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May 22, 2012

Long-distance training teaches proper technique for asthma test

The virtual teaching of health professionals translates to better asthma care for patients.

History hiding in plain sight: Students present back stories of local monuments

UW doctoral candidate Tim Wright sets students off to explore monuments of the Pacific Northwest in his unique class, “Fact or Fiction: Historical Monuments of the Pacific Northwest.”

News Digest: Honor: Xiaodong Xu, ‘Raise the Roof’ May 24, ‘Cirque’ launches at UW Tacoma, Honor: Buddy Ratner, science behind ‘Chasing Ice,’ Honor: Jeff Hou

Xiaodong Xu garners Department of Energy early-career grant || Ethnic Cultural Center’s ‘Raise the Roof’ party Thursday || ‘Cirque,’ an activism traveling carnival, launches June 2 at UW Tacoma || Buddy Ratner recognized for biomaterials work || Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind film ‘Chasing Ice’ || Jeff Hou named community builder

May 21, 2012

Inaugural Conservation Remix aims to foster creative thinking about environment

Conservation Remix, a daylong event June 2 organized by UW staff with Conservation Magazine and biology, offers an eclectic mix of topics for discussion – from designing superefficient buildings that generate their own energy to controlling invasive species by eating them.

May 18, 2012

Blues singer Mark Lanegan releases 'Harborview Hospital'

In the song on his latest album, a pause at Ninth and James turns into a mystical vision of mercy.

Lost and Found Films: The UW Nuclear Reactor, 1963

It’s 1963 again in our latest installment of Lost and Found Films, where readers help identify historic bits of film from the Audio Visual Materials Library, provided by film archivist Hannah Palin. Can you help her learn what’s happening here?


May 17, 2012

'Hackademia': Course harnesses the spirit of old-school hacking

Beth Kolko’s experimental course takes its cue from the hacker community, helping students of any major get a taste of what it means to build software and hardware.

Slew of rare DNA changes following population explosion holds clues to common diseases

Scientists try to find which single-letter switches in the genetic code influence health risks.

Arts Roundup: Dance, art, combined bands — and the UW Gospel Choir

It’s a whirlwind of a week for campus arts. Drama and dance team for the Masters of Fine Arts Dance Concert, School of Art students exhibit work, the Undergraduate Theater Society opens a musical comedy and the School of Music has several events, including the powerful UW Gospel Choir.

May 16, 2012

iSchool Professor Batya Friedman named 2012-13 University Faculty Lecturer

Batya Friedman, a professor in the University of Washington Information School, has been named University Faculty Lecturer for 2012-13. Chosen by a faculty committee led by Provost Ana Mari Cauce, Friedman is known for technology design that supports important human values.

Gaydar automatic and more accurate for women's faces, psychologists find

After seeing faces for less than a blink of an eye, college students have accuracy greater than mere chance in judging others sexual orientation.

News Digest: Recognition for UW waste management, nurturing communities, Honor: Danny Hoffman, disability-policy posters, undergraduate research conference

Association honors UW for waste management, sustainability || New book explores creating, supporting livable communities || ‘New Directions’ award to Danny Hoffman || Disability, Law, Policy and the Community poster session || Minority Affairs and Diversity hosts undergraduate research conference

May 15, 2012

How public should public records be? Increased availability sparks privacy concerns

Online technology has increased access to public records such as political campaign contributions and real estate transactions. But that information availability also sparks privacy concerns and may dampen some people’s willingness to engage in public activities, according to recent research.

Nearly 1,000 projects to be presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium

The largest Undergraduate Research Symposium in University of Washington history runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, primarily in Mary Gates Hall.

Insulin nasal spray therapy shows memory improvement in Alzheimers patients

A year-long, multi-site clinical trial of insulin nasal spray has been called a significant step forward in measuring the safety and effectiveness of a promising treatment.

New undergraduate summer certificate programs teach career skills

The University of Washington is offering three new undergraduate summer certificate programs this year covering topics including business essentials, database management and localization.

May 14, 2012

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9 percent of the Western Hemisphere’s mammals, and as much as 40 percent in certain regions, because the animals just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace climate change, according to new research from the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

May 11, 2012

New exhibit celebrates parks, public spaces reclaimed from unusual uses — with slide show

An exhibit at the American Institute of Architecture design gallery explores Gas Works Park and 11 other reclaimed parks and public spaces in a series of sketches, photographs and architectural renderings.

