Suddenly, it seems winter is turning into spring. And with spring comes the rush of activity that take place on a vibrant college campus. Our UW Bothell Alumni Council is working hard to plan the 8th Annual Husky 5K, which takes place Saturday, May 11 on our campus. This is a day of great fun that also raises money for student scholarships. I hope you'll join me at the event. You can register online to run or walk.
I will be traveling to Washington, D.C., this week as I mark my last official visit as UW Bothell's chancellor. I plan to thank legislators for their past support and to update them on our recent progress. Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Rep. Suzan DelBene to campus. She was here to listen and speak with undocumented students who are advocating for passage of the Dream Act. I want to thank Rep. DelBene for her visit, she is a great advocate for our college.
The university recently held its 2nd annual Innovation Forum (February 11-14) and it was a wonderful week of discourse and community. I want to thank Dr. Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren for her leadership and vision as chair of the forum committee. Thanks also to the committee, who devoted countless hours to the event.
The search for the UW Bothell chancellor is continuing on schedule. The committee is now considering applicants with the hope of bringing candidates to campus later this spring.
In closing, I want to recognize two of our stellar faculty members who have recently received prestigious awards. Professor Cherry Banks (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) has been selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. This represents one of the highest honors that is awarded in the field of educational research. Banks is world-renowned for her work in multicultural education and she is one of the UW Bothell founding faculty.
Professor Dan Jaffe (School of STEM) has received a 2013-14 Fulbright Award. Jaffe studies atmospheric pollution, especially mercury, and carbon monoxide in long-range transport of air pollution in the Arctic and Pacific regions. Jaffe and UW Bothell students conduct studies to identify particulate matter from trains, especially coal trains. He will hold the Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences at the Parthenope University of Naples in Italy.
Professors Banks and Jaffe represent our faculty at its finest. I am so pleased to see them garner the recognition they so richly deserve.