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Alumni Achievements

David Plante ’00

David Plante ’00 was awarded a Mentored Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) last year. The five-year grant providing salary and research funding will aid Plante in his research on hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness) in major depressive disorder, using high-density electroencephalography. The NIMH grant comes on the heels of three other [...]

Carolyn Black Becker ’90

Carolyn Black Becker ’90, a professor of psychology at Trinity University, was awarded the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for her teaching and advising work at theuniversity. Recipients receive a cash award to pursue research and other areas of professional development. Becker has made long-lasting contributions to Trinity and many other undergraduate institutions [...]

Pamela Haag ’88

Pamela Haag ’88  garnered praise from New York Times columnist David Brooks in his annual Sidney Awards for best magazine essays of the year. Haag’s piece, “Death by Treacle,” which appeared in The American Scholar, explores modern culture’s level of disclosure and expression of sentiment. Combining a Ph.D. in American women’s history from Yale University [...]

Jonathan Alger ’86

Jonathan Alger ’86 became the president of James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va., in July after a comprehensive 11-month search. He is the sixth president in JMU’s 105-year history. Previously, Alger was the senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers University, where he managed all legal affairs and played a major role in [...]

David Clark ’66

David Clark ’66 was awarded the Oxford Internet Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the Internet. Clark, a senior research scientist with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, articulated some of the basic design principles of the Internet—principles that specify how the functions and components of [...]

Kathryn Sonneborn Read ’31

Kathryn Sonneborn Read ’31, a Board Member from 1957 to 1969, died Feb. 16 at 103. The Philadelphia
native had two siblings, the late Doris Sonneborn Lippincott ’35 and John Sonneborn ’41. At Swarthmore, Read founded the women’s tennis team.
In 1941, she married Dr. Hilton Read, a pacifist who volunteered his medical expertise to [...]

Rose Olver ’58

Rose Olver ’58, professor emerita of psychology and women’s and gender studies at Amherst College, recently had her portrait unveiled in Amherst’s Johnson Chapel, which the college considers a high honor. Olver is the first woman and the first faculty member whose portrait will hang in the chapel beside many of Amherst’s former presidents, chairmen [...]