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  • Grant will support interdisciplinary, data-intensive research at UW | UW Today
    UW the grant will mainly fund salaries for new research positions including five data scientists who specialize in software and will work with researchers across campus four postdoctoral data science fellows pursuing interdisciplinary research and four partially funded research scientists stationed in other departments and centers A dedicated data science studio on campus will have meeting areas and drop in workspaces to encourage collaboration across the UW s colleges and schools These new resources will allow faculty members to submit short term project proposals that require data science expertise which could include analyzing a large dataset accessing cloud resources or scaling up a statistical method said Bill Howe co lead of the new effort and a UW affiliate assistant professor of computer science and engineering A social scientist could for example learn how to mine data from social media channels to help with a research project Or a geographer might want to know how weather data affect a landscape in real time Faculty participants in the program would send a graduate student or research staff member to physically relocate for a period to work directly with the data scientists The idea behind this embedded approach is to learn techniques collaborate and then bring that knowledge back to individual labs and departments We see enormous potential in the cross pollination that happens by having participants co locate in the data science studio Howe said These projects will help expose common problems and enable collaboration as we continue to scale up our investment in data science expertise The UW also has received a 2 8 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant from the National Science Foundation Together the two grants will fund several dozen graduate students from a variety of departments to learn how to tackle big data in their research fields The need to analyze vast amounts of data now touches nearly every department and discipline and both grants will boost the university s ability to prepare students Faculty members see this initiative as advancing the capacity for data intensive scientific research and boosting Seattle s leadership in data science while attracting more top talent back to universities at a time when big data is more pervasive than ever before These data scientists are coveted in industry as well as in academia Howe said One of the missions we have in this effort is to provide competitive career paths and roles that allow these experts the freedom to apply their skills to the most important problems in science For more information contact Lazowska at lazowska cs washington edu or 206 543 4755 and Howe at billhowe cs washington edu or 206 221 9261 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Print Tagged with Bill Howe Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences Ed Lazowska eScience Center Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/11/12/grant-will-support-interdisciplinary-data-intensive-research-at-uw/ (2014-06-24)
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  • News Digest: Campuswide big-data event, Paws-on Science deadline, Green Seed Fund awards | UW Today
    more details about a new data science studio set to open in fall 2014 This will be a physical space on campus staffed by a team of data science researchers and practitioners Students faculty and post doctoral researchers can gain expertise in big data through workshops training events and collaborative startup projects then take the knowledge back to their departments and labs Pilot projects include visualizing data from new oceanographic sensors analyzing the text from patent applications to predict quality and creating an infrastructure to improve analysis of astronomy images The speakers Friday will begin at 2 p m in the Mary Gates Auditorium room 389 and the poster session is 3 5 p m in the Mary Gates Commons Participant deadline Feb 14 for Paws on Science Paws on Science is now just a few months away and researchers wanting to take part have until Feb 14 to register Paws on Science at the Pacific Science Center this year April 4 6 is a partnership between the UW and the science center that introduces local families to research at the UW in fun and accessible ways The weekend event is an opportunity to engage the public including tomorrow s researchers and to build pride in the UW During the past four years of Paws on Science more than 1 100 UW scientists have shared their work through hands on activities with close to 47 000 adults and children Researchers can sign up as individuals or as part of a team and participation might fulfill outreach activities required by some grants For more information contact McCayla Butler at mcbutler uw edu or 206 543 1867 Green Seed Fund awards 279 000 to initial slate of projects The first five projects to receive Green Seed Funds will share nearly 279 000 in funding The fund sponsored by UW Environmental Stewardship Sustainability office awards money to projects that advance sustainable research and contribute to campus sustainability goals Project teams will begin work this month and report progress to the Green Seed Fund committee mid year Most teams expect to complete work by early 2015 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Print Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the Community Latest Stories Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues 2 hours ago Zippy electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research 5 hours ago UW students electric hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition 3 days ago Global issues at play in book of study abroad student letters 5 days ago Related Stories Grant will support interdisciplinary data intensive research at UW November 12 2013 31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high tech entrepreneurs May 14

