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Anand Reddi,
has been awarded a Fulbright grant to South Africa in the field of biology, by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Reddi's research will focus on HIV/TB co-infection.

Albert T. Marshall,
retired from General Electric in 2001. Over his career, he held senior management and leadership positions primarily in the development and implementation of IT systems and strategies. Since then, he has written and published two novels, "Thread of Decency" (2003) and "Paperless" (2004) under the pen name of A. Townsend Marshall. Both mystery novels are set in industry IT/IS and portray the somtime tragic struggles between ethics and greed. He and his wife, Marina, are enjoying their retirement in northern Michigan.

Jennifer Lerner,
an assistant professor of social and decision sciences and psychology, has received Carnegie Mellon University’s Estella Loomis McCandless professorship. The professorship is given every three years to a junior faculty member who has shown "great promise" in her or his field, the school said. Lerner is the head of the Emotion and Decision Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Drawing primarily on psychology as well as economics and neuroscience, the lab examines the influence of emotion on human thought and action. Lerner’s recent work revolves around two domains: judgments of risk and choices in economic transactions. Lerner is one of several members of the university’s Department of Social and Decision Sciences who are experts in how people evaluate and respond to risk. Lerner recently published a study that found that seemingly incidental emotions can influence the prices at which individuals buy and sell goods. Lerner’s research revealed that people who are sad are willing to accept less money to sell something than they would pay for the same object. Lerner majored in psychology in the Honors College.

Reginald James Humphrey,
a New York based actor and freelance writer, is the Manhattan Editor/Guide for About.com, a site solely devoted to New York City. Reginald provides all the content found at the site, Manhattan.About.com, including the popular daily weblog, original articles, how-to's, relevant NYC links, and other resources for answering just about any question about New York City.

George A. Lehner,
an experienced trial lawyer and mediator, has rejoined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in the Washington, DC, office. Lehner served as deputy assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes at the US Department of State from July 2002 through mid-June 2004. He earned the State Department's Superior Honor Award for his work on the oral proceedings at the International Court of Justice in the Oil Platforms Case.

Lehner rejoined Pepper's Health Effects Litigation Practice Group. He practices primarily in the area of civil litigation and arbitration, concentrating in product liability, business tort, trade secret and employment litigation. He has had substantial first-chair responsibility for a variety of complex civil and mass tort litigation matters. He originally joined Pepper in 1989, and was a partner with the firm for 13 years. At the time of his departure, he was a member of the firm's Executive Committee and the partner in charge of its Washington office.


John Wingard,
who heads a Honolulu-based graphic design firm, has been presented with seven Awards of Excellence in David Carter’s LOGO 2004 competition. The awards recognize "outstanding world-class logo and identity design." With over 20 local, national and international awards, John Wingard Design provides marketing, advertising, web design and graphics-based communication to a diverse clientele throughout Hawaii and the mainland. Visit www.johnwingarddesign.com to learn more. ###

Boris Kozolchyk,
has been selected to receive the U.S.-Latin American Friendship Award, sponsored by Hispanic Magazine and Continental Airlines. The award will be presented in San Francisco on August 26. Kozolchyk has worked through the years to reconcile legal differences between countries that can impede cross-border trade and commerce. His book on Commercial Letters of Credit in the Americas received the Best Book Award from both the Inter-American Bar Association and the Spanish government. Early in his career, he directed a U.S. Agency for International Development law reform project in Costa Rica and wrote a highly respected text that continues to be used there. Through the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, which he founded in 1992, he has worked toward facilitating trade and investment in the Western Hemisphere through the harmonization of laws and practices.

Al Green,
has been inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) hall of fame in Baltimore. Green, who has MEd, ATC and EMT degrees, was inducted along with his wife, Sue Stanley-Green, MS, ATC, LAT. They live in Lakeland, Fla. The honorees were recognized "for their significant contributions on the state, regional and national levels," the NATA said. They are the first husband and wife in NATA’s 55-year history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the same time, the association noted. “Sue and I have been a team for a long time -- over 20 years,” Green said. “There’s nothing better than being inducted with the person who has helped you get to stand on the podium.” Green is a clinical services coordinator for the Kessler Rehabilitation Centers in Lakeland. He has provided athletic training services for national and international competitions, as well as cared for high school and college athletes across the country. In particular, he was assistant athletic trainer at the University of Michigan (1974-1979) and then served as head athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky for 17 years.

