University of Washington http://kplu.org en UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' http://kplu.org/post/uw-study-urban-fumes-cause-pollinating-moths-fly-stumbling-drunks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157208470&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17580 at http://kplu.org UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' A Shimmery Sea Blob From The San Juans May Have Just Upended Evolutionary History http://kplu.org/post/shimmery-sea-blob-san-juans-may-have-just-upended-evolutionary-history <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150674167&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A squishy little sea creature fished out of the Salish Sea may be <a href="http://www.nature.com/news/genome-reveals-comb-jellies-ancient-origin-1.12176" target="_blank">rewriting our history </a>of how animal life first evolved.</p><p>They’re called comb jellies, and they have nothing to do with hair products. They are translucent blobs that propel themselves with rows of shimmering threads called cilia.</p><p>Scientists captured specimens at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories and analyzed their genomes, coming to two pretty startling conclusions. First, these animals have nervous systems, but they look almost nothing like those of people or fish, or any other animal on Earth.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16766 at http://kplu.org A Shimmery Sea Blob From The San Juans May Have Just Upended Evolutionary History UW Labs May Move To Avoid Interference From Magnetic Light Rail Trains http://kplu.org/post/uw-labs-may-move-avoid-interference-magnetic-light-rail-trains <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148710471&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For engineers that use sensitive equipment like electron microscopes, a train is a big, moving, magnetic nightmare.</p><p>That’s why Sound Transit and the University of Washington are hashing out a deal that would give the university $43 million to move some of its labs across campus, away from a new light rail line in the works set to run beneath them.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:59:02 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 16464 at http://kplu.org UW Labs May Move To Avoid Interference From Magnetic Light Rail Trains Seattle Business Owners Turn To An Unlikely Source Of Consultants: UW Undergrads http://kplu.org/post/seattle-business-owners-turn-unlikely-source-consultants-uw-undergrads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business owners in Seattle and around the state are lining up to tap the expertise of an unusual group of consultants:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">undergraduates</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the University of Washington. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That may sound surprising, since the students mostly just have a few internships on their resumes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But their consulting class pushes them to dive deep into their clients’ business problems and deliver tangible, practical advice.</span></p><p>For one local chef, it’s a partnership that has yielded results.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16140 at http://kplu.org Seattle Business Owners Turn To An Unlikely Source Of Consultants: UW Undergrads Universities, Bank Offer Financial Relief For Victims As Slide Death Toll Rises To 30 http://kplu.org/post/universities-bank-offer-financial-relief-victims-slide-death-toll-rises-30 <p>Washington State University will waive next year's tuition and fees for students who live near the site of the deadly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/death-toll-oso-slide-climbs-27" style="line-height: 1.5;">March 22 mudslide</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Snohomish County</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, school leaders announced this week.</span></p><p>The slide "was such an obvious tragedy for our state and for the folks in that area that the troops rallied early and discussions started about how WSU could help," said university spokesperson Kathy Barnard.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:59:46 +0000 Kyle Stokes & The Associated Press 15619 at http://kplu.org Universities, Bank Offer Financial Relief For Victims As Slide Death Toll Rises To 30 UW To Offer New Online Degree In Social Sciences http://kplu.org/post/uw-offer-new-online-degree-social-sciences <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142575959&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The University of Washington is launching a new online degree in integrated social sciences aimed at people who want to complete their education.</p><p>The move is the university’s latest push into the competitive world of online education.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:23:14 +0000 Jennifer Wing 15572 at http://kplu.org UW To Offer New Online Degree In Social Sciences UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies http://kplu.org/post/uw-launches-minor-arctic-studies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curiosity about what’s happening in some of the coldest places on Earth has prompted the University of Washington to launch its first Arctic Studies minor.</span></p><p>The program is the first of its kind offered by a university in the lower 48.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14575 at http://kplu.org UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords http://kplu.org/post/listen-uw-science-fair-schoolkids-features-human-brains-and-spinal-cords <p>Each March, scientists around the world host open houses to get people thinking about the brain.</p><p>The events are all part of Brain Awareness Week.</p><p>At the University of Washington, that means the mother of all science fairs in a room decked out with human brains, spinal cords, finch chirping and flying fruit flies.</p><p>Take an audio tour of an event that drew more than 650 elementary and high school students.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14436 at http://kplu.org Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords Wash. High School Teams To Go Head-To-Head At This Year's Orca Bowl http://kplu.org/post/wash-high-school-teams-go-head-head-years-orca-bowl <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garfield High School students will put their smarts to the test to defend their title at the annual </span>Orca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bowl at the University of Washington this weekend.</span></p><p>In a competition that slightly resembles the TV game show “Jeopardy,” 20 teams from around the state will try to answer multiple-choice questions about marine sciences, many of them specifically geared toward this year's theme of ocean acidification. Then finalists from Ocean Science Bowls around the country will meet again in May to vie for the national title. This year, it's taking place for the first time in Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14161 at http://kplu.org Wash. High School Teams To Go Head-To-Head At This Year's Orca Bowl At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The 'Why' Questions http://kplu.org/post/seattle-elementary-philosopher-helps-kids-explore-why-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students at Seattle's John Muir Elementary School are&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">trying to answer life's big questions.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Along with reading and math, the school's curriculum includes philosophy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Why philosophy? <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kids start asking all sorts of "why" questions starting in preschool, says philosopher </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jana Mohr Lone:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Why is the sky blue? Why are some things in color and some things aren’t? Can you be happy and sad at the same time?"</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 13677 at http://kplu.org At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The 'Why' Questions Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/two-monuments-men-who-helped-preserve-art-during-wwii-hailed-wash-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The movie “The Monuments Men” spotlights a platoon of real-life U.S. soldiers who rescued artistic masterpieces from the Nazis during World War II.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Overall, there were approximately 350 men and women from 13 nations who fought to preserve art from the ravages of war.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two of them came from Washington state.</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 13405 at http://kplu.org Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? http://kplu.org/post/did-uw-researchers-back-right-horse-one-physics-hottest-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think of the immense amount of stuff in the cosmos: stars, planets, interstellar dust and clusters of galaxies. Now consider this: all that stuff is probably only about one-sixth of the matter in the universe.</span></p><p>The rest is thought to be a mysterious invisible substance called dark matter — something scientists have been hunting for decades. Now an unexpected turn of events has put a low-key research team in Seattle right at the center of the dark matter search.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13036 at http://kplu.org Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards http://kplu.org/post/state-audit-finds-misuse-wash-college-credit-cards <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:58:35 +0000 The Associated Press 11754 at http://kplu.org State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars http://kplu.org/post/martian-mystery-how-water-could-have-flowed-chilly-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Washington researcher may have </span><a href="http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2000.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">helped solve a Martian mystery</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;explaining how the chilly surface of Mars could have once flowed with water.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:10:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11328 at http://kplu.org Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water http://kplu.org/post/strange-snow-finding-suggests-fewer-trees-mean-more-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade?&nbsp;</span></p><p>You might figure it melts faster in the sunshine, and that seems to be the case for cold climates. But in places with temperate winters, like the Pacific Northwest, <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wrcr.20504/abstract" target="_blank">it might be just the opposite</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 11250 at http://kplu.org Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water