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July 20, 2011

Two from UW win Friends of the National Institute of Nursing research awards

Carol Landis was honored for her work on sleep disturbances, and Pamela Mitchell was recognized for improving care for patients with cardiovascular or neurological disorders.

Battle of the bugs: Pseudomonas breaches cell walls of rival bacteria without hurting itself

Microbiologists have uncovered a sneaky trick by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to oust rivals. It deploys a toxin delivery machine to breach cell walls of competitors without hurting itself. Its means of attack helps it survive in the outside environment and may even help it cause infection.

UW Medicine ranks high in U.S. News & World Reports 2011 Best Hospitals rankings

Hospitals in the UW Medicine system placed highly in the latest U.S. News rankings, as did specific patient-care specialties.

July 19, 2011

Race matters when recruiting, retaining undergraduate women engineers

A new study of female engineering students perceived challenges finds significant differences between black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American and white women. The findings could help institutions better attract and retain particular underrepresented student populations.

Gene therapy delivered once to blood vessel wall protects against atherosclerosis in rabbit studies

A one-dose method for delivering gene therapy into an arterial wall in rabbits effectively protects the artery from developing atherosclerosis despite ongoing high blood cholesterol. In the future, researchers hope to test whether this gene-delivery method works in heart bypass grafts.

July 15, 2011

Colonoscopy tops list of screening tests for men

Men can take charge of their health by following age-appropriate screening guidelines and taking preventive steps.

July 14, 2011

Fiber arts exhibit shows off work of certificate program graduates

Connecting Threads, an exhibition of fiber artwork by alumni of the University of Washington Certificate in Fiber Arts Program, will be on display July 15-Sept. 30 in the fourth floor mezzanine of the UW Tower.

UW will lead $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface

The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the UW. The interdisciplinary center will combine neuroscience and robotics to develop new rehabilitation technologies.

July 13, 2011

Pivotal UW study in Africa finds HIV medications prevent HIV infection

Work in Africa conducted by the UW’s Clinical Research Center is bringing new hope that taking a daily AIDS drug might keep an uninfected person from getting the AIDS virus.


Newton apple tree damaged, may be replaced

A Newton apple tree planted on campus by the Class of 2007 has been badly damaged and may not survive, the campus arborist says.

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

An award for outstanding contributions to legal writing education for Law Professor Emerita Marjorie Rombauer; honors for a new health care management app created by a team headed by Michael Watt, Mark Haselkorn and Keith Butler; and UW Todays Peter Kelley does a radio mystery.


Marsha Linehan on anonymity in recovery; Leslie Walker-Harding on adolescents and drugs; James Leverenz on medications for elderly Parkinsons patients; 1983 research by Arthur Rangno is cited, and Paul Hill cites Monty Python.

Lost and Found Films: ‘Aberdeen Gathering

A dreamlike film from Aberdeen is this weeks entry. People walk ceremonially in a circle, children very much in evidence, and a document is burned. Anyone know whats going on here?


Office of Research introduces new ‘Required Training website

University researchers like those at the UW are often required to attend trainings, but they may not always be aware of it. Thats why the Required Training site was constructed in consultation with UW researchers and training providers to identify those courses directly applicable to the conduct of research.

Book maven Nancy Pearl endows Information School scholarship

Nancy Pearl is a bibliomaniac and wants others to be the same. In that spirit, she and her husband, Joseph Pearl, have endowed a UW scholarship for Information School students who intend to become librarians.

Summer playwriting class: Anythings possible, in four weeks

“The very first thing I say to the class is that they need to begin with this statement: ‘I want to tell you a story,” says drama Lecturer Scott Hafso. Four weeks later, each student has a one-act play and a reading by experienced actors.

Wood products part of winning carbon-emissions equation, researchers say

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. But rather than just letting the forest sit there for a hundred or more years, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by harvesting regularly and using the wood in place of fossil-fuel intensive steel and concrete.

Global Health's Connie Celum selected for American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association Achievement Award

Celum directs the UWs International Clinical Research Center, which is conducting multiple clinical trials of HIV prevention interventions in Africa involving thousands of volunteers.

