Category: Alumni

  • Brandeis named a top 10 school for an economics degreeDec. 12, 2014

    College Factual has ranked Brandeis as one of the top 10 schools to earn an economics degree in the United States.

  • World of Work helps open doors for ambitious undergradsDec. 8, 2014

    The Hiatt Career Center program awards stipends for Brandeis students performing unpaid internships. For some students, it allows for opportunities that wouldn't have been possible.

  • Alumnus paints fencing room muralsDec. 2, 2014

    Former Judges fencer Chris Spencer ’94 has painted two murals in the fencing room, one of university namesake Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis holding a saber. The other is of three fencers, each representing one of the sport’s disciplines — foil, epee and saber.

  • Enter Jesse Appell ’12: comedian and global Internet sensationNov. 14, 2014

    Fulbright Scholarship to study Chinese comedy leads Brandeis alumnus to use humor to connect people and nations.

  • Society for Neuroscience honors Eve Marder ’69 and Timothy O’LearyNov. 11, 2014

    Eve Marder ’69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, and Timothy O’Leary, a postdoctoral fellow in the Marder lab, will be honored this weekend at Neuroscience2014, the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference.

  • Alumnus donates historical snapshots to university archivesNov. 5, 2014

    Richard Borkow '63 donated images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt and others while they were visiting Brandeis to the university archives.

  • Brandeis to NASA: Developing tech to boldly go where no tech has gone beforeOct. 29, 2014

    Valerie Scott ’05, an inorganic chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designs small technologies for space and planetary exploration.

  • Lydian String Quartet set to open season, joined by new violistOct. 27, 2014

    The Lydian String Quartet opens its 2014-15 season Nov. 8 with a show featuring compositions by Franz Joseph Haydn, Phillip Glass and Elliott Carter.

  • Marty Krauss appointed Heller School's interim deanOct. 23, 2014

    President Frederick M. Lawrence and Provost-elect Lisa M. Lynch have named Marty Krauss PhD '81, a renowned expert in intellectual disabilities, as interim dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

  • Alumni and students show Judges pride at homecomingOct. 21, 2014

    As Brandeis celebrated its annual Athletic Homecoming, hundreds of former student-athletes reconnected with campus and the current crop of Judges.

  • Campus ramping up for Homecoming, Fall Fest Oct. 14, 2014

    The Brandeis campus will be abuzz with visitors and activities the next two weekends, starting with Homecoming, Oct. 17-19, and followed by Fall Fest, Oct. 23-27.

  • Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program celebrates incoming classOct. 3, 2014

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hosted a reception at his home to recognize students who have been admitted to Brandeis through the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program.

  • President Lawrence addresses the state of the university at staff town hallSept. 18, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence updated staff members about the state of the university at his annual town hall meeting in Levin Ballroom.

  • Robert Reich awarded the first Heller School Dean's MedalSept. 15, 2014

    The former Secretary of Labor and Brandeis professor was given the medal in a ceremony held as part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management's 55th anniversary.

  • Guiding light: 'Light of Reason' illuminated, Rose opening celebratedSept. 11, 2014

    The Brandeis community gathered outside the Rose Art Museum to celebrate Chris Burden's new installation, "Light of Reason," and the Rose's fall opening.

  • Beyond her 300th win, Dallamora is a players' coachSept. 10, 2014

    Women's soccer head coach Denise Dallamora has been a game changer both on and off the field for her players.

  • Celebrate new 'Light of Reason'Sept. 2, 2014

    The Rose Art Museum is celebrating its fall opening with a free concert, food trucks, and the official lighting of 'Light of Reason,' an installation by Chris Burden.

  • Epstein ’96: Ebola outbreak a 'call to arms' for disease preventionAug. 14, 2014

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could have been prevented through education and research, says Jonathan Epstein '96, a veterinarian and epidemiologist.

  • Former students, colleagues celebrate Art Wingfield July 24, 2014

    Nearly 100 colleagues, former students and friends gathered on campus to celebrate long-time professor Arthur Wingfield's storied career.

