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July 27, 2011

UW Combined Fund Drive a finalist for award — and you can help

The UWs workplace giving campaign has been selected as a finalist in the “Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group” award category given by StayClassy, a marketing organization for nonprofits. The UW community can help by voting for the CFD, improving its chances.

Best foot forward: Dr. Michael Brage

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Brage is newly arrived at the Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute, but he is no stranger to Seattle or Harborview Medical Center. Hansen asked his former fellow to return as his successor.

Microgravity team conducts experiments on NASA's 'vomit comet'

Eight students lurched, tumbled and floated through an unforgettable final lab project last month. Participants in NASAs Microgravity University in Houston spent the last week of their undergraduate careers carrying out an experiment they designed for testing in a reduced-gravity environment.

July 26, 2011

College-educated undocumented young adults face same narrow range of jobs as their parents

A new survey of life trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults raised and educated in America shows that they end up with the same labor jobs as their parents, working in construction, restaurants, cleaning and childcare services.

July 25, 2011

16 UW faculty members named to state academy of sciences

Sixteen UW faculty members are among the 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.

Materials scientist John Cahn awarded international Kyoto Prize

John Cahn, a UW affiliate professor in the departments of physics and materials science & engineering, has won an international Kyoto Prize, sometimes described as Japan’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Cahn is recognized for his work describing and predicting the behavior of mixtures of materials.

July 22, 2011

New target found for nitric oxide's attack on Salmonella bacteria

Nitric oxide, which is naturally produced in the nose and gut, disrupts the energy sources of many types of bacteria. Learning how it does this may lead to new antimicrobials or ways to promote the body’s own defenses against infection.

The cable has landed: Ocean science history in the making — with slideshow

Submarine cables for the nations first regional cabled ocean observatory, a project led by the University of Washington, made landfall last week on the Oregon coast.


July 21, 2011

Adolescent boys among those most affected by Washington state parental military deployment: UW study

A new study from researchers at the University of Washington concludes that parental military deployment is associated with impaired well-being among adolescents, especially adolescent boys.

July 20, 2011

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

How well do you know the campus? Try your luck with the Mystery Photo and you might win a prize.

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer

John Sahr is an excellent professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, but a lousy zombie killer. He’s not much better as a zombie, but he enjoys being both in the student-created game.

Newsmakers July 21

Comments on the Thai election by Charles Keyes, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair by Pepper Schwartz, childhood sports injuries and sperm damage by John Amory, crows with grudges by John Marzluff and partner therapy for STDs by Matthew Golden.

Self defense classes still open at the Womens Center

The UW Women’s Center is offering two self defense classes this summer, and there is still room to register. Classes are open to all.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Palo Alto Home,’ circa 1959

Two women happily leaf through a scrapbook in a garden and are then joined by an older man in this weeks mystery film, from 1959. Are these folks related to the UW in any way? Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, wants to know. Can you help?


A woodworking IT crew? Entrepreneurial spirit reigns in Classroom Support Services

A small UW support unit is turning its entrepreneurial skills into a major asset, improving technology in classrooms and offering low-cost, high-quality service. A background in woodworking has come in handy, too.

Whats behind that ‘bicycle friendly designation?

The UW did a lot to earn a place in the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Universities” program.

How is the UW doing in sustainability? Watch the ‘sustainability dashboard and see

A new website created by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office tracks the UW’s efforts in sustainability and reveals areas where more work is needed.

Two from UW win Friends of the National Institute of Nursing research awards

Carol Landis was honored for her work on sleep disturbances, and Pamela Mitchell was recognized for improving care for patients with cardiovascular or neurological disorders.

Battle of the bugs: Pseudomonas breaches cell walls of rival bacteria without hurting itself

Microbiologists have uncovered a sneaky trick by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to oust rivals. It deploys a toxin delivery machine to breach cell walls of competitors without hurting itself. Its means of attack helps it survive in the outside environment and may even help it cause infection.

UW Medicine ranks high in U.S. News & World Reports 2011 Best Hospitals rankings

Hospitals in the UW Medicine system placed highly in the latest U.S. News rankings, as did specific patient-care specialties.

July 19, 2011

Race matters when recruiting, retaining undergraduate women engineers

A new study of female engineering students perceived challenges finds significant differences between black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American and white women. The findings could help institutions better attract and retain particular underrepresented student populations.

