March 12, 2014

News digest: Faculty lecturer nominations, Celebrate UW Women, language of science

Nominations due March 17 for annual faculty lecturer
Nominations for the 2014-15 university faculty lecturer are due Monday, March 17.

Current or emeritus faculty are eligible. Their research, scholarship or art must be widely recognized by peers and their achievements must have had a substantial impact on their profession, on the research or performance of others and perhaps on society as a whole.

The faculty member chosen, to be announced at a spring quarter Faculty Senate meeting, will be honored at the annual UW recognition ceremony in June and be invited to sit on stage at commencement.

Nominating materials should be submitted to the secretary of the faculty, secfac@uw.edu. Questions may be directed to 206-543-2637.

Celebrating UW Women logoNominate outstanding UW women by Friday
Nominations are due Friday, March 14, for the 10th annual Celebrating UW Women event.

The event was created by Housing & Food Services to honor women student, faculty and staff members as part of Women’s History Month.  It is not a competition and all women nominated will be featured on the Celebrate UW Women website and recognized at a reception March 20 in Alder Commons for nominees, guests and the campus community.

Submit nominations online or by email to Michelle Primley Benton, mprimley@uw.edu. Nominations should include the name and contact information for the nominee and nominator, a 250-word essay describing the contributions of the nominee, and if possible a photo of the nominee. You may submit multiple nominations, and nominees from past years can be nominated again.

Book: Should English be the language of science?
A recent book by Scott Montgomery, a lecturer in the UW Jackson School of International Studies and consulting geologist, titled “Does Science Need a Global Language” has been reviewed in the journal Science. The book explores English as a common language for scientific research.

“The book makes it clear from the outset that the answer to the question in its title is emphatically positive,” wrote Science reviewer Yael Peled in a piece titled “One Tongue to Rule Them All?” “An international scientific language, Montgomery argues, enables easier and more effective knowledge production and sharing, by eliminating the need to rely on linguistic mediators in the process of scientific research.”

The reviewer ended by expressing hope the “important questions Montgomery raises and the nuanced discussion he presents” will be followed up by more such work “on the complex interplay among science, power and language.”