The latest news from the UW
December 19, 2012
The University of Washington prepares for war in “Governor’s Day,” the latest installment of the Lost and Found Films series.
A study of waste bins at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus revealed that 88 percent of the contents in trash bins could have been recycled or composted. Most – 72 percent – of what didn’t belong in trash bins turned out to be compostable items, such as food, carry-out containers and paper coffee cups.anthropology
December 18, 2012
Under new dean Dr. Joel Berg the school has launched a plan to revamp its clinical education and curriculum.
December 17, 2012
Microorganisms – 99 percent more kinds than had been reported in findings published just four months ago – are hitching rides in the upper troposphere from Asia.Astrobiology Program • David J. Smith • Department of Atmospheric Sciences • Department of Biology • University of Washington
The holidays can be a time of sadness and loneliness, and UW’s Wendy Lustbader has advice on how to deal with these issues.School of Social Work
December 14, 2012
Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English, discusses his new book, “The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal.”
Art business owner created White Light Fund to defray incidental costs, like car fare, for people receiving cancer treatment.
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded $4 million to a team, led by UW chemical engineers, that aims to develop bacteria to turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.College of Engineering • Department of Chemical Engineering • Mary Lidstrom • Sustainability
Medieval chanting in Mary Gates Hall and a major new exhibit on plastics at the Burke Museum come to campus this week.
UW librarians acted quickly to eliminate bedbugs in books last August.University of Washington • UW Libraries
Discoveries reported today help explain how the stealthy agent of Black Death avoids tripping a self-destruct mechanism inside germ-destroying cells.
December 12, 2012
Researchers in United States and Latin America re-examine standard of care for severe head injury.
Going green at holiday parties || Dream Project named in $40 million federal Race to the Top grant || Anna Karlin new fellow || Early Entrance info session Jan. 10 || Registration opens Jan. 7 for Saturday classes for K-8 students, teachers
The American Geophysical Union has presented its top prize for engaging the public in science to UW’s John Delaney.College of the Environment • John Delaney • Ocean Observatories Initiative • oceanography • Regional Scale Nodes • School of Oceanography
December 11, 2012
Joe Janes of the UW Information School visits the arcane world of parliamentary procedure in the latest entry to his Documents that Changed the World podcast series.
December 10, 2012
Oceanographer Ginger Armbrust has received a multi-million dollar award to spend as she wishes on her research into ocean microbes and their role in regulating ocean environments and our atmosphere.College of the Environment • oceanography • School of Oceanography • Virginia Amrbrust
A British philosopher once suggested the possibility that our universe might be a computer simulation run by our descendants. A team of physicists at UW has devised a potential test to see if the idea has merit.philosophy • physics • quantum energy
December 7, 2012
UW Bothell celebrated the grand opening Thursday of the $3.3 million, 2.5 acre sports and recreation complex.
The ASL-STEM Forum is a crowdsourcing project, similar to Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary, that creates a new sign language for the latest scientific and technical terms.American Sign Language • Richard Ladner
Research suggests rising atmospheric acidity is probably why levels of the isotope nitrogen-15 in Greenland ice samples dropped around the time of the Industrial Revolution.
December 6, 2012
The University Symphony and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s popular production of “Pippin” lead this week’s busy UW arts schedule.
Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers because of two distinct “channels” in their brains, scientists have discovered.Department of Biology • evolution • Jeffrey Riffell
The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. UW’s Dennis Donovan offers advice for how to drink moderately, and treatment approaches he’s used with people recovering from alcohol problems.Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
December 4, 2012
Astronomers are inviting the public to search Hubble Space Telescope images of the Andromeda galaxy to help identify star clusters and increase understanding of how galaxies evolve. The new Andromeda Project, set to study thousands of high-resolution Hubble images, is a collaboration among scientists at the University of Washington, the University of Utah and several…
Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs.Department of Biology • paleontology
UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”
December 3, 2012
The Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands, long shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government, are a seismic and volcanic hotbed with a potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin.earthquakes & seismology • tsunami • volcanoes
November 30, 2012
Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers show promise as a cheap, versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will further test the system’s versatility and feasibility.College of Engineering • Department of Bioengineering • Global Citizens • Kim Woodrow
November 29, 2012
These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.
Eleven University of Washington researchers are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Nomination deadline Monday for vice chair of Faculty Senate || ‘The Carbon Efficient City’ discusses sustainable development
Music — and musical theater — rule this packed week in UW arts. Take your pick from choirs and choruses, jazz, percussion, world music and campus bands, the musical “Pippin” and the opera “Die Fledermaus.”
Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.Applied Physics Laboratory • Benjamin Smith • climate change • Ian Joughin • sea ice • Sustainability
November 28, 2012
The spectrum of human genetic diversity today is vastly different than what it was only 200 to 400 generations ago.
Food webs needed by young salmon in the Columbia River basin are likely compromised in places, something that should be considered when prioritizing expensive restoration activities.Columbia River • Robert Naiman • salmon
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