Christopher Bushell,
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, has been named First Deputy Director of the City of Chicago Department of Construction and Permits. In this capacity he works extensively with the design, construction and development communities in Chicago to increase public safety and awareness through the issuance of construction permits. He is one of the first executives in the department to hold an architecture background. Christopher previously was Director of Facility Operations for the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest public school system in the nation, where he was responsible for a $1.5 billion dollar project to repair and renovate school facilities.

Stacey Feldman,
married Marc L. Saiontz on May 23, 2004. Stacey and Marc met at Katie (Konovaliv) Raab '96 and Andrew Raab's (BA '95) wedding in Ann Arbor at the Michigan League in the summer of 2000. Several alumni were in attendance including Eva Fisher Barrial '96, Katie Miller '96, Lauren Fox Rubin '96, Karla Prodany '96, Laura Appelbaum '96, Deborah Parver '96, Anita Bahauddin Bandy '96, Mark Burggraaff '96, Hershel Wancjer '95, Todd Klessman '96, David Neuman '96 Padraic Moore '95 and Brad Farber '96. Stacey and Marc live in NYC, where Stacey is an associate with the law firm Dickstein Shapiro, and Marc is a principal at American Securities Capital Partners.

Vera M. Britto,
After leaving U-M, Ms. Britto worked in the multimedia, video, and e-learning sectors to gain experience developing projects for corporations and universities. She returned to Brazil in 2001, where she started her own e-learning company, Power e-learning, serving mainly the corporate sector. With her company, she has launched Brazil´s first Defensive Driving e-learning training, a measure Ms. Britto hopes will help to diminish the 50,000 roadway deaths that occur per year in Brazil. Ms. Britto is now looking to return to academia as a professor and researcher and possibly to pursue doctoral studies as well. She is interested in applying new technologies/media to education in a variety of ways and also to start some new animation projects for television. She values greatly the opportunity for growth and learning she found at the University. Contact info: info@power-e.com.br

Matt Kassan,
has been named Associate Brand Manager at Blizzard Entertainment, a premier publisher of entertainment software. Matt will be working on the launches of upcoming titles World of Warcraft and StarCraft: Ghost. Prior to Blizzard, Matt worked at Buena Vista Home Entertainment and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Busines.

Deniz Tasdemir-Conger,
has joined the Chamber Music Society of Detroit (www.comehearCMSD.org) as director of development and marketing. She isresponsible for directing fundraising initiatives and external marketing."I', also president of www.StyleeGirl.com , an e-commerce site, specializing in showcasing cutting edge women's accessories designers," she writes. She received her degrees in political science and environmental policy from the U-M and earned her master's degree in public administration from Oakland University.

Dr. Samuel Harris,
a legend in the dental profession, passed away February 27 in Florida, just 55 days shy of his 100th birthday. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 23, 1903, Harris and his family moved to Canada when he was eight. Thirteen years later, he earned his DDS from the School of Dentistry. Discussing his career in an interview that appeared in the Fall 1991 issue of the School of Dentistry’s alumni/ae magazine, DentalUM, Harris said his decision to enter dentistry “was sort of a compromise. The earliest I can remember, I wanted to be an architect and then a medical surgeon. I finally compromised by becoming a dentist. I loved to use my hands. That seemed to be a natural for me.” He said “Dr. Russell Bunting [later dean from 1937-1950] was the influence that took me into dentistry for children.” After one of Bunting’s lectures, Harris said he approached the instructor and said, “Dr. Bunting, you have just pointed the direction of the course I want to take. I want to be a dentist for children.” In 1925, Dr. Harris opened a private practice in pediatric dentistry in Detroit and practiced his profession until he retired in 1980. In 1927, he helped found the American Society of Dentistry for Children. In 1933, he published the first issue of the Review of Dentistry for Children and served as its editor for 10 years. Dr. Harris received in 1998 the American Dental Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. The following year, the quarterly journal of the American Student Dental Association named him as one of ASDA’s “25 Dental Visionaries.” Dr. Harris never forgot the U-M School of Dentistry. In 1993, he pledged $175,000, of which $125,000 was to be used toward the School’s pediatric dentistry clinic renovation project. The other $50,000 was a challenge grant to encourage private support for the project. In September 2000, the Samuel D. Harris Children’s Dental Unit opened. Facilities include 10 chairs for predoctoral training, updated instrument storage and handling, low-partition clinics that foster collaborative teaching, a young patient prevention clinical area, and a parent/patient consultation room. He also established a professorial chair in his name. There were no funeral services for Dr. Harris.

