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Rochester Review
January–February 2011
Vol. 73, No. 3

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Robert Harvey W (Mas), a professor emeritus of mathematics at Knoxville College, was honored by former students, friends, and colleagues at the Knoxville Convention Center for his 68 years of service at the college. Robert began teaching at Knoxville in 1951 and became emeritus in 1988. Over his career, he served as interim president of the college on four separate occasions, most recently in 2005. . . . Galway Kinnell (MA) has won the Wallace Stevens Award for poetry. The award, which includes a $100,000 prize, is given each year by the Academy of American Poets “to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.”


Donald Messina (MA) (see ’56 undergraduate).


Hinrich (Hinni) Martens (MS) (see ’57 undergraduate).


Richard Zakia W (EdD), a professor emeritus of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has published a book, Photographic Composition: A Visual Guide (Focal Press, 2010). He writes: “With the advent of digital photography, everyone is now a photographer—‘point, shoot, share.’ This book provides a visual grammar for improving your photography.”


Ralph Barry Johnson (MS) has authored a revised and expanded edition of Rudolf Kingslake’s classic book, Lens Design Fundamentals (SPIE Press, 2010). He writes: “I’ve updated this bestselling work for modern times, revising and expanding by 50 percent all chapters, including more examples and references, and augmenting all subject content to reflect the many changes in lens design that have occurred since the first edition was published in 1978.”


Francis Price S (MBA) (see ’74 undergraduate).


John Fairfield (PhD) (see ’78 undergraduate).


Donna Strickland (PhD), an associate professor and associate chair of the department of physics and astronomy at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada, has been elected vice president of the Optical Society of America. She serves a four-year term.


Amit Goyal (PhD), a researcher in the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named “2010 Innovator of the Year” by R&D Magazine. Amit was recognized for his leadership in the development of high-temperature superconducting materials. . . . Hud Hudson (PhD), a professor of philosophy at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., has won the Paul J. Olscamp Research Award, one of nine awards granted annually at the school to “highlight the best in teaching, research, and service to the campus community.” Since joining the Western Washington faculty in 1992, he has authored three books and more than 40 articles. His research is in metaphysics and the history of philosophy. . . . Martin Mucci S (MBA) has been named president and CEO of the Rochester-based payroll services provider, Paychex.


Daniel Wechsler (MA), formerly the head of U.S. strategy and business development for Merck, has been named the global president of Bausch & Lomb’s pharmaceutical business.


Catherine Loomis (PhD), an associate professor of English and women’s studies at the University of New Orleans, has published The Death of Elizabeth I: Remembering and Reconstructing the Virgin Queen (Palgrave Macmillan), which draws on diaries, letters, and other accounts to reconstruct the final days of Elizabeth I in 1603. She writes: “This book began life in a U of R history seminar taught by Professor Linda Levy Peck, and most of the research for it was done in Rush Rhees Library. I’m especially grateful to have had these wonderful resources available to me.”


Brock Clarke (PhD), an associate professor of English at Bowdoin College, has published his fifth work of fiction, a novel, Exley (Algonquin Books). He writes: “The novel is about, among other things, the author Frederick Exley, whose collected papers are housed in Rush Rhees Library.”


Amy Levine Sutton (MS) (see ’06).


Scott Nolen S (MBA) has been named vice president of power generation at Dresser Waukesha, a manufacturer of natural gas engines based in Waukesha, Wis. . . . Brian Soller (PhD) has joined LightPath Technologies, a manufacturer of optical products, as vice president of corporate development and sales. He’ll help develop new markets, develop the company’s brand identity, and oversee the company’s sales and marketing division.


Mustafa Coskun (MS) (see ’02 undergraduate).


Douglas Austin S (MBA) (see ’98 undergraduate). . . . Brent Znosko (PhD) has been awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of chemistry at Saint Louis University.


John (PhD) and Amy Levine Sutton ’01 (MS) welcomed a son, Nathaniel, who was born in Carson City, Nev., in September. Nathaniel joins Matthew, 3.