AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Energy Savers Thanks to the Kennedy School and a handful of other schools at Harvard, the university received a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award from the federal government and the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions for its commitment to buying and using renewable energy. Overall, 7 percent of the university’s electricity usage comes from renewable sources.
Let Them In? Lecturer Juliette Kayyem was appointed to the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, a bipartisan group that will brainstorm workable policy ideas concerning immigration. Other members include Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute.
Kudos Foreign Policy magazine named its top 23 most influential scholars and included three from the Kennedy School: Joseph Nye, Jr., John Ruggie, and Stephen Walt.
C’est Bon for Ignatieff Canada’s Globe and Mail called him a “celebrity intellectual.” Soon, the United States’ northern neighbors may be able to call him “prime minister.” Michael Ignatieff, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, left the school in December to run for a seat in the Canadian Parliament, which he won in January. Many believe he may also be gearing up for a shot for the prime minister spot.
First-Timers USAID’s Global Development Alliance was awarded the first Lewis & Clark Award for Innovation in Collaborative Government by the Weil Program in Collaborative Governance and the Kennedy School’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The government group received the award for its innovative use of public private partnerships.
Juma Honored The Third World Academy of Sciences elected Professor Calestous Juma as a fellow. The goal of the academy is to promote scientific excellence in the developing world and related to developing world issues. Approximately 85 percent of the academy’s 811 members live and work in 73 developing nations, and 15 are Nobel laureates.
Little Rock Calling Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, was named to the National Advisory Board of the newly opened University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, which is headed up by former IOP director, David Pryor.
Sacred Is Prized In October, Pippa Norris’s book Sacred and Secular won the 2005 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize, awarded by the Independent Sector. The prize recognizes outstanding published research that furthers the understanding of philanthropy, voluntary action, nonprofits, and civil society either in the United States or abroad.
Climbing for Charity John Serafini MPA 2007 is hoping that seven is, in fact, lucky. Along with a group of fellow Kennedy School and Harvard Business School students, Serafini plans to summit seven mountains on seven continents within seven months, all to raise money for pediatric oncology research. Serafini got the idea after his sister was treated for thyroid cancer in June 2005. The team, which includes Andy Murphy MPA 2007, tackled its first mountain in December: Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
SIF Success This year’s Summer Internship Fund auction, themed “Empowering Students to Change the World,” raised $120,000. Popular items included a weeklong stay in a French villa and a tour of the San Francisco mayor’s office.
Tally Ho, Mr. Kelly One Harvard student will go to Oxford next October to become a Rhodes Scholar, and that student, Will Kelly MPP 2007, is from the Kennedy School. Kelly, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, will study for a master’s of science degree in international relations theory and research.
Chile Reception Professor Andres Velasco, currently on sabbatical from the school, oversaw the planning of recently elected Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s government program. Bachelet, a pediatrician, is the country’s first-ever female president. In January, Velasco was chosen by the new president to serve as minister of finance.
RIP Former Senator William Proxmire MPA 1949 passed away in December at the age of 90. Proxmire, a Wisconsin Democrat who served in Congress from 1957, created the “Golden Fleece” awards in 1975 — an award given annually to public officials and government agencies that waste money.
ALUMNI TO WATCH
Senator Ellison? Brooke Ellison MPP 2004, who was featured in the spring 2005 issue of the Bulletin after a movie about her life, made by the late actor Christopher Reeve, aired, announced in November that she was going to run for the New York State Senate in 2006. Ellison, a Democrat, was hit by a car when she was 11 and left paralyzed from the neck down. For details, go to www.brookeellison.com/.
Phone Vote In November, Andre Boisclair MPA 2005 won the leadership of Parti Quebecois, the political party that advocates national sovereignty for Quebec from Canada. He is the first openly gay leader of a major North American political party. The voting was done by telephone.
Taking Charge Victoria Budson MPA 2002 was a panelist at the 2005 Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston. Budson, executive director of the Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, spoke during a session on “Women Taking Charge.”
Back in the Game Jon Jennings MPA 2001, former Boston Celtics assistant coach and Indiana congressional candidate, was tapped by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to run the senator’s Massachusetts offices.
Teacher, Teacher Andrew Natsios MPA 1979, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), joined the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in January 2006. Natsios is stepping down as the agency’s top administrator after almost five years.
Make that Nine In September, Taku Otsuka MPP 2005 won a seat in the National Diet of Japan’s House of Representatives, bringing the total number of Kennedy School graduates serving in the Diet to nine.
Glick Clicks with Reporting The Jerusalem Post’s deputy managing editor, Caroline Glick MPP 2000, was recently awarded the prestigious Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism in the Mid East from the Zionist Organization of America. She was the first Israeli journalist reporting from the front lines in Iraq.
Export/Import Prakash Puram MPA 1993, president and CEO of iXmatch, was recently appointed by President Bush to the President’s Export Council. The council advises the president on matters relating to export trade and reports this advice to him through the secretary of commerce. Puram immigrated to the United States from India 27 years ago.
NEW HIRES AND PROMOTIONS
LA to 02138 John Carroll, former editor of The Los Angeles Times, was named a visiting lecturer, starting January 2006, for one year.
Sewall Steps Up Lecturer Sarah Sewall NISM 1995 will serve as the director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy through the 2006–2007 academic year, replacing Michael Ignatieff, who moved back to Canada to run for Parliament. Sewall was director of the center’s Program on National Security and Human Rights.
Fine Fellows The new crop of spring IOP and Shorenstein fellows arrived at the school. They include at the Shorenstein Center: Kimberly Gross, assistant professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University; Charles Lewis, president of The Fund for Independence in Journalism; Daniel Okrent, first public editor at The New York Times; Robert Picard, professor of media economics at Jönköping University, Sweden; and Cristine Russell, freelance science writer. At the IOP, they include: Nesreen Sideek-Berwari MPA 1999, SMG 1999, minister of Municipalities and Public Works in the Iraqi Transitional National Government; Jane Campbell, former mayor of Cleveland, Ohio; Ken Cooper, former national editor at The Boston Globe; Al Felzenberg, former deputy and senior director for communications at the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission); Ricardo Luna, former Peruvian ambassador to the United States; and Dotty Lynch, former senior political editor at CBS News.