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Alumni Achievements

Jon Lorsch ’90

Jon Lorsch ’90 was appointed the new director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Lorsch will manage the institute’s $2.4-billion-dollar budget, which funds basic research in areas such as cell biology and genetics as well as programs designed to diversify the biomedical and behavioral research workforce. He received a doctorate in biochemistry [...]

Karín Aguilar-San Juan ’84

Karín Aguilar-San Juan ’84 was named to the board of Volunteers of America–Minnesota (VOA–MN), anonprofit health and human services organization. Formerly a board member of Amicus (which has since merged with VOA–MN), Aguilar-San Juan has extensive experience supporting those in prison, leaving prison, and youth in the justice system. Aguilar-San Juan is an associate professor [...]

Kathy Pearson Glennan ’82

Kathy Pearson Glennan ’82 is a recipient of the A. Ralph Papakhian Special Achievement award, given by the Music Library Association (MLA). The award recognizes those who demonstrate “extraordinary service to the profession of music librarianship.” Glennan is a music cataloger and head of Metadata Creation and Enhancement at the University of Maryland. She earned [...]

David Vanderbilt ’76

David Vanderbilt ’76 was elected into the National Academy of Sciences for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Vanderbilt is a Board of Governors Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. His advances in modeling atomic structures are embedded in most computer programs used by scientists and [...]

Jennifer Yee ’07

Jennifer Yee ’07 received a Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship, intended to inspire researchers seeking to learn about planets—and possibly life—around other stars. It also supports postdoctoral scientists’ research relating to NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Yee will receive a Ph.D. in astronomy from the Ohio State University in August. Through the Sagan Fellowship, she will continue [...]

Janice Hudgings ’91

Janice Hudgings ’91, as Pomona College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean, will coordinate and support academic programs, teaching, and research. Hudgings was the associate dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke College and director of the college’s Science Center before joining Pomona. She began at Mount Holyoke in 1999 as an assistant professor [...]

Gretchen Alger Lin ’89

Gretchen Alger Lin ’89 was recognized by the CARES Foundation, an organization that supports individuals and families affected by congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). As the mother of a son whose CAH was initially overlooked, Lin has tirelessly advocated for comprehensive screenings for newborns.
Lin joined CARES in 2001, becoming the foundation’s public affairs coordinator. In that [...]

Yolande Erickson ’77

Yolande Erickson ’77 recently received the prestigious Jack J. Skirball Community Justice Award from Bet Tzedek Legal Services, a premier public-interest law firm based in Los Angeles. As an attorney with Bet Tzedek, Erickson is a member of the firm’s elder rights practice and is an internationally recognized expert in conservatorship law. She has been [...]

Michael Schudson ’69

Michael Schudson ’69, professor of journalism at Columbia University, was among 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies, the academy has supported independent research in science, technology policy, global security, the [...]

Dana Carroll ’65

Dana Carroll ’65 was awarded the 2012 Novitski Prize from the Genetics Society of America. The prize, named for the late geneticist Edward Novitski, recognizes “extraordinary creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving significant problems in genetic research.”
Carroll’s research focuses on developing novel tools to make specific, targeted changes in chromosomal DNA. Researchers working [...]