News and Announcements
The University of Washington again has been named among the ‘coolest’ schools in the U.S., ranking fourth this year by the Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine. This is the fifth year the UW has been among the top-ranked schools for sustainability. Sierra Magazine recognized the UW for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit its contributions to global warming.
Evans School Dean Sandra O. Archibald is a leader in the campus-wide sustainability efforts, as chair of University’s advisory Environmental Stewardship Committee.
“We’re a place that values curiosity, which uncovers problems and discovers solutions,” said Archibald. “And, even though sustainability is a very tough topic, we’ve approached it with wonderful multi-generational learning and lots of civil and constructive conversation. I think that’s very hard for government or industry to do.”
Evans School Senior Lecturer Ken Smith was lead researcher on an independent academic study of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) commissioned by its parent organization, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF).
The report (5.4 MB PDF), released last week, explores the purpose of financial accounting and reporting of state and local governments, and is intended to provide greater understanding of the needs and expectations of governmental financial report stakeholders—preparers, auditors, and users.
The data collected in the study will aid the FAF’s board of trustees in its ongoing oversight of the GASB and determining how the GASB can best serve stakeholders within the contexts of its mission.
The report has received national coverage from Accounting Today, Ohio Society of CPAs, Virginia Society of CPAs, Ready Ratios, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Christopher M. Jordan (MPA ’12) has been selected by Governor Chris Gregoire as the UW student regent for the coming academic year.
Jordan is the second Evans School student in a row to serve as UW student regent; Kelsey Knowles (MPA ’12) held the position during the last academic year.
Now a first-year law student at UW, Jordan told UW's The Daily, “I am deeply concerned about the affordability of public higher education. I hope to be a voice for maintaining access and a voice for keeping a degree from UW within reach for students of all family backgrounds.”
Evans School Associate Dean and Professor Robert Plotnick has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) in recognition of exceptional scientific stature and accomplishment. Plotnick is among 36 new members, many from the University of Washington (UW), including UW Provost and Vice President Ana Mari Cauce, as well as existing members Evans School Professor Charles Hirschman and Professor Emeritus Edward L. Miles.
WSAS, established by the state legislature in 2005, provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Plotnick will be inducted at the WSAS fifth annual meeting at the Museum of Flight next month.
Evans School Senior Lecturer Ken Smith is the recipient of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) 2012 Cornelius E. Tierney/Ernst & Young Research Award. The award recognizes an individual who throughout his or her career has made continuous contributions to governmental financial management by direct participation in research activities and/or through encouragement and support of others engaged in government financial management research.
The award was conferred in recognition of Smith’s innovative research efforts to enrich and improve methods of governmental accounting and budgeting, increase the accountability and the transparency of governmental performance measurement, and inspire government accountants, auditors, and financial managers to be more accountable.
Assistant Professor Justin Marlowe was named to an independent expert panel formed to review a proposal to construct a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Seattle’s Stadium District. Marlowe was appointed by the King County Council for his expertise in public-private partnerships, public capital markets, and debt transactions. Marlowe’s analysis concludes that the proposal financing deal adequately protects public funds. The panel’s report (1.08 MB PDF) has been covered by the Seattle Times, Seattle PI, KJR AM, and Publicola.