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People: Year In Review - Part I


12/28/2017

Rajiv Shah Named As President Of The Rockefeller Foundation
Former USAID head Rajiv J Shah is set to be named as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of America's largest and most influential philanthropies, becoming the youngest person and the first Indian-American to lead the group.
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Paramahansa Yogananda's 124th Birth Anniversary
by Sudhir Parikh
Paramahansa Yogananda was born on January 5, 1893 and took Maha Samadhi on March 7, 1952 in Los Angles. He arrived to USA in August of 1920 to Boston to serve as the delegate from India to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in America.
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Obama Honors Kaushik Chowdhury Of Northeastern University
President Barack Obama honors Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University, Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Aradhna Tripati from UCLA with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the US government to scientists and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
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Parag Havaldar Bags Oscar For Technical Achievement
Parag Havaldar, a computer engineer from IIT-Kharagpur, is part of the Oscar Academy Awards' list of winners for Technical achievement.
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All Indian-American Lawmakers To Serve On Influential Congressional Panels
Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ami Bera and Kamala Harris have all been nominated to influential Congressional panels.
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Raghuram Rajan Named Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor Of Finance
Raghuram Rajan, of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, has been named the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance.
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Anant Agarwal Of MIT Receives Padma Shri Award
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX and MIT Professor, is among the eminent recipients of this year's Padma awards, one of India's highest civilian awards. Agarwal is getting the Padma Shri award in the education and literature category. Agarwal is a recipient of of the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.
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Dr. Chitra Dinakar: A Thought Leader In The Field Of Food Allergy
by Ajay Ghosh
"I have increasingly been seeing children with food allergies in my clinic and in my social circles, with many of them having severe, life-threatening allergies to multiple foods," says Dr. Chitra Dinakar. "A significant percentage of them were of Asian Indian origin, and whose parents and grandparents had no history or knowledge of food allergies."
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Suhag Shukla And Sarpreet Kaur Named Faith Leaders To Watch In 2017
Suhag Shukla, Executive Director, Legal Counsel, and co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), and Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director of Sikh Coalition have been named among twelve "faith leaders to watch in 2017" by the Center for American Progress.
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Anil Saigal And Jonjy Ananth Appointed Asian American Commisioners
State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg appointed Dr. Anil Saigal of Burlington, MA, and Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg appointed Dr. Jonjy Ananth of Shrewsbury, MA, as new Commissioners on the Asian American Commission for a three year term.
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Lakshmi S. Nair Of UConn Named Fellow Of The National Academy Of Inventors
Lakshmi S. Nair of the University of Connecticut and Ponisseril Somasundaran of Columbia University were among the list of 175 leaders of academic invention named by The National Academy of Inventors to NAI Fellow status.
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Ramesh Shah Of Ekal Vidyalaya Felicitated For Community Service
Ramesh Shah of Houston, TX has been felicitated by the Indian Consulate for his contribution towards the community and starting Ekal Vidyalaya, a mission that provides education to millions in tribal India.
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Asian American Commissioners Sworn In
State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg administered the oath of office and officially inducted the newly nominated Asian American Commissioners on The swearing-in ceremony was held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Treasurer Goldberg's Office.
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Arindam Bose Of CT Elected To NAE
Arindam Bose, Bimal K. Bose, Jay Giri, Omkaram Nalamasu, Jagdish Narayan, Sorab Panday, Sridhar R. Tayur and George Varghese were among the 84 new members and 22 foreign members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
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Sumathi Narayanan Makes It To The Top Yet Again In 2016
Sumathi Narayanan makes it to the top yet again in 2016, as the number one realtor in the town of Shrewsbury based on the volume of business done in the year.
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Participants Needed: Saheli & Boston University Research Study
Saheli and a research partner at BU are conducting a study to better understand the needs of South Asian women and families. Please take a few minutes to participate and help us to identify gaps to improve our services.
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Another Historic Win For The Lexington Indian-Americans
Congratulations to Hema Bhatt, Narain Bhatia, Sunny Chandra, Vikas Kinger, Vineeta Kumar and Dinesh Patel, who were elected as Town Meeting Members in Lexington, MA.
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Rashid Shaikh Running For The Selectman Position In Shrewsbury
"Water contamination, sewer capacity, new gas pipeline, neglected road infrastructure, public safety, and school budget constraints even with recent overrides are daunting issues for Shrewsbury," says Rashid Shaikh, who is running for the position of Selectman.
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AAPI Elects Dr. Sapna Aggarwal As New England Regional Director
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, known as AAPI, has elected Dr. Sapna Aggarwal, IMANE President - 2016, as its New England Regional Director for the year 2017-18.
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Tulsi Gabbard Elected Co-chair Of The Congressional India Caucus
Congratulations to Tulsi Gabbard who was elected co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus. She looks forward to helping to improve U.S.-India ties and working on issues of importance between the two countries.
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Cancer: A Yogic Perspective
If you have read what has been written about cancer, you may have noticed that opinions and concepts seem to change frequently, sometimes dramatically.
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Immigrant Learning Center To Honor 36 Massachusetts Entreprenuers
Congratulations to Vijay Nalamada, Bhaskar Panigrahi, Anil Shah, Nagarjuna Venna, Ajikumar Parayil and Raj Aggarwal, who wwill be honored at The Immigrant Learning Center's sixth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards on May 4th.
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Kumu Gupta Receives 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Kumu Gupta is recipient of 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who for her achievements and accolades in both professional as well as community work.
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Professor Krishna Rajan Leads Multimillion Dollar Hunt For New Materials
Professor Krishna Rajan, who heads materials science research at the University at Buffalo, just received a multimillion dollar grant from the Toyota Research Institute for his department. The $2.4 million for materials science research grant announced March 31, aims to make next generation vehicles carbon-neutral.
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Dr. Nidhi Lal Is Honored By Middlesex North District Medical Society
As 2017 Community Clinician Of The Year

