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Worthington Distinguished Scholars

2015 Worthington Distinguished Scholars

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

“It is important to recognize and support the promising work of some of our junior investigators,” says Carolyn Brennan, assistant vice chancellor for research. “This seed money helps launch their research career and advance their research goals.”

The Worthington Scholars are...

a picture of johanna crane  Johanna Crane, Assistant Professor (IAS): 
The Worthington Distinguished Scholar award will support her ongoing collaboration with the group on Inequalities in Global Health Science (IGHS) and in particular, an anthropological study of administrative infrastructure in global health research.  Johanna also received a prestigious Royalty Research Fund award to support her research at the Monroe Correctional Complex where she is using the voices and experiences of older prisoners and their caregivers to narrate the ethical terrain of aging and health care in prison.  The resulting evidence will be used to improve care for this vulnerable population.


a picture of clark olson  Clark Olson, Associate Professor (Computing & Software Systems): As a Worthington Distinguished Scholar, Clark will study new methods to improve algorithms that classify and encode images and videos.  By leveraging strong undergraduate contributions to the research, he will generate preliminary results that will be used in future external proposals.  With a track record of successful peer-reviewed research with undergraduates, this work has interesting potential for industry application.


a picture of lori robins  Lori Robins, Assistant Professor (Biology): A Royalty Research Fund grant was awarded to Lori in Spring 2015 for her research into a generalizable biotechnology method for targeted gene modification. This work not only has the potential to create engineered microbes or plants that canbe used for biofuel production, it also enhances the undergraduate research experiences available at UW Bothell.


a picture of professor geethaGeetha Thamilarasu, Assistant Professor (Computing & Software Systems): This support will allow Geetha to develop new techniques on mobile sensor platforms that will improve information security across health care networks.  Students hired this summer will contribute to the creation of preliminary data and results that will be used in her 2016 NSF CAREER application.