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November 30, 2012

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers show promise as a cheap, versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will further test the system’s versatility and feasibility.


November 29, 2012

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch

These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.

AAAS names 11 UW researchers as fellows

Eleven University of Washington researchers are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News Digest: Faculty Senate vice chair nominations due, carbon efficient cities subject of book

Nomination deadline Monday for vice chair of Faculty Senate || ‘The Carbon Efficient City’ discusses sustainable development

Arts Roundup: Music galore, plus ‘Pippin’ and choirs combine for holiday CarolFest

Music — and musical theater — rule this packed week in UW arts. Take your pick from choirs and choruses, jazz, percussion, world music and campus bands, the musical “Pippin” and the opera “Die Fledermaus.”

International study provides more solid measure of shrinking in polar ice sheets

Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.


November 28, 2012

Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years

The spectrum of human genetic diversity today is vastly different than what it was only 200 to 400 generations ago.

Hungry salmon a problem for restoration efforts

Food webs needed by young salmon in the Columbia River basin are likely compromised in places, something that should be considered when prioritizing expensive restoration activities.


News Digest: Honor: International Green Award bronze, research-collaboration website launches

UW receives International Green Award bronze || UW launches website to help foster research collaboration

Official notice: Opportunity to comment on access to public records

There will be a public hearing Friday, Dec. 7, concerning proposed amendments to rules governing access to public records.

UW regent: Renew commitment to higher ed funding

State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification

UW to host Institute of Medicine regional meeting Dec. 6

News and Information

The Institute of Medicine, an independent nonprofit organization that provides advice to members of Congress and other decision makers on how to advance the nation’s health and health care, will hold a regional meeting Dec. 6 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

Institute of Medicine logoChristopher J.L. Murray, UW professor of global health and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, will give a public talk, “Global Burden of Disease: Implications for the United States,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To register, go to www.iom.edu/SeattlePublicReg.

Murray’s talk is a preview of the publication of a long-awaited study from the institute involving hundreds of researchers around the world. The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 Study, to be published in The Lancet on Dec. 14, will look at the biggest burden of disease for 21 regions and three time periods – 1990, 2005 and 2010. The results reveal substantial shifts during the past 20 years, including that more young adults than children are dying, and that there has been a rise in noncommunicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine, will also speak.

Since the 1970 inception of the Institute of Medicine, 53 UW faculty members have been elected.

The institute is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered in 1863 and has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which in addition to the institute also include the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Each year, more than 2,000 members and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the institute’s work.

November 27, 2012

University of Washington to sever business relationship with Adidas

University of Washington President Michael K. Young has instructed the university’s Office of Trademarks and Licensing to sever the university’s business relationship with Adidas.

November 26, 2012

Minorities could redraw state’s political landscape

November 21, 2012

Arts Roundup: Exhibits, theater, museum activities — and School of Music jazz and ensemble concerts

Exhibits, weekend fun at the Burke Museum and an ensemble concert by the Chamber Singers and University Chorale highlight the week in campus arts.

UW rates gold in sustainability assessment, strongest performer in Pac-12

The UW has the strongest sustainability performance in the Pac-12 according to a new rating system.


The radical roots of Yesler Terrace

News digest: WWI Christmas Truce lecture, winter-weather policy overviews, Honor: Rob Corser

WWI Christmas Truce subject of Dec. 5 lecture || Winter weather on the way, UW has policies || Rob Corser among 30 ‘most admired educators’ in design

Official notice: Rules for residence halls, family apartments under review

A public hearing is scheduled Nov. 29 concerning proposed amendments to rules for the University of Washington residence halls and family housing apartments.


November 20, 2012

New study suggests charter schools may not systematically under-enroll students with special needs

Charter schools may be doing better at enrolling students with special needs than many believe, according to a new report by UW’s Center on Reinventing Public Education.


Why E.T. would also breathe oxygen

November 19, 2012

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in form of muscular dystrophy

Studying the molecular basis of progressive muscle weakness may lead to therapies to prevent or reduce symptoms.

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

UW astronomers find that planets orbiting white and brown dwarfs are unlikely to be good candidates for sustaining life.


Admissions director holds key to UW’s door

November 16, 2012

Documents that Changed the World: Gutenberg indulgence, 1454

Joe Janes goes back to the fifteenth century and the work of Johannes Gutenberg for this installment in his series of podcasts, Documents that Changed the World.

Leadership award given to late Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson

Nelson, and several other School of Pharmacy alumni, were honored for their contributions to their profession, their patients and their community at large.

Life on Earth’s ceiling

November 15, 2012

Arts Roundup: Music, drama, art, ballet — and happy birthday, Claude Debussy

Art is on display this week at the School of Social Work and on sale at the School of Art. Plus, there’s ballet, drama, a concerto competition and a two-day conference on feminist art.

November 14, 2012

December deadlines approach for Awards of Excellence nominations

Nominations are due next month for many Awards of Excellence categories including a new award for teaching innovation.

News Digest: Audiologists blog from Brazil, Information School fair Thursday, Honor: Richard Catalano, students write resolution, campus memorial for Olson, Bridges center celebrates 20 years

UW audiologists blogging this week about work in Brazil || Information School holds 2012 Research Fair Thursday || Richard Catalano becomes American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Fellow || Public health association adopts water resolution written by UW students || Campus memorial for David Olson || Harry Bridges Center celebrates 20 years

Power, work struggles in Bangladesh households linked to domestic violence

In Bangladesh as elsewhere, women are empowered by working outside the home. But new research from the University of Washington shows such work can also increase the threat of domestic violence for some Bangladeshi wives. The study brings to light how the South Asian nation is seeing a change in relations within the household, with…


For UW’s top dog, it’s time to shape the future

November 13, 2012

Schools are blunt about new pot law: Not on our campus

UW and other colleges in the land of legalized pot say they still won’t allow students to smoke marijuana.

Roots of deadly 2010 India flood identified; findings could improve warnings

UW researchers find the flash flood was set off by a string of unusual weather events similar to those that caused catastrophic U.S. floods in the 1970s.


Foremost expert on Finnish education system to lecture Nov. 14

The foremost analyst of Finland’s superior education system will present a public lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in 210 Kane Hall.

November 9, 2012

UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics named for William E. Boeing

The UW Board of Regents yesterday approved a name change to the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, recognizing the shared history of UW aeronautics and The Boeing Company, and honoring the man who launched them both.

November 8, 2012

Extra chromosome 21 removed from Down syndrome cell line

The approach could lead to cell therapy treatments for some of the blood-forming disorders that accompany the common genetic condition.

UW commemorates Veterans Day with ceremony, first-time award for alumni veteran

The University of Washington will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 near the Medal of Honor Memorial at the foot of Memorial Way.

A change has come and it’s deep

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