Alumni in the News Archive
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Investor and Engineer Named Honored Alumnus
Mike Abbott (B.S., Biochemistry, 1994) is this year's honored alumnus for the College of Science & Mathematics. Abbott joined venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm's digital practice. He helps entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale up teams and ventures.
Kinesiology Alumnus Leads Women's Youth National Water Polo Team to Victory
Cal Poly alumnus Andrew Silva (B.A., Political Science, 2002; M.S., Kinesiology, 2010) picked up a gold medal last summer — as a coach. He helped lead the USA Women's Youth National Water Polo Team to a first place finish in the 2014 Union Americana de Natacion Junior Pan American Championship.
Counseling and Guidance Alumna is New STEM Program Counselor-Manager at Taft College
Taft College has taken another major step to advance its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program, with the hiring of Stacie Rancano (M.A., Education, 2014) as the STEM program manager-counselor.
Michael Fisher named Director of Admissions at Tucson High School
Michael Fisher (B.S., Kinesiology, 1999) has been named director of admissions at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz. Fisher will lead the school's efforts in recruitment, admission and retention of students.
Kinesiology Alumnus Named to USA Water Polo Coaching Staff
Andrew Silva (M.S. Kinesiology, 2010) has been named to the coaching staff for the U.S. Women's Youth Water Polo National Team at the Junior Pan American Championships in Riverside, Calif. Silva currently serves as head coach of the women's water polo team at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif.
Watch the news of Silva's appointment on KSBY
Statistics Alumnus Creates New Disney Products
If you've ever wondered where ideas come from at Disney, look no farther than David Horn (B.S., Statistics, 2010). Horn is director of engineering and analytics for Disney Interactive Labs, a division that develops new products and apps for the Internet and mobile media.
Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Names Mathematics Alumnus Man of the Year
Alumnus David Haussler (M.S., Mathematics, 1979) has earned the honor of Man of the Year from the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. A professor of engineering at UC Santa Cruz, he led the team that assembled the first human genome sequence.
Biology Alumna Presents on Biofuels at Jan. 30 Science Cafe
As part of the Science Café presentation “Unlocking the Energy Secrets of the Planet,” attendees will have their knowledge of biofuels tested and hear about Kathleen Krueger's research on fungi as a potential biofuel. The presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the second floor cafe lounge at Kennedy Library. Kathleen Krueger is a STEM Teacher and Researcher Program (STAR) fellow who studied fungi at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.
For more information, go to Kennedy Library Out Loud.
Congratulations December Grads!
(December) — The newest batch of Cal Poly alumni began the rest of their lives last Saturday, Dec. 14. Congratulations and best of luck to our new grads!
Physics Alumnus Keeps World's Largest Telescope Running
Aside from being a proud member of the League of Physicists Who Own Tractors, Mike Pollard (B.S., Physics, 1998) is the senior engineer in the Technical Services Department at W. M. Keck Observatory, home to the two largest and most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes in the world. Set atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, Keck Observatory's 10-meter-diameter mirrors allow the world's top physicists to take advantage of the clear, dark atmosphere above the island. All areas of astronomy and astrophysics research have greatly benefited from the observatory.
Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics Dedicated Nov. 1
Photo by Brittany App
SAN LUIS OBISPO (November) — The campus community, donors, alumni and friends of Cal Poly gathered to dedicate the new Warren J. Baker Center for Science & Mathematics Nov. 1.
Dedication audience in front of the Baker Center Photo by Brittany App President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Phil Bailey, dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, recognized the contributions of donors, architects, builders and artists as well as Cal Poly faculty, staff and students.
Chemistry Alumnus Appointed Vice President of Product Development at HealthTell
(June) — Ted Tasarow (B.S., Chemistry, 1989) has joined HealthTell, Inc. as Vice President Product Development. HealthTell is developing accurate, sensitive tests to detect and monitor cancer and other chronic diseases. Tasarow brings with him experience in developing medical diagnostic services.
