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Alumni Achievements

Julissa Ventura ’10

Julissa Ventura ’10, a Ph.D. student in the department of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently received the 2014 Jean Anyon Award For Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Grassroots Community and Youth Organizing Special Interest Group within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The award, which was presented at AERA’s national [...]

Anna Tischler ’99

Anna Tischler ’99 has received a 2013 National Institute of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. The grant is reserved for high-risk high-reward research and allows researchers to propose highly creative research projects in biomedicine that involve inherent risk. To qualify, investigators must have completed their Ph.D.s within the last 10 years. Tischler is an assistant [...]

Grant Oliphant ’83

Grant Oliphant ’83 is the new president of Heinz Endowments, a $1.5 billion foundation that is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. Oliphant rejoins Heinz Endowments after running the Pittsburgh Foundation since 2008. There, he oversaw more than $1 billion in assets and, in 2013, awarded $40.5 million in grants. He [...]

Lewis Shuster ’77

Lewis Shuster ’77 was appointed an independent director of Cleve Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops new therapies for cancer. Shuster is chief executive officer of Shuster Capital, where he advises life-science company executives and investors. For 30 years, he was CEO, CFO, and COO of life-science companies, including Kemia, Invitrogen, Pharmacopeia, and [...]

William Nelson IV ’56

William Nelson IV ’56, a Board member from 1993 to 2004, died Dec. 5. After receiving a B.A. in chemistry, Nelson received an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1958 and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 1965. He combined these three degrees as a chemist, first with [...]

Aundrea Kelley ’72

Aundrea Kelley ’72 was named vice president for academic affairs at Quincy College, a two-year college serving 4,600 students in Quincy and Plymouth, Mass. Kelley was deputy commissioner for P-16 policy (integrated education from preschool through a four-year degree) and collaborative initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which is the primary coordinating [...]

Chris Johnstone ’90

Chris Johnstone ’90 was awarded the prestigious Kato Prize by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his work strengthening United States–Japanese relations as director for Northeast Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Ryozo Kato, the award’s namesake and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, attended the ceremony. Johnstone was recognized for his efforts [...]

Chris Fecko ’98

Chris Fecko ’98 recently became the program manager for the Solar Photochemistry program at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the lead federal agency responsible for promoting fundamental research in energy science. Fecko will manage 12 of the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers, each of which strives to discover new technologies that enable [...]

Kim Foote ’00

Kim Foote ’00 was one of 38 recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2014. The $25,000 fellowship was awarded based on the strength of a manuscript, excerpted from her novel, Salt Water Sister, which explores the unlikely friendship of three women in 18th-century West Africa.
Foote has published fiction, essays, and [...]

Radiance Walters Harris ’06

Radiance Walters Harris was named one of the 2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 at the 88th Annual National Bar Association and IMPACT. Harris is a mid-level associate in the trademark, copyright, and media practice group at DLA Piper, a multinational law firm with offices around the globe. Harris focuses her practice on [...]