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October 5, 2011

Two men, two pianos: Taborn and Burns perform in Brechemin

Craig Taborn and Gust Burns, two leaders of east and west coast piano innovation, debut their new collaborative two-pianos project at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Two UW public health researchers win NIH Early Independence Awards

Biostatistician Dr. Daniela Witten and epidemiologist Nicola Basta were chosen for their drive and maturity to flourish as young scientists.

October 4, 2011

Sixteen regions of the genetic code newly discovered to influence lung function

The discovery of 16 additional sections of the human genome that influence lung function brings the total known variants to 26. These findings in the genetic code hold promise for future screenings and treatment of lung disease.

Epidemiologist notes oral health challenges in Asia at Dentistrys annual Research Day

Dr. Waranuch Pitiphat of Thailands Khon Kaen University urged UW dental students to consider global oral health research. At the poster presentation after her talk, Peter Yamamura won the annual dental student research competition.

Hormonal contraception use doubles HIV risk, according to UW study in Lancet

A UW-led study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows a troubling link between hormonal contraception and HIV. The study is getting widespread press coverage because of the popularity of injectable birth control like Depo-Provera in parts of Africa hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.

Dentistry wins grant to expand oral health training in Thailand

The Fogarty International Center award is part of a federal effort to ameliorate the epidemic of non-communicable diseases in developing countries.


October 3, 2011

Community effort brings lasting drop in smoking, delinquency, drug use

Tenth graders in towns using Communities That Care, a prevent system developed by UW School of Social Work researchers, were less likely to have tried drinking or smoking and showed less delinquent behavior.


September 30, 2011

New leader for electrical engineering

The UW Department of Electrical Engineering has appointed a new chairman, Vikram Jandhyala, professor of electrical engineering.

September 28, 2011

British ambassador to U.S.: Partnerships, higher ed are key in responding to Asian growth

Nations such as China and India are surging ahead, but the West should be careful not to overestimate, misinterpret the changes or “become paralyzed by fear of our own decline,” British ambassador to the U.S. Nigel Sheinwald told a UW international studies class during a visit to campus.

Two new student residence halls, and an increased commitment to sustainability

A new era in University of Washington student housing is beginning this month as Housing & Food Services opens two new buildings — one with student apartments and the other a residence hall with a powerful commitment to sustainability.

Lost & Found Films: ‘Coulee Cleanup, Outtakes

Its 1937 in Grand Coulee, Washington. A sign in a store window says, “Were out breaking our backs, tearing down old shacks. Cleaning up our city.” Anyone know any more? Is this film related to the UW?


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.

UW Bothell to offer limited tours of restored wetlands

Register now for tours of the UW Bothell wetlands, set for Oct. 8 and Nov. 4.

UW games by the numbers: Craig Heyamoto, statistics crew chief

Since New Years Day in 1960, Craig Heyamoto has either attended, watched on television or listened on the radio to all but two UW football games. And for 34 years hes headed the crew that keeps statistics for UW home football games.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Mac Parks shares an award from the National Communication Association with UW alum Kory Floyd; Frances McCue wins a Washington State Book Award for poetry; a journal article by W. Lance Bennett is among the top-cited for 2010; Amanda Bruner, Lekelia Jenkins and Sharon Sutton are honored by Northwest Asian Weekly for environmental work, and the UW is noted for environmental achievment by Seattle Magazine and the Princeton Review.

Official Notices, Sept. 29

Friday Harbor is available for scholarly pursuits, grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center conducts a smoking cessation study.

Genome map of advanced, lethal prostate cancers reveals 'hypermutations'

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW scientists have conducted the first comprehensive assessment of DNA errors that drive advanced prostate cancer.

Carpe Diem String Quartet to perform at Meany

The Carpe Diem String Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Meany Hall. The group will perform works by Sowash, Mendelssohn, Monti, Piazzola and its own violist, Korine Fujiwara.

Viewers control dancer electronically in ‘Mannequin

Dancer David Wolbrecht will wear electroluminescent wire that glows like neon, and viewers will press a computer touch screen to control his movements. Its all to promote the next exhibit of the UW Photographers Group.

