Harvard awards 10 honorary degrees

first_imgFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Program, sharing Harvard’s 366th Commencement Day spotlight with a host of honorees at the top of their fields.Mark Zuckerberg, Doctor of LawsMark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004, is the featured speaker at the Afternoon Program of Harvard’s 366th Commencement. Zuckerberg is Facebook’s chairman and CEO. In 2010, Time magazine named him Person of the Year and Vanity Fair magazine listed him among its “top 100 most influential people of the information age.” In 2016, Forbes magazine named him among its 10 “World’s Most Powerful People.”Zuckerberg has also emerged as a major philanthropist, having pledged to direct tens of billions of dollars to a range of causes. Over their lifetimes, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and 2007 Harvard College graduate, have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), which is committed to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. Zuckerberg studied computer science at Harvard University before moving Facebook to Palo Alto, Calif.Norman R. Augustine, Doctor of LawsNorman Augustine is the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp. and has held numerous positions in the aerospace industry and government, including assistant director of defense research and engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and under secretary and acting secretary of the Army.He was chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Red Cross, and the Aerospace Industries Association, and was a 16-year member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.Augustine has been presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by the president of the United States, received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, and five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe, Doctor of LawsHawa Abdi Dhiblawe is a Somali human rights activist and physician. As Somalia’s first female gynecologist, she opened a one-room clinic in 1983 to help meet the needs of pregnant women in the area. As the Somalia civil war began in 1991 and refugees flocked to her, her efforts expanded and she founded what is now the Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF). Today, the DHAF includes a hospital, school, and feeding center, and offers education, health care, shelter, and training to an estimated 90,000 displaced people, mostly women and children.Abdi has won numerous distinctions and awards, including the John Jay Justice Award, Vital Voices’ Woman of the Year Award, and a nomination for the Noble Peace Prize in 2012.Dame Judi Dench, Doctor of ArtsDame Judi Dench is a celebrated actress who has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles.Over her 60-year career, she has been revered for her work in television, film, and on stage. Dench gained international recognition for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films.Dench has won numerous major awards, including an Academy Award, 10 BAFTA Awards, eight Laurence Olivier Awards, and a Tony Award for Best Actress. In recognition of her many achievements she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a Dame of the British Empire in 1988, and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.Sandra M. Gilbert, Doctor of LawsSandra Gilbert is a distinguished professor emerita of English at the University of California, Davis. A leading feminist literary critic and author of eight collections of poetry, Gilbert is well known for her work with scholar Susan Gubar, with whom she co-authored several works.Gilbert has taught at Indiana University, Princeton University, and University of California, Davis, among others, and was the first M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University. She has served as president of the Modern Language Association and is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, Gilbert was named a co-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement.James Earl Jones, Doctor of ArtsJames Earl Jones is an acclaimed actor who has performed on stage, television, and in films. Most notably, Jones’ voice is known as Darth Vader in “Star Wars” and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King.”Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won numerous and distinguished awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center Honors, and two Tony Awards. In 2011, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary Oscar. Jones also was awarded a Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2017 Tony Awards.In 2004, Jones was recognized with the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Award. Earlier this year, Jones starred in the American Repertory Theater’s “Night of the Iguana” at Harvard.Walter E. Massey, Doctor of LawsWalter Massey is chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), having previously served as its president.Prior to his roles at SAIC, Massey was president of Morehouse College for more than a decade. Morehouse College is also his alma mater. Massey has served at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Brown University, and in the University of California system. From 1991 to 1993, he was the director of the National Science Foundation under President George H.W. Bush.Throughout his career, Massey has served on the boards of the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Smithsonian Institution, and a number of other organizations committed to the advancement of science and technology, diversity in education, and the arts and culture.Massey holds honorary degrees from 39 universities, and is also a trustee emeritus of the University of Chicago and Brown University.Michael Rabin, Doctor of ScienceMichael Rabin is the Thomas J. Watson Sr. Research Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University and helped shape the field of theoretical computer science. Rabin actively contributes to major problems of encryption, privacy, and internet security.Prior to joining the Harvard University faculty in 1981, Rabin served as the H.B. Fine Instructor in Mathematics and member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton before joining the mathematics department at Hebrew University.Rabin is member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the French Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.Rabin’s prizes include the Turing Award in Computer Science, the Dan David Prize, the Israel Prize, the EMET Prize, and the Rothschild Prize. Huda Y. Zoghbi, Doctor of ScienceHuda Zoghbi is a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.Zoghbi’s discoveries have unraveled the genetic underpinnings of a number of neurological disorders. She has provided new ways of thinking about common neurological disorders, including autism and Parkinson’s disease, that could lead to better treatments.Among Zoghbi’s many recognitions are the 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award and 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Neurodegeneration. John Williams, Doctor of MusicJohn Williams is one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and the concert stage.His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including all seven “Star Wars” films and the first three “Harry Potter” films.In addition to his work in film and television, Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage and served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993.As one of the nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices, Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, Williams received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute — the first composer to receive this honor.last_img read more


