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UW LIBRARIANS LET LOOSE WITH LADY GAGA It’s official: Internet users have gone gaga over UW librarians. Or rather, over their creative video spoof of pop sensation Lady Gaga’s hit song Poker Face. With nearly 647,000 YouTube hits since its release Memorial Day weekend, the parody features UW Information School students and library faculty and staff singing about library catalogs while dancing between the stacks of Suzzallo. Initially created by UW grad student Sarah Wachter, ’10, for the iSchool’s film festival, the video has garnered national attention for its humorous take on the current Gaga craze.

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GIVEN THE PRESTIGE and expertise that fill the UW’s marine-research program, not even the fish were surprised when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration renewed its partnership with the University of Washington for aquatic and atmospheric study. As part of its ongoing relationship with NOAA, the UW will receive up to $100 million over the next five years to continue its cutting-edge explorations of the environment. Since 1977, the UW and NOAA have collaborated on the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, which now supports 120 scientists and UW staff in their examination of critical environmental issues. “The University of Washington has proven to be a strong and innovative research partner,” said NOAA Research Council acting chairman Steve Murawski. With these increased funds, the UW plans to expand research that ranges from forecasting the impacts of future tsunamis to studying the hydrothermal vents that dot the Pacific Northwest’s seafloor.

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UW Shanghai-Bound VISITORS TO THE USA PAVILION AT EXPO 2010 SHANGHAI— the world’s fair—are getting a taste of U.S. higher education from just one university this summer: The UW. An estimated 70 million people are expected to visit the U.S. pavilion and view a video that features appearances by President Emmert and Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

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