May 22, 2014
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UW Bothell announces 2014 Worthington Distinguished Scholars

Bothell, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell has announced the 2014 Worthington Distinguished Scholars. The faculty scholars are: Allison Hintz and Antony Smith from the Education program and Seungkeun Choi from the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The Worthington Fund was established by the late Richard and Lois Worthington to promote excellence and scholarship at UW Bothell.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Carolyn Brennan says it is important to invest in research conducted by junior investigators, “We are proud to have such innovative faculty here at UW Bothell,” says Brennan. “Investing in their research careers and goals will benefit our students - as three-quarters of our faculty involve students in their research. Also, the outcomes of such research are likely to have far reaching effects throughout the community.”

Allison Hintz and Antony Smith’s research is titled "Fostering Story-Time Mathematical Discussions with Young Children." Their award will enable the development and implementation of a toolkit to facilitate math discussions with young children through shared reading experiences during story time in Seattle Public Libraries. The investigators have developed a process to mathematize the literature for use with young children, based upon research conducted in kindergarten classrooms. By expanding their study of integrating math discussions into shared reading experiences beyond the school setting, Hintz and Smith hope to more effectively reach a diverse population.

Seungkeun Choi is researching emerging lighting technology and plans to develop a more energy efficient product that would reduce power consumption. This type of technology could reportedly save the U.S. approximately $250-billion, reduce electricity consumption by almost 50-percent and avoid 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon emission.

In November, Choi will present this research at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2014) in Montreal.

About UW Bothell: With more than 36 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit

Allison Hintz
Allison Hintz


Seungkeun Choi
Seungkeun Choi