On Campus, February 2014

Princeton University engineering professor and director of the Keller Center, Sanjeev R. Kulkarni, Ph.D. (NY Q ’84), has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School beginning March 31, 2014. He succeeds William B. Russel, Ph.D. (TX G ’69), who recently announced his intentions to step down. Read the news release for biographical information on Dr. Kulkarni’s “distinguished career as a researcher and educator.”

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Last week, NPR produced a story related to research on tracking the spread of the flu in the United States using Twitter. John Hopkins professor Mark H. Dredze, Ph.D. (IL G ’03), was interviewed for the story as “he analyzes social media data to try to learn about health trends.”

Dr. Dredze discussed the algorithms needed to properly decipher medical related tweets and also the motivation behind the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s contest in which teams submit predictions for when the flu will peak. “What the CDC is trying to do is not just figure out what’s going on right now with the flu but what’s going to happen in a week or two weeks out,” said Dr. Dredze.

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Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D. (OR A ’83), has been named as dean of Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Engineering, effective immediately. Dr. Ashford is a professor and head of the OSU school of civil and construction engineering. He is an OSU alumnus and joined the engineering faculty in 2007. Click here to read more about Dr. Ashford whose research interests are focused “on enhancing public safety and reducing loss from earthquakes.”

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