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January 12, 2011

Performing ethmomusicology: Lectures, seminars, workshops and concerts all quarter

A January 14 concert and workshop by Brazilian-born multi-instrumentalist Jovino Santos Neto and his trio kicks off the School of Musics Performing Ethnomusicology Series, running through Winter Quarter 2011.

Opinion: Reflecting on leadership in times of crisis for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs, shows how Martin Luther King Jr.s writings shed light on the crises of today.

One year after earthquake, students still working for Haiti

A group promoting awareness of conditions in Haiti constructed a simulation of a typical improvised Haitian tent city on the UW Tacoma campus Jan. 12, including tarps for roofs, rudimentary cooking conditions and buckets for toilets.

How to use the Henry: Museum to hold faculty reception Jan. 20

The Henry Art Gallery is inviting UW faculty to review how the museums resources can be used for research and teaching. The University Faculty Information Reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Reed Collections Study Center.

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin to perform at Meany

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Meany Hall. The program includes works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Debussy.

UW trombonist, DX Arts, involved in concert at Town Hall

Stuart Dempster, a trombonist and professor emeritus of the School of Music, teams with keyboardist David Gamper and accordionist Pauline Oliveros for a special appearance at Seattle’s Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Nominations open for Walker Ames, Danz, Mangels lectures

The Graduate School Public Lecture Committee is accepting nominations for the Walker Ames Scholars Program, Jessie and John Danz Lecture Series and Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Lecture Series until Jan. 31.

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.

Iceberg snaps, produces strange song

Want to hear one of the biggest icebergs of the last decade crack up? UW researchers compressed a five-hour event in Antarctica into a two-minute audio file that you can listen to.

With help from his friends: Resourceful staffer wins Canlis scavenger hunt, free meals

A friend knew that if anyone could solve a Canlis 60th anniversary scavenger hunt, Greg Barnes could. After all, hed already solved the 2007 Emerald City Search. And sure enough…

Dr. Donna Berry honored for nursing research to improve lives of cancer patients

This spring the Oncology Nursing Society will present Donna Berry with the 2011 Distinguished Researcher Award in Boston at its annual congress.

Two UW faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Charles T. Campbell, the Lloyd E. and Florence M. West Endowed Professor of Chemistry, and G. Stanley McKnight, a professor of pharmacology, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Organizational Effectiveness Initiative: Seeking to save money while preserving quality

While legislators meet in Olympia, the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative looks for a “sustainable academic business plan” to carry the UW to a secure future. Its part the Two Years to Two Decades Initiative.

January 10, 2011

‘Voices in your community is theme of this years Pocketmedia Film Festival

Can you tell a story in two minutes or less? The UW Pocketmedia Film Festival is open for entries. Films must be less than two minutes and include this year’s Common Book, “You Are Never Where You Are.”

January 7, 2011

Wise named recipient of Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award

President Phyllis Wise has been selected by Asian Pacific Fund as the recipient of the fifth annual Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, which recognizes the professional accomplishments and leadership of Asian Americans in higher education.

January 5, 2011

Official Notices

Study volunteers needed for an HIV vaccine trial, a Board of Regents meeting and two blood drives.

One-time open enrollment to add dependents age 20-26

There is a new kind of open enrollment taking place until March 1 — its for adding dependents age 20 to 26, and was a result of the 2010 health care reform legislation.

Mystery Photo returns: How well do you know the campus?

Think you know the campus? Then try your luck with the Mystery Photo, returning this week after an absence. Guess correctly and you might win a prize.

Whats wrong with a rich Indian, UW prof asks in new book

Think of an Indian – a Native American – and many people will think of poverty. Not fine art, opera tickets, personal airplanes and ballet lessons for the kids. But in a new book, Rich Indians: Native People and the Problem of Wealth in American History, UW American Indian Studies professor Alexandra Harmon explores historical and contemporary examples of wealthy Indians.

