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June 28, 2012

Plasma startup creates high-energy light to make smaller microchips

In one of the twists of scientific discovery, a UW duo working on fusion energy — harnessing the energy-generating mechanism of the sun — may have found a way to etch the next generation of microchips.


June 27, 2012

Standard surveys overestimate black progress in education, earnings

In “Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress,” UW sociologist Becky Pettit shows how most surveys overestimate black progress in the United States.

June 26, 2012

'Short Stories': Eclectic new viola music from Melia Watras

For “Short Stories,” released in May on the Fleur de Son label, the UW’s Melia Watras was joined by Kimberly Russ, orchestral pianist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

UW deploying seismic sensors in hope of getting to bottom of Spokane quakes

It’s been a decade since a swarm of relatively mild earthquakes shook up parts of Spokane. Now, armed with the right tools, scientists want to find out what was at fault.

Research suggests denser development is good for single-family home values

Research shows that, contrary to popular belief, theres a positive association between higher neighborhood density and the value of single-family residential properties.

June 22, 2012

Remembering the life of Thomas Pressly, 1919-2012

The UW Department of History will hold a celebration of the life of Thomas James Pressly, professor emeritus, at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the UW Club, and all are welcome.

June 21, 2012

Astronomers spy two planets in tight quarters as they orbit a distant star

A research team led by the University of Washington and Harvard University has discovered a bigger version of Earth locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger, Neptune-sized planet as they orbit very close to each other around the same star.

Arts Roundup: Of art, migration and Shinzaburo Takeda

A new exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery features art by Japanese painter and printmaker Shinzaburo Takeda and his students. Plus, the Henry Art Gallery ponders architectural decay in a cool new photograph exhibit and Special Collections continues its nostalgic look back at the Seattle World’s Fair.

Sediment core shows Arctic has gone through intense warm periods

New research from an international team that includes a UW professor emeritus confirms that the Arctic has gone through intensely warm periods, warmer than scientists thought was possible, during the last 2.8 million years.

June 20, 2012

From the mouths of monkeys: New technique detects TB

Tuberculosis can be a serious threat to monkeys and apes. A test to spot infection might help protect the world’s primate populations.

Making it mobile: Smartphone apps abound at iSchool

A new smartphone application called Shuteye developed at the UW Information School helps users make choices that improve the quality of their sleep. It’s one of several smartphone apps created by iSchool faculty and student talents this school year.

News Digest: Faculty retirement innovations earns $100,000 grant, Honor: Thomas Baillie, Honors: Landscape architecture

Faculty retirement innovations earn UW $100,000 national grant || Baillie receives American Chemical Society award || UW claims two Great Places awards

June 19, 2012

Synchronized probes explore Bermuda Triangle's swirling vortices

University of Washington scientists are studying swirling whirlpools in the Sargasso Sea via a pioneering experiment that repeatedly sent profilers deep into the ocean and back to the surface in unison.

June 18, 2012

Winterbottom and students create new garden at Nikkei Manor

Nikkei Manor, an assisted-living community in Seattle’s International District, has a new garden, thanks to 17 UW landscape architecture students and their professors.

June 15, 2012

Lost and Found Films: An opera scene from 1952

The latest installment in the Lost and Found Films series — where readers help identify old UW footage — is a three-minute film apparently from a campus opera. Don’t adjust your volume — it’s silent.


June 14, 2012

Arts Roundup: A look back — at the ‘World of Tomorrow’

A new UW Libraries Special Collections exhibit takes viewers a half-century back in time to celebrate a lively vision of the future. Also, two new photo exhibits are up: one depicting life in the slums of India; the other a look at volunteerism in Korea.

Geographers seek stories of Seattle's pre-AIDS gay communities

Two UW geographers are piecing together how policies relating to alcohol and public health shaped how gays and lesbians in Seattle carried out their lives during the pre-AIDS era, before 1983.

June 13, 2012

Mindful multitasking: Meditation first can calm stress, aid concentration

Need to do some serious multitasking? Some training in meditation beforehand could make the work smoother and less stressful, new research from the UW Information School shows.

