The National Academy of Engineers (NAE) elected Joan Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to their prestigious organization earlier this month. Membership in the governmental-based non-profit group is considered among the top titles an American engineer can hold, Brennecke said. Of the 1,100 members in the NAE, 156 are chemical engineers. “It’s a recognition by your peers that you’ve made significant contribution to chemical engineering,” she said. “It’s sort of like a lifetime achievement award. Kind of a stamp of approval that you’ve really made a difference, and that feels great.” Brennecke said election to the NAE is based on a scholar’s entire contribution to the industry. Brennecke said fellow engineering professor Dr. Ahsan Kareem is the only other NAE member inducted while at Notre Dame. “When people look at schools and ranking universities, they’ll look at the National Academy to determine if it’s a top place,” Brennecke said. “So, for the university, it’s really important.” Brennecke said her research specializes in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing. Brennecke has three postdoctoral, 11 graduate and seven undergraduate students working in her Ionic Liquids Lab. “In my 23 years here, we have seen huge growth in external research funding the number of Ph.D. students,” Brennecke said. “That has been important to me because I’ve been able to do research that I’m interested in.” The focus on undergraduate teaching is also a very important facet of Notre Dame, she said. “Notre Dame has provided me with the opportunity to teach really great students in a setting where teaching is valued and appreciated,” Brennecke said. “Notre Dame is very committed to enhancing and growing our graduate programs.” Brennecke said Notre Dame is a wonderful environment to work in since the research conducted on campus makes a difference. “Notre Dame has created an environment that’s very conducive to doing great research,” she said. Brennecke said her election is advantageous for both her work and the university. “Everybody tells me it’s great for me, the department and Notre Dame,” Brennecke said. “It’s great that we’re being recognized here.”
Effective March 1, the Notre Dame Security Police Department will be renamed the Notre Dame Police Department, the University announced in a press release Thursday.With the name change, the department aims “to bring clarity for both the campus community and partners in law enforcement, more accurately portray the enforcement duties of the department and reinforce the department as a sworn police force,” according to the release. The department reached the decision after extensive research, which included meetings with groups on campus and at other institutions, the press release said.According to the release, the department will also be undergoing several operational changes to better distinguish police officers from other campus security workers. Only police officers will be responding to phone calls, and only officers will patrol the campus and drive police cars with sirens and light bars. Police officers will still wear navy blue shirts and pants, but outreach, engagement and safety inspection staff will now wear green shirts and khaki pants.“When someone calls the Notre Dame Police Department, they will be speaking with a police officer,” Notre Dame police chief Keri Kei Shibata said in the release. “And only our officers will respond to emergencies and patrol campus, so our students, visitors, faculty and staff will know what they can expect from the officer.” Outreach and community staff will spearhead crime prevention and community outreach programs, including training sessions for personal defense and sexual assault prevention. Safety and inspection staff will continue to perform routine inspections across campus. Tags: Campus Safety, NDSP, Notre Dame Security Police
Aaron Lazar, Wayne Brady and Donna Vivino will headline the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ previously announced production of Merrily We Roll Along. The Los Angeles production, directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, will begin performances on November 23 and run through December 18.Lazar, who takes on the role of Franklin Shephard in the Stephen Sondheim musical, last appeared on Broadway in The Last Ship; his additional credits include A Little Night Music and The Light in the Piazza. Brady will play Charley Kringas. The five-time Emmy winner recently concluded a stint as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Vivino, who will play Mary Flynn, originated the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway and has gone on to appear in Wicked, Hairspray and Fame Becomes Me.The cast will also include Tony nominee Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed) as Gussie, Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) as Beth and Amir Talai (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) as Joe Josephson. Rounding out the ensemble are Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Laura Dickinson, Kevin Patrick Doherty, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele and Maximus Brandon Verso.Featuring a score by Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along follows in reverse chronological order a stage and screen composer and the detrimental effects his success has had on his life, including his relationships with his collaborator Charlie and friend Mary. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1981—its brief run is explored in the new documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. View Comments Aaron Lazar(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
