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The Moonshot Evangelist: Claire Johnson ’90 Is Steering Google’s Self-Driving Car

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The Moonshot Evangelist: Claire Johnson ’90 Is Steering Google’s Self-Driving Car

On May 28, at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California, Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed a surprise. The tech world already knew that Google has been developing self-driving cars that use laser scanners, cameras, and radars to map nearby terrain, track cars and pedestrians, and even identify construction zones. The vehicles avoid swerving cyclists, stop at traffic lights, and move around Google’s Mountain View neighborhood as naturally as a human-driven SUV. The computer-controlled cars have already logged more than 700,000...

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Visual Arts Faculty, Past and Present, Exhibit and Explain

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This spring, the Nesto Gallery showcased the considerable and varied talents of visual arts faculty members, spanning five decades. This year has been significant in the program’s history: as longtime teachers retire, new and energized educators have joined the scene, advancing Milton’s tradition of excellence in art education. This coming year also marks the first time in recent history that all visual arts classrooms are housed in one building: the renovated Art and Media Center. Thirteen artist-educators shared a spectrum of media used...

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New Americans Will Power Chicago’s Future, Tonantzin Carmona ’08

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New Americans Will Power Chicago’s Future, Tonantzin Carmona ’08

In midmorning, the light reflecting off North LaSalle Street’s towering buildings pours into Tonantzin Carmona’s small office in Chicago’s City Hall. Poised and welcoming, Tonantzin clears the Starbucks cup to one side and ignores the steady ping of incoming emails. She looks every bit her age — 24 years. Last April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Tonantzin director of his Office of New Americans. While rancorous debate about immigrants surges across the United States, Mayor Emanuel has declared that Chicago “will be the most...

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Landing the Viewer Inside the Story, Llewellyn Smith ’72

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Landing the Viewer Inside the Story, Llewellyn Smith ’72

“I’m attracted to the consequences of big ideas shaping people’s lives,” says Llew Smith, summing up what drives his filmmaking. His film legacy over nearly 35 years shows a diligent historian, a fearless visual artist, a sensitive and ambitious chronicler of identity and experience in the United States. Llew is alternately, or sometimes simultaneously, a writer, director, producer, series editor and “especially rainmaker, if you know what I mean.” Llew “backed into filmmaking,” by seizing a number of serendipitous...

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At the Console, Nick Makes Productions Sing

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At the Console, Nick Makes Productions Sing

At the Console, Nick Makes Productions Sing: Ambitious performances push Milton’s sound guru. Nick Mehlman ’16 folds his long body into a seat behind an analog sound board and puts on a headset. It’s Wednesday night at the dress rehearsal of For Colored Girls. In the black box studio down the hall, a student band is warming up. For the first time in a Milton production, the musicians are not seated in the orchestra pit; in King Theatre, the play’s staging and set extends to the far corners of the room, bisecting the audience. How can...

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Worth a Thousand Words: Nick Clark ’65 blurs the lines between fine art and your childhood favorites.

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Worth a Thousand Words: Nick Clark ’65 blurs the lines between fine art and your childhood favorites.

Four wide, welcoming murals — eight feet by 16 — warm the airy central hall of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The textured swaths of red, green, blue, yellow, are stunning tone setters — contemporary collages, you think. But then each painting tugs at a deep-seated visual memory — something familiar, nostalgic — stemming from hundreds of turns with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The murals showcase Eric Carle’s signature tissue-paper technique writ large. Blurring the lines between fine art and...

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In Sight, Fall 2014

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Zion, March 2014 Images by Matt Magann ’17, render views of Zion National Park during Milton’s Outdoor Program trip in March 2014.   Milton’s H. Adams Carter Outdoor Program was founded to honor the Milton graduate (’32), teacher and world-renowned mountaineer, who, in 1947, established the Program’s precursor, the Ski and Mountaineering Club. Through the Program, Milton students learn about the back-country for sport, beauty, contemplation and camaraderie. These outdoor experiences teach students to take responsibility, meet...

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Grade 8 Talks: What Should We Know About You?

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Grade 8 Talks: What Should We Know About You?

It’s Monday morning, and 145 middle schoolers gather in Ware 500. The faithful assembly space buzzes with 8 a.m. energy. Left of stage, an eighth grader flips through a collection of notecards a final time. She takes two deep breaths and steps onto the stage, where four weeks of preparation will culminate in her Grade 8 Talk. On Mondays and Fridays for nine years now, eighth graders have shared themselves with their classmates, and prepared through this experience for the traditional Class IV Talks that lie ahead. Grade 8 Talks, the...

