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Rochester Review
September–October 2010
Vol. 73, No. 1

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River Campus Undergraduate: 1980s


Caro Thompson writes that after winning a regional Emmy award in 2009 for her documentary, Champlain: The Lake Between, she teamed up with Vermont Public Television to create educational resources as part of the 400th anniversary observance of the French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the lake. The resulting project, Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home, won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s My Source Education Innovation Award, a national honor to recognize public broadcasting stations that educate the public through the innovative use of new technologies. Caro, who lives and works in northeastern Vermont, coauthored and edited the electronic publication distributed to 400 schools in Vermont and New York.


John Hirs ’86 (MS) and his wife, Kadri-Liis, welcomed their second child, Aiden Romet Hirs, in March. Aiden joins his brother, Kennet. John is an integrated science instrument module stray light analyst for the James Webb Space Telescope at the NASA–Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. . . . Jonathan Zukosky ’97W (MS) (see ’52).


Lisa Simon was inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Hall of Fame in June. Lisa is the founder and president of Simon Public Relations Group.


Lisa Pierson Bork writes that her second novel, For Richer, For Danger (Midnight Ink), will be released in September. It’s a sequel to For Better, For Murder, which was a 2009 Agatha Award finalist in the category of best first novel.


Mark Hughes writes: “It’s been a while since I’ve written, so I just wanted to send this quick update. My new novel, A Crack in the Sky (Delacorte), will be out later this year. It’s a sci-fi adventure about a 13-year old boy and his brain-chipped mongoose in an overheated future where savages struggle to survive in the wasteland desert beyond dome-protected cities. Also, I’ve made a great leap forward into the new century by adding a video blog entry to my Web site, Check it out.”


Toby Mintz ’96 (PhD) writes that he is an associate professor in the departments of psychology and linguistics at the University of Southern California and the coauthor of Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). The book offers an introduction to the study of language as a cognitive science, with an emphasis on the representation, production, and comprehension of spoken language.