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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

February 2013

Greetings Colleagues,

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.

Kind regards,


Miss Washington USA 2013

Miss Washington

UW Bothell Alumna ('12) Cassandra Searles did not grow up in the pageant world, but she hopes to take it by storm this spring. With just four years of beauty pageant competition under her sash, Searles was crowned Miss Washington USA 2013. She says UW Bothell allowed her to do it all, work full time, compete in pageants and take evening classes toward her business administration degree. "The nice thing about going to night school for me was there were people there that had the same life that I did. They worked full time and then came to school at night so we could all relate to each other." Searles will compete in the Miss USA Pageant this spring.

Pace Promotes IMD at Experience Music Project Event

Jason Pace

Jason Pace, executive director of UW Bothell's Center for Serious Play (CSP), brought the new interactive media design (IMD) degree to center stage recently at the Experience Music Project's opening celebration of The Art of Video Games exhibit. "The interactive media industry has grown dramatically over the last 20 years and is now a major global economic force," Pace says. "Those who plan to pursue careers in game development need to possess highly developed skills to succeed, and the new interactive media design degree at UW Bothell was designed specifically to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities in this complex, fast-moving industry."

Campus News – Building Projects Update

Construction Update

Each week brings change to the face of the UW Bothell campus as construction projects move closer to their completion dates. The building structure of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory is completed and infrastructure systems are being installed. The Veterans Archway project is also moving along. The architect and engineer are finalizing documentation for City of Bothell permit submittal. Both the conservatory and the Veterans Archway are on target for completion near the end of spring quarter 2013.

Work on UWB 3 (Science and Academic building) is also progressing. The lower level slab and wall concrete work is complete. The contractor is now working on level one slab and wall concrete pours. The project is on target for completion in fall 2014.

UW Bothell to Host Northwest Parliamentary Debates Championship

UW Bothell to host The Northwest Parliamentary Debates Championship

The UW Bothell speech and debate team continues to outperform many of its competitors. At a recent competition in Walla Walla, every team member took home at least one award. Now, UW Bothell has been chosen to host the Northwest Parliamentary Debates (NPDA) Championship. Intercollegiate teams from Oregon, Washington and as far as California will compete at UW Bothell on March 2 and 3.

"We are lucky to have this tournament on our campus. It is unusual to be awarded a tournament after so short a time in competitive debate," says debate coach Denise Vaughan. "This is a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful campus and show what the Bothell region has to offer."

Students will compete in three levels of National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) debates on topics ranging from environmental policies to sexual harassment law.

School of Business Unveils Mini-MBA

Mini MBA

The UW Bothell School of Business is taking the concept of a Mini-MBA global. The Global Executive Mini-MBA Series provides the unique opportunity for participants to travel to countries that are quickly becoming leaders in the world’s economy. There, they will engage in ten days of programming, including tours of top performing corporations and lectures and discussions with local experts and government officials.

School of Business Director Sandeep Krishnamurthy will lead the first Mini-MBA tour in September 2013 to some of India’s most important business destinations, including Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, “The participants will walk away with a solid understanding of successful business strategies for each of these countries, as well as numerous trade and business contacts in each country.” Each participant who completes a tour will receive a Global Executive Mini-MBA from the UW Bothell School of Business.

More information on the Global Executive Mini-MBA and the inaugural India tour can be found at

Refining Expertise

Refining Expertise

IAS Assistant Professor Gwen Ottinger's new book, "Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges" will be released March 4. Ottinger conducted research in a southeastern Louisiana community that sits adjacent to a refinery. The book focuses on what happens to a community's efforts to collect scientific data in support of its claims that refinery emissions are making them sick. Ottinger says the community often has a lot to add to the technical conversations, but the experts tend to discount their perspective. "This does everyone a disservice," she says. "It is important that the process not be so quick to distinguish what is technical and best left to the experts and what is social for the public. We must regard the public's input as having potential to reframe and give relevance."

Ottinger's findings are relevant in current environmental issues such as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Deepwater Horizon and Fracking.

Upcoming Events

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Location: LB1 203
This free event will showcase a variety of methods of implementing digital storytelling in K-12 and university classrooms. Two public sessions will be offered:
      2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
      4:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Contact Jane Van Galen:

Chancellor's Dinner

Chancellor's Dinner
Friday, May 17, 2013

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Hill School House, Woodinville WA
Join us for the 2013 University of Washington Bothell Chancellor’s Reception and Dinner!