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May 11, 2011

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.

Dentistry Dean Martha Somerman leaving to direct NIH dental branch

Dr. Martha J. Somerman, dean of the UW School of Dentistry, has been named director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen, executive associate dean for research and academic affairs at the dental school, will serve as interim dean.

UW Tacoma to pursue doctoral program as Gregoire signs bill

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new law clearing the way for branch campuses of the states research universities — the University of Washington and Washington State University — to offer doctoral degree programs with the approval of the states Higher Education Coordinating Board. UW Tacoma plans to offer a doctorate in education.

Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership features students engaged in the community

On May 9, UW undergraduates will showcase their civic engagement projects at the 20th Annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership. It will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Walker Ames room of Kane.

South Asia Center presents speaker series on Persian language

The South Asia Center at the Jackson School of International Studies is presenting a speaker series in May on the topic of the Persian language and the vernaculars of South Asia. The lectures are in conjunction with a senior seminar being taught by Heidi Pauwels.

Two from UW elected to National Academy of Sciences

Donald K. Grayson, a UW anthropology faculty member since 1975, and Daniel Gottschling, a member of the Basic Science Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, have been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Adult-supervised drinking in teens may lead to more alcohol use

UW researchers show that allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older.

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Next up for drama: ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Artist Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein turn up as characters in the School of Dramas next production, set in 1904 in a Paris bar.

Campus Society for Ecological Restoration helps ‘recolonize native plants

A group of students has been volunteering to make a small corner of campus more attractive. Their mission is to clear out invasive plants and replace them with native ones.

Memorial planned for G. Alan Marlatt, UW psychology professor and addiction expert

A memorial service for G. Alan Marlatt, a UW psychology professor, will be held Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

University Symphony to perform works by Ives, Prokofiev May 10

Jonathan Pasternack and Meena Hwang will conduct, and the symphony will be joined by guest soloist Elisa Barston on violin.

Ballet about the Chinese expulsion from Puget Sound Region set for Meany Hall

The UW English Department and American Ethnic Studies Program will sponsor the world premiere of an original ballet about the forced removal of the Chinese community from the Puget Sound region on May 15.

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.

Curious about campus conferences? Check out the Conferences & Campus Events Fair

The Conferences & Campus Events Fair will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Walker Ames Room of Kane. It is free and all in the campus community are invited.

Jim Donald, Patricia Spakes to speak at commencements for Bothell, Tacoma

Jim Donald, former president and CEO of Starbucks, will be the commencement speaker at UW Bothell, while outgoing Chancellor Patricia Spakes will speak at UW Tacoma. Ceremonies are on June 12 and June 10 respectively.

U.S. Court of Appeals judge to speak at law school

Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will visit the UW Law School for two days as the first Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence. He will speak at a public forum May 13.

Speaker questions promise of cheap, abundant natural gas from shale

Arthur Berman, of Labyrinth Consulting Services, will speak on Shale Gas: A View from the Bottom of the Resource Pyramid, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in 220 Kane.

Astrophysicist lecture is full, but you can catch it on the Internet

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will reflect on highlights from his scientific career — including being blamed by adults and school children alike for demoting Pluto—when he speaks at the UW May 12.

Mushroom Maynia: Fun with fungi at the Burke May 15

Its a day of hands-on family fun dedicated to fungi and mycology.

Attention astronomy fans: Talk, observatory programs planned

Planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz will talk about Saturns moon Titan on May 9, and the Jacobsen Observatory plans open houses on May 18 and June 1.

An annual rite of spring: Mothers Day at the Arboretum

The Arboretum Foundation and the UW Botanic Gardens Education Department will once again host their popular annual Mother’s Day event, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Arboretum.

UW Bothell 5K run-walk May 14 to benefit student scholarships

UW Bothell will hold its Sixth Annual 5K Run-Walk on Saturday, May 14. The event, hosted by the UW Bothell Alumni Council, has generated more than $40,000 for student scholarships.

Husky cards get ‘smart as part of transition to ORCA system

New, smart Husky Cards are coming and will replace the U-PASS — but don’t toss that old card until you know the new one works.

May 3, 2011

‘Fatting in: Immigrant groups eat high-calorie American meals to fit in

Immigrants to the United States and their U.S.-born children gain weight, and it’s not simply the abundance of high-calorie American junk food. Psychologists show that immigrants choose typical American dishes as a way to prove their American-ness.

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