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March 30, 2011

UW astrophysicist: White dwarfs could be fertile ground for other Earths

Hundreds of planets have been discovered outside the solar system in the last decade, but now a UW astrophysicist is suggesting that the best place to look for planets that could support life is around dying stars called white dwarfs.

UW physicists detect low-level radioactivity from Japan arriving in Seattle

UW physicists are detecting radioactivity arriving in Seattle from Japanese nuclear reactors damaged in a tsunami following a mammoth earthquake, but the levels are far below what would pose a threat to human health.

March 29, 2011

UW Autism Center hosts public events for Aprils Autism Awareness Month

Learn the latest in autism research and techniques to help children with autism spectrum disorders through a series of events in Seattle and Tacoma.

University of Washington Medical Center named best hospital in greater Seattle in U.S. News & World Report metro area rankings

University of Washington Medical Center has been named the No. 1 hospital in the greater Seattle/Puget Sound region in the U.S. News & World Reports first-ever Best Hospitals Metro Area rankings. Two other hospitals in the UW Medicine health system also ranked in the top 10: Harborview Medical Center ranked No. 3, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center tied for No. 8.

March 28, 2011

New study shows tea party beliefs far beyond mainstream conservatism

Results from the survey suggest that the tea party is taking its philosophy in directions far more extreme than those of mainline conservatives.

Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies

UW researchers report that mothers who were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies.

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Portion of Burke Gilman Trail closed March 29

A section of the Burke Gilman Trail between Fluke Hall and Jefferson Road will be closed March 29

March 24, 2011

I-TECH launches tbpreventiontoolkit.org, a new tuberculosis prevention website

On World Tuberculosis Day, March 24, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) launched an online tuberculosis (TB) prevention toolkit. The toolkit contains step-by-step guidance in implementing the “Three I’s” of TB prevention.

Into the purple dusk of twilight time: Stardust bids adieu

After 12 years, NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, the brainchild of a UW astronomer, has been officially decommissioned.

March 23, 2011

UW faculty member Ali Tarhouni named finance minister by Libyan opposition

Foster School of Business faculty member Ali Tarhouni named finance minister by Libyan opposition provisional government.

Symposium on workplace disasters marks 100th anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Near closing time March 25, 1911, a New York City factory fire took the lives of 146 garment workers. Hazardous conditions prevented their escape. A March 31 symposium, “Responding to Disasters in the Workplace,” commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

March 22, 2011

UW Medicine/Seattle Library ADHD talk April 6

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common problem of distractedness, impulsiveness, and inability to sit still. Learn how to manage ADHD at a public talk April 6.

Interest in toys predicts effectiveness of autism treatment in toddlers

A short-term, parent-guided treatment improved communication skills in some toddlers showing early signs of autism spectrum disorders.

March 18, 2011

UWTV garners three Telly awards

A trio of original UWTV productions recently received recognition for Outstanding Achievement by the Telly Awards, a nationally respected competition for the broadcast industry.

March 17, 2011

Japan's disasters: Ways that you can help

Many organization are trying to provide relief to residents of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Blogging from Japan: UW geologist tells of experiences in earthquake zone

Jody Bourgeois, UW professor of Earth and space sciences, was in Japan on March 11, the day of the magnitude 9 earthquake. She has been writing about her experiences following the quake in a blog titled “Paleotsunami Travels.” Bourgeois is expected to return to Seattle at the end of March.

Conference April 1 to address apparel industry, fair trade

Activists, professors, University officials, company CEOs and garment workers will gather at the UW on Friday, April 1, for a daylong conference on fair trade and the apparel industry.

March 16, 2011

Sound Transit: Drilling work to continue through spring break, March 19-27

Sound Transits contractor is continuing to drill holes along the proposed light rail alignment from the UW to Northgate to evaluate soil and groundwater conditions. To minimize its impact, the drilling on campus has been scheduled during spring break.

March 15, 2011

Public concerts featured at band directors conference March 23-26

The national association for college band directors is coming to the UW March 23-26, and there will be public concerts aplenty.

