April 17, 2012

News Digest: New child care resources, police open house Wednesday, workplace giving best in state, Honor: Magnuson Scholars

News and Information

New child care resources available
Bright Horizons, a private provider of child care services, in partnership with WorkLife in the UWs office of Human Resources, now offers priority enrollment access and emergency back-up care to UW faculty, staff and students.

  • Priority enrollment access: Upon approval from WorkLife, UW faculty, staff and students are eligible for enrollment priority at designated centers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Bright Horizons directly to locate centers in your area and receive information on their tuition rates and potential waitlists. All registration and tuition fees are the responsibility of the family. Once you have decided on a Bright Horizons location, email WorkLife for priority access approval before registering at Bright Horizons.
  • Emergency back-up care: Back-up care may be needed, for example, when a childs school is closed or a caregiver is sick. To locate a facility, contact Bright Horizons and let them know your UW affiliation and need. Most Bright Horizons facilities accept children 6 weeks to 5 years of age; the Bright Horizons in downtown Seattle accommodates children up to age 12. Be prepared to show your UW Husky card at time of drop-off. Cost is $100 per day, paid by the family.

For more information check WorkLifes child care services website, call  206-543-6963 or send email.

UW police open house set Wednesday
Guided public tours, bomb dog demonstrations with K9 Kali and a beer goggle obstacle course are among the activities planned during the 2012 UW Police Department Open House 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Bryants Building on Boat Street.

The annual open house is an opportunity to meet police officers and share community policing initiatives, according to the invitation issued by Chief John Vinson. Other organizations with information booths at the event include Sound Transit, UW Housing & Food Services and Seattle Police.

UW has highest participation in state’s workplace giving program
Secretary of State Sam Reed visited the UW on April 5 to give the UW Combined Fund Drive an award for having the highest percentage of participation of any university in the state. Fully 15 percent of UW employees contributed to the workplace giving campaign in 2011 and raised more than $2 million for nonprofit agencies. He praised UW for its generosity and said the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign is not only number one in the state, but in the entire country.

Six health sciences students named 2012 Magnuson Scholars
Six students, one from each UW health sciences school, have been named this year’s Magnuson Scholars. The awards commemorate the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson, remembered for supporting health research.  Selection is made on academic performance and potential scientific contributions. They are:

  • Juliet Dang, School of Dentistry, an oral biology doctoral student characterizing the human papillomavirus in oral cancer.
  • Amelia Seraphia Derr, School of Social Work, a doctoral candidate studying disparities in healthcare access among immigrants.
  • Astrid Suchy-Dicey, School of Public Health, an epidemiology doctoral candidate investigating population genetics and heart disease, as well as diabetes, medication use and gene expression.
  • James Stewart Lang, School of Medicine, an Underserved and Hispanic Pathway medical student planning a career in diabetes treatment and prevention.
  • I Chun Liu, School of Nursing, a doctoral candidate researching dietary acculturation in Chinese Americans.
  • Eri Nakatani, School of Pharmacy, a medicinal chemistry doctoral student exploring nanoparticle therapeutics in HIV vaccine development.