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October 26, 2011

Keeping colleagues informed a top priority for 2011 Faculty Senate chair

Budget matters will dominate the work of this years Faculty Senate, but discussions also will discuss online learning, activity-based budgeting and differential tuition.

Living Voters Guide updated for November election

The Living Voters Guide was created at the UW to help voters sort through ballot initiatives in 2010. Now its back, powered to help voters make informed decisions in this years election.

Lost and Found Films: Back to 1958 for ‘Operation Cooperation

This weeks Lost and Found film takes us back to 1958 and folks watching a street parade advertising “Ye Olde Town Meeting” at the Woodland High Gym on Sept. 2. Its a little slice of life from the Eisenhower years.

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Photo-journalist David Bacon to speak on free trade

On Thursday, Nov. 3, photo-journalist and author David Bacon will visit Seattle to discuss the topic Free Trade, Migration and the Culture of Solidarity. The talk will address Bacon’s extensive work with the pen and camera, giving voice to organized laborers and migrant workers.

Public leadership is subject of program at law school

Author and educator Eric Liu will lead a discussion at the UW Law School on The Art of Public Leadership. The program is slated for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Why I Chose UW Medicine: ‘It gave me my life back

The chair of computer sciences learned how fortunate he was to be a member of the UW community when UW Medicine physicians and the Harborview staff helped him recover from a spine infection.

October 25, 2011

Joel Berg named Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry

The professorship will fund a symposium in 2013 on dental issues at each stage of life — pregnancy, childhood, teens, adults and old age — and will emphasize preventing oral health problems.

Pharmacy students amp up their business expertise

Students are benefiting from the management insights of faculty and community pharmacist. Among the visiting lecturers was George D. Bartell, from the oldest family-owned drug store chain in the nation.

Movember is coming

Movember—the “mo” stands for moustache—is an international month-long event aimed at increasing awareness of the cancers that men face.

Linking of mutations in 12 genes to ovarian cancers may lead to more effective prevention

More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. Relying on family history as an indication for testing would have missed one-fifth of the cases. The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers.

October 22, 2011

Statement from President Young on death of Sen. Scott White

The following statement about the death of Sen. Scott White is from University of Washington President Michael K. Young.

October 21, 2011

Travel reimbursement adds direct deposit

The final phase of the electronic travel reimbursement project, begun two years ago, is about to implemented, saving the university over a hundred thousand dollars a year as well as much manual labor. Effective Nov. 1, direct deposit of travel reimbursements will become the default payment method for individuals who have enrolled in payroll direct deposit.

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

It costs 8 percent more on average than it did two years ago for Washington residents to make ends meet, according to a new report from a UW research group.

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October 19, 2011

Beyond ecological insubordination: Speaker urges us to rethink invasive species

Ignoring the potential beneficial roles of non-native species is no longer a valid option, says UWs Julian Olden. His public talk Oct. 25, “Invasive Species: Exonerating Crimes to Envision a New Global Future,” is the annual deans lecture from the College of the Environment.

Century-old tool found in dirt near Hansee Hall

UW maintenance mechanic Eric Martin seems to know his historical artifacts. It was Martin who figured out what his Maintenance and Alterations crew ran into while excavating outside Hansee Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Lost and Found Films: Halftime hijinx, 1962

Reel back the years with us to the fall of 1962 to watch footage from halftime at a Huskies football game where a trampoline and a particularly daring clown take center stage — that is, field. Anyone know who we were playing, and who the athletes and clowns were?

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Etc.: Campus news & notes

Henry Lai, Shwetak Patel, Valeri Vasioukhin, Mark Silvis and Football Coach Steve Sarkisian are named Most Influential people for 2011 by ‘Seattle Magazine; Judy Ramey honored by IEEE Professional Communication Society, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn becomes an honorary member of the Husky Cycling Club.

Celebrating Disability History Month — and a new center coming

Washington State Disability History Month will be celebrated on Oct. 27, and a new Disabilities Center is coming to the UW campus in 2012.

Official Notices, Oct. 20

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives two notices of possible rule making — on student housing and waivers of tuition and fees — and the University’s sexual harassment policy.

Health care, insurance information available at benefits fairs

The UW‘s annual benefits fairs will be held Nov. 1–3. The fairs provide an opportunity for UW employees to get information about their health care and insurance options directly from the benefits providers.

