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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.

Bioengineering’s Yongmin Kim selected to lead South Korean institution

Professor Yongmin Kim was named President of POSTECH-Pohang University of Science and Technology in his native South Korea.

Model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting

New UW research indicates that even if Earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again.

A murder, a mystery — and a glimpse of the face of autism

Jane Meyerding, longtime staffer at the University, has written a murder mystery involving autism and prosopagnosia, or face blindness — topics she knows well because she has both disabilities.

A Seattle accent? Study looks at ‘perceptual dialectology — accents we think we have

“What people say about language has nothing to do with language,” says Betsy Evans, assistant professor of linguistics. “It has to do with what they believe about the people who use that language.” Shes started studying those beliefs in the Northwest.

Lost and Found Film: ‘Kazakh Reel 6

Scenes of village life are featured in this weeks film, “Kazakh Reel 6,” but can you help with the location, who is depicted, and why it was filmed?

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Work by UW profs included in ‘100 New Scientific Discoveries’ collection

Projects involving Marsha Linehan, psychology; Donald Brownlee, astronomy; Gaetano Borriello, computer science; Evan Eichler’s genome science lab; and Connie Celum and Jared Baeten of the International Clinical Research Center were among those included in a TIME Books collection of “100 New Scientific Discoveries.”

New signs of visibility for recently-moved Surplus Property

New signage at the Plant Services Building is helping remind the campus community of Surplus Propertys new location.

Newsmakers, Aug. 18

Arctic ice retreat, testing a new drug, a Native American tribes acceptance of gay marriage and a UW study on life expectancy in the rural south were all subjects of comments by UW professors.

Official Notices, Aug. 18

A regents meeting, some blood drives and a legal notice about improvements to IMA Field #1

Inside a UW Medicine O.R.: Robotic-assisted liver resection surgery

A UW Medical Center surgical team performed the third laparoscopic, robot-assisted liver surgery Aug. 11. The patient, a woman with cancer, is recovering well.

UW named Americas 'coolest' school by Sierra Magazine

“Sierra Magazine” has named the UW the top university in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit contributions to global warming. Schools were ranked on efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments and more, and the award includes all three UW campuses.

Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.

August 16, 2011

UW researchers to host landmark hepatitis C conference in Seattle Sept. 8-12

Seattle, one of the world leaders in hepatitis C research and treatment, will be hosting a landmark conference on hepatitis C Sept. 8-12 involving 800 people, including the discoverer of the virus affecting more people than HIV.

Poverty rates the same as in mid-1960s, but far more kids are poor

Fewer seniors but more children are poor since the War on Poverty began more than 40 years ago. Also, despite persistent efforts in both the public and private sectors, poverty rates in the U.S. have remained stubbornly the same since the mid-1960s.

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