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August 3, 2012

Summer programs aim to encourage and prepare minorities to attend college

Some high school students, especially underrepresented minorities and those from low-income, first-generation and migrant worker backgrounds, lack access to resources for college preparation. Here is a round-up of programs taking place this summer on the UW Seattle campus that help inspire high school students to pursue higher education and prepare them for college life. ‘Upward…

August 2, 2012

‘Documents that Changed the World’: A podcast series from Joe Janes

The phrase occurred to Joe Janes out of the blue one day and immediately appealed to him. From there, ideas began to flow quickly. Janes, associate professor in the University of Washington Information School, had been a fan of the British Broadcasting Corp. radio series “A History of the World in 100 Objects” and thought…

Bears, scavengers count on all-you-can-eat salmon buffet lasting for months

Salmon conservation shouldn’t narrowly focus on managing flows in streams and rivers or on preserving only places that currently have strong salmon runs. Instead, watersheds need a good mix of steep, cold-running streams and slower, meandering streams of warmer water to keep options open for salmon adapted to reproduce better in one setting than the…

Arts Roundup: Student art, ongoing exhibits — and natural science trivia

Should you want a break from the Olympics, UW arts are here for you. There are student art exhibits, a student-organized show of print arts and popular ongoing exhibits at the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery. The Burke also is restarting its monthly trivia contest at the College Inn Pub — a sort of…

Volunteers aid scientists with data on shoreline carcasses

UW Farm to supply produce for campus dining halls

August 1, 2012

UW researchers urge integrating deworming into HIV care in Africa

HIV care centers are an important and highly accessed point of care for HIV-infected children and their families in sub-Saharan Africa, but opportunities to address other health issues are being missed. Proven interventions, including routine deworming among children, could be effectively integrated into HIV care according to a new paper by University of Washington researchers…


26 from UW selected for state Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has named 35 new members, 25 of them from the University of Washington.


July 31, 2012

Athletes, accountants and more: UW hosts visitors all summer

Athletes, accountants, leaders, teachers, gamers, programmers and more — all manner of groups use the University of Washington campus facilities during the summer, all hosted by Housing and Food Services. And new this summer, Teach for America trainees, athletes with disabilities and a new precollege recruitment program from the Office of Minority Affiars will join…

Rockets, roller coasters and more for young scholars – with slideshow

Pedestrians along the UW’s Rainier Vista may have noticed an unusual warning last Friday. “Danger Rocket Launching Area,” the sign read. Below that someone had drawn a cartoon stick figure receiving a “doink” to the head from a descending bottle rocket. The sign was part of a demonstration by students in grades five through 10…

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound — with audio

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Listen to the bowheads repeat…


July 27, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘Play Fair, 1950’

Welcome back to 1950 for an installment of Lost and Found Films, old footage promoting a play festival that aims for a Norman Rockwell feel, with maybe a little Twain thrown in. Lost and Found Films is an occasional UW Today series where readers help identify historic bits of film unearthed from the UW Audio…


Seattle researchers to engineer kidney tissue chip for predicting drug safety

Seattle researchers will be part of the new federal initiative to engineer 3-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs.  These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Tissue chips merge techniques from the computer industry with those from bioengineering by combining miniature models of…

July 26, 2012

Underwater ‘electrical outlets’ put in place for cabled ocean observatory project

The first U.S. cabled ocean observatory reached a milestone on July 14 with the installation of a node 9,500 feet deep off the coast of Oregon. Like a giant electrical outlet on the seafloor that also provides Internet connectivity, the node was spliced into a network of cable segments totalling some 560 miles that were…


Chemical makes blind mice see

A chemical that temporarily restores some vision to blind mice has been discovered.  Its discoverers are working on  an  improved compound that may someday allow people with degenerative blindness to see again. Read the paper in Neuron News release on earlier study A team of UW Medicine researchers, in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,…

July 25, 2012

Heating Arctic Sea prompts ‘instant evolution’

July 24, 2012

‘Control-Alt-Hack’ game lets players try their hand at computer security

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists. “Control-Alt-Hack” gives teenage and young-adult players…

News Digest: Campus dining changes, venues on display Sunday, volunteer for Azalea Way gardening

Options, changes for campus dining Summertime always brings some new twists to eating on campus, and this year is no different, as Housing & Food Services brings some changes and additions in mid-August, while some established things remain. The $6.50 “all you care to eat” option has returned for UW faculty and staff at 8…

Six minutes in Berlin — UW crew at the 1936 Olympics

July 23, 2012

Memorial for UW-IT’s R.L. “Bob” Morgan

A memorial for R.L. “Bob” Morgan, 57, an expert in “identity management” for UW Information Technology, will be held in Kane Hall 225 (the Walker-Ames Room) at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29. He died July 12 during cancer treatment at UW Medical Center. Besides his work in identity management, which provides the foundation for safe…

Grant helps UW turn research into medical products

UW prof aims to salvage legacy of Ladino language

Yiddish has more than 3 million speakers worldwide, but fewer than 150,000 people still speak Ladino. A new organization is gathering Ladino source materials before they are lost forever.