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/02/04/news-digest-campus-wide-big-data-event-paws-on-science-deadline-green-seed-fund-awards/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Thousands on campus for Engineering Discovery Days, April 25-26 | UW Today
    April 25 26 during the annual Engineering Discovery Days The two day event is free and open to the public Students of all ages and their families can attend the Saturday exhibits and demonstrations A series of information sessions will run all day for high school students about the various UW engineering departments admissions financial aid and women in science and engineering programs Friday s exhibits are geared toward younger school groups and are at capacity U of Washington Students check out 3 D printers at the 2013 Engineering Discovery Days Many of the exhibit favorites fish robots 3 D printing the concrete canoe and the glowing pickle will return this year One of the new exhibits features an electrical engineering team using Google Glass to improve football training Saturday only Last year s popular scavenger hunt will again challenge kids to visit various exhibits and answer questions such as What is the most common fuel made from yeast and What color of Jell O will absorb the light from a red laser The promenade along Rainier Vista and Drumheller Fountain will be filled with outdoor exhibits and many of the engineering buildings will house the indoor displays The lawn in front of the Mechanical Engineering Building is a new outdoor location this year The event is free and open to everyone but organizers ask that attendees register online for planning purposes Close to 10 000 visitors are expected to attend this event now in its 99 th year Public transit parking and directions are available online For more information engrdays uw edu or 206 543 1770 View Engineering Discovery Days 2013 in a larger map Share this Facebook Twitter Email Print Tagged with College of Engineering Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the Community Latest Stories Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues 2 hours ago Zippy electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research 5 hours ago UW students electric hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition 3 days ago Global issues at play in book of study abroad student letters 5 days ago Related Stories Arts Roundup Exhibits lectures and Music of Today April 9 2014 NASA s Mohawk Guy advocates audacious creative engineering February 20 2014 News digest Empowering blind students personal stories of identity pro staff nominations May 29 2014 Send to Email Address Your Name Your Email Address Cancel Post was not sent check your email addresses Email check failed please try again Sorry your blog cannot share posts by email Explore the UW Admissions Undergraduates Graduates UW Online Paying for college Husky Promise Financial aid estimator Continuing Education Summer quarter Academics Academic calendar Colleges Schools Departments Undergraduate learning

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/04/23/thousands-on-campus-for-engineering-discovery-days-april-25-26/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Doree Armstrong | UW Today
    American Psychologist News Releases Research Social Science Army drug users twice as likely to use synthetic marijuana as regular marijuana By Doree Armstrong May 8 2014 Social work researchers from the University of Washington have found that among a group of active duty Army personnel who use illicit drugs the most abused substance is synthetic marijuana nicknamed Spice which is harder to detect than other drugs through standard drug tests News Releases Research Social Science Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries By Doree Armstrong May 6 2014 More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U S hospitals and emergency rooms each year A University of Washington researcher has found that a 20 minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury Health and Medicine News Releases Research Social Science Roger Roffman chronicles society s long struggle with pot in Marijuana Nation By Doree Armstrong April 24 2014 Roger Roffman UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years talks about his new book Marijuana Nation One Man s Chronicle of America Getting High From Vietnam to Legalization Health and Medicine News Releases Research Social Science UW moving to online course evaluations to save paper money By Doree Armstrong April 18 2014 The University of Washington is expanding online course evaluations to reduce its use of paper The online evaluations are expected to save the university tens of thousands of dollars every year in paper costs while giving faculty and administrators more direct access to evaluation results Environment For UW Employees UW and the Community Science themed music videos boost scientific literacy study shows By Doree Armstrong April 2 2014 As the United States puts ever greater emphasis on science technology engineering and mathematics education to keep competitive in the global economy schools are trying to figure out how to improve student learning in science University of Washington researchers think music may be the answer for some students Education News Releases Research Social Science No sandy beaches UW students head to rural Washington for Alternative Spring Break By Doree Armstrong March 20 2014 Many University of Washington students will greet spring break next week from a warm sandy beach but 69 of them will instead spend their week off helping young students in rural communities learn about art literacy and the environment In turn these UW students will learn about life culture and education in rural Washington Education Learning News Releases UW and the Community Next Page Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/author/doree-armstrong/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Advanced Vehicle Works | UW Today
