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November 7, 2011

Class notes: From construction site to park in a day — hypothetically

When students showed up for Design Foundations Studio (Landscape Architecture 301) on Oct. 31, a quick, one-day assignment awaited them — they were asked to imagine converting a construction staging area into a park.

Biological futures initiative aims to bring larger ethical issues into non-medical science

After he created the Center for Biological Futures at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Roger Brent joined forces with the UW to “generate better thinking and scholarship about the impact that increases in biological capability are having and will have on human affairs.” The result is an initiative, “Biological Futures in a Globalized World.”

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

The Warrior Check-Up study provides free, confidential help to active-duty service members experiencing problems with alcohol and drug use but who arent already in treatment

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November 4, 2011

Ringing in 150th – W Day slideshow

W Day festivities captured Friday by Mary Levin, University Photographers.

November 2, 2011

SR 520 bridge and highway to close Nov. 5-7

Construction crews install another 22 huge concrete girders Nov. 5-7 for a new lidded overpass in Medina, closing the State Route 520 floating bridge and highway Saturday night through Monday morning for the work.

Grant County families join National Childrens Study

Washington State University and the UW cheer Grant County participation in landmark national study of childrens health. More than 150 families enrolled for tracking influences on normal development and illness from birth to adulthood.

Nicole Mitchell named new director at University of Washington Press

Mitchell is currently director of the University of Georgia Press and will join UW Press, succeeding Director Pat Soden, in January 2012.

Study shows new medication effectively treats underlying cause of cystic fibrosis

A final stage clinical trial of ivacaftor (VX-770) shows significantly improved lung function in subset of cystic fibrosis patients, as reported Nov. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Pediatrician Dr. Bonnie W. Ramsey of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the UW led the study.

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: ‘Art and Architecture Pavilion’

Welcome back to 1962, where there is an art exhibit taking place on the UW lawn for this weeks Lost and Found Film, titled Art and Architecture Pavilion. Can you help Hannah Palin, film archives specialist, learn more?

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Nominations sought for Awards of Excellence

Nominations are now being sought for the University’s annual Awards of Excellence that honor outstanding teachers, staff, librarians, mentors and those engaged in leadership and public service.

'Chronicling Trauma': New book explores intersection of journalism, fiction, traumatic violence

Writers often turn from journalism to fiction when news stories cant drill deep enough, cant convey complex psychology. Communications Professor Doug Underwood writes about it in his new book, “Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss.”

Nominations open for ProStaff Award

Nominations are open for the ProStaff Award sponsored by the Professional Staff Organization. Any current professional staff member working at the UW is eligible; the deadline is Nov. 15.

Training students to prevent cybercrime

The UW has won a $2.1 million federal grant to train graduate students in the burgeoning field of information assurance and cybersecurity.

School of Nursing announces two new professorship recipients

Dr. Patricia Brandt has been named the UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Dianie Magyary will be the first holder of the Kathryn E. Barnard Endowed Professorship in Infant Mental Health.

Volunteers needed for the Dream Project's Admissions Weekend

Want to help local high school students achieve the dream of getting to college? The Dream Project, which does just that, is looking for volunteers.

Just some folks talkin about birds — and where to spot them at the UW

Brown creepers in the Medicinal Herb Garden and red-breasted sapsuckers near Rainier Vista? They talk about those and more at the Birders Brown Bag. What will be your “spark bird”?

Books can now be delivered to your campus mailbox

It may be a time of cutbacks, but UW Libraries and Mailing Services have found a way to increase service with a new program where you can order, receive and return books via campus mail.

U-PASS now good for King County water taxis

Your U-PASS is now good for both the Vashon Island/Downtown and West Seattle/Downtown routes of the King County Water Taxi system.

Flamenco artists to give master class, perform at Brechemin

Traditional Spanish dancers and instrumentalists from Madrids Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas will present a master class-performance of flamenco music and dance at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 in Brechemin Auditorium.

African musician to play banjo-like instrument in concert at Meany

Grammy-nominated Bassekou Kouyate,a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in Meany Hall.

Spanish string quartet to perform at Meany

One of Europes most distinguished string quartets, Cuarteto Casals, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Meany Hall. The quartet makes its Meany Hall debut performing works by Arriaga, Turina, and Schubert.

3-D digital music to be featured in concert

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media presents an evening of 3-D digital music by graduate students and faculty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Meany Theater.

