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May 18, 2011

China fossil shows bird, crocodile family trees split earlier than thought

A fossil of a creature that died about 247 million years ago, originally thought to be a distant relative of both birds and crocodiles, actually came from the crocodile family tree after it had already split from the bird family tree, a UW researcher has found.

Disability Awareness Week offers variety of events

From May 23 thru May 28, the ASUW Student Disability Commission will be hosting Disability Awareness Week, including a panel discussion on the future of accessible technology, an evening of disability poetry and art, a flash mob that highlights different forms of communication and a deaf storytelling night.

‘First I Dream: Women of Color Collective Dialoguing Difference Conference looks at the role of imagination

The Women of Color Collective was formed in 2009 because many such women felt their voices were not being heard on campus. Now the collective is going strong, and will hold its third annual Dialoguing Difference conference May 25-27 on the UW campus.

May 17, 2011

The University of Washington Pact with Students

“The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship.” UW Vision and Values Based on our Vision statement, the University of Washington makes these commitments to our students: First, the quality of the student experience will always be…

Real nature beats technological stand-ins for human well-being

In a new book, a University of Washington psychologist argues that to flourish, humans need exposure to the natural world.

May 16, 2011

‘For our community and our economy: U-Link light rail construction launched

A new era for transportation at the UW began Monday,May 16, with the official launching — amid speeches, smiles and blustery weather — of the two tunnel-boring machines that will carve out a new light rail link from the UW to Capitol Hill.

Farm-to-table dinner May 26 at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

The UW Farm and UW Department of Anthropology will host a fundraising dinner and reception featuring local, seasonal foods. “A Taste of Spring” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.

Sporadic mutations identified in children with autism spectrum disorders

UW genome scientists have identified several sporadic mutations in children with autism spectrum disorder. By analyzing the protein-coding portions of the genome in 20 individuals with the disorder and in their parents, the researchers found 21 newly occurring mutations.

Digital imaging software creates a ‘Google Earth view of the bladder

A more automated approach to bladder exams could be cheaper, more comfortable and more convenient. The system would use the UWs ultrathin laser endoscope, which is like a thin piece of cooked spaghetti, in combination with software that automatically creates a 3-D panorama of the bladder interior.

May 13, 2011

Scientists design new anti-flu virus proteins using computational methods

Scientists have demonstrated the use of computational methods to design new antiviral proteins not found in nature, but capable of targeting specific surfaces of flu virus molecules. The researchers created a protein that disabled the part of the 1918 pandemic flu virus involved in invading respiratory tract cells.

May 12, 2011

Latvian poet Mara Zalite to visit UW

Mara Zalite, a leading poet and playwright from Latvia, will visit the UW campus Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 and 18, and give a reading of her poetry.

School of Music presents Jazz Innovations I and II

Student jazz ensembles coached by Marc Seales, Cuong Vu, Tom Collier and Steve Korn will perform “Jazz Innovations I and II” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, in Brechemin Auditorium.

UW College of Education launches new accelerated teacher certification program for Teach For America participants

With UW Accelerated Certification for Teachers — called U-ACT for short — the College of Education will become the credential program provider in Washington state for Teach For America.

May 11, 2011

Recently passed bill helps give youthful offenders second chances

Thanks to students at the UW Child and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Gov. Chris Gregoire will on Thursday, May 2 sign a bill that bans private credit reporting agencies from selling a youths criminal records after he or she turns 21.

Ali Tarhouni reflects on decision to leave UW, help lead Libyan opposition

Ali Tarhouni, a senior lecturer in finance and business economics, recently left the UW to become oil and finance minister for the group leading opposition to Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The work is obviously difficult, but “after all these years,” Tarhouni said, “I welcome the challenge.”

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.

Health services professor Edward Wagner wins William B. Graham Prize

Wagner founded the Group Health Research Institute. He will receive the prize from the Baxter International Foundation and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration this June.

Harborview dietitian Marilyn Shelton noted for nutritional support for trauma and ICU patients

Marilyn Shelton provides complex nutrition support for trauma and intensive care unit patients at Harborview Medical Center. The Washington State Dietetic Association has presented her with its Clinical Practice and Research Award for Excellence.

The Tower Green Fair: Making sustainability fun (with chocolate and donuts)

The UW Tower Green Fair will be held in the UW Tower cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, bringing UW people and units involved in green initiatives together with local nonprofit groups and businesses that also think green.

Sound Transit slates open houses on new stations

Sound Transit will be hosting several open houses to show the current design plans for new stations, including the one in the University District, and to hear thoughts and ideas from the community.

