Notre Dame will confer seven honorary degrees at this year’s commencement ceremony, the University announced in a press release Thursday. Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist, will receive a doctor of science honorary degree. Colwell, whose work focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health will join six previously announced honorary degree recipients.Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the release stated.“A highly sought-after counselor on science policy and education matters, she has held advisory positions within government, nonprofit science policy organizations, private foundations and the international scientific research community,” the release stated. “The author or co-author of 17 books and more than 800 scientific publications, she has been awarded 61 honorary degrees.”Tags: Honorary degree, Rita Colwell
Forty-two year old Helio Castroneves says he feels like a 19-year old. When he had his annual physical for the 2017 Indy Car Series, his doctor confirmed that he has the body of a much younger man. In just a couple months, we will be ready for the Indy 500 and Castroneves is hoping his 20th season in racing brings another 500 win.At the present time, he is the only active driver with 3 wins at the Indy 500. Although he did not win a race last year, he still finished 3rd in the season standings. If Helio can get that 4th win, he will join some of the legends of the brickyard with 4 wins. The very popular Castroneves is obviously a fan favorite at Indianapolis. We will have to wait to see how he does in May.