April 6, 2011

Etc: Campus News & Notes

I LOVE UW: The UW Alumni Association was overwhelmed and inspired by the response to a February survey asking members “Why do you love the UW?” As part of the UWAAs spring membership drive, members were asked to submit stories about why they love the UW, and more than 900 replied. Want to take a peek at their reasons? Every comment has been loaded into a searchable blog that can be viewed at UWalum.com/iloveuw.

UWT's Joy Building was honored as Tacoma's best successful new development, renovation or beautification.

BUILDING BEAUTY: The Joy Building, the most recent old building to undergo top-to-bottom renovation on the UW Tacoma campus, received the Ghilarducci Award sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. The honor is one of the annual New Tacoma Awards spotlighting businesses, organizations and individuals that make outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma. The Ghilarducci Award, named after Lawrence R. Ghilarducci Jr., who was chamber president in 1976-77, recognizes the best successful new development, renovation or beautification. See a UW Today slideshow of the building.

SOCIAL WORK PIONEER: James H. Williams, lecturer in social work at UW Tacoma, has received the Jane Addams College of Social Work Pioneer Award, established to recognize alumni who have made significant, pioneering or standout contributions to the community, state or nation. The Jane Addams College of Social Work is at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

PRESIDENTIAL FINALISTS: Twelve UW students were recently named finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows Program, a highly sought-after federal program geared to developing the next generation government leaders. Finalists are offered two-year positions in the federal government and are invited to a job fair with various federal agencies, from which they may choose a single appointment or rotational appointments. The program is regarded as one of the outstanding leadership training programs available through the federal government. The students are: Amber Harmon and Hadar Sheffer, masters of public health students in the Institute of Public Health Genetics; Jessica Cagley, Andrew Erwin, Catherine Gockel, Christopher Hoffer and Andrew Skowlund, public administration; Sean Nolan and Jonathan Quicke; law; Sarah Lindsley, history; Tricia Ruiz, geography; and Stephanie Chan, public health/health administration.

Leslie Bussert

Leslie Bussert

LEADING LIBRARIAN: Leslie Bussert, head of instruction for the UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College library, has received the 2011 Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award. Bussert earned the accolade due to her innovative assessment work. In collaboration with Norm Pouliot, Bussert converted a grading rubric into an online self-assessment survey that can be used to communicate information literacy learning goals to students.

SOCIAL WORK FELLOW: Nancy Hooyman, professor and dean emeritus of social work, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The Academy encourages and recognizes outstanding research, scholarship and practice that contribute to a sustainable, equitable and just future.

SOCIAL WORK PRIZE: Social Work Associate Professor Susan Kemp has been selected to receive the 2011 Lodge Prize from the Adelphi University School of Social Work. This annual award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the social work profession.

INDIA ACCLAIM: Karl Potter, professor emeritus of philosophy, has been awarded a Padma Shri for 2011, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. Usually awarded to citizens of India to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service, and public life, it is occasionally awarded non-citizens like Potter, who have contributed in various ways to India.

STAR STATISTICIAN: Jon Wellner, professor of statistics and biostatistics, has been selected for the Noether Senior Scholar Award from the American Statistical Association. The award is given each year to a distinguished senior researcher/teacher in nonparametric statistics. In addition to the award, the recipient delivers an invited lecture.

POETRY SCHOLAR: Marshall Brown, professor of comparative literature, has been named a Distinguished Scholar for 2011 by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

ANTHOLOGY EDITOR: Like Water for Quarks, a new anthology about the intersection of magic realism and science fiction, co-edited by Elton Elliott and Harborview staffer Bruce Taylor, will be launched at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Norwescon, in the Presidential Suite of the Doubletree Hotel. The anthology contains work by Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. LeGuin, Brian Herbert, Greg Bear, Connie Willis and others.

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