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May 23, 2011

Memorial planned for UW emeritus Professor Eugene Vance

Vance, 77, a UW professor emeritus of French, comparative literature and comparative religion, died May 14 in the crash of a one-seat, lightweight plane at Arlington Municipal Airport. He will be remembered in a gathering on Friday, May 27.

May 22, 2011

Scientists find odd twist in slow ‘earthquakes:’ tremor running backwards

UW scientists find that in an unfelt, weeks-long seismic phenomenon called episodic tremor and slip, the tremor can suddenly reverse direction and travel back through areas of the fault that it had ruptured in preceding days.

May 18, 2011

UWs new ‘Pact with Students a response to changing times

A changed environment for higher education in Washington is prompting creation of a formal “Pact with Students” that delineates the Universitys commitment to carrying out its vision. The pact states, simply, “the quality of the student experience will always be our primary goal.”

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

UW Psychology Professor Jeansok Kim honored by the Association for Psychological Science, and staffer G. Robin Smith will give a performance of his one-man show of Benjamin Franklin.

Student discovery on display at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Nearly 900 of the University of Washingtons undergraduates will showcase their contributions to research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest in University history. The symposium is from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Mary Gates Hall.

Dr. Martha Somerman named to receive Harvard dental schools highest honor

Dr. Martha J. Somerman, dean of the UW School of Dentistry, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Paul Goldhaber Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The award, which is the Harvard dental schools highest honor, goes to a recipient who is held in the highest international esteem in his or her field relating to oral and systemic health.

Protostars: Girls with their eyes on the skies

Proposed by a high school astronomy enthusiast, the group seeks to bring together girls 12 to 16 years old to learn about telescope operation, data reduction and more.

Keywords for Video Game Studies group ends year with colloquium

Keywords for Video Games Studies will hold a year-end colloquium on Saturday, May 21.

UW Bothell to co-host North End Community Health Fair

UW Bothell and the Childrens Home Society of Washingtons North Seattle Family Center are hosting the North End Community Health Fair on Tuesday, May 24.

A ‘FUN event at UW Bothells Center For Serious Play

UW Bothells Center for Serious Play is hosting the Futures of Unconventional Narrative Beta conference on May 20. Its an interactive event exploring the intersection between games and stories.

Susan Avila-Smith, veterans group founder, to speak on sexual assault in the military

Susan Avila-Smith, founder of a nonpartisan group for American service members and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in 120 Kane.

Peter Gries of University of Oklahoma to speak on US-China relations, perceptions

Gries will give a presentation titled “How Americans and Chinese Think and Feel About Each Other and the World” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, in 220 Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

UW Contemporary Group features Quantum String Quartet, rarely performed work

An evening of music by the UW Contemporary Group will feature faculty and students, a rarely performed group of madrigals and a new contemporary chamber choir. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Meany Studio The

University Chorale, Gospel Choir to perform spring concerts

The UW Chorale, directed by Giselle Wyers; and the UW Gospel Choir, directed by Phyllis Byrdwell, will perform in different venues on May 23.

Avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan at UW for 2-day residency, public concert

World-renowned avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan will visit campus for a two-day residency, including a free afternoon workshop, the screening of a 2004 documentary about her and an evening recital on May 26.

Director of Stieg Larsson films Daniel Alfredson to visit UW

Fans of author Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian crime fiction, take note: Daniel Alfredson is scheduled to speak at the UW on Wednesday, May 25.

Wind Ensemble, symphonic, and concert bands gather for concert

The UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band will perform music by Percy Grainger, John Adams and Clifton Williams in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Meany Hall.

China fossil shows bird, crocodile family trees split earlier than thought

A fossil of a creature that died about 247 million years ago, originally thought to be a distant relative of both birds and crocodiles, actually came from the crocodile family tree after it had already split from the bird family tree, a UW researcher has found.

Disability Awareness Week offers variety of events

From May 23 thru May 28, the ASUW Student Disability Commission will be hosting Disability Awareness Week, including a panel discussion on the future of accessible technology, an evening of disability poetry and art, a flash mob that highlights different forms of communication and a deaf storytelling night.

‘First I Dream: Women of Color Collective Dialoguing Difference Conference looks at the role of imagination

The Women of Color Collective was formed in 2009 because many such women felt their voices were not being heard on campus. Now the collective is going strong, and will hold its third annual Dialoguing Difference conference May 25-27 on the UW campus.

