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June 27, 2011

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Brief, voluntary conversations with a health educator led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for teenagers who frequently used the drug.

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June 24, 2011

Introducing the first farmers' market at UW Medical Center June 29

Plaza Cafe will be the scene of UW Medical Center’s first farmers’ market midday June 29. Fresh, local produce, fruit, herbs, flowers, bread and pastries will be available for purchase.

Iceland's president talks about collaboration, economic recovery

A brief visit by the president of Iceland to the UW campus was punctuated by overtures for greater scholarly exchange and some observations about the legacy of the global financial crisis.

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June 22, 2011

Washington MESA hosts national Engineering Design Challenge

Middle and high school students from eight states will converge in the greater Seattle area to compete in the 2011 MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) USA National Engineering Design Challenge.

Elegance, engineering combine in Maya Guptas high-end jigsaw puzzles

Maya Gupta noticed unusual jigsaw puzzles one day and got an idea she could do better. Now this associate professor of electrical engineering runs Artifact Puzzles, her own company, selling high-end jigsaw puzzles of great art, laser-cut from quarter-inch wood.

Spring ProStaff Award winners: Barker, Hunt, Kenney, Zuchowski

Corinne Hunt, Paul Zuchowski, Ellen Barker and Kristine Kenney have been named the recipients of the spring ProStaff Award given by the Professional Staff Association.

Wolves at the Burke: New exhibit explores human-wolf dynamics

This summer, the howling cry of the wolf will be heard at the Burke Museum. Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century examines human-wolf interactions in light of recent history and the economic and cultural factors that are shaping wolves future.

Historians team up for UW Press book ‘Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West

Bruce Hevly and John Findlay teamed up on this history of the Central Washington facility built by the federal government during World War II to manufacture plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Henry Art Gallery to celebrate Brink Award winner, finalists

The Henry Art Gallery will celebrate artist Andrew Dadson, winner of the 2011 Brink Award, as well as finalists for the award, in a public program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the Henry Auditorium.

Caribou in Albertas oil sands stressed by human activity, not wolves

New research suggests that, in the Athabasca Oil Sands in northern Alberta, human activity related to oil production and the timber industry could be more important than wolves in the decline of the caribou population.

June 21, 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.

Official notices

A Board of Regents meeting July 21, new rates for Fleet Services, a blood drive and the environmental impact statement for the Husky Stadium remodel.

Diabetic kidney disease on the rise in America, despite improved diabetes care

Better glucose, lipid and blood pressure control in the diabetic population over the past 20 years has not reduced the prevalence of diabetic kidney disease in the United States.

Call for nominations: 2011 Diversity Award for Community Building

Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Diversity Award for Community Building, presented annually to a UW student, staff member or faculty member whose efforts toward positive change on campus have resulted in multicultural community building.

Faculty, staff to test new U-PASS cards on transit

Time to test your new, ORCA-powered U-PASS cards, starting Monday, June 27.

New 3-D computer models improve building design and construction

A recent report shows that building information modeling is challenging and changing the construction industry, including the ways mechanical contractors organize teams and technology.

Ocean measurements by UW will be part of just-launched satellite mission

With the launch earlier this month of NASAs satellite Aquarius, more than half a dozen University of Washington researchers are involved in projects to calibrate data from space with actual measurements of ocean salinity.

Etc: Campus news & notes

Facilities Services employees save an eagles nest for the Burke Museum; Jeff Richey is honored; Chris McEwen to fiddle at IMAX; the Master of Communication program honors Dan Savage and Starbucks — and read what comes out of Drumheller Fountain when Facilities Services cleans it.

June 20, 2011

Classroom to clinics: UW medical students don white coats

Each year, the UW School of Medicine holds a ceremony for medical students beginning the clinical phase of their studies. The students receive white doctor’s coats as symbols of health care team membership.

UW Medicine's Team Transplant runs with U.S. Health and Human Services leader

Before giving the 2011 Commencement speech June 11, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, started off her day with a run in Seward Park with UW Medicine’s Team Transplant.

Bacteria develop restraint for survival in a rock-paper-scissors community

New research shows that in some structured communities, organisms increase their chances of survival if they evolve some level of restraint that allows competitors to survive as well, a sort of “survival of the weakest.”

June 19, 2011

Atmospheric carbon dioxide buildup unlikely to spark abrupt climate change

New research lends support to recent studies that suggest abrupt climate change is the result of alterations in ocean circulation uniquely associated with ice ages, not from atmospheric carbon dioxide.

