Prof. emerita Laurel Rasplica Rodd will be awarded the high honor of the Japanese Imperial Decoration The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in a conferment ceremony on June 30, 2017, in the official residence of the Consulate-General of Japan in Boulder. The Consulate-General says, “As a researcher and educator for over 40 years in the fields of Japanese language and literature, Dr. Rodd has displayed great dedication toward the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between the people of Japan and the United States. Her deep involvement in various organizations and activities exemplifies the character the commendation is meant to honor." — Congratulations to Professor Rodd on this high honor and recognition of her work!