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April 4, 2012

Autism mutations, scattered across genes, merge into network of interactions

New findings on the molecular biology of autism spectrum disorders are reported today in Nature.

Recipients announced: UW recognizes outstanding contributions to learning, service

The university will honor 26 individuals and one team of five this year as part of the annual university-wide awards program. The awards honor outstanding performance in teaching, mentoring, librarianship, public service and staff support.

News Digest: U-PASS 20th celebration, Honor: KUOW, home improvement fair April 11, Honor: Guntis Smidchens

U-PASS turns 20 with website, trivia contest || KUOW trio wins national broadcast award || 15th annual home improvement fair April 11|| Guntis Smidchens honored by Estonia

UW leads NIH-funded consortium to train global health researchers

The UW is one of five consortia of colleges and universities to receive National Institutes of Health funding to foster the next generation of global health scientists.

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April 3, 2012

For volunteer naturalist, the beach is a stage

Deborah Trout has spent her life helping to create artificial worlds. Maybe thats why she turns to the natural one when she isnt working. She is a costume designer in the School of Drama, and in her spare time she hits local waterfront parks as a beach naturalist

Ingrid Daubechies: Using math to identify art forgeries, reconstruct extinct animals' diets

Ingrid Daubechies, a professor of mathematics at Duke University and head of the International Mathematical Union, will give a public talk Monday, April 9 in the Paul Allen Center. She will give another more technical talk Tuesday morning.

April 2, 2012

Single-session ablation relieves misery of cancer that has spread to the bones

Technological advances make radiofrequency instruments a stronger complement to radiation therapy in treating spinal and pelvic tumors.

Sex-offender registries list individuals not living in community, UW study

A UW Tacoma researcher has discovered that sex-offender registries include people who are not actually living within the community,such as individuals who have died, been deported, are in jail or have moved out of state.

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March 30, 2012

Bigger, bolder, greener: The 2012 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (with video)

The fourth Environmental Innovation Challenge was the biggest yet. The winning team proposes to replace concrete lane dividers with ones made from recycled rubber tires. Other student teams presented their prototypes for emergency shelters, rooftop gardens, nonstick cookware and other green businesses.

Restoring credibility and the joy of discovery to science

In several journal editorials and testimony before the National Academy of Sciences, a UW professor presents opinions on reforming scientific enterprise.

Photo Friday: Open window to campus wild areas

Enjoy plants and animals of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as captured by UW alumnus Art Wolfe in a slideshow for the current edition of Columns magazine.

March 29, 2012

UW invites kids, families for ‘paws-on’ science activities this weekend

Head for Paws-On Science: Husky Weekend, March 30, 31 and April 1, at Pacific Science Center, for 50 stations featuring UW research. UW faculty, staff, students and their families receive a 20 percent discount on admission during the event, as do UW alums.

Arts Roundup: Student recitals, art shows, deaf film festival as spring gets under way

Spring quarter is under way, creativity is flowing and arts events are back on the calendar. The Quad’s flowering cherry trees might be the biggest campus stars just now — poetry in pink — but there’s art, film and music aplenty sharing the bill with the blooms.

Second annual All Health Professions Error Disclosure Day teaches important team skills

In case scenarios, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learned how to tell a patient’s family that a serious error has occurred.

March 28, 2012

Fossil raindrop impressions imply greenhouse gases loaded early atmosphere

Evidence from fossilized raindrop impressions from 2.7 billion years ago indicates that an abundance of greenhouse gases most likely caused the warm temperatures on ancient Earth.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to be commencement speaker

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the University of Washingtons commencement speaker in ceremonies June 9 at CenturyLink Field.

March 27, 2012

Testosterone low, but responsive to competition, in Amazonian tribe — with slideshow

UW anthropologists report that Tsimane men have less baseline testosterone compared with U.S. men, but show the same increase in testosterone following a soccer game.

Secrets of famous 1930s ‘blonde bombshell of rhythm’ revealed with help from UW library

Ina Ray Hutton rose to fame in the 1930s and was known as blonde bombshell of rhythm. But she had a secret that could have damaged her stardom.

News Digest: Effective charter schools, annual 'Trash-In'

Similarities of effective charter schools studied || UW “Trash-In” set April 11

Obituary: John S. Edwards

John S. Edwards, emeritus professor of zoology, died March 25 at the age of 80.

March 26, 2012

Former prison inmates and UW honors students share class together

In early 2012, 10 UW honors students and eight former prison inmates came together for an unusual course: life after time in prison.

