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Postdoc wins grant to research Lyme disease treatmentsPosted: May 23, 2017

Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a nonprofit that funds Lyme disease research, gave the Laure Woods Emerging Leader Award to Nakajima, who works in the lab of Professor of Biology James Haber. The award comes with a $100,000 grant to investigate potential treatments to block immune evasion by the bacteria causing Lyme.

The Foundation announced the award at an event called LymeAid 2017 held in Portola Valley, California on May 21. Actor Alec Baldwin was the master of ceremonies. Singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins performed.

"While it is extremely disheartening to see the rise in tick-borne diseases across the U.S., we are encouraged by the involvement of more researchers in trying to solve the mysteries of this disease and growing awareness of the general public," Linda Giampa, executive director of Bay Area Lyme Foundation, said in a press release.

Alert your hometown newspaper about your graduation from BrandeisPosted: May 21, 2017

The Office of Communications invites all students and their families to alert their hometown news media on the accomplishment of their graduation from Brandeis University.

Below is a standardized form you can fill in and send to the editor of your local newspaper to be recognized in your community. Don't forget to attach a photo to your submission.

Congratulations on your many accomplishments.

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Date: [CURRENT DATE]

Contact: [SENDER'S NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS]

[STUDENT NAME], [TOWN/CITY RESIDENT], graduates from Brandeis University

WALTHAM, Mass. - [STUDENT FIRST NAME LAST NAME] of [TOWN/CITY] graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. with a bachelor of [ARTS/SCIENCE] in [MAJOR] at the 66th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

[OPTIONAL INFORMATION TO INCLUDE]

[STUDENT LAST NAME] is earned [IF APPLICABLE, ADD LATIN HONORS OR DEAN'S LIST.]

[HE/SHE] is the [SON/DAUGHTER] of [PARENT(S) NAMES] and a [YEAR OF GRADUATION] graduate of [NAME OF HIGH SCHOOL].

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About Brandeis University:

Brandeis University is a highly competitive private research university with a focus on undergraduate education. Founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community and named for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the university embraces the values of academic excellence, critical thinking, openness to all and a commitment to making the world a better place. Located just west of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis is a member of the Association of American Universities, which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis' distinguished faculty are dedicated to the education and support of 3,600 undergraduates and more than 2,000 graduate students.

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Brandeis undergraduates awarded Davis Projects for Peace GrantPosted: May 17, 2017

A project created by two Brandeis students to provide assistance on matters of citizenship, asylum and immigration has received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant from the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

Created by Jonathan Goldman ’19 and Victoria St. Jean ’19, the Right to Immigration Institute is working towards becoming accredited to provide representation and assistance for asylum seekers in immigration proceedings, in addition to establishing opportunities for people to become trained representatives for asylum seekers. With the Projects for Peace grant, Goldman and St. Jean will create a training program for undergraduate students to become accredited representatives and they will implement a citizenship program for the Waltham Public Schools.

The Davis Projects for Peace grant program was established in 2007 on the occasion of philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis’ 100th birthday. Davis was intent on advancing the cause of peace and sought to motivate tomorrow's promising leaders by challenging them to find ways to “prepare for peace.” The Davis family continues to honor her legacy by funding Projects for Peace. The program seeks proposals that address conflict resolution and reconciliation;

foster understanding; provide opportunity, and help to build community.

A total of 120 projects across the country were awarded grants through the program this year. Each project will be implemented over the summer.

Our Generation Speaks wins innovation awardPosted: May 17, 2017

Our Generation Speaks, an incubator and fellowship program that brings together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders to start sustainable ventures, has been named winner of a 2017 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England.

Founded by Ohad Elhelo '16, MA'17, Our Generation Speaks features a partnership with Brandeis that brings fellows to the Heller School for Social Policy and Management for a 3-month residency. The program also features a partnership with startup accelerator MassChallenge, along with one-on-one coaching for fellows and ongoing support for past fellows and startups established through fellowships.

