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October 5, 2011

UW is 25th best university in world in Times ranking

The University of Washington was ranked 25th best university in the world and the fifth-ranked American public university, according to The Times Higher Education Rankings

As 2011 Combined Fund Drive begins, agencies need help ‘now more than ever

A single dollar donated to UNICEF though the UW Combined Fund Drive buys four measles vaccinations, and could save four lives — think what a larger donation could do. The 2011 Combined Fund Drive runs from Oct. 12 to Dec. 2.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Womens Classes, circa 1965

Set your Wayback machines for 1965 again this week as we present this silent, black and white, 96-second film appropriately titled Womens Classes, circa 1965. Anyone know whats going on here?


School of Art honors its founders with exhibit

The UW School of Art presents an exhibit featuring work by its first director, Water Isaacs, and two of the faculty who joined him at the new school — Ray Hill and Boyer Gonzales.

Live jazz accompanies Chamber Dance Companys lively ‘Cantos Gordos — with video

Each year the UW Chamber Dance Company revives classic dances, but they dont often perform to live music. This year, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, theyll do just that. Cantos Gordos, by Bebe Miller, will have accompaniment from an ensemble of accomplished musicians, playing music by jazz great Don Byron.

President Young to address University community Oct. 12

President Michael Youngs first annual address to the University of Washington community will take place from 3:30 to 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in 130 Kane.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity receives $3.96 million GEAR UP grant

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education and will fund GEAR UP programs serving low-income middle and high school students in the Skagit and Yakima Valley regions of Washington state as well as two new districts in the Columbia Basin.

School districts ‘critical friend: Center for Educational Leadership celebrates 10 successful years

The UW College of Educations Center for Educational Leadership is celebrating 10 years of fine work with school districts regionally and across the country, working for equity and excellence in the classroom.

UW Tacoma launches partnership with Zipcar

UW Tacoma has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc. to offer a car-sharing program on campus. Zipcar now will offer cars to UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

Hall Health ready to show off first renovation in 35 years

Hall Health will be showing off its remodeled digs at an open house for the upper campus community from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. An open house for the health sciences community will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Tours will be offered on both days.

Much more than physics: Remembering Common Book author Richard Feynman

The Common Books purpose is to give first-year students a shared experience over a common text. Who better to spark discussion than physicist Richard Feynman, whose 1963 UW lectures comprise the book.

UW Graduate School recognizes outstanding dissertations, thesis

The UW Graduate School has awarded its 2011 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards to Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith and Maria Grigoryeva respectively, and its 6th Chapter Award to John Hoekman.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

MSNBC names UW one of the “most beautiful college campuses,” Landscape Architecture Professor Daniel Winterbottom is named a fellow of his professional society and Landscape Architecture Chair Jeff Hou is honored by the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Seattle.

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.

Toastmasters hold open houses

Those interested in the public speaking group Toastmasters have two chances to check out UW-related groups on campus and at Harborview Oct. 6 and 13.

School of Art honors its founders with exhibit

Walter Isaacs, the first director of the UW School of Art, is featured in an exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, along with two of his colleagues–Ray Hill and Boyer Gonzales.

Art installation by UW Bothell professor on exhibit in Kirkland

Excerpts from the “Library of Babel,” an art installation by UW Bothell Assistant Professor Ted Hiebert will be on display through Dec. 3 at Kirkland Arts Center.

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.

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