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Milestones: Updates, Appointments, and Honors Print

Social Work Professor Edwina Uehara became dean of the UW School of Social Work April 1, replacing Dorothy Van Soest. Since joining the UW faculty in 1990, Uehara served as an assistant professor and as the school’s acting dean in 2001. Her research interests focus on the effect of violence in urban environments and on immigrants, along with social networks and support systems. Uehara holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

President Mark Emmert, ’75, announced the appointment of Scott Woodward as vice president for external affairs Feb. 16. Woodward’s responsibilities include overseeing the University’s government and media relations and its new marketing division. In addition to working with Emmert at Louisiana State University as director of external affairs, Woodward has served as a political consultant, a legislative liaison, a lobbyist and a principal in his own government and public relations firm. Woodward holds a bachelor’s degree from LSU.

University of Michigan Engineering Professor Matthew O’Donnell was named the new dean of the UW College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1. O’Donnell is the first recipient of the Frank and Julie Jungers Endowed Deanship in Engineering. In addition to teaching, O’Donnell holds 50 patents and has authored and co-authored more than 200 publications. He studies and explores imaging technologies in biomedicine. O’Donnell earned his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame in 1976.

Daniel S. Friedman, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be the new dean of the UW’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective July 1. Friedman writes and lectures widely on professional ethics and education, public architecture and 20th century theory. He is the co-founder and past editor of Practices magazine and co-editor of Plumbing: Sounding Modern Architecture, an anthology of critical and theoretical essays on geometry and hygiene. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and holds a master’s in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s and doctorate in architectural theory from the University of Pennsylvania.

Computer Science and Engineering Professor Susan Eggers was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in February. Eggers joined five active UW faculty members in the academy, which recognizes those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice. Working with Professor Hank Levy and a group of students, Eggers invented “simultaneous multithreading,” which boosts computer speeds by as much as 400 percent. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

UW Medicine and Genome Sciences Professor Mary-Claire King will receive the 2006 A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Sept. 28 in Amsterdam. King is recognized for proving the existence of BRCA1, the first discovery of a hereditary breast-cancer gene. Her research focuses on inherited breast and ovarian cancer, inherited deafness and the genetics of schizophrenia (see “Putting the Puzzle Together,” Sept. 1996). Three previous recipients of the $150,000 international award went on to win the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Law Professor Roy Prosterman was awarded the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership and an accompanying $250,000 award. The Kravis Prize, administered by Claremont McKenna College, the Kravis Leadership Institute and Henry R. Kravis, acknowledges leaders who work with nonprofit organizations. Prosterman founded the Seattle-based Rural Development Institute 25 years ago, helping people own land in developing countries. He accepted the award May 6 in Los Angeles.

UW Senior Brandon Roy received the Pac-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award March 6. Roy follows Christian Welp, ’86, ’01, who won for his 1985–86 season, as the second UW player to receive the conference’s top honor. Roy was also named to the first team of the Associated Press All-America team, becoming the first Husky in 53 seasons to receive the honor. Roy was also a finalist for one of college basketball’s highest honors, the Wooden Award.