Janel Curry, an award-winning geographer and educator, was named the new provost of Gordon College and will begin her tenure in July. Curry has served on the faculty at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Minn., since 1996. Most recently, she held the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspective on Political, Social, and Economic Thought from 2008 to 2012 and was the dean of research and scholarship from 2000 to 2009. She is a past recipient of a Pew Evangelical Scholars fellowship and a two-time Fulbright Scholar.
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Richard Carlson of Marblehead, founder and chief executive officer of Carlson-GMAC Real Estate, was the recipient of the Marian Court College Beacon Award, presented annually to recognize an individual or organization that supports educational initiatives and Marian Court College's core values of integrity, compassion, justice and service. Marian Court College is a Catholic, two-year college in Swampscott.
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Salem resident Kristine Doll was inducted into the Barcelona PEN, the Spanish adjunct of a global organization that recognizes and promotes the work of writers and translators. Doll is a professor of foreign languages at Salem State University and specializes in Spanish and Catalan literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. She also specializes in bilingual service learning internships and the translation of both Spanish and Catalan. She holds a doctorate in Hispanic studies from Brown University.
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Salem physician Thomas Vander Salm was honored with the 2012 Community Clinician of the Year Award by his physician peers of the Essex South District Medical Society. The award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to his patients and the community and who stands out as a leading advocate and caregiver. Vander Salm is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and a member of the cardiac surgery staff at North Shore Medical Center in Salem. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Society of Thoracic Surgeons and was the 2010-2011 president of the Northeast Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a surgeon on the USS Independence.