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December 1, 2010

Vintage visions: Sporting elegant bygone fashions, just for fun

Petticoats, nipped-in waists, Edwardian walking suits — members of the group Somewhere in Time Unlimited step out in historical fashions, just for fun.

Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food

Animals are capable of making instinctive safety decisions, a UW researcher has learned. Professor of Psychology Jeansok Kim demonstrated that rats weigh their odds of safely retrieving food pellets placed at varying distances from a perceived predator.

IQ scores fail to predict academic performance in children with autism

In a study by researchers at the University of Washington, 90 percent of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders showed a discrepancy between their IQ score and their performance on reading, spelling and math tests.

Princeton sociologist to discuss changing attitudes toward immigrants Dec. 9

Doug Massey says harsh anti-immigration reforms over the past 30 years are causing Latinos to become the new American underclass. His talk is the first in a three-part public lecture series focusing on the concept of diversity.

Gulf oil spill offers central discussion point for Honors 100 class

What does a philosopher, or a creative writer, have to say about an oil spill? Thats what a group of honors students have been finding out this quarter as they take Honors 100, the required first course in the new honors curriculum.

Five UW faculty named fellows of the IEEE

Karl Bohringer, Gaetano Borriello, Paul Kinahan, James Ritcey and Steve Seitz have been honored for their outstanding records of accomplishment in engineering.

Screenings on wheels: MammoVan coming Dec. 6, 20

Women age 40 and over should have annual mammograms, but its hard to find the time. The MammoVan is coming to help on Dec. 6 and 20.

Henry Art Gallery offers faculty/staff tour Dec. 15

The gallery is offering a 30-minute exploration of its current exhibitions in a UW Art Break staff tour at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Holiday sale at the Arboretum Dec. 11, 12

The Arboretum Foundation’s holiday sale, Gifts & Greens Galore, returns to the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hear a jazz guitarist, voice students Dec. 6

Jazz guitarist John McLaughlin will talk about improvisation and its development in the afternoon, and voice students will perform in the evening in Brechemin Auditorium.

Annual holiday concert set for Dec. 7 in Meany Theater

The School of Musics annual Carolfest gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Meany Theater. The Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Womens Choir, and UW Mens Glee Club will perform carols and seasonal music from around the world.

Drama school play tells story of ‘Last Witch to be executed in British Isles

The UW School of Dramas production of Rona Munros The Last Witch opens Friday, Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 12 at the Jones Playhouse.

Arab musician Simon Shaheen performs Dec. 4 at Meany

Simon Shaheen, one of the most significant Arab performers and composers of his generation, will appear at Meany Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Jazz Ensemble, Modern Band perform Dec. 8 at Meany

The Studio Jazz Ensemble directed by Cuong Vu and Ivan Arteaga, and the Modern Band, directed by Cuong Vu, perform big band arrangements, repertory selections, and new originals in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in Meany Theater.

Artists from around the world are part of new exhibit at Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Curator Daniele Di Lodovico brings his exhibit, Suitcase, to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery Dec. 7-18. The exhibit is his way of combining his travels, love of art and affable personality in the form of small works from a globally diverse selection of artists.

UW student composers' work to be performed

Student composers present their original works, using traditional and not-so-traditional instruments, in a concert Friday, Dec. 3 in Brechemin Auditorium.

Wind Ensemble, two bands to perform Dec. 9

The UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Campus Bands present an evening of music for wind band ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in Meany Theater.

Signature global health programs funded

International efforts are directed at maternal and child health, food and water security, injury control, medications, tropical medicine, and implementation science.

Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast to raise funds, awareness for research

Kenny G and The Canadian Tenors will perform live together Dec. 9 at the Seattle Sheraton event. Dr. Mitchell Gold, president of Dendreon, will be the keynote speaker.

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen

To make an informed choice, men should consider the limits of prostate cancer screening and what they would do if test results are positive.

November 30, 2010

UW Medicine health system tackles, reduces infection rates

Three medical centers — Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, and UW Medical Center achieve and surpass goals in infection control.

Big turnout for launch of global health collaboration in Latin America

PERLA — the Program for Education and Research in Latin America — has been launched with more than 60 people from departments across campus and from organizations around the city. They met to start working together on interdisciplinary projects.

UW Medicine health system tackles, reduces infection rates

UW Medicine health system tackles, reduces infection rates

November 29, 2010

Jazz ensembles to perform at School of Music Dec. 1, 2

Student jazz ensembles coached by Marc Seales, Cuong Vu, and Luke Bergman pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1 and 2 in Brechemin Auditorium.

Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food

Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food

November 24, 2010

Finger-trap tension stabilizes cells’ chromosome-separating machinery

Scientists have discovered an amazingly simple way that cells stabilize their machinery for forcing apart chromosomes.

As Nov. 28 election approaches, Egyptian opposition builds larger presence online than government

In the run-up to Egyptian elections Sunday, opposition parties have larger online presence than government

“Finger trap” tension stabilizes cells’ chromosome-separating machinery

Accurate gene distribution during cell division depends on stable set up.

November 22, 2010

UW Gospel Choir to perform at Meany Hall Nov. 29

Phyllis Brydwell will lead the 100-voice Gospel Choir in songs of praise, jubilation, and other expressions of the gospel tradition. Plus, guests from Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Get paid to change the world: New book shows how to find jobs in public service

Heather Krasna, director of career services at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, has written “Jobs that Matter.”

Get paid to change the world: New book shows how to find jobs in public service

Heather Krasna, director of career services at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, has written

November 19, 2010

Free college preparation for high-school students with disabilities

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November 18, 2010

Official Notices

Public comments sought on the 520, I-5 to Medina Project, the Universitys sexual harassment policy and several blood drives.

Peace Corps director visits UW

The Peace Corps director is visiting the UW Thursday and Friday to meet with faculty, staff, students and former Peace Corps volunteers.

UW Faculty Dance Concert set for Dec. 2-5

The UW Dance Program will present a concert featuring choreography by its award-winning faculty along with the restaging of works by special guests.

MRSA exposure for fire fighters, medics greater than for general public: UW study

MRSA exposure for fire fighters, medics greater than for general public: UW study

Peace Corps director visits UW

Aaron Williams, the director of the Peace Corps, is visiting the University of Washington Thursday and Friday, Nov.

November 17, 2010

Etc. : Campus News & Notes

Growing mustaches in the Evans School; Capital Projects raises bucks with spaghetti; a new honor for Sandra Archibald — and Thomas Harper makes an opera happen.

Energy improvement initiatives funded at Harborview

The matching grant is from Community Power Works, a locally and federally supported program to create green jobs and energy savings.

Undergraduates anthrax-killing protein wins international synthetic biology prize

A team of UW students took home the top prize in the Health and Medicine category this month at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.

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