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May 31, 2012

Students design underwater robot that does more than score points

A new UW club has qualified to participate in an international underwater robot competition and has designed its robot to be used by UW oceanographers in the field.

Arts Roundup: Art, recitals, musical comedy — and choirs combine for 'UW Sings'

There are cool arts events on campus even as the school year draws to a close. The University Symphony features Donna Shin, combined choirs present “UW Sings” and students are featured in music recitals, art exhibits and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” running through June 3.

Two UW public lectures highlight Venus transit across the sun

On June 5, the planet Venus will pass across the disk of the sun in a rare astronomical event that won’t happen again until the year 2117. On June 4, the the UW Astrobiology Program and Astronomy Department will present free, back-to-back 30-minute faculty lectures in Kane Hall about Venus and the significance of its transits to our ever-developing understanding of the universe.

May 30, 2012

Landslides linked to plate tectonics create the steepest mountain terrain

New research shows some of the steepest mountain slopes in the world got that way because of the interplay between terrain uplift associated with plate tectonics and powerful streams cutting into hillsides, leading to large landslides.

May 29, 2012

137th Commencement for UW's Seattle campus—1:30 p.m. June 9 at CenturyLink Field

About 5,000 graduates, a record number, are expected to attend the University of Washington commencement ceremonies in Seattle on June 9. President Michael K. Young will officiate.

UW people, programs to shine at Seattle Science Festival

What’s it like to build a solar race car, measure an ocean wave or drive a Mars rover? How do our genes determine our traits? How will astronomers find new Earthlike planets? The answers will be revealed at Science Expo Day, a free, daylong, family-friendly celebration of science June 2 at Seattle Center. It’s part of the new Seattle Science Festival, happening in June and July.

Mathematicians can conjure matter waves inside an invisible hat

Mathematician Gunther Uhlmann and colleagues have devised an amplifier to boost light, sound or other waves while hiding them inside an invisible container. The findings are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

May 28, 2012

Engineered microvessels provide a 3-D test bed for human diseases

Bioengineers have developed the first structure to grow small human blood vessels, creating a 3-D test bed that offers a better way to study disease, test drugs and perhaps someday grow human tissues for transplant.

May 25, 2012

It's in the genes: Research pinpoints how plants know when to flower

Scientists believe they’ve pinpointed the last crucial piece of the 80-year-old puzzle of how plants “know” when to flower. Understanding how flowering works in a simple plant should lead to a better understanding of how the same genes work in more complex plants such as rice and wheat.

May 24, 2012

Arts Roundup: Student art at the Henry, theater in Hutchinson — and music abounds

The 2012 Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design Thesis Exhibition, plus the Undergraduate Theater Society stages “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and lots of events from the School of Music.

Academic-industry partnership forms for drug development

The School of Pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies will study the body’s drug transporters to map interactions and individualize therapy.

May 23, 2012

Official Notice: Final supplemental environmental impact statement for IMA field #1 improvements

Public Notice University of Washington Pursuant to the provisions of WAC 197-11-460 & 510 and WAC 478-324-140, the University of Washington hereby provides public notice of the: AVAILABILITY OF FINAL SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (FSEIS*). Project Name: Recreational Sports Intramural Activities Field No. 1 Improvements Proponent: University of Washington Description of Proposal: Improvements include installation…

May 22, 2012

Long-distance training teaches proper technique for asthma test

The virtual teaching of health professionals translates to better asthma care for patients.

History hiding in plain sight: Students present back stories of local monuments

UW doctoral candidate Tim Wright sets students off to explore monuments of the Pacific Northwest in his unique class, “Fact or Fiction: Historical Monuments of the Pacific Northwest.”

News Digest: Honor: Xiaodong Xu, ‘Raise the Roof’ May 24, ‘Cirque’ launches at UW Tacoma, Honor: Buddy Ratner, science behind ‘Chasing Ice,’ Honor: Jeff Hou

Xiaodong Xu garners Department of Energy early-career grant || Ethnic Cultural Center’s ‘Raise the Roof’ party Thursday || ‘Cirque,’ an activism traveling carnival, launches June 2 at UW Tacoma || Buddy Ratner recognized for biomaterials work || Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind film ‘Chasing Ice’ || Jeff Hou named community builder

May 21, 2012

Inaugural Conservation Remix aims to foster creative thinking about environment

Conservation Remix, a daylong event June 2 organized by UW staff with Conservation Magazine and biology, offers an eclectic mix of topics for discussion – from designing superefficient buildings that generate their own energy to controlling invasive species by eating them.

May 18, 2012

Blues singer Mark Lanegan releases 'Harborview Hospital'

In the song on his latest album, a pause at Ninth and James turns into a mystical vision of mercy.