June 12, 2012

Novel scientific equipment will unlock ocean secrets for decades — with slide show

University of Washington engineers and scientists are one step closer to deploying sophisticated equipment that will collect important information about ocean properties like currents and temperature and send the information via the Internet in real time to scientists around the world.


Intervention to improve foster families’ trust, connectedness

UW researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.


June 11, 2012

New research to help scientists better predict underwater volcanic eruptions

Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano, gave warning signals hours before its eruption, scientists say in three papers published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.


Offspring of older fathers may live longer

Study suggests life-extending benefits of longer telomeres if recent male ancestors reproduced at older ages.

News Digest: Panel considers extreme-weather events, ideas to curb poverty sought, Honor: Nancy Rottle, Fellowship: Thaisa Way, Honor: healthcare recognized

Panel consider meaning of recent extreme-weather events || Evans School helps reduce poverty || State landscape architects recognize Nancy Rottle || Thaisa Way named inaugural A.E. Bye fellow || Hall Health, Harborview programs recognized for quality

June 9, 2012

2012 Commencement: Photo Gallery

The University of Washington community gathered on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2012. With banners flying and colorfully decorated mortarboards atop their heads, graduates took the field on at CenturyLink Stadium, surrounded by cheering family members and friends.

June 7, 2012

Important contributions recognized in 2012 Awards of Excellence

Individuals who have made important contributions to the university community were honored at the 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence Thursday, June 7. President Michael K. Young presided at the ceremony.

Arts Roundup: Student art among the raindrops

The arts are either slowing down on campus or they have been drowned by the incessant rain of late. Still, there’s some interesting student art to see across campus as you dodge the raindrops. Here’s a look.

UW regents approve 2013 budget and tuition increase

The University of Washington Board of Regents has adopted an operating budget for fiscal year 2013 that includes an increase of 16 percent in undergraduate resident tuition.

Regents express concern for future of public higher education in Washington

At the meeting of the University of Washington Board of Regents June 7, the board adopted the following Declaration of Concern for the Sustainability of Washington Public Higher Education.

University of Washington, United Auto Workers reach new three-year agreement

The University of Washington Board of Regents approved today (June 7) a new three-year contract between the university and the United Auto Workers Local 4121, which covers teaching assistants, research assistants, readers, graders, and tutors – known collectively as academic student employees.

New twist on old chemical process could boost energy efficiency

An unappreciated aspect of chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides could be key in developing more efficient energy systems, including more productive solar cells or hydrogen fuel cells efficient enough for automobiles.

June 6, 2012

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales – with slide show

Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whales summering in the Salish Sea. In lean times, however, the stress normally associated with boats becomes more pronounced, further underscoring the importance of having enough prey.

Babys genome deciphered prenatally from parents lab tests

A maternal blood sample and a paternal saliva specimen contained enough information to map the fetus DNA.

June 5, 2012

Vertical sustainability: Moveable ‘green walls’ coming to Gould Hall

Landscape architecture Professor Nancy Rottle and students are mounting the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen + Water Harvesting Demonstration Project on the southeast side of Gould Hall.

News Digest: Free dental screening for kids, Honor: James DeLisle

Free dental screening for children June 9 || International council recognizes James DeLisle

June 4, 2012

Nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change

In a study published this week in Nature Climate Change, University of Washington and European scientists project that in the next 50 years global climate change will disrupt power generation in the U.S. and Europe. Warmer water and lower flows are predicted to interrupt the supply of cooling water.

New statistical model lets patient’s past forecast future ailments

Analyzing medical records from thousands of patients, statisticians have devised a statistical model for predicting what other medical problems a patient might encounter.

June 1, 2012

2012 Awards of Excellence celebration June 7

The university will honor individuals who have made important contributions to the university community at the 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in Meany Hall.

Art, design meet in annual student exhibit at Henry Art Gallery — with slide show

From imagined alien fossils to new social networking programs and beyond, a look at the Henry Art Gallery’s 2012 Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design Thesis Exhibition, running through June 17.

Computer-designed proteins programmed to disarm a variety of flu viruses

Construction plans for tiny molecules to stop flu viruses from infecting cells may help in fighting other pathogens.

May 31, 2012

Students design underwater robot that does more than score points

A new UW club has qualified to participate in an international underwater robot competition and has designed its robot to be used by UW oceanographers in the field.

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