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July 13, 2011

Wood products part of winning carbon-emissions equation, researchers say

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. But rather than just letting the forest sit there for a hundred or more years, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by harvesting regularly and using the wood in place of fossil-fuel intensive steel and concrete.

Global Health's Connie Celum selected for American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association Achievement Award

Celum directs the UWs International Clinical Research Center, which is conducting multiple clinical trials of HIV prevention interventions in Africa involving thousands of volunteers.

Atomic structure discovered for a sodium channel that generates electrical signals in living cells

Sodium channels are pores in the membranes of excitable cells – such as brain nerve cells or beating heart cells – that emit electrical signals. Researchers have obtained a high-resolution crystal structure showing all the atoms of this complex protein molecule and how they relate in three-dimensions.

July 12, 2011

Wireless power could cut cord for patients with implanted heart pumps

A new system to send electricity over short distances has been shown to reliably power a mechanical heart pump. The system could free patients from being tethered to a battery or external power source, lowering their chance of infection and improving their quality of life.

July 7, 2011

Hubble makes one millionth science observation

Earlier this week, NASAs Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanets atmosphere 1,000 light years away, according to a UW faculty member conducts theoretical interpretation of data from the Hubble.

Third Phase of UW Medicine research complex breaks ground in South Lake Union district

UW Medicine, Vulcan Real Estate and the National Development Council have announced the start of construction on the third phase of UW Medicines research hub in Seattles South Lake Union neighborhood. Groundbreaking took place July 6.

July 6, 2011

Chamber of Commerce ‘study mission’ brings visitors to UW campus

Some top business executives and senior government officials in the region came to the University of Washington campus recently as part of the Seattle Study Mission sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

To touch the stars: Online lessons, models bring cosmos to the blind

UW graduate students have designed online lessons to help the blind better experience the wonders of outer space — complete with instructions on how to build small models of celestial bodies.

Construction management professors win grant for new ways to teach

Five professors in the Department of Construction Management have won an HP Catalyst Award that will mean real-time collaborations between UW students and their counterparts at universities elsewhere in the world.

Vendor showcase planned at botanic gardens

The UW Botanic Gardens Vendor Showcase will be held at from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Nearly 50 vendors who have served the gardens rental clients over the years will be on hand.

Cool in a crisis? UW Emergency Management seeks volunteer responders

The UW Emergency Management Office is looking for people — soldiers, not generals — who would be willing to volunteer when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Lost and Found Films: Research at sea

Continuing our series of “orphan films” from Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Special Collections. This week’s film depicts research at sea in about 1969 — but can you help her learn more?


Burke Museum, state Department of Transportation team to house artifacts found during construction

Historical artifacts found by crews on Seattle-area highway projects tell much about the region’s long-buried past, and are sent to the Burke Museum for storage and later study. Now, a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation is helping the Burke greatly expand its storage capacity for such items.

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.

Official Notices, July 7

A regents meeting, a statistical consulting service, English language classes and a blood drive.

Dentistry gives highest teaching award to J. Martin Anderson and Frank Roberts

Anderson, a lecturer, course director and mainstay of the Restorative Dentistry faculty since 1966, received the Rothwell Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberts, associate professor of periodontics since 2004 and dental director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, received the Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award.

Dentistry names Raymond Wilkinson to Schluger chair in periodontics

Wilkinson has been a member of the Graduate Periodontics faculty for 29 years. He is known for his excellence in training residents in sedation and general periodontics — the branch of dentistry concerned with gum and bone diseases.

Wednesday Evenings at the Genome presented to the public in July

The public is invited to hear about fascinating genome research and chat with presenters at “Wednesday Evenings at the Genome” this July. Explore adventures in human evolution, rare disease mysteries, your inner microbial zoo and ghosts from ancient infections.

Get ‘sun smart to prevent skin cancer

The Seattle region is near the bottom of 26 U.S. metropolitan areas when it comes to preventing skin cancer by being “sun smart.” Learn to protect yourself and your family from harmful rays.

Sarah Reichard becomes director of UW Botanic Gardens

A forest resources professor whos an expert on invasive species and rare plants became director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens July 1.

