2012-09-20 / News of Record


Islander honored for career contributions

At its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., the American Psychological Association honored Jamestown resident Peter Monti, a Brown University professor, for his career as an influential mentor in the field of addiction treatment. Monti is the director of the university’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

Monti received the Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies in recognition of his distinguished career contributions to education and training. The professor has taught at Brown for more than 35 years.

“I believe that the award is in recognition of the many junior scientists that I have mentored over these many years,” Monti said. “Several of my students are now full professors at prestigious universities and others have been in government service. These awards have enabled me to devote much time to teaching and mentoring, something that I value most highly.”

Ceramic artist honored throughout New England

Island artist Jillian Barber was recently awarded for excellence in ceramics at the 56th annual regional exhibit at the Mystic Art Center. She was also honored at a show titled “Artistic Wanderings” at the Norwich Arts Center in Connecticut, and was featured in a national juried show titled “On the Threshold” at the Attleboro Arts Museum. Barber is a member of the Conanicut Island Art Association, the Jamestown Arts Center, and the Art League of Rhode Island.

Currently, Barber’s work is being displayed at the Sun-Up Gallery in Westerly. The exhibit ends Wednesday, Sept. 19. A series of her masks, creatures and jardini√®res are on display.

Author wins international award for novel

Former Jamestown resident Dr. Padma Venkatraman recently won the South Asia Book Award for her novel “Island’s End.” The novel is inspired by the experiences Venkatraman had over a decade ago, when she worked as an oceanographer on the remote Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. The book was released to starred reviews in four prestigious review journals: Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. This is the second award the author has received for her second novel. “Island’s End” also won the Paterson Prize, given by the Poetry Center at Passaic Community College (New Jersey).

Student will spend semester in Washington, D.C.

Jamestowner Calvert J. Bobola will participate this semester in the Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C. Bobola, a junior majoring in economics, is a graduate of Episcopal High School. Created in 1969, the Hamilton Program in D.C. provides a combination of academic study and experience in national government. The participants in the program conduct research and attend two seminars led by a resident member of Hamilton’s government department, and at the same time work full time in congressional or executive offices.

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