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February 21, 2019

Historic 2019 snowstorms in Seattle not expected to slow down cherry blossoms

The iconic cherry trees in the University of Washington’s Quad will likely reach peak bloom the third week of March, right in line with most years.

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February 20, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Programs with Los Angeles-based artist Carolina Caycedo, Mark Morris Dance Group — and more

This week in the arts, see one of “[The] most successful and influential choreographer alive and indisputably the most musical (The New York Times)” on stage, have an inside look of the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building at the 3D4M Open House, and more! Gurvich Visiting Artist: Carolina Caycedo Los Angeles-based artist Carolina Caycedo will…

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New study: How to save a seabird

A new study outlines more than a decade of success in reducing seabird bycatch in Alaska’s longline fisheries, and where there’s still room for improvement

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Playground study shows how recess can include all children

Recess, for most children, is synonymous with freedom. A break from class that has nothing to do with learning and everything to do with play. For children with autism, the playground can be an isolating experience. The spontaneous soccer games, roving packs of friends and virtual buffet of activities can be chaotic, frustrating and confusing….

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February 19, 2019

Climate change and national security: Jackson School to hold public discussion March 6 featuring Gov. Jay Inslee

What geopolitical challenges is global climate change creating for the national security of the United States and throughout the world? The UW’s Jackson School of International Studies will host a public panel discussion of these issues on March 6, featuring Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

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University of Washington is a top producer of Fulbright recipients

Fifteen scholars from the University of Washington were awarded Fulbright grants for 2018-2019 — among the leading research schools in the country and more than any other institution in the state. A list was published earlier this month in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Annual Soule lecture celebrates nursing

A member of the British House of Lords is scheduled to deliver the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 21st, as part of the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Centennial celebrations and the Nursing Now initiative in the State of Washington. Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock, a professor of nursing and alternate chair…

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February 13, 2019

UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.

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ArtsUW Roundup: Jacob Lawrence Gallery 25th Anniversary, For the Love of Swedish Cinema, and more!

This week in the arts, take a trip to the Nordic Museum on Valentine’s Day for a lecture on Swedish cinema history, attend artist talks about “Creating Survivance: Art and Indigenous Wellness”, celebrate 25 years of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery with DJ sets by SassyBlack, Felisha Ledesma, and dos leches + Eve Defy, and more!…

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Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin

Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know how Magellanic penguin parents in South America balance the dietary demands of multiple chicks. As they report in a paper published Jan. 23 in the journal Animal Behaviour, when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with fish, the parent tries to feed each of its two chicks equal portions of food, regardless of the youngsters’ differences in age or size.

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February 12, 2019

Assessing riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change — in the Northwest

A study led by the University of Washington pinpoints which riverside routes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate.

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Notice of Expedited Rule Making (Per RCW 34.05.353)

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The University of Washington currently has an emergency rule in effect and this proposal is to make permanent those recent updates to the university’s definition of service animal in WAC 478-128-020 to align with the updates to RCW 49.60.040 concerning service animals.

February 11, 2019

Many Arctic lakes give off less carbon than expected

New research by the University of Washington and U.S. Geological Survey suggests many lakes pose little threat to global carbon levels, at least for now.

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February 8, 2019

Washington’s state climatologist comments on Puget Sound snowstorms

Nick Bond, Washington’s state climatologist, comments on the unusual weather in Western Washington.

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‘Underwater forecast’ predicts temperature, acidity and more in Puget Sound

A new University of Washington computer model can predict underwater conditions in Puget Sound and off the coast of Washington three days into the future.

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February 7, 2019

All the data in the sky, alerted via UW eyes

The Zwicky Transient Facility, based at the Palomar Observatory, has identified over a thousand new objects and phenomena in the night sky, including more than 1,100 new supernovae and 50 near-Earth asteroids. University of Washington scientists are part of the ZTF team and led the development of the collaboration’s alert system, which informs science teams of possible new objects or changes to known objects in the sky.

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February 6, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Inuit throat singer performance, artist lecture, exhibition opening, and more

This week in the arts, attend Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s performance that will feature a crowdsourced choir of UW students and regional indigenous people, partake in the Painting + Drawing Open House, visit the Henry to see “Martha Friedman: Castoffs” before it closes, and more. Critical Issues Lecture:  Andrea Fraser February 7, 7:00 PM…

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UW Libraries is new home for decades of KIRO-TV news video

Last year, local station KIRO-TV donated thousands of hours of old news videotapes of its news broadcasts from the 1970s through about the year 2000 — about 15,000 videotapes in all — to UW Libraries.

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Two new studies published about the Seattle minimum wage ordinance

University of Washington researchers continue to study the impact of the 2014 Seattle minimum wage ordinance. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students who have tracked various industries since the ordinance’s implementation just published two new studies: These papers take a closer look at the effects on child care businesses and on food prices during the policy implementation.

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Parenting in the age of legal pot: Household rules, conversations help guide teen use

The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.

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February 4, 2019

Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent

A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes.

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January 31, 2019

Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction

Scientists have just discovered a dinosaur relative that lived in Antarctica 250 million years ago. The iguana-sized reptile’s genus name, Antarctanax, means “Antarctic king.”

