|Private Donations Set Record
Private support for the University during 1998-99 reached $211 million, with $103.2 million in private gifts and $107.8 in non-governmental grants. The Council for Aid to Education ranked the University in 1996-97 at 14th overall and fifth among public universities for private voluntary support.
|President Emeritus Charles Oegaard Dies, Led UW Boom in '60s
Charles E. Odegaard, who served as the UW's 25th president from 1958 to 1973, died in his sleep Nov. 14 of heart failure. He was 88. During his tenure, Odegaard transformed the UW into a major, national research university. His achievements include boosting minority enrollment, preparing the UW for the "baby boom" of the 1960s, and securing a $195 million construction budget for the UW. See also Seattle P-I obit.
|Huskies Lose to UCLA 23-20; Bowl Destination Uncertain
Chris Griffith's third field goal of the game, a 22-yarder in overtime, lifted UCLA to a 23-20 upset over No. 23 Washington on Nov. 13, bouncing the Huskies out of the driver's seat in the Pac-10 race. To make the Rose Bowl, the Huskies must beat WSU Nov. 20th and Stanford must lost to California that same day.
| Dyslexics Use More Brain Area for Simple Tasks
Dyslexic children use nearly five times the brain area as normal children
while performing a simple language task, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington researchers. The study shows for the first time that there are chemical differences in the brain function of dyslexic and non-dyslexic children.
|Top Research Universities Launch Distance Learning Site
Fourteen major North American universities are collaborating on a web site to showcase distance learning technologies. The site, R1.edu, will be hosted by the University of Washington. See also UW press release, and the R1.edu website, at http://www.r1edu.org/.
The Husky Union Building celebrates its 50th anniversary with a monthlong historical exhibit, a rededication ceremony, free double feature films, and an anniversary dance. See also Student Activities and Union Facilities web site.
|Charges Filed Against Three Football Players
The Seattle City Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor charges Aug. 25 against three UW football players following a May 22nd melee at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house.
|Neuheisel Debut Yields High Expectations
UW Football coach Rick Neuheisel debuts with the Huskies on Dept. 9, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Neuheisel served previously at Colorado, where his teams produced a 33-14 record and three bowl game victories. The surprise announcement of his appointment to the position at Washingtonand his $1 million annual pay package in salary, bonuses and sponsorshipsdrew both positive and negative reactions among Dawgs fans.
Seahawks Agree on Use of Husky Stadium
A long-awaited agreement was reached May 21 between the University of Washington and the Seahawks for the NFL team's use of Husky Stadium during the 2000
and 2001 seasons. See also UW press release.
|Brotman Award Recognizes Teaching Collaboration
The Community and Environment Planning Program, the Department of Geography and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering have won 1999 Brotman Awards recognizing collaboration across department lines to improve undergraduate education. See also UW Teaching Academy web site.
|1999 UW Faculty Field Tour
Among the many highlights of the second annual UW faculty field tour was a visit to Yakima, where a member of the Yakama Nation performed a traditional dance.
Named Dean of UW Business School
Yash P. Gupta, dean and professor of management in the College of Business
and Administration of the University of Colorado at Denver, will be appointed dean of the UW Business School, effective Aug. 1, 1999.
|UW Researchers Grow Stem Cells in Laboratory
Researchers at UW and the Veterans Administration Medical Center have successfully grown stem cells from mice in the laboratory. The cells, used to make blood, are generated using a new growth hormone, and have been maintained in laboratory conditions for up to four months. The research may open the door to helping cancer patients overcome major side effects of cancer treatment. See also UW press release.
Earns Top Spots in U.S. News Rankings
For the sixth straight year, the UW School of Medicine was number one in
primary care, as were its family medicine and rural health programs. Also in the top 10 graduate/professional programs were nuclear physics (2nd), bioengineering (5th), computer science (7th), microbiology (7th), atomic/molecular physics (8th), computer engineering (9th), special education (9th), social/philosophical foundations in education (9th) and secondary teacher (10th).
|Michelangelo's David Digitized
Computer scientists from UW, Stanford and other institutions are creating virtual replicas of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpieces, including "David." Viewers of these virtual sculptures will be able to zoom in on small details such as chisel marks and change lighting conditions to see how the statue's appearance is affected. See also Digital Michelangelo Project web site and UW press release.
|Virginia Physicist Warren Buck Named UW Bothell Chancellor
University of Washington President Richard L. McCormick named Warren W. Buck chancellor and dean of UW Bothell March 25, subject to regental approval. Buck currently is professor of physics and director of the Nuclear/High Energy Physics Research Center of Excellence at Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
|Columns Redesign Garners Award
Columns' 1998 redesign was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with a Bronze Award in Magazine Publishing Improvement.