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  • Sally Jewell, ’78, CEO of REI for the past eight years, was confirmed 87-11 by the U.S. Senate on April 10 to become the Secretary of the Interior. Jewell, who served on the UW Board of Regents, is the third UW alum to hold a cabinet post.
  • Jim Pugel, ’81, has assumed the role as Seattle’s Interim Police Chief following the retirement of John Diaz at the end of May. Pugel, who competed on the crew team at UW, was hired by the Seattle Police Department in 1983 and has served as assistant chief since 2000.
  • The UW is No. 1 among large universities (more than 15,000 students) for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. The UW—which currently has 107 undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers—has ranked first five times, more than any other university.
  • Aerospace engineer Michael B. Bragg is the new dean of the College of Engineering. He is professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. He starts July 15.
  • Jeffrey Riedinger, ’80, is the new vice provost for global affairs. He comes from Michigan State University, where he was professor and dean of International Studies and Programs. Riedinger starts Sept. 1.
  • King Holmes, professor of medicine and global health and the William H. Foege Endowed Chair in Global Health, was selected to receive the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for his work on defining and treating HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Rogelio Riojas, ’73, ’75, ’77, president and CEO for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, received the UW’s Charles E. Odegaard Award for 2013. The honor recognizes individuals whose leadership exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity.
  • World-renowned neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher Eric Holland will join the UW this summer from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He will hold the Chap and Eve Alford Chair in Neuro-oncology and direct the Nancy and Buster Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medicine.
  • Mike Neighbors was named women’s basketball coach in April, replacing Kevin McGuff, who left for Ohio State. Neighbors, who joined the UW staff in 2011 when McGuff was hired, was McGuff’s top assistant.
  • The UW School of Medicine is ranked No. 2 among primary-care medical schools according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided by U.S. News & World Report. Other rankings include: first in family medicine and rural medicine; fifth in AIDS; eighth in internal medicine; ninth in geriatrics and pediatrics; 12th in research. The UW Information School ranked No. 3 nationally, the Evans School of Public Affairs ranked No. 9, the Foster School of Business ranked 23rd and the School of Law ranked 28th.
  • Dick Simkins, who spent 40 years in academic counseling at the UW, is the second recipient of the UW/University of Washington Retirement Association Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. He volunteers in the Office of the Registrar and the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee.
  • Dan Jaffe, professor of atmospheric and environmental chemistry at UW Bothell’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, has received a 2013-14 Fulbright Award. He will teach and conduct research at the Parthenope University in Naples, Italy.
  • Three UW faculty members received prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, including two of just 12 awarded nationally in molecular biology. The new UW fellows are: Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, assistant professor of marine and environmental affairs; James Carothers, assistant professor of chemical engineering; and Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health.
  • A new low-cost online bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood and family studies will be offered beginning this fall. The Early Childhood and Family Studies degree, which is the first online-only bachelor’s completion program to be offered by the UW, will prepare individuals to work in child care, preschools, social and mental health services, parent and family support, and arts organizations. The UW program is intended to provide a convenient way for practicing professionals to fulfill federal and state requirements for bachelor’s degrees, and is expected to help fill a national growing demand for preschool teachers.
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