Alumni Success Stories

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 [...]

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 [...]

Richard Ill 65

May 22, 2013

Richard Ill ’65 Heads Preparations for 113th U.S. Open

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Making sure Merion Golf Club is completely up to par for the national golf championship June 13-16 is on the shoulders of Richard “Rick” Ill ’65, head of the club’s U.S. Open committee. Ill, who previously served five years as president of Merion, began planning and preparation many months ago. Logistics include steps to manage [...]

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 [...]

Ross Gay '96

April 24, 2013

Ross Gay ’96 Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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Poetry is a craft and a spiritual practice, but it is more, says Ross Gay ’96, the recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2013 for Creative Arts–Poetry. The craft comes in thinking about form, diction, and “fiddling with syntax and line,” and “it’s a close cousin to prayer, no doubt—but it’s also play [...]

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 [...]

Jeffrey Fry '81

April 5, 2013

Unique Business Approach Pays Off for Entrepreneur Jeffrey Fry ’81

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By Kevin Gray Someone once said that Jeffrey Fry ’81 is like the A-Team or Delta Force for entrepreneurs. It’s an apt description for the Austin-based entrepreneur and consultant, who has more than 25 years of experience in operations, technical sales, marketing, strategic planning, and business development. “I start my own businesses and help others starting up businesses,” [...]