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November 30, 2011

Judy Ramey: From medieval studies to technical communication and beyond

Judy Ramey came to the UW in 1983 and has since seen a department, Technical Communication, form, offer degrees and evolve into Human Centered Design and Engineering. Yet, but for a few happy accidents, she might have had a very different career.

November 29, 2011

A prescription for managing seasonal depression

If dark, rainy days have got you down, here are some ways to lift winter depression

Jewish Studies Program launches series on human injustice

A four-part series of conversations will explore justice and Judaism in a global society.


Temple Grandin, animal behaviorist and autism leader, lectures Nov. 30

Grandin has been called revelatory and revolutionary in describing first-hand what it is like to have autism. She has applied her autistic awareness and research to enhance animal welfare.

$2M grant could make early earthquake warning a reality in the Northwest

A grant to the University of Washington from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation could pave the way for a system to provide a warning seconds to minutes in advance of a major offshore earthquake in the Northwest.


November 28, 2011

40 percent of youths attempting suicide make first attempt before high school

UW researchers found that suicidal behavior begins sooner than previously thought and is linked to higher scores of depression at the time of the attempts.

November 23, 2011

Featured video: Oyster standoff with ocean acidification

Biologist Jennifer Ruesink considers UW oyster research and work with the shellfish industry in face of todays environmental challenges, including ocean acidification.

November 22, 2011

Husky Cycling Club welcomes Tour de France competitor Tyler Farrar

He won a stage of the Tour de France this July 4, and now hes coming to Seattle. The Husky Cycling Club will welcome Washington states own Tyler Farrar on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Northcut Landing.

Award-winning organization inspires underrepresented students to explore sciences

In a few short years, the UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science has come a long way and won honors — all for helping to bring greater diversity to the study of science at the UW.

Wars lasting legacy is a culture of violence — see video

Daniel Hoffman, a UW associate professor of anthropology, describes his new book “The War Machines” about lasting violence from civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He says that the same could be true in other war-torn regions, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Big step forward for safety of bionic contact lenses

Bionic eye steps closer to reality.

Microsoft alumna works with UW Global Health to bridge faith and science in Ethiopia

When people fall ill in northern Ethiopia, theyre more inclined to call a priest than a doctor. Nancy Andrews has been convincing religious leaders to embrace medicine to prevent the spread of HIV and increase care for those infected.


November 21, 2011

Bennett to deliver University Faculty Lecture

Longtime Political Science Professor Lance Bennett will deliver the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 130 Kane. Its the highest recognition the faculty can bestow on someone in its ranks, and the roster has included artists, musicians, historians, scientists and engineers – some of them Nobel laureates.

UW seniors Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle named Rhodes Scholars

Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle, University of Washington seniors, are among 32 Rhodes Scholars just named for 2012.

Bennett to deliver University Faculty Lecture

Longtime Political Science Professor Lance Bennett will deliver the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 130 Kane. Its the highest recognition the faculty can bestow on someone in its ranks, and the roster has included artists, musicians, historians, scientists and engineers – some of them Nobel laureates.

Magnet program again recognizes UW Medical Center for nursing excellence

For the fifth consecutive time, UW Medical Center has been awarded Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 1994 it became the first Magnet hospital. Today it is the only hospital in the nation to have received five such recognitions.

November 18, 2011

Analyzing massive datasets is subject of major international conference

Seattle is host this week to the major international meeting about high-performance computing, giving UW scientists and computer specialists an opportunity to see over the horizon at developments that will influence how research is conducted for years to come.

What bacteria don't know can hurt them

Bacteria living in clusters warn each other to enter a self-protective mode when nutrients are low. This state shields them from antibiotics. Interfering with the starvation alert super-charged the infection-fighting power of antibiotics.

Former Regent Ark Chin dies

Former University of Washington regent Ark Chin died on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the age of 87. A World War II veteran, engineering executive and avid philanthropist, Chin was a regent from 1998-2004, serving as board president in 2001-2002.

