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August 20, 2012

God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches

American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience, according to research from the University of Washington.

UW faces potential cut fo federal research funding

Experiment would test cloud geoengineering as way to slow warming

A University of Washington scientist has proposed an experiment to test cloud brightening, a geoengineering concept that alters clouds in an effort to counter global warming.


August 17, 2012

Wearable art youth class is a perfect fit for summer

Wings, paper dresses, a cape — students design clothes and then make them in this innovative summer class.

Longer time to find new job, less pay for moms laid off during recession

A 2010 national survey of laid-off workers shows married moms spent more time between jobs, were less likely to find new jobs and eventually were paid less than married dads.

August 16, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art — and the artist — at UW Tower

Artist and UW employee Kathryn Sharpe will exhibit her work at UW Tower — a highlight in an otherwise sleepy summer week in UW arts.

Back to school tips for parents from UW psychologists

When kids go back to school in a few weeks, it can be a mixed bag of challenges including adjusting to school routines and worries over academics, bullies and fitting in with other peers.

August 15, 2012

Detection dogs spot northern spotted owls, even those alarmed by barred owls

Forest searches using specially trained dogs improved the probability of finding spotted owls by nearly 30 percent over traditional vocalization surveys.

News Digest: UW ranked 16th in the world, society elects 3 from UW as senators, Ratner among plenary speakers

UW again ranked 16th in the world The UW again ranked 16th among universities around the world in a recent study by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The study ranked universities on quality of education, quality of faculty, research output and per capita performance. The UW ranked 14th among…


Documents that Changed the World: The Nineteenth Amendment

For the second podcast in his “Documents that Changed the World” series, Joe Janes explores aspects of a document Americans may not know as well as they think: The United States Constitution. Documents that Changed the World A podcast series by Joe Janes UW Information School An introduction “President Obama’s Birth Certificate” “The Nineteenth Amendment”…

August 14, 2012

How do they do it? Predictions are in for Arctic sea ice low point

University of Washington researchers used some new techniques this year in hopes of improving the accuracy of their annual prediction of the low point of Arctic sea ice.


New book explores Noah’s Flood; says Bible and science can get along

David Montgomery, a University of Washington geologist, is the author of a new book that explores the long history of religious thinking on matters of geological discovery, particularly flood stories such as the biblical account of Noah’s ark.


UW named America’s fourth ‘coolest’ school by Sierra magazine

The University of Washington again has been ranked among the coolest schools in America, placing fourth this year, according to Sierra Magazine.


August 13, 2012

Taking out the trash

August 10, 2012

Student-built rocket with experimental motor blasts to 1st-place finish

A team of University of Washington students designed a unique rocket motor and launched it 5 miles up to claim first prize this summer in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The UW students built a new type of motor powered by a combination of solid paraffin and liquid nitrous oxide. So-called hybrid propulsion systems are…

August 9, 2012

Arts Roundup: Seattle Print Arts at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

  Most arts at the UW are having a little midsummer quiet time and regrouping for the fall, but there are still some interesting things to see on campus if you know where to look. Work by members of the Seattle Print Arts collective will fill the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, exhibits continue at the Henry…

Crowd funding on campus: UW scientists raise money for research online

When Rachel Aronson travels this month to Alaska, she and a local research assistant will interview people who are in danger of being displaced by climate change. She will also send about 100 postcards to her funders. Aronson is among a growing number of University of Washington students, faculty and staff who are using online…

Housing market improving despite second-quarter dip in home sales

Washington state’s housing market continued to improve during the second quarter of 2012 despite a slight drop in existing home sales, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Existing home sales during the second quarter of 2012 increased 10.4 percent compared with a year ago, however the seasonally…

August 7, 2012

Study to identify best blood transfusion practices for trauma patients

UW medical researchers are launching a study to help determine which of the two most common blood product combinations provide the best outcomes for trauma patients who require massive blood transfusions. Dr. Eileen Bulger, UW professor of surgery and chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center, is the principal investigator for the clinical study. The…

A million little pieces

South African Olympic runner’s struggle shines a spotlight on country’s ongoing sexual violence

South African track athlete Caster Semenya carried her country’s flag in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. The 21-year-old former 800-meter world champion, for years the subject of speculation around her gender, was chosen over male athletes including a swimmer, a long jumper and a double-amputee runner. The choice was of interest to a…

Gov. Gregoire selects Christopher Jordan as UW student regent

Christopher M. Jordan, a first-year law student at the University of Washington, has been selected by Gov. Chris Gregoire as the UW student regent for the coming academic year. Jordan earned a master’s degree in public administration from the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2012. He also received a bachelor’s degree in political…

