New Yorker Editor David Remnick Named Rutgers University Launch Speaker

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David Remnick. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.


Award-winning journalist and author who will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters; former Rutgers chairman Robert Barchi, Aprille Joy Ericsson, Alondra Nelson were also named honorary degree recipients

David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who raised The New Yorker prominence as editor since 1998, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters when he addresses graduates on the 256th anniversary of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on May 15, 2022, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted today.

“As a native of New Jersey, I feel extremely honored to deliver the university’s commencement address in May. The Class of 2022 will leave Rutgers at a time of great upheaval – in the world, in our own country – and yet it is the passion and resilience shown by these young people that gives me great hope for our collective future,” said Remnick.

The board also voted to award former Rutgers Chairman Robert Barchi an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, pioneering NASA scientist Aprille Joy Ericsson an Honorary Doctorate of Science, and researcher Alondra Nelson an Honorary Doctorate of sciences at the first in-person ceremony since 2019.

“What a joy it will be to gather at SHI Stadium to celebrate our graduates with their family, friends and our esteemed honorary degree recipients who have worked diligently to make the world a better informed, educated, healthy and equitable place,” said the Rutgers Chairman Jonathan Holloway. mentioned.

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will speak at Rutgers University-Newark’s commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark. The board recently voted to award Hinojosa an honorary doctorate of letters.

Through her work on national television and radio platforms, Hinojosa has focused on the changing international cultural and political landscapes of America. She continues to expand her impact as the founder, presenter and executive producer of Latino USA, the premier public news radio station addressing issues related to the Latinx community.

An honorary degree from Rutgers-Newark will also be awarded to Wayne Meyer, a community development leader who served as CEO of New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) for 12 years until his retirement last summer.

Rutgers-Camden University will hold graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022 on May 17, 2022 and May 18, 2022. Rutgers-Camden will award honorary degrees to Judith Persichilli, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, and Nikole Hannah -Jones, architect and principal author of The New York Timeslandmark Project 1619MacArthur Scholar and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Magazine Award.

David Remnick

Remnick, who joined the new yorker as editor in 1992 and became editor in 1998, wrote numerous articles for the publication, including reports from around the world and profiles of legendary dignitaries, artists and authors – from Barack Obama to Bruce Springsteen via Katharine Graham. He is also the host of the magazine’s national radio show and podcast, the new yorker radio time, which airs weekly on public radio stations nationwide.

Remnick began his journalism career in 1982 as an editor for The Washington Postwhich led to a four-year tenure as the paper’s correspondent in Moscow, beginning in 1988. This experience formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, which received both the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction and a George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is the author of five other books, including a biography of President Obama, The bridge.

Under the direction of Remnick, the new yorker won a record 55 National Magazine Awards, including multiple citations for overall excellence, and was named a finalist 192 times – more than any other publication. In 2016, the new yorker became the first magazine to receive a Pulitzer Prize for its writing. In all, the magazine has won six Pulitzers, including the Public Service Gold Medal.

Remnick’s personal honors include being named advertising ageEditor of the Year in 2000 and 2016, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016. Remnick was a visiting scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and taught at Princeton, where he earned his BA in 1981. , and at Columbia.

Robert Barchi

Robert Barchy. Photo by Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University


President Emeritus Robert Barchi

A National Institutes of Health-funded neuroscience and neurology researcher, Barchi served as Rutgers’ 20th president from 2012 to 2020 during a time of great change at the university.

Barchi guided Rutgers with his administrative and medical expertise during the 2013 formation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), a major division of the university established by restructuring legislation that brought most units of the university to Rutgers. old University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. . Five years later, he played a central role in an affiliation agreement between RBHS and RWJBarnabas Health to jointly operate New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive university healthcare system.

During his presidency, Barchi launched the Honors College at Rutgers–New Brunswick, implemented a plan to ensure the continued strength of the humanities at Rutgers, and helped lead Rutgers to the Big Ten Athletic Conference and its consortium. academic, the Big Ten Academic Alliance. After helping to advocate for the passage of a statewide bond referendum for higher education construction, Barchi led a capital program totaling more than $2.5 billion. dollars for the planning, design and construction of academic facilities and student services at all Rutgers locations. Working with alumni and friends, he also led Rutgers’ first billion-dollar fundraising campaign, doubling annual donations to the university during his tenure.

Before being hired to lead Rutgers, Barchi served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for three decades, serving his last five years as provost and director of studies. He then led Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as president for eight years. Barchi holds BS and MS degrees from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Aprille Joy Ericsson


Aprille Joy Ericsson

Ericsson’s career is distinguished by firsts. She was the first person of color to receive the Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female public servant to earn a doctorate in engineering. at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

During her nearly 30-year tenure at NASA, Ericsson has made remarkable contributions as an aerospace engineer, technologist, project and program manager, and executive. Its satellite missions have included such projects as X-Ray Timing Explorer, Tropical Rain Forest Measurement Mission and Wilkerson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. Today, she serves as the new business manager for NASA’s Instrument Systems and Technology Division.

Ericsson has taught at Howard University, University of Maryland, and Bowie State University. She was named one of the Top 50 Minority Women Working in Science and Engineering by the National Technical Association and was ranked 8 out of 20 on the 2016 list of the most powerful women engineers by Business Intern. Ericsson is the recipient of the 2022 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ralph Coates Roe Medal, ASME’s highest honor.

Ericsson is also a supporter of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, actively mentoring countless young women and minorities and supporting them with an organized pipeline of scholarships, grants, internships and employment opportunities.

Ericsson earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While there, she participated in several aerospace research projects and led the Manned Mars Mission Crew Systems Research for Interplanetary Vehicles for her main project. She earned her M.Sc. in Engineering and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC, where his research focused on developing practical design procedures for future orbiting space structures, such as the Space Station.

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson. Photo by Dan Komoda.


Alondra Nelson

An expert in science, technology, medicine, and social inequality, Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent research center in Princeton, NJ. She currently heads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is a deputy aide to President Joe Biden.

She was the 14th president of the Social Science Research Council, an international nonprofit research organization. Nelson was previously a professor of sociology at Columbia University, where she also served as the inaugural dean of social sciences. Nelson began her academic career on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Teaching.

She has published award-winning and widely acclaimed articles and books, including The social life of DNA: race, repairs and reconciliation after the genome and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination. Nelson is currently working on a book on science and technology policy in the Obama administration; Society after the pandemic, a collection of essays; and new research exploring the sociology of bioethics.

Nelson has contributed to national policy discussions on inequality and the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data and human gene editing. His essays, reviews and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, WIRED and The new observerand on national public radio, BBC Radio, New York Radio Hour and PBS Newshouramong other places.

Nelson is an advisor to the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. Prior to her appointment to the White House, she served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Teagle Foundation, Data & Society Research Institute and United States International University. : Africa.

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