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March 30, 2012

Restoring credibility and the joy of discovery to science

In several journal editorials and testimony before the National Academy of Sciences, a UW professor presents opinions on reforming scientific enterprise.

Photo Friday: Open window to campus wild areas

Enjoy plants and animals of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as captured by UW alumnus Art Wolfe in a slideshow for the current edition of Columns magazine.

March 29, 2012

UW invites kids, families for ‘paws-on’ science activities this weekend

Head for Paws-On Science: Husky Weekend, March 30, 31 and April 1, at Pacific Science Center, for 50 stations featuring UW research. UW faculty, staff, students and their families receive a 20 percent discount on admission during the event, as do UW alums.

Arts Roundup: Student recitals, art shows, deaf film festival as spring gets under way

Spring quarter is under way, creativity is flowing and arts events are back on the calendar. The Quad’s flowering cherry trees might be the biggest campus stars just now — poetry in pink — but there’s art, film and music aplenty sharing the bill with the blooms.

Second annual All Health Professions Error Disclosure Day teaches important team skills

In case scenarios, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learned how to tell a patient’s family that a serious error has occurred.

March 28, 2012

Fossil raindrop impressions imply greenhouse gases loaded early atmosphere

Evidence from fossilized raindrop impressions from 2.7 billion years ago indicates that an abundance of greenhouse gases most likely caused the warm temperatures on ancient Earth.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to be commencement speaker

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the University of Washingtons commencement speaker in ceremonies June 9 at CenturyLink Field.

March 27, 2012

Testosterone low, but responsive to competition, in Amazonian tribe — with slideshow

UW anthropologists report that Tsimane men have less baseline testosterone compared with U.S. men, but show the same increase in testosterone following a soccer game.

Secrets of famous 1930s ‘blonde bombshell of rhythm’ revealed with help from UW library

Ina Ray Hutton rose to fame in the 1930s and was known as blonde bombshell of rhythm. But she had a secret that could have damaged her stardom.

News Digest: Effective charter schools, annual 'Trash-In'

Similarities of effective charter schools studied || UW “Trash-In” set April 11

Obituary: John S. Edwards

John S. Edwards, emeritus professor of zoology, died March 25 at the age of 80.

March 26, 2012

Former prison inmates and UW honors students share class together

In early 2012, 10 UW honors students and eight former prison inmates came together for an unusual course: life after time in prison.

Tiny reader makes fast, cheap DNA sequencing feasible

Researchers have devised a nanoscale sensor to electronically read the sequence of a single DNA molecule, a technique that is fast and inexpensive and could make DNA sequencing widely available.

Kelli Trosvig appointed vice president for information technology

Kelli Trosvig has been appointed vice president for UW information technology and chief information officer for the university, UW President Michael Young announced today.

March 23, 2012

Tech survey shows students want better connections, faculty want more flexible classrooms

Students want better wireless and electrical connections on campus, while faculty would like more consistent and more flexible configurations of classroom technology, a new survey shows.

Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in a cancer-like way upon implanting in the uterus

This change may release fuel and materials for the rapid growth of the early embryo and the formation of layers that will later become organs.

Emotionally supportive teachers lower risk for alcohol use in middle schoolers

Middle school students who felt more emotional support from teachers reported a delay in alcohol and other illicit substance initiation.

March 22, 2012

Arts Roundup: Poetry, art exhibit liven spring break week

This spring break week, while things are slower, we have two arts events arising from the darker side. One is a reading by a poet who worked at Hanford, and the other is an art exhibit that takes on social issues such as racism and inequality.

Cherry blossom watch 2012: Any bloomin’ day now

The answer is: Any day now — probably by the weekend — and for about three weeks, depending on the weather. And dont worry, they’ll be spectacular. And of course the question is, when will the blossoms bloom?

Geologists discover new class of landform – on Mars

An odd, previously unseen landform could provide a window into the geological history of Mars, according to new research by University of Washington geologists.

March 21, 2012

UW Medical Center is first in Pacific Northwest to discharge a Total Artificial Heart patient

Christopher Marshall, of Wasilla, Alaska, left UW Medical Center today without a heart. Instead he used a portable power supply for his recently implanted circulatory device.

