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November 13, 2012

Foremost expert on Finnish education system to lecture Nov. 14

The foremost analyst of Finland’s superior education system will present a public lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in 210 Kane Hall.

November 9, 2012

UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics named for William E. Boeing

The UW Board of Regents yesterday approved a name change to the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, recognizing the shared history of UW aeronautics and The Boeing Company, and honoring the man who launched them both.

November 8, 2012

Extra chromosome 21 removed from Down syndrome cell line

The approach could lead to cell therapy treatments for some of the blood-forming disorders that accompany the common genetic condition.

UW commemorates Veterans Day with ceremony, first-time award for alumni veteran

The University of Washington will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 near the Medal of Honor Memorial at the foot of Memorial Way.

A change has come and it’s deep

Pamela Mitchell receives American Heart Association’s highest nursing award

Mitchell, honored for her work with stroke survivors, is involved in improving the lives of cardiovascular disease patients who have depression.

UW research: Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ a slow walker

Doctors also biased against fat people, UW-led study finds

UW electronics-recycling pledge: Prevent harm to people, environment

The University of Washington has become the first university nationally to sign the e-Stewards Enterprise Commitment, a pledge to be globally responsible in recycling electronic equipment.


Arts Roundup: Art, lectures, drama, ballet — and Nancy Pearl

The School of Drama leads this busy week in the arts on campus that also includes a weekend workshop at the Henry Art Gallery and a performance by the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

November 7, 2012

UW’s president shares his musical preferences

November 6, 2012

News Digest: Free energy-saving tool for computers, Upward Bound math-science grant, MathAcrossCampus Friday, Honor: Sam Wasser

UW offers free tool to manage power usage, patch common software || UW receives first Upward Bound math-science grant in state || Sam Wasser, conservation canines earn Alberta environmental award

UW-led research gives new outlook for color blindness

November 5, 2012

Home sales, median prices up in Washington; affordability slips

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the third quarter of 2012 as median selling prices and the number of homes sold both increased, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Existing home sales increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter, to seasonally adjusted annual rate of…

Raised in segregated south, diversity expert reflects on progress, upcoming conference

The Center for Multicultural Education, part of the University of Washington’s College of Education, will celebrate its 20th year with a conference and book launch Friday, Nov. 9.


November 2, 2012

Treating Doris: Health sciences students practice team-based clinical problem solving

A training event prepared 450 health sciences students for interprofessional teamwork and reminded them they aren’t alone in making tough clinical decisions.

Photo Gallery: W Day

Celebrating the University of Washington’s 151st birthday. Learn more about W Day. See additional photos on UW’s official Facebook page.

To tweet or not to tweet

Legal marijuana, charter schools pulling ahead

November 1, 2012

Prewar citizen complaints to government explored in ‘This is Not Civil Rights’

George Lovell, UW associate professor of political science, is the author of “This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America,” published in October by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What is the basic concept behind “This is Not Civil Rights”? The book…

Arts Roundup: Music, art at Hall Health — and the play ‘Landscape of the Body’

A bustling week in UW arts as we head into a rainy November. Common Book author Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot speaks, violist Melia Watras reteams with an old colleague, the School of Drama starts its season and more.

October 31, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: An 18 1/2-minute presidential mystery

The latest Document that Changed the World: The 18 ½-minute gap in President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes.

W Day: Celebrate the UW’s birthday on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

October 30, 2012

News Digest: Governor appoints O’Donnell, self-defense classes start, campus commuter survey, bicyclists to Ride in the Rain, observations of Istanbul, institute to reduce health disparities

Governor appoints Matthew O’Donnell to aerospace board || Women’s self-defense classes start Thursday || Transportation Services launches survey of commuters || Bicyclists invited to Ride in the Rain || Runstad fellows present observations of Istanbul || Institute awarded $6.29 million to reduce health disparities

UW geographer Victoria Lawson to deliver Katz Lecture

Victoria Lawson, a UW geography professor, will kick off the 2012-2013 Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series with a talk Nov. 7 titled “A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship.”

UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass dissects the ‘Super Storm’

October 29, 2012

Revived Huskies Stun No. 7 Beavers

Early autism intervention improves brain responses to social cues

An autism intervention program that emphasizes social interactions improves cognitive skills and brain responses to faces, the first demonstration that an intensive behavioral intervention can change brain function in toddlers with autism.

Applications sought for UW-University of Ljubljana exchange

The University of Washington – University of Ljubljana Exchange Committee invites applications.

A new vision of democratic individualism in ‘Awakening to Race’

Jack Turner, UW assistant professor of political science, is the author of “Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America,” published this month by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What’s the central concept behind “Awakening to Race”? The book addresses the challenge of racial…

October 26, 2012

Got a mystery plant? Sounds like a job for the UW herbarium

Lost and Found Films: Sumo wrestling, but when?

This time we present the shortest Lost and Found Film footage ever – about 12 seconds of sumo wrestling action from UW Libraries Special Collections’ Nippon Kan Theatre Collection. Lost and Found Films is an occasional UW Today series where readers help identify and explain historic bits of film from the 1930s through the 1970s…

October 25, 2012

Arts Roundup: Kathy Mattea, La Catrina Quartet, art, theater — and Halloween organ music

Big names in music from campus and beyond lead a busy week in UW Arts that also features new art exhibits, undergraduate theater and the annual Halloween Organ Concert on the famous Littlefield Organ.

Faculty Senate chair provides historical perspective on shared governance

New Faculty Senate chair adds historical perspective to shared governance.

Students win $100K for 3-D printer to turn waste plastic into composting toilets, rainwater harvesting systems

Three undergraduates won $100,000 to form a company that will work with partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, to build machines that can transform waste plastic into composting toilets and pieces for rainwater harvesting systems.


October 24, 2012

University of Washington launches research phase of smart grid project

The University of Washington marked the start of the data-gathering phase of the UW Smart Grid Project with an event featuring Washington’s two US Senators.

SpaceScout app hunts for study spaces, and MyUW goes mobile for students

SpaceScout, available on the web or as an iPhone app, lets users enter various criteria to find the perfect study space on campus. The tool was developed by UW-IT, which this week also launched a mobile version of MyUW for students.

UW plugs in to ‘smart grid’ regional power use experiment

October 23, 2012

Scholarly publishing’s gender gap

News Digest: First “Scientific Lens” talk is Wednesday, libraries mark Open Access Week, Evans school’s Ideas for Action awards, Johnston on sustainability board

Imaging deep-water, extreme environments, Oct. 24, is first in “Scientific Lens” series || UW Libraries events mark Open Access Week || Ideas for Action, Evans School-sponsored project, announces grants || Ruth Johnston on board of sustainability association

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