Samuel Krugliak 1917-2003,
of Canton, Ohio, died in his home town on April 6 at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Aurelia, and the following children and spouses: Barbara and Bernard Brodsky of Buffalo, New York; Betsy Krugliak of Piedmont, California; Seth and Susan Krugliak of Los Angeles; Amanda and David Ruderman of Ann Arbor; six grandchildren; and sister Deyna Wein of Ossining, New York. He served four years at sea in World War II with the U.S. Coast Guard and was discharged as a Lieutenant Sr. Grade, 1946.

Krugliak was admitted to the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts in 1941. He previously served as first assistant city solicitor for Canton and first assistant prosecuting attorney for Stark County. He formed the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths Dougherty Co., L.P.A. in 1956. He retired from practice and the firm in 1996. He also served as president of the Canton Art Museum and as a trustee of Temple Israel. He also received University of Michigan Distinguished Alumni Award and served as International President of University of Michigan Alumni Association; and also served as National Chairman of the University of Michigan Law School Fund. He was a member of the Visitors Committee of the University of Michigan Law School and a member of the U-M President's Club. He was a golfaholic for over 75 years and won the Arrowhead Club Golf Championship three times. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Samuel Krugliak Legal Scholarship Fund with the Stark County Foundation. (Call Arnold at 330.456-7291.)


Charles M. Greenberg,
has been named president and CEO of PlayMaker Sports Advisors LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP. He will continue to be a partner at Pepper Hamilton and lead the firm's sports industry practice group. PlayMaker represents the purchasers of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Altoona Curve and San Antonio Rampage professional sports teams, among others. Greenberg, 41, is a Pittsburgh-based attorney. He also is president and managing partner of the Altoona Curve, the successful class "AA" affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He said that owning and operating a club gives him the experience of knowing the "adrenaline and sleepless nights that come with the territory" of owning a professional athletic enterprise. He received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University.

Albert Leung,
has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to study feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), an herb with the potential to prevent migraines. Leung is principal investigator for the research project and president of Phyto-Technologies, Inc., of Woodbine, Iowa, and Glen Rock, New Jersey, which received the federal grant for the endeavor. See "Scientific Medicine Examines the Alternatives", Fall 2001 Michigan Today http://www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/MT/01/Fal01/mt12af01.html/) The first year of Phase II research on the scientific properties of the medicinal herb, long used in "alternative medicine," was funded for $501,653 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Phase I research focused on establishing a multifaceted approach to the identification and characterization of feverfew, related species and varieties, potential adulterants and feverfew materials used in previous clinical trials. "Phase II will expand on this approach," Leung said, "and will proceed to the next level to identify, characterize, standardize and manufacture feverfew preparations with the best potential for effectiveness in the prevention of migraines. These materials will be subjected to clinical trials and will ultimately be incorporated into a commercial anti-migraine product." Leung, trained at U-M in conventional pharmacognosy, is well-known in the herbal products industry as an outspoken advocate for quality and safety in herbal products. According to Dr. Leung, "One of the major reasons that many herbal products don't work is because poor-quality or wrong herbs and their extracts are used. There are presently no meaningful guidelines or standards for the standardization of herbs and their extracts, thus resulting in the current general lack of uniform quality of herbal products. Our research will, for the first time in the history of herbal medicine, provide a meaningful and workable model to control the quality of not only feverfew products, but also herbal products in general. Leung's company is a formulator and manufacturer of extracts and blends of mostly Chinese herbs for private label distribution. "Over the past few years, due to our persistent efforts in defining herb quality, Phyto-Technologies has emerged as a recognized leader in the proper modernization of Chinese medicine," he said.

Susan Zabriskie,
is the newly appointed executive director of Alpha Phi International Fraternity. Zabriskie, formerly a senior manager with Ameritech, joined the fraternity’s Evanston-based executive office in January. She was initiated into the Theta chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of Michigan in 1978 and has since served on numerous international committees for the fraternity and the foundation.Zabriskie spent the latter part of her 20-year career at Ameritech in Chicago as a senior manager responsible for culture change and leadership development. Previous roles included project management, human resources and delivering quality customer service.

