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Touro Law Center

Lawrence Raful
December 03, 2012


Philip J. Hanlon, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's provost and a professor of mathematics, will be the next president of Dartmouth College. He will take office in July, succeeding Jim Yong Kim, who was selected as president of the World Bank in April. Carol L. Folt, who is serving as Dartmouth's interim president, will return to her role as provost.

Thomas J. Botzman, a professor of economics and vice president for business and finance at St. Mary's College of Maryland, has been named president of Misericordia University. He begins next July.

Sanjay Sarma, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been appointed the university's first director of digital learning.

Rafael Rangel Sostmann, a former president of Mexico's largest private, nonprofit educational system, Tecnológico de Monterrey, has been appointed as a professor of practice for education innovation and a special adviser to the president at Arizona State University.

Lawrence Raful, a professor and former dean at Touro College's Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, has been named director of the New York State Courts' new Pro Bono Initiative, which requires that every law student in the State of New York do 50 hours of pro bono work.


Colleen Conway-Welch, who has been dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for more than 28 years, will retire from that post at the end of the academic year. She will continue to serve on the faculty.


Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, a professor emerita of sociology at the City University of New York who experienced and later studied the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, died on November 17. She was 91. She was a professor of sociology at CUNY's Brooklyn College from 1965 until her retirement in 1999, and was also on the faculty of CUNY's Graduate Center. She taught Brooklyn College's first courses on Asian-American studies, and organized and directed research on the consequences of wartime incarceration on the course of Japanese-Americans' lives.

Roger Jacob Steiner, a professor emeritus of linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Delaware whose French and English dictionary sold millions of copies, died November 2. He was 88.

Correction (12/13/2012, 10:52 a.m.): The date of death for Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi was incorrect in the original version of this article. She died on November 18, not November 17. The text has been corrected.

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