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New And Interdisciplinary: A Wider Lens, A Deeper Look

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New And Interdisciplinary: A Wider Lens, A Deeper Look

Eight new courses at Milton this year integrate disciplines in pursuit of a fuller understanding, and rely upon teachers working in collaboration. Last spring, teachers began preparing for their proposed course work through workshops with Veronica Boix Mansilla. A senior research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Veronica chairs the Future of Learning Institute. Her research examines how to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance. Faculty are excited that these courses...

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Commencement Speaker Betsy Beers ’75

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Commencement Speaker Betsy Beers ’75

Five Things I Have Learned Since Graduating from Milton 1. You will always learn more doing a crap job than a great one. At some point, wait on tables, fold clothes at the Gap, or be a lowly assistant. Not what you expected to hear, right? Take waiting on tables: You see people at their best and their worst, and you have to learn to negotiate between a hungry public and a volatile guy in the kitchen who wields knives as part of his job. Ten tables, all seated at once, all hungry? I still have a nightmare that I come back to a station and all...

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2014 Awards and Prizes

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Priscilla Bailey Award To a senior girl who has been a most valuable asset to Milton Academy athletics and to the Milton Academy community — an athlete who has demonstrated exceptional individual skills and teamwork, as well as true sportsmanship. Kaitlin Kim Gately Henry Warder Carey Prize To members of Class I, who, in public speaking and oral interpretation, have shown consistent effort, thoroughness of preparation, and concern for others. Oluwayemisi Oluwakorede Olorunwunmi  Daisy Eliza Walker Robert L. Daley Prize Created by his...

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Walter McCloskey Names Eight to Remember Stories that moved him, and might move you

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Walter McCloskey Names Eight to Remember  Stories that moved him, and might move you

“Young Goodman Brown”  by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hawthorne’s perverse sense of humor gives this allegory of universal guilt a distinctively comic undertone. “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville Melville’s Bartleby, the lawyer’s scribe who practices a ferocious passive resistance, has taught me one of life’s most useful phrases: “I would prefer not to.” “The Old People” by William Faulkner In this story, which anticipates the much longer and more complex “The Bear,” Faulkner introduces one of his major themes:...

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Their Shortest Assignment Ever!

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Short-shorts by students, like @VeryShortStory,  in 140 characters or less.   She was wild, sassy, but imaginative; so, when she told me she lived in an island in the sky, I thought she was insane. But no, there it was, just like she said. — Sophia Greenaway, Class III I love how you can think you’re at the top with every bend in the path. “False summit,” I think it’s called. You’re not yet, but you will be. — Claire Huffman, Class I She was there. Her stare was oblique. “I’m sorry.” “For what?” Again, the...

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Admission Stats 2014–2015

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Upper School Applications for 2014–2015 — 1,100 New students enrolled — 141 (92 boarding, 49 day) K–8 Applications for 2014–2015 — 413 New students enrolled — 52 K–12 total enrollment — 1,034 Vitals Male — 54% Female — 46% Sibling or legacy — 35% Receive need-based financial aid — 28% New day students are from 48 surrounding cities and towns. The Admission Office hosted 1,400 families visiting for interviews last year. New boarding students come from 20 states. And 14...

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The Art and Media Center: Old Science Repurposed as High Functioning Art Space

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The Art and Media Center: Old Science Repurposed as High Functioning Art Space

For the first time, at least in “modern” history, students can pursue any and all of Milton’s visual arts programs in one building, the Art and Media Center (AMC). This summer, changes that will not strike some as dramatic have nevertheless prepared all three levels of the AMC for unparalleled opportunities and collaboration in the arts. Ian Torney, visual art chair, used the relocation of sculpture, ceramics and woodworking from Robert Saltonstall as a chance to rethink how spaces are outfitted and aligned, not only for today’s world...

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Seminar Day in its Fourth Decade: Economist Sam Bowles Was Keynote

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Seminar Day in its Fourth Decade: Economist Sam Bowles Was Keynote

Economist Sam Bowles was the Sally Bowles Keynote Speaker, leading the student-organized Seminar Day in May. More than 20 other experts and activists followed, covering a wide range of publicly debated domestic and international issues. Many alumni were among the guest speakers, stimulating great questions and discussions. Called the Keyes Seminar Day, this lively event has been one of Milton’s most important traditions since 1977. It is named in honor of its founder, former faculty member Peter Keyes, a legendary promoter of student...