Get advice on saving letters, photos and more at preservation roadshow

A number of staff from the UW Libraries will be participating in the Seattle Archives Preservation Roadshow on May 14 at the National Archives and Records Administration regional office, 6125 Sand Point Way NE. The event is designed to help the public learn how to preserve their treasured family and personal materials.

Keep control of your allergy, asthma symptoms

The peak season for grass and weed allergies has started. Kelsy Platt, an advanced nurse practitioner at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic in Factoria, has some tips to keep allergies and asthma from limiting your summer plans.

Risking one's neck for better grog: Mutinies reveal tipping points for collective unrest

UW sociologists are studying naval records of mutinies as a way to see how modern-day ill-treatment toward subordinates can lead to violence.

Former congressional labor adviser to speak in Parrington

Gordon Lafer, a former top adviser on congressional labor policy, will visit Seattle on Tuesday, May 17, to discuss the hot topics of labor law and policy. He will lecture on “Labor in the House: Trying to Build a Pro-Worker Agenda in Congress” 3-4:30 p.m. in the Parrington Hall Forum.

Ethical dilemmas in global health will be discussed May 25

Experienced researchers and health professionals will discuss how they worked through and handled ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered by professionals newly entering the field of global health.

Free introductory session of Guided Autobiography to be offered

If youve ever considered writing about your life — whether for publication or just for your family — you can sign up for a free introductory session of Guided Autobiography. The session will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in 156 Gerberding.

MFA Dance Concert features meditations on ‘touch

Six new dances will be presented at the MFA Dance Concert May 19-22, and though two share the same theme, they are very different.

Research conference for McNair, Early Identification programs May 19-21

Have you ever wondered how sororities impact academic achievement in the Latina community or how marijuana use among college students impacts educational attainment? These are some of the topics to be discussed May 19-21 at the Pacific Northwest McNair & Early Identification Program Research Conference.

Science and Policy Summit planned by Graduate and Professional Student Senate

The Science and Policy Summit, sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, will be held on Friday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the UW Tower. The summit aims to open a dialogue between scientists and policy makers.

Spains only classical ballet company to perform at Meany

Corella Ballet Castilla y León performs at Meany Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21.

School of Music offers concerts for lovers of harp, voice, guitar and new music

The air will be filled with the sound of music, as the School of Music plunges into a busy season of concerts in coming days.

Husky Film Night offers preview of Seattle International Film Festival

UWTV and the Seattle International Film Festival are teaming up to provide an exclusive opportunity to UW students and the community to preview some of the 400 films featured at the annual film festival. “Husky Film Night” is set for 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall.

Seattle Modern Orchestra, led by UW alumni, to perform at Meany

The Seattle Modern Orchestra, led by co-artistic directors and School of Music alumni Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley, will perform their season finale at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, in Meany Hall. The program is titled 20th Century Concerti.

Academic book publishing to be discussed at free session

UW Press editors Lorri Hagman and Jacqueline Ettinger present “From Dissertation to Book,” an overview of academic book publishing, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 in 220 Odegaard.

New United Nations world population projections based on UW research

The world population could reach 10.1 billion people by the year 2100, according to a statistical model for future fertility developed by UW statisticians.

May 10, 2011

Razing Seattles viaduct doesnt guarantee nightmare commutes, model says

University of Washington statisticians used a computer model to study the effect of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct on commuter travel times. They found that relying on surface streets would likely have less impact on travel times than previously reported, and that effects on commute times are not well known.

May 9, 2011

University Book Store to celebrate faculty, staff and students

University Book Store will be hosting We (heart) U: Our Campus Thank You Celebration on Wednesday, May 11. All current UW students, staff, and faculty are invited to save 20 percent storewide (some restrictions apply), and can enter to win gift baskets and prizes.

Speech on race, radicalism, repression kicks off conference

“Standing at the Crossroads: Why Race, Radicalism and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond Matter Now” is the title of the keynote address that will kick off a May 12-14 conference, “Race, Radicalism and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond.”

May 5, 2011

Drumheller Fountain undergoing maintenance, will return in time for commencement

If youve seen the fence around Drumheller Fountain, you might wonder how 2011 graduates and their friends and relatives will get those great photos traditional for graduation. Not to worry—the fountain is undergoing routine maintenance but should be back to its normal glory by May 27.

May 4, 2011

Course-correcting how doctors treat chronic pain

The increase in overdoses from prescription pain killers has led to changes in Washington state law governing physician practice. This law is setting an example other states might follow. As opioid therapy standards change, the UW is helping physicians in the region learn new skills in managing pain.

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