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November 4, 2010

Blog profile: Patrick Dobel muses about sports in ‘Point of the Game’

Members of the UW community are increasingly expressing themselves in blogs about their interests or professional matters.

Global infectious disease researchers awarded Gates grants

Two UW scientists with bold new ideas for treating infectious diseases rampant in developing nations are among the latest recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration Grants.

Pharmacy faculty members honored for contributions to their profession

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) recently announced its 2010 award winners.

Dentistry alums featured in Seattle museum exhibit

Two UW School of Dentistry alumni are featured in a new exhibit about African-American health care professionals.

November 3, 2010

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

UW Medicine health system lauded for transplant, organ donation excellence

New book investigates the cost – and payoff – of great teaching

Univ. of Washington economics Professor Dick Startz says raise salaries 40 pecent, an increase that can pay for itself nine times over.

November 2, 2010

Benefit Fairs.

Learn more about the medical and dental plans offered to UW employees.

November 1, 2010

Molecular imaging and therapy center to develop, commercialize technologies

Ultrasound could soon be a way for spotting cancerous cells before a tumor develops, precisely monitoring how a person responds to treatment or delivering genetic therapies.

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound

Researchers are using tiny creatures called foraminifera to diagnose the health of Puget Sound.

October 31, 2010

UW losing 60-year tradition of salmon returning to campus

New directions in fisheries research, along with budget cuts, led the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences faculty to decide to discontinue the research salmon run created some 60 years ago at the campus.

October 29, 2010

Murray leads Rossi, voters against income tax, new KCTS 9/KPLU/Washington Poll shows

A survey of registered voters in Washington state shows incumbent Patty Murray four percentage points ahead of former state Sen. Dino Rossi

A film about Feist.

Look at What the Light Did Now documents the journey of singer Feist’s Grammy-nominated album The Reminder.

October 28, 2010

Masters of art: Student art, design talents shine in Henry Art Gallery’s eclectic MFA Exhibition

From towering aluminum headgear to outsized stainless steel pillows, interactive note cards, posters promoting good social works and even a device to better document medical emergencies, there’s a lot to peruse and ponder at the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition, now open at the Henry Art Gallery. Each year, the Henry hosts the thesis work of…

President Obama pleases a purple and gold crowd in UW campaign stop

President Barack Obama addressed — and delighted — a packed, purple house of Huskies at Hec Edmondson Pavilion today, part of a whistlestop-style tour to get out the Democratic vote, especially for Sen. Patty Murray, before the mid-term elections. “I am thrilled to back in Seattle, thrilled to be back in the state of Washington!”…

Molecular imaging and therapy center to develop, commercialize technologies

Ultrasound, best known by many people for snapping pictures of babies before they are born, could soon be a way to spot cancerous cells before a tumor develops, precisely monitor how a person responds to treatment, or deliver genetic therapies to their targets.

‘Fungus Among Us.’

The UW Botanic Gardens hosts a special, daylong event to inventory the various mushroom species living within the Washington Park Arboretum.

Gwendolyn Shaw on American artists.

An associate professor of American art at the University of Pennsylvania, Shaw also holds the American art history professorship at the UW School of Art this fall.

Seattle Public Library/UW Medicine free public lecture Nov. 3 looks at living organ donation

UW Medicine transplant surgeon Dr.

UW again receives top ranking for sustainability

For the fourth year in a row, the UW received a grade of A- on the College Sustainability Report Card, issued by the Sustainability Endowments Institute.

New methods detect subtleties in human genomes’ repetitive landscapes

Scientists have invented methods to scout the human genome’s repetitive landscapes, where DNA sequences are highly identical and heavily duplicated.

Answers to your questions about obtaining health care at UW Medicine

A survey last year looked at UW employees perceptions about obtaining their care at UW Medicine health systems. Here is a Q & A answering so

Official Notices

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a regular public meeting at 2 p.

SafeCampus now offers violence prevention videos

This fall, UW community members can easily access three educational videos produced by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety: Shots Fired, Flashpoint, and Silent Storm on the UW SafeCampus <A href="https://www.

PSO: Meet Margaret Shepherd in fall meeting

For its fall meeting, the UW Professional Staff Association will offer a talk by Margaret Shepherd, UW director of state relations.

From obscurity to prime time: viral political videos can spring from non-political sites

What’s the mechanism that makes a political video go viral? What causes a video clip to spread from a few people to millions, sometimes in a matter of hours? Is it a top-down process led by elite gatekeepers or bottoms up, driven by people at the grass roots? And how do blogs affect the life cycle of a viral video?

Common wisdom might suggest that a posse of political blogs triggers virality, but research from the UW indicates it often springs from just two elite blogs followed by top general interest outlets that aren’t considered political.

Mystery Photo

Where are we? The photo above was taken somewhere on campus.

A life to be remembered: ‘Dr. Sam’ tells story of UW’s Samuel E. Kelly

Samuel E.

CFD Profile: The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (and its Nov. 7 walk/run)

Editor’s note: Through the 2010 Combined Fund Drive campaign, University Week will spotlight agencies that receive CFD funds and members of the UW community who volunteer for such organizations.

Pac-10 Fitness Challenge seeing more interest this year


More indoor exercise, the start of fall, all signs point to the fourth annual Pac-10 Fitness Challenge.

Watershed management is foundation for improving Puget Sound water quality, documentary shows

An hour-long documentary written, produced and filmed by UW Tacoma faculty, staff and students, lays out the case: To clean up Puget Sound, start with the watersheds.

Martha Graham Dance Company to appear at Meany Nov. 4-6

The Martha Graham Dance Company will perform as part of the World Dance Series at Meany Hall Nov.

Audrey Osler of University of Leeds to speak on ‘Students’ Perspective on Schooling’ Oct. 29

Audrey Osler, professor of education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, will speak on Students’ Perspectives on Schooling from 11 a.

Craig Sheppard to perform ‘Mostly Brahms’ at Meany Hall on Nov. 1

Craig Sheppard will perform works by Johannes Brahms and the composer’s friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, in a concert titled Mostly Brahms at 7:30 p.

Molecular imaging and therapy center to develop, commercialize technologies

Ultrasound, best known by many for snapping pictures of babies before they are born, could soon be a way to spot cancerous cells before a tumor develops, precisely monitor how a person responds to treatment, or deliver genetic therapies to their targets.

Scented consumer products shown to emit many unlisted chemicals

The sweet smell of fresh laundry may contain a sour note.

New agreement makes popular software, new computers very affordable

Pssst …wanna score some primo software for nothing, or next to nothing? And how about a fully-equipped computer for the price of latte a day?

You don’t have to arrange for a clandestine meeting near the back of a truck in a dark alley.

Volunteers needed for study on suicide intervention strategies

Researchers at the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics at the UW seek King County men and women to participate in a study on suicide intervention.

College planning night for family of UW staff, faculty Nov. 2

The Office of Admissions will hold a college planning evening exclusively for UW staff, faculty and their high school children from 6 to 8 p.

Foster School of Business presents Entrepreneur Week UW Nov. 1-5

All things entrepreneurial will be in the spotlight at the Foster School of Business Nov.

Spooky tunes: Annual Halloween concert on Littlefield Organ Oct. 29

Students of Carole Terry, professor of organ and harpsichord in the School of Music, will play spooky classics and selected not-as-spooky Broadway show tunes on the UW’s Littlefield Organ in a special Halloween concert at 7:30 p.

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