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Brandeis volleyball's Yvette Cho named second-team All-University Athletic AssociationPosted: Nov. 13, 2017
yvette cho playing volleyballPhoto/Sportspix

Yvette Cho

Brandeis University junior libero Yvette Cho of San Diego, California, has been named a second-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) team member by conference coaches.

Cho leads the Judges in digs with 481, while her 5.06 digs per set rank third in the UAA. She also leads Brandeis with 47 service aces, and ranks second in the UAA with 0.49 service aces per set. Earlier this season she became the 14th player in school history with 1,000 career digs and currently sits sixth on the career list with 1,389. She boasts two seasons in her career with more than 400 digs, one of five Judges to perform that feat, while her 5.06 digs per set is on pace to be a Brandeis single-season record.

Cho has only missed three sets all season long, playing 95 of a possible 98. She has been a key piece of the Judges' 15-14 record and first post-season berth since 2012. Brandeis takes on Brooklyn College (17-14) this evening in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. With a first-round win, Brandeis will clinch its first winning season since 2012.

Cho is the first Brandeis player to earn All-UAA honors of any type since 2012.

Richman/Gittler Corner unveiled in Farber LibraryPosted: Oct. 31, 2017
President Liebowitz opens a ceremony with a ribbon cuttingPhoto/Mike Lovett

From Left: Elizabeth Ferry, Carol Richman Saivetz, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Ron Liebowitz and Matthew Sheehy.

An area in Farber Library has been dedicated to celebrating past winners of the Gittler Prize and Richman Fellowship.

The Richman/Gittler Library Corner features comfortable seating with a view, a bookshelf with a selection of the prizewinners' works, and a touchscreen interactive exhibit with short video clips from the prizewinners' campus talks and interviews, photos from their campus visits, and bios. 

The new area was officially dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 25 with Brandeis President Ronald Liebowitz, Interim University Librarian Matthew Sheehy, Professor Elizabeth Ferry, Carol Richman Saivetz '69 and Gittler Prize winner Kimberlé Crenshaw.

"The Richman Fellowship and Gittler Prize stand as living symbols of Brandeis values and the university's commitment to diversity and positive engagement in public life," Liebowitz said during the ceremony. "We hope that you will come often to this space and review their works and their words, to be intellectually stimulated, to be challenged, and most of all to let their words and ideals inform your thinking and action. That is, to let these change-makers change you."

Saivetz, whose family established the Richman Fellowship with a donation, admired the views of wetlands and foliage from the windows in the corner.

"I love the space," she said. "You couldn't have picked a better spot."

The Richman Fellowship recognizes individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. The Gittler Prize recognizes outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. Both are hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.

The ribbon cutting preceded Crenshaw's Gittler Prize lecture and medal ceremony, which took place in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.

Brandeis celebrates Nobel Prize in printPosted: Oct. 10, 2017
In the New York Times Brandeis University celebrates a Nobel Prize to professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall
In the New York Times and Boston Globe, Brandeis celebrates biology professor Michael Rosbash and Emeritus Professor of Biology Jeffrey Hall winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. With Michael Young of Rockefeller University, Rosbash and Hall won the Nobel Prize for their work on circadian rhythms.
Rosbash, Hall win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Full media coveragePosted: Oct. 6, 2017

Brandeis biology professor Michael Rosbash and emeritus professor of biology Jeffrey Hall won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rockefeller University's Michael Young for their work on circadian rhythms.

'Western society is chronically sleep deprived': the importance of the body's clock (The Guardian), Oct. 6

Another Nobel Prize for the fruit fly (New York Times), Oct. 5

Nobel Prize winners worry about state of science funding (Boston Globe), Oct. 4

Nobel in Physiology, Medicine awarded to three Americans (Chicago Tribune), Oct. 3

Three U.S. scientists win Nobel for discovering biological clock gene (STAT), Oct. 3

The real message of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (New Yorker), Oct. 3

Nobel Prize goes to three Americans for body clock studies (New York Times), Oct. 2

Two Brandeis scientists win Nobel Prize for research on biological clock (WBUR), Oct. 2

Brandeis professors, once 'mocked for research,' win Nobel Prize (Boston Globe), Oct. 2

Nobel Prize is awarded to three Americans for work on circadian rhythms (NPR), Oct. 2

Hall, Rosbash, win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Bloomberg), Oct. 2

Biological researchers win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Forbes), Oct. 2

A Nobel Prize for understanding body clocks (The Economist), Oct. 2

Fruit flies and your insomnia (Wall Street Journal), Oct. 2

U.S. scientists awarded Nobel for body clock work (CNN), Oct. 2

Body clock researchers win Nobel Prize (NBC), Oct. 2

Two Brandeis professors win Nobel Prize in Medicine (Boston Business Journal), Oct. 2

Nobel Prize goes to circadian rhythm researchers (Scientific American), Oct. 2

A Nobel Prize to three who study body's magical clock (Fortune), Oct. 2

Three Americans share Nobel Prize in Medicine (Voice of America), Oct. 2

Three Americans win Nobel Prize for uncovering science of biological clocks (LA Times), Oct. 2

Brandeis community joins as one to "Break the Fast" Posted: Oct. 2, 2017
break the fastPhoto/Simon Chasalow '21

Students sit together and break their fasts on Yom Kippur.

Brandeis students from all backgrounds, faiths and creeds joined one another last Saturday evening to mark the conclusion of Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — by “Breaking the Fast.”

Yom Kippur, a sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar, calls Jews to fast from sunset to sunset and to make amends for their sins. Fasting is not only a sign of observance of the holiday, but also an act that symbolizes self-cleansing.

Hundreds on campus came together underneath a large tent on the Great Lawn to mark the holiday and be with the Jewish community as they broke their fast, feasting on bagels, lox, deviled eggs and — an annual favorite —pizza bagels.

Break the Fast, which was created by Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel to celebrate Jewish life on campus and to build community, is now in its seventh year.

Brandeis hosts training on naloxone usePosted: Sept. 26, 2017
Dr. Dan Muse from Brockton Hospital instructs area coordinators and others in the use of overdose reversal drug naloxone at a training on Spet. 22, 2017.Photo/Mike Lovett

The statistics are sobering: in Middlesex County where Brandeis is located, an average of four or five people a week are dying of opioid-related overdoses – 889 lives lost since 2012.

On Friday Sept. 22, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan sponsored a training in the use of naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, for area coordinators – staff assigned to oversee residence halls at Brandeis. Led by Dr. Dan Muse, an emergency department physician at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, the training covered types of opioids currently in circulation, how to administer naloxone and perform CPR if necessary.  Public Safety officers are being trained in administration of the drug as well, and carried inside campus police cruisers, and the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (better known as BEMCo) has trained its volunteers and carried naloxone in its vehicles since 2012.

In addition to being prepared to treat an emergency, Brandeis offers help for substance use issues. On the research and policy side, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is home to the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, where researchers are studying how to best respond to the opioid crisis, and are assisting state and federal officials in developing policies to combat the epidemic.