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September 30, 2010

Pharmacy professor Joy Plein named Distinguished Alumna of Idaho State

Idaho State University recently bestowed its highest alumni honor to UW Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein.

UW researchers seek to improve access to personalized drug therapy for underserved populations

The UW has joined a nationwide network of scientists through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how genes affect individual response to medicines.

From film school to medical school, UW grad pursues his passion

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Mice engrafted with human immune cells may pave way to better typhoid fever treatments

Better treatments and prevention for typhoid fever may emerge from a laboratory model that has just been developed for the disease.

UW, Seattle Children’s launch new pediatric oral health center


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UW Nursing’s Betty Bekemeier named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

Betty Bekemeier, UW assistant professor of nursing, has won a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how research partnerships between public health leaders in government, academia and the non-profit sector can answer practice-based questions that affect public health policies.

School of Medicine hosts Walker-Ames Scholar Dr. Roger Strasser, a global leader in rural physician training

The founding dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine met with local groups

September 28, 2010

34 University of Washington doctoral programs rated highly on national assessment

Fifteen of the University of Washington’s doctoral programs were very highly rated, and 19 programs were highly rated among their peers at major universities across the country in an assessment by the National Research Council, according to the UW Graduate School’s analysis of the rankings.

New U.S. Census data show more Washington residents living in poverty

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September 23, 2010

Trio of PNW universities to develop new tools for climate change planning

The nearly $3.6 million in Interior Department funding will ramp up efforts already underway at three Pacific Northwest universities.

September 22, 2010

Sudden ocean cooling likely contributed to Northern Hemisphere global warming pause in mid-20th century

A mid-20th century global warming pause in the Northern Hemisphere may have been due to an abrupt cooling event in the North Atlantic

September 21, 2010

Freshman Convocation features UW “genius award” winner

UW Professor Thomas Daniel, who has received local and national honors as a researcher and educator, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s 27th Annual Freshman Convocation, which begins at 10:30 a.

Mice engrafted with human immune cells may provide clues to better prevention and treatment of typhoid fever

The model is based on transplanting human immune stem cells from umbilical blood into mice that are susceptible to infection

September 20, 2010

New research shows massive ad campaign didn’t reduce meth use

In 2005, Montana had one of the highest rates of methamphetamine use in the United States.

September 16, 2010

Rising education levels among women save children’s lives worldwide

The educational gender gap is closing. The finding offers a new path for accelerating progress in child health.

New U.S. Census data show West more hurt by recession than rest of country

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UW ranked 23rd in the world, fourth among American publics in new study

The Times Higher Education study shows the UW ranks among the best universities in the world.

September 15, 2010

Home’s electrical wiring acts as antenna to receive low-power sensor data

If these walls had ears, they might tell a homeowner some interesting things.

September 8, 2010

UW to Host Largest University-Based Global Health Conference Sept. 19-21

More than 800 people will gather for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference being held at the University of Washington in Seattle on September 19-21 to discuss the critical role of universities in global health.

September 7, 2010

UW researchers seek to improve access to personalized drug therapy for underserved populations

The University of Washington has joined a nationwide network of scientists through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how genes affect individual response to medicines.

September 2, 2010

80 percent of agricultural expansion in tropics came at expense of forests

Tropical forests — and not previously cleared land, as some have contended — were the primary source of new agricultural land in the tropics from 1980 through 2000, according to a paper published online this week in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Handouts for college research assignments are often poor roadmaps

Many handouts give more direction about mechanics than appropriate ways to conduct research.

September 1, 2010

UW search committee holds forum in Spokane Sept. 8

will hold a forum 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 801 W. Riverside Ave.

August 31, 2010

Labor movement, UW collaborate on labor archive for Washington state

The proud legacy of the labor movement in Washington will preserved in an archive at the UW

August 30, 2010

Army ant raids help birds survive the winter in Costa Rica

The health of some migratory birds depends in part on army ant raids in the foothills of Costa Rica

In cracking apple DNA code, Apple Cup rivals join in international team effort

Researchers from WSU and the UW were part of a global team of 86 scientists who sequenced the apple genome.

August 26, 2010

Tuning into cell signals that tell where sensory organs will form inside the ear

These signals disappear early in life, but perhaps could be recharged to restore hearing loss in adults

August 23, 2010

Prospects for democracy in Iraq? Research shows Internet indispensable

Digital media, such as mobile phones and the Internet, have become all but essential in building democracies.

Astronomy conference at UW to explore the sun and other cool stars

For many people, all stars are “cool.

August 20, 2010

UW, Sound Transit build “Great Wall of Us” on construction site

Attention photographers and videographers: Installation of the “Great Wall of Us” will take place from 8 to 11 a.

UW ranked 16th nationally by Washington Monthly based on service


            The University of Washington is ranked 16th in the country among national universities based on its commitment to service, according to results released today by Washington Monthly.

August 19, 2010

UW Regents finalize Emmert departure

The chair of the University of Washington Board of Regents today on behalf of the full board approved a plan for the upcoming presidential transition to occur commensurate with the start of the new school year at the university.

Tom Stritikus selected dean of UW College of Education

Associate Professor Tom Stritikus, who currently serves as associate dean of academic programs, has been selected by Provost Phyllis Wise to be the next dean of the University of Washington College of Education, effective Sept.

Researchers discover genetic link between immune system, Parkinson’s disease

A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that Parkinson’s disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin.

Genetic alterations common to Kabuki syndrome discovered through streamlined DNA sequencing

Using a new, rapid and inexpensive DNA sequencing strategy, scientists have discovered genetic alterations that may account for a majority of Kabuki syndrome cases.

There’s a movie being filmed on campus — want to be an extra?

Want to be part of a movie? The independent film Judas Kiss began filming on the UW campus Wednesday, and will keep filming through Sept.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health 2010 annual conference to be held at UW Sept. 19-21


Universities are at the center of a global health revolution and are leading the way in exciting interdisciplinary partnerships.

Young artists to parade heady summer creations

As a sculptor, Bryan Schoneman likes to work vertically, creating headwear that teeters a couple or even a dozen feet above the wearer.

Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

Editor’s note: Each year the summer academy hosts a premier of the students’ animated short films.

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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation launches landmark survey to discover the impact of disease worldwide

With so many products aimed at making people look and feel younger, it might be surprising to learn that not everyone wants to live forever.

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