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April 12, 2011

New book by UW geographers describes social influences on Seattle — see video

Liberal yet conservative, cosmopolitan but close to wilderness, postindustrial while still strong in manufacturing. UW geographers explain how the Emerald City acquired its contradictions and stereotypes.

April 11, 2011

Social wasps show how bigger brains provide complex cognition — see slideshow

UW neurobiologists studied 10 species of social wasps and report that bigger-brained wasps devoted more brain space to complex thinking, implying that smaller-brained wasps can never get ahead.

Factors influencing obesity is topic of 2011 Annual Science in Medicine Lecture April 13

Dr. Arya Sharma, a world-recognized expert on obesity and its prevention and management, will speak at the UW April 13. He will talk about systematically assessing influences on eating, metabolism, and activity that contribute to excess weight.

April 10, 2011

West Antarctic warming triggered by warmer sea surface in tropical Pacific

New research shows that rising sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drive atmospheric circulation that has caused some of the largest shifts in Antarctic climate in recent decades.

April 7, 2011

SR 520 eastbound ramp to Montlake to close temporarily

The off-ramp from eastbound State Route 520 to Montlake Boulevard will close during the early morning hours Saturday, April 9, and Monday, April 11, so crews can deliver and remove equipment for geotechnical drilling work.

Free software makes computer mouse easier for people with disabilities

As the population ages, more people are having trouble with motor control, but a University of Washington team has invented two mouse cursors that make clicking targets a whole lot easier.

UW Libraries to participate in statewide Snapshot Day April 12

Libraries staff and students will wield cameras, solicit comments, and gather statistics for a 24-hour period to illustrate the value of libraries through stories, photographs and statistics.

April 6, 2011

Sudden cardiac death affects about 1 in 44,000 NCAA athletes a year

Athletic training and competition can increase the risk of sudden death in college students with underlying heart disease. The new data — higher than many estimates — could influence screening guidelines for sport physicals.

Solar research in the spotlight: Kane Hall event and live webcast on UWTV

The deans of Engineering, Arts & Sciences and the College of the Environment will participate in a lecture that shines a light on UW research in solar energy. The talk, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, is at capacity but UWTV will host a live webcast.

Amount of AIDS virus in genital secretions predicts risk of heterosexual transmission

The link between higher reproduction of the virus in the genital tracts and the increased risk transmitting HIV to others may reveal biological mechanisms of disease spread during sexual activity, and may suggest new strategies to reduce infection.

School of Pharmacy dean emeritus honored for research excellence

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has honored Sid Nelson for his many contributions to pharmaceutic sciences, including work leading to safer medications.

UW scientist named School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumna

Dr. Gail Anderson attended the UW as an undergraduate and graduate student, and then pursued her career here. This month she will receive the School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumna Award for her work on drug treatments for brain injuries and epilepsy.

Six UW students named 2011 Magnuson Scholars in the health sciences

Six 2011 Magnuson Scholars have been chosen, one from each UW health science school. The scholarship is named for the late Sen. Warren Magnuson, who strove to improve the nation’s health through government support for medical research and care for those in need.

April 18 is coming, and UW business students are helping to ease the pain

Struggling over taxes? Consider the student members of the UWs Beta Alpha Psi, who had already completed 343 returns by the end of February, and they arent even their own.

Trash-In 2011: A snapshot of campus recycling, composting on April 13

How far has the campus come in recycling and composting? You have to dig through the trash to tell, and that’s just what folks at the UW Recycling & Solid Waste office will do April 13 in the annex alongside the Bryants Building.

Learn do-it-yourself efficiency, savings at the Home Improvement Fair April 13

Even in a recession, you can do things to increase your homes energy efficiency and also save money. Learn how at the annual Home Improvement Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Mary Gates Commons.

Match Day is a family affair for graduating medical students

Every March, the nation’s graduating medical students find out where they will spend their next several years of training. On March 17, National Residency Match Day 2011, UW medical students gathered in Hogness Lobby to open their placement letters with friends, families, and faculty mentors at their sides.

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

Awards for librarian Leslie Bussert, social work lecturer James H. Williams and professors Nancy Hooyman and Susan Kemp; statistician Jon Wellner, philosophy professor emeritus Karl Potter; and comparative literature professor Marshall Brown and more. Plus, the UW Tacomas Joy Building is honored. The latest accomplishments by your campus colleagues — and, um, buildings.

