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June 17, 2011

UW part of physics collaboration that finds new type of neutrino conversion

An international physics collaboration that includes the University of Washington has observed a previously unseen type of neutrino “oscillation,” or transformation, that could help explain the lack of antimatter in the universe.

Getting even gets you nowhere, new book by husband-wife team suggests revenge alternatives

Redirected aggression, such as yelling at your spouse after your boss yells at you, is the focus of a new book David Barash co-wrote with his wife Judith Lipton, a psychiatrist.

Henry Art Gallery screens — and appears in — PBS show ‘History Detectives

The story of a UW alumna, her lifelong love of Japan and the powerful World War II-era propaganda leaflets she created for the U.S. Office of War Information will be a segment of the PBS television series “History Detectives” to air Friday, June 24.

June 16, 2011

Boost for plant scientists, including UW prof, comes at critical time

Keiko Torii, professor of biology, is among 15 of the “nations most innovative plant scientists” selected to share $75 million for fundamental plant science research.

June 15, 2011

Life expectancy in most U.S. counties falls behind worlds healthiest nations

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s most current county-level analysis of life expectancy in America finds large disparities nationwide. Women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.

June 13, 2011

520 bridge to be closed Friday night to Monday morning, June 17-20

The State Route 520 floating bridge and highway will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, June 17, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 20, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Night work is planned, and neighbors near the work zone are likely to hear construction noise.

Perkins Coie awards grant for nanoengineering patch to repair heart attack damage

The law firm Perkins Coie has presented its $20,000 “Award for Discovery” to Deok-Ho Kim, UW assistant professor of bioengineering and a regenerative medicine researcher. Kim works on pre-conditioning stem cells to try to create longer-surviving patches for heart muscle repair.

Photo Gallery: University of Washington 2011 Commencement

The University of Washington community gathered on Saturday, June 11, in Husky Stadium to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2011. With banners flying and playfully decorated caps on their heads, the degree candidates took the field to the cheers and applause of 40,000 family members and friends.   239206|default.xml|Downscale Only|Cross Fade|Beam|Off|   Contact…

June 10, 2011

Academic counselor brings message of hope to disaster victims in Japan

Linda Ando, an academic counselor with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, brought a message of hope and compassion to disaster victims in Japan in the form of prayer flags made by elementary school students and community members.

Utility work starting June 13 affects Burke Gilman Trail

During the weeks of June 13 and June 20, Seattle City Light will be performing utility work on utility poles along the UW section of the Burke Gilman Trail near Montlake Boulevard. Trail users should expect delays and detours throughout the two-week period.

June 9, 2011

UW Medicine, Valley Medical Center form strategic alliance

The chief executive officers of UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center have announced the formation of a strategic alliance in which Valley Medical Center, Public Hospital District #1 of King County, will join UW Medicine effective July 1, 2011.

Scientists find recent snowpack declines in the West nearly unprecedented

The snowpack decline of the last 50 years in the Rocky Mountains is highly unusual in context of the past 800 years, according to findings published June 10 in “Science.”

Physicists hit on mathematical description of superfluid dynamics

A century after the discovery of superfluids, scientists using a powerful supercomputer have devised a theoretical framework that explains the real-time behavior of superfluids.

June 7, 2011

New UW dental graduates leave legacy of caring – and back it with cash

When the School of Dentistrys Class of 2011 graduated at Meany Hall on June 4, it left behind something far more tangible than memories. This spring, the students doled out thousands of dollars they had raised to recipients such as Neighborcare Healths 45th Street Clinic for homeless teens and the dental schools disabilities clinic.

Corpse flower blooms overnight Wednesday

An Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower in its native Sumatra and elsewhere because of its foul odor, has bloomed at the University of Washington botany greenhouse. Visit weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the bloom lasts.

June 6, 2011

UW part of national effort for greater ties with Indonesia

The UW is one of six U.S. universities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State to increase the number of American students studying in Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world.

New Husky Cards coming June 10 for U-Pass holders

Commuter Services will be distributing new Husky Cards to department payroll coordinators to provide to their employees on Friday, June 10. The card can be activated online between June 10 and June 24.

June 3, 2011

University of Washington and KEXP sign new 30-year management agreement

The University of Washington and KEXP Radio have entered into a new management agreement for KEXP to continue operating the Universitys broadcast service at 90.3 FM for the next 30 years.

