UW News

November 4, 2010

Etc.: Campus news & notes

IN THE CLOUDS: The American Meteorological Society has named Robert Wood, a UW associate professor of atmospheric sciences, the winner of the Henry G. Houghton Award, one of two major honors for scientists younger than 40. Wood is being honored for his work to advance the understanding of the interaction between clouds, tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols and solar radiation. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, both in the United Kingdom, and joined the UW faculty in 2001. Wood is part of several groups conducting a variety of cloud research. He recently was lead investigator on a large international field program to study the role of clouds in the climate of the southeastern Pacific Ocean region. The award will be presented in January during the meteorological society’s annual meeting in Seattle.

UNDRIVERS: UW News & Information staffer Hannah Hickey, her husband David Hamm and son Leo were honored as “undrivers” recently. That’s a designation you can win at www.undriving.org, which describes its mission as “to activate people’s innate curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness to make more conscious, active transportation choices and to discover and share the joys of car-free travel.” Hickey and Hamm are bicycle commuters who are determined to continue as such despite the complications of transporting their 2-year-old to daycare. Two students in the Masters of Communication in Digital Media Program, Carlos Sanchez and Katherine Turner, shot a video of the Hickey-Hamm family that appears on the site.

NORDIC VINEGAR: If you’ve looked at our Community Photos feature, you know that the University has many passionate photographers. One of them is Stephen Lundgren, a program coordinator at Harborview, who currently has a slide show on the Ballard News Tribune site. Lundgren sorted through five years of photos of Ballard and the rest of the city in order to share his artistic aesthetic, which he describes as “magic surrealism with Nordic influence.” He calls his collection Vinaigrettes: Ballard Oil and Nordic Vinegar.

ALUMS OF MERIT: Undergraduate Academic Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor and his wife Sue Taylor recently received the Distinguished Alumni Merit Award from their alma mater, Gonzaga University in Spokane. The award is the highest honor given by the Gonzaga University Alumni Association. Recipients are chosen based upon their service and contributions to their families, their careers, their peers, and their communities.

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