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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.

Spring is officially here at last, and I am hopeful we will be visited by warm weather sooner rather than later. Springtime has long represented growth, renewal and new beginnings; and so it seems a fitting time to share with you an exciting update.

On March 26, two prominent programs were transformed into schools. Our business program will officially become the UW Bothell School of Business. At the same time, our interdisciplinary arts and sciences program will become the UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. These changes are a significant step in our continued growth and expansion, and reflect our thriving educational community. Let us all congratulate Sandeep Krishamurthy, director of the School of Business, and Bruce Burgett, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, as well as their students, faculty members and staff. Celebration events for both schools are currently being planned for April. Look for news about these upcoming activities very soon.

Kind regards,


Campus News - Building Projects Update

Plans continue on exciting campus projects including the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory and the Sports Field and Recreation Complex. The conservatory was made possible through a generous gift from the late Gordon Charles Green, and includes education and exhibit space for historical displays and interpretive materials, as well as a greenhouse to support plant propagation. The sports complex, a student led and funded project, includes a multi-purpose synthetic turf sports field, tennis courts, basketball court, and a sand volleyball court. Both projects have been planned with great care with the goal of enhancing the student experience here at UW Bothell.

We are currently pursuing funding and permitting for a proposed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building that would produce 1,500 construction-related jobs, more than 1,000 students and an increase in the number of STEM graduates in the Puget Sound region. The project would provide additional space for our science and technology offerings, essential to our mission to provide the state of Washington and its employers with a capable, educated work force.

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 final session was a panel discussion comprised of thought leaders from academia and industry. University of Washington President Michael Young acted as moderator. Young recognized UW Bothell as a place of “imagination and innovation that is healthy and thriving.” With the great success of the first Innovation Forum, planning is already underway for the next Innovation Forum to be held in February 2013.

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Student and Program News

Student Business Plan Competition

$20,000 Student Business Plan Competition
More than forty student teams are expected to submit comprehensive business plans in hopes of capturing $20,000 in cash and prizes at the second annual UW Bothell Business Plan Competition this May. The competition’s final rounds provide competing teams the opportunity to present their plans to a panel of Seattle-area CEOs and entrepreneurs serving as judges. “The business plan competition highlights our core mission, which is to build the economy by developing businesses and talented entrepreneurs,” says Barry Weisband, director of the Entrepreneurship Center.

The public is invited to attend the competition’s final round on May 4. The event will be held in the North Creek Events Center on the UW Bothell campus beginning at 4 p.m. Key supporters of the competition include the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, Banner Bank, HubSpan, Corum Group, Children’s Hospital and Palo Alto Software. Learn more...

Mechanism of Drug Action of Dexomethorphan

Students Use Worms to Study the Mechanism of Drug Action of Dexomethorphan
A team of students representing the Science & Technology Program recently attended the Northwest Developmental Biology Conference in Friday Harbor. The event drew approximately 130 researchers representing several states and Canada. Studying under Lecturer Bryan White, students have been conducting research, studying the effect of the over-the-counter (and often abused) drug dexomethorphan on the motility and behavior of Planaria – also known as freshwater flatworms. This work establishing planaria as a model system to examine the mechanism of drug action as well as behaviors associated with drugs of abuse.

Two students, Nicole Rhode and Bronte Cole, presented the work at a poster session. Not only did they receive positive feedback from numerous researchers in attendance, but they earned an honorable mention for their poster. Judges also gave them high marks for their poster design, and for their polished presentations. The work of fellow team members Daniela Lipscomb and Amanda Radish was critical in informing the design of the study and collecting the data used in creating the poster.

Social Enterprise Leadership Certificate

School of Business Offering Social Enterprise Leadership Certificate
The Social Enterprise Certificate is geared toward working professionals, full-time students, and aspiring social entrepreneurs who are ready to gain a leg up in the competitive nonprofit and social business sector. UW Bothell has collaborated with leaders from some of the largest and most impactful organizations around the world to develop a cutting-edge, highly experiential curriculum that develops market-based business ideas to create sustainable positive social change. Guest lecturers and industry experts will share their real-world perspectives, share best practices and pitfalls, and empower participants with the confidence and abilities to launch and lead their own initiatives.

The program will run June 19 through September 11. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at UW Bothell’s Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue. Limited financial aid is available. Learn more ...

Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh

Ashbaugh Honored as 2012 Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh has been honored with UW Bothell’s 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award. Ashbaugh is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program and has been with UW Bothell since 1999. Ashbaugh is well known for her commitment to building and maintaining relationships with her students.The UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, created in 1995, is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell.

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Dr. Wayne Au

Au Awarded 2012 Early Career Scholars Award
Professor of Education Dr. Wayne Au has been awarded the 2012 Early Career Scholars Award by the curriculum and cultural studies group of the American Educational Research Association. Au will receive his award at the upcoming annual meeting of AERA in Vancouver, Canada next month. Au’s academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for social justice. More specifically his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education.  He is rapidly becoming a nationally recognized scholar on issues of social justice in education.

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Robin Lake

Lake to Lead the Center for Reinventing Public Education
Robin Lake is the new director of the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Though Lake is new to her official leadership role, she has been deeply involved in CRPE’s success for many years. Since 1993, CRPE has conducted independent research and policy analysis on a range of K–12 public education reform issues, including choice & charters, finance & productivity, teachers, urban district reform, leadership, and state & federal reform.

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Upcoming Events

UW Bothell Chancellor’s Dinner

UW Bothell Chancellor’s Dinner
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. Purchase tickets ...

UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk

Annual UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk
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.

commencement ceremonies 2012

UW Bothell Commencement 2012
The UW Bothell community will be celebrating the graduation of its class of 2012 on June 10. Look for more information about commencement ceremonies, and related activities as the big day approaches.