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April 20, 2011

UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band to play Meany Hall April 25

The UW Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands perform works by several composers in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Meany Hall.

Legislative session likely to go into overtime

Although this week is supposed to mark the official end of the Washington legislative session, all parties have agreed a special session will be necessary.

April 15, 2011

UW Department of Global Health center awarded $300 million for health training

International Training and Health works with local governments and institutions in resource-limited countries to develop skilled health care workers and strong national health systems. The new award is part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

April 14, 2011

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at Commencement

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will speak at UW Commencement June 11.

Data catches up with theory: Ocean front is energetic contributor to mixing

For more than two decades scientists have suspected theres a substantial source of energy for ocean mixing at ocean fronts. Researchers with the Applied Physics Laboratory are the first to devise a way to prove it.

April 13, 2011

UW Awards of Excellence recipients announced

The University will honor 21 individuals and one team of four this year as part of the annual Universitywide awards program. The award winners will be honored at a special event on June 9 in Meany Hall.

Forest resources special events mark UN International Year of Forests

In observation of the UN International Year of Forests, the UW School of Forest Resources has scheduled a forest film festival, a talk May 6 with alums who are leaders in global forestry and a look at forestry education, research and management May 10.

Computer Science and Engineering students win National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

This weekend in San Antonio, eight students from the UW’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering won the trophy in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Leader of Comeback America to speak at Evans School

David M. Walker, the founder and chief executive officer of the Comeback America Initiative, will speak at the Evans School of Public Affairs on Wednesday, April 20.

Exhibits, symposium, talk celebrate life and work of César Chávez

The UW is holding a series of events over the coming months to celebrate the life and work of César Chávez, labor leader and civil rights activist. The series is titled Viva La Causa: César Chávez and the Pacific Northwest.

‘Bridging the Antilles a conference on the Caribbean — and an excellent photo exhibit

The Latin American and Caribbean Student Association at the UW presents “Bridging the Antilles,” a conference taking place Thursday through Saturday, April 21 to 23.

Pharmacy’s Katterman Lecture gears up for an ‘Electronic Revolution’

Sue Merk, a pharmacist from OneHealthPort, will talk about the use of advanced communications and information technologies in hospitals, communities and clinics.

Seminar focuses on communicating the science of climate change

“Communicating the Science of Climate Change” is the topic of a seminar by Michael McPhaden, affiliate professor in the UW School of Oceanography and president of the American Geophysical Union, on April 21.

Exotic travel comes with health risks

Explore the world and return in good health. Dr. Stephen Emmons, a family physician and travel medicine specialist at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic in Woodinville, has tips to prevent illness and injury in exotic locales.

Why I chose UW Medicine: Convenient, personalized care from inspiring providers

Ginna Wall, a nurse who works with new moms and newborns at UW Medical Center, has received her own healthcare at UW Medical Center-Roosevelt for the past 12 years. She describes the convenient, personalized attention provided at the Women’s Health Care Center.

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 Kenneth B. Pyle, a research fellowship for Laura Chrisman, and the story of the UWs 1936 rowing team is headed for the big screen. And a winning show of Peeps.

Official notices – April 14, 2011

The Board of Regents meets, required asbestos training for all employees is online, blood drives are offered and UW International & English Language Programs offer quarterly and on-site classes designed primarily for non-native speakers of English.

Two UW profs win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two UW professors — Heidi Pauwels and Michael Honey — are among 180 scholars, artists and scientists from the United States and Canada to receive fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

UW biologists stumped by ‘naked penguins in Africa and South America

In the last five years, the chicks of two penguin species on different continents have been afflicted with a disorder that causes them to lose their feathers, and scientists are trying to determine the reason.

‘Scandinavian Crime Fiction: New book studies popular genre

Mention Scandinavian crime fiction and most people think of Stieg Larssons novels, but his work comes from a tradition dating back decades. A new book co-edited by the UWs Andrew Nestingen explores that tradition.

One-woman show ‘Saving Face a personal matter for Samantha Rund (of ‘UW360)

When Samantha Rund performs her original show April 17 and 18 at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, shell be fulfilling a longtime interest in Shakespeares character Ophelia — but also honoring the memory of a close friend.

