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Brenda Johnson, professor of mathematics, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to allow early career participants to attend the Alpine Conference on Algebraic and Applied Topography in Switzerland in August. The event will bring together experts in the theoretical aspects of algebraic topology and the growing range of scientific applications of topology. Johnson is one of the organizers for the conference, which draws academics in many stages of their careers for diverse perspectives. 

Lucas Rivers '15 was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Schwarzman Scholars Program, a new, fully funded one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Of the more than 3,00 applicants, 300 were named semifinalists. Rivers is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Vietnam. 

Several projects produced by College Relations were honored at the annual District II meeting of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Philadelphia. A cookie cutter stewardship piece, produced by the Office of Donor Relations, took home a gold award in the Promotions and Giveaways category. Union’s “Impact by the Numbers” publication, produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing, took home a bronze. Members of College Relations staff attended the conference, including Debra Geer, senior director of Donor Relations and Research; Gail Glover, senior director of Communications and Marketing; Damond Heath ‘10, associate director of Alumni and Parent Engagement; Violetta DeRosa, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Engagement; and Christen Gowan, associate director of media relations and social media. Geer presented alongside Don Foley ’73 on the College’s President’s Council. Glover and Gowan served on the conference’s Marketing Committee. 

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