February 12, 2013

News Digest: Rideshare treats, register for summer youth programs, Honor: Betsy Wilson, university faculty lecturer nominations sought

Drawing of two cars with passengers on purple backgroundTransportation services “hearts” ridesharing this week
Transportation services and U-PASS are showing some love to campus carpoolers and vanpoolers during “We Heart Rideshare Week” with rideshare care packages filled with fun and educational treats.

To receive a care package just stop by any staffed campus gatehouse between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. in either an existing vanpool or carpool with a valid permit, or by purchasing a daily carpool permit on the spot.

Each care package is chock-full of things to help you and your rideshare partners enjoy your trip and encourage those around you to share their ride as well, according to information from transportation services. There’s a Facebook page to learn more about the event.

Registration opens for UW Summer Youth Programs
New classes offered through UW Summer Youth Programs this year include an introduction to engineering design, Lego animation and a class in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative called Girls Inventing Robots, according to Leslie Rome-Nagata, who manages the program for UW Educational Outreach.

There also will be two middle school academies focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, as well as daylong programs for elementary students.

For more information call 206-543-2310.

Lizabeth Wilson wins national award
Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson
, dean of UW libraries, is the 2013 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Libraries Association. Wilson will receive a cash award and citation during the association’s annual conference.

Named in honor of a pioneer in library automation, the award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management, and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

Wilson has fostered innovation to strengthen the ability of the libraries she has personally led as well as libraries across the world to serve better users of libraries, according to information from the association.

Nominations due March 1 for university faculty lecturer
Nominations are now open for next year’s university faculty lecturer. The position is open to current and emeriti faculty whose research, scholarship or art has been widely recognized by their peers and whose achievements have had a substantial impact on their profession, on the research or performance of others and perhaps on society as a whole.

The honoree delivers a lecture that is open to the public. For example, this year’s recipient, Batya Friedman, professor in the UW Information School, delivered her lecture last week.

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Secretary of the Faculty at secfac@uw.edu. Those with questions can call 206-543-2637

Meet dozens of suppliers at annual fair Feb. 20
The seventh annual UW Supplier Fair, hosted by Procurement Services and the Business Diversity Program, will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in the HUB Ballroom. The fair is a showcase for suppliers in eProcurement, suppliers with a UW contract and for small, local minority- and women-owned businesses.  Light refreshments will be served. Registration is open now for this free event.