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July 18, 2012

UW names DeLuca director of School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

A soils and ecosystem scientist who studies natural resources sustainability has been named the director of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Thomas H. DeLuca is currently professor of natural resources and geography at Bangor University, Wales, where he holds the chair in environmental sciences sponsored jointly by the university and…

UW is first U.S. school to give credit for classes, certificate programs on massive open online course platform

The University of Washington is about to become the first university in the United States to provide classes for university credit using a massive open online course learning platform. UW is planning courses that will be made available in multiple ways, tailoring innovative options to match consumer needs. Free, non-credit versions will use the Coursera…

July 17, 2012

UW Medicine hospitals ranked best in region, state

DO-IT celebrates 20 years preparing students with disabilities for college

A group of Washington high-school students will arrive at the University of Washington campus this week for the annual DO-IT Scholars Summer Study program. It’s the 20th anniversary of the summer program, which has now helped launch the careers of hundreds of students from Washington and beyond who have a wide range of disabilities. DO-IT…

July 16, 2012

UW study plays pivotal role in todays FDA approval of HIV prevention drug

In evaluating whether to allow Truvada® to be prescribed for HIV prevention the FDA reviewed evidence from two studies. The largest was conducted by the UWs International Clinical Research Center.

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July 13, 2012

Robert J. Naiman earns award for insights into freshwater ecosystems

Robert J. Naiman has received the highest award given by the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest society of professional ecologists.

3-D printed boat to enter tomorrow’s Milk Carton Derby

Students in the UW’s new 3-D printing club plan to enter tomorrow Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake with what they believe is the world’s first 3-D printed boat, made from more than 150 recycled, melted and extruded milk cartons.

UW Medicine opens comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at Northwest Hospital

The public is invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday July 21 at the facility, which has one of the regions strongest concentrations of MSspecialists.

July 12, 2012

Early-career neuroscientists sought for new UW-based diversity program

A new professional development program aims to nurture neuroscientists who are underrepresented minorities as they enter faculty positions.

Arts Roundup: Henry Art Gallery pays homage to vinyl records

“The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” opening July 14, explores the world of vinyl records from the 1960s to the present through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, performance and — of course — sound.

July 11, 2012

Groundbreaking research paves way for HIV prevention drug approval

The UW International Clinical Research Center played a key role in examining Truvada’s effectiveness for HIV prevention. The center’s director Connie Celum talks about the impact of the findings in a Q & A.

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Got milk? Climate change means stressed cows in southern U.S. may have less

UW researchers found that the decline in milk production due to climate change will vary across the U.S., since there are significant differences in humidity and how much the temperature swings between night and day across the country.

July 10, 2012

Multiracial youths show similar vulnerability to peer pressure as whites

Experts have thought that multiracial adolescents use drugs and engage in violence more than their single-race peers. But in a new study, researchers find that mixed-race adolescents are more similar to their white counterparts than previously believed.

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July 9, 2012

UW students win NASA contest with their plan for mining the moon

A senior class in Aeronautics & Astronautics won a national competition with the students’ detailed plan to travel to the moon, establish a mining outpost and jettison the product back to Earth.

NIH award advances Institute of Translational Health Sciences groundbreaking work

ITHS helps scientists accelerate the translation of their discoveries into applications for improving the health of the public. The latest award is for $65 million.

July 8, 2012

Exome sequencing of health condition extremes can reveal susceptibility genes

DNA from cystic fibrosis patients with and without chronic infections points to unsuspected mutation.

July 6, 2012

UW physicists played significant role in discovery of Higgs boson

As scientists around the world celebrated the detection of what appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, University of Washington physicists took satisfaction in knowing they played a significant part in it.

July 5, 2012

Eddies, not sunlight, spur annual bloom of tiny plants in North Atlantic

Researchers have long believed that the longer days and calmer seas of spring set off an annual bloom of plants in the North Atlantic, but UW scientists discovered that warm eddies fuel the growth three weeks before the sun does.

July 3, 2012

Kali, UW's explosive-detection dawg, turning 8

UW’s first Explosive Detection K-9 Kali has helped locate handguns and taken part in numerous bomb sweeps, including when President Obama visited this area earlier this year.

Humphrey Fellowship helps Sierra Leone man aid in rebuilding his country

Ansu Tucker, who was a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the Evans School of Public Affairs from 2004 to 2005, is now a key figure in the government of Sierra Leone.

