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February 9, 2011

Stories of strength shine in ‘Better than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920-2007

African-American athletes share their life stories in John C. Walters new book from University of Washington Press.

Stardust set to meet its NExT comet

It’s been 12 years since Stardust, the brainchild of a UW astronomer, was launched and seven years since it encountered a comet called Wild 2 out beyond Mars. Next Monday the probe will make history again when it meets its second comet, Tempel 1.

February 8, 2011

Follow the field work: researcher blogging about fishing tech and turtles

On her plane trip to Ecuador Wednesday, UWs Kiki Jenkins will write her first entry for the “New York Times” blog “Scientist at work: Notes from the Field.”

A dance response to ‘Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic Feb. 8

Students from Dance Composition II will respond in movement to the exhibit ‘The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic’ 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 267 Meany.

UW's Hank Levy elected to National Academy of Engineering

Henry “Hank” Levy, professor and chair of the UW’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

February 7, 2011

Implantable computers to restore brain function lost to injury or disease is Keck Foundation grant goal

The UW has made significant progress in neural engineering — the study of communication and control between biological and machine systems. The Keck project is the next step in advancing the technology of miniature devices developed at the UW to record from and stimulate the brain, spinal cord and muscles.

February 3, 2011

Earplug advice

UW occupational hygienist and noise researcher Rick Neitzel tells how to protect your hearing while enjoying your favorite music or sports.

Light rail noise

UW research scientist Rick Neitzel comments on noise reduction for light rail. He is an occupational hygienist in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Global health minor launched in response to student interest

More than 200 students from disciplines across campus have enrolled in an intro course in global health offered for the first time this quarter.

Common Book: Spring seminars wanted; funding available for student-led activities

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is looking for faculty to teach a one- or two-credit seminar this spring in connection with the Common Book. This years Common Book is a UW-created book of poetry titled “You Are Never Where you Are.”

February 2, 2011


Gastric bypass surgery, mindfulness based therapy and this winters weird weather are just three of the things UW professors commented on in the national media.

The art and science of poster presentation

Pick up pointers to maximize the clarity and impact of your poster presentation at a free seminar Feb. 3.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Eliza Dresang serves on the state Birth to 12 Literacy Team, Eric DAsaro is named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Mary Whisner wins an award for her writing and Ronald Collins wins a law award…the latest accomplishments of your campus colleagues.

UW Experts on the Arab crises

As the Arab crises continue, UW experts are available for media interviews.

'Painterly' photographers featured in book, exhibit (with slide show)

The Henry Art Gallery, UW Libraries and UW Press team to create a beautiful book and exhibition about the “painterly” photographers of the Seattle Camera Club in 1924.

Juan Pampins meditations ‘On Space part of Les Percussions de Strasbourg concert

The players will be arrayed around the audience in the unusual staging for this performance, which will include a piece by Pampin commissioned by the group.

Craig Sheppard plays ‘Mostly Brahms Feb. 9

Faculty artist Craig Sheppard will perform piano works by Brahms in a concert titled “Mostly Brahms,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Meany Hall. Its the first in five-concert cycle, to continue on April 28.

UW retains top rankings in Peace Corps participation

The UW ranks third among colleges and universities sending undergraduate alumni to the Peace Corps, and first in graduate alumni.

University of Chicago professor to give comparative religion lecture

Professor Michael Sells from the University of Chicago will speak on “Holocaust, Armageddon, and the Clash of Civilizations” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 210 Kane. The talk is the Founders Annual Lecture in Comparative Religion and Contemporary Life.

Lecturer traces Chinese history through one family

“Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History” is the title of a lecture by Joseph Esherick, professor of modern Chinese history at UCLA, to be given at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane.

Need help identifying your treasures? Burkes Artifact ID Day is Feb.12

Burke curators and other experts will be on hand to help you figure out what that odd thing is that you found in the garden last spring.

Pharmacy students elected to national leadership roles

Sara McElroy and Andrew Heinz will each become presidents of national pharmacy student organizations. Both have innovative ideas for their profession and its role in improving health care.

Ballmer gift establishes first endowed deanship in social work

The UW has received a gift to establish the nations first endowed deanship in social work at a public university. On Jan. 20, Dean Edwina (Eddie) Uehara became the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work.

Architecture Professor Sharon E. Sutton gets award, publishes new book

Sharon E. Sutton has been a professional musician, an artist and an architect and is now an architecture professor. Really though, shes a community builder — with a new book and an honor from the American Institute of Architects.

UW researcher studies transit, other noises in life

The screech of a subway lurching into the station, the blast of a ferry horn: How do the sounds of people on the move affect their hearing and health? Occupational hygienist Rick Neitzel explores this question, and gives tips on protecting your hearing.

Official notices

A blood drive on Feb. 9, a Regents meeting on Feb. 17 and applications for research grants are being accepted by the Alcohol & Drug Use Institute.

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.

Fair to highlight ‘travel with a purpose Feb. 11

The UW Retirement Association is hosting a travel fair for people who want to do more than just see the sights. “Travel with a Purpose: A Fair for the 50+ UW Community” will be held Friday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall.

‘Lean and green — and a showcase for office sustainability

The Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office is a place youd expect to have environmentally friendly furnishings, and it does.

Chiara String Quartet to perform as part of World Series Feb. 8

The Chiara String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Meany Hall. They will be giving the world premiere of Daniel Otts new piece, “String Quartet No. 2,” paired with two pieces by Beethoven.

‘Guitar Ensemble: Four and More at Brechemin Auditorium Feb. 11

Students of Michael Partington will present a program of music arranged or composed for large guitar ensemble in Guitar Ensemble: Four and More, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Two-mile Antarctic ice core could shed light on climate change

UW scientists are part of a project that has succeeded in extracting a core more than 2 miles in depth from Antarctic ice.

February 1, 2011

Invader abundance not always explosive

When invasive plants gain a foothold in new territory they become about as abundant as on their home turf, a new finding that challenges a widely held assumption.

New center aims to dramatically lower barrier to making silicon photonic chips

The University of Washington has launched a new program, co-funded by Intel Corp., to make it easier and cheaper to build silicon photonic circuits. Sending information using light, instead of electrons, will allow for faster, lower-power and more versatile microchips.

January 26, 2011

Show and tell at the Burke: Behind the Scenes Night 2011

For members, the Burke Museums Behind the Scenes Night is a chance to explore usually unseen specimen collections. But for the staff and students volunteering as experts for the night, its a big natural science show and tell — and they do it well.

Dream Project gets $972,000 grant from Gates Foundation, plans to expand, deepen work

A look at the Dream Project, founded at the UW to help low-income and first-generation students get to college and stay there. It just got a major Gates Foundation grant, and was named Charity of the Month by the Seahawks and KIRO radio.

Lifetime achievement award goes to epilepsy drug researcher Rene Levy

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pharmaceutics Rene Levy has received the 2011 Arthur A. Ward, Jr. Achievement in Epilepsy Award from the Northwest Epilepsy Foundation. He is an expert on medications to control seizures and on drug interactions.

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 excellence in arts presentation for Matthew Krashan; a math prize for Gunther Uhlmann; Rajesh Rao to speak at the 2011 TED Conference; Richard Anderson develops a Microsoft tool for distance learning; economist Dick Startz to speak at the UW Bookstore; and UW alum Peter Rhee sits in the First Lady’s box for the State of the Union speech.

Engineers Without Borders hosts dessert and wine fundraiser, silent auction

The UW chapter of Engineers Without Borders hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year, a dessert and wine tasting and silent auction, on Monday, Jan. 31. See a slide show of the group’s work in Bolivia.

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