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February 15, 2012

Three UW faculty awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Three members of the UW faculty, two chemists and one engineer, are among 126 recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships, announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Say woof?: Psych 101 students have unusual guest lecturer – with video

Chantel Prat, a UW assistant professor of psychology, uses her pet dog “Cocco” to demonstrate learning in a psychology 101 class.

February 14, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Jeffrey Ochsner, recognize staff nominees, "Winterruption” Thursday, eldercare workshop in March

Jeffrey Ochsner named distinguished professor || Reception Thursday for Distinguished Staff Award nominees || Q Faculty and Staff host Winterruption social || UW Retirement Association offers eldercare workshop March 24

Global health a world-class program at UW, President Young says in speech

Young spoke an an open house at the new central location for global health faculty, staff and students to gather on south campus.

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February 13, 2012

A Peruvian slum gets a massive green makeover — with slide show

In a Peruvian desert slum, UW faculty, students and the local community created a garden and park on a vacant sand dune.

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Decades-old riddle in economics — solved?

You could say that the economic field of benefit-cost analysis has been stuck in a kind figure-eight for 70 years — a logical loop leading not forward, but back upon itself. But Richard Zerbe, longtime UW professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs, may have solved this logical paradox — or at least clarified it.

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UW president comments on Obama 2013 budget

University of Washington President Michael K. Young issued a statement today about President Barack Obamas budget.

UW Medical Center staff and volunteers create heartfelt valentines for hospital patients

UWMC staff and volunteers poured their hearts into a beautiful gesture: handmade valentines Feb. 14 for all hospitalized patients.

February 10, 2012

Robot flash mob: Bots come out to dance, assist humanity on Red Square

Its a little-known secret on the UW campus that if you ask really nicely, robots may come out and dance in Red Square. Such was the case Friday, Feb. 10, for an 11-year-old boy named Alex.

‘Dr. Chocolate seeks worlds best chocolate

A UW Bothell lecturer describes her worldwide study of the cocoa and chocolate trade.

Grant to Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health creates graduate research certificate

The program will hone students’ investigative skills in comparing the benefits and risks of different treatment choices.

February 9, 2012

Good news, bad news in Washingtons year-end housing market

Washingtons housing market in the final quarter of 2011 saw the highest seasonally-adjusted sales since the second quarter of 2010, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the UW.

Arts Roundup: Music, art, Jane Austen and typeface design

The campus will be alive with music in the week ahead — piano, guitar and chamber music, wind band ensembles, and opera, too. The Henry Art Gallery celebrates its 85th birthday with its 2012 gala and new exhibits, the School of Drama continues “Emma” — and even typeface design gets its moment.

News digest: MathAcrossCampus Friday, Honor: Charles Peck and Chrysan Gallucci, English language courses

Biochemistry prof showcases applications of math in MathAcrossCampus Friday || Charles Pecks teacher-education article honored || English language courses for UW employees

UW’s David Stahl elected to National Academy of Engineering

David Stahl, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Also elected are UW affiliate professor Henrique Malvar and UW alumnus Peter Farrell.

Official Notice: Environmental impact statement for IMA field #1 improvements

Public Notice University of Washington Pursuant to the provisions of WAC 197-11-510 and WAC 478-324-140, the University of Washington hereby provides public notice of the AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (SEIS) and PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SEIS. Project Name: Recreational Sports IMA Field #1 Improvements Proponent: University of Washington Description: Improvements include…

February 8, 2012

Scientists sound alarm over threat of untreatable gonorrhea in United States

Emerging cephalosporin resistance and treatment failures reported in other countries signal a need for urgent U.S. action to control the spread of gonorrhea.

UW launches technology startup incubator, aims to double startups in three years

A business incubator unveiled today is one element in a larger commercialization initiative announced by UW President Michael Young that will double the number of startups produced by the university – from an average of 10 a year to 20 – during the next three years.

Public funeral for William Stacey to be Feb. 11 in Meany Hall

The University of Washington community will honor the life of Sgt. William (Will) Stacey in a public funeral service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in Meany Hall. An informal reception will follow in the lobby.

February 7, 2012

If a tree falls in the ‘forest, UW Botanic Garden arborists hear — view slide show

Like dominoes, two of Seattles signature oaks in the Washington Park Arboretum toppled under Januarys heavy snows. It turned out that the root balls of each tree had not pulled out of the ground and thus began an effort to pull a 60-foot oak tree, estimated to weigh more than 8,000 pounds, back into the upright position in order to save both trees.