November 17, 2011

UW engineers help team with nano discovery

Nano discovery could lead to lower-power memory in the future

November 16, 2011

MIT grad brings show about women, math to UW

Being a female mathematician is the key theme of an autobiographical one-woman show to be performed Dec. 1-3 at the Ethnic Cultural Theater.

Pushing the envelope on paper-based diagnostics

Paul Yager, chair of the Bioengineering Department at the University of Washington, leads several subcontractors in two major grants totaling up to $26 million pushing the envelope on paper-based diagnostics. Their hope is that in two to three years, people miles from a lab will be able to cough, spit or urinate on a piece of paper, upload the image on a cell phone and get lab-quality results for a range of illnesses.


Graduate School calls for increased minority recruitment, fellowships for grad students

Only about 10 percent of the UWs graduate students are underrepresented minorities, a Graduate School report finds. The report calls for establishing diversity as an “immediate priority” in recruitment and making graduate support a focus of the next capital campaign.

'The Tempest' comes to New York in 'Rough Magic'

The UW School of Drama presents “Rough Magic,” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in the Jones Playhouse. The play reminds us of action movies, sci-fi thrillers, and comic book heroes all at once—with a healthy dash of Shakespeare.

Voice students present opera, ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors

Music Professor Thomas Harper directs a production of Gian Carlo Menottis one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Meany Studio Theater.

Organ combines with saxophone, flute in two concerts

The University of Washington School of Music continues its celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Littlefield Organ series with The Littlefield Organ Festival, a weekend of faculty recitals by organ faculty Carole Terry and Douglas Cleveland.

Chamber Singers, University Chorale to perform

The Chamber Singers and University Chorale present their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Meany Theater.

Dr. Terra Bowles of Doctors Without Borders — a CFD event

Seattle physician Terra Bowles will share her experiences volunteering for Doctors Without Borders — a CFD choice — from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Turner Auditorium.

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.

Lost and Found Films: Welcome to Mt. Adams, 1957

A meeting in a high school gymnasium, a rousing speaker, cake and pie. Whats going on in this gem from 1957?


Official Notices, Nov. 17

An environmental impact statement, a notice of expedited rule making, a Board of Regents meeting and some blood drives.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

A video on waste reduction features UW staffers J.R. Fulton, Micheal Meyering, Clive Pursehouse, Ruth Johnston and Eric Johnson as well as students Martin Su and Dan Brody. Also, the School of Social Work gets a gift from the estate of an alum and Friday Harbor resident scientist Megan Dethier is named Naturalist of the Year.

Pharmacy students lead Honduran medical brigade

Twenty-nine UW pharmacy students, along with some faculty members,alumni and health professionals from other fields, offered a free, temporary clinic in Joya Grande. When they arrived, a long line of Honduran villagers were waiting to welcome them.


LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services, according to a new study by researchers in the School of Social Work


November 15, 2011

Early, intensive therapy for type 1 diabetes prevented kidney disease in long-term study

Years later participants reap the benefits of good blood sugar control in reducing slow-progressing complications. This finding comes from more than two decades of research on preventing life-shortening consequences of type 1 diabetes.

iSchool students archive Buddhist monastery material (with slide show)

Joe Tennis and his students in the Information School are helping the San Francisco Zen Center organize its archives, “everything from the sacred to the mundane.” Along the way, they have meditated daily.

November 14, 2011

Lightning network helps get a handle on volcanoes

A UW-based alert system using real-time data on lightning flashes around the world is helping to keep tabs on erupting volcanoes.

November 10, 2011

Meet the Mammals at the Burke Museum

Got the urge to touch a wolf pelt? Or maybe make an ape mask? You and your family can do these and more at the Burke Museums annual Meet the Mammals event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Bothell Education Professor Wayne Au to discuss new book

Wayne Au, assistant professor of education at UW Bothell, will speak on his new book, “Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing,” Friday, Nov. 18, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library.

November 9, 2011

Twenty-first annual Concerto Competition at School of Music

School of Music students from three divisions — piano, strings, and orchestral instruments — will perform for outside judges in the 21st annual Concerto Competition, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Meany Hall.

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