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December 31, 2012

Sayonara to sopping year — with one big dry spell

Clouds reflected at Seattle's central waterfront.

December 28, 2012

Husky alums influence Northwest wine industry


December 26, 2012

For New Year’s resolutions to stick, plan ahead

List of resolutions

This year, for sure, you will lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, learn a new language, get a better job, and travel to exotic lands. And of course you’re going to eat better, stress less and create (and stick to) a household budget – all while spending more time with the family. It’s gonna happen!…

December 19, 2012

Composting confusion rampant in UW waste bins, study finds

students sort trash

A study of waste bins at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus revealed that 88 percent of the contents in trash bins could have been recycled or composted. Most – 72 percent – of what didn’t belong in trash bins turned out to be compostable items, such as food, carry-out containers and paper coffee cups.

December 17, 2012

Aging, end-of-life expert offers advice for coping with holiday blues

A sorrowing old man in the painting "At Eternity's Gate" by Vincent van Gogh.

The holidays can be a time of sadness and loneliness, and UW’s Wendy Lustbader has advice on how to deal with these issues.

December 6, 2012

Tipsy? UW expert’s tips for reining in holiday drinking

A snifter of port wine.

The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. UW’s Dennis Donovan offers advice for how to drink moderately, and treatment approaches he’s used with people recovering from alcohol problems.

November 5, 2012

Raised in segregated south, diversity expert reflects on progress, upcoming conference

James Banks headshot

The Center for Multicultural Education, part of the University of Washington’s College of Education, will celebrate its 20th year with a conference and book launch Friday, Nov. 9.

November 2, 2012

To tweet or not to tweet

Legal marijuana, charter schools pulling ahead

marijuana products

October 31, 2012

W Day: Celebrate the UW’s birthday on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Students wearing Husky gear

October 30, 2012

UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass dissects the ‘Super Storm’

Hurricane Sandy pummels the North Carolina coastline

October 29, 2012

Revived Huskies Stun No. 7 Beavers

Football player holds fooball

Early autism intervention improves brain responses to social cues

child in experiment wears electrodes on head

An autism intervention program that emphasizes social interactions improves cognitive skills and brain responses to faces, the first demonstration that an intensive behavioral intervention can change brain function in toddlers with autism.

October 26, 2012

Got a mystery plant? Sounds like a job for the UW herbarium

October 24, 2012

UW plugs in to ‘smart grid’ regional power use experiment

Power lines stretch across the horizon

October 23, 2012

Scholarly publishing’s gender gap

graph showing women as academic authors across disciplines

October 22, 2012

Friendship 2.0: Teens’ technology use promotes sense of belonging, identity

Two girls sit on a street curb while texting

A new study from the University of Washington shows that digital media helps teens reach developmental milestones, but raises questions about whether digital connectedness might hinder the development of an autonomous sense of self.

October 18, 2012

Garbology 101: UW study determines trash habits

students sort garbage

October 16, 2012

Marriage, education can help improve well-being of adults abused as children

child looks out of window

Researchers investigating the long-term consequences of child abuse have identified some protective factors that can improve the health of victims during their adulthood.

October 15, 2012

UW ‘white-hat hacker’ searches for security holes

October 2, 2012

‘A-game’ strategies for parents, coaches in youth sports

Book covers for Parenting Young Athletes and Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches.

Parents typically are the biggest headaches for coaches in youth sports. In two new books, UW psychology professors share strategies to help parents and coaches work together to help kids get more out of sports.

October 1, 2012

Among voters lacking strong party preferences, Obama faces 20 percent handicap due to race bias

The presidential seal

Race biases are having a strong anti-Obama effect among the least politically partisan voters, according to a study by Anthony Greenwald, a UW psychology professor.

September 26, 2012

Treasure trove of restricted social science data now available to Pacific Northwest researchers

The newly-opened Northwest Census Research Data Center in the University District will provide qualified researchers with access to restricted data.

September 20, 2012

Low income linked to poorer health in both U.S. and England, despite different health systems

Although the English are generally healthier than Americans, both countries grapple with large health inequalities. A new study suggests that in both countries, health and wealth are tightly linked. The study, published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, links income level with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and other health conditions….

September 14, 2012

HUB gets a reboot for the 21st century

The new HUB reception desk.

September 13, 2012

Alaska man with artificial heart gets transplant at UW

September 12, 2012

Official U.S. poverty rate remains high, middle class incomes decline

empty pocket

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show that, after increasing since 2008, the poverty rate for the U.S. remained stable at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. In Washington state, the estimated poverty rate increased from 11.5 percent (774,000 residents) to 12.5 percent (854,000 residents) between 2010 and 2011.

August 20, 2012

Model shows dramatic global decline in ratio of workers to retired people

A new statistical model predicts that by 2100 the number of people older than 85 worldwide will increase more than previously estimated.

August 17, 2012

Longer time to find new job, less pay for moms laid off during recession

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

A 2010 national survey of laid-off workers shows married moms spent more time between jobs, were less likely to find new jobs and eventually were paid less than married dads.

August 16, 2012

Back to school tips for parents from UW psychologists

school bus with kids

When kids go back to school in a few weeks, it can be a mixed bag of challenges including adjusting to school routines and worries over academics, bullies and fitting in with other peers.

August 7, 2012

South African Olympic runner’s struggle shines a spotlight on country’s ongoing sexual violence

Caster Semenya at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

South African track athlete Caster Semenya carried her country’s flag in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. The 21-year-old former 800-meter world champion, for years the subject of speculation around her gender, was chosen over male athletes including a swimmer, a long jumper and a double-amputee runner. The choice was of interest to a…

August 3, 2012

Summer programs aim to encourage and prepare minorities to attend college

Some high school students, especially underrepresented minorities and those from low-income, first-generation and migrant worker backgrounds, lack access to resources for college preparation. Here is a round-up of programs taking place this summer on the UW Seattle campus that help inspire high school students to pursue higher education and prepare them for college life. ‘Upward…

July 31, 2012

Rockets, roller coasters and more for young scholars – with slideshow

Pedestrians along the UW’s Rainier Vista may have noticed an unusual warning last Friday. “Danger Rocket Launching Area,” the sign read. Below that someone had drawn a cartoon stick figure receiving a “doink” to the head from a descending bottle rocket. The sign was part of a demonstration by students in grades five through 10…

July 25, 2012

Heating Arctic Sea prompts ‘instant evolution’

July 12, 2012

Early-career neuroscientists sought for new UW-based diversity program

A new professional development program aims to nurture neuroscientists who are underrepresented minorities as they enter faculty positions.

July 10, 2012

Multiracial youths show similar vulnerability to peer pressure as whites

Experts have thought that multiracial adolescents use drugs and engage in violence more than their single-race peers. But in a new study, researchers find that mixed-race adolescents are more similar to their white counterparts than previously believed.

June 27, 2012

Standard surveys overestimate black progress in education, earnings

In “Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress,” UW sociologist Becky Pettit shows how most surveys overestimate black progress in the United States.

June 14, 2012

Geographers seek stories of Seattle's pre-AIDS gay communities

Two UW geographers are piecing together how policies relating to alcohol and public health shaped how gays and lesbians in Seattle carried out their lives during the pre-AIDS era, before 1983.

June 12, 2012

Intervention to improve foster families’ trust, connectedness

UW researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.

June 11, 2012

Offspring of older fathers may live longer

Study suggests life-extending benefits of longer telomeres if recent male ancestors reproduced at older ages.

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