April 30, 2013
The challenge of finding what challenges students
A yearlong project to learn how UW students were being challenged academically in their majors attracted volunteers from 33 degree-granting departments and programs.
Tactics of new Middle East virus suggest treating by altering lung cells’ response to infection
The Erasmus virus resets 207 genes in lung cells to hamper the cells’ ability to launch an antiviral reaction. Available drugs might correct this sabotage.emerging infectious diseases, Erasmus virus, Michael Katze, microbiology, virology
April 29, 2013
Blast concussions could cause pituitary deficiencies in war vets
Low pituitary hormone levels can mimic symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome, but are easily treated.blast concussions, head injuries, pituitary defiencies, war veterans
Dinosaur predecessors gain ground in wake of world’s biggest biodiversity crisis — with photo gallery
Newly discovered fossils reveal a lineage of animals thought to have led to dinosaurs taking hold in Tanzania and Zambia, many millions of years before dinosaur relatives were seen in the fossil record elsewhere on Earth.Christian Sidor, College of Arts and Sciences, Uniiversity of Washington Department of Biology, University of Washington
Arts and sciences academy selects Eggers, Moon
UW faculty members Susan Eggers and Randall Moon have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Grocery delivery service is greener than driving to the store
New University of Washington research shows it’s much more environmentally friendly to leave the car parked at home and opt for groceries delivered to your doorstep.Anne Goodchild, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Erica Wygonik
April 25, 2013
Arts Roundup: Student music and art, a staged Western — and wind ensemble (with tuba)
Art students show their work, music students play jazz with famous guests, the Burke invites all for a celebration of Salish Coast art, and more.
Also, the School of Music’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band unite for an evening of music featuring a tuba concerto, of course.
Astronomer studies far-off worlds through ‘characterization by proxy’
A UW astronomer is using Earth’s interstellar neighbors to learn the nature of certain stars too far away to be directly measured or observed, and the planets they may host.Department of Astronomy, planetary science, Sarah Ballard
Keeping beverages cool in summer: It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity
Drops forming on the outside of your drink don’t just make the can slippery. Experiments show that in hot, humid weather, condensation heats a drink more than the surrounding air.College of the Environment, Dale Durran, Dargan Frierson, Department of Atmospheric Sciences