Syracuse University Magazine

Newsmakers

LaToya Ruby FrazierCollege of Visual and Performing Arts alumna LaToya Ruby Frazier G’07, a photographer and video artist, was named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. She was one of 24 fellows awarded a “genius grant”—a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant that recognizes exceptional creativity and transformative work. Frazier was honored for her portraits, still life, landscapes, and performances documenting life in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, an industrial suburb of Pittsburgh once known for its thriving steel mill industry. Her work focuses on the city’s working class, African American community, dealing with the intersection of the steel industry, environmental pollution, and the health care crisis.

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Vice President Joe Biden L’68 spoke at SU in October as part of the It’s On Us national campaign to raise awareness about sexual and relationship violence on college campuses. College of Visual and Performing Arts student Samantha Skaller ’17 is a member of the campaign's national student advisory committee.

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College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Steve Sheinkin ’90 was a National Book Award finalist for the third time in four years. He was nominated in the Young People’s Literature category for Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Roaring Brook Press).

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The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU is partnering with WalMart in its Greenlight A Vet campaign, an 18-month initiative designed to create visible and actionable national support for America’s veterans and their families.

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University Honorary Trustee Robert B. Menschel ’51, H’91 and Richard L. Menschel ’55 were awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in October for their decades of providing significant support and leadership to numerous nonprofit organizations, including SU. The Menschels were among eight recipients of the award, given by the Carnegie Corp. of New York.

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Larry Martin, vice president of program development, is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years of leadership and service to the University. Since 1995, Martin has led the Office of Program Development, which has raised and awarded more than $3.1 million in scholarship aid through the Our Time Has Come Scholarship Fund.

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School of Architecture Dean Michael Speaks was among 11 international jurors chosen to select the winner of a design competition for a new terminal at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.

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The School of Architecture celebrated retiring professor Arthur McDonald and his more than four decades of service to the school with PLAN GAMES: Disciplinary Rules and Circumstantial Plays, an exhibition of built work designed by McDonald.

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Chemistry professor Tara Kahan received a $579,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. She’ll use the grant to study the role of ice as a chemical reactor.

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The National Science Foundation awarded major, three-year grants to mathematics professors Lixin Shen, who received a $183,400 collaborative research grant to study image and signal processing; Loredana Lanzani, $180,000 to examine harmonic analysis and partial differential equations; and Graham Leuschke, $155,000 to investigate representation theory and non-commutative algebraic geometry.

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Art photography professor Doug Dubois shares images of a neighborhood group of teenagers from Cobh, Ireland, in his new book, My Last Day at Seventeen (Aperture). He photographed the teens in daily life over a five-year period.

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The Syracuse University Board of Trustees elected Boston-area architect Patrick J. Ahearn G'73 and ESPN/ABC sportscaster Mike Tirico ’88 as new members at its November meeting.