Columns September 2001

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Geneticist Hartwell Receives Nobel Prize
Lee Hartwell, president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and also professor of genetics at the UW, shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with two other scientists, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced Oct. 8. The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute selected Hartwell for his pioneering work in yeast genetics. He shares the honor with Paul Nurse and Timothy Hunt, both of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, England. With this award, the UW has eight Nobel laureates among its faculty and alumni. See the award announcement.
Arsonists Destroy Merrill Hall in $4.1 Million Blaze
Arsonists burned down Merrill Hall, part of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, May 21, causing $4.1 million in damage and destroying offices, research facilities and the center's library. It was the most costly attack on UW facilities since the Vietnam War protest era.
Research Brief: Turning Off TB
UW Pathobiology Professor David Sherman announced that he was able to interrupt the function of a gene that allows the tuberculosis bacterium to go dormant. Bacteria disrupted in this way may be unable to mount a defense against the body's immune system.
State Funding Falls Short; UW Raises Tuition, Cuts Budget
UW is facing a "significant budget deficit" of $25 million, says its chief budget officer, despite raising tuition to its maximum level for undergraduates. To cover the gap, the UW must impose a 2 percent budget cut on all units and is contemplating an energy surcharge for students.
First Ever TA Strike Hits UW Campus
Citing a stalemate in contract negotiations, the teaching assistants union at UW went on strike June 1, the last day of classes for Spring Quarter, and continued its walkout until the official end of the quarter on June 15. This is the first time in UW history that TAs have gone on strike.
Young Dawgs Look to Create New Glory
With last season's Rose Bowl victory behind them, the Huskies football team anticipates a challenging 2001. A new quarterback, top-ranked coverage in key offensive and defensive positions, and a grueling game schedule all point to the balanced effort success will require.
Injured Husky May Breathe on His Own
Former Husky safety Curtis Williams is being weaned from a ventilator, which has assisted his breathing since his spinal injury during a football game last October. Williams, 23, injured his spinal cord during a helmet-to-helmet collision with Stanford running back Kerry Carter on Oct. 28.
Microsoft Gift Boosts New Computer Science Building
Microsoft Corp.'s $7.2 million contribution to a new home for UW's Department of Computer Science and Engineering will help fund a $70 million building that will double the department's total space and triple its lab space.
Brotman Awards Honor Undergraduate Education Excellence
The Office of Minority Affairs Instructional Center and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program were recognized with 2001 Brotman Awards. The awards are named after UW Regent Jeffrey Brotman, '64, '67, and his wife, Susan, and honor departments and programs that improve the quality of undergraduate education through collaboration and diversity promotion.

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