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Lisa Donohue ’83, a Leader in Media and Technology, Will Succeed Brad Bloom as Board President

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Lisa Donohue ’83, a Leader in Media and Technology, Will Succeed Brad Bloom as Board President

Lisa Donohue, Milton Academy Class of 1983, will succeed Brad Bloom as president of the Milton Academy Board of Trustees when his term concludes in 2015. Milton trustees voted in May to elect Lisa as the president, effective July 1, 2015. Since she joined the board in 2008, Lisa has taken a leadership role, particularly in the areas of external relations, strategic planning, campaign preparation, and developing the membership and practices (or processes) of the board. “I am thrilled that I will be able to build on Brad’s strong leadership...

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Ruting Li ’15, A Poet Who Wins Prizes

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Ruting Li ’15, A Poet Who Wins Prizes

When Ruting Li ’15 sits down to write, she doesn’t know quite what will make it to the page. “I don’t set out to write about a particular topic,” she says. “Sometimes I start my writing from a prompt, or an image. Most often I write about something I’ve seen or experienced, which sparks an idea.” In the spring, Ruting’s poetry earned her a finalist spot in many regional and national writing contests, including the Smith College High School poetry contest, the Naked Truth/PEN New England High School writing contest, and the...

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Milton Tennis Dominates

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Milton Tennis Dominates

With ace serves and slicing backhands, the girls’ varsity tennis team dominated the courts of the Independent School League, going undefeated (15–0) and earning the title of ISL Champions after beating Nobles in the last match of the season. The team also earned the NEPSAC Championship trophy over tough competitors. Coach Troy Crichlow ’99 described the season as a perfect culmination of the team’s strong results over the past few years. The team’s top-ranked player, Maddie DeWire ’16, had an outstanding season, winning all of her...

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Jazz at Milton Is Forty Years Young

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Jazz at Milton Is Forty Years Young

Playing one of the signature tunes of hard bop, musicians spanning five decades of Milton Academy jazz gathered onstage to perform “Moanin’” as part of a free concert event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the jazz program on April 4, 2014. Since 1974, Milton’s jazz program, founded and directed by music faculty member Bob Sinicrope, has grown to include more than 75 students involved in the study and performance of jazz in nine different jazz groups. Current jazz students and alumni filled the evening with a range of musical...

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Matt Bingham Extends His Science Classroom by 2,000 Miles

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Matt Bingham Extends His Science Classroom by 2,000 Miles

Practicing what he preaches and teaches, science faculty member Matt Bingham spent two weeks in Greenland this spring with a group of fellow researchers, studying how ocean conditions on the west side of Greenland affect the vast ice sheet covering roughly 80 percent of the country. Milton students supported the trip stateside, writing content for a blog documenting the trip and conducting experiments on samples brought back from Greenland. “The Arctic is warming much faster than the rest of the planet, and this ice sheet is showing evidence...

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Art and Science, Teacher and Student, a Collaboration at the Museum of Science

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Art and Science, Teacher and Student, a Collaboration at the Museum of Science

Artist Anne Neely’s large canvases, filled with rich hues of blues, greens and browns, hang in an exhibit hall in Boston’s Museum of Science. The paintings in Water Stories: Conversations in Paint and Sound reflect Anne’s interpretation of water cleanliness and water access issues plaguing the United States. This merging of art and science developed from a collaboration between teacher and former student. Anne was new to the visual arts faculty in 1974, and David Rabkin ’79 was one of her students, whom Anne describes as “inquisitive...

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Joining Trustees

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Ted Wendell ’58 Edward “Ted” Wendell Jr. ’58 was elected to the board during the summer of 2013. Ted is a founding partner and principal of Northern Cross, LLC. During the 1960s, Ted served as a math teacher, head of admissions, and dean of students at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. He graduated from Harvard College and earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. Ted served as a Milton trustee from 1974 to 1986 and has been active on reunion committees. Ted and his wife, Mary, have been...

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Retiring Trustees

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Kitty Gordan Milton Academy Board of Trustees, 2006–2014 During her eight years on Milton’s board, Kitty brought the wisdom of her deep school experience to serve — generously and graciously — the head of school, all of us as trustees, and the adults and children at Milton today, and through the importance of her work, for years to come. Kitty is reliably open and consistently positive. Her appreciation for how myriad pieces contribute to a whole bigger than the sum of the parts is always evident in her comments. No aspect of...

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