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04-05-2011

Three to Receive Clarkson University Honorary Degrees May 7

Bernard Amadei, T. Berry Brazelton and John Lancaster will be awarded honorary degrees at Clarkson University's 118th commencement on Saturday, May 7.

Each honorary degree recipient will briefly address the students, their families and guests about a topic central to their success in life.

Bernard Amadei is the founding president of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. He is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. He is also the faculty director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, professor of pediatrics emeritus at Harvard Medical School, and Founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital, Boston, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of more than 200 scholarly papers, he has also written 40 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting. Translated into more than 20 languages, these include the now classic Infants and Mothers, and the bestselling Touchpoints series.

John Lancaster is the treasurer and a member of the board of trustees of Handicap International Federation. He recently retired as the executive director of the National Council on Independent Living. From 2000-2004, he served as a policy advisor to the Vietnamese Government and the U.S. Agency for International Development in developing disability law, policy and programs in Viet Nam. From 1995-2000, he distinguished himself in the Clinton Administration in the formulation of disability employment policy as the President’s Committee’s Executive Director.

Commencement weekend will also be marked by the commissioning of United States Army and Air Force ROTC officers on Friday, May 6.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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