Why buying big blocks can be financial gold for families

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoConstruction supervisor Paul Toye and general manager David Afrin from SmartStart by Hayman Homes on site at Waterlea, celebrating the first home being under construction.Mr Keath said the estate had been designed around the shortage of large lots within the new housing market with purchasers unable to buy up to 800sq m in this price range anywhere else.“We predict that capital appreciation on these bigger blocks should be stronger in coming years as blocks of this size become harder to find across Brisbane and surrounds,” he said.Mr Keath said there were five main advantages to having a big block:1. Privacy — with room and trees you can create your own private space. “With effective tree planting and creative landscape and design, you can ‘insulate’ your home from roadways an other properties,” Mr Keath said.2. Potential for capital growth — larger blocks of land appreciate more over the longer term because of their scarcity. “It is simple economics that anything rare is worth more,” Mr Keath said.3. Better landscaping — larger frontages give way to more creativity in your landscaping, leading to better street appeal. “A great garden, some nice trees and creative design of the facade of a home on a big block, not only lifts the value of your property, but when every home in the street and neighbourhood does the same it lifts the look, feel and value of the whole estate.”4. Build how you want, and expand as you grow — if money is an issue then with a big block you can start out by building your basic home and then expand as you go.5. Explore your costs upfront — with plenty of room to move you can easily build your home on a large lot to take advantage of the sun, allow for shade, strategically plant trees and capture breezes. Mr Keath said to explore your costs upfront by making sure your design would capture these cost savings.Waterlea will eventually have 1500 lots, a primary school and a range of shopping options and amenities.With a projected population of 4,500 residents, eight neighbourhood villages are planned and will be connected by parks, hiking and bike trails. Large blocks are the way to make money with Waterlea Walloon one of the few estates offering an average size block of 738sq m.BIG blocks are in demand as families realise there are not only lifestyle gains to be made but also financial gold.According to Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath the site you choose is not just a lifestyle investment, but also financial.“One of the biggest factors in determining how much value you can extract from your land is the size,” Mr Keath said.“With prices continually rising in south east Queensland we have seen the average size of blocks decrease, making larger blocks, those greater than 600sq m, increasingly rare.”Waterlea at Walloon has average block sizes of 738sq m with prices starting from $161,000, this compares to nearby estates with average lot sizes of 547sq m or larger masterplanned communities with average sizes of 400sq m.Hayman Homes has recently started construction on the first home in the estate, with Waterlea located just west of Ipswich’s CBD.last_img read more


Ft. Pierce Police Officer Resigns for Punching Man, Second Officer Arrested

first_imgPolice arrested him on felony charges of battery and official misconduct, and a misdemeanor charge of writing a false report to a law enforcement officer of an alleged crime, according to jail records.He posted bond on Thursday night.“I want the public to understand that we addressed this immediately. We took immediate action because we want them to know that everyone will be treated with dignity and respect,” Hobley-Burney said.In addition, 27-year-old Officer Monica Frederic faces a charge of filing a false report of the commission of a crime. She has been on unpaid leave since March and is also facing a termination hearing.Both officers turned themselves in on Thursday, the FDLE said. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.Eckrode was named Fort Pierce Police officer of the month in July of 2016, the year he joined the department.Frederic has been with the police department for a year.A third officer who was at the hospital during the incident did not take part in the battery or contribute to the falsified police report. He will not face criminal charges, but may face disciplinary action. Courtesy: City of Fort Pierce/WPEC A police officer resigned from the Fort Pierce Police Department late last week, after being caught on camera punching and slapping a suspect at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.The incident took place on February 20.“It is a sad state of affairs that I am before you today,” Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney said.Chief Hobley-Burney added that police officers and crews with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue found the 38-year-old man unconscious and intoxicated on Okeechobee Road.Officers took him to the hospital for an evaluation, where the man apparently continued to be combative and made threats, as well as using racial slurs, to Officer Monica Frederic, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).Hobley-Burney explained that 31-year-old Officer Albert Eckrode punched and slapped the suspect, who was not in handcuffs, at that point.The suspect ended up with an injury to his upper lip that required stitches.“Things that you saw on the video is not tolerated and we will not allow anyone that wears the badge of this department to do such actions to any citizen,” the police chief said.Eckrode, who is a K9 handler with the department, was placed on leave the day of the incident and faced termination. However, he decided to resign instead.“This was a criminal act. This type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Hobley-Burney explained.She added that the FDLE determined Eckrode broke the law.last_img read more


Reports: Lakers start making offers for Anthony Davis to cool reception from Pelicans

first_imgThere’s been intrigue between the Lakers and Davis for several months, which picked up dramatically after James said in December that it would be “amazing” to play with Davis. The two players also share an agent, Klutch Sports power broker Rich Paul.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Lakers appear to be willing to risk it all for a shot at Anthony Davis.A number of media reports have fleshed out the structure of negotiations between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans as the clock ticks down toward the Feb. 7 trade deadline.A report from the L.A. Times indicates the Lakers’ front office is prepared to trade their young core, either in select pieces or as a whole: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac plus a combination of draft picks. According to the report, team president Magic Johnson laid out several options for potential trades to the Pelicans, who learned Monday that Davis wished to be dealt.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.And yet indications are the discussions have so far been relatively one-sided. ESPN reported Thursday that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps has been in phone contact with the Lakers, but that no substantive talks had taken place. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s a critical time for the Lakers, who might have their best shot at pairing the five-time All-Star with LeBron James before the trade deadline passes. There’s plenty of motivation for them to hammer out a deal, with multiple teams expected to bid on the 6-foot-10 big man this summer.Davis is one of the best two-way players in the NBA: He’s averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assist and 2.6 blocked shots per game, which no other NBA player has done over a full season other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Davis is the rare star early in his prime who has come available via trade, and the Lakers are determined to repeat history.And yet time is on the Pelicans’ side. While Davis is sitting out with a finger injury, he indicated to New Orleans, the only pro team he’s ever played for, that he expects to play out the rest of the season. A wrinkle in the Collective Bargaining Agreement has so far prevented the Boston Celtics, seen as the other major suitor for Davis, from making a competitive bid: The Celtics cannot trade for Davis while Kyrie Irving is still on his Designated Rookie Extension, which runs through this summer.RELATED: See the Anthony Davis trade FAQThe Celtics, who are similarly loaded with young talented players, as well as a bevy of draft picks, hope to pair Davis with Irving to solidify a championship-contending core of their own. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more