President Obama has named Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus (Hunter ’51) as one of two recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, a prestigious award for scientific achievement. The award, honoring the memory of Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi, is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S Department of Energy. Dresselhaus shares the honor with Dr. Burton Richter of Stanford University.
On stage at Hunter College’s winter commencement on January 19th will be the internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Heather Watts, Ford Foundation president Luis A. Ubinas, and the 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students who will receive their degrees. Watts will receive an honorary degree and Ubinas will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony will take place at 3 pm in the Assembly Hall.
Hunter College President Jennifer Raab, members of the Hunter Sustainability Project (formerly known as the Hunter Solar Project), Hunter faculty and CUNY administrators joined together on November 14 on the roof of the Hunter North Building for the unveiling of new solar panels.
Add this to the long list of advantages of attending Hunter: Its graduates carry one of the lowest debt loads of any college or university in America. So says the Project on Student Debt in a report covering members of the Class of 2010. The survey places Hunter among the 20th lowest debt schools in the nation.
The Martina Arroyo Foundation – which prepares young opera singers for professional performance – honored Hunter President Jennifer Raab at its annual gala on November 9. Raab accepted the award “on behalf of Hunter College and our new partnership with Prelude to Performance,” the Foundation’s training program that culminates with fully-staged operas performed on the stage of Hunter’s Kaye Playhouse.
Diana J. Mason, the Rudin Professor of Nursing at the Hunter School of Nursing, has been chosen for one of the highest honors in her field, president of the American Academy of Nursing. She will serve a two-year term as president-elect beginning in November before assuming the presidency. The 1,500-member AAN advances policies and practices that help drive the reform of the American health-care system.
American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (E), has been appointed as the fall 2011 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College. Benjamin will take a brief sabbatical from his role as executive director of APHA and spend one semester pursuing this coveted, fully funded research fellowship.
Hunter Professor of Sociology Janet Poppendieck, author of books such as Free for All: Fixing School Food in America and Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, was selected as one of 10 inaugural recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. The award honors those helping to create a “healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world” through “excellence of work, innovation in approach and scale of impact within a community or the nation.” Among Poppendieck’s co-honorees are First Lady Michelle Obama and Alice Waters, celebrated chef and pioneer in the organic food movement.
Any time a new poet laureate is named, there is always interest in what poets he or she likes to read. So now that Philip Levine has been named, at age 83, as the 18th to hold this national honor, whom among his poetic colleagues does he admire?
The list, as quoted in the August 11 New York Times, is a short one, and on it is none other than Hunter College’s own Tom Sleigh. Here is what Levine said: “I love intelligent poetry — Stevens, Ammons, Tom Sleigh, Robert Morgan.”
Hunter College has once again been named one of the “Best 376 Colleges” as determined by an annual survey conducted by The Princeton Review. Though the overall list does not assign individual ranks, Hunter also made the cut in a number of “Top 20” category lists, including “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” and “Great Financial Aid.” Furthermore, Hunter’s outstanding academic programs earned it a spot as one of the best 220 colleges in the Northeast. The complete results can be seen at www.PrincetonReview.com.
The Peace Corps celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding next month, and throughout that long history Hunter has been a leader in supplying volunteers. Since 1961, 350 graduates have joined, which places Hunter first among all CUNY colleges and near the top among schools in the nation as a source of recruits. Right now, seven Hunter graduates are working overseas, and four are in training.
Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab has announced that the Artist’s Institute, a project of Hunter College, has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The two-year grant will be used to continue the work of the Institute, which was created as a new, experimental platform for thinking about contemporary art.
Vita Carulli Rabinowitz, Hunter’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the winner of the 2011 Cornaro Award, which is given each year to an Italian American woman who holds a PhD and has “achieved excellence in her chosen field.” The award, presented by the New York Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America, is named for Elena Lucrezia Cornaro, who earned a doctorate in 1678, the first woman in history to do so.
Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab has announced that the Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger are the recipients of the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The newly established prize will be administered by the Hunter College Foundation and is earmarked for a not-for-profit organization and individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.
Hunter Professor Kathleen Nokes, assistant dean for graduate studies and director of the graduate nursing program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in public/global health. Under the grant, Dr. Nokes will work at Durban University of Technology in South Africa during July and August.
Mariano Wainsztein, an IMA graduate student at Hunter, has won an award from the National Board of Review for his documentary The Animal in You, which he filmed, directed and edited.
Hunter College Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his latest novel, Let the Great World Spin. McCann’s novel was selected from 10 shortlisted titles by a panel of judges, who described his book as “a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it.” The prize of over $140,000 is one of the world’s most lucrative literary prizes.
For the second year in a row, Hunter’s master’s program to prepare Latin teachers for secondary schools has produced the winner of the National Latin Exam Graduate School Scholarship. The first-place finish carries an award of $2,000 for post-graduate study.
Will the next big thing be the Gorilla Diet? Not really, but research conducted by Hunter Professor of Anthropology Jessica M. Rothman has produced intriguing new findings about the eating patterns of wild gorillas. Dr. Rothman is the head of the Primate Nutrition Lab and spends three months a year carrying out fieldstudies in Uganda. Her latest results, which have been published by the Royal Society of London, shows that at times the gorillas’ menu looks a lot like a human weight-loss diet and at other times meets the recommendations of the American Heart Association.
Graduate students from the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Hunter College have released their detailed report “Beyond the Backlash: Equity and Participation in Bicycle Planning.” The Hunter College bicycle studio spent nine months studying the history and practices of bicycle planning, identified the challenges facing the expansion of bicycle lanes, and made recommendations that would affect the roles of the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), cycling advocates, and community boards. In response to recent controversies over bike lanes, the group proposes new approaches to serve the needs of current and future cyclists and ensure the longevity of bicycle planning under future administrations.