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Interim UW President Phyllis Wise selected Seattle native Debra Friedman, ’79, ’83, as the new chancellor of UW Tacoma. She will replace Patricia Spakes, who is retiring in July after six years in the position. Friedman comes from Arizona State University, where since 2005 she was dean of the College of Public Programs and professor of public affairs. Friedman worked at the UW Seattle campus from 1994 to 2005 in a variety of positions: assistant dean and associate dean of undergraduate education, associate provost for academic planning and director of special projects in development and alumni relations. She holds a master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the UW.

The UW’s International Training and Education Center for Health received a $300 million, five-year cooperative agreement from the federal government for health training in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

A team of computer science & engineering students from the University of Washington captured first place in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in March. Texas A&M finished second while the University of Louisville was third.

Four undergraduate students earned Goldwater Scholarships, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for students aspiring to be scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

The UW Faculty Senate has established the Faculty Fund for Library Excellence to try to compensate for budget losses at the UW Libraries. Faculty members rate University Libraries as their most important source of information for their work. Due to budget cuts, the UW Libraries’ ranking in the Association of Research Libraries fell from the top 15 percent to the top 25 percent.

The University of Washington Press and three other university presses—Duke University, Penn State and Pennsylvania —received a collaborative publishing grant of $1.257 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish first books by scholars in the field of art history.

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