michael B. Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering.

July 14, 2013

Some volcanoes ‘scream’ at ever-higher pitches until they blow their tops

Swarms of small earthquakes before a volcanic eruption can come in such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor. A new eruption analysis from Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano shows the harmonic tremor glided to higher frequencies, then stopped abruptly just before six eruptions in 2009.

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July 12, 2013

UW to offer new musical theater degree

July 11, 2013

Health facilities earn inclusion in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s U.S. index

UW Medicine hospitals and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were Identified as National ‘Leaders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Healthcare Equality’

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Arts Roundup: Art, photography — and ‘The Ghost of Architecture’ at the Henry

A new exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery leads this slow summer week in UW arts. Plus, there are some interesting off-campus events involving UW talents.

UW hosts national conference on higher ed advocacy

UW Impact, the legislative advocacy program created by the University of Washington Alumni Association, is hosting a national conference of public higher education advocates.

July 10, 2013

Julia Parrish speaks at White House about citizen science

Julia Parrish was one of 12 “champions of change” invited to share their ideas on public engagement in science and science literacy June 25 at the White House.

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Greater activity having little impact on obesity

Park carbon dioxide under our feet with a biocarbon approach

Global study stresses importance of public Internet access

Millions of people in low-income countries still depend on public computer and Internet access venues despite the global proliferation of mobile phones and home computers.

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