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September 10, 2012

Crows react to threats in human-like way

Crows and humans share the ability to recognize faces and associate them with negative and positive feelings. The way the brain activates during that process is something the two species also appear to share.

News Digest: Honor: Doug Parish and Ray Wilson, NASA taps UW to study the origin of life in the universe, new director of real estate studies

UWPD officers honored for lifesaving work || NASA taps UW team to study origin, distribution of life in the universe || Stephen O’Connor new director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies

Annoying Seattle sound may be fish mating call

September 7, 2012

Piecing together Patagonia’s ancient vegetation

September 6, 2012

Arts Roundup: Films, records, art — and the School of Drama’s new season

The arts calendar is filling with cool events, from record appreciation at the Henry Art Gallery to moth appreciation at the Burke Museum.

Hospitals that make longer attempts at resuscitation have higher survival rates

Findings challenge the assumption that, if a pulse is not restored soon, continuing resuscitation efforts is futile.

September 5, 2012

Dinosaur die out might have been second of two closely timed extinctions

New UW research indicates that shortly before an asteroid impact spelled doom for the dinosaurs, a separate extinction triggered by volcanic eruptions killed life on the ocean floor.

Encyclopedia of DNA elements compiled; UW a key force in Project ENCODE

An international team of researchers has made headway toward a comprehensive listing of all the working parts of the human genome. More than 30 scientific papers appear today, include major work by UW researchers. The London Museum of Science celebrates with ceiling banners and aerial dancers.

Millions of DNA switches that power human genome’s operating system are discovered

Scientists created comprehensive maps of elusive gene-controlling DNA and a dictionary of the human genome’s programming language

Researchers unlock disease information hidden in genome’s control circuitry

Most genetic changes linked to more than 400 common diseases affect regions of DNA that dictate when genes are switched on or off. Many of these changes affect circuits active during early human development.

UW’s brave (and bright!) new molecular engineering lab

September 4, 2012

Rocket science coming to the Yakama Nation

Middle school and high school students from the Yakama Nation will have a chance this weekend to peer into space or learn the basics of rocket flight during a daylong festival with scientists from UW and other institutions.

Gardener’s delight offers glimpse into the evolution of flowering plants

Double flowers – though beautiful – are mutants. UW biologists have found the class of genes responsible in a plant lineage more ancient than the one previously studied, offering a glimpse even further back into the evolutionary development of flowers.

September 2, 2012

Revamped Huskies defense holds off SDSU

August 31, 2012

‘Mobile Moms’ to boost health of women in Timor-Leste

To improve the odds for mothers and their newborns in the new nation of Timor-Leste, a non-profit affiliated with the UW School of Public Health has launched a first-ever mobile phone project.

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Lost and Found Films: Taking a survey in 1956

Can you help identify this old bit of film from the library archives?

August 30, 2012

Official Notice: Financial Conflict of Interest Policy

GIM-10 and GIM-7 are now revised to ensure compliance with the new Public Health Service financial conflict of interest regulations. Investigators are expected to be in full compliance of the revised GIM-10 as of Aug. 24. Implementation systems and processes, such as the financial interest disclosure system and financial conflict of interest training, can be…

New program joins computer science and design experts at UW, Tsinghua University

This summer the UW hosted the first World Lab Summer Institute, which brings together computing and design students from the UW and Beijing’s Tsinghua University. The students spent seven weeks devising ways that technology could be used to address global issues in health, environment and education.

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August 29, 2012

From UW to Mars, sundial has an important role

With the recent landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, for the third time a timepiece assembled at the University of Washington has found a home on the Red Planet.

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August 28, 2012

Documents that Changed the World podcasts: John Snow’s cholera map, 1854

One well meant life, the other death by cholera. this Documents that Changed the World podcast is about a map used to unlock the mystery of plague contagion.

News Digest: Franklin is plenary speaker, patent and trademark pilot launched, Honor: Ed Lazowska, financial conflict of interest regs in effect

Franklin gives plenary at ecological society meeting || Law launches pilot project in patent, trademark law || Ed Lazowska receives Vollum Award || Official notice: New financial conflict of interest regulations in effect

UW professor tracking down elephant poachers

August 27, 2012

Alaska cruise passenger airlifted to Harborview for blood clot treatment

Sarah Davis took an unexpected side trip during an Alaskan cruise last week. While the Beaufort, S.C., resident was admiring the rugged scenery with her family, she developed debilitating pain in her leg. In the middle of the night,the ship’s physician diagnosed a dangerous blood clot. At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in Seattle, UW Medicine…

UW ranked eighth nationally by Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly, which ranks universities based upon social mobility, research production and commitment to service, has ranked the University of Washington eighth among national universities for 2012.

August 24, 2012

UW’s Formula Motorsports race car finishes strong

August 23, 2012

Arts Roundup: Special Collections library exhibits

Two thoughtfully produced Special Collections library displays lead an otherwise sleepy summer week in arts at the UW.

August 22, 2012

Inside the Botany Greenhouse

Low-dose sedative alleviates autistic-like behavior in mice with Dravet syndrome mutation

UW researchers have found that a low dose of the sedative clonazepam alleviated autistic-like behavior in mice with a mutation that causes Dravet syndrome in humans.

August 21, 2012

66th field season underway in world’s longest-running effort to monitor salmon

The UW’s Alaska Salmon Program, now in its 66th field season, focuses not just on fisheries management, but on ecology and evolution as well, and has just won a top fisheries prize.

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August 20, 2012

Model shows dramatic global decline in ratio of workers to retired people

A new statistical model predicts that by 2100 the number of people older than 85 worldwide will increase more than previously estimated.

Molecular and protein markers predict liver transplant failure in hepatitis C patients

Researchers have discovered molecular and protein signatures that predict rapid onset of liver damage in hepatitis C patients following a liver transplant. The markers appeared soon after transplant and well before clinical evidence of liver damage. Such early detection of susceptibility to hepatitis C virus-induced liver injury could lead to more personalized monitoring and treatment…

God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches

American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience, according to research from the University of Washington.

UW faces potential cut fo federal research funding

Experiment would test cloud geoengineering as way to slow warming

A University of Washington scientist has proposed an experiment to test cloud brightening, a geoengineering concept that alters clouds in an effort to counter global warming.

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August 17, 2012

Wearable art youth class is a perfect fit for summer

Wings, paper dresses, a cape — students design clothes and then make them in this innovative summer class.

Longer time to find new job, less pay for moms laid off during recession

A 2010 national survey of laid-off workers shows married moms spent more time between jobs, were less likely to find new jobs and eventually were paid less than married dads.

August 16, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art — and the artist — at UW Tower

Artist and UW employee Kathryn Sharpe will exhibit her work at UW Tower — a highlight in an otherwise sleepy summer week in UW arts.

Back to school tips for parents from UW psychologists

When kids go back to school in a few weeks, it can be a mixed bag of challenges including adjusting to school routines and worries over academics, bullies and fitting in with other peers.

August 15, 2012

Detection dogs spot northern spotted owls, even those alarmed by barred owls

Forest searches using specially trained dogs improved the probability of finding spotted owls by nearly 30 percent over traditional vocalization surveys.

News Digest: UW ranked 16th in the world, society elects 3 from UW as senators, Ratner among plenary speakers

UW again ranked 16th in the world The UW again ranked 16th among universities around the world in a recent study by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The study ranked universities on quality of education, quality of faculty, research output and per capita performance. The UW ranked 14th among…

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