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October 25, 2011

Movember is coming

Movember—the “mo” stands for moustache—is an international month-long event aimed at increasing awareness of the cancers that men face.

Linking of mutations in 12 genes to ovarian cancers may lead to more effective prevention

More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. Relying on family history as an indication for testing would have missed one-fifth of the cases. The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers.

October 22, 2011

Statement from President Young on death of Sen. Scott White

The following statement about the death of Sen. Scott White is from University of Washington President Michael K. Young.

October 21, 2011

Travel reimbursement adds direct deposit

The final phase of the electronic travel reimbursement project, begun two years ago, is about to implemented, saving the university over a hundred thousand dollars a year as well as much manual labor. Effective Nov. 1, direct deposit of travel reimbursements will become the default payment method for individuals who have enrolled in payroll direct deposit.

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

It costs 8 percent more on average than it did two years ago for Washington residents to make ends meet, according to a new report from a UW research group.


October 19, 2011

Beyond ecological insubordination: Speaker urges us to rethink invasive species

Ignoring the potential beneficial roles of non-native species is no longer a valid option, says UWs Julian Olden. His public talk Oct. 25, “Invasive Species: Exonerating Crimes to Envision a New Global Future,” is the annual deans lecture from the College of the Environment.

Century-old tool found in dirt near Hansee Hall

UW maintenance mechanic Eric Martin seems to know his historical artifacts. It was Martin who figured out what his Maintenance and Alterations crew ran into while excavating outside Hansee Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Lost and Found Films: Halftime hijinx, 1962

Reel back the years with us to the fall of 1962 to watch footage from halftime at a Huskies football game where a trampoline and a particularly daring clown take center stage — that is, field. Anyone know who we were playing, and who the athletes and clowns were?


Etc.: Campus news & notes

Henry Lai, Shwetak Patel, Valeri Vasioukhin, Mark Silvis and Football Coach Steve Sarkisian are named Most Influential people for 2011 by ‘Seattle Magazine; Judy Ramey honored by IEEE Professional Communication Society, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn becomes an honorary member of the Husky Cycling Club.

Celebrating Disability History Month — and a new center coming

Washington State Disability History Month will be celebrated on Oct. 27, and a new Disabilities Center is coming to the UW campus in 2012.

Official Notices, Oct. 20

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives two notices of possible rule making — on student housing and waivers of tuition and fees — and the University’s sexual harassment policy.

Health care, insurance information available at benefits fairs

The UW‘s annual benefits fairs will be held Nov. 1–3. The fairs provide an opportunity for UW employees to get information about their health care and insurance options directly from the benefits providers.

Labors of love at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center — a CFD choice

Staffer Melissa Maxwell volunteered for this agency because of her love of horses. “So you could say that I signed up in order to be with horses. What I hadnt expected was to fall in love with the kids, too.” Its one of many agencies you can support with your Combined Fund Drive donations.

Bicyclists take note: Rides and classes in November

November will be here soon and once again, more than 1,000 UW faculty, staff and students will take part in the annual Ride in the Rain Bicycle Commute Challenge.

New HUB meeting spaces open for reservations

Its still very much a construction site, but reservations are now being accepted for the new HUB, scheduled to open next fall. Reservations can be made for events beginning Oct. 1, 2012, or thereafter.

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.

‘Signs of Home: The art, life and wartime diary of Kamekichi Tokita

First generation Japanese-American artist Kamekichi Tokita found some success in the Northwest before World War II intervened. A new UW Press book seeks to rescue his legacy.

Littlefield Organ Series Turns 20

Faculty, students, and guest artists will perform in a special series of concerts throughout 2011-12 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UWs Littlefield Organ Series. The series gets under way Friday, Oct. 28 with the popular annual Halloween organ concert.

Play based on life of Eugene Debs created by School of Drama artists

Drama Professor Jeffrey Fracé and an ensemble of emerging artists at the UW created a play from the ground up and will present it Oct. 26 through Nov. 6 in Meany Studio Theatre.

UW Wind Ensemble to perform

Members of the UW Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber music for wind instruments at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in Brechemin Auditorium.

Ground broken for new Ethnic Cultural Center

A groundbreaking for the new Ethnic Cultural Center took place Oct. 12. The event was celebrated by student leaders, administrators from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and others.

