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Scott Woodward
Scott Woodward
UW Names Woodward New Athletic Director
UW President Mark A. Emmert named Scott Woodward the school’s new Athletic Director on September 17. Woodward, UW vice president for external relations, had served as interim AD since the resignation of Todd Turner last December. Although he is a relative newcomer to the field of athletics administration, Woodward is a longtime and trusted colleague of Emmert’s who has made favorable impressions during his interim appointment. He’s also an experienced lobbyist with strong connections in state government.
Also see: "Woodward Named Washington's Athletic Director"
The Seattle Times: "UW hires Scott Woodward as athletic director"
The Seattle Times / Jerry Brewer: "Lots of risk in UW's hire, but Woodward can adapt"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Different title, same challenges for UW's Woodward"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Art Thiel: "Give Woodward credit—he didn't run from job"

CAUP Rechristened "College of Built Environments"
The UW’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning will start the New Year with a new name. As of January 1, it will be known as the College of Built Environments, a title that better reflects the school’s increasing focus on “21st-century challenges—urbanization, climate change and livable communities,” says Dean Daniel S. Friedman.
Also see:
University Week: "UW architecture and urban planning renamed the College of Built Environments"
Puget Sound Business Journal: "UW College of Architecture now 'College of Built Environments'"

Professor David Montgomery
David Montgomery
Paydirt: Soil Expert David Montgomery Is UW's Latest MacArthur Fellow
It was a good week for David Montgomery, a professor of earth and space sciences at the UW. On June 23, the MacArthur Foundation announced that Montgomery was one of its 25 fellowship recipients for 2008. The $500,000, no-strings-attached “genius grant” recognizes Montgomery’s pioneering work in geomorphology, the study of landscape evolution and its effects on humans. Three days later, Montgomery learned that his book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations had won the Washington State Book Award.
Also see:
A profile of Montgomery from the MacArthur Foundation web site
UW News: "UW professor wins prestigious MacArthur fellowship"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "UW professor makes his 'genius' rock"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "At least this year, men have the write stuff for state book awards"
The Seattle Times: "Seattle rocker/scientist wins 'genius grant'"
The Seattle Times: "Washington State Book Award winners"
The News Tribune: "$500,000 goes to 'genius' professor"

UW Study: Seattle Is the Heart Attack Survival Capital
Your odds of surviving a heart attack can vary widely depending on where you live, UW researchers have shown. Residents of Seattle are more than five times likelier to walk away from cardiac arrest than citizens of Alabama, according to a recent study of survival rates in 10 American cities and states. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study attributed Seattle’s strong showing to a number of factors including “an exceptionally well-organized EMS system.”
Also see:
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Heart attack survival highest in Seattle area, study finds"
Newsweek: "Hot Tip: Have Your Heart Attack In Seattle"
University Week: "Survival after emergency cardiac arrest treatment varies widely"

Catherine Henderson
Catherine Henderson
"Rise Up" Rises to the Occasion in "Song of Washington" Competition
UW student Catherine Henderson hit the right notes—and brought home a little do re mi—with her submission to the Song of Washington contest, which challenged fans of the UW to write lyrics for a new alma mater. Henderson's winning entry, "Rise Up with Pride for Washington," was set to music by composer Bill Conti and performed for the first time at a September 26 gala celebrating the completion of Campaign UW: Creating Futures. A mother of three and a senior in the UW's Evening Degree Program, Henderson received $1,000 and a UW Alumni Association lifetime membership for her lyrics. Read more...

Lapdog: UW Researchers Create Guard-Dog Software for Laptops
Researchers at the UW and the University of California, San Diego, have developed a product that will make stealing laptops a much riskier proposition. Named "Adeona" after the Roman goddess of safe returns, the free software reports a laptop's location as soon as its user connects to the internet. Read more...

Spirit has served as UW's mascot since 1999.
Fans Invited to Name the Live Husky Mascot
Harry will always be Harry, but the UW is seeking a new, permanent name for his quadruped counterpart. Now through October 9, fans are invited to submit potential names for the University's live Husky mascot. The winning name will be unveiled at the UCLA game on November 15. Read more...

Homecoming Is Just Around the Corner
Fall is upon us, and the great migrations have begun: the songbirds are heading south, the salmon are heading inland, and the Huskies are heading home to Seattle. Homecoming at the UW is so much more than a football game—come back to campus for several days of fun, and see what all the fuss is about. Highlights will include the Dawg Dash on Oct. 12, the “Pride in 5” video competition, the Rally in Red Square on Oct. 17, and the Homecoming football game against the Oregon State Beavers—a team none dare take lightly after its Sept. 25 dethroning of USC—on Oct. 18. Read more...

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October 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

Last month, UW Earth and Space Sciences Professor David Montgomery won a $500,000 fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. How many of these MacArthur "genius grant" recipients are now on the UW faculty?

    A. 4
    B. 6
    C. 9
    D. 12
    E. 13

Answer this month's question

Last Month's Answer
In last month's trivia question,  we noted that the UW was ranked 41st among national universities in the recently released rankings from U.S. News & World Report, and asked where the UW had placed in the same rankings the previous year. See the answer.

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UW NewsLinks is a free, monthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends about the University of Washington. Prepared by the editors of Columns, it features the same mix of campus news and features but also provides links to fascinating (and unusual) UW-related Web sites and a monthly trivia contest.

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*David Montgomery: Photo by Mary Levin.
*Catherine Henderson: Photo by Mary Levin.

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