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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.

June 15, 2012

Lost and Found Films: An opera scene from 1952

The latest installment in the Lost and Found Films series — where readers help identify old UW footage — is a three-minute film apparently from a campus opera. Don’t adjust your volume — it’s silent.

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June 14, 2012

Arts Roundup: A look back — at the ‘World of Tomorrow’

A new UW Libraries Special Collections exhibit takes viewers a half-century back in time to celebrate a lively vision of the future. Also, two new photo exhibits are up: one depicting life in the slums of India; the other a look at volunteerism in Korea.

Geographers seek stories of Seattle's pre-AIDS gay communities

Two UW geographers are piecing together how policies relating to alcohol and public health shaped how gays and lesbians in Seattle carried out their lives during the pre-AIDS era, before 1983.

June 13, 2012

Mindful multitasking: Meditation first can calm stress, aid concentration

Need to do some serious multitasking? Some training in meditation beforehand could make the work smoother and less stressful, new research from the UW Information School shows.

June 12, 2012

Novel scientific equipment will unlock ocean secrets for decades — with slide show

University of Washington engineers and scientists are one step closer to deploying sophisticated equipment that will collect important information about ocean properties like currents and temperature and send the information via the Internet in real time to scientists around the world.

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Intervention to improve foster families’ trust, connectedness

UW researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.

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June 11, 2012

New research to help scientists better predict underwater volcanic eruptions

Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano, gave warning signals hours before its eruption, scientists say in three papers published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Offspring of older fathers may live longer

Study suggests life-extending benefits of longer telomeres if recent male ancestors reproduced at older ages.

News Digest: Panel considers extreme-weather events, ideas to curb poverty sought, Honor: Nancy Rottle, Fellowship: Thaisa Way, Honor: healthcare recognized

Panel consider meaning of recent extreme-weather events || Evans School helps reduce poverty || State landscape architects recognize Nancy Rottle || Thaisa Way named inaugural A.E. Bye fellow || Hall Health, Harborview programs recognized for quality

June 9, 2012

2012 Commencement: Photo Gallery

The University of Washington community gathered on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2012. With banners flying and colorfully decorated mortarboards atop their heads, graduates took the field on at CenturyLink Stadium, surrounded by cheering family members and friends.

June 7, 2012

Important contributions recognized in 2012 Awards of Excellence

Individuals who have made important contributions to the university community were honored at the 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence Thursday, June 7. President Michael K. Young presided at the ceremony.

Arts Roundup: Student art among the raindrops

The arts are either slowing down on campus or they have been drowned by the incessant rain of late. Still, there’s some interesting student art to see across campus as you dodge the raindrops. Here’s a look.

UW regents approve 2013 budget and tuition increase

The University of Washington Board of Regents has adopted an operating budget for fiscal year 2013 that includes an increase of 16 percent in undergraduate resident tuition.

Regents express concern for future of public higher education in Washington

At the meeting of the University of Washington Board of Regents June 7, the board adopted the following Declaration of Concern for the Sustainability of Washington Public Higher Education.

University of Washington, United Auto Workers reach new three-year agreement

The University of Washington Board of Regents approved today (June 7) a new three-year contract between the university and the United Auto Workers Local 4121, which covers teaching assistants, research assistants, readers, graders, and tutors – known collectively as academic student employees.

New twist on old chemical process could boost energy efficiency

An unappreciated aspect of chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides could be key in developing more efficient energy systems, including more productive solar cells or hydrogen fuel cells efficient enough for automobiles.

June 6, 2012

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales – with slide show

Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whales summering in the Salish Sea. In lean times, however, the stress normally associated with boats becomes more pronounced, further underscoring the importance of having enough prey.

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