THE UW BOARD OF REGENTS has two new members: William Ayer, ’78, Chairman and CEO of Alaska Airlines, and Pat Shanahan, ’85, vice president and general manager for airplane programs at Boeing Commercial Airlines. They were appointed Gov. Chris Gregoire, ’71, to replace Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman, ’64, ’67, and Stanley Barer, ’61, ’63, owner of a marine transportation company. Their terms expired.
THE UW’S NEW Ethnic Cultural Center will be named in honor of the late Samuel E. Kelly, ’71, the founding vice president for minority affairs and a pioneer for diversity on campus. The new Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center is scheduled to open in late fall 2012.
THE UW WAS RANKED 13TH in the world as part of an international measure of universities’ scientific impact and their involvement in scientific collaboration. The study, which was conducted by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University in the Netherlands, ranked MIT first.
PATTI BANKS, superintendent of the University Place School District and an instructor at UW Tacoma, has been named the 2012 Washington State Superintendent of the Year. Banks has led the 5,500- student University Place School District in suburban Pierce County since 1999.
NINE UW-AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS are among 539 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are: Virginia Armbrust, professor and director of oceanography; Daniel Chiu, the A. Bruce Montgomery endowed professor of chemistry; Daniel Gamelin, the Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand endowed professor of chemistry; Karen Goldberg, the Nicole A. Boand endowed professor of chemistry; Neil M. Nathanson, professor of pharmacology; Bruce Robinson, professor of chemistry; Michael Schick, professor of physics; Danny Shen, professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutics; and Jashvant Unadkant, professor of pharmaceutics.
THE UW SCHOOL of Forest Resources has a new name: the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The name change was proposed to capture the expanded scope of curricular and research initiatives being undertaken in the school, which was founded in 1907.
THE UW DEPARTMENT of Genome Sciences will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a panel discussion titled The Future of Genome Sciences on May 7 at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall 210. Maynard Olson, professor in the Department of Genome Sciences and Medicine at the UW and a founder of the Human Genome Project will be the moderator.