Inbox [April 10]: Clark professor in global evolution study; Anna Maria sets commencement; Marine, special needs kids gifted new home

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Clark prof among leaders of $8.7M global study of evolution

Susan Foster

Courtesy of Clark University

Clark University Biology professor Susan Foster

Thanks to an $8.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Clark University will be a major participant in the world’s largest coordinated, multinational project on the study of evolution. The research could fundamentally shift our understanding of the evolutionary process.
The university will receive $885,000 for a three-year study co-led by Susan Foster, professor of biology at Clark, and Kevin Laland, professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology at University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Read the full story on the Clark University website

Anna Maria honorees

Courtesy of Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College will bestow honorary degrees to, from left, James T. Brett, Maureen Logan Coghlin, Gerard Dio and Edward Reynolds at its May 21 commencement.

James Brett commencement speaker at Anna Maria graduation May 21

Anna Maria College announced that James T. Brett, president and chief executive officer of The New England Council, will be the speaker at the college’s 67th commencement, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. Anna Maria will also bestow honorary degrees to Anna Maria alumna and former trustee Maureen Logan Coghlin ’57; Anna Maria alumnus and retired Worcester Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio ’91G; and Holy Name Junior/Senior High School Headmaster Edward Reynolds.

“As Anna Maria College celebrates seventy years since its founding, we are delighted to have Mr. Brett serve as our Commencement speaker. A luminary in game-changing higher education policy and advocacy, his leadership and inspiration are highly anticipated for our graduates and their families,” Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle said.

Read the full story on Anna Maria’s website

National Grid, Habitat for Humanity unveil eco-friendly home

Atop one of Worcester’s famous seven hills, a veteran’s family is settling into their new, energy smart home that is expected to save them more than $3,000 annually in utility costs. “This home is a shining example of what can be done for our community, with the environment in mind,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, who welcomed Marine Corps veteran Marc Ewings, his wife, Sophie, and their three elementary-age boys at a recent open house at 79 Kendig St.


Marine Corps veteran Marc Ewings, his wife, Sophie, and their three elementary-age boys will soon be living in this house at 79 Kendig St.

Built also to accommodate the Ewings’ children’s special needs, the home was rebuilt by Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest/Greater Worcester after being donated by the College Hill Civic Association.

National Grid partnered with Habitat to design and build Habitat’s first house of its type for a veteran: a net-zero home projected to use less than half the energy of other new homes.

Read the stories on the National Grid website and Habitat for Humanity website


$1M Nichols gift to endow new professorship

Nichols logo

Nichols College has received a $1 million gift that will be used to enhance the college’s long-successful undergraduate programs in accounting and finance. The commitment was made by a generous donor — a Nichols graduate — who wishes to remain anonymous.

As Nichols builds its brand as a college of choice for business and leadership education, the College seeks to re-invigorate — and create stronger synergy between — the accounting and finance programs.

Read the full story on the Nichols College website

— Cindy Henderson

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