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Kathryn Britton (M.S. 1977) is a co-editor of a recently published book, Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life’s Gifts - http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeBook. This is the second in a series published by Positive Psychology News. She also co-edited the first book in the series released in 2009, Resilience: How to Navigate Life’s Curves - http://tinyurl.com/ResilienceBook. Both books emerged from her work as associate editor for the online publication, Positive Psychology News Daily -- http://positivepsychologynews.com.

Hala Fauzi (M.S. 1987) was interviewed by NBC Bay Area regarding the revolution in Egypt. You can see the interview on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KCEi9vp1Zw

Raymond Van Dyke (M.S. 1989), an intellectual property/technology attorney in Washington, D.C., Texas and Maryland, was a recent delegate at a World Intellectual Property Organization meeting in Geneva, appointed to the Washington, D.C., Intergovernmental Group Advisory Board, and re-appointed the Greater Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia Chapter Chair of the Licensing Executives Society.

John Q. Walker (Ph.D. 1991) was featured in the “Dream Jobs” issue of the IEEE Spectrum magazine in February 2011: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/dream-job-john-q-walker-ii. The company he co-founded, Zenph Sound Innovations, was also featured in the April 2011 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. John is currently chairman and chief technology officer at Zenph Sound Innovations.

Tim Gramling (M.S. 1995) began pursuing a Doctorate in Law and Policy at Northeastern University in July 2010. The focus of his research is socioeconomic factors in graduation rates at for-profit universities. You can find out more about this program at http://cps.neu.edu/degree-programs/graduate/doctoral/doctorate-law-policy.php?/law. Tim was also elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault beginning in January 2011. The mission of this Kansas City-based non-profit is to counter the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, treatment, intervention and advocacy. You can find out more about this organization at http://www.mocsa.org. Tim is currently president of Colorado Technical University, Kansas City campus.

Julia Grace (M.S. 2007) is now part of the Visual Analytics Research group at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., focusing on information visualization. Julia gave a keynote talk at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City in fall 2010 and a keynote talk at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., in April 2011. She is part of the Computer History Museum’s Next Generation Advisory Board, and sits on the Industry Advisory Board for the California Polytechnic State University Computer Science Department in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She can be found online at juliahgrace.com and in person in Mountain View, Calif.

Jeff Terrell (Ph.D. 2009) is co-founder and CTO of Altometrics, Inc., which recently received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. You can read more about Altometrics, Inc., here.

Undergraduate Alumni

Del Greco Wood (B.S.M.Sci. 1985) recently changed jobs to be CIO at Retail Data in Richmond, Va. Previously, he was COO at Musictoday in Charlottesville, Va.

Robin Munesato Chan (B.S.M.Sci. 2000) was recently promoted to Platform Software Manager at Tekelec.

Courtney McCarthy Ramey (B.S.M.Sci. 2002) was promoted to Executive Director at Jabian Consulting in fall 2010.

Mahmood Ali Qureshi (B.S. 2005) was recently promoted to Manager at Accenture. He has been working with them for the past three years and specializes in Oracle CRM.

Joel Sutherland (B.S. 2007) and Kris Jordan (B.S. 2007) are two of the co-founders of New Media Campaigns, a company that creates web sites for businesses and politicians. In fall 2010, they were named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of top 25 entrepreneurs under 25: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/10/09/0923_young_entrepreneurs/21.htm. Joel and Kris started NMC, along with UNC grad Clay Schossow, in 2006, while they were still undergrads at UNC.

Friends of the Department

Jane Richardson was recently named President-Elect of the Biophysical Society. Richardson is a professor of biochemistry in the Duke University School of Medicine and, along with her husband, David, heads the Richardson Lab.

Liyun Yu, postdoctoral fellow in 1994-1996 working with Steve Pizer, was elected as the voting Board member and Conference Director for the ISSA Raleigh Chapter, beginning in January 2011.


Ron Azuma (Ph.D. 1995):
Jason Wither, Rebecca Allen, Vids Samanta, Juha Hemanus, Yun-Ta Tsai, Ronald Azuma, Will Carter, Rachel Hinman, Thommen Korah. The Westwood Experience: Connecting Story to Locations Via Mixed Reality. Proceedings of ISMAR Arts, Media and Humanities 2010 (ISMAR AMH 2010, Seoul, Korea, 13-16 Oct. 2010), pp. 39-46.