LAUDED LIBRARY: Odegaard Undergraduate Library was held up as an ideal in a recent journal article published by a Japanese librarian. Makoto Inoue, a librarian at Doshisha University in Kyoto, outlined the concept of the “learning commons” as exemplified by Odegaard. In his article, he follows the progress of a student who used the full range of services at OUGL, including finding topics and materials, working with others in the group study rooms, editing the paper in the writing center and getting the paper placed in an attractive binder at the copy-center. He described OUGL as “a model for the seamless integration of library services into the total learning experience.” The article was published in Bibliography Mineruva Tsushin.
DIVINE DESIGN: Two UW projects were honored with awards from the University and College Designers Association. The College of Forest Resources’ Centennial Calendar won a gold award in the calendar category. John Linse and Jo-Ann Sire were the designers, Cecilia Paul was the writer and photographers included Kirsten Atik, Dave Hogan, Mary Levin, Bob Mierendorf, Kathy Sauber and William Webb. The Center for Young Scholars — Washington Search for Young Scholars won an award of excellence in the recruitment/other category. Jo-Ann Sire was the designer.
CROWNED CRIMINOLOGIST: Richard F. Catalano, professor and director of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work, has been awarded the August Vollmer Award by the American Society of Criminology. The Vollmer Award recognizes a criminologist whose research scholarship has contributed to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior, either through a single outstanding work, a series of theoretical or research contributions, or on the accumulated contributions by a senior scholar.
VALIANT VIDEOS: Two videos by UW students were among those honored in the ResearchChannel’s Computer Security Awareness Video Contest. There were three winners and five honorable mentions in each of two categories — short videos and public service announcements — chosen from a wide array of videos submitted by students at colleges and universities throughout the country. Using lively vignettes and campus-based scenarios, they explain computer security problems and actions students should take to safeguard their computers and personal information.
UW entries Late Night Problems by Cory Schwarzmiller and For Their Inconvenience by Collin Monda and Morgan Redfield received honorable mentions in the public service announcement category. All the videos are available to view and download for free at the ResearchChannel Web site at http://www.researchchannel.org/securityvideo2007/.
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TITANIC TOUR: You may think you know the campus, but have you traveled it with a horticulturist? You’ll have your chance on Saturday, Aug. 25, when the Museum of History and Industry offers a walking tour, “Groves, Gardens, and Landscape Design: A Garden History Tour of the University of Washington Campus.” The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, will be led by horticulturist Kathy Mendelson. Tickets are $25 and are available from www.brownpapertickets.com.
FRANKLY FRANKLIN: UW Staffer GregRobin Smith will be taking his one-man show about Benjamin Franklin to Everett next week. He’ll appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Everett Firefighters Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. The show is called “Benjamin Franklin — Patriot, Philosopher, Traitor and Spy.” Tickets are $5 and are available at www.goBENgo.info.