Teaching Candidate Overcomes the Odds
SAN LUIS OBISPO — For a perfect example of a lifelong learner, look no further than Kathleen Krueger (B.S., Biological Sciences, 2004; Single Subject Credential in Biological Sciences, 2010). Krueger earned both her bachelor's degree and single subject credential while working full time for Cal Poly's custodial services.
Learn by Doing Inspires Alum's Teaching Style
SAN LUIS OBISPO (March) — Malcolm McClain (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, 1997; Single Subject Credential, Biological Sciences, 2000), a science teacher at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helan, Calif., credits Cal Poly's Learn by Doing approach with forming the foundation of his teaching style, according to an article in the St. Helena Star. “Cal Poly’s motto, is ‘learn by doing.’ And, so, that’s what happens in my class," McClain is quoted as saying.
Read more about McClain in the St. Helena Star
Biology Professor Receives Conservation Award
SAN LUIS OBISPO (February) — On Feb. 22, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honored Cal Poly alumnus and Biological Sciences Professor Francis Villablanca with the service's Conservation Award. The award is given on a case-by-case basis. Villablanca was recognized for "outstanding efforts to conserve the natural resources of San Luis Obispo County, and in particular his leadership on recovery efforts for the endangered Morro Bay kangaroo rat," said Chris Kofron of Fish and Wildlife.
Read more about the conservation award
Learn by Doing Inspires Alum's Teaching Style
Malcolm McClain (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, 1997; Single Subject Credential, Biological Sciences, 2000), a science teacher at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helan, Calif., credits Cal Poly's Learn by Doing approach with forming the foundation of his teaching style, according to an article in the St. Helena Star. “Cal Poly’s motto, is ‘learn by doing.’ And, so, that’s what happens in my class," McClain is quoted as saying.
Read more about McClain in the St. Helena Star
Chemistry Grad to Practice Medicine in Native Cambodia
Daniel Chan (B.S., Chemistry, 1994) recalled his rough childhood in Cambodia and decided to return to provide medical care to the poor and hungry. He and more than 100 medical professionals - including surgeons, optometrists, nurses and pharmacists – estimate they will treat about 1,000 patients a day. Currently Chan serves as the lead clinician and senior partner at Healthcare Partners in Los Alamitos. He departed mid-February.
Read more on BelmontShore-NaplesPatch
Cal Poly Triple Grad Named Napa County 2012 Teacher of the Year
Thirty seconds in the classroom with Jennifer Castelazo (B.S., Microbiology, 1989; M.S., Agriculture, 1994; Single Subject Credential, Physical Sciences, 1994) make it clear why Napa County chose her as Teacher of the Year in 2012. Her enthusiasm for learning is infectious.
"I'm a lifelong learner, and I think that's the important part. You need to impart to your students the excitement of learning," Castelazo said.
Read more about Castelazo
Cal Poly to Host Feb. 20 Conversation with 2012 National Teacher of the Year
Cal Poly and the Clark Center for the Performing Arts will host a presentation by Cal Poly alumna Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Mieliwocki will present “Supercharging the Education Profession by Igniting the Power of One” at the Clark Center at Arroyo Grande High School, 487 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande. Mieliwocki has taught for 14 years, including nine years in her current position as a seventh-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, Calif. “Students learn best when they have the most enthusiastic, engaged teachers possible,” she said.
School of Ed Alumna Honored as Cambria Citizen of the Year
The Cambrian reported that the Cambria, Calif., Chamber of Commerce chose Marcelle Bakula (Teaching Credential, Social Science, 1981; Special Education, 2004) as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. Bukala was honored for her tireless volunteer efforts supporting multiple local projects from land preservation to children's programs.
Read the article in The Cambrian
Biology Alumna Named Industry Leader in West Virginia
Amy Flynn (B.S., Microbiology, 1998) has been names one of 10 Young Guns by West Virginia Executive Magazine. The annual award goes to industry leaders in West Virginia who demonstrate ingenuity and have taken risks on their road to success.