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July 2, 2012

Reporting on stimulus funds took fast creativity, says report co-authored by Dean Sandra Archibald

Sandra Archibald, dean of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, led a national team that recently completed a report detailing lessons federal managers learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

News Digest: Alumni Association inaugurates award for veterans, physicists anticipate ‘God particle’ announcement, Honor: Marla Salmon, Got Maps? 2012 print maps available

UW Alumni Association inaugurates distinguished veteran award || Physicists meet Tuesday night in anticipation of “God particle” announcement || Marla Salmon garners fellowships || Got Maps?

June 28, 2012

New hires catapult UW's expertise in machine learning and 'big data'

Four incoming faculty members promise to make the University of Washington a leading institution in machine learning and the science of “big data.”

Chromosome Painting: Discovering beauty in DNA

Science and art intersect in an exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center through July 6.

Arts Roundup: Ongoing exhibits — and conservation photos at the Burke

Things are slow on campus as summer takes hold, but not at the Burke Museum, where a new exhibit on conservation photography is opening. Several exhibits also continue their runs at the Henry Art Gallery, Jacob Lawrence Gallery and UW Special Collections.

Seventh UW Common Book explores meaning and power of respect

“Respect: An Exploration” by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has been selected as the seventh UW Common Book for freshmen

Plasma startup creates high-energy light to make smaller microchips

In one of the twists of scientific discovery, a UW duo working on fusion energy — harnessing the energy-generating mechanism of the sun — may have found a way to etch the next generation of microchips.

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June 27, 2012

Standard surveys overestimate black progress in education, earnings

In “Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress,” UW sociologist Becky Pettit shows how most surveys overestimate black progress in the United States.

June 26, 2012

'Short Stories': Eclectic new viola music from Melia Watras

For “Short Stories,” released in May on the Fleur de Son label, the UW’s Melia Watras was joined by Kimberly Russ, orchestral pianist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

UW deploying seismic sensors in hope of getting to bottom of Spokane quakes

It’s been a decade since a swarm of relatively mild earthquakes shook up parts of Spokane. Now, armed with the right tools, scientists want to find out what was at fault.

Research suggests denser development is good for single-family home values

Research shows that, contrary to popular belief, theres a positive association between higher neighborhood density and the value of single-family residential properties.

June 22, 2012

Remembering the life of Thomas Pressly, 1919-2012

The UW Department of History will hold a celebration of the life of Thomas James Pressly, professor emeritus, at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the UW Club, and all are welcome.

June 21, 2012

Astronomers spy two planets in tight quarters as they orbit a distant star

A research team led by the University of Washington and Harvard University has discovered a bigger version of Earth locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger, Neptune-sized planet as they orbit very close to each other around the same star.

Arts Roundup: Of art, migration and Shinzaburo Takeda

A new exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery features art by Japanese painter and printmaker Shinzaburo Takeda and his students. Plus, the Henry Art Gallery ponders architectural decay in a cool new photograph exhibit and Special Collections continues its nostalgic look back at the Seattle World’s Fair.

Sediment core shows Arctic has gone through intense warm periods

New research from an international team that includes a UW professor emeritus confirms that the Arctic has gone through intensely warm periods, warmer than scientists thought was possible, during the last 2.8 million years.

June 20, 2012

From the mouths of monkeys: New technique detects TB

Tuberculosis can be a serious threat to monkeys and apes. A test to spot infection might help protect the world’s primate populations.

Making it mobile: Smartphone apps abound at iSchool

A new smartphone application called Shuteye developed at the UW Information School helps users make choices that improve the quality of their sleep. It’s one of several smartphone apps created by iSchool faculty and student talents this school year.

News Digest: Faculty retirement innovations earns $100,000 grant, Honor: Thomas Baillie, Honors: Landscape architecture

Faculty retirement innovations earn UW $100,000 national grant || Baillie receives American Chemical Society award || UW claims two Great Places awards

June 19, 2012

Synchronized probes explore Bermuda Triangle's swirling vortices

University of Washington scientists are studying swirling whirlpools in the Sargasso Sea via a pioneering experiment that repeatedly sent profilers deep into the ocean and back to the surface in unison.

June 18, 2012

Winterbottom and students create new garden at Nikkei Manor

Nikkei Manor, an assisted-living community in Seattle’s International District, has a new garden, thanks to 17 UW landscape architecture students and their professors.

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