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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

Greetings Colleagues,

Welcome to my Chancellor's Monthly Report, created specifically for friends and supporters of the University of Washington Bothell. This Report highlights select UW Bothell events, news and information.

This month, UW Bothell affirmed its role as a thought leader with its inaugural Innovation Forum. For four days in February, our campus gathered to discuss the concept of innovation, and how we can use the power of innovation to effect change. This year the Innovation Forum focused on creativity and innovation within universities.

When we first began to organize Innovation Week, I don’t think anyone dreamed it would be as successful as it was. We had standing-room only crowds at most events. I want to thank the entire UW Bothell community for making the event a success. I especially want to recognize Dr. Alan Wood, who directed the Innovation Forum. Make sure you look for Innovation Forum 2013 next February.

The campus continues to grow. We have more than 4,000 students on campus with 225 students living in our new Husky Village complex. We look forward to accommodating even more students as we grow our facilities. Even with our tremendous growth, we are mindful that UW Bothell must remain learning centered for students, faculty, and staff. As you read this monthly report, you will see strong evidence that we are keeping to our mission and values.

Best Wishes,


Innovation Forum

Innovation Forum

The first Innovation Forum was held on the University of Washington Bothell campus February 13-17. This year the event focused on innovation and creativity and their impact on our region, economy and education. The four-day event included numerous panels, programs and activities spanning a range of disciplines from bioethics to theater. The closing session, "Reinventing the University," was moderated by University of Washington President Michael K. Young.  Panel participants included Professor J. Rogers Hollingsworth of the University of Wisconsin, who is internationally recognized for his writing on innovative institutions. Other panelists included Fariba Almadari, Ph.D., vice president of marketing and value analysis for Boeing Commercial Airlines, and Anoop Gupta, Ph.D., distinguished scientist for Microsoft Research.  The closing event featured a “blue sky” exercise in imagining a new university structure with what we know now.  Click here for more information.

New Wetlands Game on Facebook

Facebook Wetland Game

The Center for Serious Play (CSP) at the University of Washington Bothell released the UWB Wetlands Restoration game, a free-to-play Facebook game that centers on the restoration of the wetlands on the UW Bothell campus. Created by undergraduate students at the university's Center for Serious Play, the UWB Wetland Restoration game has players build a wetland from beginning terrain to fully functioning ecosystems. The UWB Wetlands Restoration game was built under the guidance of Warren Gold, Ph.D., director of the UW Restoration Ecology Network and faculty at UW Bothell, and Jordan Weisman, the interim director of the CSP and a well-respected developer in the video game industry, creating a cross-discipline educational experience for the participating students. Click here for more information.

UW Bothell honors undergraduate research

Honors Undergraduate Research

On February 1, the University of Washington Bothell held an on-campus event dedicated to honoring undergraduate research. Among the 11 undergraduate researchers, two were awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships, Christopher McRae and Ronnie Thibault. McRae’s research project is titled “Building a Supportive Learning Community: Developing Best Practices for Veterans in Higher Education.” McRae’s focus is to learn how combat trauma (such as post traumatic stress disorder), military culture, academic culture, and university policy affects veterans. McRae hopes that with his research he can “help veterans in the short and long term as they face the blessings and challenges of coming home.” Thibault is researching, “Can Autistics Redefine Autism? The Cultural Politics of Autistic Activism.” Ronnie’s recently funded research investigates the culture of autistics in the NeuroDiversity Movement and their commitment to reversing public stigma surrounding autism.

UW Bothell Associate Vice Chancellor Hung Dang Selected for Fulbright Award

Hung Dang

Hung Dang, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and student affairs, has received a 2012 Fulbright Award. As a Fulbright scholar, Dang will participate in the U.S. - Japan International Education Administrators Seminar, a panel designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany, India, Japan or Korea. Dang plans to travel to Japan to strengthen his knowledge of the Japanese education system and differences in student learning styles between the two countries. The knowledge gained will help devise programs to increase the persistence rate of international students attending UW Bothell.

Program and Faculty News


David Allen, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the nursing program, following an extensive national search. Allen has served as professor and chair of the UW Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (formerly Women Studies) since 2005 and as professor of psychosocial and community health in the UW School of Nursing since 1995. He is known as a distinguished scholar, teacher, and administrator and he has earned the admiration of his colleagues across UW Seattle for his commitments to student learning, faculty development, interdisciplinary scholarship and an inclusive model of leadership. Allen will start his role as director September 1, though he will be working collaboratively with Interim Director Carol Leppa during the summer on the leadership transition.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date for the UW Bothell Chancellor’s Dinner, Friday April 27 at Ste. Michelle Winery. This annual event provides an opportunity for UW Bothell to thank its alumni and friends for their generous support of our students, programs and initiatives. Please join us for this champagne reception, four-course dinner and silent auction.

The 7th Annual UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk to raise scholarship funds for UW Bothell students will be held May 19, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. and the run-walk begins at 9:00 A.M. Click here for more information and to register.