Early Bloomers Plant Sale April 9 at the Arboretum

Young shrubs, small trees, conifers, bonsai starts, and early blooming perennials are on sale Saturday, April 9, at the Arboretum.

UW blog profile: ‘Burke Blog a lively look inside natural history museum

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes at the Burke? Take a look at the entertaining and informative Burke Blog, online since 2006.

‘Birds at the Burke: Fly on over for a visit April 17

Specimens from the Burke Museums ornithology collection will be on display as part of “Birds at the Burke” on April 17.

Official notices April 7, 2011

A Board of Regents meeting on April 14 and blood drives on April 7, 11 and 12.

Altered landscapes: Art professors work crosses disciplines

Philip Govedares paintings arent representational, or quite what you expect of a landscape. Hell soon be presenting to the American Association of Geographers.

Melia Watras and Seattle Universitys Amber Archibald lead talents in April 10 ‘Violas United

Melia Watras, UW associate professor, will host Seattle University faculty violist Amber Archibald in a performance featuring students from both schools. The recital is at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Brechemin Auditorium.

Hospital meals served with a taste of haiku for Harborview patients

Later this month Harborview Medical Center patients will spot a haiku sample on their meal trays. Those interested can try their hand at traditional Japanese poetry, or the modern American Sentence.

April 5, 2011

Ill just Google it: College students find plenty of information online, but often go offline to verify

According to a new study, college students use online sources to gather information for personal decisions but also rely almost as much on family and friends for finding and making choices about information.

April 4, 2011

Earthquake scientists discuss West Coast earthquake early warning system

Scientists from Washington, Oregon and California are in talks about the feasibility of establishing an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast.

High dose of oxygen enhances natural cancer treatment

An environment of pure oxygen at three-and-a-half times normal air pressure adds significantly to the effectiveness of a natural compound already shown to kill cancerous cells.

March 31, 2011

Four UW undergrads awarded Goldwater scholarships

Four UW undergraduates have won Goldwater Scholarships, designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Libyan political scientist to speak at UW on April 4

Ali Ahmida, who knows Libya as a native and as a scholar educated in north Africa, will lecture at 7 p.m. in 210 Kane.

Faculty Fund for Library Excellence is established

The UW Faculty Senate has unanimously approved a resolution establishing the Faculty Fund for Library Excellence. The fund could help compensate for budget losses at the UW Libraries, and return the Libraries to their previous ranking.

Experts to discuss Japan crises in April 6 panel

As the crises in Japan continue, a panel of six UW faculty members will discuss whats happened and what could happen next. “Epicenter Japan: Local Crises, Global Impacts” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in 120 Kane.

March 30, 2011

Isaac Newton would be proud: One of ‘his apple trees now on campus

No one was hit on the head with an apple, but a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation was planted in front of the Chemistry Building March 30, courtesy of the Class of 2007.

Letters from Cairo: ‘Egypt is safe’

The latest letter from emeritus professor of history Jere Bacharach.

Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon – event looks at spills, shifting media landscape

This Saturday, join local and nationally known speakers as they compare the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills and look in particular at how people and organizations told stories about the two events.

Attention humans: Zombie tag returns April 4-8, with a few changes

The epic battle between the living and undead resumes. But not at night, and not indoors.

Nearly 150 UW projects under way to improve effectiveness, reduce costs

Nearly 150 initiatives in at least 82 units are under way to improve those units effectiveness and, in most cases, reduce costs. Those are the results of a January survey by the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative.

Enterprise Data Warehouse, financial ‘cube make it easier to work with data at the UW

Two important developments are making it easier for users to access and analyze data at the UW: The growth and maturity of the Enterprise Data Warehouse, a central repository of institutional data; and the development of enterprise reports and the financial “cube,” a tool that permits data analysis in multiple dimensions.

Dentistry offers $20 exams during Husky Dental Month

The UW School of Dentistry has scheduled Husky Dental Month from April 15 to May 15 at its pre-dental student clinic. During that time, anyone with a valid UW ID – faculty, staff or student – can get a dental screening and treatment plan for just $20.

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