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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.

Magnet program again recognizes UW Medical Center for nursing excellence

For the fifth consecutive time, UW Medical Center has been awarded Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 1994 it became the first Magnet hospital. Today it is the only hospital in the nation to have received five such recognitions.

November 18, 2011

Analyzing massive datasets is subject of major international conference

Seattle is host this week to the major international meeting about high-performance computing, giving UW scientists and computer specialists an opportunity to see over the horizon at developments that will influence how research is conducted for years to come.

What bacteria don't know can hurt them

Bacteria living in clusters warn each other to enter a self-protective mode when nutrients are low. This state shields them from antibiotics. Interfering with the starvation alert super-charged the infection-fighting power of antibiotics.

Former Regent Ark Chin dies

Former University of Washington regent Ark Chin died on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the age of 87. A World War II veteran, engineering executive and avid philanthropist, Chin was a regent from 1998-2004, serving as board president in 2001-2002.

November 17, 2011

UW engineers help team with nano discovery

Nano discovery could lead to lower-power memory in the future

November 16, 2011

MIT grad brings show about women, math to UW

Being a female mathematician is the key theme of an autobiographical one-woman show to be performed Dec. 1-3 at the Ethnic Cultural Theater.

Pushing the envelope on paper-based diagnostics

Paul Yager, chair of the Bioengineering Department at the University of Washington, leads several subcontractors in two major grants totaling up to $26 million pushing the envelope on paper-based diagnostics. Their hope is that in two to three years, people miles from a lab will be able to cough, spit or urinate on a piece of paper, upload the image on a cell phone and get lab-quality results for a range of illnesses.

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Graduate School calls for increased minority recruitment, fellowships for grad students

Only about 10 percent of the UWs graduate students are underrepresented minorities, a Graduate School report finds. The report calls for establishing diversity as an “immediate priority” in recruitment and making graduate support a focus of the next capital campaign.

'The Tempest' comes to New York in 'Rough Magic'

The UW School of Drama presents “Rough Magic,” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in the Jones Playhouse. The play reminds us of action movies, sci-fi thrillers, and comic book heroes all at once—with a healthy dash of Shakespeare.

Voice students present opera, ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors

Music Professor Thomas Harper directs a production of Gian Carlo Menottis one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Meany Studio Theater.

Organ combines with saxophone, flute in two concerts

The University of Washington School of Music continues its celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Littlefield Organ series with The Littlefield Organ Festival, a weekend of faculty recitals by organ faculty Carole Terry and Douglas Cleveland.

Chamber Singers, University Chorale to perform

The Chamber Singers and University Chorale present their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Meany Theater.

Dr. Terra Bowles of Doctors Without Borders — a CFD event

Seattle physician Terra Bowles will share her experiences volunteering for Doctors Without Borders — a CFD choice — from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Turner Auditorium.

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.

Lost and Found Films: Welcome to Mt. Adams, 1957

A meeting in a high school gymnasium, a rousing speaker, cake and pie. Whats going on in this gem from 1957?

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Official Notices, Nov. 17

An environmental impact statement, a notice of expedited rule making, a Board of Regents meeting and some blood drives.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

A video on waste reduction features UW staffers J.R. Fulton, Micheal Meyering, Clive Pursehouse, Ruth Johnston and Eric Johnson as well as students Martin Su and Dan Brody. Also, the School of Social Work gets a gift from the estate of an alum and Friday Harbor resident scientist Megan Dethier is named Naturalist of the Year.

Pharmacy students lead Honduran medical brigade

Twenty-nine UW pharmacy students, along with some faculty members,alumni and health professionals from other fields, offered a free, temporary clinic in Joya Grande. When they arrived, a long line of Honduran villagers were waiting to welcome them.

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LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services, according to a new study by researchers in the School of Social Work

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November 15, 2011

Early, intensive therapy for type 1 diabetes prevented kidney disease in long-term study

Years later participants reap the benefits of good blood sugar control in reducing slow-progressing complications. This finding comes from more than two decades of research on preventing life-shortening consequences of type 1 diabetes.

iSchool students archive Buddhist monastery material (with slide show)

Joe Tennis and his students in the Information School are helping the San Francisco Zen Center organize its archives, “everything from the sacred to the mundane.” Along the way, they have meditated daily.

November 14, 2011

Lightning network helps get a handle on volcanoes

A UW-based alert system using real-time data on lightning flashes around the world is helping to keep tabs on erupting volcanoes.

November 10, 2011

Meet the Mammals at the Burke Museum

Got the urge to touch a wolf pelt? Or maybe make an ape mask? You and your family can do these and more at the Burke Museums annual Meet the Mammals event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Bothell Education Professor Wayne Au to discuss new book

Wayne Au, assistant professor of education at UW Bothell, will speak on his new book, “Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing,” Friday, Nov. 18, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library.

November 9, 2011

Twenty-first annual Concerto Competition at School of Music

School of Music students from three divisions — piano, strings, and orchestral instruments — will perform for outside judges in the 21st annual Concerto Competition, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Meany Hall.

Lost and Found Films: Chemical Engineering, 1940

We visit the world of pre-World War II chemical engingeering in this weeks Lost and Found Film, which is silent but filmed in color — not bad for 1940. Can you help film archives specialist Hannah Palin figure out what’s going on?

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Contemporary Group to feature new works by UW students

The UW School of Music will present new works composed by graduate students, a group jazz improvisation and more in the Contemporary Group concert Nov. 16 in Meany Studio Theater.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Bing features Suzzallo Library; the School of Art holds a student/alumni art sale; Sara Shores, campus arborist, needs help for a tree-planting; Recycling and Solid Waste leads UW to EPA recognition; and honors for Transportation Services and Paccar Hall.

Open house slated for planned light rail station

North Link Light Rail will hold an open house on the planned Brooklyn Station for light rail from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Neptune Theater.

Laboratory chemical safety video available online

The UWs Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department would like to share a film with the UW community to help raise awareness about chemical safety in laboratories and to help prevent serious accidents from occurring in the future.

Book about Hanford is subject of lecture

History Professor John Findlay and Associate Professor Bruce Hevly will present a lecture on their book, Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library.

Law school speech focuses on gender and justice

The Role of Law in Taking Rosaries out of the Ovaries is the provocative title of a lecture to be given by Monica Roa, director of the Gender Justice Program at Womens Link Worldwide, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Mallethead series returns with special guest drummers

Tom Collier, director of percussion and jazz studies at the University of Washington, joins guest drummer Alex Acuña for a concert Friday, Nov. 18, in Meany Studio Theater. The concert is the first of three.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet to perform at Meany

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a celebrated contemporary company, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19, at Meany Hall.

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky to perform Chopin, Liszt

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Meany Hall.

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.

Matching cats and companions at Purrfect Pals — a CFD choice

Research scientist LaRene Kuller enjoys volunteering at Purrfect Pals, helping hard-to-place cats and kittens find forever homes.

Carbon mitigation strategy uses wood for buildings first, bioenergy second

Pacific Northwest trees grown and harvested sustainably can both remove existing carbon dioxide from the air and help keep the gas from entering the atmosphere in the first place. Thats provided wood is used primarily for such things as building materials, instead of cement and steel, and secondarily that wood wastes are used for biofuels.

November 8, 2011

Harborview dietitians receive preceptor award from UW graduate program

The training and mentorship Harborview dietitians provide to students in the UW graduate program in dietetics has earned the staff the 2011 Excellent Preceptor Award.

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