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May 4, 2011

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.

May 2, 2011

UW Regents approve contract for Michael Young

At a special meeting May 2, the University of Washington Board of Regents approved a five-year contract for new president-designate Michael K. Young.

College students use of Kindle DX points to e-readers role in academia

A nine-month study of how University of Washington graduate students did or did not use the large-format Amazon Kindle DX in their course reading provides information on the potential future for e-readers in academia.

May 1, 2011

Several baffling puzzles in protein molecular structure solved with new method

The structures of many protein molecules remain unsolved even after experts apply an extensive array of approaches. An international collaboration has led to a high performance method that rapidly determined the structure of protein molecules in several cases where previous attempts had failed.

April 29, 2011

National thought leaders in mental health and healthcare delivery gather for summit in Seattle

A select group of thought leaders and researchers are participating in a summit meeting May 2 – 3 in Seattle to generate a national roadmap for integrating mental health services into primary care. The summit kicks off a year-long effort to increase Americans’ access to high-quality, Sevidence-based mental health care.

Life of author Husain Al-Barghouthi to be remembered May 2

The life and writing of Husain Al-Barghouthi, a UW alumni who became a professor and respected Palestinian author before his death in 2002, will be remembered in an event at 4 p.m. Monday, May 2.

April 28, 2011

'COPE' online education responds to FDA call for safe prescribing of painkillers

A UW online training tool will help the region’s physicians follow new U.S. Food & Drug Administration(FDA)safety requirements in prescribing opioids. The new FDA requirements are in response to a rise in deaths from accidental painkiller overdoses.

Leading scholar in American Jewish Studies to speak at UW

Jonathan Sarna, a Brandeis University professor long known for his work on American Jewish history, will deliver the 36th annual Samuel & Althea Stroum lectures in Jewish Studies on Monday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 11.

UW research shows new road tolls might not unfairly burden low-income drivers

Tolls on the State Route 520 bridge begin this summer but UW research shows those tolls may not unfairly burden low-income households.

April 27, 2011

Michael Young: Coming to lead UW is "an enormous privilege"

UW President-designate Michael Young met with reporters on Wednesday, April 27, saying it was a “sense of commitment and excitement” that attracted him to the institution.

Etc: Campus news & notes

Virginia Armbrust becomes a Fellow of a professional society, Deborah Medlar is appointed regional director of an accounting honorary and Jeff Hou is honored for service learning education. The latest activities of your campus colleagues, plus a poetry booklet for audiences at Meany.

Rethinking work environments through ‘interaction design

Art meets engineering when Axel Roeslers art students help redesign an airplanes flight deck and create a program to record a hospitals emergency treatment protocol.

Official Notices, April 28

A regent’s meeting and several blood drives.

UW Bothell Business Plan Competition partners with the Founder Institute

Bothells Business Development Center is joining the Founder Institute to boost business development with events like the Business Plan Competition, to be held May 6.

How palliative care helps patients and families

When a patient faces a life-threatening illness or injury where recovery seems unlikely, what can be done to provide physical and emotional comfort? In a video, Dr. Wayne McCormick, professor of medicine, answers common questions about palliative care.

Preparing for Bike to Work Month with U-PASS

Commuter Services and U-PASS are sponsoring events throughout May to celebrate UW cyclists and Bike to Campus Month.

Washington Park Arboretum plans summer camps for kids

The camps are designed for first-to-sixth graders, ages 5 to 12. They will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with before and after care available.

New voice mail system for UW Seattle: Are you affected?

Most UW Seattle faculty and staff who use campus voice mail, and a few off-campus units, will be upgraded to a new system on May 11, and will need to set up a new voice mailbox beforehand.

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.

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