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December 2, 2019

Faculty/staff honors: Housing association nod, honorary doctorate, distinguished fellow, best conference paper

Recent honors to University of Washington faculty and staff members include an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest, membership in an inaugural class of distinguished fellows in pharmacology, and a leadership position in a national student housing association.

Pamela Schreiber, , executive director of UW Housing & Food Services and assistant vice president in the UW Office of Student Life, has been elected vice president to the executive board of the Association of College of University Housing Officers International.

Pamela Schreiber

Pam Schreiber, HFS director, named to housing association executive board

Pam Schreiber, who is executive director of UW Housing & Food Services and assistant vice president in the UW Office of Student Life, has a new role as well — she has been elected vice president to the executive board of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

The executive board sets policy for the association — which is called ACUHO-I for short — and makes sure there are resources to serve the needs of its 17,000-some members, which represent 1.2 million on-campus students worldwide. Schreiber will be the board’s vice president in 2020, then serve a year as president-elect, and then a year as president.

Schreiber said as a board leader she “will focus on developing relationships grounded in trust and respect, and will practice listening carefully, especially to voices that have historically been silenced.”

She wrote in nomination documents for the position that her work in campus housing connects back to her own “transformational” on-campus experience as a first-generation college student.

“My commitment to the field is unwavering,” she wrote, “and I believe that transforming students’ lives remains our primary purpose.”

Schreiber joined the UW in 2009, from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Read more at HFS.

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Dan Chirot of Jackson School, sociology receives honorary doctorate from University of Bucharest

Daniel Chirot , UW prof of international studies, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest.

Daniel Chirot

Daniel Chirot, UW professor in the Jackson School of International Studies, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest, in Romania, for scholarship on that country and the Balkans.

He was given the honor in a ceremony on Oct. 10, during a three-day conference on “Thirty Years After: Post Communism, Democracy, and Illiberalism,” for which Chirot will be a keynote speaker. The title of his keynote talk will be “The Fall, Rise, and Decline of Democracy in Europe and the World.”

Chirot also will give a talk upon receiving the honorary degree — addressing an all-Romanian audience, which will be titled “Why 20th Century Romanian Sociology and History Are Relevant Today.”

Chirot, who is the Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, is also a professor of sociology. He founded the journal East European Politics and Societies and is the author of several books since his first, about Romanian history, was published in 1976. His next book will be “You Say You Want a Revolution? Radical Idealism and its Tragic Consequences,” coming in 2020 from Princeton University Press.

Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School director, said, “This is a wonderful and most appropriate recognition of Dan’s seminal work on Romania and the Balkans that date back to his graduate school days.”

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William Catterall named among inaugural fellows of pharmacology society

William Catterall, professor of pharmacology, has been named of its inaugural class of fellows by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.ral class of fellows, established this year,

William Catterall

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics has named William Catterall, professor of pharmacology in the UW School of Medicine, a member of its inaugural class of fellows, established this year, honoring its most distinguished members.

The society, called ASPET for short, has 5,000 members worldwide who conduct pharmacological research and work for academia, government or industry; these include neuroscientists, toxicologists, chemical biologists, cardiovascular scientists, pharmacists and more.

Selection as a fellow, the society’s website states, goes to members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to “advance pharmacology, through their scientific achievements, mentorship and service to the society.”

Twenty-two individuals were named fellows for 2019, and will be recognized at the society’s business meetings and noted in the society’s quarterly publication, “The Pharmacologist” magazine.

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Information School’s Jacob Wobbrock, student co-authors, honored for paper

Jacob Wobbrock, a professor in the UW Information School, and a team of undergraduate researchers has won the Douglas Engelbart Award for Best Paper at ACM Hypertext & Social Media 2019, an annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Jacob Wobbrock

A paper by Jacob Wobbrock, professor in the UW Information School, and a team of undergraduate researchers has won the Douglas Engelbart Award for Best Paper at ACM Hypertext & Social Media 2019, an annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Wobbrock collaborated with a team of undergraduate students on the paper “Isolating the Effects of Web Page Visual Appearance on the Perceived Credibility of Online News among College Students.” The paper was selected from 102 submissions in all, 30 of which were accepted for the conference.

Co-authoring the paper were Anya Hsu, and Michael Magee of the iSchool and Marijn Burger of UW Bothell, all of whom have since graduated. The paper, Wobbrock said, showed that “the perceived credibility of online news pages is significantly affected by visual design elements even apart from actual content, which has implications for consumers and purveyors of real and fake news.” The conference was held Sept. 17 to 20, in Hof, Germany.

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