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June 9, 2011

UW Medicine, Valley Medical Center form strategic alliance

The chief executive officers of UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center have announced the formation of a strategic alliance in which Valley Medical Center, Public Hospital District #1 of King County, will join UW Medicine effective July 1, 2011.

Scientists find recent snowpack declines in the West nearly unprecedented

The snowpack decline of the last 50 years in the Rocky Mountains is highly unusual in context of the past 800 years, according to findings published June 10 in “Science.”

Physicists hit on mathematical description of superfluid dynamics

A century after the discovery of superfluids, scientists using a powerful supercomputer have devised a theoretical framework that explains the real-time behavior of superfluids.

June 7, 2011

New UW dental graduates leave legacy of caring – and back it with cash

When the School of Dentistrys Class of 2011 graduated at Meany Hall on June 4, it left behind something far more tangible than memories. This spring, the students doled out thousands of dollars they had raised to recipients such as Neighborcare Healths 45th Street Clinic for homeless teens and the dental schools disabilities clinic.

Corpse flower blooms overnight Wednesday

An Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower in its native Sumatra and elsewhere because of its foul odor, has bloomed at the University of Washington botany greenhouse. Visit weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the bloom lasts.

June 6, 2011

UW part of national effort for greater ties with Indonesia

The UW is one of six U.S. universities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State to increase the number of American students studying in Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world.

New Husky Cards coming June 10 for U-Pass holders

Commuter Services will be distributing new Husky Cards to department payroll coordinators to provide to their employees on Friday, June 10. The card can be activated online between June 10 and June 24.

June 3, 2011

University of Washington and KEXP sign new 30-year management agreement

The University of Washington and KEXP Radio have entered into a new management agreement for KEXP to continue operating the Universitys broadcast service at 90.3 FM for the next 30 years.

June 2, 2011

Revamped bio course improves performance – especially among educationally disadvantaged students – in spite of budget cuts

Students overall performed better – and educationally disadvantaged students generally made even greater strides than everyone else – in an introductory biology course at the University of Washington where recent budget woes doubled class sizes for the course, cut lab times and reduced the number of graduate teaching assistants.

June 1, 2011

Eclectic annual MFA exhibit on display at Henry Art Gallery

Students earning their master’s degrees in art show their work at the Henry Art Gallery through June 19: Sculpture, painting, photography and more.

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.

Concert in Brechemin Auditorium to benefit Japan earthquake relief

The School of Music is donating its Brechemin Auditorium and the talents of some members of its community to a benefit concert for victims of Japans earthquake and tsunami. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

Set design study with the playwright involved — via Skype

Drama students read a play, talk to the playwright and then pair up to design a set for the show. At the quarters end, the playwright comments on models of the sets students have created. Its motivating, collaborative, and fun.

John Sidles receives 2011 Guenther Laukien Prize

Sidles shares the prize with Daniel Rugar and H. Jonathan Mamim, both of the IBM Almaden Research Center, for pioneering magnetic resonance force microscopy. This technology relies on detecting very small magnetic forces to create three-dimensional nanoscale pictures of biological structures.

Etc: Campus News & Notes

Patricia Spakes gets her own day in Tacoma; a new award named for Brewster C. Denny, The campus community autographs part of the new HUB, the Burke Museum comes to Mary Gates Hall, the UW is ranked fifth in the world in mathematics research and Paul Hill addresses the Bellevue School District.

Tree donated by grateful patient of UW Regional Heart Center

The young sugar pine, which patient Andrew Russell grew from a fallen cone seed, was planted near the UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion. Russell hopes its presence will complement the Cardiac Diagnostic Center’s healing spirit.

Official Notices June 2

A Board of Regents meeting, a grant development workshop and several blood drives.

UW to host hearing on extending broadband to underserved communities

A public hearing scheduled for Friday, June 3, at the UW School of Law will consider state telecommunications policies, particularly broadband service. It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in 119 William H. Gates Hall.

Commencement ceremonies scheduled for UW graduates

Commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, for UW Seattle; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, for UW Bothell; and 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, for UW Tacoma.

Alumni association offers special deal on Husky plates

Members of the Class of 2011 will be offered a free one-year upgrade of their Washington license plate to a Husky plate – a nearly $50 value, courtesy of the alumni association.

