Vicky L. Carwein, currently dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, (UNLV) College of Health Sciences, will become dean of UW-Tacoma Sept. 16. Carwein, 47, holds a nursing B.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and a master's from UC-San Francisco. She has taught at UNLV since 1972 and became dean in 1991.

The UW School of Pharmacy has a new dean. Sidney D. Nelson, '68, became head of the school July 1, replacing retiring Dean Milo Gibaldi, who stepped down after 17 years as pharmacy's head--the longest tenure of any dean currently serving at the UW. Nelson, 49, is an internationally recognized scientist who focuses on drug toxicities. In addition to his B.S. in pharmacy from the UW, he holds a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from UC-San Francisco.


Law School Dean Wallace Loh announced June 2 that he is leaving the UW to become associate chancellor at the University of Colorado's main campus in Boulder. Loh, 50, joined the UW law faculty in 1974 and became dean in 1990.

Executive Vice President Tallman Trask III left the UW Aug. 15 to become executive vice president at Duke University. Trask, 47, had been at the UW since 1986, overseeing personnel, physical plant, administrative computing, finances, public safety and other administrative functions. He has been credited with boosting both the performance of the UW's endowment and the $400 million construction program on campus.


Five professional staff members were honored May 1 by the University and the Professional Staff Organization for their service to the UW. The winners of 1995 Awards for Excellence are Minority Affairs Associate Vice President William Baker, Assistant Provost for Research Donald Baldwin, Personnel Services Senior Trainer Karen Crowder, Pharmacy's Director of Counseling Services Nanci Murphy and Undergraduate Education's Director of Academic Counseling Richard Simkins.

Astronomy Professor Donald Brownlee and Physics Professor David Thouless were among 60 scientists nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April. Founded in 1863, the academy serves as the federal government's official adviser on science and technology and is one of the highest honors given a U.S. scientist or engineer. Brownlee is best known for his research into interplanetary dust. Thouless is renowned for this work in condensed-matter physics. With the election of Brownlee and Thouless, the UW now has 35 members in the academy, exceeding the total of academy members in all other Pacific Northwest colleges and universities.

Physics Emeritus Professor Ernest Henley and Art Professor Emeritus Jacob Lawrence were among 162 figures in education, government, business and the arts to be named in May to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Henley, who served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1987, helped establish the Institute for Nuclear Theory, which is based on the UW campus. Lawrence is a renowned painter and printmaker, particularly known for his depiction of black history and black life in America. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the first black artist to be recognized in that way.

Philosophy Professor Ronald Moore was named the winner of the Charles E. Odegaard Award at the annual Educational Opportunity Awards Banquet April 20. Moore, who head the Center for the Humanities, has been intricately involved in the EOP program since he came to the UW 18 years ago.

History Professor Richard White. Photo by Mary Levin.

History Professor Richard White, '72, '75, became the seventh person associated with the UW to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced June 12. Over the next five years, White will receive $295,000 with "no strings attached." No one may apply for these awards. Instead, a secret panel of nominators looks across the nation for likely candidates in the arts, humanities, sciences and politics. The author of five books, White has challenged the traditional histories of the American West. One of his works, The Middle Ground, was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in history. White earned his master's and Ph.D. from the UW and holds his B.A. from UC-Santa Cruz. For more about White's work, see "History and Hindsight" in the March 1991 Columns.


For the third year in a row, the UW Medical Center was ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. To qualify for the magazine's honor roll, a hospital has to be in the top ten in four or more of 16 specialties. The UW Medical Center ranked among the top ten in rehabilitation (2nd), cancer (7th), orthopedics (9th), geriatrics (9th), AIDS (10th) and endocrinology (10th). In a March poll, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UW School of Medicine number one for primary care training and 11th in research.

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