Class notes


Ronald P. Spark, A&S '63, an associate professor of clinical pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, reports that he has assumed the duties of medical director of the laboratory at the University of Arizona Campus Health Service. He is a past president of the Pima County Medical Society and the Arizona Society of Pathologists.


Frank de Caro, A&S '64 (MA), is a folklorist and professor emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. He is the author of several books and is particularly interested in how folklore provides important roots for American culture and how stories, especially ones told orally, satisfy our human need for expression. He lives in the historic Garden District in New Orleans with his wife, Rosan Jordan.

Jerry Spinelli, A&S '64 (MA), is a Newbery Medal–winning author who has published 30 books for young readers. The stage version of his 2000 novel, Stargirl, was produced by the People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in April, and his 1996 novel, Crash, was produced by the Seattle Children's Theatre in May.


Arthur Weinman, A&S '67, reports that his firm, Arthur Weinman Architects, has received the American Institute of Architects' 2013 Design Award for the restoration of the Tarrant County Courthouse clock tower in Texas and the Historic Fort Worth 2013 Preservation Project Award for the restoration of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lindsay, Texas. Members of the firm have also written the successful nomination for Inspiration Point in Fort Worth, Texas, to the National Register of Historic Places.


Robert "Bob" Carter, A&S '68, was elected chair of the National Aquarium Institute Board of Directors in June. Carter is president and CEO of Bob Carter Companies LLC, an organization assisting nonprofit clients around the world in achieving their fundraising goals. His experience also includes a 26-year career with one of the world's largest fundraising firms, Ketchum, where he served for 12 years as president. Prior to joining Ketchum, Carter was director of development for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as assistant to the headmaster at the Gilman School in Baltimore. He also taught and organized the development office at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland.


Eitan Schwarz, Med '69, a child psychiatrist in Skokie, Illinois, has developed an iPad app called Zilly Dilly that allows parents to control the sites their children can visit on the Internet.


Paul F. Walker, SAIS '73, was named one of four 2013 Right Livelihood Award laureates for his work advocating for the abolition of chemical weapons. Walker's leadership has helped eliminate more than 55,000 metric tons of chemical weapons from six declared national arsenals. He has engaged government leaders, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, and citizens groups around the world to work for a world free from the dangers of chemical weapons. Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."


Tim Hengst, Med '74 (MA), a professor at California Lutheran University and chair of the multimedia program, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) in August. The award is the highest honor the organization bestows on an individual. It was created to honor professional AMI members whose life, work, and accomplishments have significantly contributed to the profession and fellow illustrators.

William B. Warner, A&S '74 (MA),'77 (PhD), is a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of several books.


Brian Strom, Med '75, an epidemiologist and internationally recognized scholar and researcher, was named the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.


Donald Kurz, A&S '77, is chairman and CEO of Omelet, a full-service branding, marketing, and entertainment company. Adweek named Omelet one of LA's "biggest and buzziest" advertising agencies.

Sarah E. Thomas, A&S '77 (MA), '82 (PhD), director of the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April under the category of the Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public and Private Affairs.

Fred Zilian, SAIS '77, '96 (PhD), performed as Abe Lincoln in A Tribute to the Battle of Gettysburg, a musical theater performance that was held on July 26 at the Newport Casino Theater in Newport, Rhode Island. The performance commemorated the 150th anniversary of the pivotal battle in the Civil War.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a member of the Philadelphia labor and employment law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, has been elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a nonprofit organization composed of highly accomplished and well-regarded lawyers from the labor and employment law community. The installation was held in November in New Orleans. Davidson was also recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Michael Martone, A&S '79, has been selected as the national winner of the 2013 Indiana Authors Award. Martone will receive a $10,000 prize and will select a public library to receive a $2,500 grant. "There was never a time in my 40 years of writing that I have not written about Indiana. My readers outside the state are always amazed to discover this baffling and beautiful land in my stories," says Martone. This annual award program established by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation recognizes Indiana authors' contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.


Stephen Fish, A&S '80, an investment adviser for over 20 years, moved his business to UBS Wealth Management Americas in June. Fish reports that he has been recognized by Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal for his wealth management practice in Cincinnati.


Robert Blake, SAIS '84, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.


Mark Salevitz, A&S '86, is a self-taught American painter whose work is influenced by impressionists and post-impressionists. His art will be featured in Persistence of Form, an exhibition scheduled to run from November 22 through December 13, 2013, at the Agora Gallery in New York City. Salevitz resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Adam Kaplin, Med '93, '96 (PhD), assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology at Johns Hopkins University, created a texting-based mobile phone program called Mood 24/7 (now licensed to Remedy Health Media) to help patients with bipolar and other disorders track their moods. Recording the data helps doctors and patients understand why the symptoms occur when they do, and this awareness can lead to improved treatments.


Holly Mulcahy, Peab '94, '94 (PC), '96 (MM), was appointed the new concertmaster for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in May. Mulcahy, a violinist, will perform on each of the seven masterworks programs as well as some of the chamber and pops programs for the 2013–14 season.


David Greenberg, A&S '95, is an assistant professor of internal medicine and microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Greenberg is the senior author of a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that tested a new type of antibiotic called a PPMO, which successfully killed a multidrug-resistant germ common to health care settings.


