Syracuse University Magazine

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Alums Get Grammys

Two Syracuse alumni collected 2015 Grammy Awards. Tom MacDougall ’92, executive vice president, music, at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was among the compilation producers behind Frozen, which was recognized with the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.  The Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album went to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which featured Jessie Mueller ’05 as principal soloist.

Deans Appointed

Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy G’77, G’88 announced the appointment of Karin Ruhlandt as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Joanna Masingila as dean of the School of Education.

Ruhlandt, who joined the Syracuse chemistry department faculty in 1993, had served as the college’s interim dean since July 2014 and was appointed dean in January. In 2009, Ruhlandt was named chair of the chemistry department and honored as a Distinguished Professor, one of the University’s highest honors for faculty.

Masingila joined the Syracuse faculty in 1992 as a professor of mathematics and mathematics education and served as chair of the School of Education's Teaching and Leadership Programs. She held a dual appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, where she had chaired the Department of Science Teaching. Masingila had served as the School of Education's interim dean since February 2014.

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The National Science Foundation honored four SU faculty members with Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards: biomedical and chemical engineering professors Jesse Bond and Shikha Nangia, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Shalabh Maroo, and Earth sciences professor Christopher Junium. Bond, Nangia, and Maroo will each receive $500,000 grants over a five-year period, and Junium will receive $524,000.

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J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for veterans and military affairs, was appointed to the MyVA Advisory Committee by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Professor David Rezak, director of the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, was honored as Variety’s 2015 Media Mentor of the Year.

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Physics professor M. Lisa Manning received a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award carries a $75,000 prize.

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Steve Hoover, a part-time information management graduate student in the School of Information Studies and a senior assistant librarian at SU’s Bird Library Learning Commons, placed among the top five finishers in IBM’s 2014 Master the Mainframe competition, which challenged the coding and technology skills of more than 4,000 participants.

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Earth sciences professor Don Siegel, author of From Lok-shen to Lo Mein: The Jewish Love Affair with Chinese Food (Gefen Publishing House, 2005), appears in the documentary film The Search for General Tso, which traces the history of the ubiquitous Chinese American dish.

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Newhouse film professor Richard Breyer and alumnus Anand Kamalakar ’95 were honored with an Award of Distinction for the documentary film Garwin: Witness to History as part of the 2014 Global Film Awards’ Humanitarian Award competition. They co-directed the documentary about scientist Richard Garwin, who helped design the first successful hydrogen bomb.