In Brief: May-June 2010

  • Seth Gardner '89, J.D. '94, M.B.A. '94 has been appointed executive director of the new Center for Financial Excellence at the Fuqua School of Business. The courses and programs offered through the center will focus on core financial concepts and real-world applications, while incorporating critical lessons learned from the financial crisis.
  • Kristina Johnson, U.S. undersecretary of energy and former dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, received the Women of Vision Award in leadership from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. The institute provides resources and programs to help businesses, universities, and the government recruit, retain, and develop female leaders in high-tech fields.
  • Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of conservation ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment, received the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The $200,000 prize is one of the world's premier awards for environmental science, environmental health, and energy.
  • The board of trustees approved a new eighteen-month master of engineering, or M.Eng., degree designed to be a practice-oriented professional degree. Classes will include the study of core business fundamentals and principles of leadership and management, and students will be expected to do an internship, project, or equivalent undertaking that enhances their understanding of business, nonprofit, or governmental organizations. The program will begin this fall.

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