Alumni Profiles

Meir Silver '77

July 12, 2013

Medical Innovator Meir Silver ’77 Bridges Science and Faith

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By Dan Edelen On the bustling walkways of New York City, Meir “Michael” Silver ’77 encountered street preachers as a high school student. In questioning Silver’s knowledge of Judaism, the itinerant pastors planted seeds that have grown into a lifelong pursuit for Silver as he builds a bridge between his seemingly disparate interests in science [...]

Caitlin Lowery '10

July 5, 2013

Caitlin Lowery ’10 Promotes Women’s Health in Eastern Europe

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By Robert S. Benchley Peace Corps volunteer Caitlin Lowery ’10 has broadened the focus of her assignment—teaching English at a 300-student public school—to embrace what might be called “lessons in life,” with a focus on girls and young women. Lowery has been stationed for the past two years in the remote village of Dimi, Georgia, [...]

Linda Assante Carrasco ’90

June 28, 2013

Linda Assante Carrasco ’90 Begins Term on Board of Trustees

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Linda Assante Carrasco ’90, a partner with Jasper Ridge Partners investment management firm in Menlo Park, Calif., was elected to the Board of Trustees May 24 and will begin a four-year term July 1. Formerly Oak Hill Investment Management, Jasper Ridge Partners provides discretionary investment management services and customized solutions to prominent families, foundations, and [...]

Kartik Chandran '95 reviews data with a colleague. Photo courtesy Albert Einstein College of Medicine

June 24, 2013

Kartik Chandran ’95 Leads Research in Blocking Deadly Ebola Virus

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By Andrew Clark A team of researchers led by Kartik Chandran ’95 managed to break open Ebola’s previously elusive mechanism for entering a cell. “It’s a first step toward a therapeutic,” said Chandran in “Race for a Cure,” Newsweek (Aug. 6, 2012). “We have a bona fide target.” The discovery was described in two articles by [...]

Eric Von Arx '87

June 4, 2013

Eric Von Arx ’87 Creates Hyperminimalist Sculpture

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By Carrie Havranek Eric Von Arx ’87 is expressing his creativity through temporary installations he calls “momentary sculpture shows”—hyperminimalist sculpture typically just a foot tall. It’s often spontaneous, mostly uninvited, and created with found objects. “I want to capture the moment of inspiration,” says Von Arx, a professional artist. He has placed his artwork where [...]

Wystan Carswell '10

May 28, 2013

Wystan Carswell ’10 Researches Wind Turbine Energy at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

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By Andrew Clark Studying wind energy was simply addictive for Wystan Carswell ’10. She was captivated by the topic while pursuing a master’s degree in structural engineering at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It’s now the focus of her doctoral work at UMass Amherst and her research post at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo. “The ultimate goal of [...]

Brad Wertheim '07

May 10, 2013

The Danger of Iron Explored by Brad Wertheim ’07 in The Atlantic

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Too much iron—is that possible? Yes, for people who have a gene resulting from an ancient DNA mutation that causes iron to accumulate to toxic levels in their organs. When Dr. Brad Wertheim ’07 learned about “the Celtic curse” of hereditary hemochomatosis during medical school, he wondered why it had a predilection for those of [...]

Michael Sanchez '81

May 3, 2013

Michael Sanchez ’81 Directs DuPont’s North American Operations

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By Benjamin Gleisser Thousands of people work for him. And Michael N. Sanchez ’81 wishes that he could meet each one. Sanchez is director of North American operations for DuPont, which produces dozens of products for home, automotive, farming, electronic, and packaging industries at 23 factories. Many of these facilities employ several thousand workers; others [...]

Katherine Blair '04

April 19, 2013

Katherine Blair ’04 Shapes Health Policy for the State of Colorado

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By Larry Atkins Making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation is the focus of Katherine Blair ’04, health policy adviser in Governor John Hickenlooper’s Office of Policy, Research, and Legislative Affairs. She is helping the governor accomplish his vision. “Colorado created the first bipartisan health insurance exchange in the country, which will launch in [...]

Jarrett Kovics '96

April 12, 2013

Jarrett Kovics ’96 Finishes World’s Toughest Race to Raise Funds for Costa Rican Children’s Homes

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By Kate Helm “When I planted my foot, I never knew whether it would strike solid ground or sink through a deceptively crusty surface, assuring a nasty fall or a broken ankle. Despite its difficulty, the terrain was visibly spectacular,” writes Jarrett Kovics ’96 in his blog during a seven-day trek across the Atacama Desert [...]