December 12, 2012

News Digest: Parties go green, share of Race to Top money, Honor: Anna Karlin, Early Entrance info session, Saturday classes for K-8 students and teachers

Garbage can says "I hate going to parties alone"Going green at holiday parties
Planning a party on campus?

Think green and plan ahead, urge the folks with UW Recycling.

Just before the holidays, they updated the request form to reserve recycling, compost and garbage bins for parties, and launched an ad campaign in the Daily, online and on Facebook reminding people to reserve extra bins.

There’s also an Event Coordinator’s Guide with useful tips on planning your on-campus event.

UW Dream Project named in $40 million federal Race to the Top grant
Part of a four-year, $40 million grant awarded to seven school districts in King County will go toward the UW Dream Project, a mentoring program that serves the school districts in the grant.

The award was announced Tuesday (Dec. 11) by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Race to the Top program.

The new funds will support counselor assistants in middle and high schools across the region as well as training and program support for college and career readiness.

The Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts competed for the grant this fall as “The Road Map District Consortium,” a reference to their participation in the Road Map Project – an effort to improve education in South Seattle and South King County.

Head shot of Anna KarlinAnna Karlin new Association for Computing Machinery fellow
Anna Karlin
, professor of computer science and engineering, is among 52 newly named fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery. The international designation recognizes fundamental computing advances that drive economic growth. Karlin’s research interests include game theory, online algorithms and economics. The association recognized her “contributions to algorithms and to the boundary with systems, networking, data mining, and microeconomics.” UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering now has 12 active faculty members who are fellows of the association.

Early Entrance Program information session Jan. 10
Students, parents and middle-school teachers are invited to learn more about the Transition School/Early Entrance Program at the UW at an information session Jan. 10. The program facilitates early entry to the UW for a carefully selected group of 16 highly-capable students younger than 15 years old. RSVPs are being accepted for the information session, which will be conducted 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Foege Genome Sciences Building’s auditorium, Room 060.

Robinson Center offers Saturday classes for K-8 students, teachers
From star-gazing to math equations to finding the perfect word for the last line of a poem, the Robinson Center’s Saturday Program has a full slate of math and writing classes. Two new science classes are being offered, one on Latin and the classical world and the other for elementary school teachers. Registration begins Jan. 7.