UW News

May 21, 2009

Etc.: Campus news & notes

THIS DIAMOND RING: The UW was one of four organizations to receive the Diamond Ring Award for Organizational Leadership from Commuter Challenge, a program that assists King County employers in reducing commute trips through education and partnership. Diamond Ring Organizational Leadership Awards are given to those organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to expanding their commute trip reduction efforts year after year. The University’s commuter program is run by Transportation Services.

OUTSTANDING RECRUIT: Kenneth Zeichner, the College of Education’s newly appointed Boeing Professor of Teacher Education, has been elected to the National Academy of Education, one of 10 new members named to the academy this spring. This will bring to four the members of that academy at the UW, the others being James Banks, John Bransford and John Goodlad. Zeichner will start at the UW officially on Sept. 16.

DAWGS IN SPACE: NASA has announced that UW alum Dominic “Tony” Antonelli will pilot next spring’s mission to the International Space Station. Antonelli graduated from the UW in 2002 with a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics. In other out-of-this-world Husky news, UW alum and Seattle native Gregory Johnson last week successfully piloted the shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope’s repairs and upgrades were completed on Monday. Tomorrow Johnson is scheduled to bring the shuttle and crew back to Earth.

ACTIVISM TODAY: Social Work Senior Lecturer Nancy Amidei will lead a conversation on Activism for a New Century on Thurday, May 28. You can bring your lunch for the discussion, from noon to 2 p.m., in Room 110 of the University Heights Center.

LOVE IN AFRICA: History Professor Lynn Thomas is the co-editor of Love in Africa, a book recently published by the University of Chicago Press. The book contains eight essays with topics that range from the reception of Bollywood movies in 1950s Zanzibar, to the effects of a Mexican telenovela on young people’s ideas about courtship in Niger, to the models of romance promoted by South African and Kenyan magazines and the complex relationship between love and money in Madagascar and South Africa.

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