Campus Notes: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New departmental chairs are announced by President Levin

President Richard C. Levin recently an­nounced the following faculty appointments:

Edward Kamens, the Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, as acting chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures for the 2008-2009 academic year;

Jeffrey Kenney, professor of astronomy, as chair of the Department of Astronomy for a period of three years, effective July 1;

Christopher L. Miller, the Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of French and African American Studies, as acting chair of the Department of French for the 2008-2009 fall semester;

Abraham Silberschatz, the Sidney J. Weinberg Professor of Computer Science, as chair of the Department of Computer Science for a period of three years, effective July 1; and

Harry S. Stout, the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, as chair of the Department of Religious Studies for a period of three years, effective July 1.

Britto honored for work on literacy acquisition

Pia Rebello Britto, associate research scientist at the Child Study Center, won the Dina Feitelson Research Award from the International Reading Association (IRA) earlier this month.

The award of $1,000 recognizes “exemplary published work in a scholarly journal on studies investigating literacy acquisition by beginning readers.”

Since 1956, the IRA, a community of professionals with nearly 85,000 members in 100 countries, has been promoting higher achievement levels in literacy, reading and communication by continually advancing the quality of instruction worldwide. For further information, visit the website at

Tufts’ Walsh joins Yale as assistant coach

John Walsh, who spent the last seven years as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Tufts University, has joined the Yale football coaching staff and will work directly with the defensive ends as an assistant coach.

Walsh served as inside linebacker, assistant special teams coordinator, and head strength and conditioning coach at Georgetown from 1998 to 2001. His Tufts players were nationally ranked in scoring defense and he coached 17 All-NESCAC players.

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