Read the article about Flynn's award in West Virginia Executive Magazine
Bio Alum Named San Luis Obispo County Undersheriff
(March) Tim Olivas (B.S., Biological Sciences, '89) will join the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office in mid-April as undersheriff, the second in command at the county's largest law enforcement agency. Olivas, 49, will succeed Undersheriff Martin Basti, who is retiring. Sheriff Ian Parkinson described Olivas as a "trustworthy, forward-looking leader." Olivas, Morro Bay's Police Chief since 2010, said he is looking forward to being involved in upcoming plans and projects at the Sheriff’s Office, including construction of a new women’s jail facility, moving the property and evidence room and improving volunteerism. Olivas, a Cal Poly graduate, started working for Morro Bay police in 1987 but left in 1990 to work for the Department of Fish and Game. He became a captain in the department and supervised game wardens working along California’s coast from the Oregon border to northern San Luis Obispo County. He returned to the Central Coast in 2004 to join the Morro Bay Police Force..
Read about Olivas' appointment as undersheriff in the SLO Tribune
Bio Alumna Brings Community Involvement to Physical Therapy Business
(February) Mary Ann Burke (B.S., Biological Sciences, '86) owns and operates North County Physical Therapy’s locations in Atascadero and Paso Robles. She and her staff are heavily involved in healthy community events. After graduating from Cal Poly, Burke master’s in physical therapy at University of the Pacific. She returned to the Central Coast and took an open position North County Physical Therapy, going on to become the business owner.
Read the feature on Burke in the Atascadero News
Math Alum Returns to Hometown to Teach
(February) Nicholas Bugayong (B.S., Liberal Studies, '10) now teaches math at Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville, a small agricultural town in Santa Cruz County. He's also helped launch Rolling Hills Algebra Academy, which offers a week of intensive study with Bugayong and professors from CSU Monterey Bay at the offices of Granite Rock Co. Bugayong said the academy -- for which students volunteer -- is helping them master algebra.
Read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
Education Alum Recalls WWII Days as a Tuskegee Airman
(February) Before he came to Cal Poly, Art Hicks (B.S., Education, 1975) was one of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Air Force. He was among the original Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Born in 1922 in segregated Georgia, Hicks faced institutionalized racism from childhood. “Even as kids, we understood,” he said, “and in case we didn’t, they reminded us by throwing rocks through the window." But in 1940, he applied for a job with the U.S. Air Force. ”My first solo flight was the most exciting thing I have ever done,” he said. “I was about 20 years old in a little yellow plane called a Piper Cub. And to understand where I came from, what I had accomplished, and what hopes I had achieved; oh, it was indescribable.”
Read about Hicks in the Santa Barbara Independent
Bio Alumna Battling Disease at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
(January) Melinda Beck (M.S., Biological Sciences, '83) earned her bachelor's in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley; after earning her master's degree at Cal Poly, she went on to earn a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology at Ohio State University. Beck and her nine-person research team at UNC at Chapel Hill have discovered that flu vaccinations may not be as effective in people who are overweight. Over the course of a two-year study, Beck's team documented a steep drop in flu-fighting antibodies in overweight college students during the year following a flu shot.
Read more about the study in the Triangle Business Journal
Biology Alum Tackling Coastal Crime Environment as Police Chief
(January) Tim Olivas (B.S., Environmental and Systematic Biology, '89) is now Chief of Police in Morro Bay. In response to funding cuts, Olivas and other Central Coast law enforcement agencies are opting back into San Luis Obispo County's gang and drug task force. “Forming a local unified front is what we need to combat narcotics and gangs in our county, so it’s critically important for us to get involved,” Olivas says. Olivas became the Morro Bay police chief in April, 2010. He joined the department as a police commander in 2004 after 14 years with the state Department of Fish and Game.
Read about Olivas in the SLO Tribune
Education Alum Heads Coast Union High School
(January) Wade Lawrence (M.A., Educational Leadership and Administration, '11) was named interim principal at Coast Union High School in Cayucos. Lawrence, who has taught for Coast Unified School District since 1993, received his bachelor’s of science degree from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1991.
