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Biology Alumni Newsletter: Summer 2011

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Richard B. Fischer, BA’68, DDS’73, is a dentist and consultant in private practice in Cincinnati, where he lives. He writes, “While an undergraduate, I was employed part-time at the IU Audio-Visual Center, was director of intramural officials, and was early morning ‘breakfast cook’ at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. I had the opportunity to attend classes given by legendary professors; to meet [Nobel laureate] James D. Watson, PhD’50, DSc.’63; and to work in graduate school with Dr. [James P.] Holland, MA’58, PhD’61.

Tony E. Hugli, PhD’68, was a research scientist at the Scripps Research Institute for 28 years and is now an adjunct member of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in La Jolla, Calif. In 2004 he became CEO of HealthAide Inc., a company that develops skin-care products. Hugli writes, “After a career in research for over 35 years and 250 publications, I started this company as a hobby and it has become quite successful. This proves that [science] can be fun!” Hugli lives in San Diego.


John R. Brown, MAT’70, retired from Bayer HealthCare in April 2009 after nearly 38 years of service. His role at retirement was global manager of packaging and design in the international marketing department of Bayer’s diabetes care division. Brown lives in Granger, Ind.

The American Board of Surgery has appointed Mark A. Malangoni, BA’71, MD’75, as its associate executive director. ABS is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies general surgeons and related specialists who meet the defined standards of education, training, and knowledge. Malangoni previously served as surgeon-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and as professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Beachwood, Ohio.

Christine Lalewicz Crepage, BS’72, recently retired after 35 years working as a clinical laboratory scientist. She has served on the board of the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society in various capacities for close to 20 years and has chaired or co-chaired the organization’s annual show for the past three years. One of the top-three exhibited orchid shows in the country, the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society show is held in January. Crepage lives in Fort Lauderdale.

James W. Fleck, BA’73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the medical director of Medical Hands for Healing, a charitable organization providing surgical and medical services in Central and South America. He is also the president of the Valley Anesthesiology Foundation and serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists. Fleck is in full-time anesthesia practice with Phoenix-based Valley Anesthesiology Consultants of Arizona.

Keven C. Reed, BA’73, OD’77, was lead author of a research article, “Coral immunology and resistance to disease,” published in June 2010 in the international journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. He is an optometric physician in private clinical practice in Orange Park, Fla. Reed and his wife live in Clay County, Fla.

Eric D. Wieben, BS’73, directs the Genomics Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and leads the institute’s state-funded partnership with the University of Minnesota. He is also a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and his research efforts are focused in the area of pharmacogenomics, determining how individual genetic differences influence response to drug treatment.

William E. Winingham Jr., BA’73, JD’79, is a partner in the Indianapolis law firm Wilson Kehoe Winingham. His practice focuses on automobile and truck accidents, fires and explosions, dangerous products, wrongful death, and bad faith claims against insurance companies. In January, he became a member of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission and the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications. Winingham lives in Carmel, Ind.

P. Scott Bell, BA’74, is a natural resource program manager for the National Park Service’s Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Hagerstown, Md. He lives in Martinsburg, W.Va.

In February, Boston University School of Medicine named researcher James A. Hamilton, PhD’74, as the recipient of the 2010 Avanti Award in Lipids. The award, bestowed by the Biophysical Society, recognizes Hamilton’s innovative contributions in the application of nuclear magnetic resonance methods to phospholipids and fatty acids. The society encourages development in the dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. Hamilton is a professor of biophysics and physiology, with joint appointments in biomedical engineering and medicine. He has been a member of the faculty at BUSM for more than 30 years.

Theresa M. Lee, BA’75, starts a new phase of her career on January 1, 2012, becoming the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She currently chairs the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she is a professor of neuroscience. Lee has been on Michigan’s psychology faculty since 1988. She did graduate work at the University of Chicago, receiving her doctorate in bio-psychology. Lee has been actively involved with the Society of Neuroscience and the American Psychological Association, working on national committees for each organization. She was also chosen as a board member for the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.