  • Alums, founders of, serve as inspiration for studentsJuly 23, 2014

    Endri Tolka '03 and Taher Baderkhan '03 spoke with students about starting their company and showed off what they have in development — college tours with Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

  • The poet’s poetJuly 8, 2014

    BrandeisNow asked a few of Allen Grossman's former students, now accomplished writers in their own right, to share their recollections of the man known as the poet’s poet.

  • Brandeis Magazine: Love is all aroundJuly 1, 2014

    Love is a crazy little thing. An itching in your heart. All you need. The Summer issue of Brandeis Magazine, available online now, examines the emotion in its many guises and through a variety of lenses.

  • Allen Grossman PhD’60, poet and professor, dies at 82June 30, 2014

    Grossman was a charismatic and influential teacher at Brandeis for more than three decades, a mentor to poets and scholars and the author of many reflections on poetics and the philosophy of poetry.

  • Alumni reconnect with campus and classmatesJune 11, 2014

    Brandeis was awash in sunshine and smiling faces as more than 1,200 alumni and their guests celebrated Reunion 2014.
 Highlights included an expanded Fire & ’Deis Gala, presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards, Alumni College, and a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, 'Anita: Speaking Truth to Power,' featuring Professor Anita Hill.

  • Rose, Tel Aviv Museum of Art promote Israeli video artMay 30, 2014

    Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art announced an initiative to support the work of emerging Israeli video artists who have demonstrated considerable promise but have not been the subject of a solo museum exhibition.

  • Class of 2014 celebrates, ready for new challengesMay 21, 2014

    More than 7,000 friends, family members, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate with the graduates participating in Brandeis' 63rd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18.

  • Brandeis honors alumni for professional achievementsMay 20, 2014

    Brandeis will bestow its Alumni Achievement Award to three alumni who have made distinguished contributions to their professions. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 7 during Reunion 2014 and are the highest Brandeis honor for its alumni.

  • Grads: ‘leave the country better than you found it’May 18, 2014

    More than 7,000 celebrated the academic achievements of their loved ones and friends during Brandeis' 63 commencement ceremony on May 18.

  • Rachel Emily Benjamin '14 sings the national anthemMay 18, 2014
  • Geoffrey Canada's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Excited. Anxious. Nervous. Proud.May 18, 2014

    Parents bask in pride as Brandeis’ newest alumni take a backward glance, reflecting on the college experience and the surreal reality of leaving it as they embrace the future.

  • Heller graduates reminded to ‘pull together’May 18, 2014

    Graduates of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management gathered in Spingold Theater on Sunday morning for a diploma ceremony recognizing Master of Business Administration, Sustainable International Development, Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy in Coexistence and Conflict and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy recipients.

  • Advice at Rabb ceremony: 'geek out'May 18, 2014

    In Sunday's kickoff diploma ceremony, the Division of Graduate Professional Studies at the Rabb School of Continuing Studies conferred nearly 100 graduate degrees and certificates on a diverse group of professionals from across the country and around the world.

  • Eugene Kogan's graduate student addressMay 18, 2014
  • Ariana Boltax's undergraduate addressMay 18, 2014
  • President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Brandeisians earn Fulbrights, Goldwater, Gates CambridgeMay 13, 2014

    Nine current students and recent graduates of Brandeis have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Most will continue their studies overseas, including in England, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan, and Thailand.

  • Violist joins Lydian String Quartet, BrandeisMay 13, 2014

    Mark Berger, an acclaimed violist and composer, has been appointed to the Lydian String Quartet and the Brandeis music department faculty. Formed in 1980, the ensemble has inspired critical acclaim worldwide.

  • Luis Yglesias, longtime faculty member, diesMay 8, 2014

    Luis Yglesias, associate professor emeritus of Spanish and comparative literature and a Brandeis faculty member for 42 years, died at the age of 78. He is remembered for his love of teaching, storytelling, poetry, and the lifelong friendships he formed with faculty and students. He also was known for his passion for working the land on his New Hampshire homestead, including a football field-sized garden.

