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April 16, 2012

Celebration of Life planned for Donna Gerstenberger

A Celebration of Life for Donna Gerstenberger, former head of the UW English Department and Faculty Senate, will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the University Club.

April 13, 2012

History Channels Titanic documentary features UW engineers

A History Channel documentary on the Titanic airing Sunday includes materials testing in the UW’s Structural Research Laboratory. UW faculty and staff participated in the testing.

Three faculty members awarded Guggenheim fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that three UW faculty members have been named among the foundation’s 181 fellows for 2012.

Your child gets diagnosed with autism – what now?

A new workshop at the UW Autism Center teaches parents and other caregivers techniques to encourage social and communication skills in their children recently diagnosed with autism.

April 12, 2012

Get your HuskyFest on April 19-21

The first-ever HuskyFest, a part of UW’s 150th anniversary celebration, is almost here. Events kick off at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19.

Engineering Discovery Days April 20-21 coincides with HuskyFest

The College of Engineering’s annual Discovery Days event takes place next Friday and Saturday. Research and education exhibits are free and open to the public.

Annual campus Earth Day events April 20 during HuskyFest

The annual campus observation of Earth Day Friday, April 20, coincides this year with HuskyFest.

Arts Roundup: Dance, drama, recitals — and the Solaris Vocal Ensemble debuts

Student performances on piano, flute and saxophone, and a black comedy performed by the Undergraduate Theater Society. Visiting artists give a contemporary dance performance and showcase music from West Java, Indonesia.

April 11, 2012

Bruce reappointed iSchool dean, plans to increase students, faculty, industrial partnerships

Reappointed for a second five-year term as dean, Harry Bruce plans to add faculty to the UW Information School and hopes to increase enrollment by more than 35 percent. He also aims to increase industrial partnerships.

Space weather forecast: Sunspotty, with an increasing chance of solar storms

Electrical engineering professor John Sahr gives his read on the increase in solar activity, and how it relates to his research.

News Digest: WasteWise honorable mention, faculty lecturer nominations due, volunteer April 14 at arboretum

EPA awards UW WasteWise honorable mention || Nominations for University Faculty Lecturer Award sought || Volunteers welcome for arboretum work party April 14

April 10, 2012

Newfangled space-propulsion technology could help clean up Earth orbit

A magnetized ion plasma system devised by a UW researcher to propel spacecraft at ultra-high speeds could be adapted to clean up dead satellites and other debris crowded in Earth orbit.

April 9, 2012

Wearable artificial kidney to be tested for safety and effectiveness in collaboration with FDA

The battery-powered wearable artificial kidney weighs about 10 pounds and is worn in a waist belt. Dr. Victor Gura from UCLA invented the device to provide greater freedom to dialysis patients.

Landscape architecture students devise ideas for Rapid Ride in Ballard

City planners and Ballard residents say ideas from a group of UW landscape architecture students have expanded their thinking for Rapid Ride, the new Metro bus service coming to Ballard in September.

April 6, 2012

Video Friday: April edition of UW|360, just out, includes cherry-tree feature

Watch a clip from Sunday’s episode of UW|360 where campus arborist Sara Shores talks about the Quad’s cherry trees and how they were rescued in the mid-60s from the arboretum, where they were in the path of the 520 bridge, then under construction.

April 5, 2012

Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being

Robot nannies could diminish child care worries for parents of young children, but UW psychologists warn that this could impoverish kids’ emotional and social growth.

Inequities in court-imposed fines and fees is subject of April 19 lecture

Alexes Harris, UW associate professor of sociology, will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversitys eighth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on the topic, “The U.S. Criminal Justice System: Race, Poverty and Punishments.”

Arts Roundup: Dance troupes, opera, student recitals, undergraduate theater

Student musicians and actors showcase their talents and two well-regarded dance companies visit campus to perform. Plus, the Undergraduate Theater Society has a new production, the Seattle Opera Young Artists perform and the Burke Museum offers trivia with a beer chaser.

April 4, 2012

Autism mutations, scattered across genes, merge into network of interactions

New findings on the molecular biology of autism spectrum disorders are reported today in Nature.

Recipients announced: UW recognizes outstanding contributions to learning, service

The university will honor 26 individuals and one team of five this year as part of the annual university-wide awards program. The awards honor outstanding performance in teaching, mentoring, librarianship, public service and staff support.

News Digest: U-PASS 20th celebration, Honor: KUOW, home improvement fair April 11, Honor: Guntis Smidchens

U-PASS turns 20 with website, trivia contest || KUOW trio wins national broadcast award || 15th annual home improvement fair April 11|| Guntis Smidchens honored by Estonia

UW leads NIH-funded consortium to train global health researchers

The UW is one of five consortia of colleges and universities to receive National Institutes of Health funding to foster the next generation of global health scientists.


April 3, 2012

For volunteer naturalist, the beach is a stage

Deborah Trout has spent her life helping to create artificial worlds. Maybe thats why she turns to the natural one when she isnt working. She is a costume designer in the School of Drama, and in her spare time she hits local waterfront parks as a beach naturalist

Ingrid Daubechies: Using math to identify art forgeries, reconstruct extinct animals' diets

Ingrid Daubechies, a professor of mathematics at Duke University and head of the International Mathematical Union, will give a public talk Monday, April 9 in the Paul Allen Center. She will give another more technical talk Tuesday morning.

April 2, 2012

Single-session ablation relieves misery of cancer that has spread to the bones

Technological advances make radiofrequency instruments a stronger complement to radiation therapy in treating spinal and pelvic tumors.

Sex-offender registries list individuals not living in community, UW study

A UW Tacoma researcher has discovered that sex-offender registries include people who are not actually living within the community,such as individuals who have died, been deported, are in jail or have moved out of state.


March 30, 2012

Bigger, bolder, greener: The 2012 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (with video)

The fourth Environmental Innovation Challenge was the biggest yet. The winning team proposes to replace concrete lane dividers with ones made from recycled rubber tires. Other student teams presented their prototypes for emergency shelters, rooftop gardens, nonstick cookware and other green businesses.

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.

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