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January 26, 2011

Official notices

A UW Regents meeting on Feb. 17, blood drives, and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute invites grant applications.


Fecal transplants, city signs, May-December romances, scat-detecting dogs and New Years resolutions are some of the things UW professors commented on in the national press recently.

Combined Fund Drive 2010 ends with record $2 million-plus

Once again, despite tough times, the UW community has stepped forward to help others in a record-breaking way. The 2010 Combined Fund Drive, which ended Dec. 10, raised a record $2,044,404.

UWs sixth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series explores diversity

The UW psychology department – a world leader in diversity science – will focus on diversity in its sixth annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series, which begins Feb. 16. Over the course of three installments, six speakers will discuss ways of breaking down barriers to diversity in business, law and health care.

Past and present together: ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at Meany Studio Theater

A small Texas town in 1975 and the Disciples of James Dean are gathering to remember their hero. But the reunion doesnt turn out as expected.

Chill with the UWPD for a good cause at Polar Plunge 2011

Are you ready to be freezin for a reason? The annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics is co-sponsored by the UW Police Department. It is set for noon Saturday, Jan. 29.

‘Resonance: Nature, Glass, and Standing Waves in the Art of Joe Davis opens at Jacob Lawrence Gallery

“Resonance: Nature, Glass, and Standing Waves in the Art of Joe Davis,” an exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, will feature works by Joe Davis, an artist-researcher in laboratories at both MIT and Harvard University. Davis is a pioneer of “bioart.”

Art up for bid at annual fundraiser Feb. 8

If youd like to take a chance on some art and help a student at the same time, you might want to consider the annual Scholarships for Scholars celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Put on by the 3D4M Program in the School of Art (3D4M stands for Three Dimensional Forum, covering ceramics, glass and sculpture), the event includes a raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds going to support students.

Brazilian dance company to perform at Meany

The dance troupe Grupo Corpo performs at Meany Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 3-5. The performance is part of the UW World Series.

UW pledges $5 million to help make ‘Intellectual House a reality

The UW has pledged $5 million to match gifts made to support the $10.6 million UW Intellectual House budget, Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange announced. The longhouse-style facility is designed as a learning and gathering space for Native Americans on campus.

He will follow them: Wildlife tracking a practical hobby for UW librarian

Nature awareness lectures got this staffer on the trail; now hes tracking and surveying animal populations on weekends.

University presses receive collaborative grant to support Art History Publishing Initiative

The University of Washington Press and three other academic presses have been awarded a collaborative publishing grant of $1.257 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish first books by scholars in the field of art history.

UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey to give annual address Jan. 31

At his annual address, Paul Ramsey will review the challenges and achievements of the past year at UW Medicine, and talk about future directions locally, regionally, and globally.

UW sociologists seek Tacoma high school Class of 2000 for survey

Based on surveys from Tacoma high school graduates, the UW-Beyond High School Project is revealing what factors help high school students transition into happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

January 25, 2011

Learn how sports medicine harnesses the body's own healing potential

The next downtown Seattle Public Library and UW Medicine evening is lecture Feb. 2. It will feature sports medicine specialist Kim Harmon explaining platelet rich plasma therapy for injuries.

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health

People with lower incomes and less education typically have less healthful eating habits than people with higher incomes and more education. A UW study concludes that socio-economic disparities in diet quality are directly affected by diet costs.

Rogue storm system caused Pakistan floods that left millions homeless

Last summers disastrous and deadly Pakistan floods were caused by a rogue weather system that wandered hundreds of miles farther west than is normal for such systems, new UW research shows.

Its all budget all the time at the state Legislature

“The budget is absorbing all the conversations in both houses and in both parties,” said Margaret Shepherd, UW director of state relations, during a Skype session from her office in Olympia Jan. 24. “Higher education continues to be a focus of those discussions, and there is broad agreement that ‘something needs to be done. At this point, there is not much agreement on what that something is.”

January 24, 2011

Scientists, artists collaborate to produce new art exhibit in Seattle

The work of three UW researchers is highlighted in an art exhibit at the Washington State Convention Center featuring creations from collaborations between artists and scientists.

