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May 2, 2012

Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forest champs

Big trees three or more feet in diameter accounted for nearly half the biomass measured at a Yosemite National Park site, yet represented only 1 percent of the trees growing there.

Now in a refrigerator section near you: Sea Grant partners on "Cows for Clean Water" cartons

Washington Sea Grant has partnered with Smith Brothers Farms of Kent, to produce a milk carton featuring “Cows for Clean Water” and offering a selection of simple steps for protecting Puget Sound.

May 1, 2012

Researchers determine Vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults

How much Vitamin D do older adults need to stay healthy? The level may be lower than many think.

News Digest: Roundtable on education May 2, political cartoonist speaks, entrepreneurs share insights, Honors: Bob Morgan, students

Evans School roundtable on education May 2 || Political cartoonist Aislin to speak May 10 || Bob Morgan receives leadership award || Four additional entrepreneurs share insights with UW researchers || Students An, Woelfer garner awards

Got extra stuff in good shape? Pass it forward with uSwap

Got some extra equipment in your office that you’d like to part with in a way that’s sustainable and helps colleagues? The new campuswide online classified ad service uSwap is good for anything from paper clips on up.

April 27, 2012

UW computer science students win national cyber defense competition

Last year, they were underdogs. This year, they’re a dynasty. A team of eight students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering reclaimed the top stop at last weekend’s National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

‘Attack! of the S. mutans’ 3-D video game featured at national science expo

When tooth-decaying bacteria are on the loose, destroy those oozing biofilms in a interactive School of Dentistry game.

April 26, 2012

Arts Roundup: Zydeco, Creole, organ and symphonic sounds — and a student-penned rock musical

The week in UW arts starts strong and just keeps getting better. An undergraduate has a new rock musical, the play “The Illusion” continues, the University Symphony welcomes guests and Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole conjure zydeco and Cajun rhythms in Meany Hall.

Scientists identify potential biomarker to help diagnose autism

Very high levels of porphyrins in a young child’s urine might be predictive of autism risk, a UW and Battelle study suggests.

Cells in blood vessel found to cling more tightly in regions of rapid flow

The cells that line the pipes leading to the heart pull more tightly together in areas of fast-flowing blood. The cells’ mechanical response to their environment could aid understanding of heart disease.

April 25, 2012

'Occupy Loneliness': A talk with David Shields about 'One Lonely Guy'

In late 2011, former UW student Jeff Ragsdale, living in New York, had hit a low point in life. Despondent, he posted a flyer around the city that said, “If anyone wants to talk about anything, call me. (347) 469-3173. He got a huge response that he ultimately shared with his former teacher, the UW’s David Shields. From that has come the book “One Lonely Guy,” edited by Ragdsale, Shields and Michael Logan of Seattle.

Attend a free UW Medicine womens health evening forum May 16 at the UW Tower

Join us for an evening on women’s health. Listen to talks, check your blood pressure, pick up educational materials, ask questions and be pampered.

Wind pushes plastics deeper into oceans, driving trash estimates up (with video)

Decades of research into how much plastic litters the ocean, conducted by skimming only the surface, may in some cases vastly underestimate the true amount of plastic debris in the oceans, according to a University of Washington oceanographer publishing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

April 24, 2012

Celebrating 150th – HuskyFest slideshow

Performers, volunteers, students and neighbors joined HuskyFest April 19-21. Check out various activities as captured by News and Information photographer Mary Levin.

Global health priorities should shift to preventing risky behaviors in adolescence: UW professor

As deaths from infectious diseases have declined worldwide, policymakers are shifting attention to preventing deaths from noncommunicable causes, such as drug and alcohol use, traffic crashes and unsafe sex practices.

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April 23, 2012

Theodore Roethke among 10 poets honored on new first-class stamp series

Poet and former UW faculty member Theodore Roethke is one of 10 poets from the 20th century being honored with a new first-class stamp from the United States Postal Service.

Robots fighting wars could be blamed for mistakes on the battlefield

Humans apply a moderate amount of morality and other human characteristics to robots that are equipped with social capabilities and are capable of harming humans, according to UW psychologists.

April 20, 2012

Photo Friday: A time for learning, arts, family

News and Information’s photographer Mary Levin has been capturing performers and festival goers during HuskyFest. Look for a slide show of highlights next week. In the meantime, enjoy this handful of snapshots from the festivities.

UW awards six Husky Green Awards for 2012

Winners of the third annual Husky Green Awards were announced Friday during Earth Day activities.

