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August 3, 2011

Shes got that swing: Bethany Staelens sings jazz as few can

She might have been a star as a jazz singer, but at Seattles Tulas she still is. And each workday Bethany Staelens stars at Educational Outreach.

Historical mystery set in UW electrical engineering lab

UW Bothell graduate Bernadette Pajer has published a mystery novel that takes place more than a century ago on the UW campus. The story is fictional, but the details of the setting, the time period and the technology are real.

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photol. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

U-PASSes must be tapped by Aug. 23

Faculty and Staff with U-PASSes who have not yet tapped their U-PASS on an ORCA reader on a bus or at a transit station must do so before Aug. 23 to finalize activation of the pass and avoid an interruption in service.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Janice DeCosmo to chair division of research program directors for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and Gunther Uhlmann is awarded is honored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Evans School journals take top spots; first issue of Evans School Review is published

Two journals housed at the Evans School of Public Affairs and edited by faculty members have been named the top two journals in their field. And, the inaugural issue of the Evans School Review, edited by graduate students, appeared in July.

Five UW professors named Fellows of American Chemical Society

Five UW professors are among 213 scientists named Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The honor is bestowed upon distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the worlds largest scientific society.

DNA pioneer James Watson addresses overflow crowd at UW Health Sciences

The Nobel Laureate in 1953 co-reported that the DNA molecule was a double helix and proposed how it could reproduce itself by splitting and chemical pairing. Last week he spoke about major accomplishments in genetics and areas ripe for discovery.

Univ. of Washington faculty experts available to discuss 9/11 issues

University of Washington professors in law, political science, communication and international studies are available to discuss issues related to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 disaster.

University of Illinois selects UWs Phyllis Wise as Urbana-Champaign chancellor

The University of Illinois today announced the appointment of Phyllis M. Wise, provost and executive vice president at the University of Washington, as its next vice president of the university and chancellor at Urbana-Champaign.

Web search is ready for a shakeup, says UW computer scientist

On the 20-year anniversary of the World Wide Web, computer scientist Oren Etzioni has written a two-page commentary in the journal Nature that calls on the international academic and business communities to take a bolder approach when designing how people find information online.

UW medical student from Alaska receives American Medical Association's Wilson Scholarship

Cassie Iutzi, from Juneau, Alaska, is interested in health care for Latino populations. She is pursuing both an M.D. degree and a master’s degree in public health.

August 2, 2011

UW Medicine highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2011

UW Medicine health system is proud to be included as a leader in the Healthcare Equality Index 2011, an annual report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

Beaton is an expert on the causes and effects of occupational stress on firefighters and paramedics.

When mosquitoes bite, take antihistamines for relief

Mosquitoes bug anyone who ventures outdoors. Take steps to repel these buzzing annoyances, and if bitten, know how to treat the itch and recognize severe reactions.

Digital photos can animate a face so it ages and moves before your eyes

Computer scientists have created a way to take images from the web or personal photos collections and in seconds create an animation of a persons face. The tool can make a face appear to age over time, or gradually change the expression from a smile to a frown.

August 1, 2011

Did you think it was a cold spring? Now you have the proof

A University of Washington researcher has found that, at least by one measure, this spring was the coldest on record for the state and that Seattle’s last two springs have been the cloudiest since cloud-cover records started 50 years ago.

Kids anxiety, depression halved when parenting styled to personality

When it comes to rearing children, just about any parent will say that what works with one kid might not work with another. But which parenting styles work best with which kids? A study by UW psychologists provides advice about tailoring parenting to childrens personalities.

July 28, 2011

Official Notices, July 28

A notice on site evaluation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

July 27, 2011

UW named ‘Best Buy school by 'Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012'

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, in print for more than 25 years, takes into account costs, academic quality and student life.

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.

Lost and Found Films: ‘University District, circa 1965

Two young women walk in the University District in about 1965, apparently shopping. But what are they shopping for, and why was the film made? Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, is looking for any information available. Can you help?


UW Libraries new digital portal opens state Labor Archives for deep research

UW Libraries staff and students have created a new online portal to access collections of photos, articles and more on the history of labor in Washington state. It’s the Labor Archives Digital Resources Portal.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

The Seattle Storm honor Barbara Trask and Shwetak Patel is named a 2011 Microsoft Research Fellow. The latest accomplishments of your campus colleagues.


Matt Barreto on politics; Dr. John Amory on male contraception and Adam Drewnowski on nutrition.

Art houses: ‘Mad Homes exhibit brings art to the neighborhood

The UWs Jacob Lawrence Gallery is offering this special exhibit in partnership with the Mad Art Project, which is using a group of old homes on North Capitol Hill to create art.

Henry to screen documentary about webs effect on society

The Henry Art Gallery will screen the documentary “We Live in Public” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 in its auditorium. The film reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris.

Sound Transit seeks artists for Brooklyn, Roosevelt stations

The lead artist in each station will work with architects and engineers to produce unique works of art to be integrated into the stations.

UW Combined Fund Drive a finalist for award — and you can help

The UWs workplace giving campaign has been selected as a finalist in the “Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group” award category given by StayClassy, a marketing organization for nonprofits. The UW community can help by voting for the CFD, improving its chances.

Best foot forward: Dr. Michael Brage

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Brage is newly arrived at the Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute, but he is no stranger to Seattle or Harborview Medical Center. Hansen asked his former fellow to return as his successor.

Microgravity team conducts experiments on NASA's 'vomit comet'

Eight students lurched, tumbled and floated through an unforgettable final lab project last month. Participants in NASAs Microgravity University in Houston spent the last week of their undergraduate careers carrying out an experiment they designed for testing in a reduced-gravity environment.

July 26, 2011

College-educated undocumented young adults face same narrow range of jobs as their parents

A new survey of life trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults raised and educated in America shows that they end up with the same labor jobs as their parents, working in construction, restaurants, cleaning and childcare services.

July 25, 2011

16 UW faculty members named to state academy of sciences

Sixteen UW faculty members are among the 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.

Materials scientist John Cahn awarded international Kyoto Prize

John Cahn, a UW affiliate professor in the departments of physics and materials science & engineering, has won an international Kyoto Prize, sometimes described as Japan’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Cahn is recognized for his work describing and predicting the behavior of mixtures of materials.

July 22, 2011

New target found for nitric oxide's attack on Salmonella bacteria

Nitric oxide, which is naturally produced in the nose and gut, disrupts the energy sources of many types of bacteria. Learning how it does this may lead to new antimicrobials or ways to promote the body’s own defenses against infection.

The cable has landed: Ocean science history in the making — with slideshow

Submarine cables for the nations first regional cabled ocean observatory, a project led by the University of Washington, made landfall last week on the Oregon coast.


July 21, 2011

Adolescent boys among those most affected by Washington state parental military deployment: UW study

A new study from researchers at the University of Washington concludes that parental military deployment is associated with impaired well-being among adolescents, especially adolescent boys.

July 20, 2011

Mystery Photo: How well do you know the campus?

How well do you know the campus? Try your luck with the Mystery Photo and you might win a prize.

John Sahr: Professor, associate dean, zombie killer

John Sahr is an excellent professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs, but a lousy zombie killer. He’s not much better as a zombie, but he enjoys being both in the student-created game.

Newsmakers July 21

Comments on the Thai election by Charles Keyes, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair by Pepper Schwartz, childhood sports injuries and sperm damage by John Amory, crows with grudges by John Marzluff and partner therapy for STDs by Matthew Golden.

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