Chem Alum Turns Attention to Beer in Redondo Beach
(January) During a 1994 trip through the Pacific Northwest, Heather Tomley and Wes Jacobs (B.S., Chemistry, '94) developed an appreciation for beer after visiting several small breweries. Inspired, Tomley bought her future husband a home brewing kit for Christmas. Jacobs quickly went to work using his background as a chemistry major at Cal Poly. Jacobs built a brewing operation in a shed in the backyard of their San Pedro home, and a small private beer garden next to it. Now, nearly 18 years later, the married couple have turned their passion into a profession by opening the Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach.
Read the story in the LA Times
Bio Alum Chasing, Documenting Phantom Albino Redwoods
(January) Brandon Sims (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, '06) is an expert on enigmatic albino redwood trees, nicknamed “Ghost Tree.” Sims, a botanist with the California Native Plant Society in Sacramento, helps draft the organization’s Rare Plant Index. In an interview with a Central Coast newspaper, Sims said the albino trees are actually parasites, feeding off the roots of a normal host redwood. Sims first saw a wild albino redwood during his time as a student at Cal Poly. As a teacher’s assistant for now-retired biological sciences professor Dr. David Keil, Sims accompanied botany class field excursions to Big Sur, where the class would identify native plant species.
Read more about Sims and albino redwoods
Pacheco High Adds Learning Director/Assistant Principal
Trevor Agnitsch, 35, is the new learning director and assistant principal at Pacheco High School in Los Banos, CALIF according to Los Banos Enterprise. "I have got unlimited energy," said Agnitsch (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000). "You can talk to the closest people I know. I am very passionate about everything I do." The graduate of Cal Poly taught in Benicia and later moved to Los Banos in order to commute to his job at Gilroy High School.
Math Alum Named VP at Neustar Labs
(November) Joe Pasqua (B.S., Math, '81, B.S., Computer Science, '81) was named vice president of Neustar Labs. Before taking the newly created position, Pasqua served as chief technology officer of Symantec's $2 billion data center business. He also led Symantech's global research operations, producing technologies for security and storage products. As vice president of Neustar Labs, he will be responsible for applied research and innovation.
Biology Alumnus Dies in Wind Storm While Protecting Condors
(November) Cal Poly alumnus and wildlife biologist Michael Tyner (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, '04) was killed by a falling branch in Big Sur in November 2011 after caring for one of the California condors he was dedicated to saving. Tyner worked for the Ventana Wilderness Society as a field supervisor for its California Condor Recovery Program. On Nov. 30, Tyner went into the Los Padres National Forest with colleagues to check on a young condor recently released to the wild. While there, the winds picked up. Meteorology reports said gusts of up to 70 mph were recorded in the area that afternoon. After checking on the condor, Tyner was driving an ATV out of the wilderness area when he was struck by a falling oak branch. His colleagues traveling in a separate ATV came upon the scene and found him. Colleagues called his loss "catastrophic."
Read more about Michael Tyner
Cal Poly Couple Profiled for Their Adoptive Family
(November) School of Education alum James Barnett (B.S., Applied Art and Design, '94, M.A., Education Administration, '06) and his wife Jacque (B.S., Applied Art and Design, '94) were profiled about their adoptive family. The couple met while studying applied art and design at Cal Poly. She was from the San Joaquin Valley, he hailed from the Bay Area, and they settled on the Central Coast as a couple in their early 20s, ready to start a family. After seven years of trying to get pregnant, the couple turned to private adoption and now have four children and a happy home.
Read more about the Barnetts
Bio Grad Goes On to Med School, Comes Back to Practice Medicine, Rebuild a Craftsman Home
(November) After J. Trees Ritter (B.S., Biological Sciences, '96) graduated from Cal Poly, he left San Luis Obispo to attend medical school. When he and wife Tamzin returned nine years later, they wanted to experience the city to its fullest by living close to downtown. They found a 1918 Craftsman bungalow in desperate need of a major remodel. The three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,400-square-foot home seemed like a snug fit for a family of five and their two dogs -- and the youngest of their three daughters was just 2 months old.
