President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts


 

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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

For Immediate Release  April 01, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Janine Davidson – Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Dennis M. McCarthy, USMC (Ret) – Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
  • F. Whitten Peters – Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
  • Margaret C. Harrell – Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
  • Hyman Bass  – Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez – Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
  • Joseph S. Francisco – Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science

 

 

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

 

 

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

Dr. Janine Davidson, Appointee for Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force

Dr. Janine Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.   From 2009 to 2012, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans.  From 2006 to 2008, she was a Director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.  Dr. Davidson began her career in the United States Air Force, where she was an aircraft commander and senior pilot for the C-130 and the C-17 cargo aircraft.  She received a B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

 

 

Lieutenant General Dennis M. McCarthy, USMC (Ret), Appointee for Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
Lieutenant General Dennis M. McCarthy is a principal for The Military Experts, a consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  Previously, from 2005 to 2009, he was Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.  Lt. Gen. McCarthy retired from the Marine Corps in 2005, completing over 40 years of active and reserve military service.  He commanded eight Marine Corps or Joint organizations, including the 3rd Marine Division and overall command of the Marine Corps Reserve.  He began his military service in combat in Vietnam.  From 1978 to 1999, he was managing partner of his private law practice.  He received a B.A. from the University of Dayton and a J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

F. Whitten Peters, Appointee for Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
F. Whitten Peters is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC.  From 1999 to 2001, he served as the Secretary of the Air Force.  Previously, from 1997 to 1999, he was Under Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Air Force.  From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Peters was Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Defense. Before his service at the Department of Defense, he practiced law at Williams & Connolly, which he joined in 1978.  From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Peters served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy.  He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.S. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

 

Dr. Margaret C. Harrell, Appointee for Member, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
Dr. Margaret C. Harrell is the Director of the Army Health Program and a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation.  From July 2011 to August 2012, she served concurrently as Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  Dr. Harrell has worked with the RAND Corporation for over 20 years, focusing on manpower and personnel, military families, military quality of life, and veterans.  She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

 

 

Dr. Hyman Bass, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
Dr. Hyman Bass is the Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan.  He was first appointed to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2011, and is a 2006 recipient of the National Medal of Science.  He has served as the President of the American Mathematical Society, the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, and was Chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Mathematical Sciences Education Board.  He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.  He won the Van Amringe Prize for his book, Algebraic K-theory, and the Cole Prize in Algebra from the American Mathematical Society.  Dr. Bass received a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

 

 

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez is a Regents and a Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor at Arizona State University.  President Obama first appointed him to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science in 2010.  He is the founding director of the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, and is the Executive Director of the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute and The Institute for Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science.  His awards include the Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.  Dr. Castillo-Chavez is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a Founding Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.  He is a past member of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis Scientific Advisory Boards and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Council.  Dr. Castillo-Chavez received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

 

Dr. Joseph S. Francisco, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
Dr. Joseph S. Francisco is the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at Purdue University.  He was first appointed to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2010.  Dr. Francisco’s laboratory focuses on basic studies in spectroscopy, kinetics, and photochemistry of novel transient species in the gas phase.  He was President of the American Chemical Society in 2010, and served as President of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers from 2005 to 2007.  Dr. Francisco is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Francisco received a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

 

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Black History Moment: Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II. R.I.P. Jazz Trumpeter


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a pop artist.

 

 

Donald Byrd
Birth name Donaldson Toussaint

L’Ouverture Byrd II

Born December 9, 1932
Origin DetroitMichiganUnited States
Died February 4, 2013
Genres Bop
Hard bop
Funk
Soul
Instruments Trumpet
Associated acts Pepper AdamsGigi Gryce,

Jackie McLeanHank Mobley

 

 

 

Biography

Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.

 

While still at the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, as replacement for Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the day, including John ColtraneSonny RollinsThelonious Monk, and later Herbie Hancock. Byrd’s first regular group was a quintet that he co-led from 1958-61 with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured “live” on At the Half Note Cafe. In June 1964, Byrd jammed with jazz legend Eric Dolphy in Paris just two weeks before Dolphy’s death from insulin shock.

 

In the 1970s, Byrd moved away from the hard-bop jazz idiom and began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. He teamed up with the Mizell Brothers (producer-writers Larry and Fonce) for Black Byrd in 1973. It was highly successful and became Blue Note Records’ highest-ever selling album. The title track climbed to No. 19 on Billboard′s R&B chart and reached the Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at No. 88. The Mizell brothers’ follow-up albums for Byrd, Street LadyPlaces and Spaces and Stepping into Tomorrow, were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3.

 

 

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Most of the material for the albums was written by Larry Mizell. In 1973, he created The Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits including “Happy Music” (No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop), “Walking In Rhythm” (No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop) and “Rock Creek Park”.

 

During his tenure at North Carolina Central University during the 1980’s, he formed a group which included students from the college called, Donald Byrd & the 125th St NYC Band. He taught at Rutgers University, the Hampton InstituteNew York UniversityHoward UniversityQueens College,Oberlin CollegeCornell UniversityNorth Carolina Central University and Delaware State University. In addition to his master’s from Manhattan School of Music, Byrd had two master’s degrees from Columbia University. He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982.

 

Byrd lived in Teaneck, New Jersey until his death on February 4, 2013 at the age of 80.

 

 

 

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Influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd passed away on Monday due to causes not yet revealed, Amoeba Records reports. He was 80 years old.

 

According to Amoeba, the news was passed along by Byrd’s nephew, Alex Bugnon, who said: “I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family.”

 

Byrd’s influence was felt long past his peak as a recording trumpeter– his work has been sampled by hip-hop artists ranging from Public Enemy and Nas to Madlib and the Pharcyde.  J Dilla repurposed Byrd’s “Think Twice” for a song on his album Welcome 2 Detroit.

 

“Let’s remember Donald as a one of a kind pioneer of the trumpet, of the many styles of music he took on, of music education,” Bugnon wrote in a statement, according to Amoeba. “In sum, Donald was an avid, eternal student of music, until his death. That’s what I try to be, everyday!! Rest in peace, uncle!”

 

 

Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds: “Happy Music”

 

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1975 • City Life LP •
Produced by Donald Byrd and released on Fantasy. Great album of Funk, rhythms & melodies are amazing. Happy Music is a killer dancefloor track, put your dancing shoes & feel the FUNK !

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds- Rock Creek Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Byrd – (Falling Like) Dominoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald byrd – Places and spaces out ther. (good sound)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Byrd – Witch Hunt (Street Lady 1973)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Byrd – Flight Time

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

As leader

Blue Note Records
Landmark Records
Other labels

As sideman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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