July 5, 2011

Kelsey Knowles selected as UW student regent

Kelsey Knowles, a masters degree candidate in the Evans School of Public Affairs, has been appointed as the University of Washingtons student regent by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The appointment is for one year.

Rose-colored beer goggles: Social benefits of heavy drinking outweigh harms

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, suggesting a new direction for programs targeting binge drinking.

July 1, 2011

UW Nurse Camp creates collegiate opportunities for minority and low-income high school students

The teens will spend a week in July at the UW exploring the nursing profession and what it takes to become a nurse. The camp is made possible by donations from UW School of Nursing faculty, staff and students, and from local community groups and businesses.

June 29, 2011

Florence Ray Stier, UW School of Social Work pioneer faculty member, dies at 93

A memorial service for Florence Ray Stier, who passed away June 15, will be held July 8 in Seattle.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

A joint fellowship at Harvard for Alison J. Head, professional honors for Jon Wellner, Mark Zachry and David Allstot, and a fundraising farewell to Matthew Krashan.

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.

Genetic factor linked to long-term success of leg bypass surgery

Outcomes of bypass surgery to repair blocked arteries in the legs tend to be better in the roughly one-in-five people who have inherited a specific genetic variation from both parents, according to a study presented at the Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 18.

UW alumnus Conrad Liles named associate chair for research, UW Department of Medicine

Dr. W. Conrad Liles, a 1987 graduate of the UW M.D./Ph.D medical scientist program and an expert in immunity to infection, will become the new associate chair for research in the UW Department of Medicine.

Michelle Witt named to lead Meany Hall, UW World Series.

The College of Arts & Sciences has named Michelle Witt as the new executive director of Meany Hall and artistic director of UW World Series. She will begin Aug 1, and work with departing director Matthew Krashan until his September retirement.

Lost and Found films return: Can you help place the footage?

Film archivist Hannah Palin,of UW Libraries Special Collections,is back this summer with more mystery footage. Can you help her figure out the who, what, where and why behind these odd little films? This week: Welcome to 1948.


High-performing charter schools can help close achievement gap, report finds

Evidence shows that urban school districts can help close the achievement gap by drawing upon the experiences of high-performing charter schools, according to a new white paper from the UWs Center on Reinventing Public Education.

UW-curated ‘American Sabor music exhibit heads to the Smithsonian

The exhibit shows the powerful influence of Latino music and culture on the pop mainstream in the years since World War II. Its three UW-based curators could not be more proud (Then comes “American Sabor,” the book.)

CareLink expands: Child, elder care consultations now included

CareLink, the UWs set of services to help UW employees balance work and life, just added consultations for child and elder care. You can learn more online or they’ll send you a brochure if you want.

Summer dining options available for UW campus community

Looking for where to grab lunch on campus during the summer? Housing & Food Services has some convenient dining options.

In case of disaster: A new Emergency Operations Center at UW Tower

UW Emergency Management unveils its new, 5,000-square-foot facility at UW Tower (funded by Homeland Security grants), dedicated to getting the University back in business quickly after a disaster.

June 27, 2011

American Diabetes Association honors physician and educator Dr. Jerry Palmer

The American Diabetes Association’s 2011 Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award was presented to Dr. Jerry Palmer, director, UW Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center and chief, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at the Puget Sound VA.

Seattle survey: Block watches and individual cop recognition promote good opinions of police

A new survey shows that Seattle residents who know or recognize a police officer in their neighborhood and have participated in a block watch or similar program are more likely to regard police positively. And its especially true about people of color.

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Brief, voluntary conversations with a health educator led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for teenagers who frequently used the drug.


June 24, 2011

Introducing the first farmers' market at UW Medical Center June 29

Plaza Cafe will be the scene of UW Medical Center’s first farmers’ market midday June 29. Fresh, local produce, fruit, herbs, flowers, bread and pastries will be available for purchase.

Iceland's president talks about collaboration, economic recovery

A brief visit by the president of Iceland to the UW campus was punctuated by overtures for greater scholarly exchange and some observations about the legacy of the global financial crisis.

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