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The government of Japan will confer its second-highest honor on William W. Kelly, the Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale. Kelly, an anthropologist who has studied regional society and sport in Japan, is to receive the Order of the Rising Sun at an upcoming ceremony on campus “for his contributions to promoting the study of Japanese society and culture in the U.S., as well as facilitating intellectual exchange between Japan and the U.S.,” according to the Japanese consulate in Boston.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award for lifetime achievement to Vincent Scully ’40, ’49PhD, in October. Scully, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, was an early proponent of the preservation of historic architecture—in his lectures, in books, and in campaigns to save buildings ranging from the New Haven Free Public Library to the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle at Yale.

Five Elis will study in England next year as winners of Rhodes or Marshall scholarships. Winners of the Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford are Matthew L. Baum ’09, currently a Mitchell Scholar at Trinity College, Ireland, who will study neuroethics; and senior Geoffrey C. Shaw, who will study legal philosophy. Marshall winners are senior James Luccarelli, who will pursue a doctorate in chemistry at Oxford; third-year law student Nabiha Syed, who will study comparative media law and policy at Oxford; and senior Anna Jo Bodurtha Smith, who will study public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and public policy and management at the London School of Economics.




Eight months after retiring as a senior vice president of Coca-Cola, Thomas Mattia came to Yale on November 1 as the university’s new chief communications officer and special adviser to the president. Mattia, who heads the university’s Office of Public Affairs, has also worked for IBM, the Ford Motor Company, and the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton.

Margaret Grey ’76MSN will serve a second five-year term as dean of the School of Nursing. Grey, a pediatric nurse practitioner who has conducted a number of research projects, has been dean of the school since 2005. During her first term, the school launched a PhD program, won the maximum term of reaccreditation (ten years) from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and reached its capital campaign goal ahead of schedule. 

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