Friday, March 28, 2014

Napolitano to deliver commencement address at Northeastern University (and receive an honorary degree)

this is part of their write up:

Napoli­tano was named the 20th pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia. Since taking office in Sep­tember 2013, she has launched ini­tia­tives across a range of issues, including sup­port for stu­dent vet­erans, increasing the pipeline of under­rep­re­sented minority stu­dents pur­suing advanced degrees, and tuition sta­bi­liza­tion and finan­cial aid for undoc­u­mented stu­dents. In addi­tion, she has com­mitted to achieving carbon neu­trality across the UC system by 2025, increasing fac­ulty sup­port through post-​​doctoral fel­low­ships, trans­lating research into prod­ucts and ser­vices, and strength­ening engage­ment with Mexico.

She leads a uni­ver­sity system with 10 cam­puses, five med­ical cen­ters, three affil­i­ated national lab­o­ra­to­ries, and a statewide agri­cul­ture and nat­ural resources pro­gram. The UC system has more than 234,000 stu­dents, about 208,000 fac­ulty and staff, more than 1.6 mil­lion living alumni and an annual oper­ating budget of more than $24 billion.

“Higher edu­ca­tion is the key to devel­oping future gen­er­a­tions of the indi­vid­uals who will ensure the strength of com­mu­ni­ties across our nation and beyond our bor­ders,” Napoli­tano said. “It’s an honor to have been asked to address the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates who will help lead the way.”

During her four-​​year tenure as Sec­re­tary of Home­land Secu­rity, Napoli­tano took impor­tant steps to tap into the exper­tise and research capacity of Amer­ican col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, including the for­ma­tion of the new Home­land Secu­rity Aca­d­emic Advi­sory Council. Com­prised of 19 promi­nent uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents and aca­d­emic leaders—including Pres­i­dent Aoun—the council is charged with advising the sec­re­tary and the department’s senior lead­er­ship on sev­eral key issues.
Napolitano also answers questions in this interview about how the faculty perceive her and other questions like:
Q:Assembly Speaker John Pérez says Cal State might get more than the Governor proposed, what are the prospects for you getting more than the 5 percent in his proposed budget?

A:"In his proposed budget we would get 9 percent more next year, of course, obviously, we like that budget better than the governor's, but there's a lot of things that go into budgets and as you know they re-estimate the revenues coming into the state in May, and that may have some impact as well, both on the legislature and on the governor's perspective. I think where we need to start off is saying, look, University of California is this unique treasure. It contributes in myriad ways to the economic and social well being of California. What do we need to do to support it and maintain its excellence?"
USGS all over the WA landslide - w/ info on other areas to watch etc.
the 'hub and spokes model'

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