Polluted waters: How clean is clean?

Bill Daniell, a researcher in the UW School of Public Health, says there’s not good data on how many people eat fish from the polluted Duwamish River, but doing so raises health concerns.

President Obama honors UW biologist

Jay Z. Parrish, University of Washington assistant professor of biology, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

July 20, 2012

UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center take top two spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals state, metro rankings

U.S. News latest hospital rankings UW Medicine’s two academic medical centers are ranked the best in the region and the state of Washington in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. UW Medical Center holds the No. 1 rank and Harborview Medical Center is No. 2 out of 35 hospitals in the…

Engineering students race first 3-D printed boat in Milk Carton Derby – with slideshow

Mechanical engineering students last weekend braved uncharted waters as they paddled to the finish line at the annual Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake, in what they believe is the world’s first boat made using a 3-D printer.

July 19, 2012

Global health exhibit at Seattle Center is family-friendly, free and open to all

Seattle is showcasing the work of more than 30 area organizations at an exhibit at Seattle Center through Aug. 19. Global Health Exhibit at Seattle Center Dates: Now – Aug. 19, 2012 Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Seattle Center, Next Fifty Plaza World Vision donated a mock village that has been turned…


UW designated an NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans and costs up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity each year. Yet pain management often is not taught in many health professional schools. Recognizing the need to change this, the National Institutes of Health have selected 12 schools to develop pain curricula, and the UW…

Arts Roundup: Faculty, student art — on and off campus

Here in another slow summer week, the School of Art takes the lead with art by students, faculty — and former faculty as well. Plus, there are continuing exhibits on campus well worth investigating. Exhibit: “Tangible Competitive Intangibles,” through Aug. 4. An invitational show in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery featuring the work of artists who have taught in…

July 18, 2012

UW astronomer helped discover planet

UW names DeLuca director of School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

A soils and ecosystem scientist who studies natural resources sustainability has been named the director of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Thomas H. DeLuca is currently professor of natural resources and geography at Bangor University, Wales, where he holds the chair in environmental sciences sponsored jointly by the university and…

UW is first U.S. school to give credit for classes, certificate programs on massive open online course platform

The University of Washington is about to become the first university in the United States to provide classes for university credit using a massive open online course learning platform. UW is planning courses that will be made available in multiple ways, tailoring innovative options to match consumer needs. Free, non-credit versions will use the Coursera…

July 17, 2012

UW Medicine hospitals ranked best in region, state

DO-IT celebrates 20 years preparing students with disabilities for college

A group of Washington high-school students will arrive at the University of Washington campus this week for the annual DO-IT Scholars Summer Study program. It’s the 20th anniversary of the summer program, which has now helped launch the careers of hundreds of students from Washington and beyond who have a wide range of disabilities. DO-IT…

July 16, 2012

UW study plays pivotal role in todays FDA approval of HIV prevention drug

In evaluating whether to allow Truvada® to be prescribed for HIV prevention the FDA reviewed evidence from two studies. The largest was conducted by the UWs International Clinical Research Center.


July 13, 2012

Robert J. Naiman earns award for insights into freshwater ecosystems

Robert J. Naiman has received the highest award given by the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest society of professional ecologists.

3-D printed boat to enter tomorrow’s Milk Carton Derby

Students in the UW’s new 3-D printing club plan to enter tomorrow Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake with what they believe is the world’s first 3-D printed boat, made from more than 150 recycled, melted and extruded milk cartons.

UW Medicine opens comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at Northwest Hospital

The public is invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday July 21 at the facility, which has one of the regions strongest concentrations of MSspecialists.

July 12, 2012

Early-career neuroscientists sought for new UW-based diversity program

A new professional development program aims to nurture neuroscientists who are underrepresented minorities as they enter faculty positions.

Arts Roundup: Henry Art Gallery pays homage to vinyl records

“The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” opening July 14, explores the world of vinyl records from the 1960s to the present through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, performance and — of course — sound.

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