Gene therapy delivered once to blood vessel wall protects against atherosclerosis in rabbit studies

A one-dose method for delivering gene therapy into an arterial wall in rabbits effectively protects the artery from developing atherosclerosis despite ongoing high blood cholesterol. In the future, researchers hope to test whether this gene-delivery method works in heart bypass grafts.

July 15, 2011

Colonoscopy tops list of screening tests for men

Men can take charge of their health by following age-appropriate screening guidelines and taking preventive steps.

July 14, 2011

Fiber arts exhibit shows off work of certificate program graduates

Connecting Threads, an exhibition of fiber artwork by alumni of the University of Washington Certificate in Fiber Arts Program, will be on display July 15-Sept. 30 in the fourth floor mezzanine of the UW Tower.

UW will lead $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface

The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the UW. The interdisciplinary center will combine neuroscience and robotics to develop new rehabilitation technologies.

July 13, 2011

Pivotal UW study in Africa finds HIV medications prevent HIV infection

Work in Africa conducted by the UW’s Clinical Research Center is bringing new hope that taking a daily AIDS drug might keep an uninfected person from getting the AIDS virus.


Newton apple tree damaged, may be replaced

A Newton apple tree planted on campus by the Class of 2007 has been badly damaged and may not survive, the campus arborist says.

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.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

An award for outstanding contributions to legal writing education for Law Professor Emerita Marjorie Rombauer; honors for a new health care management app created by a team headed by Michael Watt, Mark Haselkorn and Keith Butler; and UW Todays Peter Kelley does a radio mystery.


Marsha Linehan on anonymity in recovery; Leslie Walker-Harding on adolescents and drugs; James Leverenz on medications for elderly Parkinsons patients; 1983 research by Arthur Rangno is cited, and Paul Hill cites Monty Python.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Aberdeen Gathering

A dreamlike film from Aberdeen is this weeks entry. People walk ceremonially in a circle, children very much in evidence, and a document is burned. Anyone know whats going on here?


Office of Research introduces new ‘Required Training website

University researchers like those at the UW are often required to attend trainings, but they may not always be aware of it. Thats why the Required Training site was constructed in consultation with UW researchers and training providers to identify those courses directly applicable to the conduct of research.

Book maven Nancy Pearl endows Information School scholarship

Nancy Pearl is a bibliomaniac and wants others to be the same. In that spirit, she and her husband, Joseph Pearl, have endowed a UW scholarship for Information School students who intend to become librarians.

Summer playwriting class: Anythings possible, in four weeks

“The very first thing I say to the class is that they need to begin with this statement: ‘I want to tell you a story,” says drama Lecturer Scott Hafso. Four weeks later, each student has a one-act play and a reading by experienced actors.

Wood products part of winning carbon-emissions equation, researchers say

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. But rather than just letting the forest sit there for a hundred or more years, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by harvesting regularly and using the wood in place of fossil-fuel intensive steel and concrete.

Global Health's Connie Celum selected for American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association Achievement Award

Celum directs the UWs International Clinical Research Center, which is conducting multiple clinical trials of HIV prevention interventions in Africa involving thousands of volunteers.

Atomic structure discovered for a sodium channel that generates electrical signals in living cells

Sodium channels are pores in the membranes of excitable cells – such as brain nerve cells or beating heart cells – that emit electrical signals. Researchers have obtained a high-resolution crystal structure showing all the atoms of this complex protein molecule and how they relate in three-dimensions.

July 12, 2011

Wireless power could cut cord for patients with implanted heart pumps

A new system to send electricity over short distances has been shown to reliably power a mechanical heart pump. The system could free patients from being tethered to a battery or external power source, lowering their chance of infection and improving their quality of life.

July 7, 2011

Hubble makes one millionth science observation

Earlier this week, NASAs Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanets atmosphere 1,000 light years away, according to a UW faculty member conducts theoretical interpretation of data from the Hubble.

Third Phase of UW Medicine research complex breaks ground in South Lake Union district

UW Medicine, Vulcan Real Estate and the National Development Council have announced the start of construction on the third phase of UW Medicines research hub in Seattles South Lake Union neighborhood. Groundbreaking took place July 6.

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