Beatriz Pastor, professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of comparative literature, has been awarded the Distinguished Professorship Cátedra Alfonso Reyes, which includes an invitation to lecture this spring at the Instituto Tecnológico of Monterrey, a private university in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The honor is extended to outstanding academics and intellectuals, chosen by a board of international scholars. In her letter of appointment, the board stated that Pastor was selected for her global reputation and that her presence and “broad experience and academic prestige” would enrich the life of the institution. As the holder of the professorship, Pastor will deliver a series of lectures on the subject of Utopia in the Americas, culminating with a multimedia presentation for the general public. The lecture series and presentation will be documented and subsequently published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica, a Mexican publishing house. Individuals who have held the title of Cátedra Alfonso Reyes in the past include Portuguese Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater, Mexican journalist Carlos Monsivais, and the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón.
The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) recently announced that Holly Sateia, dean of student life and senior associate dean of the College, has been elected to the ACUI national Board of Trustees. She will take office at the ACUI national conference in March. The ACUI is an organization of more than 3,200 higher-education professionals from more than 600 institutions. In spring 2007, Sateia was honored by the ACUI with the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award, given in recognition of her commitment to multicultural education. Sateia first came to Dartmouth in 1974 as assistant to the director of admissions. Recently she has taken on a new assignment as the interim vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity in which she oversees the College’s work regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action, child-care initiatives, and diversity and equity-related training and educational programs.
Professor of Engineering Stephen Taylor has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. The award recognizes Taylor for distinguished public service as a program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office and Strategic Technology Office from January 2004 through January 2008. The citation reads: “Dr. Taylor created significantly increased capabilities for the Department of Defense and the nation. Dr. Taylor developed a substantial portfolio of programs that produced scientific breakthroughs in areas previously thought to be resolved or unsolvable. His commitment and drive to accomplishing program goals resulted in the creation of new partnerships among the scientific, military, and intelligence communities. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Taylor reflect great credit upon himself, DARPA, and the Department of Defense.”
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Last Updated: 12/17/08