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March 31, 2011

Faculty Fund for Library Excellence is established

The UW Faculty Senate has unanimously approved a resolution establishing the Faculty Fund for Library Excellence. The fund could help compensate for budget losses at the UW Libraries, and return the Libraries to their previous ranking.

Experts to discuss Japan crises in April 6 panel

As the crises in Japan continue, a panel of six UW faculty members will discuss whats happened and what could happen next. “Epicenter Japan: Local Crises, Global Impacts” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in 120 Kane.

March 30, 2011

Isaac Newton would be proud: One of ‘his apple trees now on campus

No one was hit on the head with an apple, but a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation was planted in front of the Chemistry Building March 30, courtesy of the Class of 2007.

Letters from Cairo: ‘Egypt is safe’

The latest letter from emeritus professor of history Jere Bacharach.

Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon – event looks at spills, shifting media landscape

This Saturday, join local and nationally known speakers as they compare the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills and look in particular at how people and organizations told stories about the two events.

Attention humans: Zombie tag returns April 4-8, with a few changes

The epic battle between the living and undead resumes. But not at night, and not indoors.

Nearly 150 UW projects under way to improve effectiveness, reduce costs

Nearly 150 initiatives in at least 82 units are under way to improve those units effectiveness and, in most cases, reduce costs. Those are the results of a January survey by the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative.

Enterprise Data Warehouse, financial ‘cube make it easier to work with data at the UW

Two important developments are making it easier for users to access and analyze data at the UW: The growth and maturity of the Enterprise Data Warehouse, a central repository of institutional data; and the development of enterprise reports and the financial “cube,” a tool that permits data analysis in multiple dimensions.

Dentistry offers $20 exams during Husky Dental Month

The UW School of Dentistry has scheduled Husky Dental Month from April 15 to May 15 at its pre-dental student clinic. During that time, anyone with a valid UW ID – faculty, staff or student – can get a dental screening and treatment plan for just $20.

Meet the force: UW Police Open House April 13 in Bryants Building

You can meet members of the UW Police and learn about their work at the UW Police Open House, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Room 111 of the Bryants Building. The campus community is invited, and the event is free.

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.

Public health professor an expert in all things green

Janice Bell studies how open spaces in neighborhoods encourage activity and reduce obesity. A green near her home enticed her to try a sport uncommon in the United States.

Bill Talley, longtime campus landscape architect, to be remembered

Talley, who died March 22, spent 20 years at the University before his retirement in 2007. His memorial will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the UW Club.

Etc: Campus News & Notes

The UW gets a nod for being bike-friendly; Samson Jenekhe is noted for his influence on materials science; Kathy Hoggan is elected to the board of the Fair Labor Association; Valerie Daggett is named a 2011 Fellow of the Biophysical Society; Chantel Prat wins the Tom Trabasson Young Investigator Award; and honors for historians Jordanna Bailkin, Patricia Ebrey, Susan Glenn and Stephanie M.H. Camp.


Comments in the press on issues of the day by Ed Lazowska, Dan Jaffe, George Gates, Richard Ellenbogen, Don Brownlee and the late Alan Marlatt.

Official Notices

A Board of Regents meeting and a hearing to discuss the moving of the administrative oversight of parking enforcement from the University Police Department to Commuter Services.

UWs Center for Commercialization announces new Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Since the programs launch two years back, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence have helped dozens of projects develop commercially viable business plans. Several new companies have launched and are in various stages of fundraising and commercialization.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander to address race and culture April 26

Poet Elizabeth Alexander, who wrote and delivered President Obamas inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” will address race and culture when she speaks at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in 130 Kane. The talk was rescheduled after adverse weather conditions prevented it being given on the original Jan. 23 date.

UW students from different health professions train as patient-care teams

By training together, students in different health sciences fields witness the strengths each profession brings to patient care. This month they learned how to communicate with each other and with the patient when a serious error occurs.

Michigans library dean to speak on scholarship in a digital age

Paul N. Courant, University of Michigan Dean of Libraries, will give a public presentation, Radical Change in Conservative Institutions: Universities, Libraries and Scholarship in the Digital Age, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in 220 Odegaard. The talk is free and no pre-registration is required.

UWs Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School examines quality and safety issues

Through the Open School, UW health sciences students from all disciplines are working together to foster excellence in patient care.

Report: Teacher bonus program fails to lure, retain top teachers in Washingtons high-poverty schools

Washington states $99 million bonus program for national board-certified teachers, designed to lure good teachers into high-poverty schools has not worked as intended, according to the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Eight UW professors named ‘Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows’ in new program

Eight UW professors have been honored as the Universitys most entrepreneurial faculty researchers, under a new Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Program initiated by Interim President Phyllis Wise.

Henry Art Gallery announces finalists for annual award, The Brink

The Henry Art Gallery has announced its short list of candidates for The Brink, an award for emerging artists in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22.

Owl, woodpecker photo exhibit tells of symbiosis, conservation at Burke Museum

Twenty-five extraordinary large-format color photos by Seattle-based wildlife photographer and UW alum Paul Bannick make up “The Owl and the Woodpecker,” on display at the Burke Museum through Aug. 7.

World Series brings Harlem Quartet to Meany April 6

After playing for guests of the President and first lady in December, the Harlem Quartet will play pieces by Beethoven, Borodin, Shostakovich, Chick Corea and more at its Meany concert.

Afro-Cuban music and dance group to perform at Meany

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas performs at Meany Hall at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Returning to Seattle for the first time in a decade, the group is composed of famed Afro-Cuban music and dance masters who are renowned for their fiery rumbas, dynamic drumming, and sacred rituals.

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.


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.

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