Class notes


Steven A. Wartman, Med '70 (MD), HS '78, A&S '80 (PhD), was elected president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Wartman is also the president of the Association of Academic Health Centers, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to advance health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers. AAHC members aim to educate the next generation of health professionals, conduct biomedical and clinical research, and offer comprehensive patient care to improve the health of the communities they serve.


Alan Jewett, A&S '71, in retirement, works as an educator at Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden and native plant landscape in Hockessin, Delaware.


Char Miller, A&S '77 (MA), '81 (PhD), the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, published West Side Rising: How San Antonio's 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement in September 2021. He also edited, introduced, and annotated a companion volume, La Tragedia de la Inundación de San Antonio, a key Spanish-language contemporary account of the flood's disruptive impact.


David P. Carbone, Med '85 (MD), (PhD), '88 (PGF), HS '88, a professor of internal medicine and director of the James Thoracic Oncology Center at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, was the recipient of the 2021 Paul A. Bunn Jr. Scientific Award, which recognizes a scientist for a lifetime achievement of scientific contributions to thoracic cancer research. Carbone's recent research includes the development of molecular biomarkers to guide patient treatment, as well as molecular profiling of lung cancers and preneoplasia to guide the development of novel therapeutics.

Rafael Cardoso Denis, A&S '85, a member of the postgraduate faculty in art history at Rio de Janeiro State University, wrote Modernity in Black and White: Art and Image, Race and Identity in Brazil, 1890–1945, published by Cambridge University Press in July 2021. The book provides a groundbreaking account of modern art and modernism in Brazil prior to World War II. Departing from previous accounts, which were mostly restricted to the elite arenas of literature, fine art, and architecture, the book situates cultural debates within the wider currents of Brazilian life.


Carlos J. Gutierrez, A&S '87 (MS), '91 (PhD), was promoted to be the new senior manager for the semiconductor, nano, and quantum sciences group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will lead four departments managing diverse materials science research activities including wide band gap semiconductors and devices, quantum materials and devices, ferroic materials, nanoporous materials, 2D electronic materials, and energy storage materials. Prior to his work at Sandia National Laboratories, he was a tenured professor of physics at Texas State University.


Helen L. Collins, Med '88 (MD), HS '91, Med '91 (PGF), was appointed to the board of directors of Kura Oncology, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on precision medicines for the treatment of cancer. Collins most recently served as executive vice president and chief medical officer at Five Prime Therapeutics, where she was responsible for the strategy and execution of the company's clinical development plans until its acquisition by Amgen in April 2021.

Hyung Tai Kim, A&S '88, Med '92 (MD), a board-certified internal medicine physician, was named CEO of LifeFlow Partners, a physician-owned, private equity–backed endovascular practice partnership.


Evan Chuck, A&S '89, a corporate and international trade partner at the international law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Los Angeles and Shanghai, helped lead a cross-office team to represent Taiwan-based Kymco Capital and Kwang Yang Motor Co. in its strategic investment in LiveWire, which is set to become the first publicly listed electric motorcycle company in the U.S. with an expected post-equity valuation of approximately $2.31 billion.

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ed '89 (MS), will become the first African American president of Pittsburgh Technical College in 2022. Harvey-Smith's most recent professional accomplishments include being appointed to the boards of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, and the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, as well as being named a 2021 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award honoree and nominated for Pittsburgh Technology Council's 2021 Tech 50 Award for CEO of the Year.


Laurie Ramos Heyden, A&S '92, was the editor of Peace by the Sea: Inspiring Images and Quotes to Light Your Way, a compilation of New England seaside photos and motivational quotes, published by BookLogix in December 2020.

Rimas Orentas, Med '92 (PhD), '07 (PGF), and Boro Dropulić, Bus '05 (MBA), have established a new nonprofit organization, Caring Cross Inc., to bring curative gene therapy approaches to HIV, sickle cell disease, and cancer. Focusing on creating new technologies and pathways of care, they plan to make cell and gene therapy affordable in low- and middle-income countries, and to all who cannot afford them. Orentas is on leave from a professorship in pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Dropulić has previously launched two successful Maryland companies in the gene therapy field, VIRxSYS and Lentigen.


Lawrence Manchester, Peab '94, '95, won the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie as the score mixer for The Queen's Gambit on Netflix. Also in 2021, he won the 57th Cinema Audio Society Award for the same program.


Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, A&S '97, professor of practice at the School of Engineering and academic director of the executive MBA program at Brown University, co-authored Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Gender Perspective, published by Cambridge University Press in October 2021. Based on extensive fieldwork, the book demonstrates how gender is an organizing principle of entrepreneurial ecosystems and makes a difference in how ecosystem resources are assembled and how they can be accessed. Proposing a typology of four ecosystem identities, it highlights how some might be more amenable and organized toward gender-inclusion and change, while others may be much more difficult to change, reorganize, and restructure. It offers scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers insights about gender in relation to analyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems and for fostering inclusive economic development policies.


Sabra L. Klein, A&S '98 (PhD), a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was one of 564 scientists and researchers elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to its 2021 class of fellows. Klein was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of sex differences in immune function, virology, and vaccine efficacy, as well as for her service to related professional societies. Klein studies sex differences and the effects of pregnancy on immune responses to viruses, including influenza viruses and SARS-Cov-2, and vaccines.


Jorge Ferrer, Bus '99 (Cert), Med '00 (PGF), Bus '02 (MS), clinical informaticist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was granted fellow status by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and selected to serve as vice chair of its Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force as well as its Innovation Committee.


