• Casey Smith of Wesleyan University has been selected for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to study Arabic in Oman during the summer of 2014. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
• Frances Seymour, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, has been awarded the title of Officer by the French Republic's Order of Agricultural Merit (Officier de l'Ordu du Merite Agricole) for her work as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 2006 to 2012.
The Order of Agricultural Merit is bestowed by the French Republic to individuals for outstanding services to agriculture in public duties or in the practice of agriculture. It also rewards people who distinguish themselves in scientific research or in related publications. The rank of “Officier” is one step higher than the rank of “Chevalier”, or “Knight”. It is rare that the Republic of France bestows one of their most distinguished awards on an American woman. Seymour is the daughter of Robert and Pearl Seymour of Chapel Hill.