May 17, 2011

The University of Washington Pact with Students

“The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship.” UW Vision and Values Based on our Vision statement, the University of Washington makes these commitments to our students: First, the quality of the student experience will always be…

Real nature beats technological stand-ins for human well-being

In a new book, a University of Washington psychologist argues that to flourish, humans need exposure to the natural world.

May 16, 2011

‘For our community and our economy: U-Link light rail construction launched

A new era for transportation at the UW began Monday,May 16, with the official launching — amid speeches, smiles and blustery weather — of the two tunnel-boring machines that will carve out a new light rail link from the UW to Capitol Hill.

Farm-to-table dinner May 26 at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

The UW Farm and UW Department of Anthropology will host a fundraising dinner and reception featuring local, seasonal foods. “A Taste of Spring” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.

Sporadic mutations identified in children with autism spectrum disorders

UW genome scientists have identified several sporadic mutations in children with autism spectrum disorder. By analyzing the protein-coding portions of the genome in 20 individuals with the disorder and in their parents, the researchers found 21 newly occurring mutations.

Digital imaging software creates a ‘Google Earth view of the bladder

A more automated approach to bladder exams could be cheaper, more comfortable and more convenient. The system would use the UWs ultrathin laser endoscope, which is like a thin piece of cooked spaghetti, in combination with software that automatically creates a 3-D panorama of the bladder interior.

May 13, 2011

Scientists design new anti-flu virus proteins using computational methods

Scientists have demonstrated the use of computational methods to design new antiviral proteins not found in nature, but capable of targeting specific surfaces of flu virus molecules. The researchers created a protein that disabled the part of the 1918 pandemic flu virus involved in invading respiratory tract cells.

May 12, 2011

Latvian poet Mara Zalite to visit UW

Mara Zalite, a leading poet and playwright from Latvia, will visit the UW campus Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 and 18, and give a reading of her poetry.

School of Music presents Jazz Innovations I and II

Student jazz ensembles coached by Marc Seales, Cuong Vu, Tom Collier and Steve Korn will perform “Jazz Innovations I and II” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, in Brechemin Auditorium.

UW College of Education launches new accelerated teacher certification program for Teach For America participants

With UW Accelerated Certification for Teachers — called U-ACT for short — the College of Education will become the credential program provider in Washington state for Teach For America.

May 11, 2011

Recently passed bill helps give youthful offenders second chances

Thanks to students at the UW Child and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Gov. Chris Gregoire will on Thursday, May 2 sign a bill that bans private credit reporting agencies from selling a youths criminal records after he or she turns 21.

Ali Tarhouni reflects on decision to leave UW, help lead Libyan opposition

Ali Tarhouni, a senior lecturer in finance and business economics, recently left the UW to become oil and finance minister for the group leading opposition to Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The work is obviously difficult, but “after all these years,” Tarhouni said, “I welcome the challenge.”

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.

Health services professor Edward Wagner wins William B. Graham Prize

Wagner founded the Group Health Research Institute. He will receive the prize from the Baxter International Foundation and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration this June.

Harborview dietitian Marilyn Shelton noted for nutritional support for trauma and ICU patients

Marilyn Shelton provides complex nutrition support for trauma and intensive care unit patients at Harborview Medical Center. The Washington State Dietetic Association has presented her with its Clinical Practice and Research Award for Excellence.

The Tower Green Fair: Making sustainability fun (with chocolate and donuts)

The UW Tower Green Fair will be held in the UW Tower cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, bringing UW people and units involved in green initiatives together with local nonprofit groups and businesses that also think green.

Sound Transit slates open houses on new stations

Sound Transit will be hosting several open houses to show the current design plans for new stations, including the one in the University District, and to hear thoughts and ideas from the community.

Get advice on saving letters, photos and more at preservation roadshow

A number of staff from the UW Libraries will be participating in the Seattle Archives Preservation Roadshow on May 14 at the National Archives and Records Administration regional office, 6125 Sand Point Way NE. The event is designed to help the public learn how to preserve their treasured family and personal materials.

Keep control of your allergy, asthma symptoms

The peak season for grass and weed allergies has started. Kelsy Platt, an advanced nurse practitioner at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic in Factoria, has some tips to keep allergies and asthma from limiting your summer plans.

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