Faculty/staff honors: Early career honor in communication, distinguished service award in theoretical computing

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Recent honors and achievements by University of Washington faculty include an early career award for study of family communication and a distinguished service award for decades in support of theoretical computing.

Kristina Scharp receives early career honor from International Communication Association

Faculty/staff honors: Early career honor in communication, distinguished service award in theoretical computing

Kristina Scharp

The International Communication Association has given Kristina Scharp, UW assistant professor in the Department of Communication, its 2021 ICA Early Career Scholar Award.

The award, one of seven presented during the association’s annual international conference held virtually May 27 to 31, honors a scholar no more than seven years past their doctoral degree.

Scharp’s work, the association noted, has “greatly contributed to theory development and understanding in the areas of family estrangement and distancing, and it illustrates a rigorous commitment to securing hard-to-reach samples and employing mixed methods with mostly qualitative results.”

Read more at the Department of Communication website.

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Allen School’s Paul Beame receives distinguished service award from Association for Computing Machinery

Faculty/staff honors: Early career honor in communication, distinguished service award in theoretical computing

Paul Beame

Paul Beame, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, for more than 20 years supporting the theoretical computer science community.

Beame has received the 2021 ACM SIGACT Distinguished Service Award, from the association’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, or SIGACT. In its announcement, the group thanked Beamed for his “selfless devotion” and called him its “SIGACT oracle and adviser to those responsible for running our main conferences every year.”

An associate director of the Allen School, Beame is a member of the theory of computation group CS Theory @ UW. His research is concerned with computational complexity and proving lower bounds on the resources needed for solving computational problems.

Read more on the Allen School blog.

 


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