In June, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Debra Granik received the Career Spotlight Award from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Brattle Theatre. To honor her, over the course of three days the Brattle screened her films “Down to the Bone” (2004), “Winter’s Bone” (2010), “Stray Dog” (2014) and “Leave No Trace” (2018). Earlier in the year, Debra was given the Bonnie Award, which recognizes a midcareer female director, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. During this spring’s Alumni Weekend at Brandeis, she received an Alumni Achievement Award. Amy Mager, P’21, vice chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists and chair of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts, is working to pass Massachusetts legislation mandating that insurance plans cover acupuncture for the treatment of pain. She reports she and husband Dan Garfield ’84, P’21, are happy son Eitan ’21 is back in the U.S. after spending time in London. Adam Pack chairs the psychology department, and holds a joint appointment in psychology and biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He co-founded the Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems bioacoustics laboratory and the Dolphin Institute, dedicated to the study and conservation of cetaceans. Samuel Ramer has left the White House, where he was senior associate counsel to the president. He is now a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C.


A line of people pose in front of an ancient castle in Japan

A CASTLE IN THE SKY: Fine arts professor Aida Wong introduced a Brandeis Travelers group to the treasures of Japan’s Inland Sea.

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