THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ALUMNI MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 1998 ISSUE
Photographer Art Wolfe has been in the wild for more than 20 years, taking award-winning photographs of nature and producing best-selling books. A 1975 graduate of the UW School of Art, Wolfe explains how he chose his profession, his formative years at the UW, how he took those award-winning shots and what he sees coming for photography and the environment.
In the 1980s the UW lost star faculty to competing universities like Cal-Berkeley, Harvard and Columbia. Fifteen years later, the faculty pay gap between the UW and its peers is 14 percent and rising. We're losing faculty "stars" again, such as MacArthur "genius" award-winner Richard White to Stanford. We look at the crisis and what it will take to stop the bleeding.
Dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning disabilities may have a genetic component as well as an environmental cause. A unique collaboration between the UW College of Education and the School of Medicine is looking for the genetic links through brain imaging and DNA blood tests. Meanwhile, other UW projects seek to identify learning-disabled children at an earlier age, where the odds are better that we can beat this malady.
UW Anthropologist Rodney Stark's book The Rise of Christianity debunks past theories on why the Christian religion came to dominate the Roman Empire. Throw out the notion that the early Christians were poor and moved in a male-dominated religion. Christianity was a "middle class" movement, he explains, that had a rational appeal. His take on what happened 2,000 years ago also translates to religious movements at the end of the 20th century.