VOCAL POWER: JW Harrington, whose voice at the UW is heard in the Department of Geography, where hes a professor, and in the Faculty Senate, where hes the chair, will be using it in a slightly different way this week. Hell be singing the role of Alcindoro, a wealthy old man, in Bellevue Operas production of La Boheme. Harrington says he enjoys working with Bellevue Opera and Puget Sound Concert Opera in what are called comprimario roles — short singing parts that do not include arias. You can catch his act on March 4 and 5 in the Meydenbauer Center Theater.
TOP DISSERTATION: Dafney Blanca Dabach, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, has been named recipient of the 2011 Bilingual Special Interest Group (SIG) Dissertation Award, from the American Educational Research Association. The award is open to recent Ph.D. or Ed. D. graduates whose dissertations relate to bilingual education research. Her dissertation is titled Teachers as a Context of Reception for Immigrant Youth: Adaptations in ‘Sheltered and ‘Mainstream Classrooms. Dabach, who came to the UW in fall of 2010, will accept the award at the associations annual meeting, in New Orleans in April.
COLD CASH: The UW Police Department and friends raised $45,115 for the Special Olympics in their 2011 Polar Plunge, off Alki Beach on Jan. 29. About 330 “plungers” were in attendance, freezin for a reason.
GRADUATE HONOR: Justin Siegel, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry, is among 12 graduate students from institutes throughout North America who have been chosen to receive the 2011 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Winners were selected on the basis of the quality, originality and significance of their work. The recipients will participate in a scientific symposium May 6 at the Hutchinson Center at which they will present their work. They will receive a certificate, travel expenses and an honorarium from the Weintraub and Groudine Fund, established to foster intellectual exchange through the promotion of programs for graduate students, fellows and visiting scholars.