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September 28, 2011

Flu myths: Hear what UW Medicine doctors have to say

Don’t let myths about the flu keep you from taking steps to ward off infection.

NW biofuels coming of age with $80 million in separate projects led by UW, WSU

The University of Washington and Washington State University are leads for two separate grants of $40 million each that will use Pacific Northwest woody biomass to expand whats been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and northern California.

Know the facts about the flu: Stay healthy this flu season

The flu season is about to begin. UW Medicine infection control experts Drs. Estella Whimby and Timothy Dellit tell how you and your family can keep influenza and its complications at bay.

September 27, 2011

Two UW scientists honored by President Obama

Two UW faculty members were announced by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic holds open house

UW Medicine hosts an open house Saturday, October 1, at a new primary care clinic in the Ravenna neighborhood near University Village.

September 26, 2011

Is your office green enough to be certified?

The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) office has created a Green Office Certification Program.

Dawg Dash, Oct. 23, is last chance to run on Husky Stadium's track

This year’s Dawg Dash is your last chance to run on the Husky Stadium track.

Returning genetic results to study participants will be addressed nationally

Holly Tabor, a UW and Seattle Children’s bioethics scholar, is among the experts in law, medicine and ethics to receive a NIH grant Sept. 26 to look at if, when and how the results of genome studies should be told to research participants.

Dieter Fox to co-lead new Intel Science and Technology Center

UW computer scientist Dieter Fox will co-lead an Intel Science and Technology Center that will focus on “pervasive” computing, which aims to incorporate computing and sensing into everyday devices and environments.

September 22, 2011

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice

Relatively accurate predictions for summer sea ice extent in the Arctic can be made the previous autumn, but forecasting more than five years into the future requires understanding of the impact of climate trends on the ice pack.

September 21, 2011

Provost's Search Committee to hold community meetings in early October

The Provost Search Committee will be holding a series of community meetings in October, seeking advice on the characteristics that the committee should seek in a new provost, who will be selected from within the university.

33 percent drop in physical bullying in schools using Steps to Respect

Schools using Steps to Respect saw a reduction in physical bullying and in the number of teachers reporting fighting as a big problem, according to a new study from researchers in the UW School of Social Work.


2011 Optical Society of America Boynton Lecture presented by Dennis M. Dacey

Noted UW vision researcher Dennis M. Dacey presented the prestigious Robert M. Boynton Lecture, “Neural origins of color and spatial coding in theprimate retina” at the recent Optical Society of America Vision Conference held at the UW.

UW Medicine & The Seattle Public Library Medical Lecture Series kicks off Oct. 5

At the first talk, Dr. Kim Allison will describe her experiences as a breast pathologist and breast cancer survivor. In coming months, UW Medicine faculty will inform the public on plastic surgery, stroke, pain management, colorblindness research, and healthful eating on a tight budget.

September 20, 2011

New director of UW Tacoma Institute of Technology is right-brain/left-brain leader

Rob Friedman, a professor with degrees in both the humanities and information science, is the new director of University of Washington Tacomas Institute of Technology.

Visionary innovator wins MacArthur ‘genius’ award

Shwetak Patel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering who explores how people and computers interact, has been named one of this years MacArthur Fellows.


Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things

Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things.

September 19, 2011

Gamers succeed where scientists fail

The structure of a retrovirus enzyme had stumped scientists for more than a decade. With the game Foldit, players quickly made an accurate model of the enzyme. The model opens doors to AIDS drug design.

September 16, 2011

Mapping Study shows UW a major leader of global health in the state with projects in 93 countries

In a recently released mapping study by the Washington Global Health Alliance and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Opportunity, UW emerges as a major leader of global health in Washington state.

Design for living: ‘Making Healthy Places discusses benefits of blending civic planning with public health

A new book titled “Making Healthy Spaces: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability” suggests that viewing the built environment as a human habitat can promote health, sustainability and more equitable access for people of all abilities.