Luis Fraga to present 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Lecture April 7

Luis Fraga, UW associate vice provost for faculty advancement and professor of political science, will give the 2011 Samuel E. Kelly lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Jones Playhouse. This is the seventh in the series of annual lectures honoring the UWs first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs.

Controlling a single molecules reaction with light could improve solar cells

In new research published in “Science,” engineers at UW and UCLA used nanotechnology to control and observe how molecules react. They plan to use their method to develop more efficient solar molecules.

UW grad programs among best in nation, according to U.S. News

The University of Washington has been ranked first among primary-care medical schools in the country for the 18th consecutive year, according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided March 15 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

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Earthquake preparedness meeting Friday, March 18, at UW Tower

Can the Pacific Northwest experience an earthquake like Japan? Yes. Join Siri McLean of UW Emergency Management from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the UW Tower Auditorium to learn about earthquake risks and how to be prepared.

March 14, 2011

UW study finds adolescent alcohol use associated with altered ability to evaluate risk

A new study from researchers at the UW concludes that adolescent alcohol use corrupts decision-making later in life.

Gender stereotypes about math develop as early as second grade

UW researchers report that children express the stereotype that mathematics is for boys, not for girls, before gender differences in math achievement emerge.

March 13, 2011

Danger to U.S. unlikely from Japanese nuclear reactors

A University of Washington atmospheric scientist believes it is unlikely North America is in any danger from airborne radiation from Japanese nuclear reactors.

March 10, 2011

UWTV debuts new shows on dance, film

UWTV recently launched two new arts-themed shows that feature both independent filmmaking and a collection of contemporary performances from the UWs Chamber Dance Company. The two weekly series premiered March 12 and will run beginning at 8:30 p.m.Saturdays.

Panel to discuss challenges of genomics to individualize drug therapy

Is personalized medicine a real possibility? Researchers and bioethicists will talk about the technical, clinical and ethical challenges to using genomics to individualize drug therapy March 14 at the UW Health Sciences.

March 9, 2011

Official Notices

A regents meeting, some blood drives and an environmental impact statement for Husky Stadium renovation

UW Tacoma historic building finds new life

On March 15 UW Tacoma is opening the last of the old, defunct warehouse blocks to be renovated into modern university buildings on its campus.

New book maps battle over same-sex marriage – literally

Peter Nicolas, a professor of law, and Mike Strong, a cartographer, have written The Geography of Love, a new book that literally and figuratively maps the 40-year battle over same-sex marriage in the United States.

UW Nanotoxicology Center to look at nanoscale product safety

Engineering of molecular machines, light-emitting quantum dots and other nanoscale products is still in its infancy. Government agencies hope to preemptively identify health and safety concerns in nanotechnology and make its products safe by design.

UW named base for EPA-funded Clean Air Research Center

The center will examine the health effects of pollution near roadways. Researchers from several institutes and universities will participate.

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.

House sets March 21 as budget deadline; no date set in Senate

With the state legislative session at about the halfway mark, many policy bills of interest to the UW remain alive, while other bills that have financial implications will remain in play until the legislature concludes its work by adopting the 2011-13 biennial budget.

Handel arias — and faux arias — featured in concert March 14

UW singers will present original arias by composer George Frideric Handel, along with parodies and adaptations by Henry Fielding (author of “Tom Jones”) and other playwrights, heard for the first time in almost 300 years.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to perform March 16

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform works by Chopin and Granados at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Meany Hall as part of the President’s Piano Series.

Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform at Meany

The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, at Meany Hall.

Seattle Opera general director to speak at World Voice Day event April 18

Join the Northwest Chapter Voice Foundation and Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins for a celebration of World Voice Day, April 18, at Harborview Medical Center. Jenkins will speak on the power of the human voice.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Two UW students are honored by the American Association for Cancer Research; the University hosts World Languages Day; and Meredith Honig is honored as a “Thought Leader” by the American Association of School Administrators.

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