A distinctive honor Marks of distinction Given the distractions of mobile technology and the internet, it can be a challenge to keep a student’s attention in the classroom these days.Thankfully, the Lecture Demonstration Services team is here to help. Sixty-five FAS staff honored by dean Related Sixty-one Dean’s Distinction awards presented The three-person team is responsible for more than 400 demonstrations that have enriched the classroom experience for students, working on everything from a vacuum cannon capable of firing pingpong balls through aluminum cans to a series of four lenses that can bend light around objects like an optical “cloaking device.”Their efforts — along with the work of dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members — were honored last week as part of the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“You have successfully spearheaded one of the most popular programs at Harvard College, providing students and faculty the opportunity to connect outside the classroom,” Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith told the honorees during the ceremony. “You curated an exceptional exhibition to celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary… that highlighted the ways Harvard’s incredible collections have shaped the intellectual lives of our faculty and students, and thoughtfully organized new programming in our libraries and labs. You are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. And I am grateful to be able to acknowledge your superlative work. You make Harvard better. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”,Launched by Smith in 2010, the Dean’s Distinction Awards are a way for FAS administrators to honor the important work and recognize the talents of FAS staff.In all, 61 employees spanning 15 divisions with service ranging from one to 48 years were recognized at this year’s ceremony. In addition to FAS staff, honorees included staff from Alumni Affairs and Development and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.In addition to the Lecture Demonstration Services team, three other teams were honored for their work:The Classroom to Table (C2T) team was recognized for facilitating nearly 1,000 gatherings between students and faculty, each of which required individual follow-through. Launched in 2015 as a pilot program and designed to give students and faculty the chance to meet outside the classroom, the program has grown exponentially since then.The Center for African Studies team this year realized a major milestone for Harvard with the opening of an office in Johannesburg — the University’s first cross-disciplinary area-studies center in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening was accompanied by several high-profile events, including a panel with prominent entrepreneurs, a roundtable discussion moderated by Harvard Provost Alan Garber, and a screening and discussion of the six-part film series “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.The Pre-College Program Startup and Growth team helped manage a popular program in which high school students had the opportunity to experience an intense residential academic experience. From its start in 2015, the program has grown from 200 to more than 1,500 students.Among the individual winners was Sarah Zeiser, project manager and special assistant to Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, who was recognized for her work to create a guide on the undergraduate experience in the Arts and Humanities and to develop a new website for the division.“To know that my supervisor and colleagues had taken the time to write a nomination in recognition of my work was enormously gratifying,” Zeiser said. “To then receive the award among the many, many hard-working staff members of the FAS was a wonderful acknowledgement of my accomplishments last year, of which I’m very proud.“Harvard can feel like a vast network of programs and departments operating at some distance from each other, so an occasion that recognizes the service we as staff members perform for the University is one of great value,” she added.,For associate registrar for operations Ethel Falaise, who was recognized for her skills as a manager, being nominated by her colleagues was an honor in itself.“It’s always such a heartwarming feeling when you are recognized by your community in such a public manner as the Dean’s Distinction Award,” she said. “I enjoy being a resource for my office and care very much about the work that I do and people whom I work with. Additionally, the fact that this community award is nomination-based made receiving it even sweeter. The idea that someone took the time out of their day to write accolades about me is such a kind and selfless gesture. I’m honored.”Nyasha Borde, coordinator in the Department of Philosophy, was recognized for her proactive work in reaching out to experts in the Finance Office and International Office and her ability to take on a variety of responsibilities in the department.“I was so humbled when I discovered that I was nominated by several faculty and staff members within my department, people for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration,” she said. “I always tell people that I am so lucky to have landed in the Philosophy Department. They have gone out of their way to make me and my family feel like an integral part of their community and have recognized me and my efforts in many small, and not-so-small ways since I joined the department as a temp in 2013. Now to be recognized by the dean as well … it’s hard to find the words to express my gratitude to the FAS, the deans and, most importantly, the Harvard Philosophy community for all of the love they have shown me over the years.”2018 Dean’s Distinction Individual RecipientsAmina Alam, Harvard Museums of Science and CultureSeth Avakian, FAS Office for Faculty Affairs / Graduate School of Arts and SciencesLisa Ball, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAdam Beaver, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and LearningEmery Boose, Harvard ForestNyasha Borde, Department of PhilosophyJames Capobianco, Houghton Library, Harvard College LibraryCarolyn Choong, Department of East Asian Languages and CivilizationsRachael Dane, Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationsJanet Daniels, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesPaul Dwyer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyDavid Evans, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial AidEthel Falaise, FAS Registrar’s OfficeLisa Frazier-Zezze, SEAS Academic ProgramsKatherine Gates, Administrative Operations, Administration and FinanceJessica Gauchel, Department of SociologyMark Gerstel, Department of PsychologySarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia CenterOdile Harter, Widener Library, Harvard College LibraryKara Kelley, FAS DevelopmentJiyoun Jennie Kim, Reischauer Institute of Japanese StudiesAnna Kreslavskaya, Department of MathematicsJohn Langridge, Division of Continuing EducationRebecca Loose, SEAS ComputingMonica Munson, Department of AnthropologyMark Omura, Museum of Comparative ZoologyMonica Oyama, Department of Human Evolutionary BiologyKristin Pennarun, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyChristopher Perry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMonique Rivera, Department of AnthropologyDamari Rosado, Department of Economics (Interim)Michaela Schmull, Harvard University HerbariaLauren Scully, Division of Continuing EducationVictoria Shen, Instructional Media ServicesRebecca Skolnik, Harvard College Writing ProgramKatherine Steele, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeBritta Wierich, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningSarah Zeiser, Office of the Dean of Arts and HumanitiesAdam Zewe, SEAS Communications2018 Dean’s Distinction Team RecipientsClassroom to Table (C2T) TeamLauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationIan Richmond, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationKara-Sue Sweeney, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationCandice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationLecture Demonstration Services TeamAllen Crockett, Science EducationDaniel Davis, Science EducationDaniel Rosenberg, Science EducationCenter for African Studies TeamObenewa Amponsah, Center for African StudiesSusan Cook, Center for African StudiesMaggie Lopes, Center for African StudiesCandace Lowe, Center for African StudiesLerato Motaung, Center for African StudiesNthatisi Quella, Center for African StudiesRosaline Salifu, Center for African StudiesPre-College Program Startup and Growth TeamMegan Baugh, Division of Continuing EducationHeather Codner, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Flood, Division of Continuing EducationBeserat Kelati, Division of Continuing EducationMatthew Muro, Division of Continuing EducationJacqueline Newcomb, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationRe’sheka Tapps, Division of Continuing Education FAS staff acknowledged for their contributions Sixty-three FAS staff named Dean’s Distinction recipients
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to bring the impeachment article against Donald Trump for the Senate trial. But a growing number of Republican senators say they oppose the proceedings against the former president.,That’s a sign of the dimming chances that Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats who are prosecuting the case will walk the charge of “incitement of insurrection” to the Senate on Monday evening.,But GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection. And Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defense.,The trial is set to begin in two weeks.