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March 7, 2012

Gorilla genome offers insights into great ape and human evolution

Today the gorilla became the last of the living great apes to have its genome assembly reported.

March 6, 2012

One year later: Japan quake, tsunami a cautionary tale for Pacific Northwest

On the one-year anniversary of Japan’s great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, UW scientists said the devastating event has some important lessons for the Pacific Northwest – most notably, that a similar event will happen here, and this region is much less prepared than Japan.

UW played major role in telling story of Japan quake

From Seattle to Japan, University of Washington faculty had an important role in providing information about the aftermath of the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

March 5, 2012

Pamela Mitchell appointed interim dean of UW School of Nursing

Pamela H. Mitchell, professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, has been appointed interim dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing, effective March 16, Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced today.

March 4, 2012

Lower Duwamish Waterway health study to inform EPAs final cleanup plan for Superfund site

Environmental health researchers will assess the effects of the proposed cleanup on people who use or live on South Seattle’s polluted Duwamish River.

March 1, 2012

UW students to design alternative-fuels vehicle for EcoCAR 2 competition

Over the next three years, a team of UW students will convert a 2013 Chevy Malibu into a fuel-efficient, low-emissions vehicle that still meets consumer demands for a driver-friendly car. The UW is one of 15 schools participating in the EcoCAR 2 contest, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Arts Roundup: Dance, dinos, concerts and comics

Dance concerts stand out in a crowded week in UW arts that also boasts a wide variety of music. Take your pick from among jazz, classical piano, percussion, glee club, voice recitals, the Oceana Quartet and a combined band concert with the UW Wind Ensemble.

February 29, 2012

Are budget cuts to health departments putting our health at risk?

Researchers are seeking to improve public health outcomes at a time of diminished funding and program reductions.

UW Medicine’s newest primary-care clinic to hold open house

See the new UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Chinas urbanization unlikely to lead to fast growth of middle class: UW geographer

Chinas growing cities are considered a boon for the consumer goods market, but a UW geographer presents evidence that new city dwellers will unlikely have much disposable income.


February 28, 2012

An unusual (un)conference: Women Who Rock 2012

For its second “(un)conference,” March 2-3, the UW-based Women Who Rock Collective is expanding and going multimedia as it continues to explore the unheralded roles of women — especially women of color — in music. But dont expect the participants to rock any less, because thats just not part of the plan.

News Digest: Friedman honored for social impact, Husky Stadium collapse recalled

Batya Friedman honored || 1987 Husky Stadium collapse

February 27, 2012

New book details archaeological excavations on San Juan Island

“Is it a House?” details years of archaeological excavations at English Camp on San Juan Island, facing the Gulf of Georgia, conducted by Burke Museum Director Julie Stein and her students over many years.

February 24, 2012

Kids can explore icy worlds with scientists at Polar Science Weekend (with video)

Learn about polar bears and penguins. Center a two-foot tusk on your forehead and imagine youre a narwhal exploring your icy-ocean home. For these activities and more, grab the kids and head for Polar Science Weekend, March 1 to 4, sponsored by the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Pacific Science Center.


School of Dentistry lowers fees for Medicaid-eligible patients

The UW School of Dentistry wants to make dental care affordable to people affected by state cutbacks in coverage.

February 23, 2012

Stop putting the squeeze on tiger territory, says UW alum, now chief scientist with World Wildlife Fund

The plight of the tiger – none of the worlds 350 protected areas in the tigers range is large enough to support a viable population – is the subject of the UWs “Sustaining our World” lecture March 1. Eric Dinerstein, the World Wildlife Funds chief scientist and a UW alum, will speak on “All Together Now: Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation and Local Livelihoods” at 6 p.m., in Kane 220.


New 'light duty' law provides incentives for early returns to work

A new state law that encourages employers to get injured workers back in the workplace with temporary accommodations – either reduced workloads or in some cases reassignments – recently went into effect.

Arts Roundup: ‘Macbeth, Baroque music — and all that jazz

Student talents will shine this week on UW stages across campus. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents murder and malignant ambition in “Macbeth,” student ensembles perform jazz and Baroque-era music and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts seniors show their work.

February 22, 2012

AAAS Notebook: Faculty views range across natural world, human health, more

Last weeks American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC, included 11 speakers from the University of Washington on topics including marine protected areas, the myth of black progress, womens reproductive health and how undergraduates learn best.

AAAS Notebook: Elephant toothpaste as catalyst to engage public in science

Schoolchildren came in droves for the popular Family Science Days Feb. 18-18 during the American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, BC. UW faculty and students were there offering hands-on demonstrations at the National Science Foundations booth .