June 2, 2011

Revamped bio course improves performance – especially among educationally disadvantaged students – in spite of budget cuts

Students overall performed better – and educationally disadvantaged students generally made even greater strides than everyone else – in an introductory biology course at the University of Washington where recent budget woes doubled class sizes for the course, cut lab times and reduced the number of graduate teaching assistants.

June 1, 2011

Eclectic annual MFA exhibit on display at Henry Art Gallery

Students earning their master’s degrees in art show their work at the Henry Art Gallery through June 19: Sculpture, painting, photography and more.

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.

Concert in Brechemin Auditorium to benefit Japan earthquake relief

The School of Music is donating its Brechemin Auditorium and the talents of some members of its community to a benefit concert for victims of Japans earthquake and tsunami. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

Set design study with the playwright involved — via Skype

Drama students read a play, talk to the playwright and then pair up to design a set for the show. At the quarters end, the playwright comments on models of the sets students have created. Its motivating, collaborative, and fun.

John Sidles receives 2011 Guenther Laukien Prize

Sidles shares the prize with Daniel Rugar and H. Jonathan Mamim, both of the IBM Almaden Research Center, for pioneering magnetic resonance force microscopy. This technology relies on detecting very small magnetic forces to create three-dimensional nanoscale pictures of biological structures.

Etc: Campus News & Notes

Patricia Spakes gets her own day in Tacoma; a new award named for Brewster C. Denny, The campus community autographs part of the new HUB, the Burke Museum comes to Mary Gates Hall, the UW is ranked fifth in the world in mathematics research and Paul Hill addresses the Bellevue School District.

Tree donated by grateful patient of UW Regional Heart Center

The young sugar pine, which patient Andrew Russell grew from a fallen cone seed, was planted near the UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion. Russell hopes its presence will complement the Cardiac Diagnostic Center’s healing spirit.

Official Notices June 2

A Board of Regents meeting, a grant development workshop and several blood drives.

UW to host hearing on extending broadband to underserved communities

A public hearing scheduled for Friday, June 3, at the UW School of Law will consider state telecommunications policies, particularly broadband service. It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in 119 William H. Gates Hall.

Commencement ceremonies scheduled for UW graduates

Commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, for UW Seattle; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, for UW Bothell; and 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, for UW Tacoma.

Alumni association offers special deal on Husky plates

Members of the Class of 2011 will be offered a free one-year upgrade of their Washington license plate to a Husky plate – a nearly $50 value, courtesy of the alumni association.

UW grad Malcolm Goodfellow establishes first endowed chair in Department of Architecture history

Goodfellow, who graduated from the UW in 1987, has established the first endowed chair in the Department of Architectures 97-year history.

New journal looks at an old problem: aging

Dr. Warren Ladiges, professor of comparative medicine, has become the chief editor of a new scientific journal, “Pathobiology of Aging & Age-related Diseases.” The journal will publish research on aging in mammalian models.

May 31, 2011

UW Medicine goes smoke- and tobacco-free

UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center have gone smoke- and tobacco-free as of Tuesday, May 31 — World No Tobacco Day. All designated smoking areas will be phased out. Nicotine replacement therapy and counseling will be available to patients, along with referrals to tobacco cessation programs when they are discharged.

Code green: Energy-efficient programming to curb computers power use

A new system called EnerJ helps computer programmers go green, allowing them to cut a program’s energy consumption by as much as 50 percent.

May 27, 2011

UW oral history project explores human diversity and cultural identity

A UW multimedia exhibit recounts oral histories of individuals of all ages whose life experiences cross conventional boundaries of class, culture, country and race.

May 26, 2011

President Obama appoints UW associate vice provost to Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Luis Fraga, associate vice provost for faculty advancement and Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington, has been appointed to the Presidents Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

May 25, 2011

‘Everybody Freeze Now: A flash-mob meditation on disability

It was a bit of planned spontaneity, a public meditation on disability, access and how we see ourselves, and it all started when Jurg Koch, assistant professor of dance, looked up and called out, “Oh no, my blue balloon!”

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

David G. Gordon of Washington Sea Grant wins the Big Bug Cook-Off, and HFS wins an award for its mobile dining. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Blog profile: Clare McLean's 'Bird Word Girl'

In her blog, “Bird Word Girl,” photographer and writer Clare McLean tells readers, “Im not really a birdologist, I just play one on these here interwebs.” It’s a well-written blog with lovely photographs, including shots of the UW heron colony.

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