Daniel Dobrygowski, A&S '02, head of governance and trust at the World Economic Forum, was recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors in their Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions award as an influential leader in the corporate governance community for his work on the governance of technology.

Asher Haines, Peab '02 (MM), was appointed the associate provost for the School of Professional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In this inaugural role for the university, Haines will direct the school and lead the university's strategies related to supporting adult learners, partnering with companies and organizations to develop their employees through education and training, and supporting overall excellence in teaching and learning for the university. Haines joined the university in May 2016 as director of continuing education and has served as interim executive director of the university's Teaching and Learning Connection division since June 2020.

Erik Meyer, Peab '02, '04 (MM), and Anna K. Meyer, Peab '04 (MM), members of the AEMeyer Duo, released their debut album, Fantasmagoria, in the fall of 2020. The album, with newly commissioned works for flute and organ, is available for download on most digital services. The duo was recently invited to join the roster of Seven Eight Artists Management.


Allison Larson, Engr '03, '03 (MS), Med '08 (MD), is now the chair for dermatology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the physician executive director for dermatology at MedStar Health. She and her family are thrilled to return to the Mid-Atlantic area.

Anne Rimoin, SPH '03 (PhD), a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the director for the school's Center for Global and Immigrant Health, was named the Gordon-Levin Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health. Rimoin is an internationally recognized expert on emerging infections, global health, infectious disease surveillance systems, and vaccinations, who has been engaged in pandemic preparedness and response work for more than two decades.


Suzanne Feldman, A&S '04 (MA), wrote Sisters of the Great War, released in October 2021 by HarperCollins. Inspired by real women, this powerful novel tells the story of two unconventional American sisters who volunteer at the front during World War I.


Michael Tringale, Bus '05 (MS), earned his MSc degree with distinction in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford, where he was also awarded the 2021 Evidence-Based Health Care Dissertation Prize. Tringale will continue in Oxford's DPhil evidence-based health care program this spring.


Anastasia Pike, Peab '07 (MM), was a faculty recipient of the Peabody Institute's CARES Award, part of the Peabody Georgie Awards. The recipients of this award are individuals who go out of their way to create positive and meaningful experiences for those around them on campus, helping to create a memorable Peabody experience for others.


Amy Hellman Grimes, A&S '08, an educator and author, wrote An Instructor's Guide to Educating With Kindness and Leading With Love: A Workbook of Sustainable Support Practices for Educators, Parents, and Facilitators, released in November 2021. The book is both a philosophy text and personal workbook for anyone who identifies as a teacher, educator, facilitator, caregiver, or parent who wants support in sustaining, maintaining, or improving their teaching practice.


Oliver Uberti, A&S '09 (MA), an author and designer, penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in October, in which he drew parallels between today's climate change deniers and those who doubted weather forecasting a century ago. As part of his research for the piece, Uberti consulted Meteorology in America, 1800–1870, written by James Rodger Fleming and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The op-ed is adapted from an essay in Atlas of the Invisible, Uberti's third book of maps and graphics in collaboration with British geographer James Cheshire, which was published by W. W. Norton & Company in November 2021.


Leigh Frame, SPH '10 (MPH), '15 (PhD), an assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, was named associate director of the George Washington University Resiliency & Well-Being Center. Among her responsibilities will be reforming the center's mission, prioritizing its most effective wellness initiatives, and revamping its website as well as its social media and marketing strategies.

Adwoa Frimpong, Bus '10 (MS), program director of global marketing at IBM, has been selected as an honoree on the Brand Innovators 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 list.

Mary E. Matthews, Peab '10 (MM), released Beatboxing & Beyond: An Essential Method for the 21st Century Flutist in June 2021 with Nicole Chamberlain. The method book provides instructions and etudes to explore 14 of the most common types of extended techniques for flute all in one place. The book is also the first flute method to be authored, composed, and published entirely by women.


Blake Aftab, Med '12 (PGF), (PhD), was promoted to chief scientific officer at Adicet Bio Inc., a biotechnology company discovering and developing allogeneic gamma delta T-cell therapies for cancer and other diseases.


Kimberly O'Brien, Ed '14 (MS), is the new assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Office of Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Continuity at the United States Senate. She has over 21 years of federal law enforcement experience with the U.S. Capitol Police, having served in a variety of supervisory roles, including 10 years as its public information officer. O'Brien most recently served as the acting deputy chief for Capitol Police's protective services bureau, in charge of dignitary protection, threat assessment, investigations, and the intelligence and interagency coordination sections.


Kate Amrine, Peab '17 (MM), recently co-founded a nonprofit organization, Brass Out Loud, dedicated to inspiring and uplifting brass players everywhere. Through its yearly workshop and panel discussions, Brass Out Loud offers a new perspective on what it means to be a musician today.


Rollin Hu, A&S '18, was hired by The New York Times' opinion section as an editorial assistant supporting Ezra Klein. Prior to joining the Times, Hu wrote graduate curricula at Pedago and has worked at The Atlantic, The New Republic, and WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate.


Robert "Bobby" Ge, Peab '20 (MM), has been selected from a pool of over 900 applicants to be one of six composers-in-residence at the Loghaven Artist Residency in September 2022. Loghaven Fellows are supported by the foundation to create new work, establish relationships, and connect with the community during their residency.

Jon Kuklis, Engr '20 (MS), was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, Maryland Air National Guard, in November 2021.

Karen Sun, A&S '20, received the Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award from Catholic Charities of Baltimore for her commitment to women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in the city.

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