June 17, 2011

Harborview Staff Fine Art Exhibition on display now through July 1

The 16th Annual Harborview Staff Fine Art Exhibition runs now through July 1, in the Cafeteria Atrium, Level B, in the West Hospital of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The artworks include paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures.

UW part of physics collaboration that finds new type of neutrino conversion

An international physics collaboration that includes the University of Washington has observed a previously unseen type of neutrino “oscillation,” or transformation, that could help explain the lack of antimatter in the universe.

Getting even gets you nowhere, new book by husband-wife team suggests revenge alternatives

Redirected aggression, such as yelling at your spouse after your boss yells at you, is the focus of a new book David Barash co-wrote with his wife Judith Lipton, a psychiatrist.

Henry Art Gallery screens — and appears in — PBS show ‘History Detectives

The story of a UW alumna, her lifelong love of Japan and the powerful World War II-era propaganda leaflets she created for the U.S. Office of War Information will be a segment of the PBS television series “History Detectives” to air Friday, June 24.

June 16, 2011

Boost for plant scientists, including UW prof, comes at critical time

Keiko Torii, professor of biology, is among 15 of the “nations most innovative plant scientists” selected to share $75 million for fundamental plant science research.

June 15, 2011

Life expectancy in most U.S. counties falls behind worlds healthiest nations

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s most current county-level analysis of life expectancy in America finds large disparities nationwide. Women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.

June 13, 2011

520 bridge to be closed Friday night to Monday morning, June 17-20

The State Route 520 floating bridge and highway will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, June 17, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 20, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Night work is planned, and neighbors near the work zone are likely to hear construction noise.

Perkins Coie awards grant for nanoengineering patch to repair heart attack damage

The law firm Perkins Coie has presented its $20,000 “Award for Discovery” to Deok-Ho Kim, UW assistant professor of bioengineering and a regenerative medicine researcher. Kim works on pre-conditioning stem cells to try to create longer-surviving patches for heart muscle repair.

Photo Gallery: University of Washington 2011 Commencement

The University of Washington community gathered on Saturday, June 11, in Husky Stadium to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2011. With banners flying and playfully decorated caps on their heads, the degree candidates took the field to the cheers and applause of 40,000 family members and friends.   239206|default.xml|Downscale Only|Cross Fade|Beam|Off|   Contact…

June 10, 2011

Academic counselor brings message of hope to disaster victims in Japan

Linda Ando, an academic counselor with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, brought a message of hope and compassion to disaster victims in Japan in the form of prayer flags made by elementary school students and community members.

Utility work starting June 13 affects Burke Gilman Trail

During the weeks of June 13 and June 20, Seattle City Light will be performing utility work on utility poles along the UW section of the Burke Gilman Trail near Montlake Boulevard. Trail users should expect delays and detours throughout the two-week period.

June 9, 2011

UW Medicine, Valley Medical Center form strategic alliance

The chief executive officers of UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center have announced the formation of a strategic alliance in which Valley Medical Center, Public Hospital District #1 of King County, will join UW Medicine effective July 1, 2011.

Scientists find recent snowpack declines in the West nearly unprecedented

The snowpack decline of the last 50 years in the Rocky Mountains is highly unusual in context of the past 800 years, according to findings published June 10 in “Science.”

Physicists hit on mathematical description of superfluid dynamics

A century after the discovery of superfluids, scientists using a powerful supercomputer have devised a theoretical framework that explains the real-time behavior of superfluids.

June 7, 2011

New UW dental graduates leave legacy of caring – and back it with cash

When the School of Dentistrys Class of 2011 graduated at Meany Hall on June 4, it left behind something far more tangible than memories. This spring, the students doled out thousands of dollars they had raised to recipients such as Neighborcare Healths 45th Street Clinic for homeless teens and the dental schools disabilities clinic.

Corpse flower blooms overnight Wednesday

An Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower in its native Sumatra and elsewhere because of its foul odor, has bloomed at the University of Washington botany greenhouse. Visit weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the bloom lasts.

June 6, 2011

UW part of national effort for greater ties with Indonesia

The UW is one of six U.S. universities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State to increase the number of American students studying in Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world.

New Husky Cards coming June 10 for U-Pass holders

Commuter Services will be distributing new Husky Cards to department payroll coordinators to provide to their employees on Friday, June 10. The card can be activated online between June 10 and June 24.

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