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September 14, 2011

Official Notices, Sept. 15

Grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, the Board of Regents regular meeting is canceled in favor of a special meeting, and two blood drives are slated.

A straw-bale house: Built for one, built by hand

When Marilyn Ostergren began her straw-bale house on Bainbridge Island nine years ago, the only structure she had built previously was a chicken coop. Her house is small, to be sure, but it’s all hers. (See a video and slide show — photos by Mary Levin.)

A Husky anniversary: A yearlong party to celebrate the UW at 150

The University of Washingtons 150th anniversary celebration has officially begun — and its a party thats going to last all year long.

Design for living: ‘Making Healthy Places blends civic planning with public health

Professors in public health and urban design teamed up to edit a book, suggesting that a more thoughtful, interdisciplinary and ecologically friendly approach to planning human habitats can promote health, sustainability and greater equity for people of all abilities.

Explore carnival traditions worldwide at Burkes ‘¡Carnaval!

¡Carnaval!, Carnival, Mardi Gras: What is the origin of these words and the rowdy festivals associated with them? Find out at a new multimedia exhibit at the Burke Museum opening Sept. 25.

Legendary stadium takes a final bow on UWTV with ‘Greatest Moments at Husky Stadium

UWTV is premiereing a new, 10-part series called Greatest Moments at Husky Stadium that celebrates the history and enduring legacy of Husky Stadium. It all starts on Friday, Sept. 16.

WADE: A new tool for studying education achievement data

A new interactive tool for viewing Washington state education achievement at UW Bothell’s Center for Education Data Researchs website has boosted traffic on the site, with more hits coming daily. And now, school-specific data is available through the tool.

Registration opens soon for Seymour Hersh lecture in Tacoma

Registration will be open Sept. 19 for a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh at UW Tacoma. Hersh, who is best known for exposing the cover-up of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1969, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Philip Hall.

Arboretum plans fall plant sale

The Arboretum will hold a fall plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

eProcurement hosts Supplier Showcase at Gould Hall

Campus staffers who are responsible for purchasing products should mark Sept. 20 on their calendars — thats when Procurement Services will host its Supplier Showcase, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main floor of Gould Hall.

UW Club to showcase venues at Resource Fair

Are you a faculty or staff member who plans events for your department or unit? Then youre invited to a Resource Fair Sept. 26 at UW Club.

All-you-can-eat ending at 8 McMahon

Housing & Food Services all-you-can-eat deal for its restaurant group The 8 at McMahon will end on Friday, Sept. 16.

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.

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