    team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition this month for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel Engineering Honors and Awards Profiles Science Technology Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the Community Latest Stories Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues 2 hours ago Zippy electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research 5 hours ago UW students electric hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition 3 days ago Global issues at play in book of study abroad student letters 5 days ago Related Stories UW gas electric powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest June 27 2013 See National Ocean Sciences Bowl put the M for marine in STEMM April 30 2014 New UW Pacific NW National Lab computing research institute holds first public workshop October 25 2013 Explore the UW Admissions Undergraduates Graduates UW Online Paying for college Husky Promise Financial aid estimator Continuing Education Summer quarter Academics Academic calendar Colleges Schools Departments Undergraduate learning Graduate School Course catalog Undergraduate majors Evening degree program English language programs Study abroad Graduation requirements Libraries Campus Life Husky Card Dining Student housing Student groups The HUB Husky sports IMA Diversity Hall Health Counseling Center University Book Store Computing support UW Police Holidays Leadership Board of Regents President s office Provost s office Vice presidents Vice provosts Deans and chancellors Futures Committee Government Relations Faculty Senate ASUW GPSS RHSA Portals Business Industry

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/tag/advanced-vehicle-works/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Department of Mechanical Engineering | UW Today
    UW and the Community UW s James Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering By Michelle Ma February 6 2014 James Riley a University of Washington professor of mechanical engineering has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer Engineering Honors and Awards News Releases UW and the Community Credit card sized device could analyze biopsy help diagnose pancreatic cancer in minutes By Michelle Ma University of Washington scientists and engineers are developing a low cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster The prototype can perform the basic steps for processing a biopsy relying on fluid transport instead of human hands to process the tissue Engineering Health and Medicine News Releases Research Science Technology UW engineers to make cookstoves 10 times cleaner for developing world By Michelle Ma September 11 2013 University of Washington engineers have received a 900 000 grant from the U S Department of Energy to design a better cookstove which researchers say will use half as much fuel and cut emissions by 90 percent Engineering Environment Health and Medicine News Releases Research Science Social Science UW and the Community UW gas electric powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest By Michelle Ma June 27 2013 The University of Washington Formula Motorsports team took first place at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19 22 in Lincoln Neb Engineering Honors and Awards News Releases UW and the Community New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes By Michelle Ma May 6 2013 A new device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples to help with genome sequencing disease diagnosis and forensic investigations Engineering Health and Medicine News Releases Research Technology High glucose levels could impair ferroelectricity in body s connective tissues By Michelle Ma April 15 2013 Researchers found that a protein in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract can lose their functionality when exposed to sugar Engineering Health and Medicine News Releases Research Science New device could cut costs on household products pharmaceuticals By Michelle Ma April 12 2013 A new procedure that thickens and thins fluid at the micron level could save consumers and manufacturers money particularly for some soap products Engineering Health and Medicine News Releases Research Science Technology Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the Community Latest Stories Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues 2 hours ago Zippy electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research 5 hours ago UW students electric hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition 3

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/tag/department-of-mechanical-engineering/ (2014-06-24)
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  • UW gas-, electric-powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest | UW Today
