Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

March 2014


The winter quarter is drawing to a close and there is much to look forward to as spring approaches. I invite you to shake off winter’s cobwebs by training for our 9th annual Husky 5K, which will take place on the UW Bothell campus on Saturday, May 10. This event is one of our great traditions and is brought to you through the work of the UW Bothell Alumni Council. These volunteers work on this event all year, which has raised more than $75,000 for student scholarships. You may run swiftly or walk slowly, whatever you like. Bring your kids and dogs and strollers and enjoy this family event on our beautiful campus. Register at

I continue to travel around the region, meeting important stakeholders and talking about our amazing campus. Recently I gave presentations to the Snohomish County leadership team as well as the Eastside Business Roundtable. I have also been to Olympia several times, talking with legislators. Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed meeting with the leadership of several community colleges in our area. As you may know, more than half of our recent incoming class were transfer students. It is a priority of mine to strengthen our partnerships with the community colleges and pursue implementation of direct transfer agreements (DTAs) that will streamline the journey from the community college to the university.

We had excellent news from Olympia last month with the passage of the Real Hope Act. Many of our dedicated students were instrumental in advocating for this bill. Congratulations and thank you to all who worked to pass this important legislation. In other good news, UW Bothell was included in an exclusive list of colleges noted for “affordability, access and success,” in a recent study conducted by the Center for Higher Education Reform. We are proud of our 25-year legacy of providing a University of Washington education to talented students from all walks of life.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take advantage of the many educational and cultural opportunities on our campus every day. I have been particularly enjoying the Research in Progress series this quarter, which is focusing on data in the digital age. The last talk of this quarter takes place on Tuesday, March 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room LB1-205. I hope to see you there.


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Go for Gold at the Husky 5K on May 10

Husky 5k It’s time to shake off the winter’s cobwebs and start training for the 9th annual Husky 5K, which will take place on the UW Bothell campus on Saturday, May 10. This year’s Husky 5K theme is Going For Gold. Your participation in this event as a walker, runner or fundraiser will help UW Bothell raise money for student scholarships here on campus.

This event is one of our great traditions and is brought to you through the great work of the UW Bothell Alumni Council. Our alumni volunteers plan this event all year, which has raised more than $75,000 for student scholarships. Bring the kids and dogs and strollers and enjoy this family event on our beautiful campus. Register at

Asuncion and Carlisle Win National Awards

Hazel Asuncion For her research integrating data provenance with software traceability, UW Bothell computer science professor Hazel Asuncion has been awarded the coveted CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

The CAREER program recognizes 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.

“Faculty applying for a CAREER award are required to lay out a plan for their research, their educational activities, and how the research and educational activities are integrated with each other,” says Elaine Scott, Dean of UW Bothell’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “Hazel’s award is a great example of how our research and educational missions are integrated at UW Bothell.”

Shauna CarlisleSchool of IAS faculty member Shauna Carlisle has received the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) 2014 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. The prestigious fellowship provides Carlisle with one year to pursue her scholarly research and writing, and pairs her with a senior colleague in her field as a mentor.

Carlisle will conduct research related to the relationship between stress, coping and health. Her work could lead to community interventions designed to lessen the physiological impact of socio-environmental factors.

“It is such an honor to receive this award and I am grateful for the support I have received from my colleagues," says Carlisle. "I am excited to contribute to the research agenda on the UW Bothell campus. Many students approach me expressing their interest in the social determinants of health and now I can provide an opportunity for these students to participate."

Researcher Calls for Marine Zoning to Save Penguins

PenguinsDavid Stokes, a professor of environmental science in the School of IAS, is calling for marine zoning to protect Magellanic penguins in the South Atlantic. Findings of a new study published in the February issue of the journal Biological Conservation indicate that the penguins migrate great distances during which they are subject to deadly impacts of offshore oil extraction and transport as well as fisheries bycatch (the unintentional capture of non-target species in fishing gear). The study found that survival during migration is a primary regulator of the penguin population. The human-caused mortality that penguins experience during migration is a likely driver of recent observed declines in some populations of the species.

The study used long-term data to provide the first comprehensive description of the Magellanic penguins’ seasonal migration, one of the longest documented for a flightless bird.

Digital Storytelling Focuses on First-Generation Students

Fast FactsAlmost half of first year students at UW Bothell are also the first in their families to attend college. UW Bothell Education professor Jane VanGalen focuses on social class and social mobility through education. She started “First in Our Families,” a digital storytelling experience intended to inspire and support first generation students, “I've been teaching and researching digital storytelling for several years,” she says. “It seemed an excellent match to use this medium for first generation students to tell stories of being first.”

With continued support, VanGalen expects to continue the workshops and add more experiences so that conversations on campus about first generation students might be even richer.

First in Our Families” is a project supported by CUSP, Academic Affairs, Office of Research, CSS, Education, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, IT, UW Bothell Library, and the General Faculty Organization.

UW Bothell Included in Exclusive List of Colleges Noted for Affordability, Access and Success

SurveyIn a national survey of 1,700 colleges, the University of Washington Bothell has been identified as one of 19 colleges that score well on measures of access, affordability and success.

The survey, conducted by the Center for Higher Education Reform, looked for colleges where at least one-quarter of undergraduates were low-income, at least 50 percent of students graduated in six years and where the “net price” for low-income students was less than $10,000. Read the entire survey here.

The University of Washington Seattle campus is also included in the list of 19 schools. No other Washington colleges were included.

Real Hope Act is Now Law

Jay Inslee Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Real Hope Act into law on Feb. 26. The new law enables undocumented students to qualify for state-funded financial aid. Chancellor Wolf Yeigh says the law will help break down a major barrier to higher education by providing promising students opportunity and access. “Many of our students and others in the campus community worked tirelessly to ensure passage of this bill and I applaud them.” UW Bothell alumnus Ray Corona and student Alejandra Perez attended the signing.

Upcoming Events

Musings on Data and the Digital Future

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
3:30 to 5 p.m. at North Creek

Lizabeth Wilson, Dean of Libraries at the University of Washington, will discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead in the digital world for education, research and public service.

Research In Progress

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4 to 5 p.m. in LB1 - 205.

"Abracadata: Artists' Books in the Digital Age," by Amaranth Borsuk, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.


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