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August 17, 2011

A Seattle accent? Study looks at ‘perceptual dialectology — accents we think we have

“What people say about language has nothing to do with language,” says Betsy Evans, assistant professor of linguistics. “It has to do with what they believe about the people who use that language.” Shes started studying those beliefs in the Northwest.

Lost and Found Film: ‘Kazakh Reel 6

Scenes of village life are featured in this weeks film, “Kazakh Reel 6,” but can you help with the location, who is depicted, and why it was filmed?


Work by UW profs included in ‘100 New Scientific Discoveries’ collection

Projects involving Marsha Linehan, psychology; Donald Brownlee, astronomy; Gaetano Borriello, computer science; Evan Eichler’s genome science lab; and Connie Celum and Jared Baeten of the International Clinical Research Center were among those included in a TIME Books collection of “100 New Scientific Discoveries.”

New signs of visibility for recently-moved Surplus Property

New signage at the Plant Services Building is helping remind the campus community of Surplus Propertys new location.

Newsmakers, Aug. 18

Arctic ice retreat, testing a new drug, a Native American tribes acceptance of gay marriage and a UW study on life expectancy in the rural south were all subjects of comments by UW professors.

Official Notices, Aug. 18

A regents meeting, some blood drives and a legal notice about improvements to IMA Field #1

Inside a UW Medicine O.R.: Robotic-assisted liver resection surgery

A UW Medical Center surgical team performed the third laparoscopic, robot-assisted liver surgery Aug. 11. The patient, a woman with cancer, is recovering well.

UW named Americas 'coolest' school by Sierra Magazine

“Sierra Magazine” has named the UW the top university in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit contributions to global warming. Schools were ranked on efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments and more, and the award includes all three UW campuses.

Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.

August 16, 2011

UW researchers to host landmark hepatitis C conference in Seattle Sept. 8-12

Seattle, one of the world leaders in hepatitis C research and treatment, will be hosting a landmark conference on hepatitis C Sept. 8-12 involving 800 people, including the discoverer of the virus affecting more people than HIV.

Poverty rates the same as in mid-1960s, but far more kids are poor

Fewer seniors but more children are poor since the War on Poverty began more than 40 years ago. Also, despite persistent efforts in both the public and private sectors, poverty rates in the U.S. have remained stubbornly the same since the mid-1960s.

August 15, 2011

UW Medicine study finds caffeine guards against certain ultraviolet-induced skin cancers at molecular level

Caffeine guards against certain skin cancers at the molecular level, according to a study appearing online August 15, 2011, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Younger siblings of children with autism have one in five chance of autism diagnosis

Parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder face a 19 percent chance of having additional children diagnosed with the disorder, according to a new study co-authored by the UW Autism Center.

August 12, 2011

A little evening music: Two concerts coming, on campus and off

The School of Music will offer two musical evenings of different types and in different locations, both on Thursday Aug. 18. The UW Summer Concert Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. outside Meany Hall, and the University Summer Chorale will perform an innovative new piece at 7:30 p.m. at University Lutheran Church.

August 10, 2011

Russian language instruction and teaching aided this summer by new grant

A collaboration between the UW and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is just about to finish its first-year pilot of programs that expand teaching and instruction in Russian.

TB antibody detection tests fail to diagnose tuberculosis accurately

Misdiagnosis remains a major obstacle for control of the TB epidemic. Findings from UW and related studies prompt a World Health Organization policy asking health officials not to use these tests.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Anita Ramasastry is named secretary of the Uniform Law Commission,Jessica Lundquist named an emerging leader by “Diversity MBA Magazine” and Zipcar honors the UW. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Physicians, dentists plot new approaches to childrens oral health

An estimated 30 percent of toddlers and preschoolers already have tooth decay. Dentistry and pediatrics leaders gathered in Seattle to collaborate on improving kids’ oral health.

Cardboard metropolis: Middle-schoolers collaborate to create model city

A small city is growing on the floor of a classroom in the School of Art Building, created by middle school students in a Summer Youth Programs class on community architecture.

Decline in unions accounts for one-third of the growth in wage inequality among male, private sector workers

A new study co-authored by a UW sociologist shows that unions have as much a role as education level in equalizing earnings between low- and high-paid workers, and that balancing force influences pay for nonunion workers.

