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July 27, 2012

Seattle researchers to engineer kidney tissue chip for predicting drug safety

Seattle researchers will be part of the new federal initiative to engineer 3-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs.  These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Tissue chips merge techniques from the computer industry with those from bioengineering by combining miniature models of…

July 26, 2012

Underwater ‘electrical outlets’ put in place for cabled ocean observatory project

The first U.S. cabled ocean observatory reached a milestone on July 14 with the installation of a node 9,500 feet deep off the coast of Oregon. Like a giant electrical outlet on the seafloor that also provides Internet connectivity, the node was spliced into a network of cable segments totalling some 560 miles that were…

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Chemical makes blind mice see

A chemical that temporarily restores some vision to blind mice has been discovered.  Its discoverers are working on  an  improved compound that may someday allow people with degenerative blindness to see again. Read the paper in Neuron News release on earlier study A team of UW Medicine researchers, in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,…

July 25, 2012

Heating Arctic Sea prompts ‘instant evolution’

July 24, 2012

‘Control-Alt-Hack’ game lets players try their hand at computer security

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists. “Control-Alt-Hack” gives teenage and young-adult players…

News Digest: Campus dining changes, venues on display Sunday, volunteer for Azalea Way gardening

Options, changes for campus dining Summertime always brings some new twists to eating on campus, and this year is no different, as Housing & Food Services brings some changes and additions in mid-August, while some established things remain. The $6.50 “all you care to eat” option has returned for UW faculty and staff at 8…

Six minutes in Berlin — UW crew at the 1936 Olympics

July 23, 2012

Memorial for UW-IT’s R.L. “Bob” Morgan

A memorial for R.L. “Bob” Morgan, 57, an expert in “identity management” for UW Information Technology, will be held in Kane Hall 225 (the Walker-Ames Room) at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29. He died July 12 during cancer treatment at UW Medical Center. Besides his work in identity management, which provides the foundation for safe…

Grant helps UW turn research into medical products

UW prof aims to salvage legacy of Ladino language

Yiddish has more than 3 million speakers worldwide, but fewer than 150,000 people still speak Ladino. A new organization is gathering Ladino source materials before they are lost forever.

Polluted waters: How clean is clean?

Bill Daniell, a researcher in the UW School of Public Health, says there’s not good data on how many people eat fish from the polluted Duwamish River, but doing so raises health concerns.

President Obama honors UW biologist

Jay Z. Parrish, University of Washington assistant professor of biology, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

July 20, 2012

UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center take top two spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals state, metro rankings

U.S. News latest hospital rankings UW Medicine’s two academic medical centers are ranked the best in the region and the state of Washington in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. UW Medical Center holds the No. 1 rank and Harborview Medical Center is No. 2 out of 35 hospitals in the…

Engineering students race first 3-D printed boat in Milk Carton Derby – with slideshow

Mechanical engineering students last weekend braved uncharted waters as they paddled to the finish line at the annual Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake, in what they believe is the world’s first boat made using a 3-D printer.

July 19, 2012

Global health exhibit at Seattle Center is family-friendly, free and open to all

Seattle is showcasing the work of more than 30 area organizations at an exhibit at Seattle Center through Aug. 19. Global Health Exhibit at Seattle Center Dates: Now – Aug. 19, 2012 Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Seattle Center, Next Fifty Plaza World Vision donated a mock village that has been turned…

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UW designated an NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans and costs up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity each year. Yet pain management often is not taught in many health professional schools. Recognizing the need to change this, the National Institutes of Health have selected 12 schools to develop pain curricula, and the UW…

Arts Roundup: Faculty, student art — on and off campus

Here in another slow summer week, the School of Art takes the lead with art by students, faculty — and former faculty as well. Plus, there are continuing exhibits on campus well worth investigating. Exhibit: “Tangible Competitive Intangibles,” through Aug. 4. An invitational show in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery featuring the work of artists who have taught in…

July 18, 2012

UW astronomer helped discover planet

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?

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