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NICOLE MITCHELL, director of the University of Georgia Press, has been named the new director of the University of Washington Press. She succeeds Pat Soden, who has served as director since 1996. Mitchell (below) will assume her new position in January.

KEXP and the UW have signed a 30-year agreement that will ensure the radio station continues to serve listeners and champion artists for decades to come. The renewed partnership will enable the UW and KEXP to better achieve their public-service, non-commercial missions of extended and enriched outreach, education, music appreciation and related technological innovation. “This partnership is a tremendous endorsement for music curated by independent and expert DJs, and a prodigious commitment by the UW to champion artists and their work,” says Tom Mara, executive director of KEXP.

THE UW HAS JOINED with more than 30 U.S. research universities from across the country in Gig U, a project that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation, ultra-high-speed networks and applications to their surrounding communities.

SIX UW ALUMNI were honored as leaders in diversity at October’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership Bridging the Gap Breakfast. Distinguished Alumni Awards went to Juleann Cottinni Gandara, ’81, who was chief of mammography in the UW School of Medicine; Roy P. Diaz, ’94, ’96, ’02, a Seattle intellectual-property law expert; and Joey Ing, ’59, and Vera Ing, ’74, who have been involved on committees, boards and offices of virtually every nonprofit agency in Seattle’s International District. King County Superior Court Judge LeRoy McCullough, ’72, ’75, received the Samuel E. Kelly Award. Cynthia del Rosario, ’94, ’96, director of Graduate Minority Recruitment at the UW Information School, received the 2011 Diversity Award for Community Building.

TWO UW PROFESSORS received Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers—Ben Kerr, assistant professor of biology, and Kristina Utzschneider, assistant professor of medicine (Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition).

MARLA BECK, ’81, CEO and founder of Andelcare, an in-home care-giving facility, has received the “Better Workplace Award” from the Association of Washington Business for three consecutive years.

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