It’s been a banner year for the Department of Mathematics and its faculty and graduate students. The department shared some impressive year-end highlights with us.Professor Joseph Harris, Ph.D. ’78, was among 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May 3. An honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, The National Academy of Sciences has just over 2,100 active members. Harris was also elected to the Harvard Faculty Council. Chaired by the dean of the faculty, the council consists of 18 elected members of the faculty.Professor Benedict Gross, Ph.D. ’78, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics, was named Harvard College Professor. Also this year, Gross and his Ph.D. student, Pei-Yu Tsai, received the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize. The award is given annually by the Undergraduate Council to one senior faculty member, one junior faculty member, and one graduate student to celebrate exceptional teaching of undergraduates at Harvard.Ph.D. student Jack Huizenga received the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. Given each year to five teaching fellows, the award includes a $1,000 prize from a gift given by David G. Nathan ’51, M.D. ’55, the Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and his wife, Jean Louise Friedman Nathan.The Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence was awarded to junior faculty members Jameel Al-Adroos, Juliana Belding, Janet Chen, and Paul Bourgade. Using Q evaluation data gathered by the Registrar’s Office, the certificate — awarded by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning — recognizes lecturers and preceptors who achieve an overall rating of 4.5 or above, on a five-point scale, for courses taught in FAS during the fall semester of 2010. Using the same scale, the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching was awarded to Ph.D. students Nathan Kaplan, Xiaoheng (Jerry) Wang, and Yu-Shen Lin.
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Ohtani said he threw at 100 percent of a normal bullpen session, including throwing split-finger fastballs for the first time in his rehab. He called it “another step in the right direction.”It’s unclear exactly what’s next for Ohtani, who is rehabbing a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, but he’ll soon need to face hitters in some kind of simulated game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels have said Ohtani will not pitch in the minors on his way back, because then they’d lose his bat for the major league games. He can build up his pitch count in simulated games.Also, if Ohtani returns in September, he could pitch in games even with a limited pitch count because they’d have the depth of expanded rosters to back him up in the bullpen.RIVERA IN, BRICEÑO OUTCatcher José Briceño was optioned on Wednesday to make room for René Rivera, who was activated after missing nearly three months rehabbing from knee surgery. SAN DIEGO — Shohei Ohtani commuted from San Diego to Anaheim and back on Wednesday, allowing him to throw his bullpen session at Angel Stadium instead of Petco Park before returning to be available to hit in the game.Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels had access to more precise data on his throwing session at home than from the bullpen in San Diego. Scioscia said Ohtani threw at near maximum effort.“He aired it out,” Scioscia said. “Everything looks good.”Ohtani threw 35 pitches in the bullpen to warm up and then he threw 15 pitches and 18 pitches on the game mound, taking a break in between to simulate multiple innings. He had hitters stand in, but not swing, just for the perspective. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels rookie catching duo of Briceño and Francisco Arcia had performed well in the three weeks since Martín Maldonado was traded, but Scioscia said Briceño still had some things to work on in the minors.“José definitely needs to work on a couple things on the offensive and defensive end,” Scioscia said. “This gives him a chance to do that. It’s tough to continue to work on things at the major league level. Frankie (Arcia) is playing at a real high level.”Scioscia said the Angels were eager to get Rivera back because of his work with the pitchers.“His experience will help, not only with the game plan but adjustments between innings,” Scioscia said. “He does a really good job with the pitchers. Not that the other guys weren’t. The other guys were doing a terrific job. I think René will be a settling effect for these guys, for sure.”ALSOOdrisamer Despaigne is expected to join the team in Texas, and Scioscia said “there’s a probability he’s going to start sometime in Texas.” It will not be Thursday, a game the Angels plan to use a corps of relievers. Despaigne, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, can throw 75 to 80 pitches, Scioscia said. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) has thrown an “up-down” bullpen session, Scioscia said Wednesday. Shoemaker is working toward a return to the Angels, sometime in the next few weeks. …The Angels designated reliever Akeel Morris for assignment, which opened a 40-man roster spot for Rivera to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Taylor Cole, 0-2, 2.95) at Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado, 2-2, 5.66), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros
AUBREY BRUCE“I’m up on the tight wire, one side’s ice and one is fire. It’s a circus game with you and me. I’m up on the tight rope, one side’s hate and one is hope. But the top hat on my head is all you see. And the wire seems to be the only place for me. A comedy of errors and I’m falling. Like a rubber neck giraffe, you look into my past. Well, baby, you’re just too blind to see.” (Tight Rope lyrics by Leon Russell)A couple of weeks ago I made plans to attend and cover the Pitt, Notre Dame basketball game at South Bend, Indiana. Just prior to the day I was about to head to South Bend I had a pregame chat with the NPC’s Stephan Broadus, (a native of St. Louis) about the doomsday weather scenario; I “punked” out and decided not to join my photographer at the Purcell Pavilion. Pitt won a nail biter 85-81 in overtime. Obviously “touchdown Jesus” must have been on sabbatical because the chanting home congregation of more than 9,000 faithful could not insure a victory for the Fighting Irish.The “trees” that Pitt planted in the “paint” gave the Panthers opportunity after opportunity and multiple chances to score inside the painted area out rebounding the Irish 38-22 inside the painted area also outscoring them 42-18 in the “red zone.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Chamber of CommerceLeadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are pleased to recognize members of the Class of 2017. Sponsored by TAGS Awards & Specialties, the graduation program is on June 14 during the monthly Thurston County Chamber Forum.During the 10-month program, participants met with local, community, and statewide leaders; learned about issues surrounding South Sound communities; expanded networks and resources; and explored numerous opportunities to get involved. Topics ranged from economic development and government to environmental issues, education, and health care. Field trips included visits to local businesses, schools and universities, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.Many thanks to Graduation Sponsor TAGS Awards & Specialties, all the employers who sponsored participants, local leaders who contributed to the monthly sessions, LTC Sustaining Trustees and Board of Regents, and the Thurston County Chamber for all their outstanding support during the past LTC year!In addition, thank you to our Forum sponsors, Schramm Marketing, Capital Mall, and Wolf Haven International.Leadership Thurston County Graduating class 2017. Photo courtesy: Thurston County ChamberThe 2017 LTC Graduates are:Bill BakerJustin BoyesJon BreinJennifer CarterCorinne DaffernMatthew DeBordJim DowningDonna FeddernDave ForsbergKari FyeCharlie GrothTraci HansenPamela Hartman BeyerTalia HastieCari HornbeinRachael JamisonJon KalarAshley LabradorAnne LarsenJosh MetcalfNick MilnerAlyssa NastasiErica OlsenKen PekolaLee PetersonDavid RossSierra RoundyColleen RustApril SleeShauna StewartJoanne StimacMeghan Sullivan GoldenbergerJacob WilliamsFor further information, please call Alisha Blain, program coordinator, at 360-357-8515 or email [email protected] Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please visit the Leadership Thurston County’s website.