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October 31, 2011

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.

CFD Volunteer: Adopting retired racing dogs gives staffer unexpected pleasure

When Sara Markham Voogt adopted two dogs from greyhound Pets, Inc. — a CFD choice — she “came away with two ex-racers, a few lifelong friends, and a consistent sense of purpose that was sorely lacking in my life.”

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.

Get a mammogram — and a compact mirror in the bargain

UW faculty and staff will receive a complimentary compact mirror when they schedule a mammogram at UW Medical Centers Roosevelt Clinic from now through the end of November.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Gabriel Gallardo is president-elect of the Northwest Association of Special Programs; Blake Barney receives the David H. Wands Graduate Fellowship in Prosthodontics, and a UW team including 22 science and engineering undergrads nabs two awards at an International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.

Official Notices, Oct. 27

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives and a call for applications for the UW-University of Ljubljana exchange.

Studies indicate charter schools performing well in reading, math

A new analysis from the Center on Reinventing Public Education, at UW Bothell, shows evidence that charter elementary schools outperform traditional public schools in math and reading, and that charter middle schools excel in math as well.

Class notes: Information School studies Occupy Seattle

For the first assignment in her Library Information Science 510 course, titled Information Behavior, Professor Karen Fisher allowed students to visit Occupy Seattle, among other locations, to study the ongoing protest — a sort of growing community — from an information perspective.

150 years and 200 stories: Campus historian contributes to anniversary timeline

You can read the highlights of the Universitys 150 years in a timeline full of stories. And a UW staffer had a major role in finding and telling those stories.

New courtyard and rain garden created behind Community Design Center

At first glance, the new courtyard behind the Community Design Center looks like a simple square with benches. However, theres a rain garden on the perimeter to capture, cleanse and slow storm water entering the drainage system.

Keeping colleagues informed a top priority for 2011 Faculty Senate chair

Budget matters will dominate the work of this years Faculty Senate, but discussions also will discuss online learning, activity-based budgeting and differential tuition.

Living Voters Guide updated for November election

The Living Voters Guide was created at the UW to help voters sort through ballot initiatives in 2010. Now its back, powered to help voters make informed decisions in this years election.

Lost and Found Films: Back to 1958 for ‘Operation Cooperation

This weeks Lost and Found film takes us back to 1958 and folks watching a street parade advertising “Ye Olde Town Meeting” at the Woodland High Gym on Sept. 2. Its a little slice of life from the Eisenhower years.

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Photo-journalist David Bacon to speak on free trade

On Thursday, Nov. 3, photo-journalist and author David Bacon will visit Seattle to discuss the topic Free Trade, Migration and the Culture of Solidarity. The talk will address Bacon’s extensive work with the pen and camera, giving voice to organized laborers and migrant workers.

Public leadership is subject of program at law school

Author and educator Eric Liu will lead a discussion at the UW Law School on The Art of Public Leadership. The program is slated for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Why I Chose UW Medicine: ‘It gave me my life back

The chair of computer sciences learned how fortunate he was to be a member of the UW community when UW Medicine physicians and the Harborview staff helped him recover from a spine infection.

October 25, 2011

Joel Berg named Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry

The professorship will fund a symposium in 2013 on dental issues at each stage of life — pregnancy, childhood, teens, adults and old age — and will emphasize preventing oral health problems.

Pharmacy students amp up their business expertise

Students are benefiting from the management insights of faculty and community pharmacist. Among the visiting lecturers was George D. Bartell, from the oldest family-owned drug store chain in the nation.

Movember is coming

Movember—the “mo” stands for moustache—is an international month-long event aimed at increasing awareness of the cancers that men face.

Linking of mutations in 12 genes to ovarian cancers may lead to more effective prevention

More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. Relying on family history as an indication for testing would have missed one-fifth of the cases. The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers.

October 22, 2011

Statement from President Young on death of Sen. Scott White

The following statement about the death of Sen. Scott White is from University of Washington President Michael K. Young.

October 21, 2011

Travel reimbursement adds direct deposit

The final phase of the electronic travel reimbursement project, begun two years ago, is about to implemented, saving the university over a hundred thousand dollars a year as well as much manual labor. Effective Nov. 1, direct deposit of travel reimbursements will become the default payment method for individuals who have enrolled in payroll direct deposit.

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

It costs 8 percent more on average than it did two years ago for Washington residents to make ends meet, according to a new report from a UW research group.

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October 19, 2011

Beyond ecological insubordination: Speaker urges us to rethink invasive species

Ignoring the potential beneficial roles of non-native species is no longer a valid option, says UWs Julian Olden. His public talk Oct. 25, “Invasive Species: Exonerating Crimes to Envision a New Global Future,” is the annual deans lecture from the College of the Environment.

Century-old tool found in dirt near Hansee Hall

UW maintenance mechanic Eric Martin seems to know his historical artifacts. It was Martin who figured out what his Maintenance and Alterations crew ran into while excavating outside Hansee Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Lost and Found Films: Halftime hijinx, 1962

Reel back the years with us to the fall of 1962 to watch footage from halftime at a Huskies football game where a trampoline and a particularly daring clown take center stage — that is, field. Anyone know who we were playing, and who the athletes and clowns were?

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Etc.: Campus news & notes

Henry Lai, Shwetak Patel, Valeri Vasioukhin, Mark Silvis and Football Coach Steve Sarkisian are named Most Influential people for 2011 by ‘Seattle Magazine; Judy Ramey honored by IEEE Professional Communication Society, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn becomes an honorary member of the Husky Cycling Club.

Celebrating Disability History Month — and a new center coming

Washington State Disability History Month will be celebrated on Oct. 27, and a new Disabilities Center is coming to the UW campus in 2012.

Official Notices, Oct. 20

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives two notices of possible rule making — on student housing and waivers of tuition and fees — and the University’s sexual harassment policy.

Health care, insurance information available at benefits fairs

The UW‘s annual benefits fairs will be held Nov. 1–3. The fairs provide an opportunity for UW employees to get information about their health care and insurance options directly from the benefits providers.

Labors of love at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center — a CFD choice

Staffer Melissa Maxwell volunteered for this agency because of her love of horses. “So you could say that I signed up in order to be with horses. What I hadnt expected was to fall in love with the kids, too.” Its one of many agencies you can support with your Combined Fund Drive donations.

Bicyclists take note: Rides and classes in November

November will be here soon and once again, more than 1,000 UW faculty, staff and students will take part in the annual Ride in the Rain Bicycle Commute Challenge.

New HUB meeting spaces open for reservations

Its still very much a construction site, but reservations are now being accepted for the new HUB, scheduled to open next fall. Reservations can be made for events beginning Oct. 1, 2012, or thereafter.

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.

‘Signs of Home: The art, life and wartime diary of Kamekichi Tokita

First generation Japanese-American artist Kamekichi Tokita found some success in the Northwest before World War II intervened. A new UW Press book seeks to rescue his legacy.

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