|This is the time of year that the University of Washington honors some of its best and brightest. Awards are given to honor outstanding teachers, staff, mentors and those engaged in public service. There are also awards for students, alumni and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves. On Thursday, June 11, all these special people will be honored at a formal ceremony hosted by President Mark Emmert at 3:30 p.m. in Meany Hall. Here, we introduce you to the people behind the accomplishments.
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DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
The Distinguished Teaching Award is given to faculty members who show a
mastery of their subject matter, intellectual rigor and a passion for teaching.
Gino Aisenberg, School of Social Work
Steven Herbert, Geography
Janice Laakso, Social Work Program, UW Tacoma
Peter Littig, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
Dolphine Oda, School of Dentistry
Catrin Pittack, Biological Structure
John Webster, English
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to graduate student teaching
assistants who demonstrate outstanding skills in the classroom.
Ed Chang, English
Sachi Schmidt-Hori, Asian Languages & Literature
DISTINGUISHED LIBRARIAN AWARD
The Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes excellence in librarianship,
especially as it benefits the academic community through teaching, research,
learning and innovative approaches to practice. Additional factors
include creativity, leadership, enthusiasm, service and scholarship.
Mary Whisner, School of Law
The Distinguished Staff Award is given to staff who contribute to the
mission of their unit or the University, respond creatively to challenges,
maintain the highest standards in their work, establish productive working
relationships and promote a respectful and supportive workplace.
DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD
Alex Danilchik, School of Drama
Cynthia Anderson, Comparative History of Ideas
Laura Davenport, Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC
MarDee Schaefer, Anethesiology & Pain Medicine
Linda Lawson and Alejandro Moreno, Harborview Psychiatry Clinic
DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFELONG LEARNING AWARD
The Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award is given to faculty
who have taught for at least two years in non-degree programs sponsored by
the UW and aimed at adults for professional development, personal interest or
Oleta Beard, Foster School of Business
OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
The Outstanding Public Service Award is presented to a faculty or staff
member to honor extensive local and/or national and international service.
Richard Ladner, Computer Science & Engineering
JAMES D. CLOWES AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities
recognizes a faculty or staff member who transforms undergraduate learning
by creating or sustaining learning communities among students.
Tetsuden Kashima, American Ethnic Studies
S. STERLING MUNRO PUBLIC SERVICE TEACHING AWARD
The S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award is given to a faculty
member demonstrating exemplary leadership in community-based instruction,
including service learning, public service internships and community partnership
Kern Ewing, College of Forest Resources
DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
The David B. Thorud Leadership Award honors one faculty member and one
staff member who lead, serve, inspire and collaborate with broad-ranging
impact that is beyond their regular responsibilities.
Cindy Atman, College of Engineering
Jill McKinstry, Odegaard Undergraduate Library
MARSHA L. LANDOLT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
The Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award recognizes
a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education
and guidance of graduate students.
Richard Strathmann, Friday Harbor Labs
ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATUS
The Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award is given not for recent work but
for a lifetime record of achievement. It is the highest honor that the UW can
bestow on a graduate.
Wayne Quinton, Bioengineer
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The UW Alumni Association's Distinguished Service
Award is given to individuals who make outstanding efforts on behalf of the
Kay Larson, Volunteer
The President's Medal is given to two top seniors in the graduating class,
one of whom completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirement
at the UW and the other who entered the University with at least 60 transfer
credits from a Washington community college. Candidates are judged on
overall academic record, including grades.
Pavan Vaswani, Student
Laura Hinton, Student