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December 7, 2011

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Charter Schools and Unions: Contracts provide innovations but could go further

A new study from the University of Washingtons Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) finds that charter school collective bargaining agreements tend to be more streamlined and provide for greater flexibility than the typical district contract.

New journal debuts for Professional and Continuing Education arts students

Professional and Continuing Education has been offering arts classes for almost all of its nearly 100 year history, but now, for the first time, graduates of those programs have a journal in which to publish their work.

How Salmonella forms evil twins to evade the bodys defenses

To swim or not to swim? The biological control that makes this choice for genetically identical Salmonella impacts the bacteria’s ability to cause infection.

UW scientist gets major boost in search for HIV vaccine

Dr. Shiu-Lok Hu and his colleagues are looking to generate protective antibodies targeting a part of the HIV virus that binds to immune cells. This segment is widely considered to be the Achilles heel of the virus

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Device promises nutrition diagnosis in minutes

A new plasma pencil promises to give nutrition status in minutes that used to take 24 hours, and could improve health in developing world.

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December 6, 2011

UW inaugurates award to honor achievements of retirees

The university is inaugurating a new, major award this year, recognizing the accomplishments of UW retirees in service to the community.

Ana Mari Cauce selected as provost of University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce, who has been dean of the University of Washingtons College of Arts and Sciences since 2008, has been selected as the next UW provost, effective Jan. 2, 2012, President Michael K. Young announced today.

Tropical sea temperatures influence melting in Antarctica

New research shows accelerated melting of two fast-moving glaciers that drain Antarctic ice into the Amundsen Sea Embayment is likely in part the result of an increase in sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

UW funded to realize medical applications of genome sequencing

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington.

December 5, 2011

Free college preparation for high-school students with disabilities

High-school students who need help due to disability can apply for a special program with mentoring and support for their college prep.

Climate change stirs 'Perfect Moral Storm,' prof says

The world is sailing into some killer storms and its leaders have done almost nothing to protect its boat. Thats the view of UW Philosophy Professor Steve Gardiner, who likens climate change to a perfect storm — a convergence of three difficult problems that so far weve found ourselves unable to face, much less solve.

December 2, 2011

Law students from Ethiopia learn as part of nation building

Some students go to law school to build a practice in corporate, criminal or other branch of the law. But five students who arrived from Ethiopia late this past summer are different — they want to build a nation.

December 1, 2011

Researchers pioneer molecular imaging agents to individualize cancer therapy

Scientists are developing PET scan agents that characterize each patient’s cancer. This helps clinicians weigh treatment options and measure effectiveness.

Gettin figgy: UW students go caroling for a cause

There will be three teams from the UW among carolers trying to out-fa-la-la each other the evening of Friday, Dec. 2 during the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Its all for a good cause, as each team raises money for charity.

November 30, 2011

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Dee Boersma is nominated for a major conservation award, and students who sell hats to benefit Roma get a boost from Zipcar.

Official notices

Nominees are sought for Faculty Senate vice chair, some blood drives are scheduled and the December Regents meeting is cancelled.

New online guide aids recruitment, retention of minority graduate students

How does a department increase its pool of diverse applicants for graduate programs? The Graduate School has tried to demystify the process by compiling a guide of “best practices.”

Photography, painting, new media meet in exhibit curated by UW prof — with slideshow

Juxtaposed images create new meanings in the Henrys new exhibit, “Videowatercolors: Carel Balth among his Contemporaries,” curated by Art Associate Professor Marek Wieczorek.

Combined Fund Drive extended through Dec. 9

The extension will help the campaign approach its goal this year of $2 million in pledges from UW faculty and staff. As of Thanksgiving, the campaign had raised $1,824,483.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

A lot of night music: School of Music concerts offered

The School of Music rolls out its annual feast of music for the holiday season, with concerts almost every night — sometimes more than one.

Gifts, greens for sale at Arboretum

The Arboretum Foundation’s beloved holiday sale returns to the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Across generations: New center unites researchers in womens, childrens, adolescents health

The UW’s new Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh) wants to help researchers overcome a daunting task – seeking solutions across generations. Global WACh officially launches Dec. 8 with a campus event featuring speaker Leslie Mancuso, CEO of the health advocacy group Jhpiego.

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Big band jazz, original compositions featured in Dec. 7 concert

A concert Dec. 7 by the Studio Jazz Ensemble and the Modern Band will bring together traditional approaches to big band jazz with a new work composed by UW students.

Judy Ramey: From medieval studies to technical communication and beyond

Judy Ramey came to the UW in 1983 and has since seen a department, Technical Communication, form, offer degrees and evolve into Human Centered Design and Engineering. Yet, but for a few happy accidents, she might have had a very different career.

November 29, 2011

A prescription for managing seasonal depression

If dark, rainy days have got you down, here are some ways to lift winter depression

Jewish Studies Program launches series on human injustice

A four-part series of conversations will explore justice and Judaism in a global society.

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Temple Grandin, animal behaviorist and autism leader, lectures Nov. 30

Grandin has been called revelatory and revolutionary in describing first-hand what it is like to have autism. She has applied her autistic awareness and research to enhance animal welfare.

$2M grant could make early earthquake warning a reality in the Northwest

A grant to the University of Washington from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation could pave the way for a system to provide a warning seconds to minutes in advance of a major offshore earthquake in the Northwest.

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November 28, 2011

40 percent of youths attempting suicide make first attempt before high school

UW researchers found that suicidal behavior begins sooner than previously thought and is linked to higher scores of depression at the time of the attempts.

November 23, 2011

Featured video: Oyster standoff with ocean acidification

Biologist Jennifer Ruesink considers UW oyster research and work with the shellfish industry in face of todays environmental challenges, including ocean acidification.

November 22, 2011

Husky Cycling Club welcomes Tour de France competitor Tyler Farrar

He won a stage of the Tour de France this July 4, and now hes coming to Seattle. The Husky Cycling Club will welcome Washington states own Tyler Farrar on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Northcut Landing.

Award-winning organization inspires underrepresented students to explore sciences

In a few short years, the UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science has come a long way and won honors — all for helping to bring greater diversity to the study of science at the UW.

Wars lasting legacy is a culture of violence — see video

Daniel Hoffman, a UW associate professor of anthropology, describes his new book “The War Machines” about lasting violence from civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He says that the same could be true in other war-torn regions, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Big step forward for safety of bionic contact lenses

Bionic eye steps closer to reality.

Microsoft alumna works with UW Global Health to bridge faith and science in Ethiopia

When people fall ill in northern Ethiopia, theyre more inclined to call a priest than a doctor. Nancy Andrews has been convincing religious leaders to embrace medicine to prevent the spread of HIV and increase care for those infected.

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November 21, 2011

Bennett to deliver University Faculty Lecture

Longtime Political Science Professor Lance Bennett will deliver the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 130 Kane. Its the highest recognition the faculty can bestow on someone in its ranks, and the roster has included artists, musicians, historians, scientists and engineers – some of them Nobel laureates.

UW seniors Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle named Rhodes Scholars

Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle, University of Washington seniors, are among 32 Rhodes Scholars just named for 2012.

Bennett to deliver University Faculty Lecture

Longtime Political Science Professor Lance Bennett will deliver the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 130 Kane. Its the highest recognition the faculty can bestow on someone in its ranks, and the roster has included artists, musicians, historians, scientists and engineers – some of them Nobel laureates.

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