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December 13, 2011

Campus trees not available as holiday decorations

UW Arborist Sara Shores reports that people have been cutting trees and tree limbs on campus, presumably for Christmas decorations. For those people, she has one message: Dont.

Memorial service for dean emeritus Sidney Nelson set for Dec. 17

Memorial services for Sidney Nelson, professor of medicinal chemistry and dean emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, will be at 1 pm. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the New Life Church at 6830 Highland Dr. in Everett.

Featured video: Reflectors react to changing light

The reflector “paintings” on the exterior of the Henry Art Gallery, are made up of 21,500 reflectors normally found on bicycles, cars and trucks, explains this video, the first in a series highlighting the museums permanent collection.

December 12, 2011

Fisheries lands a Ray Troll – with slideshow

Some 99 species of fishes glide and snake across a supersized 15-foot mural by Alaskan artist and confessed fish groupie Ray Troll, unveiled last month at the University of Washington.

December 9, 2011

Small lifestyle changes can prevent diabetes

Learn some tips keep your weight in check over the winter holidays, and other ways to prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as recognize its symptoms.

Where is my shuttle? Information available online and on smart phones

People who use the UW South Lake Union and Night Ride shuttles now can check the shuttles progress from their desktop or laptop computer or smart phones.

Podcasts on religion extend Tony Gills university research

When the UW lines up against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, Political Science Professor Tony Gill will have divided loyalties. After all, though he works at the UW, Baylor sponsors his weekly podcast, “Research on Religion.”

December 8, 2011

Fire alarms triggered by surge in water pressure

Fire alarms were triggered in 12 buildings by a sudden and sustained surge in water pressure.

Undergraduates asked to compete in "Be the Change" contest for global health

UW undergrads can propose solutions to the worlds pressing health challenges in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair. Applications due Jan. 13.

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University of Washington ranks 13th in world in measure of scientific prowess

The University of Washington was ranked 13th in the world in a measure of universities scientific impact and their involvement in scientific collaboration.

December 7, 2011

Look for new UW Today, UW Insider pages

Coming soon to a website near you: redesigned Faculty-Staff and UW Today pages. Both will highlight the current date and weather, will be refreshed more often and will feature a wide variety of spotlight stories, videos, news feeds, events and more.

Paper poetry: The colorful world of vintage pop-up, movable and toy books (with slide show)

UW Libraries Special Collections’ exhibit “Merry Company: Pop-ups, Movables & Toy Books,” comes mainly from the collections of an extraordinary donor, Pamela Harer. The exhibit will be open through March 12, 2012.

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Decoding unselfishness- the double-helix of enthusiasm

Over the past four years grad students Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Justin Siegel and Rob Egbert have worked hundreds of hours with more than 50 students who competed in November to win the championship in iGEM, sometimes sacrificing their own work to help the team.

Official Notices, Dec. 8

One Board of Regents meeting canceled, a special one scheduled and a public hearing on residence hall rules.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Patricia K. Kuhl is honored for her work in understanding language acquisition; Akio Takamori named a USA Ford Fellow and gets a $50,000 grant; Sheryl Burgstahler receives a leadership award; and the GenOm project is honored for its diversity. Also, Carl Ebeling, Dan Suciu and David Wetheral are honored by the The Association for Computing Machinery.

Lost and Found Films: A Friday Harbor epic

This weeks film — and the last one for a while — shows what appears to be the UWs Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1958. People walk between buildings and some kind of experiment is undertaken on a small motorboat. Know any more?

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Popular Israeli singer to perform at Meany

One of Israels most popular and enduring singers, Chava Alberstein, will perform at Meany at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. She will present a mix of old favorites and new compositions sung in Hebrew, Yiddish and English.

Nominations sought for Lifelong Learning Award

A reminder that nominations are open for the UW Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. This annual award honors faculty who have taught or designed courses, seminars or workshops aimed at working adults and other nontraditional students.

