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September 14, 2011

Salmon and other fish predators rely on ‘no guts, no glory survival tactic

The phrase “no guts, no glory” doesnt just apply to athletes who are striving to excel. Salmon and other fish predators take the adage literally.

Katze lab signs contract with Revalesio to study novel approaches to viral diseases

Revalesio, a pioneering biotechnology company based in Tacoma, recently signed an 18-month contract with the Katze lab at the University of Washington to bring hope to sufferers of influenza, HIV and hepatitis C.

Abstract photos by UW Medicine physician Dr. Alan Chait on display in Greenwood

Concrete, Cracks, and Colors will be shown at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse through Oct. 14.

Why adults need immunizations

Far too many adults become seriously ill, disabled, or die each year from diseases that vaccines could have prevented. Learn what immunizations you and your doctor might consider to protect your health.

Study tests intranasal insulin therapy for adults with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s patients have reduced insulin levels in their brains. An insulin nasal spray improved cognitive function in these patients in a pilot study. Intranasal delivery reaches the brain faster than other methods.

September 13, 2011

Census estimates show increase in U.S. poverty but not in Washington state

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show that the poverty rate for the U.S. increased from 14.3 percent to 15.1 percent from 2009 to 2010. However, the rate in Washington State remained essentially unchanged at 11.5 percent, or 774,000 residents.

Teen CEO provides stylish support for ovarian cancer research

Greer Gates, 14, isnt your average teenager. She is the youngest UW Medicine donor, for starters. And she calls herself a “CEO” when she describes her jewelry-making business that funds ovarian cancer research at the University of Washington.

UW is top-ten public, US News says

The UW was tied for 10th among public universities in the latest US News and World Report ranking of undergraduate programs.

September 12, 2011

New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring

After analyzing more than 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.

Seattle Times launches campaign to garner support for public universities

The Seattle Times has just launched a year-long public education campaign aimed at reinforcing public understanding of the positive contributions that the states six four-year public universities bring to Washingtons citizens by enhancing job creation and the quality of life.

Findings on blood pressure and heart disease genetic risk include UW research contributions

An international consortium has identified 28 blood-pressure influencing regions on the human genome. UW scientists played key roles in analyzing the massive amounts of data collected for the study.

UW Bothell breaks ground on new conservatory

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory was held Sept. 9 at UW Bothell.

September 9, 2011

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

It was a working day like any other when one plane, and then a second, struck and destroyed the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan, changing history forever. What are your memories of that day?

September 6, 2011

Gene defect that predisposes people to leukemia discovered

Those at risk of acute myeloid leukemia because of family history may soon obtain tests to detect the genetic error before symptoms emerge. Clinical trials are under way to learn the best way to monitor and treat people with the GATA2 mutation.

September 2, 2011

Walking Fair, complete with walking tours, planned

Transportation Services is celebrating the pedestrian with a Walking Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 on Red Square.

September 1, 2011

Sesquicentennial celebration of UW begins

The University of Washington will celebrate its 150th anniversary throughout the 2011-12 school year.

August 31, 2011

UW anthropologist explores Seattles Dumpster diving community – with video

A UW anthropology graduate student is studying the economics of food production, food waste and how social networks of Dumpster divers can help provide food for those in need.

Boeing 787’s certification puts spotlight on UW materials lab (with slide show)

On the eve of the certification of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell held a press conference on the UW campus highlighting the work of a federally funded research center that helped realize that goal.

UW works to keep Styrofoam out of landfills

UW Recycling and Solid Waste started a Styrofoam recycling program a year ago that is now being expanded campuswide.

Cynthia del Rosario to receive 2011 Diversity Award for Community Building

Cynthia del Rosario, director for graduate minority recruitment and retention at the UW Information School, has been named the recipient of the 2011 University of Washington Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Community Building Award.

West Coast or East Coast, earthquakes pack a punch

UW staffer Vince Stricherz was in Washington, D.C. when the earthquake struck Aug. 23. He compares earthquakes in that area to those on the West Coast.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Hungry for some bugs? Do you fancy a four-course meal featuring grasshopper kabobs, a cricket-and-pasta salad and bug juice? If so, head over to Café Racer on Sept. 7, where David Gordon, Washington Sea Grants science writer, will be hosting a Bug Banquet.

Million-dollar endowment, bright future for Osher Institute at the UW

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation that will provide stable funding for the program that offers courses and other programs for adults 50 and older.

Registration still open for conference on integrity in conduct of research

Registration continues for the upcoming conference Ethical Considerations in Research Collaboration, which will be held Sept 22 and 23 in Meany Hall.

‘UW 360 resumes, featuring interview with new president

UW 360, UWTV’s magazine-style show that explores the uniqueness of UW life, returns from its summer hiatus at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, featuring a sit-down interview with the new University president, Michael Young.

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.

Champions Program: From foster care to future graduates

James Harmon entered state care at age 10 and spent the next five years in 22 different foster homes. Hes typical of the students in the UW Champions Program, which lends a helping hand to alumni of foster care.

Hanson Hosein, on creativity, credibility and his ‘Storyteller Uprising’

In releasing a print version of his book, Storyteller Uprising, Hanson Hosein did what he often encourages his students in the Masters in Digital Media Program to do — stop waiting for institutional approval and just make it happen.

Alaskas first class of physician assistants graduates

As part of a regional partnership to train health professionals for areas in need, 15 University of Alaska Anchorage physician assistant students were awarded Physician Assistant Certificates from the UW School of Medicine Aug. 18

Nine-year old sets up lemonade stand to support Harborview and Medic One

Two years ago Lily James survived a boating accident on Lake Washington. On a hot weekend in August, she sold lemonade to raise money for her lifesavers: Harborview and Medic One.

August 30, 2011

Elm tree to be removed

An elm tree that is east of the flagpole at the south end of Memorial Way is being removed because of Dutch elm disease.

August 29, 2011

Bilingual babies vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation

Researchers at UWs Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.

August 25, 2011

Ocean acidification science, societal needs meld in new training program

Students already knowledgeable about the science behind ocean acidification and warming will learn more about the challenges those ocean changes pose for tribes, shellfish growers and other sectors of society – as well as helping seek solutions ¬– under a just-announced National Science Foundation grant of $3 million.

August 24, 2011

Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

The researcher who used chemical sleuthing to uncover whats in scented products now has turned her attention to the air wafting from household laundry vents. Air from laundry machines using the top-selling scented liquid detergent and dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

August 22, 2011

UW ranked 16th in world in recent study

A major international study recently ranked the University of Washington as the 16th best university in the world.

UW joins national push to sequence human genome on the cheap

UW is one of eight institutions funded August 22 by the National Human Genome Research to revolutionize DNA sequencing. Jay Shendure, whose lab is noted for several breakthroughs in genomic technology, will head the UW project.

Less depression for working moms who expect that they ‘cant do it all

A UW sociologist reports less depression symptoms among working moms who expect that they will have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance.

August 19, 2011

Film being shot on campus over next month, with occasional disruptions

Parts of the campus will be disrupted as a film crew shoots “21 and Over,” a new movie starring Justin Chon, Sarah Wright and Miles Teller.

August 17, 2011

Ceremony marks dental students transition to clinical care

In a ceremony marking the transition from the classroom to the primarily clinical phase of their education, 68 UW dental students in the Class of 2013 donned white clinical coats and took a pledge of service

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photol. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

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