Larionoff, McCabe combine for violin-piano recital April 17

Maria Larionoff, concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and Robin McCabe, UW piano professor, will perform works by Brahms, Schumann and Faure in the final installment of this year’s Barry Lieberman and Friends series.

Fairy tales are at center of drama schools ‘Secret in the Wings

The lesser-known European fairy tales are in the spotlight as the UW School of Drama presents its production of Secret in the Wings, by Mary Zimmerman. Guest director Julie Beckman brings the play to the Meany Studio Theatre April 17-May 1.

Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin to perform at Meany Hall April 20

Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, hailed as possibly one of the greats of the new century, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Meany Hall, as part of the UW World Series.

‘Saxophone Night at Brechemin Auditorium April 20

Students of Michael Brockman will take the spotlight in “Saxophone Night,” an annual evening of music for solo performers and quartets, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Brechemin Auditorium.

‘The Encyclopedia Show takes on topic of bears April 22

The Encyclopedia Show, a “live literary variety show being staged independently in 10 cities around the world,” will play in 210 Kane at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22.

Poets to visit as part of UW Common Books celebration of National Poetry Month

Nationally-acclaimed poets Philip Levine and Ken Arkind will share their work and answer questions at “Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance” as part of the UW Common Books celebration of National Poetry Month. The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Kane Hall.

Banana slugs and hissing cockroaches: Continuing the UW tradition of training biology teachers

“How do you tell the sex of a banana slug?” Its a typical question in Biology 492A, biology for teachers, a popular class that graduates often describe as “the most practical class Ive ever taken.”

Teaching and Learning Symposium set for April 19

The 7th Annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Kane Hall.

Global Business Case Competition finals open to public April 16

Student participants have come from as far away as Thailand, China, Brazil and New Zealand for the 2011 Global Business Case Competition, April 11 to 16, and the public is invited to watch the “final four” on April 16.

Child safety experts advise that children ride in rear-facing car seats until age two

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new passenger safety guidelines for children. Dr. Beth Ebel, director of Harborview’s Injury Prevention Center, tells how to keep children safe every ride, every time.

UW Poetry Film Series

W.H. Auden likened poets to makers of “verbal objects.” Filmmakers attempt to bring those objects to life. As part of National Poetry Month — and in connection with the 2011 Common Book, You Are Never Where You Are — the UW Libraries is presenting a series of films with poetry connections. The selection ranges from…

April 12, 2011

New book by UW geographers describes social influences on Seattle — see video

Liberal yet conservative, cosmopolitan but close to wilderness, postindustrial while still strong in manufacturing. UW geographers explain how the Emerald City acquired its contradictions and stereotypes.

April 11, 2011

Social wasps show how bigger brains provide complex cognition — see slideshow

UW neurobiologists studied 10 species of social wasps and report that bigger-brained wasps devoted more brain space to complex thinking, implying that smaller-brained wasps can never get ahead.

Factors influencing obesity is topic of 2011 Annual Science in Medicine Lecture April 13

Dr. Arya Sharma, a world-recognized expert on obesity and its prevention and management, will speak at the UW April 13. He will talk about systematically assessing influences on eating, metabolism, and activity that contribute to excess weight.

April 10, 2011

West Antarctic warming triggered by warmer sea surface in tropical Pacific

New research shows that rising sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drive atmospheric circulation that has caused some of the largest shifts in Antarctic climate in recent decades.

April 7, 2011

SR 520 eastbound ramp to Montlake to close temporarily

The off-ramp from eastbound State Route 520 to Montlake Boulevard will close during the early morning hours Saturday, April 9, and Monday, April 11, so crews can deliver and remove equipment for geotechnical drilling work.

Free software makes computer mouse easier for people with disabilities

As the population ages, more people are having trouble with motor control, but a University of Washington team has invented two mouse cursors that make clicking targets a whole lot easier.

UW Libraries to participate in statewide Snapshot Day April 12

Libraries staff and students will wield cameras, solicit comments, and gather statistics for a 24-hour period to illustrate the value of libraries through stories, photographs and statistics.

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