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April 27, 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.

Welcome sign of spring: Primo Plant Sale returns April 30-May 1

Are you lusting for lobelia or yearning for yews? Then dont miss the Arboretum Foundations annual FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale, April 30 and May 1 in Magnuson Park.

Tree count leads Facilities Services to major campus inventory

Since 2004, UW Facilities Services has worked with global positioning systems and geographic information systems to electronically map everything theyre responsible for campuswide.

Where minds meet: UW Bothell opens collaborative spaces in Beardslee Building

The UWB dedicated the collaboratory, a new open working space, on April 22. Its a place for the open exchange of ideas, supported by design and technology, with a focus on the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.

UW Bothell research shows panic at the pumps unfounded, has negative consequences

Though gas prices go up and down like a roller-coaster, consumers tend to see price spikes as permanent, according to a UW Bothell researcher.

Husky Green Awards 2011: Two students, one staffer, two sustainability groups

Three individuals and two groups were honored at the UW Earth Day celebration as winners of the second annual Husky Green Award. The award, sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, recognizes those who have shown leadership, initiative and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the University.

Era of canopy crane ending; certain research and education activities remain – view slideshow

The 25-story construction crane used since 1995 to investigate such things as how Pacific Northwest forests absorb carbon dioxide, obtain sufficient water and resist attacks by pests and diseases is being pruned back to just the tower.

Essington wins Pew fellowship to evaluate trade-offs in fisheries

Timothy Essington, UW associate professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, is one of four Pew fellows in marine conservation in the world this year.

8 percent of women physical oceanographers in tenure track, down from 23 percent – with audio clip

The gender gap for physical oceanographers in tenure-track positions has almost doubled since the mid-1990s.

April 26, 2011

Human rights symposium to feature Amnesty International director and student awards

Amnesty director Larry Cox will deliver the keynote address and four students will receive awards.

April 25, 2011

Regents offer UW presidency to University of Utahs Michael K. Young

The UW Board of Regents has authorized its chair, Herb Simon, to offer the University presidency to Michael K. Young, who has been president of the University of Utah since 2004.

Federal subsidies for child nutrition: More funding is better

A new study from University of Washington researchers found that child-care providers who received higher reimbursements spent more on food, and the food was of higher nutritional quality than the food purchased by providers who received lower reimbursements.

Psychologists warn that therapies based on positive emotions may not work for Asians

Thinking happy thoughts is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But UW psychologists reveal that pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures.

April 22, 2011

Harborview Medical Center honored for HIV/AIDS outreach

Twice in three years: Thats how frequently Secretary of Health Mary Selecky has brought Washingtons Excellence in Health Care Award to Harborview Medical Center. Selecky presented the 2010 Warren Featherstone Reid Award April 19 to honor the hospitals satellite HIV/AIDS care clinics in Everett and Bremerton.

April 21, 2011

Scientific roadblock overcome in designing genetic controls against malaria-transmitting mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can in principle be genetically engineered to resist malaria. The problem is how to drive these modifications into wild mosquito populations. Selfish genes, which promote their own propagation, might do the trick.

Community invited to PERLA Latin American global health symposium April 29

The half-day symposium will provide a forum for UW faculty, students and health professionals to discuss health-related research, service and training projects in Latin America,

UW Drama joins local theaters in honoring Intiman season tickets

In light of the recent end to the Intiman Theatres current season, the UW School of Drama will join ACT, Seattle Childrens’ Theatre and the Seattle Repertory Theatre in honoring Intiman tickets for their remaining shows.

April 20, 2011

Harmful algae and nutritious sea vegetables to share top billing at summer symposium

This summer at the UW, a special session of the 2011 national meeting of marine and freshwater botanists — the Phycological Society of America — will explore algae and human health.

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.

Blog Profile: Office of Planning and Budgeting follows all things higher ed.

The Office of Planning and Budgeting tracks issues in higher education both locally and nationally in its blog.

