March 2009 -

The Hub


Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Political Science Stephen E. Hanson was appointed vice provost, UW Office of Global Affairs, in January. Hanson has received the UW's Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as grants from the Social Science Research Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

John N. Vinson was appointed the UW's new chief of police in February. Vinson served as undersheriff in Isabella County, Mich., before moving to Seattle.

Hubert Locke received the ACLU's 2008 William O. Douglas Award for his dedication to protecting and maintaining human and civil rights. Locke has an avid interest in the criminal justice system and works to promote policies that compel police officers to be more accountable for their actions. Locke was appointed dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the UW in 1982.

Paul Yager was appointed chair of the UW Department of Bioengineering on Nov. 24. Yager researches diagnostic technologies, hoping to improve the quality of medical care in developing nations.

Andrienne Fairhall, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, was given the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award for her outstanding work in the fields of neural codes and computational neuroscience.

Christina Surawicz, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and assistant dean for faculty development in the School of Medicine, was named a master of the American College of Gastroenterology. Mastership is given to doctors who have shown outstanding service to their patients, the college and education in gastroenterology.

David Baker, UW professor of biochemistry and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute, was one of three recipients of the 2008 Sackler International Prize in biophysics. Baker was selected for his computer-based studies of protein-folding.

Merilyn Moore, Haborview Medical Center's burn rehabilitation manager, is the first recipient of the Andre Zagame Outstanding OT/PT Rehabilitation Specialist Award. Moore was chosen by the International Society for Burn Injuries for her extraordinary contributions to the rehabilitation of burn victims through clinical teaching, practice and community service.

Irwin Bernstein, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the UW, received the fifth annual Inventor of the Year Award from the UW School of Medicine. His research led to the development of the leukemia medication Mylotarg, the first antibody-targeted chemotherapeutic agent to be approved by the FDA.

Daniel Chan, associate dean for clinical services at the School of Dentistry, was recently named the Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair of Dentistry. The WDS selection committee chose Chan for his dedication to outstanding oral health care, research in practice administration and education. The WDS also appointed Susan Coldwell, associate dean for the Office of Student Life and Admissions at the School of Dentistry, as its new Endowed Professor.