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Bryan Monroe, ’87, has been named editor of CNNPolitics.com. Monroe, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists, had been a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He previously was editorial director and vice president of Ebony and Jet magazines. While at Knight-Ridder in 2005, he led the team in Biloxi, Miss., that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for its coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Michelle Williams, professor of epidemiology and global health in the UW School of Public Health, was honored by the White House as one of the nation’s outstanding mentors in science, math and engineering. Williams set up a program to train students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds for research and leadership careers in public health.

Edwina “Eddie” Uehara, dean of the UW School of Social Work, is the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work, the nation’s first endowed deanship in the field at a public university. The gift, from Connie and Steve Ballmer, supports the work of Uehara, who has been dean since 2006.

Douglas King, ’71, is the new president and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, ’71, ’75, had been president and CEO before stepping down last summer to serve as executive director of Wings Over Washington. That organization is working to bring a retired NASA space shuttle to the Museum of Flight.

Assunta Ng, ’74, ’76, ’79, founder and publisher of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly, has been named the recipient of the University of Washington’s Charles E. Odegaard Award. It is the only University- and community-selected award and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the UW.

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