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May 25, 2011

Etc.: Campus news & notes

David G. Gordon of Washington Sea Grant wins the Big Bug Cook-Off, and HFS wins an award for its mobile dining. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues.

Blog profile: Clare McLean's 'Bird Word Girl'

In her blog, “Bird Word Girl,” photographer and writer Clare McLean tells readers, “Im not really a birdologist, I just play one on these here interwebs.” It’s a well-written blog with lovely photographs, including shots of the UW heron colony.

School of Pharmacy’s largest department gets new chair

Bridge Endowed Professor of Pharmacy Peggy Odegard has been named the next chair of the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy, effective July 1. Odegard, who is also a practicing pharmacist, is the first woman to hold this role.

An opera diva in our ranks

Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, who works in Patient Financial Services for UW Medical Center, is also an opera singer. In a conversation with Tara Brown of Organization Development & Training, she talks about her operatic career, the joy of performing and her favorite big dramatic operas.

New design studio in Hutchinson a perfect fit for the School of Drama

What used to be a swimming pool in Hutchinson Hall is now an 8,000-square-foot design studio for the School of Drama. Designers are thrilled to be out of their cramped quarters on University Way. “Its a funny thing,” one said. “You even feel cramped in your ideas when youre in that small a space.”

Art being sought for remodeled Hall Health

When the Hall Health remodel is complete in the fall, the building will feature art by students, faculty and staff. And that art is being solicited now by a committee.

Sound transit looking for artists, holding open houses

A lead artist will be hired for each of the three North Link Sound Transit Stations — Brooklyn (U District), Roosevelt and Northgate, and those chosen will work with architects and engineers to produce works of art. Open houses are slated for the Roosevelt and Brooklyn stations.

What the grade school kids taught the university professors

What does it take to transform a neighborhood? Who can make it change—and how? You could ask a professor with a doctorate in sociology. Or, you could ask an 11-year-old at McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma.

Sign a beam and ‘become one with the new HUB

If you miss the HUB during its closure for a major overhaul, staff there would like to get your autograph. On June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the campus is invited to sign a beam that will go into the HUB as construction continues.

UW rural education blueprint compels Nairobi visitors

Physicians and administrators from the University of Nairobi visited this month to learn about the UW’s regional programs to improve rural health care, and how to adapt these models to their country’s rural health needs.

Intellectual property, social innovation is topic of lecture at law school

Steve Davis will present a lecture, “Intellectual Property and Social Innovation in the 21st Century,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in 138, William H. Gates Hall. Davis is the former CEO of Corbis, the digital image company backed by Bill Gates and now serves as a senior adviser for McKinsey & Companys global Social Sector Office.

Registration open for ethical research collaboration conference

Registration is now open for a conference, “Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations,” planned for Sept. 22-23 at the University of Washington. Nationally recognized speakers from across the country will focus on ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations.

Assunta Ng, student scholars honored at EOP celebration

Assunta Ng was presented the University of Washingtons Charles E. Odegaard Award and several student scholarship recipients were recognized at the 41st Annual EOP Celebration, Fête and Honors earlier this month at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

University Symphony, Percussion Ensemble offer concerts at Meany

The Percussion Ensemble will perform on May 31 and the University Symphony will play on June 3, with Melia Watras as soloist on viola.

Studio Jazz Ensemble, Modern Band present year-end concert

The UW Studio Jazz Ensemble and the UW Modern Band, under the direction of Cuong Vu, will present a year-end concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, in Meany Hall.

Thomas Harper directs students for Opera Workshop

Thomas Harper directs UW voice students in scenes from the opera repertoire, including scenes from “Carmen,” “Idomeneo,” “Zauberfloete,” “L’Elisir d’Amore” and “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

University Singers, Womens Choir, Mens Glee Club combine for ‘UW Sings

The University Singers, Womens Choir and Mens Glee Club will present their popular year-end concert featuring a variety of songs from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in Meany Hall.

Chamber Singers perform works for choir and organ in Meany concert

The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Geoffrey Boers, will perform works for choir and organ in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in Meany Hall.

Burke Museum boosts student engagement with new advisory board

The Burke Museums latest after-hours party featured well-dressed folks who mingled among the stunning photographs and natural history exhibits. But these were not beloved donors or affiliated faculty — they were students.

