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May–June 2011
Vol. 73, No. 5

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Frank Cesare (MS) writes that he welcomed the birth of his 10th grandchild, Harlan Joseph Seaman, in January. He notes that Harlan is also the nephew of Jon Cesare ’80.


Mary Lou Myers Grevatt W (MA) (see ’57 undergraduate).


Frank Leana (PhD) is the coauthor of Pathfinder: An Action Plan (iUniverse, 2010), a guide for parents and educators to help students make the most out of high school. Frank is an author, lecturer, and counselor in New York City and Cambridge, Mass.


Karen Rosenstein Alkalay-Gut (PhD) (see ’66 undergraduate).


Gary Francione is the coauthor of The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (Columbia). Gary is Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University. . . . David Glenwick (PhD), a professor of psychology at Fordham University, has edited a book, A Physician Under the Nazis: Memoirs of Henry Glenwick (Hamilton Books). Henry Glenwick is David’s late father. David writes that the memoir covers his father’s first 40 years (1909–48) and “focus on his experiences as a physician first in Russian-occupied Ukraine after the outbreak of World War II and subsequently in labor and concentration camps in Poland and Germany.”


Leon Fink (PhD), the Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has written a book, Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present (University of North Carolina).


Peter Biggs S (MBA) has been promoted to vice chair and chief retail banking officer at the Bank of Hawaii. Peter joined the bank in 2000 as senior vice president and manager of consumer deposits and most recently was senior executive vice president of retail banking.


Theresa Gingras Wingrove (PhD) has been named vice president of regulatory affairs at ImmunoGen, a Boston-area biotechnology company that develops targeted anticancer therapies.


Steven Greiner (PhD), ’89 (Flw) has written a guide for investors, Ben Graham Was a Quant: Raising the IQ of the Intelligent Investor (John Wiley & Sons). Steven is the head of risk research for FactSet Research Systems, a market data firm based in Norwalk, Conn. . . . Meera Rao S (MBA) has been appointed chief financial officer at the semiconductor manufacturer Monolithic Power Systems, based in San Jose, Calif. . . . Mark Russo (MS) (see ’85 undergraduate).


Steven Greiner (Flw) (see ’87). . . . Thomas Hemmick (PhD) (see ’56 Eastman).


Yansu (Christie) Ju (MS) has been named a managing director and head of Hong Kong and China equity research at the investment firm the Jeffries Group. . . . Mark Zagorski S (MBA), who joined the data management firm eXelate in April 2008 as chief revenue officer, has been promoted to CEO of the company.


Deb Kalafarski LaBudde S (MBA) (see ’92 undergraduate).


Sujeet Kumar (PhD) writes that in 2007, he founded Envia Systems, a clean technology fuel company in California’s Silicon Valley. He is currently president and chief technology officer of the company. In 2009, R&D magazine recognized the company with an R&D 100 Award for its high-energy-density lithium battery. In 2010, the company was awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $1 million from the California Energy Commission to develop a next-generation lithium battery for electric cars. This past January, at a town hall meeting to discuss President Barack Obama’s clean energy agenda, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu ’70, ’98 (Honorary) announced a $7 million investment in Envia by General Motors.


James Knapp (PhD), an associate professor and Edward Surtz, S.J., Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, has published a book, Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser (Palgrave Macmillan).


Carl Isley S (MBA) has been appointed group vice president for M&T Bank’s central New York commercial banking division, based in Syracuse.


Mark Berrettini (PhD) has written a book, Hal Hartley (University of Illinois Press), a critical overview of the realist film director’s work. Mark is an assistant professor of film studies at Portland State University in Portland, Ore.


Valery Chirkov (PhD) is a coeditor of Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context: Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-Being (Springer), with Richard Ryan ’81 (PhD), a psychology professor at Rochester. Valery is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. . . . Jennifer Rouke (PhD) has joined the engineering staff at ASE Optics, part of Rochester Precision Optics.


Bryan McAllister S (MBA) writes: “I’ve recently been named by Berkley Surety Group as branch manager of the newly created St. Louis field office. My family and I miss Rochester and have many fond memories of our experience there.”


Emily Aronstam Duga S (MBA) (see ’99 undergraduate).


Jason Nordhaus (PhD) (see ’03 undergraduate). . . . John Wilson (MS) (see ’07 undergraduate).