Monday, March 14, 2011

GSAS Alumna Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews Promoted to VP of News at CBS.

We were thrilled to hear the recent announcement that Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (GSAS '84) has been promoted to Vice President of News at CBS, where she will coordinate all day-to-day news coverage both foreign and domestic.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

NYU Alumnus and Congressman Rush Holt (GSAS, '74, '81) vs. the Machine

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Congratulations to GSAS alumnus Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) who triumphed over "Watson" in one round of an exhibition match of Jeopardy! sponsored by IBM; he finished the round with 8,600 points to the computer's 6,200. Rep. Holt, a physicist who was a five-time Jeopardy! champion long before he entered the House, parlayed his victory into a call to support math and science education and invest in new technology. His office said the congressman crushed the computer in categories such as phobias, presidential rhymes and laundry detergent, where he knew a three-letter nickname for the Beatles was "Fab", a nickname which could also be used to now describe Rep. Holt.

According to his website:

"Rush is currently the only physicist serving in the United States Congress. He serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he has been named the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. This Subcommittee aims to find long-term solutions to the climate crisis by reducing the United States' dependence on fossil fuels."



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Charles Simic (WSC '67) Receives The Vilcek Prize in Literature

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In addition to being the 15th poet laureate of the United States, a distinguished poet in residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program, and a WSC alumnus, Charles Simic was recently awarded The Vilcek Prize in Literature. The Vilcek Foundation honors and supports foreign-born scientists and artists who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States.

Charles Simic has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, among them Jackstraws, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Walking the Black Cat, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; A Wedding in Hell, Hotel Insomnia, The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Selected Poems: 1963-1983 and Unending Blues. He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry, and four books of essays including Orphan Factory. Elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000, his many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

For more information on the 2011 Vilcek Prize recipients, please click here.