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health: UW research

Higher costs of more nutritious diets contribute to socio-economic disparities in health: UW research

January 21, 2011

President Obama honors UW maternal health researcher Dr. Michelle Williams

Williams will receive a prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring next week at a White House ceremony.

President Obama honors UW epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Williams as one of the nation’s outstanding mentors

Williams will receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering mentoring.

January 20, 2011

Gulf grows between research practice and participant preferences in genetic studies

Realigning with participants’ interests is important for the future of research. UW and Group Health bioethicists suggest ways for scientists and study volunteers to build trusting relationships in a policy forum appearing Jan. 21 in the journal Science.

Encouraging women scientists in industry, government to enter academia

The On-Ramps into Academia workshop at the UW aims to lure women researchers working in government, industry or as consultants to academic positions. Applications for the second workshop, this spring, are due Feb. 15.

Gulf grows between research practice and participant preferences in genetic research

Realigning with participants’ interest is important for the future of genomic research.

January 19, 2011

UW announces academic medalists for 2009-2010

Three UW students have been singled out as outstanding in their classes, based on their academic records. Jennifer Kang has been named the freshman medalist, Gracie Ingermanson is the sophomore medalist and Krysta Yousoufian is the junior medalist.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

Michael Partington plays guitar for the Seattle Opera and Cliff Mass tries “nowcasting”; the latest from your campus colleagues.

A sanitized ‘Huckleberry Finn?

Some opinions about a scholar’s plan to release a version of “Huckleberry Finn” with the “n-word” replaced throughout with the word “slave.”

UW Surplus: ‘Serving the planet and the pocketbook

From computers to carillon bells, when the things we use end their campus lives, they meet their fate at UW Moving & Surplus — a sort of campus afterlife.

Images from Photography Certificate Program on display at UW Tower

When graduates of the UWs Photography Certificate Program offer an exhibit of their work in the UW Tower beginning Jan. 21, two UW staffers will be among the proud participants. And a third will be cheering them on.

Brooklyn Station open house Jan. 27: update on station design

Anyone interested in design options for the Brooklyn Station in the University District, part of Sound Transits North Link, should attend an open house on Thursday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Heights Center.

Clear and simple: Free web tutorial on plain writing

Learn how to write easy-to-understand informed consents for research in this one-hour training.

Enroll now in UW Medicine Mini-Med School

Get an insider’s view of UW Medicine by registering for a series of free lectures and demonstrations on medical education, patient care and research. The Mini-Medical School is in session Tuesday evenings Feb. 1 to March 15.

Concerto Competition winners to perform at UW Symphony concert

When the University Symphony performs on Jan. 27, it will be a chance for the winners of the School of Musics annual Concerto Competition to show off what they can do. David Brooks, Yesol Im, Jae-In Shin and Brooks Tran won the opportunity after surviving two rounds of competition. Alternates Hunju Juno Lee and Maria-Alise Agrawal will also perform.

Official Notices

A Board of Regents meeting, some blood drives and a call for applications for research grants in alcohol and drug abuse.

UW Bothell, Bellevue College to jointly enroll international students

A new type of educational partnership in the state of Washington was launched Jan. 19, when the UW Bothell and Bellevue College sign a memorandum of understanding to establish a cooperative admissions process for international students studying business in the United States

Versatile violinist Mark OConnor to perform at Meany Jan. 29

Violinist Mark OConnor performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Meany Hall. Embracing Appalachian fiddling, the jazz violin and the canon of classical music for strings, O’Connor redefines the idea of “cross-over” artist.

Airlift Northwest Open House January 21

Airlift Northwest welcomes visitors to an open house at its new offices and hangar. See the aircraft that transport critically injured patients, and meet staff who provide medical services inflight.

Jewish identity is subject of new book of essays edited by UW profs

In the new book, Boundaries of Jewish Identity, Susan Glenn and Naomi Sokoloff brought together a group of scholars in the fields of law, anthropology, history, sociology and literature to consider the question of who is a Jew and who gets to decide.

Inaugural poem author to speak at UW Jan. 27

Elizabeth Alexander, who wrote and delivered President Obamas inaugural poem, says it is time for Americans to begin a more nuanced civic conversation about race and culture. She will speak about that idea at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in 130 Kane.

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