September 15, 2011

New C4C lecture series showcases UW faculty succeeding in commercialization

The UW Center for Commercialization is launching a lecture series this fall about merging academic research with entrepreneurship. Its called the 2011 Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows, and will run on selected Tuesdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 29.

President Young announces new chief of staff, office reorganization

University of Washington President Michael K. Young announced today the appointment of Jack Johnson to a new chief of staff position in his office, effective Oct. 24.

September 14, 2011

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.

Filming of movie '21 and Over' continues on UW campus

The film “21 and Over” continues to film on the UW campus in September and its producers would like the campus community to know about a few upcoming filming dates and locations.

Need new flooring? See samples at new Flooring Showroom

Staffers in Shop 54, part of Campus Alterations, turned a storeroom in the Plant Services Building into a Flooring Showroom so potential clients can come and browse through samples and even see some on the floor.

Take steps to win a book store gift certificate with UWalk

Sign up, log your walking online and you could win a $50 gift certificate (and get a little healthier along the way).

President Young cuts ribbon at new Washington Commons

On Friday, September 9, UW President Michael Young cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the Washington Commons, the new public space for UW alumni in the UW Tower.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

The UW receives Zipcars Wheels of Change award, while five professors report awards or other achievements. And the Combined Fund Drive is in the running for an award from the social fundraising platform StayClassy.

Official Notices, Sept. 15

Grants are sought for alcohol or drug abuse-related fields, the Board of Regents regular meeting is canceled in favor of a special meeting, and two blood drives are slated.

A straw-bale house: Built for one, built by hand

When Marilyn Ostergren began her straw-bale house on Bainbridge Island nine years ago, the only structure she had built previously was a chicken coop. Her house is small, to be sure, but it’s all hers. (See a video and slide show — photos by Mary Levin.)

A Husky anniversary: A yearlong party to celebrate the UW at 150

The University of Washingtons 150th anniversary celebration has officially begun — and its a party thats going to last all year long.

Design for living: ‘Making Healthy Places blends civic planning with public health

Professors in public health and urban design teamed up to edit a book, suggesting that a more thoughtful, interdisciplinary and ecologically friendly approach to planning human habitats can promote health, sustainability and greater equity for people of all abilities.

Explore carnival traditions worldwide at Burkes ‘¡Carnaval!

¡Carnaval!, Carnival, Mardi Gras: What is the origin of these words and the rowdy festivals associated with them? Find out at a new multimedia exhibit at the Burke Museum opening Sept. 25.

Legendary stadium takes a final bow on UWTV with ‘Greatest Moments at Husky Stadium

UWTV is premiereing a new, 10-part series called Greatest Moments at Husky Stadium that celebrates the history and enduring legacy of Husky Stadium. It all starts on Friday, Sept. 16.

WADE: A new tool for studying education achievement data

A new interactive tool for viewing Washington state education achievement at UW Bothell’s Center for Education Data Researchs website has boosted traffic on the site, with more hits coming daily. And now, school-specific data is available through the tool.

Registration opens soon for Seymour Hersh lecture in Tacoma

Registration will be open Sept. 19 for a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh at UW Tacoma. Hersh, who is best known for exposing the cover-up of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1969, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Philip Hall.

Arboretum plans fall plant sale

The Arboretum will hold a fall plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

eProcurement hosts Supplier Showcase at Gould Hall

Campus staffers who are responsible for purchasing products should mark Sept. 20 on their calendars — thats when Procurement Services will host its Supplier Showcase, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main floor of Gould Hall.

UW Club to showcase venues at Resource Fair

Are you a faculty or staff member who plans events for your department or unit? Then youre invited to a Resource Fair Sept. 26 at UW Club.

All-you-can-eat ending at 8 McMahon

Housing & Food Services all-you-can-eat deal for its restaurant group The 8 at McMahon will end on Friday, Sept. 16.

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