Etc: Campus news & notes

A Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform award for Mary McClellan of UW Tacoma, and — envelope please — a possible Emmy for UWTV. The latest accomplishments of your campus colleagues.

Namibia gets first-ever pharmacy degree program with help from UW

Namibia’s 2 million people have fewer than 200 pharmacists to dispense essential medications. Namibia has recently opened its first pharmacy degree program at the University of Namibia in Windhoek.

Technology careers in spotlight at panel discussion, open house

On Tuesday, May 3, UW Professional & Continuing Education is hosting “Tech Trends and Education for Tomorrows Careers,” an event that highlights the different paths you can take to expand your skill set and reinvent your career in the technology field.

Earth Day 2011 a three-day event starting April 21

The compost-saving, bike-riding, environmentally conscious UW community loves its Earth Day, and is celebrating in style — and service — over three days this year, from Thursday to Saturday, April 21-23.

Engineering Discovery Days happening April 22-23

UW engineering exhibits will be on display this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual public event.

Egyptian law expert to speak at UW law school

Adel Omar Sherif, deputy chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.

Experimental social psychologist Sheldon Solomon to speak

Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology at Skidmore College, will give a lecture titled John Lockes Errors: Why Left and Right Are Both Beside the Point on April 27, in Kane Hall.

Bothell to show off Beardslee Building spaces in April 22 tour

UW Bothell invites the public to tour its new science/technology and arts spaces in the Beardslee Building in an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. Refreshments will be served.

Henry Art Gallery names winner of Brink Award for an emerging artist

The Henry Art Gallery has given its Brink award to Canadian artist Andrew Dadson. The Brink is a biennial award granted to an early-career artist working in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia whose work shows artistic promise and who appears to be on “the brink” of a promising career.

UW professor elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A UW professor is among some of the worlds most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts to be elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ann E . Nelson, professor of physics , is one of 212 new members announced by the academy.

Construction near Savery and Kane: One plaza redone, one road still under way

The renovation of Savery Hall was done in 2009. Now money from that project is paying for a new plaza between Savery and Raitt and a new road between Savery and Kane. The plaza was opened at the beginning of spring quarter, while the road is still under construction.

UW professors visit to family in Libya gives him front row seat to revolution

When Hussein Elkhafaifi left Seattle for Libya on Feb. 16, he was going to be with his mother who was dying of kidney failure in Benghazi. But he arrived just as a revolution was beginning in his native country.

Planning is paramount as lean times change role of department chair

Sheri Mizumori became chair of the Psychology Department in July 2008, just months before the world changed. Since then she and her colleagues have found ways to keep the department thriving, despite the environment of austerity.

Debra Friedman selected as chancellor of UW Tacoma

Interim UW President Phyllis Wise has announced the selection of Debra Friedman as chancellor for the University of Washington Tacoma, effective July 1. The appointment is subject to approval of the UW Board of Regents.

Computer music pioneer John Chowning to be celebrated at DXARTS concert

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) presents a celebration of visiting artist John Chowning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Meany Theater.

Craig Sheppard performs ‘Mostly Brahms April 28

School of Music faculty artist Craig Sheppard will perform works by Johannes Brahms on piano in an evening titled Mostly Brahms, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Meany Hall.

Lorcas poetry set to music in concert at Meany

Guitarist, vocalist and composer Amancio Prada performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Meany Hall, For this UW World Series debut he will perform “Sonetos y Canciones (Sonnets and Songs),” composed using poetry by Federico García Lorca.

Korean, Indonesian music from School of Music April 26

The UW School of Musics Division of Ethnmusicology will present an evening of traditional music from Korea and Indonesia at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Meany Hall.

UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band to play Meany Hall April 25

The UW Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands perform works by several composers in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Meany Hall.

Legislative session likely to go into overtime

Although this week is supposed to mark the official end of the Washington legislative session, all parties have agreed a special session will be necessary.

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