Nidhi K. Lal, M.D., M.P.H., an urgent care physician at Lowell General Hospital, has been honored by her physician peers of the Middlesex West District Medical Society as its 2017 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician.
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Jonjy Ananth Sworn In As A Reserve-Deputy Sheriff
Jonjy Ananth MD, MBA was sworn in as a Reserve-Deputy Sheriff by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton on Saturday April 8, 2017. The event was attended by over 200 guests including other newly sworn-in Reserve-Deputy Sheriffs.
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Dr. Seema Arora Elected To AAPI Board Of Trustees
Congratulations to Dr. Seema Arora, who was recently elected to the AAPI Board of Trustees starting June 2017. She currently serves as the Regional Director for the New England area.
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Saheli Elects New Board Members
Saheli, Support And Friendship For South Asian Women And Families, has elected six new South Asian community members to its Board of Directors. “We welcome these skilled women and men to the Saheli Board and look forward to working with them to make the lives of women and girls safe and healthy,” commented Gouri Banerjee, Ph. D. President of the Board 2017-2019.
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Presidential Honor For Boston Resident Dr. Mahesh Mehta
Long time Boston resident Dr. Mahesh J. Mehta was honored by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee during the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas ceremonies in Bengaluru, India. Dr. Mehta was awarded Pravasi Bhartiya Sanman (Appreciation) Award for Community Service. He will be recognized by the Boston community at the upcoming Hindu Heritage Day event.
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Janine T. Saldanha Elected To The Board Of Trustees Of Lynnfield Public Library
Janine T. Saldanha, M.D. was elected to the Board of Trustees of Lynnfield Public Library in Lynnfield, MA, as it builds a fantastic new Library for the 21st century.
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Chhavi Verg Crowned Miss USA 2017 First Runner-up
During an evening that celebrated beauty and diversity, Rutgers University student, 20-year-old Miss New Jersey 2017 Chhavi Verg – who was among the top fan favorites – was crowned Miss USA 2017 first runner-up on May 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Kartic Chandran Discovers A A Possible Cure For All Five Known Ebola Viruses
Kartic Chandran and his team have discovered a possible cure for all five known Ebola viruses, one of which ravaged West Africa in recent years.
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ONR's Science And Technology Organization Announces 2017 Young Investigator Awards
Dr. Dhruv Batra, Dr. Pavithra Prabhakar, Dr. Padmini Rangamani and Dr. Kaushik Sengupta honored as recipients of the 2017 Young Investigator Award by the Office of Naval Research's Science and Technology Organization.
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Dr. Nikhil Munshi Named To Association Of American Physicians For 2017
Dr. Nikhil Munshi of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Naga Chalasani, Sanjay Saint and Anil Sood — as well as the other 56 physicians, were honored in recognition of their pursuit of medical knowledge, the advancement — through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science — and their application to clinical medicine, were named to the Association of American Physicians for 2017.
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Raja Chari Among 12 New Astronauts Chosen By NASA
U.S. Space Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has chosen 12 new astronauts, including Lt Col Raja Chari from Iowa and a MIT graduate, from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, who will be trained for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space.
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Padma Vibhushan Award For Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev receives India’s highest annual civilian award for “exceptional and distinguished service in recognition of over seven million volunteers of Isha worldwide, involved in transmitting the science of inner wellbeing and the Tamil people in particular.
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B.D. Nayak Elevated To American Institute Of Architects College Of Fellows
B.D. Nayak, Architect of Braintree, MA was elevated to American Institute of Architects (AIA), College of Fellows and was awarded a Fellowship Medal at an investiture ceremony during AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, FL.
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Thomas Zacharia As Director Of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Zacharia is the new director of the Tennessee-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Salil Desai Named ASEE Outstanding Engineering Educator
Dr. Salil Desai, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named as an outstanding engineering educator by The American Society for Engineering Education and will receive the DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award during the Society’s 124th annual conference.
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GST Will Bring Transparency
"It is exciting to serve in the IRS at this time. GST is about to be rolled out and it will bring transparency" says Amarjeet Singh, who serves as Additional Commissioner at Customs for State of Gujrat at Ahmedabad. An IIT graduate, he talked about his passion to serve India and shared how his work at the revenue services impact India.
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Anantha Chandrakasan Named Dean Of School Of Engineering At MIT
Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been named dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, effective July 1.
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Cindy Friedman Wins Democratic Nomination
Cindy Friedman was the long-time Chief of Staff to the late Senator Ken Donnelly. She won the Democratic nomination for his seat in the primaries that were held on June 27. The general election is scheduled on July 25.
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Dance: Year In Review - Part I


The dance scene in 2017 was extremely active in New England. Bollywood competitions, Arangetrams and other fabulous events delighted audiences.
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Cartoon: Going Back To Work


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Young Professionals: Year In Review - Part I

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