Treatment for TB can be guided by patients genetics

A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection also predicts drug treatment effectiveness for a deadly form of TB.

News Digest: Info security and privacy seminar

Sign up by Feb. 9 to learn about information security, privacy issues

February 6, 2012

UW retirees donation remembers ‘lost generation of Chinese immigrants

A retired longtime UW staff member gives a donation to UW Libraries Special Collections that helps document the experience of immigrants from China in the “second wave,” between the 1930s and 1960s.

Shifting the pharmaceutical care model in Hong Kong

One of the world’s most densely settled places, Hong Kong is restructuring pharmacy practice to meet the healthcare needs of its populace.

February 3, 2012

UW Medicine joins forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to serve America's military families

The First Lady praised academic institutions for dedicating resources and reinforcing their commitment to the health needs of veterans.

Public lectures explore the brain and behavior

The psychology departments annual public lecture series will cover the relationships between brains and behavior, exploring hearing, vision and memory.

February 2, 2012

Scientists coax shy microorganisms to stand out in a crowd

University of Washington scientists have advanced a method that allowed them to single out a marine microorganism and map its genome even though the organism made up less than 10 percent of a water sample teeming with many millions of individuals from dozens of identifiable groups of microbes.

Arts Roundup: Dance, music at Meany; photography at UW Tower — and School of Drama opens ‘Emma

Its the sort of lively week that shows off UW arts well. Theres dance, art, a variety of musical performances, cool photography at UW Tower, workshops at the Henry — and the School of Drama begins its production of Jane Austens classic novel, “Emma.”

Diet high in processed meat linked to increased diabetes risk in populations with high diabetes rate

Diabetes risk is increased in men and women who eat a diet high in processed meats, according to a study published online this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Processed meats include hot dogs, lunch meat, sausages and canned meats.

News digest: Foldit first from Science, register for summer youth programs

Honor: Science magazine awards Foldit a first || Registration opens for Robinson Center summer programs

February 1, 2012

UW Tacomas Joy Building receives highest green-building certification

The University of Washington Tacomas Russell T. Joy Building has earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest, most rigorous certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system.

January 31, 2012

At Ethnic Cultural Center building site, fencing tells a story

A new system of construction fences designed by a UW group make campus building sites look neater. They also offer history of the building project and explain what’s being built.

News digest: Corbally professorship, eText pilot, slugs and snails, flags at half-staff

J. Patrick Dobel named to Corbally professorship || Additional eText info session Wednesday || World of slugs, snails on display at Miller Library || Campus flags at half-staff

January 30, 2012

Preserved habitat near national parks helps species conservation

National parks help preserve species native to a particular region, but it appears that some species preservation is more successful if a significant portion of land adjacent to a park also is left as natural habitat.

Ferroelectric switching discovered for first time in soft biological tissue

The walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel carrying blood from the heart, exhibits a response to electric fields known to exist in inorganic and synthetic materials. The discovery could have implications for treating human heart disease.

January 27, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘University Parking, 1960

It’s a new round of News and Informations Lost and Found Film clips, where readers help identify historic bits of film from the UW’s Audio Visual Materials Library. This time, a 1960 film about campus parking — so then why is a referred to as a “basketball” film?

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UW Bothell launches first Innovation Forum

UW Bothell launches its first Innovation Forum, Feb. 13 to 16, to encourage discourse between the university and the community

January 26, 2012

Commentary in Nature: Can economy bear what oil prices have in store?

The economic pain of a flattening oil supply will trump the environment as a reason to curb the use of fossil fuels, say two scientists, one from the University of Washington and one from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Nature.

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Arts Roundup: Music, filmmaking, photography and ‘Hungry Planet opens at the Burke Museum

There will be music, film, photography and food, glorious food featured in the arts the week of Jan. 30. The Burke Museum opens an exhibit on what the world eats, UWTV resumes its series on filmmaking, guitar students play, UW Tacoma has a new art class on glass — and a blogger explains the legalities of “Downton Abbey.”

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Environmental protection need not cost jobs

In a Town Hall meeting at the UW on Jan. 25, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson told a packed auditorium that President Barack Obamas push for green jobs and protecting the environment can also help rebuild the economy.

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