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Math and Statistics Department at Williams College receives AMS national award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College is the 2014 recipient of the AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, the American Mathematical Society announced today. The department is honored for "excellence in providing exceptional teaching and research experiences for its students, as well as those in the wider mathematical community."

Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department recognizes a college or university mathematics department that has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society.

Since it was first given in 2006, the award has highlighted outstanding mathematics departments in a wide variety of institutions around the country.

The official announcement of the award to Williams College, including the selection committee's citation, is available from the AMS Public Awareness Office and will appear in the May 2014 issue of the Notices of the AMS. On April 10, that issue will be available on the Notices web site; no subscription is necessary.

Find out more about this and other AMS awards at

Pine Cobble School honor roll

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- We are proud to announce the 2013-14 second term Pine Cobble School High Honor, Honor, and Effort/Citizenship Rolls for Upper School students.

The criteria for earning these honors are as follows:

High Honors: All grades must be 90 or higher.

Honor Roll: All grades must be 80 or higher.

Effort/Citizenship: Must receive all 1's or 2's for effort and citizenship.

High Honor Roll:

Grade 7: Rachel Hemmer, Katrina Hotaling, Andrea Printz.

Grade 8: Cate Byrne, Jacob Hane, Tobias Lepecki.

Grade 9: Piper Campbell, Catherine Cavalli, Hayden Gillooly, Jackie Rich.

Honor Roll:

Grade 7: Sophie Lane, Isla Lyons, Jeffrey Merselis, Grace Miller, Joshua Paine, Colette Stapp, Arianna Stetson, Aidan White.

Grade 8: Josh Crosby, Holden Ellard, Georgia Hannock, Clara Kuttner, Mariah Lewis, Sabrina Templeton, Logan Waien.

Effort/Citizenship Roll:

Grade 7: Noah Giom, Rachel Hemmer, Elaina Lamphere, Sophie Lane, Isla Lyons, Andrea Printz, Colette Stapp, Arianna Stetson.

Grade 8: Cate Byrne, Josh Crosby, Jacob Hane, Georgia Hannock, Clara Kuttner, Beau Lahey, Tobias Lepecki, Mariah Lewis, Sabrina Templeton.

Grade 9: Piper Campbell, Catherine Cavalli, Hayden Gillooly, Jackie Rich.

Williams students awarded prestigious fellowships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., -- Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College, Oxford University. The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Abigail Adams, Jacob Addelson, Sikandar Ahmadi, Nathan Bricault, Steven Hailey, Jared Hallett, and Henry Schmidt. Amy Levine was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship.

Williams student awarded Pickering Fellowship

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mpaza Kapembwa, a junior at Williams College, has been awarded a Pickering Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and professional preparation for a career in the U. S. Department of State Foreign Service. Undergraduate fellows receive $40,000 each year for two years, spanning the final year in college and first year of graduate school. Kapembwa, a Chinese major, was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and moved to the United States in 2006. "Being awarded the Pickering Fellowship is a particular honor because in very few countries could a citizen by naturalization get a chance to represent that country as a diplomat," he says. Currently studying abroad in Kunming, China, Kapembwa is honing his skills in a language the State Department considers critical. "Williams Chinese professors Cornelius Kubler and Yu Li always remind me that learning a foreign language is a marathon and not a sprint," he says. Kapembwa hopes to earn a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, principally because coursework at the program's center in Nanjing, China, is undertaken in Chinese.

"Since coming to Williams, I've known that I want to go into public service," he says. "As part of the fellowship, I will be paired with a Foreign Service Officer who will guide me as I try to learn more about how the State Department and U.S. Diplomacy work."

Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is named in honor Mr. Pickering, who holds the title of Career Ambassador, the highest title in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Area SUNY Potsdam students named to president's list

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 861 students to the president's list, in recognition of their academic excellence in the Spring 2014 semester. The SUNY Potsdam students were honored for earning top marks by Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner.

The students included Heather Martell of Pownal, whose major is Theatre.

Alyssa Tarantino of Manchester Center, whose major is Childhood/Early Childhood Education.

To achieve the honor of being on the president's list, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

McEachron graduates Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

ERIE, Pa. -- Dr. Jennifer Lynn McEachron became the first physician in her family by graduating from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. McEachron was also honored at the ceremony by receiving the Dedication to Primary Care Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. McEachron is a graduate of Hoosick Falls Central School, class of 2006, where she was the captain of the first girls' soccer state championship team. She then moved on to Binghamton University where she graduated cum laude with a degree in biology and started as goal keeper for three years on the NCAA Division 1 Binghamton Women's Soccer team.

Dr. McEachron is beginning the next step in her training, July 1, when she will start her four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. Jen has a special interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and gynecologic oncology.

Later this month, Dr. McEachron will become Dr. Gibbs when she marries fellow LECOM 2014 graduate, Dr. Eliot Gibbs on June 14, 2014. Dr. Gibbs will also begin his residency at Good Samaritan in July in Family Medicine. Jennifer is the daughter of proud parents, Rick and Holly McEachron.

Local students earn dean's list recognition at Norwich University

NORTHFIELD -- The following students from your readership area have been recognized on the dean's list at Norwich University for the spring 2014 semester: Dennis Michael Brooks of Bennington, Nathaniel Joseph Malmborg of Bennington, Shawna Lynne Shea of Pownal.


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