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October 2, 2012

Sticky paper offers cheap, easy solution for paper-based diagnostics

Global health researchers are working on cheap systems like a home-based pregnancy test that might work for malaria, diabetes or other diseases. A new chemical technique makes medically interesting molecules stick to regular paper — a possible route to building such paper-based diagnostics from paper you could buy at an office-supply store.

News Digest: Fish and Wildlife director speaks Oct. 3, Rideshare options in face of bus cuts

Fish and Wildlife director, a UW alum, speaks Oct. 3 || UW Rideshare options in face of Metro bus route cuts

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UW scientists team with Coast Guard to explore ice-free Arctic Ocean — with slideshow

UW scientists are teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard to study the new frontier in the Arctic Ocean opened up with the melting ice.

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‘A-game’ strategies for parents, coaches in youth sports

Parents typically are the biggest headaches for coaches in youth sports. In two new books, UW psychology professors share strategies to help parents and coaches work together to help kids get more out of sports.

October 1, 2012

UW Libraries aims to preserve historic athletics footage

Among voters lacking strong party preferences, Obama faces 20 percent handicap due to race bias

Race biases are having a strong anti-Obama effect among the least politically partisan voters, according to a study by Anthony Greenwald, a UW psychology professor.

News Digest: Rainfall rivalry, talk by Japanese ambassador

Friendly competition pits Washington volunteer rainfall observers against Oregon || Japanese ambassador to U.S. to speak at UW

UW composer fills arboretum byways with her ‘Music of Trees’

A UW doctoral student in musical composition uses sounds from the Washington Park Arboretum to create music that’s part natural, part imagined.

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September 28, 2012

Duplex-sequencing method could lead to better cancer detection and treatment

Two young UW researchers sought to reduce the error rate in DNA sequencing to better pinpoint cells that are mutating.

Documents that Changed the World: The Internet Protocol, 1981

It’s a global communication platform to some and just “a series of tubes” to others, but there’s no question the Internet was revolutionary. But how exactly does it work, and how did it get started?

News Digest: Poplar rates LEED gold, molecular engineering doc airs tomorrow, next flu shot clinic Oct. 15

LEED gold rating for student residence Poplar Hall || Molecular engineering and science documentary airs tomorrow || Next flu shot clinic Oct. 15 at UW Tower

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Montlake Boulevard detours start Friday evening

Part of Montlake Boulevard will be down to one lane starting 7 p.m. Friday and will be completely closed from 2 p.m. Saturday until the early morning hours of Monday.

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September 27, 2012

Dynamics of DNA packaging helps regulate heart formation

Findings suggest new ways to study controls of early human development, causes of birth defects, and regeneration of damaged tissue.

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, music, dance — and valuing live versus digital

School of Drama lectures explore the value of live performance in a digital world — plus faculty art at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and a new exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery.

Browser plug-in helps people balance their political news reading habits

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, many voters become voracious consumers of online political news. A new tool tracks whether all those articles really provide a balanced view of the debate – and, if not, suggests some sites that offer opinions from the other side of the political spectrum.

State Supreme Court campaign shows race still matters

September 26, 2012

Singing whales and Noah’s flood: Summer stories you may have missed

From reports on new planets to singing whales, American megachurches and ethical computer hacking, UW News and Information published some interesting stories during the summer.

Treasure trove of restricted social science data now available to Pacific Northwest researchers

The newly-opened Northwest Census Research Data Center in the University District will provide qualified researchers with access to restricted data.

The ‘grand duchess of jellyfish’ and her research

UW profs immortalized in Google T-shirt

September 25, 2012

Official Notice: Regents to hold Special Meeting on Sept. 28

The University of Washington Board of Regents will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, Sept. 28.

UW community invited to tour Montlake Tower

Montlake Tower, which overlooks Portage Bay, has distinctive architectural, technological and environmental elements.

Textbook rentals arrive at U Book Store

September 24, 2012

New York Times blog features UW scientist at sea

The New York Times’ Scientist at Work blog is featuring posts from Jim Thomson, an oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, as he seeks big waves in the North Pacific.

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News Digest: Discount Stanford tickets for faculty/staff, checklist for smart computing, scorecard for St. Helens, Honor: D. Boersma, environmental-humanities confab

Discount Stanford football game tickets for faculty/staff || It’s a new year: UW offers checklist for secure/smart computing || Dee Boersma receives Motar Board award || First transatlantic environmental humanities conference starts Friday

September 23, 2012

Large bacterial population colonized land 2.75 billion years ago

New University of Washington research suggests that early microbes might have been widespread on land, producing oxygen before the atmosphere was oxygen-rich.

September 20, 2012

Arts Roundup: Burke Museum activities, organ music and poetics

Weekend activities at the Burke Museum, Renaissance organ music in Kane Hall and a UW Bothell conference on poetics lead the last quiet week in UW arts before the new school year starts.

Low income linked to poorer health in both U.S. and England, despite different health systems

Although the English are generally healthier than Americans, both countries grapple with large health inequalities. A new study suggests that in both countries, health and wealth are tightly linked. The study, published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, links income level with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and other health conditions….

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Native health researcher bikes for Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund

Dr. Angela Gonzales will ride from Bellingham, Wash., to Ventura, Calif., to raise funds for Hopi cancer patients.

Beekeeping at the UW farm — UW 360 video

The original Twitter? Tiny electronic tags monitor birds’ social networks

A tiny digital tag developed at the UW can for the first time see when birds meet in the wild, offering a window into animal social networks. A study in Current Biology used the tags to track the social habits of New Caledonian crows, and found a surprising amount of interaction among the tool-using birds.

September 19, 2012

When students scram, tons of items find new homes

As a new school year begins, so do the university’s efforts to collect and donate reusable items that might otherwise go to the landfill including books that raise money to fight illiteracy and backpacks donated to Real Change newspaper sellers.

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September 18, 2012

Center for Chemical Innovation receives NSF reauthorization of $20 million

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant over five years in reauthorizing the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis based at the University of Washington.

Local scientists chosen for NIH High Risk High Rewards program

The scientists were selected for their inventive ideas to transform their field of research and improve the health of the public.

Remembering David Olson, UW professor emeritus of political science

A memorial service will be held later this fall for David Olson, highly respected professor emeritus of political science, who died on Saturday, Sept. 16.

A Look Inside UW’s Board Of Regents

News Digest: Virtually explore deep-sea volcanoes, iSchool documentary airs tonight, UW community building award

Explore deep-sea volcanoes, virtually || iSchool stars in new UWTV-produced documentary || Seattle Fandango to receive UW diversity award for community building

App lets you monitor lung health using only a smartphone

Feeling wheezy? You could call the doctor. Or soon you could use your smartphone to diagnose your lung health, with a new app that uses the frequencies in the breath to determine how much and how fast you can exhale.

September 17, 2012

University of Washington adds housing with big building boom

Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat

Scientists found that the habitat required for ringed seals — animals under consideration for the threatened species list — to rear their young will drastically shrink this century.

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