February 21, 2012

Design eye for the science guy: Drop-in clinic helps scientists communicate data

The Design Help Desk offers scientists a chance to meet with a student who can help them create more effective figures, tables and graphs. This visual equivalent of a Writing Help Desk is also a study on how to teach data visualization.

News Digest: ‘Occupy goes to school, Holocaust documentary, Celebrating UW Women seeks nominees, offices collect gold and silver by going green

“Occupy” subject of Friday teach-in || Holocaust documentary “Roma Tears” Thursday || Nominations close Feb. 28 for Celebrating UW Women program || 10 offices certified gold, silver by UW Green Office program

New book says financial model for higher ed is broken, offers ways to overhaul

Higher education, a jewel of American society and an engine of its economy, is under threat, and if the nation is to remain competitive the financial model must be overhauled, says a new book. “Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization” offers specific ways to make crucial changes.

February 17, 2012

Models underestimate future temperature variability; food security at risk

Climate warming caused by greenhouse gases is very likely to increase summer temperature variability around the world by the end of this century, new UW research shows. The findings have major implications for food production.


To create a font: A design class with an international expert — with slide show

This week, students in Karen Chengs Art 377 class, Marks and Symbols, have been studying type fonts with French typeface master Jean François Porchez — and even creating their own fonts. The students were asked to bring in photographs of font designs they had seen around Seattle, and then design complete fonts from those beginnings.

February 16, 2012

Arts Roundup: Drama, percussion, faculty art — and comic opera

The School of Music presents Benjamin Britten’s comic opera “Albert Herring” as well as music by the Symphonic, Concert and Campus bands. The Percussion Ensemble celebrates innovative composer John Cage. The School of Drama continues “Emma,” 3D4M faculty exhibit their work and Hazard Adams has a fanciful new book about conversational canines.

February 15, 2012

Design begins this spring for longhouse-style Intellectual House

Design should begin this spring, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2013, for Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility on the University of Washington campus that will be a resource for the university, tribal and surrounding communities.

Three UW faculty awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Three members of the UW faculty, two chemists and one engineer, are among 126 recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships, announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Say woof?: Psych 101 students have unusual guest lecturer – with video

Chantel Prat, a UW assistant professor of psychology, uses her pet dog “Cocco” to demonstrate learning in a psychology 101 class.

February 14, 2012

News Digest: Honor: Jeffrey Ochsner, recognize staff nominees, "Winterruption” Thursday, eldercare workshop in March

Jeffrey Ochsner named distinguished professor || Reception Thursday for Distinguished Staff Award nominees || Q Faculty and Staff host Winterruption social || UW Retirement Association offers eldercare workshop March 24

Global health a world-class program at UW, President Young says in speech

Young spoke an an open house at the new central location for global health faculty, staff and students to gather on south campus.


February 13, 2012

A Peruvian slum gets a massive green makeover — with slide show

In a Peruvian desert slum, UW faculty, students and the local community created a garden and park on a vacant sand dune.


Decades-old riddle in economics — solved?

You could say that the economic field of benefit-cost analysis has been stuck in a kind figure-eight for 70 years — a logical loop leading not forward, but back upon itself. But Richard Zerbe, longtime UW professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs, may have solved this logical paradox — or at least clarified it.


UW president comments on Obama 2013 budget

University of Washington President Michael K. Young issued a statement today about President Barack Obamas budget.

UW Medical Center staff and volunteers create heartfelt valentines for hospital patients

UWMC staff and volunteers poured their hearts into a beautiful gesture: handmade valentines Feb. 14 for all hospitalized patients.

February 10, 2012

Robot flash mob: Bots come out to dance, assist humanity on Red Square

Its a little-known secret on the UW campus that if you ask really nicely, robots may come out and dance in Red Square. Such was the case Friday, Feb. 10, for an 11-year-old boy named Alex.

‘Dr. Chocolate seeks worlds best chocolate

A UW Bothell lecturer describes her worldwide study of the cocoa and chocolate trade.

Grant to Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health creates graduate research certificate

The program will hone students’ investigative skills in comparing the benefits and risks of different treatment choices.

February 9, 2012

Good news, bad news in Washingtons year-end housing market

Washingtons housing market in the final quarter of 2011 saw the highest seasonally-adjusted sales since the second quarter of 2010, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the UW.

Arts Roundup: Music, art, Jane Austen and typeface design

The campus will be alive with music in the week ahead — piano, guitar and chamber music, wind band ensembles, and opera, too. The Henry Art Gallery celebrates its 85th birthday with its 2012 gala and new exhibits, the School of Drama continues “Emma” — and even typeface design gets its moment.

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