Green Dot — now a CFD choice — seeks to reduce personal power-based violence

Green Dot offers students “bystander training,” where they learn about identifying potentially risky situations, discuss their personal barriers to intervening and practice the skills needed for responding, as opposed to doing nothing.

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.

Charter Schools and Unions: Contracts provide innovations but could go further

A new study from the University of Washingtons Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) finds that charter school collective bargaining agreements tend to be more streamlined and provide for greater flexibility than the typical district contract.

New journal debuts for Professional and Continuing Education arts students

Professional and Continuing Education has been offering arts classes for almost all of its nearly 100 year history, but now, for the first time, graduates of those programs have a journal in which to publish their work.

How Salmonella forms evil twins to evade the bodys defenses

To swim or not to swim? The biological control that makes this choice for genetically identical Salmonella impacts the bacteria’s ability to cause infection.

UW scientist gets major boost in search for HIV vaccine

Dr. Shiu-Lok Hu and his colleagues are looking to generate protective antibodies targeting a part of the HIV virus that binds to immune cells. This segment is widely considered to be the Achilles heel of the virus

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Device promises nutrition diagnosis in minutes

A new plasma pencil promises to give nutrition status in minutes that used to take 24 hours, and could improve health in developing world.

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December 6, 2011

UW inaugurates award to honor achievements of retirees

The university is inaugurating a new, major award this year, recognizing the accomplishments of UW retirees in service to the community.

Ana Mari Cauce selected as provost of University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce, who has been dean of the University of Washingtons College of Arts and Sciences since 2008, has been selected as the next UW provost, effective Jan. 2, 2012, President Michael K. Young announced today.

Tropical sea temperatures influence melting in Antarctica

New research shows accelerated melting of two fast-moving glaciers that drain Antarctic ice into the Amundsen Sea Embayment is likely in part the result of an increase in sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

UW funded to realize medical applications of genome sequencing

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington.

December 5, 2011

Free college preparation for high-school students with disabilities

High-school students who need help due to disability can apply for a special program with mentoring and support for their college prep.

Climate change stirs 'Perfect Moral Storm,' prof says

The world is sailing into some killer storms and its leaders have done almost nothing to protect its boat. Thats the view of UW Philosophy Professor Steve Gardiner, who likens climate change to a perfect storm — a convergence of three difficult problems that so far weve found ourselves unable to face, much less solve.

December 2, 2011

Law students from Ethiopia learn as part of nation building

Some students go to law school to build a practice in corporate, criminal or other branch of the law. But five students who arrived from Ethiopia late this past summer are different — they want to build a nation.

December 1, 2011

Researchers pioneer molecular imaging agents to individualize cancer therapy

Scientists are developing PET scan agents that characterize each patient’s cancer. This helps clinicians weigh treatment options and measure effectiveness.

Gettin figgy: UW students go caroling for a cause

There will be three teams from the UW among carolers trying to out-fa-la-la each other the evening of Friday, Dec. 2 during the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Its all for a good cause, as each team raises money for charity.

November 30, 2011

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Dee Boersma is nominated for a major conservation award, and students who sell hats to benefit Roma get a boost from Zipcar.

Official notices

Nominees are sought for Faculty Senate vice chair, some blood drives are scheduled and the December Regents meeting is cancelled.

New online guide aids recruitment, retention of minority graduate students

How does a department increase its pool of diverse applicants for graduate programs? The Graduate School has tried to demystify the process by compiling a guide of “best practices.”

Photography, painting, new media meet in exhibit curated by UW prof — with slideshow

Juxtaposed images create new meanings in the Henrys new exhibit, “Videowatercolors: Carel Balth among his Contemporaries,” curated by Art Associate Professor Marek Wieczorek.

Combined Fund Drive extended through Dec. 9

The extension will help the campaign approach its goal this year of $2 million in pledges from UW faculty and staff. As of Thanksgiving, the campaign had raised $1,824,483.

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.

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