P. Michael "Mike" Field, A&S '97 (MA), a senior communications specialist at the University of Pennsylvania and a playwright, collaborated with director John Sadowsky, A&S '71, to bring Ludovico Ariosto's 1516 poetic masterpiece Orlando Furioso, to the 2013 Maryland Renaissance Festival. Largely unknown to contemporary American audiences, Orlando is the source of orcs, hippogriffs, and many other mythical elements familiar through The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and other popular books. The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Maryland, is one of the mid-Atlantic's largest and most popular annual outdoor events, attracting more than 250,000 patrons each season from August through October.

Hillary Miller-Wise, SAIS Bol '97 (Dipl), SAIS '99, was appointed vice president for information services of the Grameen Foundation in July. In this role, Miller-Wise will lead the organization's efforts to expand services to the poor via mobile technology. The Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that helps the world's poorest people achieve their full potential by providing access to essential financial services and information on health and agriculture that can transform their lives.


Christopher J. Anderson, A&S '99, was promoted in July to partner at Robert Allen Law, an international boutique law firm. Anderson regularly represents U.S.-based lenders in the documenting and structuring of export credit facilities. He has significant experience in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale, leasing, and financing of properties. Anderson was recently selected as a rising star by Super Lawyers rating service and is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and the U.S. Superyacht Association.

Char Miller, A&S '99 (PhD), a professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College in Claremont, California, was honored with the Pinchot Medallion "in recognition of distinguished leadership and sustained contributions to advancing forest thought, policy, and action," from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. The award was given during the institute's 50th anniversary celebration in late September.


Mark Stibich, SPH '00, '05 (PhD), and his wife, Julie Stachowiak, SPH '05 (PhD), are co-founders of Xenex health care services based in San Antonio. The company has invented a "robot" that is helping hospitals around the U.S. battle deadly superbugs. The Xenex device, which has been likened to R2-D2, also kills flu/norovirus germs in just minutes.


Jason Abell, Bus '01, was a member of Team Sadie at the 2013 Baltimore Running Festival on October 12. Jason and his wife, Amy, started the nonprofit organization Sadie's Gift in tribute to their daughter, who died at 3 days old. The organization's mission is to improve the lives of sick children and their families through Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Eva Chen, A&S '01, popular beauty and fashion blogger and past editor at Teen Vogue, was named editor-in-chief of Lucky, a shopping and style magazine, in June.

Marjorie Patricia George, Med '01, HS '02, '04, is a pulmonologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. George is also the founding rider and captain of Team PHenomenal Hope, a Pittsburgh-based cycling team dedicated to raising awareness about pulmonary hypertension and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.


Helen M. Bayer, A&S '03, writes that her mother, Lois Bayer, died on June 6 in Anguilla.

Neilesh Patel, Engr '03, was awarded the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual Under the Age of 35 at a ceremony on June 19 in Washington, D.C. Patel was honored for founding the nonprofit HealthCare Volunteer, which has facilitated health services for more than 1 million people around the world. Patel, also a practicing dentist, started the organization as a dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles, with $250 of school loan money. The Jefferson Award, dubbed the "Nobel Prize for public service and volunteerism," is one of the nation's most prestigious awards honoring Americans who have performed public service on a national level.


Brooke Neuman, SAIS Bol '04 (Dipl), A&S '05, chief of staff to retired Gen. Stan McChrystal, was selected by Diplomatic Courier as one of its 2013 Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.


Andreas Nick, SAIS '06, was elected a member of the Bundestag (German national parliament) in the national elections in Germany on Sept. 22. He was directly elected as a Christian Democratic Union candidate in his home constituency of Montabaur in Rhineland-Palatinate with 49.4 percent of the personal votes.


David Newman-Toker, SPH '07 (PhD), an associate professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently led a study confirming that eye-tracking goggles can help diagnose a stroke quickly and cost-effectively.

Autumn Sadovnik, Ed '07 (MS), has been appointed the new director of lifelong learning for the Edward A. Myerberg Center and will oversee the center's program curriculum for older adults. The center, located in Northwest Baltimore, provides more than 125 programs each year for the 1,000 members ages 55 and older.


Ian Sims, Engr '08, Peab '08, '10 (MA), '10 (GPD), a saxophonist and faculty member at the Peabody Preparatory, performed a commissioned composition in the first annual Baltimore Jazz Alliance Composers' Showcase on September 29. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is a grassroots organization of jazz aficionados, musicians, and venues dedicated to enhancing and promoting jazz in Baltimore and the surrounding areas.


Kristen Soltis Anderson, A&S '09 (MA), Republican strategist and vice president of the Winston Group, made the National Journal's annual Women of Washington list of the 25 most influential Washington women under 35.


Theodros "Teddy" Serge Roux, SAIS Bol '10 (Dipl), SAIS '11, an associate with Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, made the Diplomatic Courier's 2013 Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders list.


Pete Yaksick, Ed '11 (Cert/MSEd), a developmental psychologist with a specialty in adult neurocognition, is an assistant professor of criminal justice and psychology at Mercyhurst University. Yaksick reports that he graduated in May from Columbia University with an MA in developmental psychology and says he has accepted an offer to remain on a Columbia cognitive science research team investigating the effect of dyadic interaction on reasoning, metacognition, attitudinal polarization, and confirmation bias. Yaksick previously worked as a television journalist for more than a dozen years.


Dina Fine Maron, SPH '12, was hired in June as an associate editor of Scientific American, based in the Washington, D.C., office of the Nature Publishing Group. Maron has previously reported for Newsweek, Science News, and The Boston Globe.


Devika Bhise, A&S '13, played the role of student Tiffani Riccitelli in the off-Broadway play about a failing New York City public school, And Miles to Go, written by Chad Beckim.

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