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March 16, 2011

Sound Transit: Drilling work to continue through spring break, March 19-27

Sound Transits contractor is continuing to drill holes along the proposed light rail alignment from the UW to Northgate to evaluate soil and groundwater conditions. To minimize its impact, the drilling on campus has been scheduled during spring break.

March 15, 2011

Public concerts featured at band directors conference March 23-26

The national association for college band directors is coming to the UW March 23-26, and there will be public concerts aplenty.

Luis Fraga to present 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Lecture April 7

Luis Fraga, UW associate vice provost for faculty advancement and professor of political science, will give the 2011 Samuel E. Kelly lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Jones Playhouse. This is the seventh in the series of annual lectures honoring the UWs first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs.

Controlling a single molecules reaction with light could improve solar cells

In new research published in “Science,” engineers at UW and UCLA used nanotechnology to control and observe how molecules react. They plan to use their method to develop more efficient solar molecules.

UW grad programs among best in nation, according to U.S. News

The University of Washington has been ranked first among primary-care medical schools in the country for the 18th consecutive year, according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided March 15 by “U.S. News & World Report.”


Earthquake preparedness meeting Friday, March 18, at UW Tower

Can the Pacific Northwest experience an earthquake like Japan? Yes. Join Siri McLean of UW Emergency Management from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the UW Tower Auditorium to learn about earthquake risks and how to be prepared.

March 14, 2011

UW study finds adolescent alcohol use associated with altered ability to evaluate risk

A new study from researchers at the UW concludes that adolescent alcohol use corrupts decision-making later in life.

Gender stereotypes about math develop as early as second grade

UW researchers report that children express the stereotype that mathematics is for boys, not for girls, before gender differences in math achievement emerge.

March 13, 2011

Danger to U.S. unlikely from Japanese nuclear reactors

A University of Washington atmospheric scientist believes it is unlikely North America is in any danger from airborne radiation from Japanese nuclear reactors.

March 10, 2011

UWTV debuts new shows on dance, film

UWTV recently launched two new arts-themed shows that feature both independent filmmaking and a collection of contemporary performances from the UWs Chamber Dance Company. The two weekly series premiered March 12 and will run beginning at 8:30 p.m.Saturdays.

Panel to discuss challenges of genomics to individualize drug therapy

Is personalized medicine a real possibility? Researchers and bioethicists will talk about the technical, clinical and ethical challenges to using genomics to individualize drug therapy March 14 at the UW Health Sciences.

March 9, 2011

Official Notices

A regents meeting, some blood drives and an environmental impact statement for Husky Stadium renovation

UW Tacoma historic building finds new life

On March 15 UW Tacoma is opening the last of the old, defunct warehouse blocks to be renovated into modern university buildings on its campus.

New book maps battle over same-sex marriage – literally

Peter Nicolas, a professor of law, and Mike Strong, a cartographer, have written The Geography of Love, a new book that literally and figuratively maps the 40-year battle over same-sex marriage in the United States.

UW Nanotoxicology Center to look at nanoscale product safety

Engineering of molecular machines, light-emitting quantum dots and other nanoscale products is still in its infancy. Government agencies hope to preemptively identify health and safety concerns in nanotechnology and make its products safe by design.

UW named base for EPA-funded Clean Air Research Center

The center will examine the health effects of pollution near roadways. Researchers from several institutes and universities will participate.

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.

House sets March 21 as budget deadline; no date set in Senate

With the state legislative session at about the halfway mark, many policy bills of interest to the UW remain alive, while other bills that have financial implications will remain in play until the legislature concludes its work by adopting the 2011-13 biennial budget.

Handel arias — and faux arias — featured in concert March 14

UW singers will present original arias by composer George Frideric Handel, along with parodies and adaptations by Henry Fielding (author of “Tom Jones”) and other playwrights, heard for the first time in almost 300 years.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to perform March 16

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform works by Chopin and Granados at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Meany Hall as part of the President’s Piano Series.

Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform at Meany

The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, at Meany Hall.

Seattle Opera general director to speak at World Voice Day event April 18

Join the Northwest Chapter Voice Foundation and Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins for a celebration of World Voice Day, April 18, at Harborview Medical Center. Jenkins will speak on the power of the human voice.

Etc.: Campus News & Notes

Two UW students are honored by the American Association for Cancer Research; the University hosts World Languages Day; and Meredith Honig is honored as a “Thought Leader” by the American Association of School Administrators.

Signed, sealed delivered: Students turn mailboxes into art

Mailing Services needed to spiff up its mailboxes; students needed a public art project. The results can be seen all over campus.

CEO of Teachstreet.com to speak March 31

The Find Your Focus Lecture Series will be hosting Dave Schappell, CEO of Teachstreet.com, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in 210 Kane.

Natural science, teamwork and beer: Its Burke Trivia Night

Take trivia, add a natural science theme and mix liberally with beer and you have Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub.

David Edwards to give Rushmer Lecture March 25

“On Edible Bottles, Drinkable Pumpkins, & Breathable Iodine: Mixing Culture, Science and Commercial Markets for Sustainable Global Health Technology Development” is the title of this years Rushmer Lecture by David A. Edwards

March 7, 2011

Double bassist to perform, give master class at School of Music

Scott Pingel, principal double bassist of the San Francisco Symphony, performs a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Brechemin Auditorium.

School of Music choruses, symphony unite for Mendelssohns ‘Elijah

The Chamber Singers, University Chorale and University Symphony will team March 11 for a performance of Felix Mendelssohns beloved oratorio Elijah.

UW researchers seek volunteers for study on anxiety disorder therapies

UW researchers seek King County area adults who have difficulty regulating their emotions and who are struggling with depression or anxiety disorders

March 3, 2011

5-ALA clinical trial opens for patients with brain tumors called gliomas

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved University of Washington Medical Center’s use of an experimental drug called 5-ALA to help locate brain tumors. The compound causes certain kinds of tumor tissue to glow during surgery under a fluorescent light.

New findings on drug tolerance in TB suggest ideas for shorter cures

Inexpensive medications already approved for other uses, such as treating high blood pressure, can block this drug tolerance mechanism. Overcoming drug tolerance would permit TB antibiotics to do their infection-fighting job.

March 2, 2011

Algal antifreeze makes inroads into ice

Sea-ice algae – the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean – can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.

World-class music and dance: The UW World Series announces its 2011-12 season

Pilobolus dance, the songs of Chava Alberstein, the African harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Carpe Diem and Emerson string quartets — these and many more will be presented next year.

A glimpse of 2016: New plan for Montlake Triangle features better access

When the Sound Transit station near Husky Stadium opens in 2016, there will be a pedestrian overpass across Montlake and a path to Rainier vista. Read more and take a look.

No easy answers to pressing questions in Human Rights and Education seminar

Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders, is introducing students to international human rights policies and the complexities of trying to implement them.

Etc: Campus News & Notes

JW Harrington performs with the Bellevue Opera, Dafney Dabach wins an award for her dissertation, the UWPD raise a lot of cold cash in their 2011 Polar Plunge, and doctoral candidate Jason Siegel wins a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award.

Official Notices

A regent’s meeting at UW Bothell, this week’s blood drives and grants available for work on alcohol and drug abuse.


Labor unrest, cancer of the esophagus and the spread of disease as a result of climate change are three of the things UW faculty commented on in the national news media recently.

Faculty Senate will consider endorsing Faculty Fund for Library Excellence

The Faculty Fund for Library Excellence would accept donations for current and emeritus faculty members.

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