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John Urschel is known for the exceptional status he holds in two very disparate and demanding professions: mathematics and pro football. He is currently working on his PhD in Mathematics at MIT and plays for the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive lineman. Equally brainy and brawny, he is committed to promoting the importance of both math and sports as critical to the development of life skills. The winner of the "academic Heisman" coming out of Penn State, John has been asked to give the Commencement speech for his alma mater Penn State University this spring.

Eric Whitacre has been appointed the Los Angeles Master Chorale's (LAMC) first Artist-in-Residence announced by the LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President & CEO Jean Davidson. His two-year post begins in the 2016-17 season.
"Eric Whitacre is a true original," says Davidson. "His singular vision, bold concepts, powerful artistry and global reach through new technologies will impact the Los Angeles Master Chorale in myriad ways." Gershon adds, "Over the years, the LA Master Chorale has shown a deep affinity for Eric's choral works. We are pleased to expand our relationship with him in such a meaningful way."

Don Tapscott was awarded one of Canada's most respected civilian honors, The Order of Canada. The citation accompanying the honor stated he was appointed to the order for his "leadership in the field of business innovaiton, notably for his research on the economic and social impact of information technology." Congratulations Don!

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently announced a new $25 million research center funded by Toyota to further the development of autonomous vehicle technologies. Led by CSAIL director Daniela Rus, the new center will focus on developing advanced decision-making algorithms and systems that allow vehicles to perceive and navigate their surroundings safely, without human input. Read more.