Labors of love at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center — a CFD choice

Staffer Melissa Maxwell volunteered for this agency because of her love of horses. “So you could say that I signed up in order to be with horses. What I hadnt expected was to fall in love with the kids, too.” Its one of many agencies you can support with your Combined Fund Drive donations.

Bicyclists take note: Rides and classes in November

November will be here soon and once again, more than 1,000 UW faculty, staff and students will take part in the annual Ride in the Rain Bicycle Commute Challenge.

New HUB meeting spaces open for reservations

Its still very much a construction site, but reservations are now being accepted for the new HUB, scheduled to open next fall. Reservations can be made for events beginning Oct. 1, 2012, or thereafter.

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.

‘Signs of Home: The art, life and wartime diary of Kamekichi Tokita

First generation Japanese-American artist Kamekichi Tokita found some success in the Northwest before World War II intervened. A new UW Press book seeks to rescue his legacy.

Littlefield Organ Series Turns 20

Faculty, students, and guest artists will perform in a special series of concerts throughout 2011-12 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UWs Littlefield Organ Series. The series gets under way Friday, Oct. 28 with the popular annual Halloween organ concert.

Play based on life of Eugene Debs created by School of Drama artists

Drama Professor Jeffrey Fracé and an ensemble of emerging artists at the UW created a play from the ground up and will present it Oct. 26 through Nov. 6 in Meany Studio Theatre.

UW Wind Ensemble to perform

Members of the UW Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber music for wind instruments at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in Brechemin Auditorium.

Ground broken for new Ethnic Cultural Center

A groundbreaking for the new Ethnic Cultural Center took place Oct. 12. The event was celebrated by student leaders, administrators from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and others.

UW Libraries hosts exhibit on open access scholarly publishing

An exhibit in Allen Librarys north lobby explores changes in scholarly publishing over the years and gives viewers a chance at a gift certificate if they can guess the price of selected journals.

Luis Fraga named among 100 ‘influentials by national magazine

The associate UW vice provost for faculty advancement and Russell F. Stark University Professor was given the distinction by the editors of ‘Hispanic Business Magazine.

Open house planned for new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments

The campus community is invited to an open house at the new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

UW Bothell womens conference to feature regional leaders

The University of Washington Bothell will host a conference focusing on issues that professional women face. The event, featuring women serving in key leadership positions in business, the medical and legal professions and the arts, will take place Friday, Oct. 28.

Spiral arms indicate possible planets in a star's gas-and-dust disk — with video

A new image of a gas-and-dust disk around a sun-like star is the first that scientists, including a UW astronomer, have seen that displays structures that could hint at the presence of still-unseen planets around the star.

Fiery volcano offers geologic glimpse into land that time forgot — with video

The first scientists to witness exploding rock and molten lava from a deep sea volcano, seen during a 2009 expedition, also collected boninite, a rare lava that accompanies the formation of Earths subduction zones. Current subduction zones are continually evolving but most formed 5 million to 200 million years ago.

October 18, 2011

The UW’s next generation of infertility treatment

Scientific advances are assisting prospective parents unable to to have children on their own. Also emerging are methods to try to protect a young person’s ability to make a baby in the future.

Urology aims to get ‘Lean, improve patient care

Urology Department Chairman Hunter Wessells, Dr. Bill Ellis, Clinic Manager Nancy Eberhardt and Dr. Tom Walsh are leading a quality improvement project to improve patient and staff satisfaction.

October 17, 2011

Environmental toxicologist David Eaton elected to Institute of Medicine

Eaton is vice provost for research-external relations om the UW Office of Research and professor of environmental and occupational health in the School of Public Health. Election in the IOM is one of the highest honors given to medical and health leaders.

October 13, 2011

Differences in jet lag severity could be rooted in how circadian clock sets itself

Researchers have found hints that differing molecular processes in one area of the brain might play a significant role in the differences of jet lag severity between long-distance west-to-east travel and east-to-west travel.

Improving the physics of grocery store display cases to save energy

Aeronautical engineers are devising ways to boost the efficiency of open-air refrigerated cases, which are increasingly common in supermarkets. Results could lower the energy use of existing cases by up to 15 percent — potentially saving $100 million in electricity costs each year.

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