Concert in tribute to Jan Karski and interview with PIASA VP Susanne Lotarski >>
The PIASA Board expresses our sincere condolences on behalf of all PIASA members to the family of Anne Hermanowski-Vosatka, on the recent passing of her mother.
Mary Louise (Shrier) Hermanowski was born July 11th, 1931 in Poznan, Poland. She escaped Poland during World War II and fled with her parents to Sweden before emigrating to the US in 1951. On arriving in New York, she worked to support her parents while attending Hunter College at night to earn her Bachelor's degree. She then attended the Courant Institute of New York University, where she earned a Master's degree in mathematics, and wrote a thesis entitled "A Method for Numerical Solution of Algebraic Equations Having Roots of Almost the Same Absolute Value".
Mary was a computer scientist, and her career began in the early years of computing. Her work in this field was focused on academic institutions - including Brooklyn Polytechnic and C.W. Post, Long Island University, where she was the Director of the Center for Academic Computing.
Mary was a long time PIASA member.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Wojciech Hermanowski, her children, John Hermanowski and Anne Hermanowski-Vosatka, and her four grandsons, Sean Hermanowski, Christophe Vosatka, Karl Vosatka and Lucas Vosatka. Mary was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by both immediate and extended family.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that relatives and friends make donations in Mary’s name to PIASA or the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award >>
An article about Oscar Halecki, PIASA's first Executive Director, written by prof. Thaddeus Gromada, appeared in PAU's recent issue of PAUZA AKADEMICKA. (article)
General Edward Rowny, the US representative to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) under three US Presidents, US commander in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and a distinguished PIASA member just published a new book entitled "An American Soldiers Saga in Korea."
The book can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/AmericanSoldiersSagaKoreanWar/dp/1490352414/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370829195&sr=8-1&key
The "Prof. Piotr S. Wandycz Fund" of $50,000 was begun thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, on March 10, 2008.
The interest on the Fund is to be used to provide assistance to Polish scholars needing assistance to complete research in the U.S. So far two such grants ($2500 each) were made. The maximum grant is $2500.00. Applications for the grant should describe the purpose of the research to be undertaken, the locations for research, and the anticipated results and include a current c.v. and two letters of recommendation. Direct all applications, due May 15th of each year, to M. B. B. Biskupski, Ph.D., President, PIASA
Andrzej Sapkowski's story from "A Polish Book of Monsters" published by PIASA in 2010
is on the short list for this year's Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards (short form category). The
official announcement can be found here: http://www.sfftawards.org/?p=573. The excerpt of the "Spellmaker" can be found here.
The book is available for purchase on our website (www.piasa.org/pb.html)