May 10, 2012

Arts Roundup: MFA dance concert, 'Queering the Art Museum' — and all that jazz

It’s a week of variety in UW arts, with the annual master of fine arts dance concert, improvisational jazz from the School of Music’s continuing IMPfest IV, digital art, a visiting playwright and the two-day “Queering the Art Museum” symposium at the Henry Art Gallery and in Tacoma.

School of Social Work to lead new partnership for child welfare

The School of Social Work at the University of Washington will lead a newly formed partnership to provide professional development for the state’s social workers involved in child welfare.


May 9, 2012

Portable diagnostics designed to be shaken, not stirred

A textured surface mimics a lotus leaf to move drops of liquid in particular directions. The low-cost system could be used in portable medical or environmental tests.


First quarter home sales surge, while prices languish

Washington’s housing market in the first quarter of 2012 saw the highest seasonally adjusted sales since the first-time buyer tax credit program expired in 2010, according to the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

News Digest: Mathematical perspective on voting rules, Honor: Dick Morrill, timeline of education and research

Mathematical perspective on voting rules Friday in MathAcrossCampus || Geography “legend” announces last doctoral committee defense || Education and research timeline stretches back 150 years

Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership spotlights undergrad efforts

University of Washington undergraduates will showcase their civic engagement projects at the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 11 on the second floor of Kane Hall.

May 8, 2012

UW to collaborate on biodefense drug development

The $8.1 million grant will fund work on new drugs against some of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.


May 7, 2012

Unconscious racial attitudes playing large role in 2012 presidential vote

After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era. But a new large-scale study by UW psychologists shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries.

News Digest: Honor: Clay Schwenn, Tower Green Fair May 15, check out Campus Tours Central, Honor: Seth Cooper

Honor: Academic counselor Clay Schwenn wins national award || Tower Green Fair May 15 features sustainability efforts || Visitors? Relatives here for commencement? Check Campus Tours Central || Seth Cooper, chief architect of Foldit, wins national doctoral dissertation award

New research brings satellite measurements and global climate models closer

UW researchers have discovered a problem with a climate record that is often cited by climate change skeptics.

FAQ: New research brings satellite measurements and global climate models closer

Learn more about how scientists use satellites to study atmospheric temperature and why this new research is important.

May 4, 2012

Three UW faculty members named to National Academy of Sciences

Faculty members James Bardeen and Ann Nelson in physics and Evan Eichler in genome sciences have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for excellence in their original scientific research.

Video Friday: Clip about fighting invasives takes cue from ‘The Artist’

The almost-silent-movie “The Artist” recently won five Oscars. The producer and stars of a video mimicking that movie-making style hope to win $10,000 to fight invasive plants and provide wildlife habitat on the University of Washington campus.

May 3, 2012

Human brain evolution tied to partial gene copy that blocks original

A brain-development gene incompletely duplicated about time of the transition of pre-human to more human-like beings.

Arts Roundup: Drama, a healing art walk — and the Harry James Orchestra

Ladies and gentlemen, the Harry James Orchestra, directed by the UW’s own Fred Radke is coming May 7 to fill Meany Hall with that great big band sound. Also, 70-some UW-related artists show their work today in the Hall Health Art Walk, a new play is read by School of Drama instructors, and more.

Increasing speed of Greenland glaciers gives new insight for rising sea level

Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland’s contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study shows.


May 2, 2012

Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forest champs

Big trees three or more feet in diameter accounted for nearly half the biomass measured at a Yosemite National Park site, yet represented only 1 percent of the trees growing there.

Now in a refrigerator section near you: Sea Grant partners on "Cows for Clean Water" cartons

Washington Sea Grant has partnered with Smith Brothers Farms of Kent, to produce a milk carton featuring “Cows for Clean Water” and offering a selection of simple steps for protecting Puget Sound.

May 1, 2012

Researchers determine Vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults

How much Vitamin D do older adults need to stay healthy? The level may be lower than many think.

News Digest: Roundtable on education May 2, political cartoonist speaks, entrepreneurs share insights, Honors: Bob Morgan, students

Evans School roundtable on education May 2 || Political cartoonist Aislin to speak May 10 || Bob Morgan receives leadership award || Four additional entrepreneurs share insights with UW researchers || Students An, Woelfer garner awards

Got extra stuff in good shape? Pass it forward with uSwap

Got some extra equipment in your office that you’d like to part with in a way that’s sustainable and helps colleagues? The new campuswide online classified ad service uSwap is good for anything from paper clips on up.

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