News Briefs for April 26, 2012

Susan Barry Receives NORA Award

MHC biology professor Susan Barry gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) on April 21. Barry also received NORA's Advancement of Science award, which is presented to the individual, group, agency, or organization that has provided a unique and valued contribution to the science of neuro-optometric rehabilitation.

Barry is the author of the autobiographical Fixing My Gaze: A Scientific Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions. NORA is an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families

Geary Schneider Honored by Ursinus College

Carol Geary Schneider '67, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a past trustee of Mount Holyoke, will give the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of letters at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania on May 11. In 2005, Schneider initiated Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a campus action and public advocacy campaign designed to engage students and the public with what matters in college. Through the LEAP campaign, AAC&U champions the value of a liberal education.

Shawcross Awarded New Directions Fellowship

Teresa Shawcross, Five College Assistant Professor of History, has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This $200,000 award will provide support for her to learn Classical Arabic, which will further her research on the origins and implications of the Crusades in the Mediterranean. Shawcross’s research, which examines a possible alliance between the Muslims and Christians on the eve of the first Crusades, could reshape the modern-day understanding of that pivotal moment in history.

Bonde Completes Opus

Music professor emeritus Allen Bonde, a composer and pianist, recently completed A Thousand And One Interludes, an extensive, multiyear project to compose a one-page piano interlude every day for 1,001 days. Bonde began the massive undertaking after retiring from Mount Holyoke in May 2009. He blogged about the experience for Parma Recordings.