Eastman professor awarded

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has awarded the Fromm Commission, a $ 10,000 award, to Associate Professor at Eastman School of Music Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.

The commission, regarded as one of the most prestigious composition awards, is given each year to only 12 composers nationally. This is the second year in a row that Gutierrez received the award from the Eastman School of Music.

Gutierrez has frequently performed internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. As a result of his innovations and artistry, he won a myriad of fellowships and awards. These include a first place in the 2004 Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Competition, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mozart Medal from the governments of Mexico and Austria and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

The late Paul Fromm, founder of Great Lake Wine Company, founded the Fromm Music Foundation in 1956. The foundation has been located at Harvard University since 1972.

Soaiful Islam is a member of the class of 2012.

Simon Business ranked second

The Financial Times, a London publication, ranked the Simon Graduate School of Business second in the world for finance and fifth in the world for managerial economics in its annual top 100 business schools survey.

The Simon School was ranked 46th overall in the international rankings of business schools. The school is also ranked 22nd amongst business schools in the United States.

This is the ninth time in the 11 years that the survey has existed that Simon ranked in the top 25 business schools in the United States. Since the survey started in 1999, Simon has always ranked in the top 30 schools in the United States.

The rankings are compiled by the Financial Times based on career progression accrued from the MBA, research, salary increases and diversity of faculty, students and board members.

Jerome Nathaniel is a member of the class of 2011.

Kidney removed through navel

A UR surgeon recently performed what is thought to be the first kidney transplant through the navel.

‘I wanted to do anything that meant less cuts,” the surgeon, Guan Hu, M.D. said in a UR press release.

Hu said he wanted to perform the surgery because the procedure requires fewer incisions than standard procedures.

In this operation only one incision about one-and-a-half inches long was required to remove the kidney.

The most efficient procedures up until now required as many as a half-dozen incisions. The procedure is expected to reduce recovery time.

Additonally, Wu believes that the procedure could be used to remove diseased ovaries and uteruses.

Conor Willis is a member of the class of 2011.

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