Sagarika Ghose (India & St Antony's 1987) wins Best News Anchor at the 2013 India Television Academy Awards

CNN IBN has bagged three awards at the India Television Academy awards ceremony. The channel has been credited as the best English news channel in the country. For the seventh time in eight years, CNN-IBN has won the Best English News Channel. This is also the fourth year in a row that CNN-IBN is winning this particular award...

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Robyn Hadley (North Carolina & Somerville 1985) given Distinguished Service in Sports Award by Alamance, NC Sports Develoment Council


Robyn Hadley, Jim McGill, Frank Mensch and Gary Moser will be recipients of Distinguished Service in Sports awards next week as selected by the Alamance County Sports Development Council.

Hadley, a Graham High School graduate and later a Rhodes Scholar coming out of the University of North Carolina, excelled in basketball at Graham and later played for North Carolina. She also played basketball at Oxford University in England as part of her Rhodes Scholar experience. 



Abigail Seldin (Pennsylvania & St Antony's 2009) invents financial aid calculator app for university applicants

A new online app called College Abacus is making it easier for students and their families to get estimates in advance of how much financial aid colleges and universities will give so that they can compare schools for costs.

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Kathleen McLaughlin (Arizona & Balliol 1987) named President of the Walmart Foundation

Kathleen McLaughlin has been named president of the Walmart Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Tuesday.

McLaughlin, 48, previously was a senior partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, based in Toronto. McLaughlin and her family will relocate to northwest Arkansas.

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Jennifer Bradley (Texas & Balliol 1992) co-authors "The Metropolitan Revolution" with Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, well known experts on urban America from the Brookings Institution and authors of a new book about the rebirth of cities, focus on the hulking Argonaut Building in the New Center as a symbol of how Detroit might be evolving into an "innovation district."

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Bonnie St John (California & Trinity 1986) wins 2013 Association for Women in Communications' International Matrix Award

Association for Women in Communications (AWC) National Conference, "
Worth Every Penny," held at the Hilton Springfield. The Springfield (IL) Chapter of AWC is hosting this premier professional event for the communications industry and it is open to all communicator specialists.

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Alison Crocker (New Hampshire & New College 2006) hailed as top American woman in orienteering

Distance is not something that Alison Crocker finds the least bit intimidating. She is currently studying “nearby” galaxies — those within 30-to-60 million light years of earth, or roughly 180 trillion miles away, or more. The University of Toledo astrophysicist is adept at traversing through vast expanses of space, and she also can skillfully make her way through the woods and hills of central Finland, where she recently competed in the World Orienteering Championships.

Read more at the Toledo Blade


Nancy-Ann DeParle (Tennessee & Balliol 1979) interviewed by Harvard Law School about the Affordable Care Act

Nancy-Ann DeParle ’83, whose nearly four years in the Obama White House included serving as deputy chief of staff for policy until this past January, is best known for her role in the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. As director of the White House Office of Health Reform from 2009 to 2011, DeParle was instrumental in the enactment and implementation of that historic legislation.

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Merata Kawharu (New Zealand & Exeter 1994) appointed to the New Zealand Geographic Board

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today made two new appointments, and five re-appointments, to the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa. The Board is responsible for place naming in New Zealand, its offshore islands, the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and undersea features on New Zealand’s continental shelf. Read more at


Catherine Kissee-Sandoval (California & St Antony's 1984) receives a Leadership Award from the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid

"The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) has named Donna Nelson, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas and Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission the recipients of its Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Awards."



Marilynn Richtarik (Kansas & Jesus 1988) writes biography of Stewart Parker

LIVING IN a legendary bohemian commune on Rugby Road in Belfast during the 1970s, Stewart Parker and his friends used to entertain themselves with a Victorian magic-lantern set. Ancient slides were picked up in Belfast’s rich trawl of junk shops, but never came complete: “The challenge would be to concoct a story that could connect, say, half a set of Great War images and half a set of Jack and the Beanstalk.”

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Jennifer Bradley (Texas & Balliol 1992) co-authors Huffington Post article on "the Metropolitan Revolution"

This Fourth of July, we are celebrating a new revolution -- a "Metropolitan Revolution." In the absence of constructive action in Washington, cities and metropolitan areas have emerged as the can-do directors of the nation, taking powerful steps to grow jobs and remake their economies for the long haul.




Caroline Hoxby (Ohio & Magdalen 1988) unveils proposal to encourage low-income students to apply to selective colleges

WASHINGTON — In an event on Wednesday organized by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, noted Stanford University economist Caroline M. Hoxby unveiled a national proposal aimed at encouraging high-achieving, low-income students to apply to and attend selective colleges. The plan, devised by Hoxby and Dr. Sarah Turner of the University of Virginia, is based on the Expanding College Opportunities (ECO) Project, which was developed by the economists and has demonstrated promising results.


Professor Jane Harding (New Zealand & Brasenose 1978) appointed National Secretary for New Zealand for the Rhodes Trust

"The Rhodes Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Harding (New Zealand & Brasenose 1978) as the next National Secretary for New Zealand.  This will occur as of 1 January 2014, and she will be replacing Professor Sir David Skegg," Read more at The Rhodes Trust.


Heidi Stockl (Germany & Nuffield 2006) co-authors study about the global prevalence of intimate partner homicide

"Homicide is an important cause of premature mortality globally, but evidence for the magnitude of homicides by intimate partners is scarce and hampered by the large amount of missing information about the victim—offender relationship. The objective of the study was to estimate global and regional prevalence of intimate partner homicide." Read more at The Lancet


The Brookings Institution will release a book on Monday co-authored by Jennifer Bradley (Texas & Balliol 1992)

"Northeast Ohio is one of five regions featured in a new book, “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.”

The book by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, will be released by the Brookings Institution Monday.

According to Brookings, leaders in Northeast Ohio are 'doing hard work to grow more jobs.'" Read more at


University of California, San Francisco Graduate Division welcomes Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach, Michele De Coteau (California & St Catherine's 1988)

"The Graduate Division is pleased to announce that Michele de Coteau has just joined our team as assistant dean for graduate programs and outreach. Dr. de Coteau is a UC Berkeley graduate and an alumna of the University of Oxford, where she obtained a PhD in materials science as a Rhodes Scholar.

Over the last 15 years, Michele has worked at UC Berkeley, where she designed and implemented strategic outreach, advising, retention, and professional development programs for current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students. She has worked with students from a broad range of backgrounds, including minority, first-generation, transfer, re-entry, international, disabled, and student-parent populations." Read more at UCSF Graduate Division

Obama names Susan Rice (Maryland and DC & New College 1986) the new US National Security Adviser

"President Barack Obama reshuffled his national security team on Wednesday, as he moved United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to the White House and nominated Samantha Power to take her place in New York.

'This team of people has been extraordinarily dedicated to America. They have made America safer. They have made America’s values live in corners of the world that are crying out for our support and our leadership,' Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony. 'I could not be prouder of these three individuals.' " Read more at Politico