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May 23, 2012

Commencement 2012

graduates lining up


Retirement transition deadline approaches

If you don’t make your selection, your investments will be defaulted into an age-appropriate Vanguard Target Retirement Fund.

University, IBM expand partnership

It’s anticipated that the Blue Gene/Q will be delivered to the University in late June, making it one of the first academic institutions in the nation to receive IBM’s next generation supercomputer.

New program puts focus on digital media

Designed by faculty members from nine different disciplines, the bachelor of arts in digital media studies will graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment in both creative and technical fields.

Barbara Walters, Craig Ferguson bring star power to Meliora Weekend

More than 5,000 attendees are expected for four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings during Meliora Weekend.

A birds-eye view on Dandelion Day

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Eastman alumnus awarded Pulitzer Prize in Music for opera about WWI

The work, which was commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera on Nov. 12, 2011, was described by the Pulitzer committee as “a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French, and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart.”

Medical School names senior academic dean

A graduate of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Lyness joined the faculty as a senior instructor and fellow in 1990.

University surpasses $1.4 million United Way campaign goal

“This year’s campaign was particularly important as Eastman Kodak continues its transition to a much smaller company,” says Andrea Demeo, director of the University campaign.

Talk examines stereotypes

In Memoriam

In February, Zeitlin gave a full recital on the eve of his 90th birthday, a feat that few violinists have attempted beyond their seventies.

John Werren named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy’s membership includes scientists, politicians, businesspeople, and artists.

Commencement 2012 teaching award recipients

Staff members honored for longtime service to University

Shirley Ricker, Margaret Kowaluk, and Margaret (Peg) Bushey were among the longtime employees honored for their service by the University at a dinner last month hosted by President Joel Seligman and Robert Witmer Jr., chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Randall Curren awarded fellowship to Institute for Advanced Study

As a fellow, Curren’s work will explore the nature of human well-being and the role of academic institutions in promoting well-being.

Memorial Art Gallery commissions Albert Paley sculpture

Paley joins three other celebrated artists commissioned to create site-specific works for the park—Wendell Castle, Jackie Ferrara, and Tom Otterness.

2012 Best Translated Book Award winners announced

Supported by Amazon.com, $20,000 will be distributed among the winning authors and translators. This is the second consecutive year Amazon.com has underwritten the awards.

Notables

A Commencement Celebration

Brown University President Ruth Simmons knows the glory of college graduations and what she believes should be a heavy burden placed on graduates to use their knowledge to serve society.