Read about the Ritters and the remodel in the Homes section of the SLO Tribune
Ecology Alum Brings Urban Farming to Morro Bay
(November) Tyler Newton (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, '00) returned to Morro Bay with his wife Jennifer in 2005 to start Newton Cultivation. Before that, he was awarded a grant from UC Davis to sail around the world, testing and collecting water. Now, he raises plants and produce on about an acre of land at the main entrance to Morro Bay, and is helping the city plant trees and create a garden at St. Timothy's Church. Oh, and also trying to keep the town's Guerilla Gardeners under control.
Read about Newton in the SLO Tribune
Math Alum Named President at Cuesta College
(November) The Cuesta College Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Gilbert H. Stork (B.S., Math, '63; M.S., Math, '66) as the community college's new superintendent/president in November 2011. Stork has been serving as Cuesta College’s interim superintendent and president since January 2010. He has a longstanding relationship with Cuesta College dating back to 1967: he has served as an assistant football coach, mathematics instructor, division chair, associate dean, dean, and assistant superintendent/vice president of student services. Stork earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Cal Poly and his doctorate in educational administration from Brigham Young University.
Read the SLO Tribune coverage
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Read more in the Paso Robles Press
Molecular Bio Grad Receives Scholarship from Human BioMolecular Research Institute
(November) Emily Smith (B.S., Biological Sciences, '11) has received a scholarship award from the Human BioMolecular Research Institute (HBRI) in San Diego for her work as a summer intern in 2011. Award winners must excel in the classroom and in the lab. HBRI is a non-profit research institute doing fundamental and practical research for the common good. Smith joins 71 fellow interns who have done cutting edge research at HBRI over the past 13 years.
Read the full story in the Del Mar Times
National Restaurant Association Names Bio Alum Senior Manager for Food Safety and Quality Assurance
(October) The National Restaurant Association named Christopher Melchert as Senior Manager for Food Safety and Quality Assurance. The new position is part of the association's government affairs and policy team. Its creation illustrates the importance of these critical issues to the association, as well as the association’s strength in policy and regulatory affairs. Melchert (B.S., Biological Sciences, microbiology concentration and chemistry minor, '80) brings more than 27 years of food safety and protection experience to this role, where he will help develop, manage and implement the Association’s agenda on food safety and quality assurance issues.
Chemistry Alums Make a Good Mix: They're Now Married
(September) Christina Karplus (B.S., Chemistry, '07) of and Caleb Hunt (B.S., Chemistry, '07) were married in September in Fremont, where they plan to make their home. The bride is the daughter of Andy and Karen Karplus of Corvallis. She works at Schmahl Science Workshops in San Jose, Calif. The groom is the son of John and Gail Hunt of Granite Bay, Calif. He works at Seneca Center in Fremont.
Read the wedding announcement
Bio Alumna Creates 'World of Wonders' Science Museum
(September) After being chosen as the president of the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, Calif., Sally Greenley Snyde (B.S., Biological Sciences, '73) took the idea and ran with it. For four years, she worked to obtain funding for the museum and helped to promote the idea. For her contributions in community service, Snyde was chosen recently as an inductee for the Lodi Community Hall of Fame.
Read more in the Lodi News
Photo courtesy Sally Snyde
Liberal Studies & Education Alum Comes 'Home' to Serve as Principal at Underprivileged School
(September) Sal Reynoso (B.S., Liberal Studies, '01; Credential '02; M.A., Education, '06) has walked in his middle school students' footsteps -- and hallways, and classrooms. Minus portables, the Kermit McKenzie Junior High School campus in Guadalupe, Calif., looks a lot like it did when the 37-year-old principal walked the campus as a student. He returned first as a custodian and then as a teacher before becoming the school's top administrator. Reynoso grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, like many students in the Guadalupe Union School District. He told the Santa Maria Times that when he was a McKenzie student, he got into the same kinds of trouble as some of his current students do, and didn’t know what he wanted to do with his future. That gives him a good understanding of the social and academic challenges faced by the school's 350 small-town students, he said.
