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August 2, 2011

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

Beaton is an expert on the causes and effects of occupational stress on firefighters and paramedics.

When mosquitoes bite, take antihistamines for relief

Mosquitoes bug anyone who ventures outdoors. Take steps to repel these buzzing annoyances, and if bitten, know how to treat the itch and recognize severe reactions.

Digital photos can animate a face so it ages and moves before your eyes

Computer scientists have created a way to take images from the web or personal photos collections and in seconds create an animation of a persons face. The tool can make a face appear to age over time, or gradually change the expression from a smile to a frown.

August 1, 2011

Did you think it was a cold spring? Now you have the proof

A University of Washington researcher has found that, at least by one measure, this spring was the coldest on record for the state and that Seattle’s last two springs have been the cloudiest since cloud-cover records started 50 years ago.

Kids anxiety, depression halved when parenting styled to personality

When it comes to rearing children, just about any parent will say that what works with one kid might not work with another. But which parenting styles work best with which kids? A study by UW psychologists provides advice about tailoring parenting to childrens personalities.

July 28, 2011

Official Notices, July 28

A notice on site evaluation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

July 27, 2011

UW named ‘Best Buy school by 'Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012'

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, in print for more than 25 years, takes into account costs, academic quality and student life.

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.

Lost and Found Films: ‘University District, circa 1965

Two young women walk in the University District in about 1965, apparently shopping. But what are they shopping for, and why was the film made? Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, is looking for any information available. Can you help?


UW Libraries new digital portal opens state Labor Archives for deep research

UW Libraries staff and students have created a new online portal to access collections of photos, articles and more on the history of labor in Washington state. It’s the Labor Archives Digital Resources Portal.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

The Seattle Storm honor Barbara Trask and Shwetak Patel is named a 2011 Microsoft Research Fellow. The latest accomplishments of your campus colleagues.


Matt Barreto on politics; Dr. John Amory on male contraception and Adam Drewnowski on nutrition.

Art houses: ‘Mad Homes exhibit brings art to the neighborhood

The UWs Jacob Lawrence Gallery is offering this special exhibit in partnership with the Mad Art Project, which is using a group of old homes on North Capitol Hill to create art.

Henry to screen documentary about webs effect on society

The Henry Art Gallery will screen the documentary “We Live in Public” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 in its auditorium. The film reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris.

Sound Transit seeks artists for Brooklyn, Roosevelt stations

The lead artist in each station will work with architects and engineers to produce unique works of art to be integrated into the stations.

UW Combined Fund Drive a finalist for award — and you can help

The UWs workplace giving campaign has been selected as a finalist in the “Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group” award category given by StayClassy, a marketing organization for nonprofits. The UW community can help by voting for the CFD, improving its chances.

Best foot forward: Dr. Michael Brage

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Brage is newly arrived at the Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute, but he is no stranger to Seattle or Harborview Medical Center. Hansen asked his former fellow to return as his successor.

Microgravity team conducts experiments on NASA's 'vomit comet'

Eight students lurched, tumbled and floated through an unforgettable final lab project last month. Participants in NASAs Microgravity University in Houston spent the last week of their undergraduate careers carrying out an experiment they designed for testing in a reduced-gravity environment.

July 26, 2011

College-educated undocumented young adults face same narrow range of jobs as their parents

A new survey of life trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults raised and educated in America shows that they end up with the same labor jobs as their parents, working in construction, restaurants, cleaning and childcare services.

July 25, 2011

16 UW faculty members named to state academy of sciences

Sixteen UW faculty members are among the 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.

Materials scientist John Cahn awarded international Kyoto Prize

John Cahn, a UW affiliate professor in the departments of physics and materials science & engineering, has won an international Kyoto Prize, sometimes described as Japan’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Cahn is recognized for his work describing and predicting the behavior of mixtures of materials.

July 22, 2011

New target found for nitric oxide's attack on Salmonella bacteria

Nitric oxide, which is naturally produced in the nose and gut, disrupts the energy sources of many types of bacteria. Learning how it does this may lead to new antimicrobials or ways to promote the body’s own defenses against infection.

The cable has landed: Ocean science history in the making — with slideshow

Submarine cables for the nations first regional cabled ocean observatory, a project led by the University of Washington, made landfall last week on the Oregon coast.


July 21, 2011

Adolescent boys among those most affected by Washington state parental military deployment: UW study

A new study from researchers at the University of Washington concludes that parental military deployment is associated with impaired well-being among adolescents, especially adolescent boys.

July 20, 2011

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

How well do you know the campus? Try your luck with the Mystery Photo and you might win a prize.

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer

John Sahr is an excellent professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, but a lousy zombie killer. He’s not much better as a zombie, but he enjoys being both in the student-created game.

Newsmakers July 21

Comments on the Thai election by Charles Keyes, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair by Pepper Schwartz, childhood sports injuries and sperm damage by John Amory, crows with grudges by John Marzluff and partner therapy for STDs by Matthew Golden.

Self defense classes still open at the Womens Center

The UW Women’s Center is offering two self defense classes this summer, and there is still room to register. Classes are open to all.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Palo Alto Home,’ circa 1959

Two women happily leaf through a scrapbook in a garden and are then joined by an older man in this weeks mystery film, from 1959. Are these folks related to the UW in any way? Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, wants to know. Can you help?


A woodworking IT crew? Entrepreneurial spirit reigns in Classroom Support Services

A small UW support unit is turning its entrepreneurial skills into a major asset, improving technology in classrooms and offering low-cost, high-quality service. A background in woodworking has come in handy, too.

Whats behind that ‘bicycle friendly designation?

The UW did a lot to earn a place in the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Universities” program.

How is the UW doing in sustainability? Watch the ‘sustainability dashboard and see

A new website created by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office tracks the UW’s efforts in sustainability and reveals areas where more work is needed.

Two from UW win Friends of the National Institute of Nursing research awards

Carol Landis was honored for her work on sleep disturbances, and Pamela Mitchell was recognized for improving care for patients with cardiovascular or neurological disorders.

Battle of the bugs: Pseudomonas breaches cell walls of rival bacteria without hurting itself

Microbiologists have uncovered a sneaky trick by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to oust rivals. It deploys a toxin delivery machine to breach cell walls of competitors without hurting itself. Its means of attack helps it survive in the outside environment and may even help it cause infection.

UW Medicine ranks high in U.S. News & World Reports 2011 Best Hospitals rankings

Hospitals in the UW Medicine system placed highly in the latest U.S. News rankings, as did specific patient-care specialties.

July 19, 2011

Race matters when recruiting, retaining undergraduate women engineers

A new study of female engineering students perceived challenges finds significant differences between black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American and white women. The findings could help institutions better attract and retain particular underrepresented student populations.

Gene therapy delivered once to blood vessel wall protects against atherosclerosis in rabbit studies

A one-dose method for delivering gene therapy into an arterial wall in rabbits effectively protects the artery from developing atherosclerosis despite ongoing high blood cholesterol. In the future, researchers hope to test whether this gene-delivery method works in heart bypass grafts.

July 15, 2011

Colonoscopy tops list of screening tests for men

Men can take charge of their health by following age-appropriate screening guidelines and taking preventive steps.

July 14, 2011

Fiber arts exhibit shows off work of certificate program graduates

Connecting Threads, an exhibition of fiber artwork by alumni of the University of Washington Certificate in Fiber Arts Program, will be on display July 15-Sept. 30 in the fourth floor mezzanine of the UW Tower.

UW will lead $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface

The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the UW. The interdisciplinary center will combine neuroscience and robotics to develop new rehabilitation technologies.

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