Four to receive SUNY honorary degrees

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A visionary who developed the world’s most popular mapping Web site, an internationally beloved spiritual leader and humanitarian, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and a pioneering leader in drug discovery have been selected to receive honorary degrees from the State University of New York.

UB alumni Barry Glick, founder of MapQuest, and Robert Vince, whose work has had a transformative impact on the treatment of AIDS/HIV and other critical diseases, will receive SUNY honorary doctorates in science May 9 at UB’s 164th general commencement ceremony.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, founder of a charitable foundation and founder and chancellor of Amrita University in India, will receive a SUNY honorary doctorate in humane letters at a special ceremony to be held May 25. Steve Reich, widely considered to be among the world’s major living composers, will receive a SUNY honorary doctorate in music in a special ceremony to be held June 1. Details of those ceremonies are still being determined.

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