Softball and bowling I-Woman Barbara K. Siwy, BA’75, MD’80, received the 2010 Leanne L. Grotke Award, presented by the IU Alumni Association and the I Association. The Grotke Award recognizes living I-Women who, as alumnae, have made exceptional contributions to the women’s athletic program at IUB. It is the highest honor of its kind given by the university. Siwy’s doubles bowling team topped all other Big Ten teams for two consecutive seasons. She earned her MD and plastic surgery residency at the IU School of Medicine, going on to become the first female board certified plastic surgeon in the state of Indiana. After seven years on the IU School of Medicine faculty, she started her own practice, Siwy Plastic Surgery, located in Carmel, Ind. A member of the IU Varsity Club’s national board of directors, Siwy lives in Indianapolis.

David J. Palmer, BA’76, is an ophthalmologist in private practice in Chicago and Glenview, Ill. He is board-certified in ophthalmology and fellowship-trained in glaucoma at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition to his glaucoma consultation and medical and surgical management practice, Palmer performs cataract surgery with lens implantation. He sees a wide variety of general ophthalmological conditions and, in the Chicago office, has a contact lens dispensary. Palmer is a clinical assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago.

James Arthur Birchler Jr., PhD’77, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in May. Birchler is the Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been at MU since 1991. The week before his election to the academy, Birchler visited IU to give a seminar, entitled “The Gene Balance Hypothesis.” His research focuses on maize genetics, cytogenetics, and genomics. Professor Emeritus Drew Schwartz was Birchler’s research mentor while he was here at IU.

Fishers, Ind., dentist James W. Gordon III, BA’77, DDS’81, has been joined in general dentistry practice by his daughter, Lenna J. Gordon, BA’06, DDS’10. James’s wife, Mary (Potasnik), AS’86, serves as the practice’s dental hygienist and as human resources and office personnel manager. The family lives in Carmel, Ind.

Michael R. Wolff, BA’79, MD’83, of Burlington, N.C., performed his surgical internship and surgical residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis. He did his urology residency there and was chief urology resident (1987-88). Wolff currently holds hospital staff appointments at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, and is a partner at Burlington Urological Associates.


Lawrence M. Blatt, BS’83, is founder, president, and CEO of the San Francisco biotechnology company Alios BioPharma. He has spent 28 years in drug research and development with specific focus on biology of the immune system, antiviral therapies, and relevant therapeutic interventions. Blatt was the chief scientific officer of InterMune, Inc. (2002-08) and led the discovery and development of Danoprevir. He was vice president of research at SIRNA, formerly Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals (1998-2002). He began his career at Amgen where he was ultimately head of interferon research and also development team leader, leading to an FDA approval of the drug Infergen. Blatt lives in San Francisco.

Mark A. Bartlow, BS’84, MS’08, of Bloomfield, Ind., is a biology and medical science teacher at Bloomfield High School.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin named Juliet N. Kersten, BA’86, vice president of ambulatory and regional services. In her new position, she partners with providers and hospital executives to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for growth. Kersten is also responsible for managing physician relationships, operations, and business program development throughout the hospital’s service area, including Wisconsin and Illinois. She has been with the hospital since 1988. Kersten lives in Whitefish Bay, Wis., and works in Milwaukee.

Kathy L. Osborn, BA/BS’87, JD’99, a partner at Baker & Daniels, filed as a candidate for the Indiana Nominating Commission and the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications. She ran in November for the position representing the 2nd District. She represents businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in an array of areas, including antitrust, estate/probate/trust, product liability, administrative procedure, contract and torts. Osborn currently chairs the Appellate Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. She lives and works in Indianapolis.

Tracy L. Lawhon, BS’88, JD’94, chief pharmaceutical development officer for Tragara Pharmaceuticals, was invited by the IUB Department of Biology to give the March 20, 2011 Joan Wood Lecture. Her talk, 30th in the series, was titled “The Path Not Well Traveled: From Scientist to Entrepreneur.” Lawhon lives in Encinitas, Calif.

Golf I-Woman Kathleen Klein Smith, BS’89, MD’93, works in urgent care and family practice at PromptMed in Columbus, Ind. Her husband, Jeffrey, BA’92, has opened Plane and Simple Golf School in Columbus. He is a PGA professional, serving on the board of directors of the Indiana section of the Professional Golfers Association of America. They live in Columbus.

Sarah K. Woodley, BA/BS’89, was awarded tenure at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The good news was reported by her proud father, Bob Woodley, a former IUB biology staff member. Her research involves the effects of environmental stressors on amphibian reproduction and health, as well as the neuroendocrinology of chemical communication.