Read about Reynoso in the Santa Maria Times
Photo courtesy Kermit McKenzie Junior High School
Chem Alum's Business Re-Sold to Warren Buffett
(September) A Paso Robles specialty chemical manufacturer co-founded by Cal Poly graduate William Frost (B.S., Biochemistry, '72) is now owned by business magnate Warren Buffet. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has completed its $9 billion purchase of the Ohio-based chemical maker Lubrizol Corp., which owns and operates a 60-employee plant in Paso Robles in addition to manufacturing facilities in 17 countries. The Paso Robles plant was once Chemron Corp., co-founded by Frost and a partner in 1977. The company specialized in chemicals for personal-care products, including soaps, detergents and shampoos. The Paso Robles manufacturing plant opened in 1981. By 2002, it had 100 employees and was sold to Lubrizol for approximately $60 million.
Read more about Frost's business success in The Tribune
Bio Alum Writes the Book on 'Humorous' White-Collar Crime
(September) Patrick Michael Edwards (B.S., Biological Sciences, '75) explains the connection between the seriousness of white-collar crime and the satirical phrases that he uses to explain them in "They Cooked The Books: A Humorous Look at the World of White-collar Crime." Edwards, a Coast Guard recruit who served on search and rescue missions in Vietnam, combines historical references with opinionated satire to present both the origin and meaning of popular sayings and how they apply to the recent rampant crime wave on Wall Street.
Photo courtesy Patrick Edwards and CreateSpace Publishing
Bio Alum Launches Dental Health Initiative
(September) Robert Parminter, DDS (B.S., Environmental and Systematic Biology, '87) is blending technology with his family dental practice in Whittier. He's launched a patient-focused website. Parminter’s practice is using the website to educate the community on the importance of oral health. The website includes a links page with informative dental resources as well as a frequently asked questions page to address common concerns on topics ranging from sedation dentistry in Whittier to difficult dental procedures.
Read about it on ITnet
Forbes Magazine Names Bio Minor A.J. Forsythe One of Nation's Top Student Entrepreneurs
For most people, breaking a new iPhone twice in two days would be a tragedy. For 2011 Cal Poly grad A.J. Forsythe (B.S., Psychology, Minor, Biological Sciences, '11), it was the start of iCracked, an iPhone repair business with approximately $200,000 in projected annual revenues. What he started in 2009 as a student, he's now expanding across the nation as a grad. For his success, Forbes Magazine named him one of the country's "All Star Entrepreneurs."
Read the Forbes Article
Photo courtesy iCracked
Chemistry Alum is Sonoma Winemaker
(August) Chemistry alum Eric Aafedt (B.S., Chemistry, '90) is now a winemaker at Bogle Vineyards. His 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was the wine-of-the-week pick recently in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Tasters described it as tropical, boxwood and crisp. “A long, cool growing season gave fruit with intense sauvignon blanc character,” Aafedt told the newspaper. “We implement a reductive winemaking style on the sauvignon blanc. Avoiding oxidation of sauvignon blanc grapes and juice preserves the unique flavors of this varietal.”
Read the full story in the Press Democrat
Photo courtesy Bogle Vineyards
Chemistry Alum Joins Neutraceuticals Company
(August) Alison Raban (B.S., Chemistry, '05) has joined BI Nutraceuticals, the largest supplier of botanical ingredients in the U.S. Raban has joined the team as a food technologist charged with product development and creating custom solutions for BI's food and beverage clients.
Alumna Teacher Earns $1,000 for Her District
(August) Marilyn Lewis (M.A., Education, '81), an active Wakulla School District substitute teacher and school volunteer since August 2008, is the recipient of a $1,000 award from the 2011 National American Library Association Conference. Lewis attended the conference in New Orleans and was one of only three winners of the prize, sponsored by Dollar General. She made sure the money was sent directly to the Wakulla School District. Lewis grew up in Oxnard, Calif., and received her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and her master’s degree from Cal Poly.
More about Lewis
Del Mar Wine Director Earns Top Score and Rudd Scholarship at the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam
(June) Joshua Orr (B.S., Kinesiology, '07) was one of 49 accomplished professionals from across the U.S. who took part in the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Exam. Orr was one of the 14 who passed the five-day exam. He was also awarded the Rudd Scholarship for earning the top score at the exam.
