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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

January 2013

Greetings Colleagues,

Winter's darkness has not slowed the pace of activity on the UW Bothell campus. Since the quarter began January 7, the campus has been abuzz with opportunities for scholarship and student life. As I prepared this letter, I received word that the debate team just won its first, first-place trophy in regional competition. This is a remarkable achievement for a team just in its second year.

If you would like to read more about UW Bothell's incredible students, I invite you to discover "Spotlight," a newsletter featuring student stories that are written by students. I would also like to draw your attention to the 2012-13 issue of Fast Facts -- which contains vital enrollment and program information about UW Bothell. Printed copies of Fast Facts are available on request. Finally, look for the 2011-12 Annual Report to be delivered to your home in the coming weeks. You can also find it online.

Excitement is building for the second annual Innovation Forum, which will take place February 11-14 on the UW Bothell campus. This year's theme is "Engaging Design." The conference will explore the concept of design as it relates to a host of topics including healthy communities, design in the arts, the work of design teams and much more. I am excited to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Carol Strohecker, who directs the Center for Design Innovation (CDI), a multi-campus, advanced-technology research center of the University of North Carolina system. All events are free and open to the public. You can see all of the events here.

UW Bothell continues to build its reputation in the STEM field. This month, Dr. Elaine Scott testified to the House Higher Education about how UW Bothell is helping to prepare students for the biotechnology and biomedical industries in Washington state. Scott is the director of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

On a related note, construction is proceeding on the new Science and Academic Building that will house the new STEM school. Slated to open in the fall of 2014, the new classrooms will now allow the launch of several new STEM degrees, including mechanical engineering and mathematics.

Finally, please save the date for the annual Chancellor's Dinner on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Hill School House in Woodinville. This is my opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year. Please look for your invitation in the mail. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,


2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design
February 11-14

Innovation Forum: Engaging Design

This year's Innovation Forum is filled with interactive, creative and sometimes unexpected workshops and discussions all based on the theme, Engaging Design. Faculty, students, staff and the community have planned an extraordinary four-day event with topics ranging from Connecting Cities and Campuses to Failure. Innovation Forum Director Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren says there is something for everyone, "The Innovation Forum is a dynamic opportunity for us all to engage in a range of exciting conversations and projects on design across disciplines, communities and geographies."

The Innovation Forum is intended to highlight UW Bothell's role as a thought leader and institution focused on innovation and creativity.

The keynote speaker is Carol Strohecker, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina.

The Innovation Forum is free and the public is encouraged to attend. To view the entire schedule of events and register,

School of Business Honors Kemper Freeman, Jr. with the Icons of Retail Award

Kemper Freeman, Jr.

The University of Washington Bothell School of Business has given its 2013 Icons of Retail Award to Kemper Freeman, Jr., CEO and Principal Owner of Kemper Development Company. As the owner of properties such as Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place, Freeman has helped transform Bellevue into a retail mecca offering consumers access to top-notch stores, unique experiences and free parking.

"Kemper Freeman exemplifies the deep Pacific Northwest expertise in retailing. His astute retail business decisions have put Bellevue on the national map and serve as case studies to our students," says School of Business Director Sandeep Krishnamurthy.

Freeman is equally known for his extensive philanthropic reach. His deep regard for the arts, human service and education is reflected in his major contributions of time and monetary donations to multiple civic organizations throughout the larger community and in the Eastside in particular.

The Icons of Retail Award is hosted by the University of Washington Bothell School of Business' Retail Management Program. This event exemplifies the school's strategic commitment to retail education, outreach and research.

UW Bothell Celebrates Launch of Bothell Youth Court

UW Bothell Youth Court

Packing the North Creek Event Center, judges, law enforcement, high school students, teachers, and district administrators joined UW Bothell to celebrate a true community effort to reduce traffic accidents among teens, the number one killer of youth in Bothell.

UW Bothell students and high school teen volunteers led by Assistant Professor Camille Walsh and Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen have been designing the Bothell Youth Court for more than a year. Youth courts are a trial by peers where teen volunteers serve as lawyer, judge, and jury.

"One of best things about having UW Bothell and the city partner on this project is the scaffolded mentoring," Walsh says. "Attorneys and judges mentor our students who, in turn, lead trainings for the high school students who then lead the court and individually mentor the defendants."

The Youth Court hears its first case February 11 at the Bothell Municipal Court.


Research Update

UW Bothell Faculty Successfully Compete for Research Funding

In November and December, UW Bothell faculty received more than $900,000 in funding, bringing the FY13 total to $3,365,033. Dan Jacoby from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences was awarded $7,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation. The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) was funded for four research projects. CRPE director Robin Lake and researcher Christine Campbell received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Researcher Bethany Gross received funding for two projects from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Six IAS faculty members also won research and collaboration grants from the Simpson Center for the Humanities in its fall funding round.

Undergraduate Scholars Announced

Undergraduate researchers at UW Bothell continue to excel and to compete for prestigious research awards.

Two students recently received a Mary Gates Research Scholarship: Marcus Johnson for his research, "The Multi Dimensions of Blackness: Cultural Hegemony in the U.S. and Abroad," and Paulette Costanza for her project, "Linking People, Highlands, and Climate: Climate Change on High-Elevation Socio-Ecological Systems in the Tropical Andes."

Alejandra Perez received a Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship for her project "Beyond Dreaming: Scholarship List for Undocumented Students in Washington State."

Four students were awarded the UW Bothell Founders Fellowship for their research. Researchers and their projects include: Kelsey Rae Weingartner, "Sensor Cloud Integration"; Clarrie Si Qian Ng, "Interview Analysis and Immigrant Journalists"; Sofya Malashanka, "Using FTIR Spectroscopy to Teach Chemistry Students About GH effect" and Godwin Hong, "Mechanism of Dextromethorphan-Induced Seizures in Planaria."

Student scholars will be a recognized during the undergraduate research fair on Wednesday, February 27th at 1pm in the North Creek Event Center. Scholars will also present at the undergraduate research symposium on May 10.

Rebecca Price Science Prize

Rebecca Price

For her classroom instruction and research on how science works, UW Bothell professor Rebecca Price won the December prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction from the journal Science. Her essay, "How We Got Here: An Inquiry-Based Activity About Human Evolution," focuses on studying human evolution as an example of science. It was included in the December 21, 2012 issue of Science. Price is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

The Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction encourages innovation and excellence by recognizing "outstanding, inquiry-based science education modules."

In her essay, Price describes a one-week exercise she has used to teach first-year students, seniors, biology majors and non-majors at UW Bothell. In the exercise, students test the hypothesis that different species of hominins evolved by retaining the juvenile characteristics of a chimpanzee-like ancestor. "We use evidence to challenge the assumption that humans evolved from chimpanzees," Price says.

Welcome Paul Markham

Paul Markham

UW Bothell welcomes Paul Markham, Ph.D., the new director of Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) at the University of Washington Bothell. Markham will oversee efforts to incorporate community learning and engagement activities as part of the UW Bothell student experience.

Markham joins UW Bothell from Western Kentucky University, where he was the director of the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships. He is a recipient of the 2012 President's Service Award at Western Kentucky University and has spoken at the White House on three separate occasions about civic engagement initiatives.

Markham holds a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Durham University (UK), a master's degree in theological studies and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology.

Upcoming Events

2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design

2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design
February 11-14

Participants at this year's forum will find creative, innovative, and interactive workshops and discussions on design.

Chancellor's Dinner

Chancellor’s Dinner
May 17, 2013

This champagne reception and three-course dinner will celebrate the support of the UW Bothell donors, alumni and friends. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit UW Bothell scholarships.