Distinguished Research Award

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CC license image for research research-methodology.netThe University of Washington Tacoma Distinguished Research Award was initiated in 2004. Given annually, the purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member who has achieved a record of notable scholarship or creative activity, who has generated new knowledge or creativity that impacts their intellectual discipline, and who has contributed to the intellectual climate of the UW Tacoma campus and its communities. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty members are eligible.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Ka Yee Yeung, Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Technology

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes faculty who have achieved records of notable scholarship or creative activity, who generate new knowledge or creativity that impacts their intellectual discipline, and who contribute to the intellectual climate of the UW Tacoma campus and its communities. Dr. Yeung’s research is on containerized cloud-enabled software tools and methods that support reproducible analyses of big biomedical data. Her work is externally funded and widely cited, and three of her papers have been acknowledged for pushing the boundaries of the field. In addition, the committee recognizes Dr. Yeung’s impact on students both through the bioinformatics summer institute she conducts in partnership with Madigan Army Medical Center and her mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Past recipients

  • 2018 – Eric Madfis, Associate Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • 2017 - Marian Harris, Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • 2016 - Carolyn West, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Video: Writing the Books You Want to Read
  • 2015 - Peter Horak, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    • Video: The World of Mathematics
  • 2014 - Yonn Dierwechter, Associate Professor, Urban Studies
    • Presentation: Rain without thunder: City-regions and the global search for a sustainable order
  • 2013 - Mike Allen, Interdiscipliary Arts and Sciences
    • Presentation: I've Got Friends in Low Places: The Intellectual Life of an Anti-Intellectual
  • 2012 - Divya McMillin, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    • Presentation: Producing Place: Media and Soft Power
  • 2011 - Rich Furman, Social Work
    • The professor and the blank page: Writing, rituals and our relationship to the written word
  • 2010 - Michael Honey, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: All Labor Has Dignity
  • 2009 - Claudia Gorbman, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: Listening to Movies
  • 2008 - Joe Sharkey, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: Don't Think; Look! Language Does Things it Can't Do
  • 2007 - Anthony D'Costa, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: WYSIWYG/D: Doing Research at UWT
  • 2006 - Marcy Stein, Education
  • 2005 - John Banks, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • 2004 - Charles Emlet, Social Work
    • Presentation: Aging and HIV/AIDS: Lessons Learned... Moving Forward