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October 29, 2012

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.

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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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October 22, 2012

Friendship 2.0: Teens’ technology use promotes sense of belonging, identity

A new study from the University of Washington shows that digital media helps teens reach developmental milestones, but raises questions about whether digital connectedness might hinder the development of an autonomous sense of self.

October 21, 2012

Photo Gallery: Dawg Dash 2012

Furry friends joined fellow Huskies and the UW community in the 27th annual Dawg Dash through the University of Washington Seattle campus on Sunday. Photos by Katherine B. Turner / UW For more photos from the race, check out the Dawg Dash Facebook album.  

October 18, 2012

President Young launches new initiative to lead change in higher education and address major societal issues

University of Washington President Michael K. Young today announced a new initiative aimed at advancing the university’s teaching, research and service to meet the major challenges of the 21st century. The initiative, called “Tomorrow’s University Today,” will focus on three key areas: leading change in public higher education, addressing critical societal problems like sustainability, health…

Energy a focus of third annual Sustainability Summit

Next week will be the University of Washington’s third Sustainability Summit, an annual event that celebrates leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

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Arts Roundup: Theater, music, art — and Laurie Anderson

UW arts are well represented during this busy autumn week, with theater, art exhibits, jazz, classical piano, the University Symphony and more.

Garbology 101: UW study determines trash habits

U District Next: A community conversation will help in creating vision for future of University District

The public is invited to participate in “U District Next: A Community Conversation” to share their thoughts and ideas for the future of the University District. The first of three community conversations will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Hotel Deca ballroom, 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast. There will be numerous other opportunities to join…

2012 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Brian Kobilka will speak at UW Oct. 23

The Stanford University faculty member will talk about a group of cell membrane receptors that are crucial for emotion, behavior, memory, vision, motion and many other activities. About 40 percent of medications act via these receptors.

October 17, 2012

Scientists building crowdsourced encyclopedia to further Puget Sound recovery

Representatives of the Encyclopedia of Earth and the Encyclopedia of Life will be on the University of Washington campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the public launch of an encyclopedia unique to Puget Sound.

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Living Voters Guide adds fact-checking by Seattle librarians for 2012 election

The Living Voters Guide, created by the UW and presented with Seattle’s CityClub, just won a regional award and has been updated for the 2012 election. This year the guide has expanded to include a California edition, and the Washington guide will include fact-checking of selected points by Seattle Public Library staff.

October 16, 2012

News Digest: UW transplant programs recognized, Honor: Jashvant Unadkat, Evans School caps 50th anniversary celebration

U.S. health and human services honors UW transplant programs || Jashvant Unadkat receives research achievement award || Evans School celebrates 50 years with gala dinner

Remembering Herbert J. Ellison, a guiding light in international studies

The University of Washington community is mourning the loss of Herbert J. Ellison, professor emeritus of history and international studies and former director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Ellison taught at the UW for 34 years and was for decades considered among the world’s leading figures in the field of Soviet…

Marriage, education can help improve well-being of adults abused as children

Researchers investigating the long-term consequences of child abuse have identified some protective factors that can improve the health of victims during their adulthood.

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October 15, 2012

Three School of Public Health faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine

The new UW members have worked in many fields, including pharmaceutical outcomes research, cancer prevention, biostatstics, global health, and emergency preparedness.

UW ‘white-hat hacker’ searches for security holes

October 12, 2012

U.S. fish and wildlife director, a UW alum, considers challenges posed by landscape changes

It’s time to think differently about how we interact with nature because we’re increasingly disconnected from the natural world, said Dan Ashe during visit to campus.

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Maria Klawe, national leader promoting women in science and technology, speaks Tuesday at UW

Maria Klawe, professor of computer science and president of Harvey Mudd College, will speak Tuesday at the UW about how her institution over three years quadrupled its female representation in undergraduate computer science majors, to 40 percent.

October 11, 2012

UW research ranks fourth among world universities

Rankings released by National Taiwan University places the UW fourth among the world’s universities and first among American public universities in scientific research.

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Documents that Changed the World: The AIDS Memorial Quilt

Can a quilt be a document? Certainly, says Joe Janes in his podcast about the AIDS Memorial Quilt — the latest in his series called Documents that Changed the World.

Mug handles could help hot plasma give lower-cost, controllable fusion energy

New hardware lets engineers maintain the plasma used in fusion reactors in an energy-efficient, stable manner, making the system potentially attractive for use in fusion power plants.

Arts Roundup: Music, art, theater — and the Chamber Dance Company

The Chamber Dance Company’s 2012 concert, Oct. 11-14 in Meany Hall, highlights a busy week in UW arts.

Molecular engineering is focus of College of Engineering’s fall lectures

Three public lectures by UW engineering professors will give an overview of molecular engineering and applications in biotech and alternative energy.

October 10, 2012

Former bank robber studies law at UW

Boys raise nearly $10,000 to help UW prof save chambered nautilus

October 8, 2012

‘Food deserts’ abound in King County for those without cars, UW study shows

King County has no substantial food deserts, provided one has a car. Take away the car, however, and food deserts — areas where low-income people have limited access to low-cost, nutritious food — appear to fill the county map. New research from the University of Washington, published in the American Journal of Public Health, shows…

News Digest: Fair Labor exec speaks tonight, help plant trees Oct. 18

Fair Labor Association exec speaks tonight || Volunteers sought to plant 75 native trees next Thursday on Montlake Cut

Who’s in charge inside your head?

October 5, 2012

At-home kidney dialysis now a real option, UW study shows

October 4, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art, dance, operatic arias — and the Jazz Faculty Showcase

Expect big big band classics, standards and more when UW jazz faculty members perform together Oct. 10 at Benaroya Hall.

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