Distributed May 25, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Faculty, trustee and students to receive Commencement honors
Faculty members, a former University chancellor, graduate students and undergraduate students have been selected to receive special honors during Commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 28, 2001.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The following honors will be among those presented during Brown University’s 233rd Commencement exercises Monday, May 28, 2001.
Barrett Hazeltine Citations
For the last 27 years, Brown’s graduating seniors have chosen members of the faculty or administration to receive these citations as an expression of their respect and appreciation for the support, guidance and teaching they received. Originally called Senior Citations, the awards were renamed the Barrett Hazeltine Citations in 1985 in tribute to the engineering professor who received the honor 13 times from graduating classes. The Class of 2001 has selected:
Harold Ward, the Lindemann Professor of Environmental Studies and
professor of chemistry. Founder and director of the University’s Center
for Environmental Studies, Ward is considered a passionate advocate for a clean
and healthy environment, as well as one of the area’s leading experts on
the chemistry of pollution and pollution laws. His citation reads, in
James Morone, professor of political science. More than 400 students
take his course on city politics each year, flocking to his classes for his
“stunningly manic lectures and wealth of personal anecdotes that make
theory come alive,” with lessons from Tammany Hall to modern-day
Providence. Students credit him with providing them with “intellectual
skills [that] will serve us well all our lives, no matter where we live and
vote.” His citation reads, in part:
Brown Medical School Senior Citation
Edward Feller, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at the Miriam Hospital, will for the second time receive the most prestigious award presented during the Medical School Convocation. The school’s graduating class chose Feller to receive the Medical Senior Citation, writing, “As our mentor in the truest sense, you have created an unending legacy of inspired students who will continue to pass down the tradition of compassionate medicine.”
Feller was previously honored during the 1999 Medical School commencement.
This award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Graduate School, will be presented to University Trustee and former Chancellor Artemis Joukowsky ’55 in gratitude for his “hard work and magnificent generosity on behalf of graduate education at Brown.” The award was named for the recipients of the first two doctoral degrees given by Brown in 1889.
Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award
This award recognizes doctoral students for the outstanding research work presented in their dissertations. Finalists were nominated by academic departments, and winners were selected by faculty members of the University Research Council. The following students will each receive a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate:
Several students were also selected for honorable mention in this category, including William Gilders, religious studies; Marie-Chantal Killeen, French studies; David Landsberger, psychology; Daphnée Rentfrow, comparative literature; Brian Roark, cognitive and linguistic sciences; Ji Shi, applied mathematics; and Adriana Zavala, history of art and architecture.
President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Four of approximately 500 graduate students who serve as teaching assistants have been chosen by a faculty committee to be honored for excellence in teaching. They will each be presented with a $2,500 honorarium during the Graduate School Commencement ceremony at 9:15 a.m. at Lincoln Field. The recipients are: