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August 31, 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.

Champions Program: From foster care to future graduates

James Harmon entered state care at age 10 and spent the next five years in 22 different foster homes. Hes typical of the students in the UW Champions Program, which lends a helping hand to alumni of foster care.

Hanson Hosein, on creativity, credibility and his ‘Storyteller Uprising’

In releasing a print version of his book, Storyteller Uprising, Hanson Hosein did what he often encourages his students in the Masters in Digital Media Program to do — stop waiting for institutional approval and just make it happen.

Alaskas first class of physician assistants graduates

As part of a regional partnership to train health professionals for areas in need, 15 University of Alaska Anchorage physician assistant students were awarded Physician Assistant Certificates from the UW School of Medicine Aug. 18

Nine-year old sets up lemonade stand to support Harborview and Medic One

Two years ago Lily James survived a boating accident on Lake Washington. On a hot weekend in August, she sold lemonade to raise money for her lifesavers: Harborview and Medic One.

August 30, 2011

Elm tree to be removed

An elm tree that is east of the flagpole at the south end of Memorial Way is being removed because of Dutch elm disease.

August 29, 2011

Bilingual babies vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation

Researchers at UWs Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.

August 25, 2011

Ocean acidification science, societal needs meld in new training program

Students already knowledgeable about the science behind ocean acidification and warming will learn more about the challenges those ocean changes pose for tribes, shellfish growers and other sectors of society – as well as helping seek solutions ¬– under a just-announced National Science Foundation grant of $3 million.

August 24, 2011

Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

The researcher who used chemical sleuthing to uncover whats in scented products now has turned her attention to the air wafting from household laundry vents. Air from laundry machines using the top-selling scented liquid detergent and dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

August 22, 2011

UW ranked 16th in world in recent study

A major international study recently ranked the University of Washington as the 16th best university in the world.

UW joins national push to sequence human genome on the cheap

UW is one of eight institutions funded August 22 by the National Human Genome Research to revolutionize DNA sequencing. Jay Shendure, whose lab is noted for several breakthroughs in genomic technology, will head the UW project.

Less depression for working moms who expect that they ‘cant do it all

A UW sociologist reports less depression symptoms among working moms who expect that they will have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance.

August 19, 2011

Film being shot on campus over next month, with occasional disruptions

Parts of the campus will be disrupted as a film crew shoots “21 and Over,” a new movie starring Justin Chon, Sarah Wright and Miles Teller.

August 17, 2011

Ceremony marks dental students transition to clinical care

In a ceremony marking the transition from the classroom to the primarily clinical phase of their education, 68 UW dental students in the Class of 2013 donned white clinical coats and took a pledge of service

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photol. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Bioengineering’s Yongmin Kim selected to lead South Korean institution

Professor Yongmin Kim was named President of POSTECH-Pohang University of Science and Technology in his native South Korea.

Model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting

New UW research indicates that even if Earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again.

A murder, a mystery — and a glimpse of the face of autism

Jane Meyerding, longtime staffer at the University, has written a murder mystery involving autism and prosopagnosia, or face blindness — topics she knows well because she has both disabilities.

A Seattle accent? Study looks at ‘perceptual dialectology — accents we think we have

“What people say about language has nothing to do with language,” says Betsy Evans, assistant professor of linguistics. “It has to do with what they believe about the people who use that language.” Shes started studying those beliefs in the Northwest.

Lost and Found Film: ‘Kazakh Reel 6

Scenes of village life are featured in this weeks film, “Kazakh Reel 6,” but can you help with the location, who is depicted, and why it was filmed?


Work by UW profs included in ‘100 New Scientific Discoveries’ collection

Projects involving Marsha Linehan, psychology; Donald Brownlee, astronomy; Gaetano Borriello, computer science; Evan Eichler’s genome science lab; and Connie Celum and Jared Baeten of the International Clinical Research Center were among those included in a TIME Books collection of “100 New Scientific Discoveries.”