Official Notices, Aug. 11

Grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center conducts a smoking cessation study.

Bankers, businessmen, bicyclists and more — UW hosts visitors all summer

They come to campus each summer by the hundreds — students, teachers, athletes, cheerleaders, musicians, techies, accountants, businessmen, bankers, bicyclists and more. From days — sometimes hours — after spring quarter ends to just before the new school year starts, the UW plays host to all manner of summer groups, camps and conferences.

Greater flexibility with federal dollars would help state education agencies boost school improvement

State education agencies could do more to help their local school districts improve under-performing schools, according to a new study at the UWs Center on Reinventing Public Education.

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.

Local, diverse catering companies shine at Business Diversity Programs event

About 200 members of the UW community got to chat with and sample fare from several local, diverse catering companies at the fourth annual Business Connections Catering Event on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 9, 2011

Study of abalone spawning could have implications for human reproduction

A UW biologist is among scientists who for the first time have been able to study interactions between individual sperm and eggs of red abalone in conditions similar to its ocean surroundings, work that could have implications for improving fertilization in humans.

Lost and Found Films: ‘The American Dream, 1965

Still images of famous people and the titles “The American Dream” and “The Living End?!” make for an odd little film. Can you help Hannah Palin, UW film archives specialist, figure out who made this and why?


August 8, 2011

J.W. Harrington named vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Tacoma

James W. Harrington, Jr., a UW professor and recent chairman of the Faculty Senate, will become vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Tacoma Sept. 1.

An abnormally warm decade is part of the new ‘normal’

On July 1, the 30-year average temperatures used to determine “normal” changed, dropping the decade of the 1970s and adding the decade of 2001 through 2010. As a result, normal temperatures are now a bit warmer.

August 5, 2011

Music choices abound at Up Your Ave Music Festival Aug 5-13

Looking for some good live music near the UW? The Up Your Ave Music Festival will offer folk, jazz, soul, reggae, bluegrass, rock, ska, comedy — and even accordion music — Aug. 5-13 at a number of locations throughout the University District.

Around the world, with medical genetics

Mercy Laurino, a graduate student in the Institute for Public Health Genetics, has had an illustrious career at a young age. She was part of a team -— including collaborators from Seattle Children’s — that helped launch the Pediatric Neurogenetics Clinic at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability in November 2005.

August 4, 2011

'Seattle Met' recognizes160 UW Medicine top doctors for 2011

The magazine’s August issue lists its selection of the Puget Sound region’s leading physicians. The selection is based on a 10-point rating from the national firm Avvo.

Consumers who follow federal nutrition guidelines may have higher food costs, UW researchers say

If you try to eat healthier these days, and follow federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, its likely that youre eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. It also means that your grocery bill is increasing, according to University of Washington researchers from the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

August 3, 2011

Collaboration yields guide-to-go for flowers at Mount Rainier

Whats in a name? Lots, if you like plants. David Gilbin of the Burke Museum and UW alumnus Donovan Tracy have created a guide to help hikers at our famous mountain learn about the flowers they encounter. (See slide show.)

A lazy life for gull friends in Drumheller Fountain

Two baby Glaucous winged sea gulls took up residence in the fountain this week as they grew feathers and prepared to take wing.

Lost and Found Films: ‘UW Penthouse, circa 1956

Scenes from the UW Penthouse Theatre as it was in 1956. Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections,is looking for any information available. Can you help?


UW graduate students win fellowships to work with state agencies

UW graduate students Bridget Emmett, Heather Gibbs and Clara Hard have won three of the four Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowships this year, and will be putting their marine science and policy skills to work for the state of Washington.

Shes got that swing: Bethany Staelens sings jazz as few can

She might have been a star as a jazz singer, but at Seattles Tulas she still is. And each workday Bethany Staelens stars at Educational Outreach.

Historical mystery set in UW electrical engineering lab

UW Bothell graduate Bernadette Pajer has published a mystery novel that takes place more than a century ago on the UW campus. The story is fictional, but the details of the setting, the time period and the technology are real.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photol. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

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