In the News
“All you need is a ball.”
—Awista Ayub ’01 in Glamour,
on why she chose soccer as a youth outreach program in Afghanistan. In July,
Ayub was named the magazine’s Hero of the Month for establishing the Afghan
Youth Sports Exchange, which helps Afghan girls start soccer teams in their
own communities, and she was named “Person of the Week” by ABC
Nightly News. In addition, two players sponsored by her organization to
play in the United States in 2004, who now play for the Afghanistan national
women’s soccer team, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s
Espy Awards this summer.
NASA Scientist Receives Astronomy Prize
Tod Strohmayer ’92 (PhD), an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, won the 2006 Bruno Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society for his pioneering work on the exotic environment around fast-spinning neutron stars. He shares the award with Deepto Chakrabarty of MIT and Rudy Wijnands of the University of Amsterdam.
Author, Administrator Named Chair of Hampshire College Board
Psychologist, author, and academic administrator Florence Cawthrone Ladd ’58 (PhD) was elected chair of the Hampshire College board of trustees. Ladd has been a member of the board since 1995. A former director of the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and dean at MIT and Wellesley College, Ladd is working on her second novel.
MD Expert Elected Fellow of AAAS
Kevin Campbell ’79 (PhD), the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Campbell is internationally recognized for discovering genetic and molecular causes of muscular dystrophy.
Administrator Named Head of New School
Marc Holzer ’66, longtime chair of the public administration department at Rutgers University, was named dean of the university’s new School of Public Affairs and Administration. The school will offer doctoral and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.
Poet’s Collection Wins Award
Kate Light ’80E, ’82E (MM) received the inaugural Donald Justice Poetry Award for her third book, Gravity’s Dream: New Poems and Sonnets. Her first collection of poetry, The Laws of Falling Bodies, won the 1997 Nicholas Roerich Prize.
Accounting Professor Named Outstanding Educator
Lawrence Brown ’75S (PhD), the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at Georgia State University, was named the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Educator for 2006. Brown is recognized as a leading expert on forecasts of accounting earnings.