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August 10, 2011

Russian language instruction and teaching aided this summer by new grant

A collaboration between the UW and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is just about to finish its first-year pilot of programs that expand teaching and instruction in Russian.

TB antibody detection tests fail to diagnose tuberculosis accurately

Misdiagnosis remains a major obstacle for control of the TB epidemic. Findings from UW and related studies prompt a World Health Organization policy asking health officials not to use these tests.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Anita Ramasastry is named secretary of the Uniform Law Commission,Jessica Lundquist named an emerging leader by “Diversity MBA Magazine” and Zipcar honors the UW. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Physicians, dentists plot new approaches to childrens oral health

An estimated 30 percent of toddlers and preschoolers already have tooth decay. Dentistry and pediatrics leaders gathered in Seattle to collaborate on improving kids’ oral health.

Cardboard metropolis: Middle-schoolers collaborate to create model city

A small city is growing on the floor of a classroom in the School of Art Building, created by middle school students in a Summer Youth Programs class on community architecture.

Decline in unions accounts for one-third of the growth in wage inequality among male, private sector workers

A new study co-authored by a UW sociologist shows that unions have as much a role as education level in equalizing earnings between low- and high-paid workers, and that balancing force influences pay for nonunion workers.

Official Notices, Aug. 11

Grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center conducts a smoking cessation study.

Bankers, businessmen, bicyclists and more — UW hosts visitors all summer

They come to campus each summer by the hundreds — students, teachers, athletes, cheerleaders, musicians, techies, accountants, businessmen, bankers, bicyclists and more. From days — sometimes hours — after spring quarter ends to just before the new school year starts, the UW plays host to all manner of summer groups, camps and conferences.

Greater flexibility with federal dollars would help state education agencies boost school improvement

State education agencies could do more to help their local school districts improve under-performing schools, according to a new study at the UWs Center on Reinventing Public Education.

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.

Local, diverse catering companies shine at Business Diversity Programs event

About 200 members of the UW community got to chat with and sample fare from several local, diverse catering companies at the fourth annual Business Connections Catering Event on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 9, 2011

Study of abalone spawning could have implications for human reproduction

A UW biologist is among scientists who for the first time have been able to study interactions between individual sperm and eggs of red abalone in conditions similar to its ocean surroundings, work that could have implications for improving fertilization in humans.

Lost and Found Films: ‘The American Dream, 1965

Still images of famous people and the titles “The American Dream” and “The Living End?!” make for an odd little film. Can you help Hannah Palin, UW film archives specialist, figure out who made this and why?

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August 8, 2011

J.W. Harrington named vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Tacoma

James W. Harrington, Jr., a UW professor and recent chairman of the Faculty Senate, will become vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Tacoma Sept. 1.

An abnormally warm decade is part of the new ‘normal’

On July 1, the 30-year average temperatures used to determine “normal” changed, dropping the decade of the 1970s and adding the decade of 2001 through 2010. As a result, normal temperatures are now a bit warmer.

August 5, 2011

Music choices abound at Up Your Ave Music Festival Aug 5-13

Looking for some good live music near the UW? The Up Your Ave Music Festival will offer folk, jazz, soul, reggae, bluegrass, rock, ska, comedy — and even accordion music — Aug. 5-13 at a number of locations throughout the University District.

Around the world, with medical genetics

Mercy Laurino, a graduate student in the Institute for Public Health Genetics, has had an illustrious career at a young age. She was part of a team -— including collaborators from Seattle Children’s — that helped launch the Pediatric Neurogenetics Clinic at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability in November 2005.

August 4, 2011

'Seattle Met' recognizes160 UW Medicine top doctors for 2011

The magazine’s August issue lists its selection of the Puget Sound region’s leading physicians. The selection is based on a 10-point rating from the national firm Avvo.

Consumers who follow federal nutrition guidelines may have higher food costs, UW researchers say

If you try to eat healthier these days, and follow federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, its likely that youre eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. It also means that your grocery bill is increasing, according to University of Washington researchers from the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

August 3, 2011

Collaboration yields guide-to-go for flowers at Mount Rainier

Whats in a name? Lots, if you like plants. David Gilbin of the Burke Museum and UW alumnus Donovan Tracy have created a guide to help hikers at our famous mountain learn about the flowers they encounter. (See slide show.)

