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Alumni Updates

Daniel R. Mandell, History , 1979

July 14, 2016

Daniel R. Mandell, 1979 History, recently received Distinguished Literary Achievement Award from the Missouri Humanities Council for my six books and many articles on Native American persistence and adaptation in New England, 1600-1900. Those books include “King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty” (2010); “Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880” (2008), which was given the Lawrence Levine Award by the Organization of American Historians for the best book on U.S. cultural history; and “Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Eastern Massachusetts” (1996).

Manolo Platin Morales, Politics , 2005

July 14, 2016

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005 Politics, recently began a new job. Morales is the vice president for State Government & Industry Affairs with Chubb North America

James A. Freeman, English , 1980

July 1, 2016

James A. Freeman, 1980 English, recently published “Biblical Time Out of Mind: Myths, Maps, and Memories” along with co-author and HSU emeritus Professor Tom Gage. 

Allison Formica, Biological Sciences Zoology, 2014

June 24, 2016

Allison Formica 2014 Biological Sciences, is working as a Life Science Research Professional in the Genetics Department at Stanford University studying the cellular and molecular biology of the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis, which is a critical relationship to the lives of reef-building corals. She was recently promoted to Laboratory Manager and is assisting in developing a reliable spawning protocol for the sea anemone, Aiptasia, in an attempt to improve spawning efficiency and predictability in the lab.

Hero Burke Smith, Art Accounting, 2003

June 24, 2016

Hero Burke Smith, 2003 Art, is working in the media and textile industry, developing mad lib scripts for newish products.

John Giraldes, Chemistry , 2003

June 15, 2016

John Giraldes, 2003 Chemistry, graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2006 and went on to work for Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Global Discovery Chemistry, Oncology in Cambridge, Mass., until 2015. Giraldes then relocated to Baltimore, Md., and currently working as a Project Manager and Scientific Analyst for the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program.

Deborah Wynn (Graaff), International Studies , 2013

June 15, 2016

Deborah Wynn (Graaff), 2013 International Studies, got married and started medical school with her partner. She is currently in her third year and is preparing for the first step of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam before starting clinical rotations. 

Keith Parker, Fisheries Biology , 2015

May 26, 2016

Keith Parker, 2015 Fisheries Biology, recently received a $15,000 Switzer Environmental Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. This award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and dedication to working in the environmental field.

Dani Burkhart, Environmental Science & Management , 2013

May 16, 2016

Dani Burkhart, 2013 Environmental Science & Management, led Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congressman Jared Huffman, Board of Equalization Members Fiona Ma and George Runner, Asm. Jim Wood and the Blue Ribbon Commission on a fact-finding tour of Humboldt County’s Medical Cannabis farms and industry. Following that work, Emerald Heritage Farms was launched as a consulting firm to help the area’s heritage cannabis farmers come into compliance with changing laws and regulations. Recently, Burkhart helped launch of the first Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce building bridges between cannabis and non-cannabis based businesses in Humboldt County.

Mark Pasquini, History Business, 1973

May 11, 2016

Mark Pasquini, 1973 History, is retiring after many years of work. Pasquini plans on traveling and sampling wine from all continents. He also wishes to continue his writing as a side job. Pasquini plans on throwing away all electronics and wishes everyone a strong and happy future. 

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