Arts Ticket Office has new location

The UW Arts Ticket Office has moved to the ground floor of the new student residence, Poplar Hall, 1313 NE 41st Street.

Hogness Symposium lecturer David Williams: ‘Making America Healthier’

The 20th John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care Nov. 9 is on “Making America Healthy.” The speaker, Dr. David R. Williams from the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss how every segment of society can contribute to a healthy culture.

‘Images in Crisis: Exploring the afterlife of world-famous photos

Four UW faculty members have teamed up to explore the evolving meaning of iconic images in a lecture and film series from November into January 2012 titled “Images in Crisis: the Politics of Visual Representation in the Twentieth Century and Beyond.”

Wavechasers condemn gummy bears to crushing ocean depths

Follow the serious science – and the development of novel “Will it crush?” segments inspired by the YouTube hit “Will it blend?” – as University of Washington Wavechasers work in the South Pacific near Samoa.

November 1, 2011

Washington State Pharmacy Association honors student, faculty and alumni for their contributions

Pharmacy student Karen Craddick, faculty members Micki Kedzierski and Nanci Murphy, along with several School of Pharmacy alumni, received awards for their community, advocacy and educational efforts.

Godoy in Washington, D.C., to assist testimony

Angelina Godoy, a professor of international studies and director of the UW Center for Human Rights, was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to support former political prisoners from El Salvador as they present complaints before an arm of the Organization of American States.

Cambodian-born sculptor exhibits work at Henry Art Gallery

An exhibit of work by Cambodian-born artist Sopheap Pich will be at the Henry Art Gallery Nov. 10-April 4. “Compound,” his sculptural installation at the gallery, was originally constructed for the 2011 Singapore Biennial, although its modular construction will allow it to become an entirely new work in its reconfiguration at the UW.

Stories of Cambodian returnees form basis of play by drama school prof

A friends insistence that he take a trip to an unlikely destination led Mark Jenkins to write a play. The friend was artist Don Fels. The destination was Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Jenkins met the subjects of his play — Cambodian youth who grew up in the United States but were deported back to Cambodia after serving time in American prisons.

October 31, 2011

Carving out a creative Halloween tradition at UW Medical Center (with spooky video)

Every Halloween, just as surely as there are ghosts on the wind and howling in those far-off hills, there is a Halloween decorating and pumpkin-carving contest at UW Medical Center. And now we have the winners.

Modern genetics answers age-old question on Garrods fourth inborn error of metabolism

Fifty years after participating in studies of pentosuria, an inherited disorder once mistaken for diabetes, 15 families again welcomed medical geneticists into their lives. Their willingness to have their DNA analyzed with genomics technologies has solved a 100-year mystery

Children of deployed military at greater risk of engaging in violent behavior

Adolescent boys with at least one parent in the military are at elevated risk of engaging in school-based physical fighting, carrying a weapon and joining a gang, according to researchers at the University of Washingtons School of Public Health.

Washington Poll: Liquor initiative leads, road tolls measure too close to call

A state ballot initiative that would privatize liquor sales leads by a significant margin in the new statewide Washington Poll, but an initiative on project-specific road tolls is too close to call.

October 28, 2011

Brewster Denny: Five decades ringing in UW Homecoming

An extraordinary man achieved an extraordinary goal Friday at the UW. Brewster Denny, great-grandson of Seattle pioneers Arthur and Mary Denny and dean emeritus of the Evans School of Public Affairs, returned to campus to ring the famous Denny Bell to announce Homecoming — as he has done for five decades.

October 27, 2011

Memorial service for Sen. Scott White set for Nov. 6 at UW

Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, will be honored with a public memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the University of Washingtoncampus in Seattle.

Statement from UW President Michael K. Young regarding the governors proposed supplemental budget reductions

The following statement is from UW President Michael Young regarding the governor’s proposed supplemental budget reductions

University of Washington is sixth in nation for U.S. Fulbright students

The University of Washington is sixth in the nation for producing U.S. Fulbright students, as 24 undergraduate and graduate students were recently awarded the prestigious grants for 2011-12.

October 26, 2011

The Fremont Troll — with ‘hair — at local stores

The man whose fertile mind helped give us the famous Fremont Troll now presents — drum roll, please — the Fremont Troll Chia Pet.

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