    course Patrick Sodt maneuvers during the endurance race Bradley Freeman UW Judging Team members explain design details to competition judges Jon Anderson UW Polishing the car Jon Anderson UW Trophies UW team leads stand with their collection of trophies The gas powered car left placed first and the team s first ever electric car received second in the electric powered category Bradley Freeman UW Race course Driver Patrick Sodt during the endurance race Bradley Freeman UW 0 1 Facebook Twitter Original Image Close Show caption In each competition no single factor determines a win Cars must first pass a stringent technical inspection then are tested on factors including acceleration fuel economy design endurance and team business plans Endurance however tends to make or break a team s chance of winning Marquardt said Cars must drive 22 kilometers about 14 miles a feat that less than half of the teams accomplished at the national event last weekend The UW team took first in this category We prioritize design and endurance Marquardt said Our overarching team goal is not to build the fastest or lightest car it s to get the most points This year s car is based on last year s with some noted improvements It s lighter has greater downforce and is more powerful They finished the manufacturing in April and began testing systems and driving the car to prepare for the competitions this summer The electric powered car was built using an identical chassis and suspension system as the gas powered model but with different powertrains The students designed a lithium ion battery pack that feeds into an inverter then into the motor itself The battery is powerful enough to light a row of houses for a couple of minutes Team members say they plan to continue developing their electric race car for future contests The UW team is competitive and student directors interview undergraduates who express interest in joining The school year is rigorous students design the race car during fall quarter then start building it in December or January They push to finish manufacturing by April so they can test the car s systems and practice driving before the summer Each spring the following year s directors begin designing the basic framework for the next year s car With no automotive engineering courses at the UW almost all of the work is self taught or passed down through team members Marquardt said Participants learn to document everything through detailed written reports This program is what makes us good engineers Marquardt said It s very independent learning and it s incredibly valuable to the students The UW team received about 300 000 from alumni fundraising and sponsorships as well as in material donations to build this year s cars Students designed and built their cars mainly in the mechanical engineering machine shop on campus The team s faculty adviser is Ashley Emery a UW professor of mechanical engineering The UW s gas powered car will compete next

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/06/27/uw-gas-electric-powered-cars-claim-1st-and-2nd-in-national-contest/ (2014-06-24)
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  • See National Ocean Sciences Bowl put the M (for “marine”) in STEMM | UW Today
    school program based at Everett Community College The public is welcome to attend the round robin and double elimination contests that begin on Saturday morning May 3 and finish at midday Sunday You can warm up with a sample quiz but be warned The questions here tend to be easier than those that will likely be asked at the bowl Melissa Luna Students compete in March at the regional Orca Bowl This Ocean Research College Academy team will represent Washington this weekend at the national event The theme of this year s bowl is ocean acidification which will be the focus of quiz questions and science policy presentations required of each team Volunteers include dozens of UW students faculty and staff in oceanography fisheries and marine affairs This week s tournament marks the 17 th year of the national competition but it might not have happened at all if not for Google s ex CEO Eric Schmidt Wracked by budget cuts and sequestration the federal agencies that previously provided core funding pulled back this time Schmidt and his wife Wendy stepped in to fill the gap this year but the National Ocean Sciences Bowl program must now fundraise to keep going Judging teams typically wear costumes At the 2013 regional event UW oceanographer Fritz Stahr in orange and other judges dressed as characters from the movie Finding Nemo The bowl has reached this pass just as a clamor is rising from business government and academe for more and better STEM science technology engineering and mathematics studies in the schools At the same time marine challenges such as ocean acidification overfishing and climate induced sea level rise are gaining new urgency These challenges raise another one how to instill the passion curiosity and rigor that science demands in a world of instant gratification and endless distractions As it does every year the National Ocean Sciences Bowl offers one answer by injecting the excitement of competition and the reassurance of comradeship Or as Maile Sullivan the Washington Sea Grant staffer who s coordinated the bowls says Let s make it fun For more information contact Washington Sea Grant education specialist Maile Sullivan at 206 543 2822 or orcabowl uw edu Share this Facebook Twitter Email Print Tagged with College of the Environment National Ocean Sciences Bowl Orca Bowl Washington Sea Grant Office of News Information Browse Articles Contact Us Community Photos UW Classifieds University Photography UW Experts Search UW Today Search Browse Categories Select Category Administrative Affairs Archive Arts and Entertainment Buildings and Grounds Education Engineering Environment For UW Employees Health and Medicine Honors and Awards Learning News Releases News Roundups Politics and Government Profiles Research Science Social Science Technology UW and the Community Latest Stories Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues 2 hours ago Zippy electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research 5 hours ago UW students electric hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition 3 days ago Global issues at play in book of study abroad student letters

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/04/30/see-national-ocean-sciences-bowl-put-the-m-for-marine-in-stemm/ (2014-06-24)
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