The National Soccer Coaches Association named UW soccer player Bryn Ritchie one of its National Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Jan. 19. Ritchie shared the honor with women's player Danielle Slaton of Santa Clara University. Ritchie, 22, is from Medford, Ore., and currently carries a 3.64 grade point average. He is majoring in business and international studies. A team captain in 2001, Ritchie is a two-time All-America honoree and helped lead the Husky men's soccer team to three consecutive conference titles, including the first-ever Pac-10 Conference championship in 2000.

Dentistry Professor Emeritus Eugene Natkin, '62, received the first Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award from the School of Dentistry, the school announced Dec. 10. The new award honors faculty members who have made significant contributions to the UW dentistry teaching program. Natkin was the first chair of the Department of Endodontics when it was created in 1967 and held that role until 1980. His methods "enabled young faculty members to quickly establish themselves as effective teachers and to become recognized early in their careers," says Dentistry Professor Emeritus Gerald Harrington. Natkin retired in 1995.

Both the UW and Harborview Medical Center were listed in the 100 Commuter Challenge Pacesetters for 2001, an award given by the Seattle-based Commuter Challenge organization to recognize a commitment to reducing commute trips. The nonprofit group works to alleviate traffic congestion and promote alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles. In addition to its award, Harborview received a $30,000 Commuter Challenge grant to help defray the cost of its shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes during peak commute times. The UW's U-PASS program has reduced morning-peak traffic in the "U" District by 17 percent since 1991.

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