UW News

September 28, 2012

News Digest: Poplar rates LEED gold, molecular engineering doc airs tomorrow, next flu shot clinic Oct. 15

Poplar residence hallLEED gold rating for student residence Poplar Hall
Poplar Hall
, the student residence hall that opened in autumn 2011, has earned a gold-level rating from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED rating notes the design, construction and operation of modern, green buildings. Rating categories include sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials used, indoor environmental quality and the design process.

Seven floors tall, Poplar Hall hosts about 270 students in studio apartments and double rooms. Its third floor is home to a sustainability community dedicated to social equity and minimal environmental impact.

Molecular engineering and science focus of new UWTV-produced documentary

Molecular engineering labA half-hour documentary titled “The Rise of Molecular Engineering and Science” airs on UWTV, which produced it, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The film focuses on research happening in the UW’s newly opened Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building.

The film takes viewers on a tour of the building and interviews UW faculty working in two focus areas: clean tech and biotech. Dean Matt O’Donnell describes the emerging field of molecular engineering, and Patrick Stayton talks about the role of the UW’s Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute. Other UW faculty who appear in the program include Hugh Hillhouse on nanotechnology to make paintable solar cells, Christine Luscombe on inexpensive, plastic solar cells, Daniel Gamelin on new solar-powered batteries, David Ginger on emerging tools and trends in solar technology, François Baneyx on nanotechnology manufacturing, Suzie Pun on drug delivery, and David Baker on designing new proteins to solve 21st-century challenges. Steve Pool, a UW alumnus and KOMO television weather anchor, is the host.

The documentary will air regularly through fall and winter on UWTV, and can be seen anytime online.


President Michael Young at Sept. 20 flu shot clinic.

Next flu shot clinic Oct. 15 at UW Tower
UW Benefits
conducted its first flu shot clinic last week and has several more scheduled through Nov. 1.

Flu shots are free for faculty, staff and retirees covered by a Public Employee Benefits Board health plan and for students covered through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program or the Student Health Insurance Plan. Be sure to bring your health insurance card – otherwise you must pay $30 and seek reimbursement from your health plan – plus a photo ID and a completed copy of the claim form.

The UWellness webpage about flu season says everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot because it’s the single best way to keep from getting and spreading the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UW employees and students also can get flu shots through the Hall Health Immunization Clinic.