News Digest: Society inaugurates Raymond B. Huey Award, Honor: Marsha Linehan

Society names student award in honor of Ray Huey The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s Division of Ecology and Evolution has just announced a new prize for the best student presentation at its annual meeting, named in honor of Ray Huey, University of Washington professor of biology. “Ray has been an integral part of…

‘Mohawk Guy’ of Mars mission graduated from UW

August 5, 2012

Muscle cell grafts keep broken hearts from breaking rhythm

Researchers have made a major advance in efforts to regenerate damaged hearts. They discovered that transplanted heart muscle cells, grown from stem cells, electrically couple and beat in sync with the heart’s own mucle. The grafts also reduced the incidence of arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) in a guinea pig model of myocardial infarction (commonly known…

August 3, 2012

Americans gaining more weight than they say

Despite the increasing awareness of the problem of obesity in the United States, most Americans don’t know whether they are gaining or losing weight, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, also known at IHME, at the University of Washington. Obesity increased in the U.S. between 2008 and 2009, but…

Summer programs aim to encourage and prepare minorities to attend college

Some high school students, especially underrepresented minorities and those from low-income, first-generation and migrant worker backgrounds, lack access to resources for college preparation. Here is a round-up of programs taking place this summer on the UW Seattle campus that help inspire high school students to pursue higher education and prepare them for college life. ‘Upward…

August 2, 2012

‘Documents that Changed the World’: A podcast series from Joe Janes

The phrase occurred to Joe Janes out of the blue one day and immediately appealed to him. From there, ideas began to flow quickly. Janes, associate professor in the University of Washington Information School, had been a fan of the British Broadcasting Corp. radio series “A History of the World in 100 Objects” and thought…

Bears, scavengers count on all-you-can-eat salmon buffet lasting for months

Salmon conservation shouldn’t narrowly focus on managing flows in streams and rivers or on preserving only places that currently have strong salmon runs. Instead, watersheds need a good mix of steep, cold-running streams and slower, meandering streams of warmer water to keep options open for salmon adapted to reproduce better in one setting than the…

Arts Roundup: Student art, ongoing exhibits — and natural science trivia

Should you want a break from the Olympics, UW arts are here for you. There are student art exhibits, a student-organized show of print arts and popular ongoing exhibits at the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery. The Burke also is restarting its monthly trivia contest at the College Inn Pub — a sort of…

Volunteers aid scientists with data on shoreline carcasses

UW Farm to supply produce for campus dining halls

August 1, 2012

UW researchers urge integrating deworming into HIV care in Africa

HIV care centers are an important and highly accessed point of care for HIV-infected children and their families in sub-Saharan Africa, but opportunities to address other health issues are being missed. Proven interventions, including routine deworming among children, could be effectively integrated into HIV care according to a new paper by University of Washington researchers…


26 from UW selected for state Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has named 35 new members, 25 of them from the University of Washington.


July 31, 2012

Athletes, accountants and more: UW hosts visitors all summer

Athletes, accountants, leaders, teachers, gamers, programmers and more — all manner of groups use the University of Washington campus facilities during the summer, all hosted by Housing and Food Services. And new this summer, Teach for America trainees, athletes with disabilities and a new precollege recruitment program from the Office of Minority Affiars will join…

Rockets, roller coasters and more for young scholars – with slideshow

Pedestrians along the UW’s Rainier Vista may have noticed an unusual warning last Friday. “Danger Rocket Launching Area,” the sign read. Below that someone had drawn a cartoon stick figure receiving a “doink” to the head from a descending bottle rocket. The sign was part of a demonstration by students in grades five through 10…

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound — with audio

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Listen to the bowheads repeat…


July 27, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘Play Fair, 1950’

Welcome back to 1950 for an installment of Lost and Found Films, old footage promoting a play festival that aims for a Norman Rockwell feel, with maybe a little Twain thrown in. Lost and Found Films is an occasional UW Today series where readers help identify historic bits of film unearthed from the UW Audio…


Seattle researchers to engineer kidney tissue chip for predicting drug safety

Seattle researchers will be part of the new federal initiative to engineer 3-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs.  These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Tissue chips merge techniques from the computer industry with those from bioengineering by combining miniature models of…

July 26, 2012

Underwater ‘electrical outlets’ put in place for cabled ocean observatory project

The first U.S. cabled ocean observatory reached a milestone on July 14 with the installation of a node 9,500 feet deep off the coast of Oregon. Like a giant electrical outlet on the seafloor that also provides Internet connectivity, the node was spliced into a network of cable segments totalling some 560 miles that were…

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