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To the Lindberg Lab:
Alexei Rivera did his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and earned a Masters in Science at the University of Bristol, UK. Alexei is interested in the Cambrian Explosion and the events leading up to it. Alexei is co-sponsored with Jim Valentine.
Congratulations are due!
Liz Perotti on her marriage to Jon Fram, who works at the Marine Science Institute at UCSB as a post-doc.
Jann Vendetti on her marriage to Gene Kwon, who works at REI.
And congratulations also to Dave Haasl and his wife, Elaine, on the birth of their new son Michael, born July 9th and weighing in at seven pounds.
Congratulations also to
Erin Meyer, who received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (Berkeley Chapter) and the 2007 Constance E. Boone Award of the Houston Conchology Society.
Nick Pyenson, who received a summer research fellowship from the NSF East Asia Summer Institutes Program, which sponsors graduate student research in Pacific Rim countries. New Zealand was just added to the list of host countries this year, and Nick was among 11 other students in the first group to go to New Zealand, who were all co-sponsored by the Royal Society of New Zealand (see his Summer Adventures, page 7). Nick was also awarded an AMNH Lerner-Gray grant for his field work in the Pisco Basin of Peru.
UCMP continues support for summer short course
"The course is essential. After the first day, the idea that I could have learned how to use these methods based on the published literature and web resources completely disappeared. There are unfortunately very few of these courses run throughout the country, which makes the Berkeley course all the more valuable."
"I did not have any experience in morphometric analyses before and now I feel like I can start using them in my research."
News from recent grads
Jacqueline Moustakas stays with us as a Postdoc in Leslea Hlusko's Lab.
Matt Wedel is now a lecturer at the School of Natural Sciences and the Writing Program at UC Merced.
Drew Lee is now an Anatomical Sciences Instructor/Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences (College of Osteopathic Medicine) at Ohio University.
Congratulations to all!
News from "older" alums
And congratulations to Brian Simison on his appointment to the newly-created position of Assistant Curator of Comparative Genomics at the California Academy of Sciences where he will head the Center for Comparative Genomics.
Congratulations also to one of our elder statesmen, Nestor John Sander (aka Sandy). First a little background: Sandy graduated from Cal with a B.A. in paleontology in 1936 and completed his Masters in 1938. He then joined Standard Oil Company of California and was sent to Saudi Arabia the same year. There he was assigned to map the subsurface contours of a major anticlinal fold that is now the largest oil field in the world, Ghawar. This more than qualified him for a recent interview in his home for an ABC television special [skip straight to the conversation with Sandy in Part 2 at the 15:42 minute mark] on the importance of crude oil. At a very young 93, Sandy spends a great deal of time taking advantage of new technology. As a result, for all of you World War II history buffs, his two short slide shows about the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc in 1944 shown on You Tube are well worth a visit. Just enter "rednasrotsen" (Nestor Sander backward) in the You Tube search box.
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