Heather Higginbottom ’94 Named to White House Post
President Barack Obama has named Heather Higginbottom ’94 the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Higginbottom, who served as Obama’s national policy advisor during his presidential campaign, was deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from January 2009 until beginning her new post in January. A political science major at Rochester, Higginbottom began her career in national politics and policymaking as a legislative director to Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
Rob Barrett ’88E: ‘America’s Next Cooking Celebrity’
Rob Barrett ’88E, host of the YouTube cooking show Cooking for Dads and author of a cookbook by the title, won the America’s Next Cooking Celebrity contest, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens last October. The contest requires participants to upload a video of themselves preparing an original recipe. Barrett was one of two finalists invited for a cook-off in the magazine’s test kitchen in Des Moines, Iowa. He won for his red pepper and sausage pasta.
Robert Brent ’48, ’53M (MD), ’55M (PhD) Wins National Honor for Lifetime Achievement
Robert Brent ’48, ’53M (MD), ’55M (PhD), ’88 (Honorary) has been selected for the National Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award by Castle-Connolly, the publisher of the America’s Top Doctors series. Brent heads the Clinical and Environmental Teratology Research Lab at the Alfred I. duPoint Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and is the Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A specialist in the environmental causes of birth defects, Brent has conducted research and counseled pregnant women for more than 50 years. Castle-Connolly’s physician-led research team received hundreds of nominations for the award from fellow physicians, selecting Brent as one of two winners for 2011.