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February 2, 2011

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.


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.

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