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Spring-Summer 2002
Vol. 64, No. 3

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Lawrence Ashmead (Mas) (see '54 undergraduate). . . . James Mancuso (PhD) published an article titled "The Mystery of Causes in One Constructivist's Autobiographical Narratives" in the journal Constructivism in the Human Sciences.


Phyllis Alexander (MS) is a real estate agent in Washington, D.C.


Matt Young (PhD) (see '62 undergraduate).


Dennis Kibler (PhD) joined the scientific advisory board of Oncotech as an advisor to the bioinformatics program. He is a professor of information and computer science at the University of California at Irvine. . . . Frederick Paillet (Mas) (see '68 undergraduate).


Richard Kellogg (PhD), professor of psychology at Alfred State College, wrote an article titled "Holmes, Thoreau, and the Elusive Trout" for a recent issue of The Baker Street Journal.


Kevin Bracken (MS) has been appointed vice president of manufacturing of pharmaceutical company Vical, Inc. . . . Carolyn Portanova (Mas), president and CEO of the Catholic Family Center, was one of several Rochester area women nominated for the 2002 Athena Award from the Women's Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce.


Gerard Driscoll S (MBA) was promoted to general manager of the government markets segment in the Commercial & Government Systems of Eastman Kodak's Commercial Imaging Group. . . . Lester Lefton (PhD) was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Tulane University. . . . Duncan Moore '74 (PhD), Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, has received the Optical Society of America's Leadership Award/New Focus Prize for his technical, educational, and service contributions to the optics community and for his public-policy work as a national science advisor. Moore, a former dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, served as Congressional Science Fellow in 1993-94 and was president and fellow of the Optical Society of America and fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering. He most recently served as associate director for technology of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton administration.


Barbara Connolly (MS), dean of academic services at Monroe Community College's Damon City campus, has received the Dr. Wesley T. Hanson Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She has taught at the college since 1975. . . . Carl Sassano II S (MBA) has been selected director, president, and CEO of Transmation, Inc. of Rochester.


Robert Kaye S (MBA) married Faith Dailey on September 22, 2001. He is self-employeed, and she is a technical specialist at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.


Mark Anderson S (MBA) (see '77 undergraduate). . . . Seth Pinsky (PhD) was appointed senior vice president of research and development and chief technology officer of MDL Information Systems, Inc. in San Leandro, Calif.


Stuart Schwartz (Mas) (see '77 undergraduate).


Pamela York Klainer (PhD), founder of the consulting firm Power and Money, L.L.C., published her book, How Much is Enough? The book uses personal stories to explore the ways that people's relationship to money affects their lives.


Patrick Hanna Jr. S (MBA) has been appointed vice president of corporate business strategy for Ultralife Batteries, Inc. in Newark, N.Y.. . . Steven Markoff S (MBA), an amateur harness racing driver, won second place in a race in the Meadowlands in December 2001. . . . Nancy Miller S (MBA) (see '74 undergraduate).


Carol Lustenader S (MBA) was appointed chief financial officer of Terayon Communications Systems in Santa Clara, Calif. . . . Christine Naylor S (MBA) was appointed chief financial officer of The Dialog Corporation, an online information provider.


Marsh Crisis Consulting has named Gerard Smith (Mas) senior vice president.


Janice Copeland S (MBA) (see '78 undergraduate).


Lance Drummond S (MBA), trustee of the University, was appointed vice president and regional business general manager of the U.S. and Canada region for Kodak Professional. . . . Scott Gordon S (MBA) (see '84 undergraduate).


Christopher Progler (MS) (see '86 undergraduate). . . . Marcia Scherer (PhD), M (MS) edited the book Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation, which explores ways assistive technology can help people with disabilities in living longer, more healthy lives.


John Pitek (MS), '92S (MBA) was appointed vice president of sales for Syngistix in Colorado. He holds five patents, including one of the first software patents issued in the United States, obtained when he worked at Eastman Kodak. . . . Karen Smith-Pilkington S (MBA) has been named president of Kodak Professional, the company's third-largest unit.


Kevin Dickens S (MBA) was highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list. He is the co-chief operating officer for Choice One Communications, Inc. . . . Edmund Luzine Jr. S (MBA) a major with a reserve Army Special Operations unit, was helping with the relief efforts at the World Trade Center. . . . Efrain Rivera S (MBA), president of Bausch & Lomb Latin America, has taken over responsibility for marketing and sales in Canada.


Edward Balcerzak S (MBA) was appointed vice president of accounting and administration for DirecTV in Los Angelas. . . . Jon Blauvelt S (MBA) married Kelly Clark on August 4, 2001. He is a controller at EDS in Washington, and she is an editor at Target Vision, Inc. . . . Carol Podgorski (PhD) (see '80 undergraduate).


Arunas Chesonis S (MBA) was appointed to the executive committee of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services. He is chairman of the board and CEO of PaeTec Corp. . . . Kathryn Cleary S (MBA), '00M (MPH) was highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list. She is the director of marketing for City Blue Imaging Services.


Scott Carpentier S (MBA) (see '85 undergraduate). . . . John Pitek S (MBA) (see '88).


William Schmitz (MS) was appointed chief operating officer of Ultralife Batteries, Inc.


George Dimock (PhD) is an associate professor of art history at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he has taught for seven years. He recently curated a photography exhibit entitled "Priceless Children," which includes 138 photographs that demonstrate childhood innocence and development.


Craig Cairns S (MBA) was highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list. Craig is senior vice president and director of client service for Howe and Rusling, Inc. . . . Martin Ellis S (MBA) is senior vice president for Stern Stewart & Co. . . . Susan Topel-Samek S (MBA), vice president of global treasury operations for Bausch & Lomb, was one of several Rochester area women nominated for the 2002 Athena Award from the Women's Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce. . . . Paul Woitach S (MBA) (see '80 undergraduate).


Judy Hill S (MBA) married Robert Smillie on December 9, 2000. She is assistant director in the internal audit department of Ernst & Young, and he works for Xerox Corp. . . . Peter Palermo S (MBA) was highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list. He is the president and chief operating officer of Strategic Triangle, Inc.


Erik Grimm S (MBA) was highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal's "40 Under 40" section. He is the president of Suburban Disposal Corp. . . . Caurie Ann Miner Putnam W (MS) (see '97 undergraduate). . . . Zhe (Zack) Zeng S (MBA) (see '95 undergraduate).


Meghan LaForce (Mas) (see '98 undergraduate). . . . Warren Zanes (MA), former guitarist for the Boston band the Del Fuegos, is pursuing his doctorate in visual and cultural studies at Rochester. He also has recorded a solo CD, Memory Girls, which was produced by the Dust Brothers.


Allison Cooper S (MBA) married Brock Barry in July 2001. She is a business analyst at Nexpress Solutions in Rochester, and he is a geotechnical engineer at Haley & Aldrich.


Donald Brandt S (MBA) was named senior director of the global coating and performance resins business units of Reichhold, Inc. . . . Jeannine Rossignol S (MBA), Matthew Cannuli S (MBA), Albert Rebmann S (MBA), and Ron Willie have started a new consulting firm in Rochester called Sentire Consulting Group.


Mark Straub (Mas) married Rebecca Heinkel in July 2001. They are both teachers in the Rochester area.

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