A lazy life for gull friends in Drumheller Fountain

Two baby Glaucous winged sea gulls took up residence in the fountain this week as they grew feathers and prepared to take wing.

Lost and Found Films: ‘UW Penthouse, circa 1956

Scenes from the UW Penthouse Theatre as it was in 1956. Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections,is looking for any information available. Can you help?

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UW graduate students win fellowships to work with state agencies

UW graduate students Bridget Emmett, Heather Gibbs and Clara Hard have won three of the four Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowships this year, and will be putting their marine science and policy skills to work for the state of Washington.

Shes got that swing: Bethany Staelens sings jazz as few can

She might have been a star as a jazz singer, but at Seattles Tulas she still is. And each workday Bethany Staelens stars at Educational Outreach.

Historical mystery set in UW electrical engineering lab

UW Bothell graduate Bernadette Pajer has published a mystery novel that takes place more than a century ago on the UW campus. The story is fictional, but the details of the setting, the time period and the technology are real.

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.

U-PASSes must be tapped by Aug. 23

Faculty and Staff with U-PASSes who have not yet tapped their U-PASS on an ORCA reader on a bus or at a transit station must do so before Aug. 23 to finalize activation of the pass and avoid an interruption in service.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Janice DeCosmo to chair division of research program directors for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and Gunther Uhlmann is awarded is honored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Evans School journals take top spots; first issue of Evans School Review is published

Two journals housed at the Evans School of Public Affairs and edited by faculty members have been named the top two journals in their field. And, the inaugural issue of the Evans School Review, edited by graduate students, appeared in July.

Five UW professors named Fellows of American Chemical Society

Five UW professors are among 213 scientists named Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The honor is bestowed upon distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the worlds largest scientific society.

DNA pioneer James Watson addresses overflow crowd at UW Health Sciences

The Nobel Laureate in 1953 co-reported that the DNA molecule was a double helix and proposed how it could reproduce itself by splitting and chemical pairing. Last week he spoke about major accomplishments in genetics and areas ripe for discovery.

Univ. of Washington faculty experts available to discuss 9/11 issues

University of Washington professors in law, political science, communication and international studies are available to discuss issues related to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 disaster.

University of Illinois selects UWs Phyllis Wise as Urbana-Champaign chancellor

The University of Illinois today announced the appointment of Phyllis M. Wise, provost and executive vice president at the University of Washington, as its next vice president of the university and chancellor at Urbana-Champaign.

Web search is ready for a shakeup, says UW computer scientist

On the 20-year anniversary of the World Wide Web, computer scientist Oren Etzioni has written a two-page commentary in the journal Nature that calls on the international academic and business communities to take a bolder approach when designing how people find information online.

UW medical student from Alaska receives American Medical Association's Wilson Scholarship

Cassie Iutzi, from Juneau, Alaska, is interested in health care for Latino populations. She is pursuing both an M.D. degree and a master’s degree in public health.

August 2, 2011

UW Medicine highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2011

UW Medicine health system is proud to be included as a leader in the Healthcare Equality Index 2011, an annual report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

Beaton is an expert on the causes and effects of occupational stress on firefighters and paramedics.

When mosquitoes bite, take antihistamines for relief

Mosquitoes bug anyone who ventures outdoors. Take steps to repel these buzzing annoyances, and if bitten, know how to treat the itch and recognize severe reactions.

Digital photos can animate a face so it ages and moves before your eyes

Computer scientists have created a way to take images from the web or personal photos collections and in seconds create an animation of a persons face. The tool can make a face appear to age over time, or gradually change the expression from a smile to a frown.

August 1, 2011

Did you think it was a cold spring? Now you have the proof

A University of Washington researcher has found that, at least by one measure, this spring was the coldest on record for the state and that Seattle’s last two springs have been the cloudiest since cloud-cover records started 50 years ago.

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