Payment innovation cuts depression time in half

When 25 percent of the payments to community health clinics were based on quality of care, patients received better care and had better depression outcomes.

April 19, 2012

Girls born in 2009 will have shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of U.S. counties

Lifespan gap between counties grows. Life expectancies for black Americans improve greatly.

Dirty to Digital: UW introduces ‘intelligent kiosks for composting, recycling, garbage

As part of a just-launched pilot, a number of the existing outdoor garbage and recycling cans on Red Square have been will be replaced with high-tech, automated kiosks that collect more types of materials.

April 18, 2012

Arts Roundup: HuskyFest2012 the big Dawg in arts this week

HuskyFest 2012 is the big Dawg this week in the arts, with an extraordinary assortment of music, exhibits, open houses and more across campus, running Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. It’s a party for the whole UW. The arts will shine, and with a little luck, maybe the sun will, too. See you there!

April 17, 2012

News Digest: New child care resources, police open house Wednesday, workplace giving best in state, Honor: Magnuson Scholars

New child care resources available to UW community || UW police open house Wednesday || UW has highest participation in state’s workplace giving program || Six health sciences students named Magnuson Scholars

Furniture as architecture: UW Press publishes book on course in furniture design — with slide show

A look at the new book “Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, and Architecture,” written by Jeffrey Ochsner, professor of architecture, published by University of Washington Press.

April 16, 2012

Couple says ‘I do at UW Medical Center

Facing an uncertain future after 20 years together, a couple decides to marry on the transplant unit where the groom is hospitalized.

Faster, higher each year: UW rockets fly again in Nevada

Rockets built by students of Robert Winglee, professor and chair of Earth and space sciences, pierced the Nevada sky once again in March, flying faster and 5,000 feet higher than last year.

Celebration of Life planned for Donna Gerstenberger

A Celebration of Life for Donna Gerstenberger, former head of the UW English Department and Faculty Senate, will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the University Club.

April 13, 2012

History Channels Titanic documentary features UW engineers

A History Channel documentary on the Titanic airing Sunday includes materials testing in the UW’s Structural Research Laboratory. UW faculty and staff participated in the testing.

Three faculty members awarded Guggenheim fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that three UW faculty members have been named among the foundation’s 181 fellows for 2012.

Your child gets diagnosed with autism – what now?

A new workshop at the UW Autism Center teaches parents and other caregivers techniques to encourage social and communication skills in their children recently diagnosed with autism.

April 12, 2012

Get your HuskyFest on April 19-21

The first-ever HuskyFest, a part of UW’s 150th anniversary celebration, is almost here. Events kick off at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19.

Engineering Discovery Days April 20-21 coincides with HuskyFest

The College of Engineering’s annual Discovery Days event takes place next Friday and Saturday. Research and education exhibits are free and open to the public.

Annual campus Earth Day events April 20 during HuskyFest

The annual campus observation of Earth Day Friday, April 20, coincides this year with HuskyFest.

Arts Roundup: Dance, drama, recitals — and the Solaris Vocal Ensemble debuts

Student performances on piano, flute and saxophone, and a black comedy performed by the Undergraduate Theater Society. Visiting artists give a contemporary dance performance and showcase music from West Java, Indonesia.

April 11, 2012

Bruce reappointed iSchool dean, plans to increase students, faculty, industrial partnerships

Reappointed for a second five-year term as dean, Harry Bruce plans to add faculty to the UW Information School and hopes to increase enrollment by more than 35 percent. He also aims to increase industrial partnerships.

Space weather forecast: Sunspotty, with an increasing chance of solar storms

Electrical engineering professor John Sahr gives his read on the increase in solar activity, and how it relates to his research.

News Digest: WasteWise honorable mention, faculty lecturer nominations due, volunteer April 14 at arboretum

EPA awards UW WasteWise honorable mention || Nominations for University Faculty Lecturer Award sought || Volunteers welcome for arboretum work party April 14

April 10, 2012

Newfangled space-propulsion technology could help clean up Earth orbit

A magnetized ion plasma system devised by a UW researcher to propel spacecraft at ultra-high speeds could be adapted to clean up dead satellites and other debris crowded in Earth orbit.

April 9, 2012

Wearable artificial kidney to be tested for safety and effectiveness in collaboration with FDA

The battery-powered wearable artificial kidney weighs about 10 pounds and is worn in a waist belt. Dr. Victor Gura from UCLA invented the device to provide greater freedom to dialysis patients.

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