This is the time of year that the University of Washington honors some of its best and brightest. Awards are given to outstanding teachers, staff, mentors, and those engaged in public service. Awards also are given to students, alumni, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves.
Below is a list of honorees representing the College of Arts and Sciences. For more about an honoree, click on his or her name below. For information about all honorees across campus, visit University Week's special coverage at uwnews.org/uweek/Awards2009.
|Distinguished Teaching Award|
|Excellence in Teaching Award|
|Distinguished Staff Award|
|Steven Herbert||John Webster|
|James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities|
|Tetsuden Kashima, American Ethnic Studies|
|President's Medal (both are also A&S Dean's Medalists)|
|Laura Hinton, Anthropology|
|Pavan Vaswani, Biochemistry, Neurobiology, Computer Science||Alex Danilchik||Cynthia Anderson|
More UW doctoral students have received prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships than ever before. Five students—all from the College of Arts and Sciences' Social Sciences Division—will receive funds totaling (combined) more than $100,000 to pursue research in China, Nepal, Russia, and South Korea. The 2009-2010 awardees are Jeff Masse from Geography; David Citrin, Matthew Hale, and Bonnie Tilland from Anthropology; and Andrew Stone from History.
The Graduate School Fellowships & Awards Office promoted the fellowships campus-wide more aggressively than before and advised applicants about success strategies to maximize chances for selection.
Other Awards & Honors
Jane Brown, professor of Germanics, will be the Distinguished Hanauer Professor beginning fall 2009, for a three-year term.
Ioana Dumitriu, assistant professor of mathematics, has received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF awards these prestigious grants to "junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."
Nadine Fabbi, associate director of the Canadian Studies Center, has recieved a Certificate of Merit from the International Council for Canadian Studies, Québec City, Québec. The award recognizes exceptional contributions made by individuals to the advancement of Canadian studies.
Peter Guttorp, professor of statistics, received an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Lund University, Sweden, at its annual doctoral promotion which is conducted in Latin at the ancient Cathedral of Lund. The citation was "statisticae artis mathematicae peritissime et rei circumjectalis fautor celeberrime," meaning (approximately) "most experienced in the art of mathematical statistics, and well known for his work on the environment".
Mark Handcock, professor and chair of the Department of Statistics and core member of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), an honor awarded to only about one-third of one percent of ASA members.
Charles Johnson, professor of English, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Washington and Lee University.
Ralina Joseph, assistant professor of communication, has been awarded both a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship.
Neal Koblitz, professor of mathematics, was awarded a 2009 prize for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics by an international group of security experts for his work in cryptography. The award was given at the 2009 RSA Conference in San Diego.
Richard Olmstead, professor of biology and curator of botany at the Burke Museum, has been elected President of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Benjamin Schmidt, associate professor of history, has received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, awarded to faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who have received their PhDs within the past five to fifteen years and who wish to acquire systematic training outside their own disciplines.
Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, is president-elect of the Western History Association (WHA). The UW History Department has a particularly distinguished history with WHA—Taylor is the fifth member of the department to earn this distinction. Quintard's website, Blackpast.org, has also been recognized as one of the 25 best reference websites by the New York Public Library.
Stephen Turnovsky, professor of economics, was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he attended as an undergraduate.
Gunther Uhlmann, professor of mathematics, was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Uhlmann works on inverse problems—problems in which one attempts to determine the internal parameters of a medium by making measurements at the boundary or at the exterior of the medium. Another recent area of interest has been cloaking, which deals with the question of how to make objects invisible to electromagnetic waves, sound waves, and other types of waves.