Lost and Found Films: The UW Nuclear Reactor, 1963

It’s 1963 again in our latest installment of Lost and Found Films, where readers help identify historic bits of film from the Audio Visual Materials Library, provided by film archivist Hannah Palin. Can you help her learn what’s happening here?


May 17, 2012

'Hackademia': Course harnesses the spirit of old-school hacking

Beth Kolko’s experimental course takes its cue from the hacker community, helping students of any major get a taste of what it means to build software and hardware.

Slew of rare DNA changes following population explosion holds clues to common diseases

Scientists try to find which single-letter switches in the genetic code influence health risks.

Arts Roundup: Dance, art, combined bands — and the UW Gospel Choir

It’s a whirlwind of a week for campus arts. Drama and dance team for the Masters of Fine Arts Dance Concert, School of Art students exhibit work, the Undergraduate Theater Society opens a musical comedy and the School of Music has several events, including the powerful UW Gospel Choir.

May 16, 2012

iSchool Professor Batya Friedman named 2012-13 University Faculty Lecturer

Batya Friedman, a professor in the University of Washington Information School, has been named University Faculty Lecturer for 2012-13. Chosen by a faculty committee led by Provost Ana Mari Cauce, Friedman is known for technology design that supports important human values.

Gaydar automatic and more accurate for women's faces, psychologists find

After seeing faces for less than a blink of an eye, college students have accuracy greater than mere chance in judging others sexual orientation.

News Digest: Recognition for UW waste management, nurturing communities, Honor: Danny Hoffman, disability-policy posters, undergraduate research conference

Association honors UW for waste management, sustainability || New book explores creating, supporting livable communities || ‘New Directions’ award to Danny Hoffman || Disability, Law, Policy and the Community poster session || Minority Affairs and Diversity hosts undergraduate research conference

May 15, 2012

How public should public records be? Increased availability sparks privacy concerns

Online technology has increased access to public records such as political campaign contributions and real estate transactions. But that information availability also sparks privacy concerns and may dampen some people’s willingness to engage in public activities, according to recent research.

Nearly 1,000 projects to be presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium

The largest Undergraduate Research Symposium in University of Washington history runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, primarily in Mary Gates Hall.

Insulin nasal spray therapy shows memory improvement in Alzheimers patients

A year-long, multi-site clinical trial of insulin nasal spray has been called a significant step forward in measuring the safety and effectiveness of a promising treatment.

New undergraduate summer certificate programs teach career skills

The University of Washington is offering three new undergraduate summer certificate programs this year covering topics including business essentials, database management and localization.

May 14, 2012

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9 percent of the Western Hemisphere’s mammals, and as much as 40 percent in certain regions, because the animals just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace climate change, according to new research from the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

May 11, 2012

New exhibit celebrates parks, public spaces reclaimed from unusual uses — with slide show

An exhibit at the American Institute of Architecture design gallery explores Gas Works Park and 11 other reclaimed parks and public spaces in a series of sketches, photographs and architectural renderings.

May 10, 2012

Arts Roundup: MFA dance concert, 'Queering the Art Museum' — and all that jazz

It’s a week of variety in UW arts, with the annual master of fine arts dance concert, improvisational jazz from the School of Music’s continuing IMPfest IV, digital art, a visiting playwright and the two-day “Queering the Art Museum” symposium at the Henry Art Gallery and in Tacoma.

School of Social Work to lead new partnership for child welfare

The School of Social Work at the University of Washington will lead a newly formed partnership to provide professional development for the state’s social workers involved in child welfare.


May 9, 2012

Portable diagnostics designed to be shaken, not stirred

A textured surface mimics a lotus leaf to move drops of liquid in particular directions. The low-cost system could be used in portable medical or environmental tests.


First quarter home sales surge, while prices languish

Washington’s housing market in the first quarter of 2012 saw the highest seasonally adjusted sales since the first-time buyer tax credit program expired in 2010, according to the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

News Digest: Mathematical perspective on voting rules, Honor: Dick Morrill, timeline of education and research

Mathematical perspective on voting rules Friday in MathAcrossCampus || Geography “legend” announces last doctoral committee defense || Education and research timeline stretches back 150 years

Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership spotlights undergrad efforts

University of Washington undergraduates will showcase their civic engagement projects at the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 11 on the second floor of Kane Hall.

May 8, 2012

UW to collaborate on biodefense drug development

The $8.1 million grant will fund work on new drugs against some of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.


May 7, 2012

Unconscious racial attitudes playing large role in 2012 presidential vote

After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era. But a new large-scale study by UW psychologists shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries.

News Digest: Honor: Clay Schwenn, Tower Green Fair May 15, check out Campus Tours Central, Honor: Seth Cooper

Honor: Academic counselor Clay Schwenn wins national award || Tower Green Fair May 15 features sustainability efforts || Visitors? Relatives here for commencement? Check Campus Tours Central || Seth Cooper, chief architect of Foldit, wins national doctoral dissertation award

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