University announces honorary degree recipients

first_imgIn addition to commencement speaker Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of Oxford University, Notre Dame will award six honorary degrees at its 170th Commencement ceremony on May 17, the University announced in a press release Monday.The honorary degree recipients, whose accomplishments span the fields of education, business, medicine and religion, are: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John E. Kelly III, Jane McAuliffe, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Shirley Welsh Ryan and Fr. Thomas F. Stransky.Hrabowski, who has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, will receive a doctor of laws degree, the release stated. A mathematician who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the peak of the civil rights movement, Hrabowski also serves as the chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.Kelly, senior vice president of solutions portfolio and research for IBM, will receive a doctor of engineering degree. He has held several different positions at IBM, beginning in 1980, and helped redesign the semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, according to the release. McAuliffe serves as the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which gives scholars the opportunity to research and interact with members of Congress, and will receive a doctor of laws degree. She has previously worked as the president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and as as dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2008. According to the release, McAuliffe is also a scholar of the Qur’an and early Islamic history.Quiñones-Hinojosa works as a professor of neurosurgery and oncology and director of the brain tumor surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will receive a doctor of science degree. According to the release, he was born in a small village outside of Mexicali, Mexico, and graduated from both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School.Ryan, who along with her son Corbett, a 2005 Notre Dame graduate, are the namesakes of Ryan Hall, will receive a doctor of laws degree. She is a trustee emerita of the University and served on the National Council on Disability, which led to the American with Disabilities Act, the release stated.Stransky, a Paulist priest and the rector emeritus of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, will receive a doctor of laws degree. According to the release, Stransky contributed heavily to one of the Second Vatican Council’s most important documents, the 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Stransky is also a former president of the Paulist fathers.Tags: 2015 Commencement, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Honorary degree, Jane McAuliffe, John E. Kelly III, Shirley Welsh Ryanlast_img read more

On the Blogs: The BLM Is Selling Publically Owned Coal for a Song

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clark Williams-Derry for Sightlines.org:If you’ve been following the news, you probably know that coal is down in the dumps. And as a growing body of academic research and real-world practice shows, owning the rights to coal reserves can give coal companies the ability to profit from price increases, without obligating them to incur losses if mine development looks unprofitable. As it turns out, the right to earn a profit without risking a loss can be worth quite a bit. There’s an entire field of financial economics known as “real options theory,” devoted to estimating the value of speculative projects such as coal mines. We’ve run the numbers, and estimate that even in today’s dismal export market, owning the right to profit from future price increases in export markets could be worth more than $9 per ton.Even in today’s down market, coal leases are worth much more than the federal government has sold them for. Just as importantly, the high prices and wild price swings in export markets can make exports more valuable than domestic sales.Which is all the more reason for BLM to look at the economics of coal exports when deciding the price it will accept for federal coal.Full item: Coal Exports and the Hidden Value of Federal Coal On the Blogs: The BLM Is Selling Publically Owned Coal for a Songlast_img read more

Chyna’s Brain Donated to CTE Research: Manager

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 50 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Chyna’s Brain Donated to CTE Research: Manager by: NBC Washington – April 26, 2016 Share Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, is pictured in this file photo.The brain of former WWE star Chyna, who was found dead last week in her Southern California home, will be donated for research involving the effects of concussions, her manager said Tuesday.Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach apartment. Police were responding to a 911 call from a friend who said the former 46-year-old World Wrestling Entertainment performer failed to answer her phone for a few days.Anthony Anzaldo, her manager, told NBC4 Los Angeles Tuesday that her brain will be donated for research involving chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury also known as CTE. Anzaldo said the brain has been given to Dr. Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu, a groundbreaking researcher who first discovered and published findings on CTE and was the subject of the 2015 film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.“We want to donate her brain,” Anzaldo told The New York Daily News. “We want to know what made Chyna tick.”CTE has been diagnosed in the brains of several former NFL players. The progressive degenerative disease of the brain, which can only be diagnosed after death, has been found in athletes who have a history of repeated blows to the head and concussions.The result of her autopsy have not been released.Some of the former NFL stars diagnosed with CTE include former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, Steelers lineman Mike Webster and the Giants’ Frank Gifford.Attorneys contacted him long before Chyna’s death to gauge interest in joining a brain injury lawsuit against the WWE, Analdo told the Daily News. They decided not to join the lawsuit, he said.The WWE — then known as the World Wrestling Federation — hired Chyna in 1997. After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer was determined to stay active in the entertainment industry. She wrote her memoir, became a semi-regular on Howard Stern’s radio show and appeared in TV sitcoms like “3rd Rock From the Sun” and reality shows including “The Surreal Life.” She was in Playboy twice and appeared in a string of porn movies.She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.last_img read more

