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Pratt and Navy team up in engineering management

The Pratt School of Engineering has agreed to partner with the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program to let nuclear-trained Navy officers enroll in Pratt’s Master of Engineering Management degree program.

Under the agreement signed Feb. 9 Navy students would receive advanced standing for prior Navy work, up to 12 credits, as well as a partial fellowship from Pratt. Two Navy officers are already participating in the program.

The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts will also give out fellowships to engineering students next year. The $9,000 grants will reward students interested in aeronautics, space and the sciences who show extraordinary originality and dedication in their academic pursuits.

Proposals are due by April 15 and can be found and submitted through NIAC’s website.

OTS taps new president

Elizabeth Losos will take over as president and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies March 1. She will oversee an international consortium of 63 universities and research institutions. The organization has a staff of about 160 in training graduate students at three field stations in Costa Rica and satellite locations in other countries.

Losos—who has a doctorate in biology and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University—comes to OTS from the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Tropical Forestry Science, where she heads a forest research network that spans four continents and 14 countries.

She will replace Donald Stone, a professor emeritus in botany. He was the executive director of OTS from 1976 to 1996 and interim CEO since 2003.

Broad plans for Central to be laid out

Provost Peter Lange and Vice President for Campus Services Kemel Dawkins will describe a “broad conceptual phase” for Central Campus’ redevelopment in an open meeting with Durham residents today, nearly a year after a similar discussion that raised residents’ concern about zoning and retail issues.

The University is developing plans for such things as how Central will link East and West Campuses, what amenities it will have and how its new housing will be arranged. The first phase of redevelopment will include two dormitories.

More detailed plans will be laid out for the 200-acre plot of land in the next couple of months.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Erwin Mill Building, 2024 W. Main St.

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