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February 23, 2011

Salmon-safe: UW recognized for protecting water quality, salmon habitat

The UWs Seattle campus has won certification as salmon-safe. The certification, created by the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, recognizes the UWs efforts to protect water quality and salmon habitat.

Robinson Center offers summer programs for young scholars

The UWs Robinson Center for Young Scholars is offering summer programs for fifth- to 10th grade students who qualify.

Building community –- ‘with convenience — on west campus

To Housing & Food Services, the student housing projects under way on west campus are about creating a whole new neighborhood.

More street food: Curbside 8 food truck now outside More Hall

Theres a new food truck on campus: Curbside 8, near More Hall, will offer a combination of new American food and global comfort foods, according to UW Housing & Food Services.

Nominations open for Husky Green Awards

Nominations are now open for the second annual Husky Green Awards meant to recognize individuals or teams of UW students, faculty and staff whove helped advance environmental stewardship and sustainability at the Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell campuses.

Dimmable windows with solar panels could power zero-energy buildings

UW engineers and architects are collaborating on smart windows that can change transparency depending on conditions and actually harvest energy from the suns rays.

Nobel Laureate Erwin Neher to give Hille Lecture in Neurosciences March 1

Dr. Erwin Neher of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany will present the 21st annual Einar Hille Memorial Lecture in Neurosciences March 1. He is know for work on how prior activities shape the efficacy of chemical transmissions between brain cells.

Learn about new treatments for Parkinson's at library talk March 2

“New treatments in the pipeline for Parkinson’s patients” is the topic of the March 2 UW Medicine & Seattle Public Library Lecture. If you have Parkinson’s, or know someone who does, you won’t want to miss this free evening talk at the downtown library.

‘Jazz Innovations: Back-to-back nights of jazz March 2, 3

Student jazz ensembles coached by UW talents will gather for two nights to pay tribute to icons of jazz and present original compositions, too.

UW dance majors take to the stage March 3-6

The UW Dance Program presents its annual concert of undergraduate choreography March 3-6 in the Meany Studio Theater.

UW Mens Glee Club to perform in community concerts March 4, 5

The UW Mens Glee Club will will appear with the a capella group The Coats at Eckstein Middle School March 4, and will be part of an a capella festival March 5.

French dance company performs at Meany March 3-5

The dance company Compagnie La Baraka performs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, in Meany Hall. The groups choreography blends a variety of modern dance styles with lyrical ballet.

‘Baroque Celebration features UW ensemble with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

Students from the UW Baroque Ensemble will perform orchestral works and chamber music selections with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Feb. 28 in Meany Hall.

Original student works to be performed in 'Composers Workshop' March 4

Student composers in the UW School of Music will present original works in the “Composers Workshop” in Brechemin Auditorium.

‘Seattle Superstar to be chosen at performance Feb. 26

Six UW students are betting fans of Americas Got Talent will come out for the final round of their own competition, Seattle Superstar Search, on Saturday, Feb. 26 in 130 Kane.

Student voices ring out in Voice Division Recital March 1

School of Music voice students will perform arias and ensemble pieces from the opera repertoire in the Voice Division Recital for this concert in Brechemin Auditorium.

Etc.: Campus news & notes

UW staffers take home a number of awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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.

Official Notices

The Board of Regents March meeting, several blood drives and grants available for alcohol and drug abuse research.

2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Ei-ichi Negishi, speaks this week at UW

Ei-ichi Negishi, a 2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and professor of chemistry at Purdue University, will speak Friday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. in 210 Kane.

February 22, 2011

Minority Law Students Association to host Feb. 24 panel discussion on race and criminal justice

What creates racial disparities in the criminal justice system and what could address them? A six-member panel moderated by Mary Fan, UW assistant professor of law, will explore these issues and related ones.

February 21, 2011

Foggy, volcanic Kuril Islands illuminate limits of where humans can live (with slideshow)

Ben Fitzhugh, a UW anthropologist, is leading an international team of anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and earth and atmospheric scientists in studying the history of human settlement on the Kuril Islands.

February 18, 2011

Staff member in doctoral program receives prestigious EPA STAR fellowship

Cynnie Curl held down a full-time job at the UW while taking one graduate class at a time. She finished her doctoral general exam, and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund her research on pesticides in food.

Winners named in Pocketmedia Film Festival

Money 4 Drugz! — the story of seeking grants to develop new drugs for infectious diseases — is the winner of this years Pocketmedia Film Festival.

February 17, 2011

Supercomputing expert to talk at UW on the future of extreme computing

The director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will speak at the UW on Tuesday, Feb. 22, on the future of extreme scientific computing.

February 16, 2011

Spokane Lane to be widened, regraded

Why is part of Spokane Lane, between Kane and Savery halls, blocked off and torn up?

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

After evaluating two design options and taking input from the community, Sound Transit has decided to move forward with a single entrance design for Brooklyn Station.

Professional and Organizational Development plans ‘Network session March 1

A light breakfast and some talk on an interesting topic and youre still heading to work by 9 a.m. Thats what “Network,” a new event from Professional and Organizational Development, is all about.

DAISY Foundation celebrates 10-year nurse awards anniversary

DAISY awards recognize nurses for extraordinary compassion, kindness, sensitivity and communication skills. Nearly 250 nurses from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medicine have received the DAISY award since its inception.

Official Notices

A Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 17, some blood drives, and applications for small grants are being taken by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.


Teach for America, Egypts revolution and the defeat of the Dream Act are three of the things UW faculty were asked to comment on in national media.

Mark your calendars for Global Health Week Feb. 28 to March 4

Global Health Week has a great line-up of events — lectures, an award-winning film, trivia night, career fair, and more — brought to you by the Global Health Resource Center.

Presenters sought for Teaching and Learning Symposium

Presenters are needed for the seventh annual Teaching and Learning Symposium at the UW, scheduled for 2-4:30 p.m. April 19, in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall.

Northwest imagery, original music make unusual vision for ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht wasnt thinking of Seattle when he wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play with songs, in 1944. But director Alyson Roux kept the Northwest in mind when directing the show, opening soon at the Jones Playhouse.

Ren Sun's ink drawings of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Everest on display at Harborview

Ren Sun’s quiet ink drawings stir discussion of retreating glaciers and what their rapid melt means for the world’s water supply. His art is on exhibit in the Harborview Medical Center Cafeteria now through Feb. 28.

‘Romeo and Juliet to be presented by Undergraduate Theater Society

The Undergraduate Theater Society Will present Shakespeares ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Feb. 24-March 6 in the Cabaret Theater in Hutchinson Hall.

‘Meany Beat: UW Percussion Ensemble to perform Feb. 22

The UW Percussion Ensemble will perform a diverse program of music on Feb. 22 in Meany Hall. And Tom Collier will perform a piece by James Beale, music professor emeritus, who died last year.

University Symphony to perform Haydn, Shostakovich Feb. 24

Jonathan Pasternack, the School of Musics director of orchestral activities for 2010-2011, will conduct.

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.

New report examines promises, pitfalls of charter school autonomy

Charter schools are free of many school district mandates and can operate in innovative ways. But budget woes, huge administrative demands and expectations of what a school “should look like” tend to pull the schools back to traditional practice, a new report states.

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