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April 11, 2012

Space weather forecast: Sunspotty, with an increasing chance of solar storms

Electrical engineering professor John Sahr gives his read on the increase in solar activity, and how it relates to his research.

News Digest: WasteWise honorable mention, faculty lecturer nominations due, volunteer April 14 at arboretum

EPA awards UW WasteWise honorable mention || Nominations for University Faculty Lecturer Award sought || Volunteers welcome for arboretum work party April 14

April 10, 2012

Newfangled space-propulsion technology could help clean up Earth orbit

A magnetized ion plasma system devised by a UW researcher to propel spacecraft at ultra-high speeds could be adapted to clean up dead satellites and other debris crowded in Earth orbit.

April 9, 2012

Wearable artificial kidney to be tested for safety and effectiveness in collaboration with FDA

The battery-powered wearable artificial kidney weighs about 10 pounds and is worn in a waist belt. Dr. Victor Gura from UCLA invented the device to provide greater freedom to dialysis patients.

Landscape architecture students devise ideas for Rapid Ride in Ballard

City planners and Ballard residents say ideas from a group of UW landscape architecture students have expanded their thinking for Rapid Ride, the new Metro bus service coming to Ballard in September.

April 6, 2012

Video Friday: April edition of UW|360, just out, includes cherry-tree feature

Watch a clip from Sunday’s episode of UW|360 where campus arborist Sara Shores talks about the Quad’s cherry trees and how they were rescued in the mid-60s from the arboretum, where they were in the path of the 520 bridge, then under construction.

April 5, 2012

Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being

Robot nannies could diminish child care worries for parents of young children, but UW psychologists warn that this could impoverish kids’ emotional and social growth.

Inequities in court-imposed fines and fees is subject of April 19 lecture

Alexes Harris, UW associate professor of sociology, will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversitys eighth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on the topic, “The U.S. Criminal Justice System: Race, Poverty and Punishments.”

Arts Roundup: Dance troupes, opera, student recitals, undergraduate theater

Student musicians and actors showcase their talents and two well-regarded dance companies visit campus to perform. Plus, the Undergraduate Theater Society has a new production, the Seattle Opera Young Artists perform and the Burke Museum offers trivia with a beer chaser.

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.


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.


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

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