The innovation awards started with a field of 149 nominees before being narrowed to 50 finalists. Only two not-for-profit organizations - Our Generation Speaks and the Microbiome Health Research Institute, Inc. - were selected for the awards, which were announced at a gala at the Westin Hotel in Waltham on May 11. Past winners of the award include: Staples, Ben & Jerry’s, Brooks Automation, and Kronos, Inc.

Read more about Our Generation Speaks in this profile from Forbes.

Brandeis University and Part-Time Faculty Ratify Contract Posted: May 10, 2017
WALTHAM, MA – Part-time faculty at Brandeis University have ratified a three-year contract with the university, the first since part-time faculty formed a union with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509 in December 2015. The contract addresses improvements in job security, compensation, and professional development. It also represents a key step toward ensuring increased participation of part-time faculty in discussions that affect their work. The agreement is the result of a negotiation process between Brandeis administrators and SEIU Local 509 that was characterized by mutual respect and collegiality.  

In a joint statement in the agreement, Brandeis and the union said:
“The Union and the University value and respect the role of the Faculty Members covered by this Agreement as essential contributors to a learning community. Our relationship is characterized by a spirit of professionalism, collegiality, civility, and cooperation toward a common objective of providing an exceptional educational experience for the University's students.  

We believe in communication, mutual respect, and meaningful involvement of part-time Faculty Members in working towards this common objective. The Union recognizes and supports the commitment of the University to provide the best in educational opportunities to all students. The University recognizes and respects the Union's commitment to advocating for the interests of its members.”
A look at what's on tap for senior weekPosted: May 8, 2017

Brandeis seniors, having just completed four years of classes, studying and exams, are invited to partake in Senior Week festivities and unwind before commencement on May 21.

Here is a rundown of some of the event and activities featured in this year's Senior Week:

Friday, May 12

Get Your Wristband! (10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)

Bring your purchased Senior Week pass and Brandeis ID to the SCC Atrium to get a wristband for the week! Remember to keep your wristband on throughout senior week.

Saturday, May 13

A Night in Technicolor (10 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., location TBD)

Bond with your friends at a black light party inside the science center. There will be black light paint, as well as fresh air at an oxygen bar. Also indulge in some liquid nitrogen ice cream and dip to your heart’s desire at the chocolate fountain. And, drinks are on the house. This is a party you don’t want to miss.

Sunday, May 14

Club Night at Lucky Strike in Jillian’s of Boston (Board bus in T Lot at 9:15 p.m.)

Time to get off campus, and there’s nothing better than Lucky Strike! Nestled next to Fenway Park, enjoy dancing to the beats of a popular Boston DJ, a bowling alley, and a billiards room. Cash bar will be available, please bring Brandeis and other official form of ID. This event is 21+.

Monday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 17

11th Annual Kickball Tournament

Senior Week and the Department of Athletics present the Eleventh Annual Senior Intramural Kickball Tournament! Form a team with your friends and take on others teams to try to make it to the championships! You will be able to register from Wednesday, April 26 until Wednesday, May 10.

The tournament will be played on Monday, May 15, 1 p.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, noon–6 p.m., and Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on the Athletic Fields. A barbecue will take place from 6 p.m. 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

Thursday, May 18

Commencement Rehearsal (1:00pm-2:00pm, Gosman Arena)

Find out how the main Commencement Ceremony will work and get the answers to all of your Commencement questions. Then join your class on the grass for a Senior Class photo. You will have the chance to receive a copy of the photo during the summer through Institutional Advancement.

Boston Harbor Cruise (Busses leave Brandeis at 7:30 p.m. and leave Boston at 12 a.m.)

Enjoy one last night with all the friends you made here at Brandeis on the beautiful Boston Harbor. There is a snack bar and cash bar on board. Bring Brandeis ID and state ID.

Friday, May 19

Shangela’s House Party
 (10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Levin Ballroom)

Come dance with the one and only Queen Shangela from RuPaul’s Drag Race at the party to end all parties. The first 125 people in line will receive an LED color bracelet that will match the beat of the music and keep you dancing all night long. There will be free beer and cider, and shuttle service from Mods, Charles River, and Admissions to Levin.

