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February 24, 2012

Kids can explore icy worlds with scientists at Polar Science Weekend (with video)

Learn about polar bears and penguins. Center a two-foot tusk on your forehead and imagine youre a narwhal exploring your icy-ocean home. For these activities and more, grab the kids and head for Polar Science Weekend, March 1 to 4, sponsored by the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center.

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School of Dentistry lowers fees for Medicaid-eligible patients

The UW School of Dentistry wants to make dental care affordable to people affected by state cutbacks in coverage.

February 23, 2012

Stop putting the squeeze on tiger territory, says UW alum, now chief scientist with World Wildlife Fund

The plight of the tiger – none of the worlds 350 protected areas in the tigers range is large enough to support a viable population – is the subject of the UWs “Sustaining our World” lecture March 1. Eric Dinerstein, the World Wildlife Funds chief scientist and a UW alum, will speak on “All Together Now: Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation and Local Livelihoods” at 6 p.m., in Kane 220.

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New 'light duty' law provides incentives for early returns to work

A new state law that encourages employers to get injured workers back in the workplace with temporary accommodations – either reduced workloads or in some cases reassignments – recently went into effect.

Arts Roundup: ‘Macbeth, Baroque music — and all that jazz

Student talents will shine this week on UW stages across campus. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents murder and malignant ambition in “Macbeth,” student ensembles perform jazz and Baroque-era music and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts seniors show their work.

February 22, 2012

AAAS Notebook: Faculty views range across natural world, human health, more

Last weeks American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC, included 11 speakers from the University of Washington on topics including marine protected areas, the myth of black progress, womens reproductive health and how undergraduates learn best.

AAAS Notebook: Elephant toothpaste as catalyst to engage public in science

Schoolchildren came in droves for the popular Family Science Days Feb. 18-18 during the American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC. UW faculty and students were there offering hands-on demonstrations at the National Science Foundations booth .

February 21, 2012

Design eye for the science guy: Drop-in clinic helps scientists communicate data

The Design Help Desk offers scientists a chance to meet with a student who can help them create more effective figures, tables and graphs. This visual equivalent of a Writing Help Desk is also a study on how to teach data visualization.

News Digest: ‘Occupy goes to school, Holocaust documentary, Celebrating UW Women seeks nominees, offices collect gold and silver by going green

“Occupy” subject of Friday teach-in || Holocaust documentary “Roma Tears” Thursday || Nominations close Feb. 28 for Celebrating UW Women program || 10 offices certified gold, silver by UW Green Office program

New book says financial model for higher ed is broken, offers ways to overhaul

Higher education, a jewel of American society and an engine of its economy, is under threat, and if the nation is to remain competitive the financial model must be overhauled, says a new book. “Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization” offers specific ways to make crucial changes.

February 17, 2012

Models underestimate future temperature variability; food security at risk

Climate warming caused by greenhouse gases is very likely to increase summer temperature variability around the world by the end of this century, new UW research shows. The findings have major implications for food production.

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To create a font: A design class with an international expert — with slide show

This week, students in Karen Chengs Art 377 class, Marks and Symbols, have been studying type fonts with French typeface master Jean François Porchez — and even creating their own fonts. The students were asked to bring in photographs of font designs they had seen around Seattle, and then design complete fonts from those beginnings.

February 16, 2012

Arts Roundup: Drama, percussion, faculty art — and comic opera

The School of Music presents Benjamin Britten’s comic opera “Albert Herring” as well as music by the Symphonic, Concert and Campus bands. The Percussion Ensemble celebrates innovative composer John Cage. The School of Drama continues “Emma,” 3D4M faculty exhibit their work and Hazard Adams has a fanciful new book about conversational canines.

February 15, 2012

Design begins this spring for longhouse-style Intellectual House

Design should begin this spring, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2013, for Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility on the University of Washington campus that will be a resource for the university, tribal and surrounding communities.

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.

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