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March 20, 2012

Web tool, phone app pinpoint tsunami dangers, quick getaway routes

A new online portal and smartphone app lets Washington and Oregon residents enter the addresses of their homes, schools, workplaces or kids’ day care centers to check if they’re in harm’s way should a tsunami hit. The tool, being publicized on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku tsunami, was developed by researchers at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 19, 2012

Pediatricians' pain-medication judgments affected by unconscious racial bias, says UW study

Pediatricians who showed an unconscious preference for European Americans tended to prescribe better pain-management for white patients than they did for African-American patients, new UW research shows.

Medical school celebrates students' residency placements at Match Day 2012

UW graduating medical students — along with newly minted M.D.s across America — learned March 16 where they will do their residency training.

D.C. cherry trees: Blooms won’t wait in warming world, UW research finds

Cherry trees in full bloom in our nation’s capital could be as much as four weeks earlier by 2080 depending on how much warming occurs. So says an analysis conducted at the University of Washington that relied on the UW’s own cherry trees as one test of a computer model used in the project.

UWTVs flagship television series, UW|360, to air on KOMO 4

UWTV and KOMO 4 today announced a new broadcast partnership to share stories about the people, places and discoveries from the University of Washington through the UWTV television series, “UW|360.” Beginning on Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m., KOMO 4 will air “UW|360” right before their evening news broadcast.

March 15, 2012

A tale of conversational canines: ‘The Day the Dogs Talked

If your dog could talk, what would she say? A fanciful new book by Hazard Adams, UW professor emeritus of comparative literature, explores this scenario as the dogs of fictitious Hilltown give voice to resist a new leash law.

Arts Roundup: Ongoing exhibits, visiting performers as quarter winds down

Arts events have slowed as winter quarter ends, but theres still much to see. The Burke Museum has discussions of food as its “Hungry Planet” exhibit continues and the Henry Art Gallery remains busy with several exhibits — including a Winslow Homer classic.

News Digest: Nanomedicine’s potential, business-diversity honor, autism events, school-closure politics, ‘green’ nominations due

Lecture on nanomedicine, treating cancer || Honor: business-diversity efforts recognized || UW plans Autism Awareness Month events for public || Papers uncover political, human sides of school closure || Husky Green Award nominations due March 26

March 14, 2012

Some mammals used highly complex teeth to compete with dinosaurs

New research shows that at least one group of small mammals, the multituberculates, actually flourished in the last 20 million years of dinosaurs reign and survived their extinction.

Loss of appetite deciphered in brain cell circuit

UW scientists traced a brain circuit that mediates the loss of appetite in mice. They also discovered potential therapeutic targets.

March 13, 2012

University of Washington offers admission to Fall 2012 freshman class

The University of Washington began this week notifying applicants to the Seattle campus of their acceptance into the freshman class starting fall 2012.

U.S. News ranks numerous UW grad programs among nations top 10 for 2013

Numerous University of Washington professional and graduate programs were among the top 10 in the 2013 annual rankings provided March 14 by U.S. News & World Report.


March 12, 2012

Bellingham roadway with recycled toilets is world's first official 'Greenroad'

Greenroads, a rating system developed at the University of Washington to promote sustainable roadway construction, awarded its first official certification to a Bellingham project that incorporates porcelain from recycled toilets.

March 9, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘Inaugural’ from 1958

Return with us to 1958 for the latest installment of Lost and Found Films, where readers help identify and describe old film clips from UW Libraries audio visual collections.This weeks film clip is titled “Inaugural,” and probably shows part of the inaugural dinner for UW President Charles Odegaard, which was indeed in November of 1958.


Students uncloak ‘hidden topics for April 27-29 global health conference

Social justice, climate change, mental health, and marginalized populations will top the agenda.

March 8, 2012

Joel Berg selected as dean of UW School of Dentistry

Joel Berg, professor of pediatric dentistry in the University of Washington School of Dentistry and acknowledged as one of the world’s leading pediatric dentists, has been selected as the school’s next dean, effective Aug. 15, Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today (March 8)

Arts Roundup: Actors go solo, a play in Spanish, vintage portraits — and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is featured in this crowded week of UW arts, but they’re in excellent company. The School of Music presents Bachs “Magnificat,” the Henry opens an exhibit on portrait photography and actors with the School of Dramas Professional Actor Training Program show their talents in solos performances. All that, plus a play in Spanish and art students decorating mailboxes.

Study shows benefit of gun cabinets in homes in Alaskan villages

Installing a gun cabinet dramatically reduces unlocked guns and ammunition in the home, according to a study in rural Alaska villages.

UW professor and students help redesign International Childrens Park (slide show)

Jeff Hou, chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture, and 18 of his students collaborated with several citizen groups on the redesigned Children’s International Park, which was dedicated March 3 in Seattle.

