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March 16, 2020

Faculty/staff honors: Lithuanian state decoration; National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute award; Google research awards

Recent honors to University of Washington faculty and staff have come from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Republic of Lithuania and Google.

Karin Bornfeldt receives Outstanding Investigator Award from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Karin Bornfeldt, a professor of medicine and pathology, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The award will total more than $7.2 million for up to seven years, with about $1 million in the first year.

Karin Bornfeldt

Karin Bornfeldt, a professor of medicine and pathology, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The award will total more than $7.2 million for up to seven years, with about $1 million in the first year.

The award is under the institute’s R35 Program, which promotes scientific productivity by giving principal investigators with multiple projects the freedom to conduct research that breaks new ground or extend previous discoveries in heart, lung, blood and sleep research.

Bornfeldt’s research project is titled “Identifying New Strategies for Prevention of Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes.”

Bornfeldt is director of the Diabetes Complications Program, deputy director of the Diabetes Research Center and associate director for research of the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute. She serves as associate editor of the journals Circulation Research, Diabetes, and the Journal of Lipid Research.

Read more at the Department of Medicine website.

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Guntis Šmidchens of Scandinavian studies honored by Republic of Lithuania

Guntis Šmidchens, UW associate professor of Scandinavian studies and Baltic studies, has received a state decoration from the Republic of Lithuania.

Guntis Šmidchens

Guntis Šmidchens, UW associate professor of Scandinavian studies and Baltic studies, has received a state decoration from the Republic of Lithuania.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda presented Šmidchens the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania in a celebration on Feb. 16, which since 1918 has been Lithuanian Independence Day. The award notes Šmidchens’ “active promotion of Lithuanian language, history and culture in the United States.”

Šmidchens is the UW’s Kazickas Family Endowed Professor of Baltic Studies. He is the author of the 2014 book “The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution,” about a nonviolent resistance movement in the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Order for Merits to Lithuania is one of four types of orders bestowed, and the Cross of the Knight one of five classes of Insignia of the Orders.

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10 UW engineering professors receive Google Faculty Research Awards

Ten UW College of Engineering faculty have been named recipients of Google Faculty Research Awards. The grants, among 150 Google recently announced, support world-class technical research in computer science, engineering and related fields. Each award provides funding to support one graduate student for a year.

The recipients are Tom Anderson, Jennifer Mankoff, James Fogarty, Jon Froelich, Sewoong Oh and Adriana Schulz of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering; Leah Findlater and Sean Munson of the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering; Julian Marshall of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Amy Orsborn of both the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering.

The goal of the awards is “to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology,” according to Google.


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