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September 20, 2011

New director of UW Tacoma Institute of Technology is right-brain/left-brain leader

Rob Friedman, a professor with degrees in both the humanities and information science, is the new director of University of Washington Tacomas Institute of Technology.

Visionary innovator wins MacArthur ‘genius’ award

Shwetak Patel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering who explores how people and computers interact, has been named one of this years MacArthur Fellows.

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Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things

Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things.

September 19, 2011

Gamers succeed where scientists fail

The structure of a retrovirus enzyme had stumped scientists for more than a decade. With the game Foldit, players quickly made an accurate model of the enzyme. The model opens doors to AIDS drug design.

September 16, 2011

Mapping Study shows UW a major leader of global health in the state with projects in 93 countries

In a recently released mapping study by the Washington Global Health Alliance and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Opportunity, UW emerges as a major leader of global health in Washington state.

Design for living: ‘Making Healthy Places discusses benefits of blending civic planning with public health

A new book titled “Making Healthy Spaces: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability” suggests that viewing the built environment as a human habitat can promote health, sustainability and more equitable access for people of all abilities.

September 15, 2011

New C4C lecture series showcases UW faculty succeeding in commercialization

The UW Center for Commercialization is launching a lecture series this fall about merging academic research with entrepreneurship. Its called the 2011 Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows, and will run on selected Tuesdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 29.

President Young announces new chief of staff, office reorganization

University of Washington President Michael K. Young announced today the appointment of Jack Johnson to a new chief of staff position in his office, effective Oct. 24.

September 14, 2011

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.

Filming of movie '21 and Over' continues on UW campus

The film “21 and Over” continues to film on the UW campus in September and its producers would like the campus community to know about a few upcoming filming dates and locations.

Need new flooring? See samples at new Flooring Showroom

Staffers in Shop 54, part of Campus Alterations, turned a storeroom in the Plant Services Building into a Flooring Showroom so potential clients can come and browse through samples and even see some on the floor.

Take steps to win a book store gift certificate with UWalk

Sign up, log your walking online and you could win a $50 gift certificate (and get a little healthier along the way).

President Young cuts ribbon at new Washington Commons

On Friday, September 9, UW President Michael Young cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the Washington Commons, the new public space for UW alumni in the UW Tower.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

The UW receives Zipcars Wheels of Change award, while five professors report awards or other achievements. And the Combined Fund Drive is in the running for an award from the social fundraising platform StayClassy.

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.

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