Mirae Asset Global Investments Group – The emerging market equities specialist has hired Jad Shams to the newly created role of head of MENA sales. Based in London, Shams will be responsible for building the firm’s sales distribution network across the region. He was formerly a director with Natixis Global Asset Management in Dubai, a senior investment adviser at Credit Agricole Asset Management in Abu Dhabi and a vice-president at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.M&G Investments – Claudia Calich has been appointed manager of the M&G Emerging Markets Bond fund, formerly managed by Mike Riddell, who will remain on the fund as deputy manager. For much of the last decade, Calich, who joined in October, worked at Invesco in New York, most recently as head of emerging market debt.State Street Global Advisors – SSgA has appointed three research analysts to its fundamental equity team. Robert Allen joins from private equity firm International Investment and Underwriting, while Eoin Ó hÓgáin joins from Centrica. James Savage joins from Depfa Bank.ING Investment Management International – Marcin Adamczyk joins has senior portfolio manager for emerging market debt (EMD) local currency, based in The Hague. He joins from Dutch fiduciary manager MN, where he was a senior EMD fund manager.Oddo Asset Management – Laurent Denize, currently a senior manager at Oddo Asset Management, has been appointed co-CIO. He will start in her new role on 1 December. He will take responsibility for investment management alongside chief executive Nicolas Chaput.Altius Associates – Rhonda Ryan has been appointed as a partner and head of investment for the EMEA region. She was previously managing director and head of the private funds group for Europe at Pinebridge Investments. Before then, she was head of private equity at Insight Investment.Alceda – Silvia Wagner has been appointed managing director at Alceda Fund Management in Luxembourg, subject to regulator approval. She will be responsible for Structuring & Portfolio Management, Finance & Controlling and Central Administration. Prior to joining, she was head of DWS Distribution Services and a member of the managing board at DWS Finanz-Service.Trinity Street Asset Management – Pauline Stuart has been appointed institutional business director, joining from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where she was executive director of institutional business for the EMEA region. Sean Landers has also been appointed institutional business director, most recently working at BMO Capital Markets, where he set up its US equity sales platform in the UK.Carbon Tracker Initiative – Anthony Hobley has been appointed chief executive at the London-based financial think tank. Hobley, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and global head of its sustainability and climate change practice, will formally take the reins on 1 February. Länsförsäkringar, AP3, Schroders, Pioneer Investments, Mirae Asset Global Investments Group, M&G Investments, State Street Global Advisors, ING Investment Management International, Oddo Asset Management, Altius Associates, Alceda, Trinity Street Asset Management, Carbon Tracker InitiativeLänsförsäringar – The pension fund is planning to sign the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2014 and has hired Christina Kusoffsky Hillesöy to head up its responsible investment efforts. She joins from AP3, one of the Swedish national buffer funds, where she was head of communications and sustainable investments. She will join Länsförsäkringar on 1 March 2014 and report to finance director Cecilia Ardström. Ardström said Kusoffsky Hillesöy had been the driver behind the successful work on sustainable investments at AP3 and that, with her on board, Länsförsäkringar would sign the UNPRI next year.Schroders – The company has set up an in-house convertible bond team in Zurich. Peter Reinmuth, the fund manager of Schroder ISF Global Convertible Bond and Asian Convertible Bond; Martin Kuehle, product specialist for the two funds; and Urs Reiter, senior convertibles trader; have all transferred to the company. Damien Vermonet has also been appointed as convertible bond fund manager, joining from Acropole AM.Pioneer Investments – Matthias Inderbitzin has been appointed senior wholesale sales manager for Switzerland. He joins from Dendro Partners in Zurich. Before then, he served as head of sales at Falcon Private Bank and senior sales manager of German institutional clients at Lombard Odier & CIE.