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November 7, 2012

UW’s president shares his musical preferences

November 6, 2012

News Digest: Free energy-saving tool for computers, Upward Bound math-science grant, MathAcrossCampus Friday, Honor: Sam Wasser

UW offers free tool to manage power usage, patch common software || UW receives first Upward Bound math-science grant in state || Sam Wasser, conservation canines earn Alberta environmental award

UW-led research gives new outlook for color blindness

November 5, 2012

Home sales, median prices up in Washington; affordability slips

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the third quarter of 2012 as median selling prices and the number of homes sold both increased, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Existing home sales increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter, to seasonally adjusted annual rate of…

Raised in segregated south, diversity expert reflects on progress, upcoming conference

The Center for Multicultural Education, part of the University of Washington’s College of Education, will celebrate its 20th year with a conference and book launch Friday, Nov. 9.


November 2, 2012

Treating Doris: Health sciences students practice team-based clinical problem solving

A training event prepared 450 health sciences students for interprofessional teamwork and reminded them they aren’t alone in making tough clinical decisions.

Photo Gallery: W Day

Celebrating the University of Washington’s 151st birthday. Learn more about W Day. See additional photos on UW’s official Facebook page.

To tweet or not to tweet

Legal marijuana, charter schools pulling ahead

November 1, 2012

Prewar citizen complaints to government explored in ‘This is Not Civil Rights’

George Lovell, UW associate professor of political science, is the author of “This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America,” published in October by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What is the basic concept behind “This is Not Civil Rights”? The book…

Arts Roundup: Music, art at Hall Health — and the play ‘Landscape of the Body’

A bustling week in UW arts as we head into a rainy November. Common Book author Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot speaks, violist Melia Watras reteams with an old colleague, the School of Drama starts its season and more.

October 31, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: An 18 1/2-minute presidential mystery

The latest Document that Changed the World: The 18 ½-minute gap in President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes.

W Day: Celebrate the UW’s birthday on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

October 30, 2012

News Digest: Governor appoints O’Donnell, self-defense classes start, campus commuter survey, bicyclists to Ride in the Rain, observations of Istanbul, institute to reduce health disparities

Governor appoints Matthew O’Donnell to aerospace board || Women’s self-defense classes start Thursday || Transportation Services launches survey of commuters || Bicyclists invited to Ride in the Rain || Runstad fellows present observations of Istanbul || Institute awarded $6.29 million to reduce health disparities

UW geographer Victoria Lawson to deliver Katz Lecture

Victoria Lawson, a UW geography professor, will kick off the 2012-2013 Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series with a talk Nov. 7 titled “A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship.”

UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass dissects the ‘Super Storm’

October 29, 2012

Revived Huskies Stun No. 7 Beavers

Early autism intervention improves brain responses to social cues

An autism intervention program that emphasizes social interactions improves cognitive skills and brain responses to faces, the first demonstration that an intensive behavioral intervention can change brain function in toddlers with autism.

Applications sought for UW-University of Ljubljana exchange

The University of Washington – University of Ljubljana Exchange Committee invites applications.

A new vision of democratic individualism in ‘Awakening to Race’

Jack Turner, UW assistant professor of political science, is the author of “Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America,” published this month by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What’s the central concept behind “Awakening to Race”? The book addresses the challenge of racial…

October 26, 2012

Got a mystery plant? Sounds like a job for the UW herbarium

Lost and Found Films: Sumo wrestling, but when?

This time we present the shortest Lost and Found Film footage ever – about 12 seconds of sumo wrestling action from UW Libraries Special Collections’ Nippon Kan Theatre Collection. Lost and Found Films is an occasional UW Today series where readers help identify and explain historic bits of film from the 1930s through the 1970s…

October 25, 2012

Arts Roundup: Kathy Mattea, La Catrina Quartet, art, theater — and Halloween organ music

Big names in music from campus and beyond lead a busy week in UW Arts that also features new art exhibits, undergraduate theater and the annual Halloween Organ Concert on the famous Littlefield Organ.

Faculty Senate chair provides historical perspective on shared governance

New Faculty Senate chair adds historical perspective to shared governance.

Students win $100K for 3-D printer to turn waste plastic into composting toilets, rainwater harvesting systems

Three undergraduates won $100,000 to form a company that will work with partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, to build machines that can transform waste plastic into composting toilets and pieces for rainwater harvesting systems.


October 24, 2012

University of Washington launches research phase of smart grid project

The University of Washington marked the start of the data-gathering phase of the UW Smart Grid Project with an event featuring Washington’s two US Senators.

SpaceScout app hunts for study spaces, and MyUW goes mobile for students

SpaceScout, available on the web or as an iPhone app, lets users enter various criteria to find the perfect study space on campus. The tool was developed by UW-IT, which this week also launched a mobile version of MyUW for students.

UW plugs in to ‘smart grid’ regional power use experiment

October 23, 2012

Scholarly publishing’s gender gap

News Digest: First “Scientific Lens” talk is Wednesday, libraries mark Open Access Week, Evans school’s Ideas for Action awards, Johnston on sustainability board

Imaging deep-water, extreme environments, Oct. 24, is first in “Scientific Lens” series || UW Libraries events mark Open Access Week || Ideas for Action, Evans School-sponsored project, announces grants || Ruth Johnston on board of sustainability association


October 22, 2012

Friendship 2.0: Teens’ technology use promotes sense of belonging, identity

A new study from the University of Washington shows that digital media helps teens reach developmental milestones, but raises questions about whether digital connectedness might hinder the development of an autonomous sense of self.

October 21, 2012

Photo Gallery: Dawg Dash 2012

Furry friends joined fellow Huskies and the UW community in the 27th annual Dawg Dash through the University of Washington Seattle campus on Sunday. Photos by Katherine B. Turner / UW For more photos from the race, check out the Dawg Dash Facebook album.  

October 18, 2012

President Young launches new initiative to lead change in higher education and address major societal issues

University of Washington President Michael K. Young today announced a new initiative aimed at advancing the university’s teaching, research and service to meet the major challenges of the 21st century. The initiative, called “Tomorrow’s University Today,” will focus on three key areas: leading change in public higher education, addressing critical societal problems like sustainability, health…

Energy a focus of third annual Sustainability Summit

Next week will be the University of Washington’s third Sustainability Summit, an annual event that celebrates leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability.


Arts Roundup: Theater, music, art — and Laurie Anderson

UW arts are well represented during this busy autumn week, with theater, art exhibits, jazz, classical piano, the University Symphony and more.

Garbology 101: UW study determines trash habits

U District Next: A community conversation will help in creating vision for future of University District

The public is invited to participate in “U District Next: A Community Conversation” to share their thoughts and ideas for the future of the University District. The first of three community conversations will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Hotel Deca ballroom, 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast. There will be numerous other opportunities to join…

2012 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Brian Kobilka will speak at UW Oct. 23

The Stanford University faculty member will talk about a group of cell membrane receptors that are crucial for emotion, behavior, memory, vision, motion and many other activities. About 40 percent of medications act via these receptors.

October 17, 2012

Scientists building crowdsourced encyclopedia to further Puget Sound recovery

Representatives of the Encyclopedia of Earth and the Encyclopedia of Life will be on the University of Washington campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the public launch of an encyclopedia unique to Puget Sound.


Living Voters Guide adds fact-checking by Seattle librarians for 2012 election

The Living Voters Guide, created by the UW and presented with Seattle’s CityClub, just won a regional award and has been updated for the 2012 election. This year the guide has expanded to include a California edition, and the Washington guide will include fact-checking of selected points by Seattle Public Library staff.

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