March 7, 2012

UW and Seattle City Hall to host Unemployed Nation Hearings

A partnership of Seattle city government, local labor and University of Washington departments and schools is seeking people willing to share their experience of long-term joblessness.

Facilities Services receives $1 million for energy conservation

Facilities Services is continuing a long-standing energy conservation partnership with Seattle City Light in an agreement for the utility to fund energy conservation initiatives on campus.

News Digest: Register for Robinson Center classes; faculty roundtable discussion on philanthropy

News Digest: Register Robinson Center classes; faculty roundtable discussion on philanthropy

Gorilla genome offers insights into great ape and human evolution

Today the gorilla became the last of the living great apes to have its genome assembly reported.

March 6, 2012

One year later: Japan quake, tsunami a cautionary tale for Pacific Northwest

On the one-year anniversary of Japan’s great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, UW scientists said the devastating event has some important lessons for the Pacific Northwest – most notably, that a similar event will happen here, and this region is much less prepared than Japan.

UW played major role in telling story of Japan quake

From Seattle to Japan, University of Washington faculty had an important role in providing information about the aftermath of the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

March 5, 2012

Pamela Mitchell appointed interim dean of UW School of Nursing

Pamela H. Mitchell, professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, has been appointed interim dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing, effective March 16, Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today.

March 4, 2012

Lower Duwamish Waterway health study to inform EPAs final cleanup plan for Superfund site

Environmental health researchers will assess the effects of the proposed cleanup on people who use or live on South Seattle’s polluted Duwamish River.

March 1, 2012

UW students to design alternative-fuels vehicle for EcoCAR 2 competition

Over the next three years, a team of UW students will convert a 2013 Chevy Malibu into a fuel-efficient, low-emissions vehicle that still meets consumer demands for a driver-friendly car. The UW is one of 15 schools participating in the EcoCAR 2 contest, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Arts Roundup: Dance, dinos, concerts and comics

Dance concerts stand out in a crowded week in UW arts that also boasts a wide variety of music. Take your pick from among jazz, classical piano, percussion, glee club, voice recitals, the Oceana Quartet and a combined band concert with the UW Wind Ensemble.

February 29, 2012

Are budget cuts to health departments putting our health at risk?

Researchers are seeking to improve public health outcomes at a time of diminished funding and program reductions.

UW Medicine’s newest primary-care clinic to hold open house

See the new UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Chinas urbanization unlikely to lead to fast growth of middle class: UW geographer

Chinas growing cities are considered a boon for the consumer goods market, but a UW geographer presents evidence that new city dwellers will unlikely have much disposable income.


February 28, 2012

An unusual (un)conference: Women Who Rock 2012

For its second “(un)conference,” March 2-3, the UW-based Women Who Rock Collective is expanding and going multimedia as it continues to explore the unheralded roles of women — especially women of color — in music. But dont expect the participants to rock any less, because thats just not part of the plan.

News Digest: Friedman honored for social impact, Husky Stadium collapse recalled

Batya Friedman honored || 1987 Husky Stadium collapse

February 27, 2012

New book details archaeological excavations on San Juan Island

“Is it a House?” details years of archaeological excavations at English Camp on San Juan Island, facing the Gulf of Georgia, conducted by Burke Museum Director Julie Stein and her students over many years.

February 24, 2012

Kids can explore icy worlds with scientists at Polar Science Weekend (with video)

Learn about polar bears and penguins. Center a two-foot tusk on your forehead and imagine youre a narwhal exploring your icy-ocean home. For these activities and more, grab the kids and head for Polar Science Weekend, March 1 to 4, sponsored by the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center.


School of Dentistry lowers fees for Medicaid-eligible patients

The UW School of Dentistry wants to make dental care affordable to people affected by state cutbacks in coverage.

February 23, 2012

Stop putting the squeeze on tiger territory, says UW alum, now chief scientist with World Wildlife Fund

The plight of the tiger – none of the worlds 350 protected areas in the tigers range is large enough to support a viable population – is the subject of the UWs “Sustaining our World” lecture March 1. Eric Dinerstein, the World Wildlife Funds chief scientist and a UW alum, will speak on “All Together Now: Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation and Local Livelihoods” at 6 p.m., in Kane 220.


New 'light duty' law provides incentives for early returns to work

A new state law that encourages employers to get injured workers back in the workplace with temporary accommodations – either reduced workloads or in some cases reassignments – recently went into effect.

Arts Roundup: ‘Macbeth, Baroque music — and all that jazz

Student talents will shine this week on UW stages across campus. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents murder and malignant ambition in “Macbeth,” student ensembles perform jazz and Baroque-era music and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts seniors show their work.

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