Sunday, May 22

Brandeis University’s 66th Commencement Exercises

For a full list of senior week events, please visit the senior week homepage.

Brandeis University Named National Science Foundation I-Corps Site to Fund Campus Discoveries Posted: May 2, 2017

Brandeis University today announced it has been awarded a $237,050 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) program. The grant will provide funding for innovative startups and technologies developed by Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

Brandeis is one of only six new sites nationally designated by NSF. The University of Massachusetts Lowell was also designated this year. Previously, the only I-Corps site in Massachusetts was MIT.

“I-Corps funding shows that the Brandeis innovation ecosystem is robust, with the potential to grow and provide greater opportunities to translate university discoveries into real-world impact,” said Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz. He noted that the grant will provide funding for up to 15 Brandeis teams to help develop their discoveries into useful technologies ripe for commercialization.

Brandeis’  I-Corp grant will be managed by the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL).  An NSF I-Corps Site, to be housed at the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center (HFIC),  will build on HFIC’s many existing programs and initiatives geared toward cultivating innovation across campus.

“As an I-Corps Site, our goal is to provide additional support and infrastructure to advance technology development, commercialization and, ultimately, product creation for the innovations coming from our faculty, students and staff ,” said Rebecca Menapace, Principal Investigator of the I-Corps grant and executive director of both OTL and HFIC.  “This funding is an important step toward establishing a permanent facility on or near campus to further our mission and to provide much-needed incubation space for our community.”

Sharon Feiman-Nemser wins Division K Legacy Award from American Educational Research AssociationPosted: April 7, 2017

Sharon Feiman-Nemser, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education, has been named co-winner of the 2017 Division K Legacy Award by the American Educational Research Association.

In a letter, the committee for the award recognized Feiman-Nemser for producing ground breaking work on teacher learning, and for her research on mentoring and new teacher induction, which continues to have wide impact both teacher education research and practice.

The teacher and teaching education division the American Educational Research Association, Division K focuses on research on teaching and on teacher development and education from pre-service through professional induction to the in-service stages of teachers' careers.

The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and exemplary contributions through their research, teaching and professional service in the field of teaching and teacher education.

Brandeis scientists named Simons fellowsPosted: March 16, 2017

Two Brandeis researchers — associate professor of physics Matthew Headrick and professor of mathematics Daniel Ruberman — have been named fellows by the prestigious Simons Foundation.

Both scholars will receive funding for a semester-long sabbatical. "Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation," the Simons Foundation, based in New York, says on its website

Ruberman will be investigating topology and gauge theory. In the upcoming academic year, he will be a visiting scholar at the University of Pisa in Italy and then at Stanford University.

Headrick's research focuses on quantum gravity, quantum field theory and quantum information theory. The grant will enable him to stretch his sabbatical at MIT an additional semester in the 2017-18 academic year.

Last year, Headrick was part of a consortium of researchers who received funding from the Simons Foundation to pursue fundamental research in physics and quantum information theory.

General Counsel Steven S. Locke earns recognition from Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyPosted: March 8, 2017

Brandeis General Counsel Steven S. Locke was recently recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of 23 “In-house Leaders,” attorneys who provide outstanding leadership within their organizations.

Locke began his tenure at Brandeis 11 years ago, after teaching at Suffolk University Law School and serving as general counsel at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. At MCAD, he argued two cases before the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.

At Brandeis, Locke handles issues as diverse as intellectual property and employment law; recently, he helped design and implement the university’s new restorative justice process. Restorative justice is an alternative method of resolving disputes that brings together not only those directly involved in a conflict, but other community members affected as well, to reach a collaborative resolution.

Locke is also a member of the Waltham Freedom Team, which provides assistance on civil rights issues, and serves as a council member to the Boston Bar Association’s college and university law section.  He has also served on the MCAD Advisory Board and the Melrose Human Rights Commission.