Orchid: A member of the family Orchideae.from Greek orkhis, testicle

 

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The University of Washington is one of the nation's premier research institutions. Founded just before the beginning of the Civil War, it has grown and flourished on a beautiful wooded campus on the shores of Lake Washington. The university comprises 17 schools and colleges on three campuses serving more than 47,000 students. For over than 25 years, the University of Washington has ranked among the top five schools nationally in receipt of federal grants, including those from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The faculty at the University of Washington includes 6 Nobel laureates, 32 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 53 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 33 members of the Institute of Medicine.

The University of Washington Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals serve the greater Puget Sound area and provide the tertiary referral center for the entire state of Washington and the neighboring states of Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The University of Washington School of Medicine is the only medical school in this five-state region. Its affiliated hospitals include the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Harborview Medical Center. The School of Medicine is a partner in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and closely allied with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Among the School's interdisciplinary research units are the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Kidney Research Institute, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Keck Center for the Advanced Studies of Neural Signaling, Markey Molecular Medicine Center, and the Center for Research on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

UW is a national leader in clinical care, biomedical research, and education and training. In fiscal year 2007, the University received more than $1 billion in public and private grant and contract support for research and training, 78 percent of which came from federal agencies. UW ranks second among all universities in the nation and first among public universities in federal funding of research.

The 640-acre UW Seattle campus offers a full range of cultural and athletic facilities and year-round activities. The campus has five theaters and performance halls, a museum of natural history, an art gallery, public radio and television stations, two sports stadiums, and a newly enlarged recreational sports center. The Waterfront Activities Center, offering sailing, canoeing, and rowing, is open to the entire community. The 200-acre arboretum provides a peaceful respite amidst rhododendrons, azaleas, and towering pines.

Seattle is consistently rated as one of the most livable and beautiful cities in America. With a population of 500,000 and a diverse cultural heritage, Seattle's urban pleasures include theater, film festivals, galleries and museums, restaurants of every cuisine, major-league sports teams, and the renowned coffee houses and micro-breweries. The city lies along the eastern shores of Puget Sound, in the shadow of 14,000-foot Mount Rainier and 130 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. The maritime climate keeps Seattle pleasantly cool in the summer, mild in the winter, and green all year 'round. Lake Washington provides a playground for sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, and swimming, and the city is laced with bike trails. The Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west are easily accessible for summer hiking, climbing, backpacking, and kayaking, as well as skiing and snowboarding in winter. Puget Sound and the blue waters along the Pacific Coast offer fishing, sea kayaking, and beachcombing in all seasons.  

 




 

 



 

   Center for Research in Reproduction and Contraception                                   Phone 206.616.1818 - Fax 206.616.0499
   University of Washington - Box 357138                                                               pgarcia@u.washington.edu
   Seattle, WA 98195-7138                                                                                       http://depts.washington.edu/popctr

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