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January 30, 2019

UW-based group launches national challenge to recreate first moon landing — with drones and Lego robots

A UW-based group is launching a national student challenge to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing.

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Building equity: A talk with Renée Cheng, new dean of the UW College of Built Environments

UW News talks with Renée Cheng, new dean of the UW College of Built Environments, about her background and plans for the college. Cheng joined the UW on Jan. 1.

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January 29, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Call for singers to perform with Tanya Tagaq, recital with Craig Sheppard and Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, and more

This week in the arts, perform on stage with Tanya Tagaq at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts, experience Beethoven for cello and piano at a faculty recital, attend a lecture with New York-based Artist Amy O’Neill,  catch one of the last performances of Rutherford and Son, and more!   Faculty Recital: Craig Sheppard,…

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Organizations come together to show support for suicide prevention

Community impact and public health solutions are the focus of the Forefront Suicide Prevention Education Day, to be held Feb. 11 at the Washington Capitol in Olympia. Forefront, based at the UW School of Social Work, is leading the event, a series of speakers and events aimed at raising awareness, providing training and pushing for change.

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January 28, 2019

Even a one-hour ‘planting party’ can lift spirits, build skills among women in prison, study shows

Exposure to nature, even through a brief gardening activity, can improve well-being among women in prison, a UW Tacoma-led study finds.

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UW’s Stroum Center affiliates present on Holocaust, Ladino archives and more at 50th anniversary Jewish studies conference

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, in the UW Jackson School of International Studies, was well represented at the 50th annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies Dec. 16-18 in Boston.

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University of Washington earns high marks in international sustainability rating

The University of Washington has been recognized as one of the most sustainable higher education institutions in North America, according to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.

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January 23, 2019

One year into the mission, autonomous ocean robots set a record in survey of Antarctic ice shelf

A team of ocean robots developed at the UW is the first group of self-guided ocean instruments to travel under an ice sheet and come back to report long-term observations.

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First-of-its-kind center hosts tools to analyze the effects of natural disasters

A center housed at the University of Washington offers a new way for scientists to get their hands on state-of-the-art equipment to study the effects of natural disasters. The RAPID Facility, which is the first of its kind in the world, contains over 300 instruments that are available for researchers around the world to use.

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January 22, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Opening of Rutherford and Son, Faculty Dance Concert, and more.

This week in the arts, attend a lecture about Asian porcelain near the Red Sea in the early eighteenth century, catch the first night of Rutherford and Son, listen to the UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony together at Benaroya Hall, and experience the Faculty Dance Concert, featuring choreographers Brian Brooks and Etienne Cakpo, plus four new…

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UW Books in Brief: Healthy travel, Hebrew in America, principals supporting teachers and more

  Recent notable books by University of Washington faculty members explore the importance of Hebrew to modern America, remember the 1919 Seattle General Strike and look at issues in education, among other topics. Practical advice for healthy travel, near or far A new book by Dr. Christopher Sanford offers simple, practical recommendations for those traveling…

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Forefront, UW Tacoma receive Boeing grants for veteran career services, suicide prevention

Boeing has awarded $300,000 to Forefront Suicide Prevention and University of Washington Tacoma for work with veterans. Forefront, at the UW School of Social Work, received $205,000 to expand veteran-specific outreach, and UWT received $95,000 for career services for veterans.

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January 16, 2019

Three awards from US Department of Energy to fuel UW solar cell research

Three teams led by University of Washington researchers — Scott Dunham, Hugh Hillhouse and Devin MacKenzie — have received competitive awards totaling more than $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office for projects that will advance research and development in photovoltaic materials, which are an essential component of solar cells and impact the amount of sunlight that is converted into electricity.

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ArtsUW Roundup: Guest Artist Recital, Preview and Opening of Rutherford and Son, and more

This week in the arts, partake in an exhibition opening with Danny Giles, the 2019 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, attend the preview of a School of Drama production, and more! Guest Artist Recital Tony Cho, Piano and David Bowlin, Violin January 17, 7:30 PM| Brechmin Auditorium Oberlin Conservatory colleagues Tony Cho, piano, and David Bowlin, violin,…

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For 35 years, the Pacific Ocean has largely spared West’s mountain snow from effects of global warming

A new study has found that since the early 1980s, a pattern of ocean temperatures and atmospheric circulation has offset most of the impact of warming on the West’s mountain snowpack.

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UW opens Othello Commons in Southeast Seattle

The University of Washington today opened the doors to Othello-UW Commons, a new multifunctional partnership space in the heart of Southeast Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.

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January 15, 2019

Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge to open at University of Washington

Esports — the phenomenally popular world of competitive video games — soon will have a home at the University of Washington.

This spring, the UW’s Husky Union Building (HUB) will officially open the doors to the HUB Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge – a full-service, state-of-the-art gaming center that supports both casual and competitive gaming and virtual reality. The 1,000 square-foot space will serve as the epicenter between student communities, business communities and gaming culture in the Northwest.

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Researchers can predict childhood social transitions

A new University of Washington study suggests that the children most apt to socially transition to the gender “opposite” their sex at birth are those who already demonstrate the strongest “cross-gender” identities, and that the transitions don’t appear to alter a child’s gender identity or preferences.

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