UW News

February 2, 2006

Health Sciences News Briefs

Felsenstein honored

Dr. Joseph Felsenstein, professor of genome sciences, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland in December. Felsenstein, who works on evolutionary trees and population genetics, was a postdoctoral fellow there in 1967-68 and also spent a sabbatical year there in 1982-83.

Felsenstein noted that the honor included a high-quality red velvet robe, and also that the same honor was given to J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, several months ago.

Gardner designated as fellow

Carolyn Gardner, clinical cardiac sonographer at UW Medical Center’s Eastside Specialty Clinic, has been designated a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).

The designation recognizes extraordinary commitment to the field and achievement of credentials that demonstrate fulfillment of training and performance requirements. Gardner developed the Echocardiography Lab at Harborview Medical Center in 1979, and then went on to UW Medical Center, where she was manager of the Echocardiography Lab from 1982 to 2002.

She was one of ASE’s charter members, and has been a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and chair of the Sonographer Committee.

Volunteers sought

The Journey Program at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is seeking volunteers to facilitate support groups for parents or siblings who have experienced the death of a child. A training session is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1. Those able to offer gifts of time and caring are encouraged to learn more by calling 206-987-2062.