Washington Sea Grant helps UW grads get high-level marine or aquatic policy experience

When three University of Washington graduates headed to Washington, D.C., as National Sea Grant Knauss fellows, they represented nearly 10 percent of the 2011-2012 fellows chosen for the prestigious program, which places students in federal agencies for a high-level policy experience.

Attention to vision change could keep clouds at bay

Therapies may reverse macular degeneration –- if its found early. It’s critical that you have your vision monitored regularly, especially if you are over 60, smoke, have obesity or high blood pressure, or have any problems seeing.

May 24, 2011

Yang Lan, Chinas version of Oprah Winfrey, to speak at UW, graduate student conference to follow

Yang Lan will deliver this years Severyns-Ravenholt lecture, sponsored by the Department of Political Science. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in 210 Kane.

May 23, 2011

Memorial planned for UW emeritus Professor Eugene Vance

Vance, 77, a UW professor emeritus of French, comparative literature and comparative religion, died May 14 in the crash of a one-seat, lightweight plane at Arlington Municipal Airport. He will be remembered in a gathering on Friday, May 27.

May 22, 2011

Scientists find odd twist in slow ‘earthquakes:’ tremor running backwards

UW scientists find that in an unfelt, weeks-long seismic phenomenon called episodic tremor and slip, the tremor can suddenly reverse direction and travel back through areas of the fault that it had ruptured in preceding days.

May 18, 2011

UWs new ‘Pact with Students a response to changing times

A changed environment for higher education in Washington is prompting creation of a formal “Pact with Students” that delineates the Universitys commitment to carrying out its vision. The pact states, simply, “the quality of the student experience will always be our primary goal.”

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

UW Psychology Professor Jeansok Kim honored by the Association for Psychological Science, and staffer G. Robin Smith will give a performance of his one-man show of Benjamin Franklin.

Student discovery on display at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Nearly 900 of the University of Washingtons undergraduates will showcase their contributions to research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest in University history. The symposium is from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Mary Gates Hall.

Dr. Martha Somerman named to receive Harvard dental schools highest honor

Dr. Martha J. Somerman, dean of the UW School of Dentistry, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Paul Goldhaber Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The award, which is the Harvard dental schools highest honor, goes to a recipient who is held in the highest international esteem in his or her field relating to oral and systemic health.

Protostars: Girls with their eyes on the skies

Proposed by a high school astronomy enthusiast, the group seeks to bring together girls 12 to 16 years old to learn about telescope operation, data reduction and more.

Keywords for Video Game Studies group ends year with colloquium

Keywords for Video Games Studies will hold a year-end colloquium on Saturday, May 21.

UW Bothell to co-host North End Community Health Fair

UW Bothell and the Childrens Home Society of Washingtons North Seattle Family Center are hosting the North End Community Health Fair on Tuesday, May 24.

A ‘FUN event at UW Bothells Center For Serious Play

UW Bothells Center for Serious Play is hosting the Futures of Unconventional Narrative Beta conference on May 20. Its an interactive event exploring the intersection between games and stories.

Susan Avila-Smith, veterans group founder, to speak on sexual assault in the military

Susan Avila-Smith, founder of a nonpartisan group for American service members and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in 120 Kane.

Peter Gries of University of Oklahoma to speak on US-China relations, perceptions

Gries will give a presentation titled “How Americans and Chinese Think and Feel About Each Other and the World” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, in 220 Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

UW Contemporary Group features Quantum String Quartet, rarely performed work

An evening of music by the UW Contemporary Group will feature faculty and students, a rarely performed group of madrigals and a new contemporary chamber choir. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Meany Studio The

University Chorale, Gospel Choir to perform spring concerts

The UW Chorale, directed by Giselle Wyers; and the UW Gospel Choir, directed by Phyllis Byrdwell, will perform in different venues on May 23.

Avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan at UW for 2-day residency, public concert

World-renowned avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan will visit campus for a two-day residency, including a free afternoon workshop, the screening of a 2004 documentary about her and an evening recital on May 26.

Director of Stieg Larsson films Daniel Alfredson to visit UW

Fans of author Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian crime fiction, take note: Daniel Alfredson is scheduled to speak at the UW on Wednesday, May 25.

Wind Ensemble, symphonic, and concert bands gather for concert

The UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band will perform music by Percy Grainger, John Adams and Clifton Williams in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Meany Hall.

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