Atomic structure discovered for a sodium channel that generates electrical signals in living cells

Sodium channels are pores in the membranes of excitable cells – such as brain nerve cells or beating heart cells – that emit electrical signals. Researchers have obtained a high-resolution crystal structure showing all the atoms of this complex protein molecule and how they relate in three-dimensions.

July 12, 2011

Wireless power could cut cord for patients with implanted heart pumps

A new system to send electricity over short distances has been shown to reliably power a mechanical heart pump. The system could free patients from being tethered to a battery or external power source, lowering their chance of infection and improving their quality of life.

July 7, 2011

Hubble makes one millionth science observation

Earlier this week, NASAs Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanets atmosphere 1,000 light years away, according to a UW faculty member conducts theoretical interpretation of data from the Hubble.

Third Phase of UW Medicine research complex breaks ground in South Lake Union district

UW Medicine, Vulcan Real Estate and the National Development Council have announced the start of construction on the third phase of UW Medicines research hub in Seattles South Lake Union neighborhood. Groundbreaking took place July 6.

July 6, 2011

Chamber of Commerce ‘study mission’ brings visitors to UW campus

Some top business executives and senior government officials in the region came to the University of Washington campus recently as part of the Seattle Study Mission sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

To touch the stars: Online lessons, models bring cosmos to the blind

UW graduate students have designed online lessons to help the blind better experience the wonders of outer space — complete with instructions on how to build small models of celestial bodies.

Construction management professors win grant for new ways to teach

Five professors in the Department of Construction Management have won an HP Catalyst Award that will mean real-time collaborations between UW students and their counterparts at universities elsewhere in the world.

Vendor showcase planned at botanic gardens

The UW Botanic Gardens Vendor Showcase will be held at from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Nearly 50 vendors who have served the gardens rental clients over the years will be on hand.

Cool in a crisis? UW Emergency Management seeks volunteer responders

The UW Emergency Management Office is looking for people — soldiers, not generals — who would be willing to volunteer when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Lost and Found Films: Research at sea

Continuing our series of “orphan films” from Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Special Collections. This week’s film depicts research at sea in about 1969 — but can you help her learn more?


Burke Museum, state Department of Transportation team to house artifacts found during construction

Historical artifacts found by crews on Seattle-area highway projects tell much about the region’s long-buried past, and are sent to the Burke Museum for storage and later study. Now, a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation is helping the Burke greatly expand its storage capacity for such items.

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.

Official Notices, July 7

A regents meeting, a statistical consulting service, English language classes and a blood drive.

Dentistry gives highest teaching award to J. Martin Anderson and Frank Roberts

Anderson, a lecturer, course director and mainstay of the Restorative Dentistry faculty since 1966, received the Rothwell Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberts, associate professor of periodontics since 2004 and dental director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, received the Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award.

Dentistry names Raymond Wilkinson to Schluger chair in periodontics

Wilkinson has been a member of the Graduate Periodontics faculty for 29 years. He is known for his excellence in training residents in sedation and general periodontics — the branch of dentistry concerned with gum and bone diseases.

Wednesday Evenings at the Genome presented to the public in July

The public is invited to hear about fascinating genome research and chat with presenters at “Wednesday Evenings at the Genome” this July. Explore adventures in human evolution, rare disease mysteries, your inner microbial zoo and ghosts from ancient infections.

Get ‘sun smart to prevent skin cancer

The Seattle region is near the bottom of 26 U.S. metropolitan areas when it comes to preventing skin cancer by being “sun smart.” Learn to protect yourself and your family from harmful rays.

Sarah Reichard becomes director of UW Botanic Gardens

A forest resources professor whos an expert on invasive species and rare plants became director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens July 1.

July 5, 2011

Kelsey Knowles selected as UW student regent

Kelsey Knowles, a masters degree candidate in the Evans School of Public Affairs, has been appointed as the University of Washingtons student regent by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The appointment is for one year.

Rose-colored beer goggles: Social benefits of heavy drinking outweigh harms

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, suggesting a new direction for programs targeting binge drinking.

July 1, 2011

UW Nurse Camp creates collegiate opportunities for minority and low-income high school students

The teens will spend a week in July at the UW exploring the nursing profession and what it takes to become a nurse. The camp is made possible by donations from UW School of Nursing faculty, staff and students, and from local community groups and businesses.

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