Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Force won the Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations published in 2001, Princeton University announced July 24. The research in the book was the basis for the article "Reversal of Fortunes," which appeared in the June 2002 issue of Columns.

U.S. District Court Judge John Jelderks ruled in August that scientists can study the remains of Kennewick Man, which, at 9,300 years, is one of the oldest human skeletons ever discovered in the U.S. A coalition of five Native American tribes wanted the skeleton repatriated without further scientific study. The controversy was covered in the Dec. 2000 Columns article "Bones of Contention." Kennewick Man continues to be housed in the Burke Museum on the UW campus while the case is under appeal.


Former Husky All-American runner Greg Metcalf, '93, was named head coach of track and field and cross country Aug. 14, becoming just the fifth UW track coach since Clarence "Hec" Edmundson took the helm in 1919. Metcalf has been coaching the UW's distance runners for five seasons, directing the women's cross-country team to five consecutive NCAA Championships appearances. As a Husky, Metcalf earned All-American honors in the steeplechase with a sixth-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships. He was a finalist in the steeple at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. A native of Ephrata, Wash., Metcalf, 32, was the 1987 Washington Class A state cross-country champion, and captured the state title in the 1,600 meters in 1988.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Professor Edward A. Walker, '83, was named medical director of the UW Medical Center Oct. 10 and will also serve as an associate dean of the School of Medicine. Walker has been associate medical director for psychiatric services at UW Medical Center since 1999. Walker succeeds Clinical Professor Eric Larson, who resigned after 13 years to become director of the Center for Health Studies at Group Health Cooperative.

Nursing Professor Heather Young, '89, '91, is the new director of the de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging in the UW School of Nursing. One of the first nurses to earn a gerontological nurse practitioner degree at the UW, Young's research has been instrumental in shaping state and local policies that affect older adults. The center focuses on research and education for the healthy aging of older adults and their families. Young was named "Nurse of the Year" by the King County Nurses Association in 1999.


Nursing Professor Kathryn E. Barnard was one of two infant development leaders to receive the 2002 Gustav O. Lienhard Award Oct. 14 from the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. Barnard is the founder and director of the Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the UW. She was honored for developing assessment and parent education protocols that are used worldwide and have revolutionized clinical practice. She shared the award with author and physician T. Berry Brazelton, president and chair of the Brazelton Foundation.

Career Week 2002 was named an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program by the National Academic Advising Association Oct. 2, one of only five advising programs in the nation honored by the association. Nearly 3,000 students participated in Career Week 2002, which provided more than 50 free panels, workshops and presentations as well as a networking lunch for students and alumni. Career Week 2003 will be held Jan. 27-31 and is cosponsored by the UWAA, the Center for Career Services, the Vice President for Student Affairs and numerous academic departments.

Physiology and Biophysics Professor Bertil Hille is one of 65 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, the institute announced Oct. 14. A member of the UW faculty since 1968, Hille has been widely honored for his pioneering work showing that ions-charged particles such as calcium and sodium-pass in and out of cell membranes through pores called ion channels. Hille's election brings the number of UW faculty members in the institute to 38.

Music Professor Richard Karpen received an ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers based on the "unique prestige value" of his catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances. Karpen has taught composition and computer music at the UW since 1989.

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