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December 11, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’

Joe Janes of the UW Information School visits the arcane world of parliamentary procedure in the latest entry to his Documents that Changed the World podcast series.

December 10, 2012

Armbrust shares $35 million to investigate tiniest ocean regulators

Oceanographer Ginger Armbrust has received a multi-million dollar award to spend as she wishes on her research into ocean microbes and their role in regulating ocean environments and our atmosphere.


Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

A British philosopher once suggested the possibility that our universe might be a computer simulation run by our descendants. A team of physicists at UW has devised a potential test to see if the idea has merit.


December 7, 2012

UW Bothell celebrates opening of sports and recreation complex – with video

UW Bothell celebrated the grand opening Thursday of the $3.3 million, 2.5 acre sports and recreation complex.

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

The ASL-STEM Forum is a crowdsourcing project, similar to Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary, that creates a new sign language for the latest scientific and technical terms.


Greenland ice sheet carries evidence of increased atmospheric acidity

Research suggests rising atmospheric acidity is probably why levels of the isotope nitrogen-15 in Greenland ice samples dropped around the time of the Industrial Revolution.

December 6, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art, plays, the University Symphony — and ‘Pippin’ continues

The University Symphony and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s popular production of “Pippin” lead this week’s busy UW arts schedule.

Moths wired two ways to take advantage of floral potluck

Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers because of two distinct “channels” in their brains, scientists have discovered.


Tipsy? UW expert’s tips for reining in holiday drinking

The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. UW’s Dennis Donovan offers advice for how to drink moderately, and treatment approaches he’s used with people recovering from alcohol problems.


December 4, 2012

Crowdsourcing the cosmos: Astronomers welcome all to identify star clusters in Andromeda galaxy

Astronomers are inviting the public to search Hubble Space Telescope images of the Andromeda galaxy to help identify star clusters and increase understanding of how galaxies evolve. The new Andromeda Project, set to study thousands of high-resolution Hubble images, is a collaboration among scientists at the University of Washington, the University of Utah and several…

Scientists find oldest dinosaur – or closest relative yet

Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs.


‘Fiscal cliff’ challenge explored in ‘Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving’

UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”

December 3, 2012

Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin

The Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands, long shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government, are a seismic and volcanic hotbed with a potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin.


November 30, 2012

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers show promise as a cheap, versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will further test the system’s versatility and feasibility.


November 29, 2012

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch

These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.

AAAS names 11 UW researchers as fellows

Eleven University of Washington researchers are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News Digest: Faculty Senate vice chair nominations due, carbon efficient cities subject of book

Nomination deadline Monday for vice chair of Faculty Senate || ‘The Carbon Efficient City’ discusses sustainable development

Arts Roundup: Music galore, plus ‘Pippin’ and choirs combine for holiday CarolFest

Music — and musical theater — rule this packed week in UW arts. Take your pick from choirs and choruses, jazz, percussion, world music and campus bands, the musical “Pippin” and the opera “Die Fledermaus.”

International study provides more solid measure of shrinking in polar ice sheets

Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.


November 28, 2012

Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years

The spectrum of human genetic diversity today is vastly different than what it was only 200 to 400 generations ago.

Hungry salmon a problem for restoration efforts

Food webs needed by young salmon in the Columbia River basin are likely compromised in places, something that should be considered when prioritizing expensive restoration activities.


News Digest: Honor: International Green Award bronze, research-collaboration website launches

UW receives International Green Award bronze || UW launches website to help foster research collaboration

Official notice: Opportunity to comment on access to public records

There will be a public hearing Friday, Dec. 7, concerning proposed amendments to rules governing access to public records.

UW regent: Renew commitment to higher ed funding

State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification

UW to host Institute of Medicine regional meeting Dec. 6

News and Information

The Institute of Medicine, an independent nonprofit organization that provides advice to members of Congress and other decision makers on how to advance the nation’s health and health care, will hold a regional meeting Dec. 6 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

Institute of Medicine logoChristopher J.L. Murray, UW professor of global health and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, will give a public talk, “Global Burden of Disease: Implications for the United States,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register, go to www.iom.edu/SeattlePublicReg.

Murray’s talk is a preview of the publication of a long-awaited study from the institute involving hundreds of researchers around the world. The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 Study, to be published in The Lancet on Dec. 14, will look at the biggest burden of disease for 21 regions and three time periods – 1990, 2005 and 2010. The results reveal substantial shifts during the past 20 years, including that more young adults than children are dying, and that there has been a rise in noncommunicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine, will also speak.

Since the 1970 inception of the Institute of Medicine, 53 UW faculty members have been elected.

The institute is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered in 1863 and has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which in addition to the institute also include the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Each year, more than 2,000 members and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the institute’s work.

November 27, 2012

University of Washington to sever business relationship with Adidas

University of Washington President Michael K. Young has instructed the university’s Office of Trademarks and Licensing to sever the university’s business relationship with Adidas.

November 26, 2012

Minorities could redraw state’s political landscape

November 21, 2012

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, theater, museum activities — and School of Music jazz and ensemble concerts

Exhibits, weekend fun at the Burke Museum and an ensemble concert by the Chamber Singers and University Chorale highlight the week in campus arts.

UW rates gold in sustainability assessment, strongest performer in Pac-12

The UW has the strongest sustainability performance in the Pac-12 according to a new rating system.


The radical roots of Yesler Terrace

News digest: WWI Christmas Truce lecture, winter-weather policy overviews, Honor: Rob Corser

WWI Christmas Truce subject of Dec. 5 lecture || Winter weather on the way, UW has policies || Rob Corser among 30 ‘most admired educators’ in design

Official notice: Rules for residence halls, family apartments under review

A public hearing is scheduled Nov. 29 concerning proposed amendments to rules for the University of Washington residence halls and family housing apartments.


November 20, 2012

New study suggests charter schools may not systematically under-enroll students with special needs

Charter schools may be doing better at enrolling students with special needs than many believe, according to a new report by UW’s Center on Reinventing Public Education.


Why E.T. would also breathe oxygen

November 19, 2012

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in form of muscular dystrophy

Studying the molecular basis of progressive muscle weakness may lead to therapies to prevent or reduce symptoms.

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

UW astronomers find that planets orbiting white and brown dwarfs are unlikely to be good candidates for sustaining life.


Admissions director holds key to UW’s door

November 16, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: Gutenberg indulgence, 1454

Joe Janes goes back to the fifteenth century and the work of Johannes Gutenberg for this installment in his series of podcasts, Documents that Changed the World.

Leadership award given to late Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson

Nelson, and several other School of Pharmacy alumni, were honored for their contributions to their profession, their patients and their community at large.

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