  • President Obama recognizes Brandeis alumna May 2, 2014

    President Barack Obama gave Brandeis alumna Kelsey Grab ’12 a shout-out during a recent address in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Obama spoke about Grab’s experiences as an English teaching assistant with the Fulbright Program to highlight the growing relationship between the people of Malaysia and the United States.

  • Festival goers find themselves in art of all typesApril 29, 2014

    The 62nd Annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts showcased a range of artistic forms and styles, from concerts to plays, art exhibitions to modern dance, video art to public sculpture, and featured the work of national, local, student, faculty, and alumni artists and performers.

  • Brandeis staff and faculty are running for goodApril 17, 2014

    Several members of the Brandeis community will be running in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21. A few of them shared their thoughts with BrandeisNow about their motivation for being part of this year’s marathon.

  • Student entrepreneurs innovate at 3 Day Startup April 15, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School recently hosted its third annual 3 Day Startup, a program that encourages graduate and undergraduate students to brainstorm, develop and pitch business startup plans in just 55 hours.

  • Hessan encourages global perspective, collaborationApril 7, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School honored Communispace Chairman Diane Hessan with the 2014 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship and Gigaom CEO Paul Walborsky ’88, MA ’89, with the Asper Alumni Entrepreneurship Award on April 3.

  • 'Deis Day rocks campusApril 7, 2014

    Former, current and prospective students came together to enjoy a day of comedy, music and campus pride at Brandeis' annual 'Deis Day, sponsored by the Brandeis Student Union.

  • Israeli Parliament members visit BrandeisApril 7, 2014

    Six members of the Israeli Knesset met with Brandeis leaders, faculty members and alumni as part of the Ruderman Fellows Program, an initiative of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with Brandeis, to create and strengthen connections between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.

  • Equity and opportunity is the key to US economic growthApril 1, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University, says embracing the national demographic shift and creating a more inclusive society will hasten the recovery of the U.S. economy.

  • Musicians rock at audiovisual integration April 1, 2014

    Avi Aizenman ’13 asks, are musicians better at connecting sound and sight than non-musicians? She presented her thesis at the 2013 meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, and is now submitting her findings to a scientific journal. If the paper gets accepted, it will be her third published paper in two years.

  • Art of all styles, sounds and forms coming to campusMarch 31, 2014

    The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts will take place on April 24–27 and feature nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists, including Livingston Taylor and the Hungry March Band, along with music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, alumni, and faculty.

  • Leslie Lamport, MA'63, PhD'72, wins the ‘Nobel of Computing’March 19, 2014

    The Association for Computing Machinery named Leslie Lamport, MA'71, PhD'72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the 'Nobel of Computing.' Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received his MA and PhD from Brandeis University in mathematics.

  • Renowned vision scientist to receive Pepose AwardMarch 7, 2014

    Richard Masland to be recognized with the Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences for his pioneering studies of the retina, which may translate into a better understanding and treatment of glaucoma and inherited retinal disorders.

  • Brandeis Magazine: The Winter issue is hereFeb. 18, 2014

    Deciphering digital natives, unmasking Pius XI and Mussolini, reclaiming the victims of modern slavery: It's all in the Winter issue of Brandeis Magazine, which is now available in print and online.

  • Assistance for Mangok BolFeb. 16, 2014

    The Brandeis community is helping Mangok Bol, MS ’13, who is traveling to South Sudan to assist in the search for his three nieces and a nephews, aged 2 through 8, who were abducted in a raid in which their parents were killed.

  • Blackwell named Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Feb. 6, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, a national advocate for promoting economic and social equity for low-income people and communities of color, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis.

  • Students’ interest in fashion results in national scholarships and career opportunities Feb. 5, 2014

    In what is becoming an annual tradition, two Brandeis students were awarded $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. This is the fourth consecutive year that Brandeis students have earned the national honor.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
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