Susan Zabriskie,
Susan Zabriskie ’79 is the newly appointed executive director of Alpha Phi International Fraternity. Zabriskie, formerly a senior manager with Ameritech, joined the fraternity’s Evanston (Ill.)-based executive office in January. She was initiated into the Theta chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of Michigan in 1978 and has since served on numerous international committees for the fraternity and the foundation. Zabriskie spent the latter part of her 20-year career at Ameritech in Chicago as a senior manager responsible for culture change and leadership development. Previous roles included project management, human resources and delivering quality customer service.

Nelson Cowan,
Prof. Nelson Cowan of the Dept. of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia, has received an an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki. Cowan received his BS from Michigan in neurosciences and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. He writes of the Helsinki ceremony: "The University of Helsinki holds its conferment ceremony only once every four years and carries on a European tradition that has been lost in many countries but has been going on in Finland, with few changes, for the past 360 years. For this occasion, 12 professors were selected from various countries and disciplines to receive honorary doctorates. " The conferment ceremony over three days included a rehearsal dinner, official ceremony in a large hall with several hundred degree recipients, banquet, cathedral service, boat trip to an island for a picnic, and concluding ball. In the official ceremony, honorary doctors were prominently paraded and I received a special hat (representing academic wisdom) and sword (representing the force of reason, I think) that can be worn only by such recipients. "The feeling of emerging from the ceremonial hall on the town square near the front of a narrow procession, to a red carpet that had been laid out, with the cathedral bells ringing and people lining the streets with cameras, was overwhelming. "I was also impressed by the symbolism in the final ball, which involved the following: various traditional dances from 7:30 to 10:00, carrying around various key individuals on a throne (including a representative honorary doctor), "kicking out" the degree-granting professor under a tunnel of swords at midnight so that the real party could begin, marching and singing with several hundred people through the streets of Helsinki at 2:30 am, so that statues of various Finnish poets and other important characters could be lauded and, finally, greeting the sun with more speeches and champagne at 4 A.M. "The university's conferment ceremony in Finland dates back to 1643 in the city of Turku and was moved to the new capital of Helsinki, along with the university, in 1828. The literature I received from the university indicated that 'through most of the 19th century the conferment ceremonies were the only festive events in the country that the general public could enjoy, and graduands and their families were joined by large interested audiences. People journeyed from the countryside to the capital to take part in the festivities, which lasted several days.' The conferment ceremony at some points also served to reinforce national unity and independence when the country was ruled by Sweden and then Russia."

EvaJon Sperling,
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association bestowed its Citation for Alumnus Achievement on EvaJon Sperling Friday, Aug. 15, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. It is the highest honor presented by the association. A 2000 UNO graduate of the MBA program, Sperling has been Omaha’s Postmaster since 1995. Sperling began her career with the US Postal Service in 1972 as a part-time flexible clerk in Flint, Michigan. She earned her BA two years later from U-M. She climbed the postal service’s management ranks in Michigan, Denver and Wausau, Wisconsin, working in a variety of positions in all functional operations. Sperling came to Omaha in January 1990 as director of field operations. Her district stretched from the South Dakota to Kansas borders and included 364 post offices. In 1992 she was named manager of post office operations for the Central Plains District. Three years later she took over as postmaster. Sperling’s other career experience includes a stint selling encyclopedias door-to-door, managing the Michigan secretary of state’s office and service in the US Marine Corps. She is co-chair of the Omaha Postal Customer Council and the Metropolitan Omaha Postal Customer Advisory Council. She also is a board member of the United Way of the Midlands, the Downtown Rotary Club of Omaha and Omaha Network. She also has served on the Local Federal Coordinating Committee for the Combined Federal Campaign and is a member of the Federal Executive Association. Sperling is a member of the American Driving Society and Eastern Nebraska Driving Society and has competed in horse driving events in the United States and Canada. She currently has a 3-year-old mare in training for competition.