Jill Stewart Waibel, BS’92, was a high school friend of Ryan White who, after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion, became an internationally known AIDS activist and spokesperson in the 1980s. Waibel was instrumental in White’s acceptance at Hamilton Heights High School, Cicero, Ind. After his death in 1990 she started the IUB Dance Marathon to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where White was treated. Since then, the event has raised more than $10 million for Riley Hospital. Waibel, who received the 2010 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award from IU’s Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, is a Miami-based dermatologist specializing in the treatment of scars, especially burn scars. She also serves as a clinical voluntary professor at the University of Miami.

Traverse City, Mich., resident Marci R. Bultemeier, BS’93, is an internal medicine physician at Grand Traverse Internists. She is married to Mike Coco and has a stepdaughter, Maggie, and son, Moses. She enjoys bike racing, triathlons, community involvement, and being a mom.

Pamela L. Cox, BS’95, is the co-author of the U.S. commentary for Drafting Agreements in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries, published in April 2009 by Oxford University Press. Cox is a partner in the Chicago law firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, where she concentrates her practice on intellectual property transactions, negotiations, and technology transfer counseling. She is a frequent public speaker and author and was selected as a 2009 Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Co. Cox lives in Burr Ridge, Ill.

Brian F. Dimitri, BA’97, is a teacher at Edward Little High School in Auburn Heights, Maine. He and his wife, Liza (Marczak), BS’96, welcomed their third son, David, in October 2008. Liza has been a stay-at-home mother since the birth of the couple’s son, Paul, in 2004. She previously taught at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, Maine. The Dimitris lives in Auburn, Maine.

Thomas E. Grossman III, BA’97, is an attorney with Grossman Law, a practice he founded in 2009. His focus areas are estate planning, tax law and tax preparation, bad debt collection, and business start-up. Grossman lives and works in Fishers, Ind.

Eric D. Levens, BS’97, is a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Shady Grove Fertility in Annandale, Va. After a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida, he continued his training as a clinical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health. Levens was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and served as a staff clinician at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center before joining Shady Grove. Author of over 50 publications in his field, he is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

Chandra E. Garry, BA’98, is an associate in the Seattle law firm Miller Nash. A patent attorney in the firm’s intellectual property practice group, she counsels clients in all aspects of patent law. Garry works across many technological areas, including the medical-device, mechanical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, she advises clients regarding intellectual property protection for products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.


Raju R. Raval, BA/BS’01, is currently completing a residency in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. His wife, Sheetal, is completing a residency in radiology at Hahnemann/Drexel University Hospital in Philadelphia. Raval was a Rhodes Scholar as a student at IU. The couple lives in Wilmington, Del.

Cassandra Stelk Fransen, BS’02, is a cytotechnologist at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. Her husband, Clinton, BS’02, is a crisis and emergency manager at Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The couple lives in Naperville, Ill.

Justin M. Otten, BA’02, MA’07, is conducting PhD fieldwork in the Tikvesh wine region of Macedonia, studying the effects of privatization on grape owners. He received American Councils Title VIII Research funding for his research. Otten is a student and teaching assistant at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and his daughter, Vera, was born in May 2010.

David E. Larson, BS’03, is a senior scientist in the Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Since joining the institute, he has participated as part of the medical genomics group and primarily works on somatic single nucleotide variant discovery using Illumina Genome Analyzer data. Larson’s research focuses on the genetic basis of cancer. He is particularly interested in the role of cellular adhesion molecules in tumorigenesis.

S. Luke Flory, MS’03, PhD’08, accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Agronomy Department. Flory’s research focuses on understanding the ecology of biological plant invasions and their effects on native systems. Visit his Web site

Amanda L. Steele, BS’03, matriculated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine School, Midwestern University at Chicago. In 2008 she was accepted into the medical residency program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Steele was accepted into the Rheumatology Training Program through a fellowship in 2011.

In May 2010, Naomi L. Nelson, BA’04, was named one of 80 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows — often regarded as the “Rhodes Scholars” of teaching. Each received a $30,000 stipend and enrolled in a master’s degree program that provides intensive clinical preparation for teaching math and science in urban and rural high schools. In return, the fellows commit to teaching in high-need Indiana schools for three years. Nelson, a case manager for the Family and Children’s Center and former volunteer with the Interracial Communications Project, elected to pursue master’s level degree work at IUPUI.