Tiny reader makes fast, cheap DNA sequencing feasible

Researchers have devised a nanoscale sensor to electronically read the sequence of a single DNA molecule, a technique that is fast and inexpensive and could make DNA sequencing widely available.

Kelli Trosvig appointed vice president for information technology

Kelli Trosvig has been appointed vice president for UW information technology and chief information officer for the university, UW President Michael Young announced today.

March 23, 2012

Tech survey shows students want better connections, faculty want more flexible classrooms

Students want better wireless and electrical connections on campus, while faculty would like more consistent and more flexible configurations of classroom technology, a new survey shows.

Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in a cancer-like way upon implanting in the uterus

This change may release fuel and materials for the rapid growth of the early embryo and the formation of layers that will later become organs.

Emotionally supportive teachers lower risk for alcohol use in middle schoolers

Middle school students who felt more emotional support from teachers reported a delay in alcohol and other illicit substance initiation.

March 22, 2012

Arts Roundup: Poetry, art exhibit liven spring break week

This spring break week, while things are slower, we have two arts events arising from the darker side. One is a reading by a poet who worked at Hanford, and the other is an art exhibit that takes on social issues such as racism and inequality.

Cherry blossom watch 2012: Any bloomin’ day now

The answer is: Any day now — probably by the weekend — and for about three weeks, depending on the weather. And dont worry, they’ll be spectacular. And of course the question is, when will the blossoms bloom?

Geologists discover new class of landform – on Mars

An odd, previously unseen landform could provide a window into the geological history of Mars, according to new research by University of Washington geologists.

March 21, 2012

UW Medical Center is first in Pacific Northwest to discharge a Total Artificial Heart patient

Christopher Marshall, of Wasilla, Alaska, left UW Medical Center today without a heart. Instead he used a portable power supply for his recently implanted circulatory device.

News Digest: Summer youth programs at UW, speaker says don’t ignore playtime head injuries

UW Summer Youth Programs open for registration || Parents shouldn’t ignore children’s head injuries

March 20, 2012

Web tool, phone app pinpoint tsunami dangers, quick getaway routes

A new online portal and smartphone app lets Washington and Oregon residents enter the addresses of their homes, schools, workplaces or kids’ day care centers to check if they’re in harm’s way should a tsunami hit. The tool, being publicized on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku tsunami, was developed by researchers at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 19, 2012

Pediatricians' pain-medication judgments affected by unconscious racial bias, says UW study

Pediatricians who showed an unconscious preference for European Americans tended to prescribe better pain-management for white patients than they did for African-American patients, new UW research shows.

Medical school celebrates students' residency placements at Match Day 2012

UW graduating medical students — along with newly minted M.D.s across America — learned March 16 where they will do their residency training.

D.C. cherry trees: Blooms won’t wait in warming world, UW research finds

Cherry trees in full bloom in our nation’s capital could be as much as four weeks earlier by 2080 depending on how much warming occurs. So says an analysis conducted at the University of Washington that relied on the UW’s own cherry trees as one test of a computer model used in the project.

UWTVs flagship television series, UW|360, to air on KOMO 4

UWTV and KOMO 4 today announced a new broadcast partnership to share stories about the people, places and discoveries from the University of Washington through the UWTV television series, “UW|360.” Beginning on Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m., KOMO 4 will air “UW|360” right before their evening news broadcast.

March 15, 2012

A tale of conversational canines: ‘The Day the Dogs Talked

If your dog could talk, what would she say? A fanciful new book by Hazard Adams, UW professor emeritus of comparative literature, explores this scenario as the dogs of fictitious Hilltown give voice to resist a new leash law.

Arts Roundup: Ongoing exhibits, visiting performers as quarter winds down

Arts events have slowed as winter quarter ends, but theres still much to see. The Burke Museum has discussions of food as its “Hungry Planet” exhibit continues and the Henry Art Gallery remains busy with several exhibits — including a Winslow Homer classic.

News Digest: Nanomedicine’s potential, business-diversity honor, autism events, school-closure politics, ‘green’ nominations due

Lecture on nanomedicine, treating cancer || Honor: business-diversity efforts recognized || UW plans Autism Awareness Month events for public || Papers uncover political, human sides of school closure || Husky Green Award nominations due March 26

March 14, 2012

Some mammals used highly complex teeth to compete with dinosaurs

New research shows that at least one group of small mammals, the multituberculates, actually flourished in the last 20 million years of dinosaurs reign and survived their extinction.

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