News Digest: Summer youth programs at UW, speaker says don’t ignore playtime head injuries

UW Summer Youth Programs open for registration || Parents shouldn’t ignore children’s head injuries

March 20, 2012

Web tool, phone app pinpoint tsunami dangers, quick getaway routes

A new online portal and smartphone app lets Washington and Oregon residents enter the addresses of their homes, schools, workplaces or kids’ day care centers to check if they’re in harm’s way should a tsunami hit. The tool, being publicized on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku tsunami, was developed by researchers at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 19, 2012

Pediatricians' pain-medication judgments affected by unconscious racial bias, says UW study

Pediatricians who showed an unconscious preference for European Americans tended to prescribe better pain-management for white patients than they did for African-American patients, new UW research shows.

Medical school celebrates students' residency placements at Match Day 2012

UW graduating medical students — along with newly minted M.D.s across America — learned March 16 where they will do their residency training.

D.C. cherry trees: Blooms won’t wait in warming world, UW research finds

Cherry trees in full bloom in our nation’s capital could be as much as four weeks earlier by 2080 depending on how much warming occurs. So says an analysis conducted at the University of Washington that relied on the UW’s own cherry trees as one test of a computer model used in the project.

UWTVs flagship television series, UW|360, to air on KOMO 4

UWTV and KOMO 4 today announced a new broadcast partnership to share stories about the people, places and discoveries from the University of Washington through the UWTV television series, “UW|360.” Beginning on Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m., KOMO 4 will air “UW|360” right before their evening news broadcast.

March 15, 2012

A tale of conversational canines: ‘The Day the Dogs Talked

If your dog could talk, what would she say? A fanciful new book by Hazard Adams, UW professor emeritus of comparative literature, explores this scenario as the dogs of fictitious Hilltown give voice to resist a new leash law.

Arts Roundup: Ongoing exhibits, visiting performers as quarter winds down

Arts events have slowed as winter quarter ends, but theres still much to see. The Burke Museum has discussions of food as its “Hungry Planet” exhibit continues and the Henry Art Gallery remains busy with several exhibits — including a Winslow Homer classic.

News Digest: Nanomedicine’s potential, business-diversity honor, autism events, school-closure politics, ‘green’ nominations due

Lecture on nanomedicine, treating cancer || Honor: business-diversity efforts recognized || UW plans Autism Awareness Month events for public || Papers uncover political, human sides of school closure || Husky Green Award nominations due March 26

March 14, 2012

Some mammals used highly complex teeth to compete with dinosaurs

New research shows that at least one group of small mammals, the multituberculates, actually flourished in the last 20 million years of dinosaurs reign and survived their extinction.

Loss of appetite deciphered in brain cell circuit

UW scientists traced a brain circuit that mediates the loss of appetite in mice. They also discovered potential therapeutic targets.

March 13, 2012

University of Washington offers admission to Fall 2012 freshman class

The University of Washington began this week notifying applicants to the Seattle campus of their acceptance into the freshman class starting fall 2012.

U.S. News ranks numerous UW grad programs among nations top 10 for 2013

Numerous University of Washington professional and graduate programs were among the top 10 in the 2013 annual rankings provided March 14 by U.S. News & World Report.

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March 12, 2012

Bellingham roadway with recycled toilets is world's first official 'Greenroad'

Greenroads, a rating system developed at the University of Washington to promote sustainable roadway construction, awarded its first official certification to a Bellingham project that incorporates porcelain from recycled toilets.

March 9, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘Inaugural’ from 1958

Return with us to 1958 for the latest installment of Lost and Found Films, where readers help identify and describe old film clips from UW Libraries audio visual collections.This weeks film clip is titled “Inaugural,” and probably shows part of the inaugural dinner for UW President Charles Odegaard, which was indeed in November of 1958.

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Students uncloak ‘hidden topics for April 27-29 global health conference

Social justice, climate change, mental health, and marginalized populations will top the agenda.

March 8, 2012

Joel Berg selected as dean of UW School of Dentistry

Joel Berg, professor of pediatric dentistry in the University of Washington School of Dentistry and acknowledged as one of the world’s leading pediatric dentists, has been selected as the school’s next dean, effective Aug. 15, Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today (March 8)

Arts Roundup: Actors go solo, a play in Spanish, vintage portraits — and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is featured in this crowded week of UW arts, but they’re in excellent company. The School of Music presents Bachs “Magnificat,” the Henry opens an exhibit on portrait photography and actors with the School of Dramas Professional Actor Training Program show their talents in solos performances. All that, plus a play in Spanish and art students decorating mailboxes.

Study shows benefit of gun cabinets in homes in Alaskan villages

Installing a gun cabinet dramatically reduces unlocked guns and ammunition in the home, according to a study in rural Alaska villages.

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