UW News

August 18, 2005

Campus news & notes

A VERY HUSKY CD: Kim Davenport, a pianist who earned her master’s at the School of Music, plays music composed by the late John Verrall, a longtime professor at the school, on a new CD. Called John Verrall: Compositions for Piano, the CD was produced by Alea Recording, a label founded by Davenport and her parents, both UW School of Music alums.

But the UW connections don’t end there. Davenport is an employee at UW Tacoma, where she serves as program administrator and adviser for the Urban Studies and International Programs. And she found the Verrall compositions, which are unpublished, in the UW Music Library. Although her day job isn’t musical, Davenport frequently performs with her father, Michael, who plays clarinet and bass clarinet. The CD is available through the family Web site, http://www.bassclarinet.org or from Amazon.com.

CARRYING HER WEIGHT: Her day job is research scientist, but on her own time Margaret Savage, of Physiology and Biophysics, is a weight lifter. And at the recent World Masters Games, Savage won a gold medal in her age and weight class and set three world records. See http://www.2005worldmasters.com for the details.

SCHOLARSHIP FRENZY: Got 30 bucks to help a student? If so, head on over to the HUB Ballroom on Sept. 7 for the Fall Frenzy Fashion and Trunk Show. You’ll pay that $30 to get in ($25 if you’re a member of the Alumni Association), then you can shop at the booths of artisans and local vendors, see a fashion show in which scholarship recipients model Husky action wear, and have lunch at no extra charge. And the money goes to a scholarship fund. The program is put on by the UW Alumnae Board, which in its nearly 60-year history has raised more than $1 million for full-tuition scholarships. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for the show, go to http://www.uwalum.com. Registration closes Sept. 1.

FISHY DISTINCTION: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Professor Ted Pietsch is the recipient of the Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. Memorial Award for an outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology. The award, which was presented by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, is the highest prize available in ichthyology and comes with a cash prize of $5,000.

DOUBLY DISTINGUISHED: When it comes to award winning, Political Science Professor Michael McCann likes his in twos. His most recent book, Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis, which he co-wrote with University of Puget Sound Professor William Haltom, has won two major awards — the Herbert Jacob award for best book of 2004, given by the international Law and Society Association; and the C. Herman Pritchett prize for best book of 2004, awarded by the Law & Courts section of the American Political Science Association. This is only the second time that a book has won both awards, but the other book to be so honored was also McCann’s — Rights at Work (1994).

MORE KUDOS: Information School Associate Professor Karen Fisher is the co-editor of a new book in the field, Theories of Information Behavior. The book contains overviews of 75 theories written by 85 authors worldwide, including several UW Information School faculty and doctoral students. And Susan Casteras, professor of art history, is the author of a chapter in Exploring Women’s Studies: Looking Forward, Looking Back, a major new anthology that chronicles the rise of women’s studies across the disciplines over a 30-year period.