Events celebrating work of Martin Luther King planned

A fair for volunteer opportunities, a discussion with Julian Bond and Gregory Hicks, Health Sciences events and the UW Tacoma Unity Breakfast and a talk by Michael Honey — there are many ways to honor and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year.

Washington womens basketball live on UWTV this season

Fans of the UW womens basketball team will be able to watch all the home games except the Jan. 30 game against WSU live on UWTV. Commentator Dan Giuliani will call home games for UWTV, along with former UW women’s basketball letter winner Sara Mosiman.

Everything you always wanted to know about UW policies: See the new UW Policy Directory

The Rules Coordination Office has finally brought the often-unwieldy world of institutional policies into the 21st century with the creation of the UW Policy Directory. The new site includes many documents that formerly were in the University Handbook, but much more besides.

Creating a new model for high school STEM education

Rigorous studies in science, technology, engineering and math, with industry mentoring for both students and teachers, and maybe even a longer school year — these are key features of a new five-year, $4.1 million grant for the UWs Institute for Science and Mathematics Education and several partner organizations.

Osher Institute offers information meeting Jan. 6

Join Bill Steele from the UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences on Thursday, Jan. 6, to learn about the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network and more. It’s part of an information meeting planned by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW

Q&A with UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey

UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey talks with UW Today about the latest developments in academic medicine at the University. See what’s on the list of institutional –and his personal — resolutions for the year ahead.

Summertime is ‘showtime for busy conference coordinators at Housing & Food Services

It may be winter, but the UWs conference coordinators are already thinking summer. Thats because when most students leave campus, conference attendees arrive, and theres lots of work necessary to prepare for them.

Assunta Ng named Odegaard Award recipient

Assunta Ng, founder and publisher of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly who has devoted her life to promoting and mentoring women and youth, is the 2011 recipient of the University of Washingtons Charles E. Odegaard Award, Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange announced.

Sound Transit to host meeting on connection from rail station

Sound Transit will host a community meeting on Jan. 12 which will feature the latest design of the pedestrian connection from the UW Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium to the campus.

Transportation projects affecting UW will be topic of Jan. 10 meeting

The Regional Transit Task Forces meeting will be to open a dialogue between Seattle transportation groups and community members.

Clauss, Nkeze, Whitehead: Recipients of new ProStaff Award named

Louise Clauss, Namura Nkeze and Lisa Whitehead have been named the first recipients of the new ProStaff Award given by the Professional Staff Association.

Dentistry alums featured in Seattle museum exhibit

Northwest African-American Museum’s “Checking Our Health” looks at issues that disproportionately affect black Americans. The exhibit also highlights more than 100 health professionals from the region who work to reduce these disparities.

Parker honored for book on African American veterans

Christopher S. Parker has been honored for his book, ‘Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South.’

Aiding school district budgets by using 'cafeteria-style' benefits

School districts should consider restructuring the way they supply benefits for teachers, according to a new fiscal analysis by the UWs Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Uncovering the School of Arts ‘accidental collection

What were in those cabinets in the basement of the School of Art? A treasure trove of hundreds of art works by faculty artists.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs Jan. 12

Celebrated American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Meany Hall. The program features compositions by Bach.

Pianist Ned Kirk to perform at School of Music

Ned Kirk, artistic and managing director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Co-management holds promise of sustainable fisheries worldwide

Encouraging new evidence suggests that the bulk of the worlds fisheries – including small-scale, often non-industrialized fisheries on which millions of people depend for food – could be sustained using community-based co-management.

January 3, 2011

Engineering students hack Kinect for surgical robotics research

Students in the Biorobotics Laboratory hacked the Kinect, a motion-based controller for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming system, for research on telerobotic surgery.

Meet Dermestes maculatus: The Burke Museums flesh-eating volunteers

They slave away by the thousands in private, quietly giving their lives for science. No, not graduate students, they are members of the Dermestes maculatus species — otherwise known as flesh-eating beetles. And they help the UWs Burke Museum with a sensitive and important job.

Anti-bullying program reduces malicious gossip on school playgrounds

UW researchers report that elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program in Seattle schools showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip.

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