UW News

April 1, 2010

Etc.: News & notes from around campus

LIFE CHANGER: Jennifer Cohen, assistant director of the Samuel and Althea Stroum Jewish Studies program, was honored with the Hannah G. Solomon Award by the National Council of Jewish Women’s Seattle Section. The award is presented to an individual who has changed the lives of others through her leadership efforts and service. Cohen is a past president of the group and founder of Shalom Bayit: Furnishing Peaceful Homes, a furniture bank serving women coming out of abusive relationships who are unable to return safely to their homes.

MULTIPLE HONORS: Sandra Madrid, senior adviser to the dean of the UW Law School, is the recipient of the President’s Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. This award honors her unparalleled commitment to diversity at the UW School of Law and the legal profession, as well as her passionate dedication to the Latino community. In addition, she received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Western Washington in recognition of her many accomplishments and commitment to women and leadership. Madrid also received the Tara Blair Spirit of Service Award from the Northwest Indian Bar Association for her work with the Native American students and alumni. And she was asked to chair the LATINA Style Business Series which will be held in Seattle in June. She will work with the magazine to bring Latinas to a conference which will highlight many topics on business for Latina women.

HUMBOLDT HONOR: History Professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award, after being nominated by a professor in Germany. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards each year.

TROPICAL STAR: Sean O’Donnell, associate professor of psychology, was elected vice-chair for research for the Organization for Tropical Studies. The organization provides leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. It conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs.

SPACE HUSKIES: UW alumnus James Dutton (MS ’94, Aeronautics & Astronautics) will pilot the Shuttle mission scheduled to launch Monday. Dutton is a Eugene, Ore., native who was a student of Uy-Loi Ly, associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. The next NASA Shuttle mission, scheduled to launch May 14, will also be piloted by a Husky: Dominic (Tony) Antonelli (MS ’02, Aeronautics & Astronautics), who flew his first mission last year to the International Space Station.

AUDIENCE FAVORITE: GregRobin Smith, a staffer in Property and Transport Services, received the Audience Choice Award for his play To Each Their Own in a contest sponsored by the Northwest chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The play is a five-act Elizabethan style romance (Smith compares it to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Cymbeline and Winter’s Tale). The Audience’s Choice Award goes to the most popular play as voted on by all the attendees.

BOOK MAN: Harborview staffer Bruce Taylor celebrates the publication of his newest book, The Mountains of the Night at an event from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Tougo Coffee Co., 1410 18th Avenue on Capitol Hill. The book is about how to have a great life anyway in spite of a chronic illness. For more information, go to www.BruceBTaylor.com.

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