Pilobolus kicks off dance series at Meany Hall

Pilobolus kicks off the 2011-12 World Dance Series at Meany Hall with a program of fan favorites. Their performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6-8.

Two from UW visit White House as NSF announces new work-life balance initiative

Pretty cool: Kate Huntington and Gina Schmalzle of Earth and space sciences attend a White House ceremony hosted by Michelle Obama. Even cooler: NSF makes changes allowing early-career faculty to more easily care for dependents while continuing their work.

UW law professor named a judge of High Court of Kenya

Joel Ngugi, associate professor of law, was recently appointed a judge of the High Court of Kenya, which has unlimited original jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters and is primary on constitutional issues.

Making justice known: Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal

Seventeen years ago, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, mostly members of the Tutsi tribe, were massacred in only 100 days. Now, as remaining court judgments are rendered, “Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal” presents a record of what has been done with an interactive website that brings together video interviews with judges, lawyers, interpreters, investigators and other personnel.

Flu myths: Hear what UW Medicine doctors have to say

Don’t let myths about the flu keep you from taking steps to ward off infection.

NW biofuels coming of age with $80 million in separate projects led by UW, WSU

The University of Washington and Washington State University are leads for two separate grants of $40 million each that will use Pacific Northwest woody biomass to expand whats been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and northern California.

Know the facts about the flu: Stay healthy this flu season

The flu season is about to begin. UW Medicine infection control experts Drs. Estella Whimby and Timothy Dellit tell how you and your family can keep influenza and its complications at bay.

September 27, 2011

Two UW scientists honored by President Obama

Two UW faculty members were announced by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic holds open house

UW Medicine hosts an open house Saturday, October 1, at a new primary care clinic in the Ravenna neighborhood near University Village.

September 26, 2011

Is your office green enough to be certified?

The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) office has created a Green Office Certification Program.

Dawg Dash, Oct. 23, is last chance to run on Husky Stadium's track

This year’s Dawg Dash is your last chance to run on the Husky Stadium track.

Returning genetic results to study participants will be addressed nationally

Holly Tabor, a UW and Seattle Children’s bioethics scholar, is among the experts in law, medicine and ethics to receive a NIH grant Sept. 26 to look at if, when and how the results of genome studies should be told to research participants.

Dieter Fox to co-lead new Intel Science and Technology Center

UW computer scientist Dieter Fox will co-lead an Intel Science and Technology Center that will focus on “pervasive” computing, which aims to incorporate computing and sensing into everyday devices and environments.

September 22, 2011

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice

Relatively accurate predictions for summer sea ice extent in the Arctic can be made the previous autumn, but forecasting more than five years into the future requires understanding of the impact of climate trends on the ice pack.

September 21, 2011

Provost's Search Committee to hold community meetings in early October

The Provost Search Committee will be holding a series of community meetings in October, seeking advice on the characteristics that the committee should seek in a new provost, who will be selected from within the university.

33 percent drop in physical bullying in schools using Steps to Respect

Schools using Steps to Respect saw a reduction in physical bullying and in the number of teachers reporting fighting as a big problem, according to a new study from researchers in the UW School of Social Work.


2011 Optical Society of America Boynton Lecture presented by Dennis M. Dacey

Noted UW vision researcher Dennis M. Dacey presented the prestigious Robert M. Boynton Lecture, “Neural origins of color and spatial coding in theprimate retina” at the recent Optical Society of America Vision Conference held at the UW.

UW Medicine & The Seattle Public Library Medical Lecture Series kicks off Oct. 5

At the first talk, Dr. Kim Allison will describe her experiences as a breast pathologist and breast cancer survivor. In coming months, UW Medicine faculty will inform the public on plastic surgery, stroke, pain management, colorblindness research, and healthful eating on a tight budget.

September 20, 2011

New director of UW Tacoma Institute of Technology is right-brain/left-brain leader

Rob Friedman, a professor with degrees in both the humanities and information science, is the new director of University of Washington Tacomas Institute of Technology.

Visionary innovator wins MacArthur ‘genius’ award

Shwetak Patel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering who explores how people and computers interact, has been named one of this years MacArthur Fellows.


Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things

Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things.

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