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April 13, 2011

Exotic travel comes with health risks

Explore the world and return in good health. Dr. Stephen Emmons, a family physician and travel medicine specialist at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic in Woodinville, has tips to prevent illness and injury in exotic locales.

Why I chose UW Medicine: Convenient, personalized care from inspiring providers

Ginna Wall, a nurse who works with new moms and newborns at UW Medical Center, has received her own healthcare at UW Medical Center-Roosevelt for the past 12 years. She describes the convenient, personalized attention provided at the Women’s Health Care Center.

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

An award for Kenneth B. Pyle, a research fellowship for Laura Chrisman, and the story of the UWs 1936 rowing team is headed for the big screen. And a winning show of Peeps.

Official notices – April 14, 2011

The Board of Regents meets, required asbestos training for all employees is online, blood drives are offered and UW International & English Language Programs offer quarterly and on-site classes designed primarily for non-native speakers of English.

Two UW profs win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two UW professors — Heidi Pauwels and Michael Honey — are among 180 scholars, artists and scientists from the United States and Canada to receive fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

UW biologists stumped by ‘naked penguins in Africa and South America

In the last five years, the chicks of two penguin species on different continents have been afflicted with a disorder that causes them to lose their feathers, and scientists are trying to determine the reason.

‘Scandinavian Crime Fiction: New book studies popular genre

Mention Scandinavian crime fiction and most people think of Stieg Larssons novels, but his work comes from a tradition dating back decades. A new book co-edited by the UWs Andrew Nestingen explores that tradition.

One-woman show ‘Saving Face a personal matter for Samantha Rund (of ‘UW360)

When Samantha Rund performs her original show April 17 and 18 at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, shell be fulfilling a longtime interest in Shakespeares character Ophelia — but also honoring the memory of a close friend.

Larionoff, McCabe combine for violin-piano recital April 17

Maria Larionoff, concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and Robin McCabe, UW piano professor, will perform works by Brahms, Schumann and Faure in the final installment of this year’s Barry Lieberman and Friends series.

Fairy tales are at center of drama schools ‘Secret in the Wings

The lesser-known European fairy tales are in the spotlight as the UW School of Drama presents its production of Secret in the Wings, by Mary Zimmerman. Guest director Julie Beckman brings the play to the Meany Studio Theatre April 17-May 1.

Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin to perform at Meany Hall April 20

Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, hailed as possibly one of the greats of the new century, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Meany Hall, as part of the UW World Series.

‘Saxophone Night at Brechemin Auditorium April 20

Students of Michael Brockman will take the spotlight in “Saxophone Night,” an annual evening of music for solo performers and quartets, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Brechemin Auditorium.

‘The Encyclopedia Show takes on topic of bears April 22

The Encyclopedia Show, a “live literary variety show being staged independently in 10 cities around the world,” will play in 210 Kane at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22.

Poets to visit as part of UW Common Books celebration of National Poetry Month

Nationally-acclaimed poets Philip Levine and Ken Arkind will share their work and answer questions at “Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance” as part of the UW Common Books celebration of National Poetry Month. The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Kane Hall.

Banana slugs and hissing cockroaches: Continuing the UW tradition of training biology teachers

“How do you tell the sex of a banana slug?” Its a typical question in Biology 492A, biology for teachers, a popular class that graduates often describe as “the most practical class Ive ever taken.”

Teaching and Learning Symposium set for April 19

The 7th Annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Kane Hall.

Global Business Case Competition finals open to public April 16

Student participants have come from as far away as Thailand, China, Brazil and New Zealand for the 2011 Global Business Case Competition, April 11 to 16, and the public is invited to watch the “final four” on April 16.

Child safety experts advise that children ride in rear-facing car seats until age two

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new passenger safety guidelines for children. Dr. Beth Ebel, director of Harborview’s Injury Prevention Center, tells how to keep children safe every ride, every time.

UW Poetry Film Series

W.H. Auden likened poets to makers of “verbal objects.” Filmmakers attempt to bring those objects to life. As part of National Poetry Month — and in connection with the 2011 Common Book, You Are Never Where You Are — the UW Libraries is presenting a series of films with poetry connections. The selection ranges from…

April 12, 2011

New book by UW geographers describes social influences on Seattle — see video

Liberal yet conservative, cosmopolitan but close to wilderness, postindustrial while still strong in manufacturing. UW geographers explain how the Emerald City acquired its contradictions and stereotypes.

