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October 21, 2010

Disability expert Sue Kroeger to visit, speak Oct.25, 26

Nationally recognized disability expert and scholar Sue Kroeger will visit the UW Oct.

Of tribes and whales: Charlotte Cote publishes ‘Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors’

When Charlotte Cote was growing up on the western coast of Vancouver Island, she constantly heard stories about whaling, even though no actual whaling had been done there since 1928.

Gathering to mark life of Folke Nyberg

A celebration of life for Folke Nyberg, an emeritus professor of architecture and of urban design and planning who died Aug.

Annual Open Enrollment, Benefits Fairs coming

Open Enrollment, the period each year when UW employees can make changes to their health care and other benefits, will run Nov.

Official notices

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a regular public meeting at 3 p.

I want to see what you see: Babies treat ‘social robots’ as sentient beings

Babies are curious about nearly everything, and they’re especially interested in what their adult companions are doing.

City Club asks, Do you know where your DNA is?

City Club of Seattle is hosting a conversation, “Do you know where your DNA is?” as part of its ongoing Health Care Series.

‘Going for the Green’

Colorado-based engineering firm CH2M Hill and two British partners are racing to the finish as they complete multibillion-dollar facilities for the London Olympics.

October 19, 2010

Biologist hopes new ‘condos’ will help Galapagos penguins stave off extinction

Penguin Report  (PDF) A Tool for Increasing the Population of the Galapagos Penguin For more information, contact Boersma at 206-616-2185 or boersma@uw.edu. Think of it as Habitat for Penguinity. A University of Washington conservation biologist is behind the effort to build nests in the barren rocks of the Galápagos Islands in the hope of increasing…

Biologist hopes new ‘condos’ will help Galapagos penguins stave off extinction

A UW conservation has built nests in the Galápagos Islands in the hope of increasing the population of an endangered penguin species.

Molecular Engineering and Science Institute to address energy and medicine; UW bioengineer named director

What if doctors had tools to pinpoint the location of disease inside the body’s cells? What if window panes captured solar energy that could be used to power homes? Molecular engineering, sometimes called molecular manufacturing or molecular systems, is very small-scale construction made possible by advances in chemical synthesis that allows for this new class of nanotechnology.

October 16, 2010

Faculty recital

Faculty oboist Shannon Spicciati and guest oboist Keri McCarthy, from Washington State University present a program of solo and duo literature for the oboe, including works by Schumann, Rathbun, Tann, and others.

October 15, 2010

New survey shows voters oppose income tax, favor Murray over Rossi

They also opposed ballot measures that would directly affect taxes and chose jobs, unemployment and fixing the economy as their top issues

‘William Kentridge: Anything is Possible’

A screening of the new, hour-long documentary about the South African artist.

October 14, 2010

I want to see what you see: Babies treat “social robots” as sentient beings

I want to see what you see: Babies treat “social robots” as sentient beings

Tissue engineer Robert Langer to give Hoffman Lecture Oct. 22

Renowned tissue engineer and drug delivery expert Robert S.

Pharmacy student earns scholarship to enhance public health outreach

Pharmacy student Karen Craddick, class of 2012, received a competitive Paul Ambrose scholarship to participate in the annual Ambrose Symposium in Washington, D.

Providing care to the villages of Gabon


Third-year pharmacy student Elise Fields entered the School of Pharmacy in hopes of pursuing a career in public health and global pharmacy.

UW Blog profile: ‘Blog Down to Washington’


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

Mystery Photo

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

Forget the Coppertone: Water fleas in mountain ponds can handle UV rays

Some tiny crustaceans living in clear-water alpine ponds high in Washington state’s Olympic Mountains have learned how to cope with the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays without sunblock — and with very little natural pigmentation to protect them.

‘A Cleaner YouTube’: Pretty good for two hours’ work



First there was MySpace.

Official Notices

Board of Regents

The Regents will hold a regular public meeting at 3 p.

Game on: New graduate interest group promotes serious study of video games

Can video games be art? Tools for education? Instruments for change?

Ed Chang and Timothy Welsh tend to think so.

The life of Otis Pease, longtime UW history professor, to be celebrated Oct. 24

A Celebration of Life for Otis Pease, a history professor at the UW for nearly 30 years, will be held at 2 p.

UW Libraries to note Open Access Week with discussions

UW Libraries will participate in the national Open Access Week with three panel discussions at Odegaard Library.

A celebration of home movies planned Oct. 16

Hannah Palin, Film Archives Specialist at the UW Libraries Special Collections, is once again involved in producing Home Movie Day, scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.

UW’s first-ever Sustainability Summit and fair is Oct. 20

The UW’s first ever Sustainability Summit Wednesday, Oct.

Dawg Dash turns 25 — grab your running shoes and join in

This year is the 25th anniversary of Dawg Dash, one of the UW Alumni Association’s most popular annual events.

Giving back after a gift of life


UW Medicine patient Turner Prewitt talks about his “second life” following a heart transplant:

I was given the “gift of life,” a new heart on Aug.

University District Food Bank, a CFD choice: ‘It feels good to help others’

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.

Three extraordinary talents comprise the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio, playing Meany Hall Oct. 20

Three virtuoso members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are playing together in a concert presented by the UW World Series.

Life of Florence James — once of the UW — dramatized in ‘McCarthy and the Old Woman’

When Rita Deverell was a 26-year-old actress, she met someone she thought of as “a harmless elderly woman.

Treating the paradox of paradoxical vocal fold motion

Sometimes in her work at the UW, Julie Dunlap puts on her shorts and running shoes.

When in Rome: Study-abroad students increase alcohol intake

For American students, spending a semester or two studying in a foreign country means the opportunity to improve foreign language skills and become immersed in a different culture.

Gateway to Chile garden’s opening celebration Oct. 17

Sunday, Oct.

How did humans live 12,000 years ago? Find out at Ice Age Archaeology Day

The Burke Museum presents a day of exhibits and talks on what life was like during the coldest time the state has ever known – the last Ice Age.

Service Learning Resource Center launches website created by Information School students

The problem: Plenty of UW Health Sciences students were willing to volunteer for service learning projects and plenty of projects needed their help, but there was no central clearinghouse, no place where the two groups could connect.

Presidential search committee seeks input from community

What leadership qualities should the next permanent UW president have? The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is welcoming input from the UW community and friends of the University in the search process in a series of public discussions in coming weeks.

Flu shot clinics.

Seasonal flu shot clinics for UW faculty and staff.

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