New signs of visibility for recently-moved Surplus Property

New signage at the Plant Services Building is helping remind the campus community of Surplus Propertys new location.

Newsmakers, Aug. 18

Arctic ice retreat, testing a new drug, a Native American tribes acceptance of gay marriage and a UW study on life expectancy in the rural south were all subjects of comments by UW professors.

Official Notices, Aug. 18

A regents meeting, some blood drives and a legal notice about improvements to IMA Field #1

Inside a UW Medicine O.R.: Robotic-assisted liver resection surgery

A UW Medical Center surgical team performed the third laparoscopic, robot-assisted liver surgery Aug. 11. The patient, a woman with cancer, is recovering well.

UW named Americas 'coolest' school by Sierra Magazine

“Sierra Magazine” has named the UW the top university in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit contributions to global warming. Schools were ranked on efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments and more, and the award includes all three UW campuses.

Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.

August 16, 2011

UW researchers to host landmark hepatitis C conference in Seattle Sept. 8-12

Seattle, one of the world leaders in hepatitis C research and treatment, will be hosting a landmark conference on hepatitis C Sept. 8-12 involving 800 people, including the discoverer of the virus affecting more people than HIV.

Poverty rates the same as in mid-1960s, but far more kids are poor

Fewer seniors but more children are poor since the War on Poverty began more than 40 years ago. Also, despite persistent efforts in both the public and private sectors, poverty rates in the U.S. have remained stubbornly the same since the mid-1960s.

August 15, 2011

UW Medicine study finds caffeine guards against certain ultraviolet-induced skin cancers at molecular level

Caffeine guards against certain skin cancers at the molecular level, according to a study appearing online August 15, 2011, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Younger siblings of children with autism have one in five chance of autism diagnosis

Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder face a 19 percent chance of having additional children diagnosed with the disorder, according to a new study co-authored by the UW Autism Center.

August 12, 2011

A little evening music: Two concerts coming, on campus and off

The School of Music will offer two musical evenings of different types and in different locations, both on Thursday Aug. 18. The UW Summer Concert Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. outside Meany Hall, and the University Summer Chorale will perform an innovative new piece at 7:30 p.m. at University Lutheran Church.

August 10, 2011

Russian language instruction and teaching aided this summer by new grant

A collaboration between the UW and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is just about to finish its first-year pilot of programs that expand teaching and instruction in Russian.

TB antibody detection tests fail to diagnose tuberculosis accurately

Misdiagnosis remains a major obstacle for control of the TB epidemic. Findings from UW and related studies prompt a World Health Organization policy asking health officials not to use these tests.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Anita Ramasastry is named secretary of the Uniform Law Commission,Jessica Lundquist named an emerging leader by “Diversity MBA Magazine” and Zipcar honors the UW. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Physicians, dentists plot new approaches to childrens oral health

An estimated 30 percent of toddlers and preschoolers already have tooth decay. Dentistry and pediatrics leaders gathered in Seattle to collaborate on improving kids’ oral health.

Cardboard metropolis: Middle-schoolers collaborate to create model city

A small city is growing on the floor of a classroom in the School of Art Building, created by middle school students in a Summer Youth Programs class on community architecture.

Decline in unions accounts for one-third of the growth in wage inequality among male, private sector workers

A new study co-authored by a UW sociologist shows that unions have as much a role as education level in equalizing earnings between low- and high-paid workers, and that balancing force influences pay for nonunion workers.

Official Notices, Aug. 11

Grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center conducts a smoking cessation study.

Bankers, businessmen, bicyclists and more — UW hosts visitors all summer

They come to campus each summer by the hundreds — students, teachers, athletes, cheerleaders, musicians, techies, accountants, businessmen, bankers, bicyclists and more. From days — sometimes hours — after spring quarter ends to just before the new school year starts, the UW plays host to all manner of summer groups, camps and conferences.

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