UW grad Malcolm Goodfellow establishes first endowed chair in Department of Architecture history

Goodfellow, who graduated from the UW in 1987, has established the first endowed chair in the Department of Architectures 97-year history.

New journal looks at an old problem: aging

Dr. Warren Ladiges, professor of comparative medicine, has become the chief editor of a new scientific journal, “Pathobiology of Aging & Age-related Diseases.” The journal will publish research on aging in mammalian models.

May 31, 2011

UW Medicine goes smoke- and tobacco-free

UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center have gone smoke- and tobacco-free as of Tuesday, May 31 — World No Tobacco Day. All designated smoking areas will be phased out. Nicotine replacement therapy and counseling will be available to patients, along with referrals to tobacco cessation programs when they are discharged.

Code green: Energy-efficient programming to curb computers power use

A new system called EnerJ helps computer programmers go green, allowing them to cut a program’s energy consumption by as much as 50 percent.

May 27, 2011

UW oral history project explores human diversity and cultural identity

A UW multimedia exhibit recounts oral histories of individuals of all ages whose life experiences cross conventional boundaries of class, culture, country and race.

May 26, 2011

President Obama appoints UW associate vice provost to Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Luis Fraga, associate vice provost for faculty advancement and Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington, has been appointed to the Presidents Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

May 25, 2011

‘Everybody Freeze Now: A flash-mob meditation on disability

It was a bit of planned spontaneity, a public meditation on disability, access and how we see ourselves, and it all started when Jurg Koch, assistant professor of dance, looked up and called out, “Oh no, my blue balloon!”

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.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

David G. Gordon of Washington Sea Grant wins the Big Bug Cook-Off, and HFS wins an award for its mobile dining. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Blog profile: Clare McLean's 'Bird Word Girl'

In her blog, “Bird Word Girl,” photographer and writer Clare McLean tells readers, “Im not really a birdologist, I just play one on these here interwebs.” It’s a well-written blog with lovely photographs, including shots of the UW heron colony.

School of Pharmacy’s largest department gets new chair

Bridge Endowed Professor of Pharmacy Peggy Odegard has been named the next chair of the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy, effective July 1. Odegard, who is also a practicing pharmacist, is the first woman to hold this role.

An opera diva in our ranks

Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, who works in Patient Financial Services for UW Medical Center, is also an opera singer. In a conversation with Tara Brown of Organization Development & Training, she talks about her operatic career, the joy of performing and her favorite big dramatic operas.

New design studio in Hutchinson a perfect fit for the School of Drama

What used to be a swimming pool in Hutchinson Hall is now an 8,000-square-foot design studio for the School of Drama. Designers are thrilled to be out of their cramped quarters on University Way. “Its a funny thing,” one said. “You even feel cramped in your ideas when youre in that small a space.”

Art being sought for remodeled Hall Health

When the Hall Health remodel is complete in the fall, the building will feature art by students, faculty and staff. And that art is being solicited now by a committee.

Sound transit looking for artists, holding open houses

A lead artist will be hired for each of the three North Link Sound Transit Stations — Brooklyn (U District), Roosevelt and Northgate, and those chosen will work with architects and engineers to produce works of art. Open houses are slated for the Roosevelt and Brooklyn stations.

What the grade school kids taught the university professors

What does it take to transform a neighborhood? Who can make it change—and how? You could ask a professor with a doctorate in sociology. Or, you could ask an 11-year-old at McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma.

Sign a beam and ‘become one with the new HUB

If you miss the HUB during its closure for a major overhaul, staff there would like to get your autograph. On June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the campus is invited to sign a beam that will go into the HUB as construction continues.

UW rural education blueprint compels Nairobi visitors

Physicians and administrators from the University of Nairobi visited this month to learn about the UW’s regional programs to improve rural health care, and how to adapt these models to their country’s rural health needs.

Intellectual property, social innovation is topic of lecture at law school

Steve Davis will present a lecture, “Intellectual Property and Social Innovation in the 21st Century,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in 138, William H. Gates Hall. Davis is the former CEO of Corbis, the digital image company backed by Bill Gates and now serves as a senior adviser for McKinsey & Companys global Social Sector Office.

Registration open for ethical research collaboration conference

Registration is now open for a conference, “Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations,” planned for Sept. 22-23 at the University of Washington. Nationally recognized speakers from across the country will focus on ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations.

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