April 11, 2011

Social wasps show how bigger brains provide complex cognition — see slideshow

UW neurobiologists studied 10 species of social wasps and report that bigger-brained wasps devoted more brain space to complex thinking, implying that smaller-brained wasps can never get ahead.

Factors influencing obesity is topic of 2011 Annual Science in Medicine Lecture April 13

Dr. Arya Sharma, a world-recognized expert on obesity and its prevention and management, will speak at the UW April 13. He will talk about systematically assessing influences on eating, metabolism, and activity that contribute to excess weight.

April 10, 2011

West Antarctic warming triggered by warmer sea surface in tropical Pacific

New research shows that rising sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drive atmospheric circulation that has caused some of the largest shifts in Antarctic climate in recent decades.

April 7, 2011

SR 520 eastbound ramp to Montlake to close temporarily

The off-ramp from eastbound State Route 520 to Montlake Boulevard will close during the early morning hours Saturday, April 9, and Monday, April 11, so crews can deliver and remove equipment for geotechnical drilling work.

Free software makes computer mouse easier for people with disabilities

As the population ages, more people are having trouble with motor control, but a University of Washington team has invented two mouse cursors that make clicking targets a whole lot easier.

UW Libraries to participate in statewide Snapshot Day April 12

Libraries staff and students will wield cameras, solicit comments, and gather statistics for a 24-hour period to illustrate the value of libraries through stories, photographs and statistics.

April 6, 2011

Sudden cardiac death affects about 1 in 44,000 NCAA athletes a year

Athletic training and competition can increase the risk of sudden death in college students with underlying heart disease. The new data — higher than many estimates — could influence screening guidelines for sport physicals.

Solar research in the spotlight: Kane Hall event and live webcast on UWTV

The deans of Engineering, Arts & Sciences and the College of the Environment will participate in a lecture that shines a light on UW research in solar energy. The talk, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, is at capacity but UWTV will host a live webcast.

Amount of AIDS virus in genital secretions predicts risk of heterosexual transmission

The link between higher reproduction of the virus in the genital tracts and the increased risk transmitting HIV to others may reveal biological mechanisms of disease spread during sexual activity, and may suggest new strategies to reduce infection.

School of Pharmacy dean emeritus honored for research excellence

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has honored Sid Nelson for his many contributions to pharmaceutic sciences, including work leading to safer medications.

UW scientist named School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumna

Dr. Gail Anderson attended the UW as an undergraduate and graduate student, and then pursued her career here. This month she will receive the School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumna Award for her work on drug treatments for brain injuries and epilepsy.

Six UW students named 2011 Magnuson Scholars in the health sciences

Six 2011 Magnuson Scholars have been chosen, one from each UW health science school. The scholarship is named for the late Sen. Warren Magnuson, who strove to improve the nation’s health through government support for medical research and care for those in need.

April 18 is coming, and UW business students are helping to ease the pain

Struggling over taxes? Consider the student members of the UWs Beta Alpha Psi, who had already completed 343 returns by the end of February, and they arent even their own.

Trash-In 2011: A snapshot of campus recycling, composting on April 13

How far has the campus come in recycling and composting? You have to dig through the trash to tell, and that’s just what folks at the UW Recycling & Solid Waste office will do April 13 in the annex alongside the Bryants Building.

Learn do-it-yourself efficiency, savings at the Home Improvement Fair April 13

Even in a recession, you can do things to increase your homes energy efficiency and also save money. Learn how at the annual Home Improvement Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Mary Gates Commons.

Match Day is a family affair for graduating medical students

Every March, the nation’s graduating medical students find out where they will spend their next several years of training. On March 17, National Residency Match Day 2011, UW medical students gathered in Hogness Lobby to open their placement letters with friends, families, and faculty mentors at their sides.

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

Awards for librarian Leslie Bussert, social work lecturer James H. Williams and professors Nancy Hooyman and Susan Kemp; statistician Jon Wellner, philosophy professor emeritus Karl Potter; and comparative literature professor Marshall Brown and more. Plus, the UW Tacomas Joy Building is honored. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues — and, um, buildings.

Early Bloomers Plant Sale April 9 at the Arboretum

Young shrubs, small trees, conifers, bonsai starts, and early blooming perennials are on sale Saturday, April 9, at the Arboretum.

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