THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Former state representative Albert F. Canwell, who led a 1948 legislative investigation of alleged communists at the UW, died April 1. He was 95. At one point leading up to the hearings, a member of the Canwell Committee claimed that 150 UW professors were communists or sympathizers. After a week of hearings and months of investigations, the UW Board of Regents fired three UW professors-Psychology Professor Ralph Gundlach, English Professor Joseph Butterworth and Philosophy Professor Herbert Phillips. While former UW President William P. Gerberding apologized for the firings in 1994, Canwell never regretted the McCarthy-style hearings-held two years prior to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's own investigations. "I didn't accuse anybody who wasn't guilty as hell," Canwell said in a 1998 interview. "I think they got what they deserved-me." For more about the Canwell Committee and the UW, see the article "Seeing Red," Dec. 1997, also available on the Columns Web site.
In April President Richard L. McCormick named Sociology Professor George Bridges, '72, as the new dean of undergraduate education, replacing former dean Fred Campbell, who retired last year. An expert on the sociology of law and legal institutions, Bridges joined the UW faculty in 1982 and won the institution's highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award, in 1996. Appointed associate dean of undergraduate education in 1998, he has served as acting dean since July 2001. In addition to receiving his bachelor's degree at the UW, Bridges earned an M.A. in criminology and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Neurological Surgery Professor Richard G. Ellenbogen became acting chair of neurosurgery, replacing H. Richard Winn, and Medicine Professor Donald Sherrard became acting chief of nephrology (which treats kidney disease), replacing William Couser, the UW announced in February. Winn and Couser have been linked in press reports to a two-year grand jury investigation of Medicare/Medicaid billing irregularities at UW Physicians and Children's University Medical Group, the billing departments for about 1,300 UW-affiliated physicians. Through their attorneys, both men have denied any wrongdoing and both remain on the faculty.
Three UW undergraduates finished among the world's college math elite in an international mathematics competition, the University announced April 11. Ryan Card, Ernie Esser and Jeffrey Giansiracusa won the highest commendation in the 18th Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an annual competition sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. The UW students will receive the annual SIAM Award from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in July. The team's 21-page solution was an algorithm to regulate water flow to an ornamental fountain based on wind speed. The three had to achieve a delicate balance between maintaining an impressive visual spectacle and preventing passersby from getting soaked on windy days.Columns Magazine won four awards in a 2002 regional competition, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District 8, announced Feb. 25. Editor Tom Griffin won a Silver Award in Feature Writing for his article on election reform, "Down for the Count," March 2001. Associate Editor Jon Marmor, '94, won two Bronze Awards in Feature Writing: one for a profile of Boeing 747 designer Joseph Sutter, "Sky King," June 2001, the other for a profile of artist Alfredo Arreguin, "The Magic Realist," Sept. 2001. Art Director Ken Shafer won a Bronze Award in Overall Publication Design for his work on the Sept. 2001 issue. Since its founding in 1989, Columns has won 129 awards in regional and national competitions. University Book Store General Manager Bob Cross received the Order of the Eagle Award from the National Association of College Stores in February, only the seventh time that the organization has given this award in its 79-year history. Cross was recognized for his service to the college book store industry. Founded in 1923, the association represents about 3,000 college book stores in the U.S. Medical Genetics Professor Marshall S. Horwitz, '88, '90, is a winner of the 2001 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the White House announced April 1. Given to only 60 researchers each year, it is the highest award the federal government bestows on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. Horwitz's research focuses on identifying inherited risk factors for leukemia, lymphoma and kidney cancer. Art Professor Emeritus Patti Warashina, '62, '64, won the 2002 Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the non-profit Artist Trust organization announced March 21. The annual award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 to a local woman artist age 60 or over who has dedicated a significant portion of her life to art. Warashina is widely recognized for her figurative ceramic works.