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Alumni Gazette

In the News

“It’s not just collecting. It’s investing.”

—Comic book collector Mark Zaid ‘89 in the Wall Street Journal talking about the value of some of the items in his collection that includes rare editions of Green Lantern, Batman, and other icons of the genre. A Washington, D.C., attorney who operates the collectors’ site, Zaid says he has taken out insurance policies to cover his most valuable comics.

Jimmie Reyna ’75
Reyna (Photo: Courtesy Williams Mullen
Reyna ’75 Heads Hispanic Lawyers’ Group

A lawyer who specializes in international trade policy and trade regulation has been named president-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Jimmie Reyna ’75, an attorney with the Washington, D.C., firm Williams Mullen, will help guide the national, nonprofit organization that represents more than 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law students, and law professors.

Top Academic Society Taps Rochester Alumni

Sheila Blumstein ’65, the Albert D. Mead Professor in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown University, neuroscientist Susan Hockfield ’73, the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Frederick Newmeyer ’65, ’67 (Mas), the Howard and Frances Nostrand Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington, were each elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest federation of scientists. AAAS publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science.

Alumna Named ‘Legend’ in Nursing

A former Rochester faculty member who helped develop the Medical Nurse Practioner Program has been named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing. Joan Lynaugh ’61N, ’68N (Mas), professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, is credited, along with former nursing professor Barbara Bates, with helping redesign nursing curricula to better prepare nurse practitioners.

Astronomy Journal Names Vishniac ’76 Editor

Ethan Vishniac ’76, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, has been named editor-in-chief of the Astrophysical Journal. Published by the University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Association, the journal is considered the most important and influential in the field of astronomy.

‘Innovators’ Honored

Epidemiologist Donald (D. A.) Henderson ’54M (MD) and soprano Renée Fleming ’83E (MM) were recognized by Smithsonian magazine last fall. Henderson, who is credited with leading the global effort to eradicate smallpox, and Fleming, a Grammy Award–winning opera star, were among 35 “Innovators of Our Time” chosen by the magazine for their contributions to society. Fleming also was recognized last fall by the French government when she was made a chevalier in France’s Légion d’Honneur, the country’s highest honorary order.