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Rochester Review
November–December 2010
Vol. 73, No. 2

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Richard Partch (PhD), the Senior University Professor of Chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., has been recognized by the American Chemical Society with the E. Ann Nalley Northeast Region Award for Volunteer Service. Since he arrived in Potsdam in the mid-1960s, Richard has been a regular visitor to public schools, collaborating with high school chemistry teachers throughout northern New York.


Jo Stiles Schoenegge W (Mas) (see ’69 undergraduate).


Kevin Bracken (MS) has been named vice president of manufacturing at Verenium, a Cambridge, Mass., based biotechnology company that specializes in the development of enzymes for use in industrial processes. . . . Cheng-I Weng (PhD) has received an honorary doctor of literature degree from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea. A mechanical engineer, Cheng-I has promoted education in the humanities for students at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University, where he is the former president and an honorary professor, and at Taiwan’s Fo Guang University, where he is president.


Wayne Cascio (PhD), who holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver’s business school, has won the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award. The honor is given by the Society for Human Resource Management, an international association of approximately 250,000 human resources professionals. Wayne was recognized for his research on the organizational effects of downsizing, the quantification of the financial impact of human resource practices, and the causes of employee turnover.


Jan Hasak (MS) writes that she has published a book, The Pebble Path: Returning Home from a Forest of Shadows (Outskirts Press), about her experience as a breast cancer survivor and retired patent attorney at Genentech. She adds that the book is “allegory interlaced with poetry. The ogres, hags, and other residents populating the forest of the ‘pebble path’ will fascinate those searching for meaning and humor in their lives.”


Robert Phillips (MS), the executive vice president and chief technology officer at Windward Investment Management, has been recognized as a 2010 University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. Robert earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1976.


John Page S (MBA) (see ’86 undergraduate).


Zig Hakiel (PhD) (see ’04 undergraduate).


Tamraparni Dasu (PhD) writes that she has coauthored a book, 1947 Santoshabad Passenger: Translations of Telugu Short Stories (Rupa & Co.), with her father, Dasu Krishnamoorty. Tamraparni directs the online literary magazine Literary Voices of India: Translation of Contemporary Fiction. A statistician, she is also a member of the technical staff of the statistics research department of AT&T Laboratories. . . . Arthur Reardon (PhD) has been named chief technology officer at Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, a manufacturer of specialty steels based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville, Pa. . . . Chris Tolomeo S (MBA) has been named senior vice president in the lending services department of M&T Bank.


Tami Kelly Noel W (MS) (see ’91 undergraduate).


Andy Stentz (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate). . . . Susan Topel-Samek S (MBA) has been named vice president and chief financial officer of IEC Electronics Corp., based in Newark, N.Y. Previously, Susan was vice president and treasurer of Bausch & Lomb.


Michal Freedhoff (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate). . . . Mike Noel (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate).


Michael VanLeeuwen (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate). . . . Jim West (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate).


John Bremer (MA) has been named chief research officer at Compete, a marketing company based in Boston that tracks and researches the online behavior of consumers. . . . Ron Brien S (MBA) has been named vice president of alliances and marketing for the Americas at Venda, an on-demand e-commerce provider. . . . Jake Bromage (PhD) (see ’91 undergraduate). . . . Syed (Ahmed) Mustafa S (MBA) (see ’90 undergraduate).


Playwright Lori Marra (MA) held her New York City premiere in July. Her most recent work, Three American Women: A Trilogy, played Off-Broadway at the June Havor Theater on West 36th St., as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.


Keith Kraft (MS) (see ’01 undergraduate).


Lisa Soccio (PhD) writes that she has been granted tenure at College of the Desert, in Palm Desert, Calif., where she has been an assistant professor of art history and the director of the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts. . . . Morton Stein W (EdD) writes that he has been elected to his second term on the school board of Brighton, a Rochester suburb.


Meg Yoos Greenfield S (MBA) (see ’01 undergraduate). . . Baris Kaymak (PhD) (see ’06 undergraduate). . . . Nipa Mody (PhD) (see ’95 undergraduate).


Jordan Bate S (MBA) has joined Catalyst, a Rochester direct and digital marketing company, as a data analyst. Previously, Jordan was a research analyst at the Simon School, where he helped benchmark the school’s Web site against those of its major competitors. . . . Ranbo Chen S (MS) has joined Belmont Partners China as an associate in investment and business development. He’ll work out of the company’s Shanghai office. . . . Katie Hasman (MS) (see ’08 undergraduate). . . . Yinyin (Julie) Zhu S (MS) has joined Belmont Partners China as an associate in financial analysis. She will split her time between the company’s Shanghai and U.S. offices.


Jake Grantier W (MS) (see ’07 undergraduate).