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No gadgets required: Parents talking aids baby brain growth

UW researchers are offering information through free online 20-minute classes that explain baby brain development and what to do with that knowledge. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

How a summer research program revived one student's interest in science

Last summer, Justin Thompson was one of the first veterans to take part in the Research Experience for Veterans - University Projects (REV-UP) program in Seattle. The program reignited his interest in pursuing graduate work, Thompson said. Learn more at CSNE.

Neurobiologist zaps bugs to teach science

Stephanie Seeman, graduate student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at the University of Washington, uses SpikerBoxes in her outreach efforts with students in the Seattle area. Learn more at CSNE.

City Smells Confound Flower-Seeking Moths

Car exhaust and other urban fumes can disrupt moths' ability to make their way to flowers, a new study reports. Learn more at The New York Times.

Brilliant at Any Age

Soon after arriving at the UW at 15, Reid Dale (Mathematics, 2014) thrived in graduate-level courses in math and philosophy. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

UW receives $31.2 million grant for science programs

The UW received a total of $31.2 million from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) to further advance research that "tackles some of society's most pressing challenges," according to the UW Today news release. Learn more at The Daily.

Thinning ice in the Antarctic promises rising sea levels worldwide

In order to make predictions about the future of the ice sheet and the impact it will have, scientists across different departments at the University of Washington are conducting multifaceted research. Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, explained that they used computer modeling to analyze the large Thwaites glacier, which has the potential for contributing two feet of sea level rise once it disappears completely. Learn more at The Daily.

Forensic technology helps case against West African ivory dealer

Sam Wasser, UW Biology professor and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, provided the Toglese government with advanced forensic technology that helped solve a case against an illegal ivory trafficker. Learn more at National Geographic.

Town hall meeting discusses PARR closure

The UW College of Arts and Sciences organized a town-hall meeting last night in Kane Hall in response to the request to halt the closure of the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room (PARR). Learn more at The Daily.

PTSD treatment cost-effective when patients given choice

A cost-analysis study by the UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment is less expensive than assigning a treatment. Learn more at UW Today.

Is Mark Cuban right about the pervasiveness of prejudice?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ignited a firestorm with candid comments on his own biases. The Washington Post talks to UW psychologist Anthony Greenwald about the nature of racial bias. Learn more at The Washington Post.

22 books by Seattle-area writers for summer's science blogger adds a book to the summer reading list: "Einstein's Bridge," a science fiction novel published in 1998 by UW emeritus professor of physics John Cramer. Learn more at SeattlePI.

A shimmery sea blob may have just upended evolutionary history

A squishy little sea creature fished out of the Salish Sea may be rewriting our history of how animal life first evolved. Learn more at KPLU.

Reshaping medicine through Google Glass

Entrepreneurs, professors, photographers, secret service agents, and architects are just a handful of the individuals who currently see the world through Glass. And one of these tech-savvy professionals is dissecting ways to use Glass at UW Medicine. Learn more at The Daily.

New evidence from UW researchers has found a link between atmospheric acidity and the nitrogen cycle

Lei Geng, a UW postdoctoral research associate in atmospheric sciences, has discovered new evidence linking acid rain and smog. Learn more at The Daily.

Campus Pulse: News from UW research community

UW study finds that high doses of selenium and vitamin E can increase prostate cancer risk; UW researcher finds that social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries; New approach of collaborative care decreases symptoms of depression in women Learn more at The Daily.

UW student briefs lawmakers on global land use, touts undergrad research

A geographer and a biologist at the University of Washington have teamed up to examine the connections between consumers and goods that come from agriculture and forest production. Learn more at UW Today.

Habitable planets may not look exactly like Earth

To understand the role that M-dwarf stars play in the hunt for habitable exoplanets, NPR talks with experts including Vikki Meadows, director of the astrobiology program. Learn more at NPR.

TEDxUofW hosts talks on campus

Scholars, scientists, and writers gathered at the UW Tower on Saturday to collaborate in presenting topics relating to technology, entertainment, and design (TED). Learn more at The Daily.

Students rally to halt repurposing of Physics Reading Room

Nearly 800 students and supporters have signed a petition on hoping to halt plans to repurpose the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room (PARR) into an eScience Data Science Studio. Learn more at The Daily.

Benjamin Hall, Eric D'Asaro elected to National Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Hall, professor emeritus of genome sciences and biology, and Eric D'Asaro, a senior principal oceanographer at the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory and professor of oceanography, are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as fellows the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more at UW Today.

Lab Course Features Cutting-Edge Resarch

Biology Professor Jay Parrish offers students in BIOL 413 access to his research lab, where they design and conduct their own genetics experiments. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Biology alum wins UW's highest honor

Biology alumnus Art Levinson is the 2014 recipient of the UW Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest honor given to an alumnus by UW. Learn more at Department of Biology.

Unique floating lab showcases 'aliens of the sea'

The Washington Post profiles research that aims to to decode the genomic blueprints of fragile marine life. Billie Swalla, professor of biology, is quoted. Learn more at The Washington Post.

Blue-Footed Booby Threatened in the Galapagos

UW conservation scientist and Galapagos expert Dee Boersma comments on the decline in breeding among birds known for their happy feet. Learn more at National Geographic.




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