Meg Waite Clayton,
'81, '84 JD, has published her first novel, "The Language of Light". The book will be published in the USA and Canada in November 2003 by St. Martin’s Fresh Fiction Selection and is a finalist for the Bellwether Prize and also a McNaughton Selection. The Language of Light will also be published in German translation and in a US paperback in 2004. Meg and her husband and two sons live in Palo Alto and Santa Barbara, California. Her Web address is www.megwaiteclayton.com.

Frank C. Fontana,
In 2002, Frank C. Fontana founded and became president of Banyan Asset Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor dually based in Harrison Township, Michigan and Fort Myers Beach, Florida. His firm provides professional money management services to individual investors and corporate clients—www.banyan-asset.com. In 2003, Frank earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Designation, administered by the Association for Investment Management and Research® (AIMR®). The CFA charter is the only globally recognized credential for investment analysis and management. Pass rates average about 50 percent on the exams at each of three sequential levels.

Roger Williams,
Stanley Temple Donner would be ashamed. More errors per linear inch in his obit than one can count... Stumbled on this item by chance, read with interest, was appalled by the spelling... Editor's Note: Corrections have been made and we regret the errors.

Dr. Boris Kozolchyk,
has been selected to receive the “Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law” of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law and Practice. Kozolchyk is scheduled to receive the award in Atlanta on August 6 during the ABA annual meeting. The award was established to honor those persons who have made "distinguished, long-standing contributions to development of private international law," the ABA said. Kozolchyk’s contributions—as DeConcini Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law, as National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT) president and beyond—have included representing the United States in various organizations, such as the Organization of American States'specialized conferences on private international law, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the International Chamber of Commerce. Kozolchyk has demonstrated how comparative law aids in selecting those legal institutions that contribute to the economic development of a country or region.

Sandra Maria Nutt,
, a graduate of the Theater and Drama department, is premiering her latest play, "Prevarications: Little White Lies," in her own RIPRAP STUDIO THEATRE. After a March 5-7 preview, the play will open March 13. An alumna of the Negro Ensemble Company Alumna, stars in the "sobering" production. Riprap Studio Theatre is located at 5755 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, Cal. Nutt won Kodak's Champagne Celebration Award for the feature-length screenplay of the same name. The comedy features sharp political discourse, sexual rivalry and, Nutt says, "rumors of lesbianism." The play will run on weekends for eight weeks. For more information, contact the theater at (818) 990-7498 or via the Web site: http://www.riprapentertain.com/tickets.html

John Wingard,
of John Wingard Design in Honolulu has added Arquette Properties to his company's list of active clients, and recently completed an updated logo and print solutions for the company. "A unique identity was the desired result for this firm, specializing in real estate services. The project includes a complete identity package," Wingard says. "The work represents an evolution in combining contemporary graphics with a classic Hawaiian feel."

Saul K. Fenster,
is keeping busy after retiring in 2002 from the presidency of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. Most recently, Dr. Fenster completed his term as president of the education foundation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey and the higher education community also recently recognized him as the founding father of New Jersey Edge, Net, a higher education network. In addition, he was cited as a founder of University Heights Science Park in Newark. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, Fenster during his career received honorary doctorates from Rutgers University, William Paterson University and NJIT. He was president of NJIT for 24 years. In 1995, he was named a Townsend Harris Medalist by City College of New York.

Christopher Wilson,
has been named director of the Program in African American Culture of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC. He will assume his new post in late May. Wilson has 15 years of experience in developing and producing public programs at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. His work has primarily focused on African American issues and included programs on the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, Emancipation, the Civil Rights movement and Black History Month, among others. He also contributed to several exhibitions, including African American Family Life and Culture and the Rosa Parks Bus. He has conceived and delivered a wide variety of historical programming addressing topics such as transportation, baseball, democracy, bee keeping and maple sugaring, and has managed the daily parade and equestrian operations. An accomplished writer, Wilson has written and directed more than 20 plays and musicals on a variety of subjects. His programming has reached a wide range of audiences and has included performances, festivals, classes for adults and children, school programs, walking tours, historic menus, dance programs and the World Series of Historic Baseball. He expects to receive an MA in American History from Wayne State University later this year.

Louisa Jartz,
I have worked as a librarian and teacher and writer. I am married and retired in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently I am taking writing classes in the Project 60 Program at Cleveland State University and occasionally attend alumni events in Cleveland. Former classmates may contact me at jatzhorvath@stratos.net.

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