Chico State University Faculty Honor Sociologist
(June) Tony Waters (M.S., Biological Sciences, '86) was recently honored as Outstanding Professor for 2011 by his fellow faculty members at Chico State University. Waters has made a career of studying how the world's problems got to be how they are. Waters has been on the faculty in the Department of Sociology at CSU Chico since 1996. He came to the university following years of working with refugees in Thailand and Tanzania. He has published four books, including Crime and Immigrant Youth (1999), Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan (2001), When Killing is a Crime (2007), and The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture: Life Beneath the Level of the Marketplace (2007).He earned a and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis and has taught in China and Germany.
Photo Courtesy CSU Chico
Bio Alumna Profiled in Native American Journal
(June) Alumna Serra Hoagland (B.S., Ecology and Systematic Biology, '08) was profiled in the June edition of Winds of Change, the publication of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She just graduated from UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management with her master's degree in June. The feature article outlines her experiences as a Cal Poly undergrad working at Yellowstone National Park, and her post-Cal Poly job as a biological technician at Padre Island National Seashore in south Texas. She says her field classes at Cal Poly gave her great mentors and experience.
Photo courtesy Serra Hoagland
Bio Alumna Named Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year
(June) Biology grad Rachel Clancy (B.S., Biological Sciences, '10) was named Cal Poly's Female Athlete of the Year. Clancy was named the NCAA's Big West Player of the Year in Women's Basketball in March. It was the second top honor of the season for Clancy, who also received NCAA's Academic All-America team honors. Clancy was named to the Big West Conference 2010-11 Scholar Athletes of the Year in March. A native of Limerick, Ireland, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2010 and was a standout player on the Cal Poly women’s basketball team as a bio grad student. She ranked in the top 10 in the Big West in scoring, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and three-pointers made per game.
Read the story in The SLO Tribune | See the KSBY TV-News Story
Physics Alumna Turned San Jose Teacher Will Work with NASA
(May) San Jose science teacher Marita Sablan Beard (B.S., Physics, '95) has reached new career heights. Beard is one of just six classroom educators nationwide selected to work with scientists aboard NASA's flying Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy during summer 2011. Growing up, Beard discovered a love of astronomy at Vallejo's St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. When she graduated from Cal Poly, she recalled, she was one of just three women to complete the physics program that year. Before becoming a teacher six years ago, Beard worked for the SETI Institute in Mountain View conducting astrophysics research for NASA (SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). From 2000 to 2005, she worked for the institute's public outreach arm.
Read more about Beard in the San Jose Mercury News
Teacher Earns Presidential Recognition
(May) Anne Marie Bergen (B.S., Biological Sciences, '85) has earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. She will travel to the White House to receive the honor in May. Bergen is one of 85 teachers chosen by President Obama. It’s not the first recognition for Bergen, who was named California’s Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year in 2002. In 2006, she received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. She was hamed a Cal Poly Honored Alumna in 2008. Last fall, she came to Cal Poly to serve as a Teacher in Residence in the Biological Sciences Department, instructing science classes and labs required for the university’s Liberal Studies students – the undergraduates seeking to become K-6 teachers. Bergen is helping the university reshape the curriculum in several courses targeted to future classroom teachers.
Read the story about Bergen in the SLO Tribune
Math Alumnus Named Head Of New Genomics Institute
(May) Eric E. Schadt, Ph.D. (B.S., Mathematics, '91) has been appointed to lead the new Mount Sinai Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. The institute is a partnership between the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. The institute will perform clinical research and is intended to be the hub of genomics research at Mount Sinai, collaborating with 13 other disease-oriented and core technology-based Institutes at Mount Sinai. Schadt, one of the world's foremost experts in computational biology, will direct the institute. He will also continue in his role as chief scientific officer of Pacific Biosciences. Schadt is also a founding member of Sage Bionetworks, an open access genomics initiative designed to build and support databases and an accessible platform for creating innovative dynamic disease models. In addition to his Cal Poly degree, Schadt earned his Master of Arts degree in Pure Mathematics from UCLA and his doctorate in Bio-Mathematics from UCLA.
Read about Schadt on eon.businesswire.com | Read about Schadt on Newswise.com
Photo courtesy Pacific Biosciences