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Dawg Treats: Weekly links to UW stories

Each week, we’ll gather stories and links about the University of Washington that may be of interest to you. Our aim is to become a hub for Huskies on the web and Dawg Treats is your connection to everything UW:

  • In cracking the DNA code for Golden Delicious apples, the UW and WSU—longtime Apple Cup rivals—joined forces to assist an international team effort.
  • An interesting story on the effects of budget cuts at UW from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Jake Locker’s promotional website launched Saturday at
  • The woman who stops patients from killing themselves: read about UW Doctor Marsha Linehan’s ground-breaking treatment of suicidal patients in the September issue of Forbes.
  • UW researchers hack into a car and control its onboard diagnostics. Crazy!
  • Congratulations to UW alumni Emily Walton and Jason Scullion, who won the Graduate School’s Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards.
  • Washington’s labor movement and the UW are creating an archive for labor history.
  • Ryan M. Hare, who earned a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from the UW and was an associate professor in the WSU School of Music, was named to a five-year appointment as composer in residence for the Washington Idaho Symphony.
  • Sad news: the body UW alumni John Arum was found in Washington’s North Cascades National Park. Arum, the son of boxing promoter Bob Arum, was a highly respected Seattle environmental attorney and outdoor enthusiast. He died while climbing.
  • Millions in grants go to Puget Sound science—insiders say about $4 million will go to the collaborative research institute formed by UW Tacoma and the Puget Sound Partnership, located at Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters.
  • NBC Nightly News featured UW mechanical engineering research scientist Hunter Hoffman’s virtual-reality remedy for pain.
  • UW Alumni Association members can get special deals on two home football games. Save $18 on tickets and see the Huskies play Arizona State and Stanford.

8 Responses to “Dawg Treats: Weekly links to UW stories”

  1. Gerald wrote:
    September 7, 2010

    any word on when this week’s game day button for the Syracuse football game will be revealed? :)

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      September 7, 2010

      I like your style, Gerald! We’ll get that on the web shortly and you will definitely want to get one at the UW Book Store this week. It’s a classic.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      September 9, 2010

      Hi Gerald – Not sure if you saw this yet, but we revealed the game day button for the Syracuse showdown on our Facebook page. You don’t have to be a fan of the UWAA to view it, but if you’re on FB already why not like us (hint, hint).

      Here’s the link:

  2. Greg Crowther wrote:
    September 8, 2010

    Thanks for mentioning the apple genome work. I only wish that news organizations would not refer to this as “cracking the DNA code” or with similar phrases. My rant about this bit of minutia may be found at (posted on Sept. 5).

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      September 8, 2010

      Hi Greg – Your blog post was interesting and, you’re right, it’s something the news organizations aren’t considering at the moment. What do you think it should be called? If not “cracking the code,” how about “mapping the code” or something similar?

      • Greg Crowther wrote:
        September 9, 2010

        To me, “mapping the genome” sounds OK, but T. Ryan Gregory has argued strongly against this phrasing (see the link to his blog from mine). “Sequencing the genome” is what is actually being done, so I favor using that whenever possible. If that’s too cryptic as a stand-alone phrase, it can be defined as “determining the location and composition of all the genes in the genome” or something like that. In general, I’d avoid the word “code,” whose puzzle-solving connotations are misleading.

  3. Diane wrote:
    September 23, 2010

    I like the post about the treatment of suicidal patients in the September issue. I visited the link you posted, thanks! I once had suicidal tendencies and tried to cut my wrist a number of times. Now, I have moved on and I am happy to read about stuff like this!
    Keep up the good work!


    • Derek Belt wrote:
      September 23, 2010

      Hi Diane – Thank you for your comments. We are happy to play a part in the UW’s life and to connect readers with great stories like this one. Dr. Linehan’s work is truly remarkable and its seems like she is helping many people. It’s a shining example of the reach and impact of this University.

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