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November 16, 2011

Pharmacy students lead Honduran medical brigade

Twenty-nine UW pharmacy students, along with some faculty members,alumni and health professionals from other fields, offered a free, temporary clinic in Joya Grande. When they arrived, a long line of Honduran villagers were waiting to welcome them.


LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services, according to a new study by researchers in the School of Social Work


November 15, 2011

Early, intensive therapy for type 1 diabetes prevented kidney disease in long-term study

Years later participants reap the benefits of good blood sugar control in reducing slow-progressing complications. This finding comes from more than two decades of research on preventing life-shortening consequences of type 1 diabetes.

iSchool students archive Buddhist monastery material (with slide show)

Joe Tennis and his students in the Information School are helping the San Francisco Zen Center organize its archives, “everything from the sacred to the mundane.” Along the way, they have meditated daily.

November 14, 2011

Lightning network helps get a handle on volcanoes

A UW-based alert system using real-time data on lightning flashes around the world is helping to keep tabs on erupting volcanoes.

November 10, 2011

Meet the Mammals at the Burke Museum

Got the urge to touch a wolf pelt? Or maybe make an ape mask? You and your family can do these and more at the Burke Museums annual Meet the Mammals event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Bothell Education Professor Wayne Au to discuss new book

Wayne Au, assistant professor of education at UW Bothell, will speak on his new book, “Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing,” Friday, Nov. 18, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library.

November 9, 2011

Twenty-first annual Concerto Competition at School of Music

School of Music students from three divisions — piano, strings, and orchestral instruments — will perform for outside judges in the 21st annual Concerto Competition, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Meany Hall.

Lost and Found Films: Chemical Engineering, 1940

We visit the world of pre-World War II chemical engingeering in this weeks Lost and Found Film, which is silent but filmed in color — not bad for 1940. Can you help film archives specialist Hannah Palin figure out what’s going on?


Contemporary Group to feature new works by UW students

The UW School of Music will present new works composed by graduate students, a group jazz improvisation and more in the Contemporary Group concert Nov. 16 in Meany Studio Theater.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Bing features Suzzallo Library; the School of Art holds a student/alumni art sale; Sara Shores, campus arborist, needs help for a tree-planting; Recycling and Solid Waste leads UW to EPA recognition; and honors for Transportation Services and Paccar Hall.

Open house slated for planned light rail station

North Link Light Rail will hold an open house on the planned Brooklyn Station for light rail from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Neptune Theater.

Laboratory chemical safety video available online

The UWs Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department would like to share a film with the UW community to help raise awareness about chemical safety in laboratories and to help prevent serious accidents from occurring in the future.

Book about Hanford is subject of lecture

History Professor John Findlay and Associate Professor Bruce Hevly will present a lecture on their book, Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library.

Law school speech focuses on gender and justice

The Role of Law in Taking Rosaries out of the Ovaries is the provocative title of a lecture to be given by Monica Roa, director of the Gender Justice Program at Womens Link Worldwide, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Mallethead series returns with special guest drummers

Tom Collier, director of percussion and jazz studies at the University of Washington, joins guest drummer Alex Acuña for a concert Friday, Nov. 18, in Meany Studio Theater. The concert is the first of three.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet to perform at Meany

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a celebrated contemporary company, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19, at Meany Hall.

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky to perform Chopin, Liszt

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Meany Hall.

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.

Matching cats and companions at Purrfect Pals — a CFD choice

Research scientist LaRene Kuller enjoys volunteering at Purrfect Pals, helping hard-to-place cats and kittens find forever homes.

Carbon mitigation strategy uses wood for buildings first, bioenergy second

Pacific Northwest trees grown and harvested sustainably can both remove existing carbon dioxide from the air and help keep the gas from entering the atmosphere in the first place. Thats provided wood is used primarily for such things as building materials, instead of cement and steel, and secondarily that wood wastes are used for biofuels.

November 8, 2011

Harborview dietitians receive preceptor award from UW graduate program

The training and mentorship Harborview dietitians provide to students in the UW graduate program in dietetics has earned the staff the 2011 Excellent Preceptor Award.

Engineered critters bring 'world' title to UW team

A UW student team won the World Championship in synthetic biology Nov. 7 after months of lab work and genetic engineering of microbes.

UW film series begins with documentaries on Chinese industrialization, American shopping malls

The UW geography department will host its second free, public film series exploring inequality, over-consumption and sustainability.


November 7, 2011

Paper uncovers power of Foldit gamers strategies

Studying gamers who use Foldit helps researchers study the power of their strategies

Class notes: From construction site to park in a day — hypothetically

When students showed up for Design Foundations Studio (Landscape Architecture 301) on Oct. 31, a quick, one-day assignment awaited them — they were asked to imagine converting a construction staging area into a park.

Biological futures initiative aims to bring larger ethical issues into non-medical science

After he created the Center for Biological Futures at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Roger Brent joined forces with the UW to “generate better thinking and scholarship about the impact that increases in biological capability are having and will have on human affairs.” The result is an initiative, “Biological Futures in a Globalized World.”

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

The Warrior Check-Up study provides free, confidential help to active-duty service members experiencing problems with alcohol and drug use but who arent already in treatment


November 4, 2011

Ringing in 150th – W Day slideshow

W Day festivities captured Friday by Mary Levin, University Photographers.

November 2, 2011

SR 520 bridge and highway to close Nov. 5-7

Construction crews install another 22 huge concrete girders Nov. 5-7 for a new lidded overpass in Medina, closing the State Route 520 floating bridge and highway Saturday night through Monday morning for the work.

Grant County families join National Childrens Study

Washington State University and the UW cheer Grant County participation in landmark national study of childrens health. More than 150 families enrolled for tracking influences on normal development and illness from birth to adulthood.

Nicole Mitchell named new director at University of Washington Press

Mitchell is currently director of the University of Georgia Press and will join UW Press, succeeding Director Pat Soden, in January 2012.

Study shows new medication effectively treats underlying cause of cystic fibrosis

A final stage clinical trial of ivacaftor (VX-770) shows significantly improved lung function in subset of cystic fibrosis patients, as reported Nov. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Pediatrician Dr. Bonnie W. Ramsey of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the UW led the study.

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.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Art and Architecture Pavilion’

Welcome back to 1962, where there is an art exhibit taking place on the UW lawn for this weeks Lost and Found Film, titled Art and Architecture Pavilion. Can you help Hannah Palin, film archives specialist, learn more?


Nominations sought for Awards of Excellence

Nominations are now being sought for the University’s annual Awards of Excellence that honor outstanding teachers, staff, librarians, mentors and those engaged in leadership and public service.

'Chronicling Trauma': New book explores intersection of journalism, fiction, traumatic violence

Writers often turn from journalism to fiction when news stories cant drill deep enough, cant convey complex psychology. Communications Professor Doug Underwood writes about it in his new book, “Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss.”

Nominations open for ProStaff Award

Nominations are open for the ProStaff Award sponsored by the Professional Staff Organization. Any current professional staff member working at the UW is eligible; the deadline is Nov. 15.

Training students to prevent cybercrime

The UW has won a $2.1 million federal grant to train graduate students in the burgeoning field of information assurance and cybersecurity.

School of Nursing announces two new professorship recipients

Dr. Patricia Brandt has been named the UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Dianie Magyary will be the first holder of the Kathryn E. Barnard Endowed Professorship in Infant Mental Health.

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