UW Libraries hosts exhibit on open access scholarly publishing

An exhibit in Allen Librarys north lobby explores changes in scholarly publishing over the years and gives viewers a chance at a gift certificate if they can guess the price of selected journals.

Luis Fraga named among 100 ‘influentials by national magazine

The associate UW vice provost for faculty advancement and Russell F. Stark University Professor was given the distinction by the editors of ‘Hispanic Business Magazine.

Open house planned for new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments

The campus community is invited to an open house at the new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

UW Bothell womens conference to feature regional leaders

The University of Washington Bothell will host a conference focusing on issues that professional women face. The event, featuring women serving in key leadership positions in business, the medical and legal professions and the arts, will take place Friday, Oct. 28.

Spiral arms indicate possible planets in a star's gas-and-dust disk — with video

A new image of a gas-and-dust disk around a sun-like star is the first that scientists, including a UW astronomer, have seen that displays structures that could hint at the presence of still-unseen planets around the star.

Fiery volcano offers geologic glimpse into land that time forgot — with video

The first scientists to witness exploding rock and molten lava from a deep sea volcano, seen during a 2009 expedition, also collected boninite, a rare lava that accompanies the formation of Earths subduction zones. Current subduction zones are continually evolving but most formed 5 million to 200 million years ago.

October 18, 2011

The UW’s next generation of infertility treatment

Scientific advances are assisting prospective parents unable to to have children on their own. Also emerging are methods to try to protect a young person’s ability to make a baby in the future.

Urology aims to get ‘Lean, improve patient care

Urology Department Chairman Hunter Wessells, Dr. Bill Ellis, Clinic Manager Nancy Eberhardt and Dr. Tom Walsh are leading a quality improvement project to improve patient and staff satisfaction.

October 17, 2011

Environmental toxicologist David Eaton elected to Institute of Medicine

Eaton is vice provost for research-external relations om the UW Office of Research and professor of environmental and occupational health in the School of Public Health. Election in the IOM is one of the highest honors given to medical and health leaders.

October 13, 2011

Differences in jet lag severity could be rooted in how circadian clock sets itself

Researchers have found hints that differing molecular processes in one area of the brain might play a significant role in the differences of jet lag severity between long-distance west-to-east travel and east-to-west travel.

Improving the physics of grocery store display cases to save energy

Aeronautical engineers are devising ways to boost the efficiency of open-air refrigerated cases, which are increasingly common in supermarkets. Results could lower the energy use of existing cases by up to 15 percent — potentially saving $100 million in electricity costs each year.

October 12, 2011

Boring south: A visit into Sound Transit’s light rail dig (with slide show)

UW Photographer Mary Levin was given a rare chance Wednesday, Oct. 12, to tour the underground site of Sound Transits dig for the 3.15-mile University Link light rail line. Here’s what she saw.

Up in the air – Engineering aerospace for sustainability

Mary Armstrong, Tim Vinopal and Mehran Mesbahi will speak in a series titled “Re-engineering Aerospace: Flying Cleaner, Greener, Smarter,” which begins Oct. 26.

College students limit technology use during crunch time

A new University of Washington study found college students – only weeks away from final exams and in the library – tend to pare use of electronics. Its their way to manage technology that permeates their lives.

Garden at Monicas Village Place grows a community

The garden at Monica’s Village Place–built by UW students–runs the width of a block at 23rd Avenue South and South Main Street. Its the centerpiece of a new low-income housing complex built by Catholic Community Services.

Dawgs-to-be in Onalaska ‘adopt UW, get flood of Husky stuff

A teachers request prompts a regular purple rain of Husky merchandise, from brochures, buttons and stickers to what the students are using as “scholar berets.” Its all to get younger students thinking of college.

Miranda rights in spotlight at law school forum

The UW Law School will hold a forum on the future of the Miranda warning on Oct. 19. You know the one: ‘You have the right to remain silent…”

Lost and Found Films: Glenn Hughes speaks at Johns Hopkins — but why?

Its 1957 and the dapper, well-spoken fellow at the microphone is Glenn Hughes, founding director of the UW School of Drama. Hes at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, but can anyone say why?


Durand speaks on ‘Talea as part of entrepreneurial faculty series

Music Professor Joel Durand will speak on “Bringing a High-end Audiophile Product to Market: the Talea” at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of the Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series.

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