Men’s tennis set for battle at UCLA

first_imgAfter a commanding 5-2 win over Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend, the Trojans will head to Westwood Tuesday to face UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.They will try and secure back-to-back road victories against Pac-12 teams in nonconference matches.Both teams look as strong as expected this season, with UCLA posting a ranking of fourth in the nation, while USC sits at 13th and is likely to rise after the win over Stanford.The Trojans faced some adversity to begin the match after losing the doubles point to go down 1-0 early. They then rattled off five consecutive singles match wins to clinch the match before a loss in a third set tiebreaker for the second loss of the day for USC.Junior Nick Crystal tied the match-up with a straight sets win, and freshman Jake Devine continued his stellar debut  season after finishing a third set win, 6-1. Sophomore Thibault Forget clinched the match with the Trojans’ fourth singles win in another three-setter, and senior Max de Vroome pulled off a big upset over Stanford’s Tom Fawcett, the fourth-ranked player in the country. The Trojans hope to ride this momentum into this rivalry match and a difficult schedule against many top teams across the country.The Bruins provide a challenging matchup with their top three players: junior Mackenzie McDonald, sophomore Martin Redlicki and junior Gage Brymer are all top-50 players in the country. McDonald leads the team with experience as a junior ranked 19th in the nation who has not only succeeded at UCLA but has also won some lower-level professional matches. The Bruins also have senior Karue Sell, their fourth nationally ranked player at 94. The Bruins’ talented group has led them to a 9-2 record on the season, which brings an additional challenge in the rivalry match.The Trojans counter with an array of solid players for the difficult challenge the Bruins will bring. De Vroome is coming off his biggest win of the year in the Stanford match and will be playing one of the top singles slots for the Trojans with a ranking of 65th nationally. Crystal is just behind de Vroome at 67th in the country, adding an early Pac-12 Player of the Week award this season to an already strong resume in his first two seasons at USC. Freshman Logan Smith boasts the Trojans’ top ranking with a mark of 56th nationally and will try to add yet another win to his young career. Rounding out the Trojans singles players are the freshman duo of DeVine and Jack Jaede as well as experienced sophomore Forget.USC brings a young team to the table, but so far this season the inexperience has been far overshadowed by the talent of these players as well as the leadership of the veterans on the team. The Trojans hope to repeat the success they had against the Bruins last season, winning both matches on each team’s home court during the regular season and beating them in the Pac-12 tournament for a three-match sweep.Correction: This post originally appeared with the title “Fourth-ranked men’s tennis set for battle at UCLA.” The men’s tennis team is ranked 13th. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Foulkes is the local hero – in extra time

first_img Local man Martin Foulkes deserved to win the English Men’s Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy at his home club of Worksop even if he had to win it twice.He looked to be cruising to the title with a comfortable four-shot lead with two holes to play when disaster struck. A quadruple-bogey eight at the 17th when he tangled with the punishing rough, saw the 36 year old finish with a level par 72 for 214, two under, and into a tie with Paul Kirkwood, who returned 71.It meant a sudden death playoff, Foulkes winning with a par four at the first hole after Kirkwood had missed the fairway and the green then failed with his par putt.“It proved more difficult that it should have been but I got there in the end,” said Foulkes. “I’ve possibly taken eight on the 17th before but I can’t remember when. But this is a massive win for me. I’ve won county events but never a national title.“It’s also massive for the club. Playing on your home course brings extra pressure and there were so many good players in the field. I’m delighted.”In ideal conditions but with the course asking its usual difficult questions, particularly on the greens, Foulkes began the day sharing the lead on two under with Scot David Primrose. But the Worksop man raced away, covering the front nine in 32 strokes with an eagle and three birdies.That saw him open a five-shot lead which no one managed to reduce. It looked a one-horse race with Foulkes seemingly cantering home. But the 17th came back to bite him.He drove into the left rough, gained a free drop from a staked tree, then took three more shots to escape before his approach finished short of the green. A chip and two putts later and his advantage had disappeared.“In hindsight I should have just chipped out,” Foulkes added. “After that my head was spinning. Before I teed off on 17 I was cruising. I didn’t know the situation but at six under, I didn’t think anyone had got to that and if I could finish four-three I would be O.K. Then that happened.”At the last he still had a chance to win in normal time if he could hole a lengthy putt. But, with his head still spinning, he had to settle for a par three and extra time.Kirkwood admitted he wasn’t expecting to be in a playoff. “I saw Martin having trouble on the 17th but I didn’t know that he had taken eight,” he said.“I had a good go at my putt in the playoff but I wasn’t expecting to do this well this week. “I’m a bit disappointed but fair play to Martin to make par and he deserved to win.”Surrey-based Primrose closed his successful week with 74 for 216, level par, and third spot with Lancashire’s Michael Hunt, who returned a second successive 70 for 217.Past champion Martin Young (74) from Hampshire and Justin Phelps (71) from Middlesex shared fifth place on 219, while Worcestershire’s Paul Scarrett, joint runner-up a year ago, posted 69, the best round of the day, for equal seventh spot.For the second successive day the tournament was graced by a hole-in-one. It was achieved by Stephen Brennan who sank his five iron tee shot at the 207-yard eighth hole.“The ball faded into the flag and my wife told me it had gone in,” said Yorkshire-based Brennan. “It was my sixth hole-in-one but only the second in competition.”For more information, visit the Logan Trophy webpage. 6 Jul 2014 Foulkes is the local hero – in extra time last_img read more