UW News

September 30, 2010

Etc: News & Notes from around campus

GREEN UW: The UW was a winner of a 2010 Green Washington award from Seattle Business magazine, which recognized those companies and organizations that are “in the forefront of making our state a greener place to live and work” according to the magazine. The UW is cited as an example of institutions that are leaders “in finding new ways to reduce environmental impact, but also serve as models for how communities and businesses can reduce their impact on the environment.”

GREEN BUILDING: And speaking of green, the Savery Hall renovation project has received a Gold rating from the Green Building Certification Institute’s review team. The rating is part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, better known as LEED. SRG Partnership was the architect for the project, which was managed by the Capital Projects Office.

WOMAN OF POWER: Shirley Hune, professor of educational leadership and policy studies, was one of 13 women honored at the Sept. 24 Women of Color Empowered luncheon organized by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, which “celebrates the wonderful accomplishments of women who have worked hard to break through the glass ceiling.” The luncheon is held three times a year, and this particular event honored women in education. Since joining the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies department in 2007, Hune has contributed to studies on closing the achievement gap of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington state’s public schools.

HITTING A HOMER: UWTV’s 2010 Husky softball pre-season special has garnered an international award from Indie Fest. The program, Husky Softball: A Championship Journey, received an Award of Merit for the sports/fitness category. The show chronicles the team’s 2009 championship season with player interviews and title-winning game clips. This was UWTV’s first submission to the Indie Fest and featured the work of producer and writer Patrick Witt, producer Greg Young, editor Kathy Medak, motion graphics producer Jeff Scotti, production coordinator Lisa Merlin and director of production Jack Hoffman. The Indie Fest honors professionals “who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. Husky Softball: A Championship Journey, can be watched anytime here.

HONG KONG HONOR: UW Bothell’s Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, director of the Center for Undergraduate Studies and Programs and professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences, has been appointed as an honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong in the Centre for Humanities and Medicine. As part of his work there, Kochhar-Lindgren will form a research group on “Transnational Asian Cities: Health, Virtualities, and Urban Ecologies,” and assist with the development of interdisciplinary courses for the Li Ka Shing Medical Faculty.

GRAD SCHOOL HONORS: The UW Graduate School has awarded its 2010 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards to Emily Walton for her dissertation “Exploring the Effects of Residential Segregation on Health Outcomes Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups,” and Jason Scullion for his thesis, “The Political Ecology of Payments of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of Coatepec, Mexico.” Walton recently received her doctoral degree in sociology from the UW, and Scullion recently graduated with a master of science degree in Forest Resources and a master of public administration degree from the Evans School. These yearly awards recognize outstanding and exceptional research and scholarship at the doctoral and master’s level by graduate students throughout the UW.

ROLE MODEL CHAPTER: The UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is one of five chapters nationwide to be named a Role Model Chapter by the national organization. SACNAS is an organization made up mostly of graduate students that is designed to provide a network of support for its members. The group has served as advisers to the Graduate School in coordinating diversity efforts on campus and participated in panel discussions with various science departments about minorities in science. It is being honored specifically for its work in outreach. The group won Chapter of the Year honors in its division a year ago.

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