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March 2, 2011

Faculty Senate will consider endorsing Faculty Fund for Library Excellence

The Faculty Fund for Library Excellence would accept donations for current and emeritus faculty members.

Pakistani human rights advocate to speak March 10

Investing in Women in Pakistan & the Muslim World is the title of a talk to be given by Humaira Shahid at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in 110 Kane. Shahid is a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, a human rights activist and a journalist.

Disks around young distant stars likely forming into planets

A UW astronomer is part of an international team that for the first time has captured detailed images that indicate how planets might have formed from the disks of material around two young stars more than 400 light years from Earth.

UWs Craig Sheppard to join Emerson String Quartet at Meany March 8

The Emerson String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Meany Hall — and the UWs own Craig Sheppard will join them in the shows second half.

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.

Deadline is March 18 for Transition School/Early Entrance Program

Qualified seventh- and eighth-graders can apply for admission to the Transition School/Early Entrance Program that allows them to skip high school and enter the UW early.

March 1, 2011

Narwhal, polar bear research subject of talk Thursday

APLs Kristin Laidre talks Thursday at the Seattle Aquarium about working in the high Arctic and her projects on narwhals and polar bears.

Wise to hold town hall on budget matters March 8

Interim President Phyllis Wise will hold a town hall meeting for the UW community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in 130 Kane. The meeting will be webcast live on UWTV.org.

Intensive counseling on adhering to HIV treatment improves patient outcomes

Intensive counseling on the importance of adhering to HIV treatment significantly reduces poor compliance and treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an article in PLoS Medicine March 1 by UW researcher Michael Chung and colleagues.

For first time, scientists show an HIV vaccine impacts the genetic makeup of the virus

Results of study suggest new vaccine strategies to debilitate viruses by tapping into their response to selective pressure.

UW-written works lead March 7 evening of jazz

The Modern Jazz Ensemble will perform original works by UW music students and the Studio Jazz Ensemble will play music by UW alumni in Meany Hall.

Dino Day: A paleontological journey for the whole family March 5

Take a paleontological journey to Antarctica, Patagonia, Zambia, Montana, and Wyoming without leaving town at Dino Day, the Burke Museums popular family-friendly event.

Yes, summers really coming: UW Summer Youth Programs open for registration

UW Summer Youth Programs is taking registration now, with classes in writing, dance, programming and even architecture. Can summer be far off?

Advocate for pregnant women to speak March 7

Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, will speak from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 7 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Founder and chairman of X PRIZE Foundation to visit Evans School

Dr. Peter Diamandis, who founded the X PRIZE Foundation, will lead a public conversation on the prize at 4 p.m. Monday, March 7, in 309 Parrington.

Symphonic Band performs new work, classics March 6

Members of the UW Symphonic Band, under the direction of Steven Morrison and Alison Farley, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 in Brechemin Auditorium.

February 28, 2011

Quantum String Quartet to perform March 5

The School of Music presents the Quantum String Quartet, winners of the 2010 UW Strings and Piano Chamber Ensemble Competition, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Overcome writer's block at March 3 Career Development Seminar

Researchers, turn your actions into words at a free science writing talk March 3. Learn how to successfully complete and submit a manuscript, and increase the odds of publication.

All UW Medicine hospitals to become smoke- and tobacco-free environments

UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center will become smoke- and tobacco-free facilities May 31, in concert with the World Health Organizations “World No Tobacco Day.”

Turkish, African music coming soon to School of Music stage

Münir Beken, a master of the Turkish Ud; and Senegalese percussionist Thione Diop will be performing and teaching at the School of Music March 4 and 11 respectively.

February 25, 2011

Learn about research in some of the most challenging places on Earth

With live presentations and 40 exhibit and activity stations, Polar Science Weekend March 3-6 offers opportunities to learn about extreme polar environments from those who work there.

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February 24, 2011

UW uses cutting-edge storm water management techniques

Whatever rainwater falls on campus soil is likely to end up in Lake Washington, because of the campus topography. The UW works closely with the city of Seattle, which has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge ways of managing storm water, says Jim Morin, a facilities project engineer and storm water expert in Facilities…

February 23, 2011

Trial shows drug to correct abnormal protein improves lung function in cystic fibrosis patients

A drug to correct the function of the abnormal protein in some forms of cystic fibrosis has been shown to improve lung function in clinical trials. Dr. Bonnie Ramsey, UW professor of pediatrics and a physician at Seattle Childrens, was one of the lead investigators on the trial.

Annual faculty lecture to discuss the future of bioengineering

Buddy Ratner, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, will deliver the 35th Annual Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in 130 Kane Hall.

Higher education access is topic of ‘community conversation'

A community conversation on the threats to accessible higher education in Washington will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Cleveland High School.

Brian Baird to discuss science policies and Congress

Former U.S. Representative Brian Baird will lead a seminar on Tuesday, March 1, titled “What Feynman, Kuhn and Popper Could Teach Congress and Vice-Versa.”

UW School of Law sponsoring March 4 conference on regulating cancer drugs

Who decides what drugs should be available to cancer and how are decisions made? A School of Law conference on March 4 will take up the issues.

UCLAs Tyrone Howard to speak at Suzzallo Library March 4

Howard will give a talk about his book, “Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in Americas Classrooms.”

Salmon-safe: UW recognized for protecting water quality, salmon habitat

The UWs Seattle campus has won certification as salmon-safe. The certification, created by the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, recognizes the UWs efforts to protect water quality and salmon habitat.

Robinson Center offers summer programs for young scholars

The UWs Robinson Center for Young Scholars is offering summer programs for fifth- to 10th grade students who qualify.

Building community –- ‘with convenience — on west campus

To Housing & Food Services, the student housing projects under way on west campus are about creating a whole new neighborhood.

More street food: Curbside 8 food truck now outside More Hall

Theres a new food truck on campus: Curbside 8, near More Hall, will offer a combination of new American food and global comfort foods, according to UW Housing & Food Services.

Nominations open for Husky Green Awards

Nominations are now open for the second annual Husky Green Awards meant to recognize individuals or teams of UW students, faculty and staff whove helped advance environmental stewardship and sustainability at the Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell campuses.

Dimmable windows with solar panels could power zero-energy buildings

UW engineers and architects are collaborating on smart windows that can change transparency depending on conditions and actually harvest energy from the suns rays.

Nobel Laureate Erwin Neher to give Hille Lecture in Neurosciences March 1

Dr. Erwin Neher of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany will present the 21st annual Einar Hille Memorial Lecture in Neurosciences March 1. He is know for work on how prior activities shape the efficacy of chemical transmissions between brain cells.

Learn about new treatments for Parkinson's at library talk March 2

“New treatments in the pipeline for Parkinson’s patients” is the topic of the March 2 UW Medicine & Seattle Public Library Lecture. If you have Parkinson’s, or know someone who does, you won’t want to miss this free evening talk at the downtown library.

‘Jazz Innovations: Back-to-back nights of jazz March 2, 3

Student jazz ensembles coached by UW talents will gather for two nights to pay tribute to icons of jazz and present original compositions, too.

UW dance majors take to the stage March 3-6

The UW Dance Program presents its annual concert of undergraduate choreography March 3-6 in the Meany Studio Theater.

UW Mens Glee Club to perform in community concerts March 4, 5

The UW Mens Glee Club will will appear with the a capella group The Coats at Eckstein Middle School March 4, and will be part of an a capella festival March 5.

French dance company performs at Meany March 3-5

The dance company Compagnie La Baraka performs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, in Meany Hall. The groups choreography blends a variety of modern dance styles with lyrical ballet.

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