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October 18, 2013

UW receives grant from attorney general’s office for pain management

The University of Washington has received an 18-month grant of $110,299 from the state Attorney General’s Office to provide training and education for health professionals and the general public on the subject of chronic pain management and cannabis use.

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October 17, 2013

Project aims to make mall walking more accessible

A new project by the UW School of Nursing will evaluate whether mall-walking programs are effective and whether they can lead to larger-scale increases in walking.

Campus sustainability, climate change focus of Sustainability Summit Oct. 23

Learn how to be more involved with campus sustainability during UW Sustainability Summit activities Oct. 23.

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Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

A team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback using a Microsoft Kinect on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

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October 16, 2013

Arts Roundup: Birds at the Burke, exhibit openings — and Music of Today featuring Garth Knox

The UW School of Music leads this busy week in the arts with performances by the Steve Korn Group, UW Symphony and Music of Today featuring violist Garth Knox.

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Lost and Found Films: Building the Space Needle, 1961

We travel back in time 52 years for the latest installment of Lost and Found Films, to the 1961 construction of the Space Needle and the Monorail in downtown Seattle.

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October 15, 2013

Study: Nearly 500,000 perished in Iraq war

A new study estimates nearly a half-million people died from causes attributable to the war in Iraq from 2003 through 2011. The results come from the first population-based survey since 2006 to estimate war-related deaths in Iraq, and the first study covering the conflict’s full timespan.

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UW female professors building a culture for engineering

Initiative draws faculty, students into collaborative health care

The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.

Nanopore sequencing technology lands licensing deal

A San Diego company has licensed UW-developed technology capable of reading the sequence of a single DNA molecule.

Local infrastructure focus of College of Engineering’s fall lecture series

The University of Washington College of Engineering fall lecture series will feature faculty researchers and industry leaders who work to maintain and improve our region’s critical infrastructure. The lectures are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14.

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October 14, 2013

UW Fall 2013 enrollment: Largest freshman class ever

The University of Washington in Seattle reports its largest freshman class in history at 6,255 students, according to the Office of Admissions.

Federal shutdown could hamper quake response

October 10, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, film, drama, lectures — and Chamber Dance Company

This week, the Chamber Dance Company’s 2013 concert is the icing on the cake in a busy week of arts events that also includes the School of Drama’s opening of “The Real Inspector Hound” and the Emerson String Quartet performing with School of Music Professor Craig Sheppard.

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UW Combined Fund Drive’s Charity Fair and Silent Auction Oct. 16

The UW Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, kicks off with a Charity Fair & Silent Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the HUB north ballroom.

October 9, 2013

News Digest: New employee housing, Carlos Pellegrini installed as president, Math Across Campus kicks off, Honor: Gerry Philipsen, health and safety nominations open

Ground broken for employee housing || Carlos Pellegrini installed as president || Math Across Campus considers challenge of sustainability || Gerry Philipsen honored by communication association || UW Health and Safety Committee nominations close Nov. 1

New strategy lets cochlear implant users hear music

University of Washington scientists have developed a new way of processing the signals in cochlear implants to help users hear music better. The technique lets users perceive differences between musical instruments, a significant improvement from what standard cochlear implants can offer.

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October 8, 2013

Profile: Brian Wansink, Slim By Design author and 2013 Hogness Lecturer

Wansink explores mindless eating and how cues in our environment lead us to eat too much of the wrong foods.

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Major funding awarded for research on drugs taken during pregnancy

Pharmacists and physicians will be looking at prescription and illicit drugs taken during pregnancy to evaluate risks to mothers and their fetuses.

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UW, local company building innovative deep-sea manned submarine

The UW, Boeing and an Everett company are building a carbon-fiber submersible that will carry five passengers almost 2 miles deep.

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October 7, 2013

Rheba de Tornyay, dean emeritus of School of Nursing, dies at 87

The distinguished career of a nursing pioneer and UW faculty member came to a close on Sept. 27 with the death of Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay.

October 3, 2013

Pioneering MOOC instructors remain enthusiastic

The first reports from the pioneers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at the UW contain a mixture of humility and abiding enthusiasm for this new education platform.

My HeartMap Seattle Challenge enlists the public to locate city’s life-saving devices

If you witness a heart attack, would you know where the nearest AED is? A Seattle contest will help pre-hospital emergency care leaders locate the city’s automatic external defibrillators, which can help restore normal heart rhythms and coach in CPR.

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Arts Roundup: Exhibits, lectures — and Axis Dance Company

In what is a quiet week for many arts units on campus, the UW World Series presents Axis Dance Company in a contemporary and physically integrated performance. Activities also include exhibit openings and lectures from the School of Art and the Burke Museum.

October 2, 2013

UW ranked 25th best university in world

The University of Washington was ranked 25th best university in the world according to The Times Higher Education Rankings for 2013-14.

UW Medicine helps first patients sign up for Health Benefit Exchange

Yesterday was a historic day for health care coverage in the United States. UW Medicine was ready to assist patients in signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010.

October 1, 2013

Should we care if companies use data for advertising?

Estrogen pills for menopause symptoms vary in blood clot risk

A recent observational study comparing the safety of estradiol and conjugated equine estrogen associated estradiol with a lower risk of leg vein and lung clots.

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September 30, 2013

3 UW professors honored by NIH for innovative biomedical research

Three University of Washington faculty members are among those honored with a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s High Risk-High Reward program.

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UW researchers helped draft international assessment of climate change

UW faculty members were among international researchers who compiled the fifth climate-change assessment report. The UW will host a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 1 with some of the Seattle-area authors.

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UW engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA

A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry that it hopes will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide cars, robots and other devices.

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September 26, 2013

History lecture series to explore slavery in making of America

The UW history department will review America’s history of slavery from four different angles in its annual lecture series, which begins on Oct. 23.

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Arts Roundup: Exhibits, lectures — and Chris Thile performs at Meany

School has started and this week provides an array of arts events on campus and off, including a performance by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and the first lecture in the School of Drama’s performing art lecture series.

September 25, 2013

Shiny new Odegaard library greets students

UW students are being greeted by a spiffy new version of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library following a nearly $17 million makeover, the first in the library’s 41-year history.

‘Green jobs’ loosely defined in job creation grants

Digital applications can enable or limit, say authors of ‘The App Generation’

There’s often “an app for that” these days, but for young people such digital shortcuts can be as limiting as they are convenient, says the University of Washington co-author of a new book titled “The App Generation.”

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September 23, 2013

News Digest: Flu clinics this fall, help with new K-12 standards, public events about Middle East

Flu clinics in October, November || UW helping with new science, engineering standards for K-12 || Jackson School to hold public events about Middle East

September 20, 2013

Myth busting: Why so many spiders in late summer?

September 19, 2013

Cognitive rehabilitation improves brain function in cancer survivors

A new study shows that cancer survivors who experience memory and thinking problems may benefit from cognitive rehabilitation.

Arts Roundup: Photos, lectures — and new exhibits at the Henry Art Gallery

As the new school year gears up, the arts on campus come alive with an array of exhibits, lectures and performances to enjoy.

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