Jacqueline F. Schwarz, BS’05, graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine in May 2010. She works in the pediatrics department of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

Jannson T. Engleman, BS’06, is a senior analyst at Sequence Consulting in Chicago, specializing in social media implementation strategy. He lives in Chicago.

John R. Clark, BA’07, is a sound engineer for Clark Music Service in Austin, Texas. His interests include restoration of classic cars, music, motorcycles, piano, guitar, and home brewing/distillation.

Briana L. Gross, PhD’07, is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Brian N. Leech, BS’07, is a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland. He is originally from Naperville, Ill.

Graeme E. McFarland, Cert/BS’07, is beginning his fourth year of medical school at the University of Alabama. McFarland, who lives in Birmingham, Ala., plans to pursue a surgical residency.

“I have secured a new position at the IU School of Medicine in the Center for Immunobiology,” writes Krista M. Brown, BS’08. She works in the Wilkes lab as a research technician trainee. Brown adds, “I started in November and am very excited!” She lives in Carmel, Ind.

Nicholas G. Brown, BA’08, is a medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He writes that he enjoys biking, climbing, and running, and has run the IU Mini-Marathon several times. Brown lives in Rockford.

Daniel B. Goldberg, BA’08, is a student at Marquette University School of Dentistry. He does volunteer work with local dental programs, such as “Give Kids a Smile,” and enjoys keeping up with the Hoosiers.

Erin L. Hetzel, BS’08, is a medical student at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Katherine A. Ingmire, BAJ’08, is an associate editor with the Irvine, Calif. company Bow Tie Inc., a leading publisher/distributor of magazines and books on pets, lifestyles, and hobbies. She lives in Brea, Calif.

Sarah E. McDonough, BS’08, is a research specialist with Hatton Cardiac Research at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati. She is a church board member, teaches Sabbath school, and mentors teens. McDonough also enjoys running and training for marathons. From 2006-07, she was the IU Union Board student director.

David M. Newland Jr., BS’08, is pursuing a PhD in pharmacy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Ore. He is involved with several community and local pharmacy related organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association, the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Phi Delta Chi. All three organizations support local communities, providing compassionate, competent pharmaceutical care. Newland lives in Portland, Ore.

Alan J. Rosenbaum, BA/BS’08, is a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He lives in Pittsburgh and plans to graduate with a medical degree in 2013.

Jonathan T. Rybolt, BA’08, is working towards an MD degree at the IU School of Medicine and anticipates graduating in 2012.

Sarah Schaack, PhD’08, returned to the IU Department of Biology last November to give a research seminar. She recently accepted a faculty position at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she will be teaching the Genes, Genetics & Genomes course.

Kyle A. Schwartz, BS’08, is a medical student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Jacqueline A. Howell, BA’09, works as a psychiatric rehabilitation coordinator for Albany Care, a facility for individuals suffering from chronic mental illnesses based in Evanston, Ill. She lives in Grayslake, Ill.

Erin L. Hubert, BS’09, is a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. She lives in Chesterfield, Mo.

Having returned from India, where he was studying infectious diseases, Bryce A. Wininger, BS’09, is now in his second year of studies at the IU School of Medicine. During 2008–09, he worked for Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe and Owen Counties as part of IU Bloomington’s Advocate for Community Engagement program. Wininger also traveled to the Dominican Republic and Ecuador with the IU Timmy Foundation as part of an international medical service team. He is originally from Washington, Ind.

Rhea Datta, PhD’10, is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Stephen Small in the Department of Biology at New York University.

Maryam Hajialiakbari, BS’10, was accepted into the public health dual degree program at the University of Pennsylvania with a full scholarship.

Ian C. Hall, PhD’10, is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Darcy Kelly in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University in New York.

“I am teaching biology in St. Aloysius secondary school in Bwanda Masaka, Uganda,” writes Immaculate C. Kyampeire, MA’10. She adds, “I am also head of the science department in the school.” Kyampeire lives in Masaka, Uganda.

Bethany Wasik, PhD’10, will be a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Antonia Monteiro at Yale University in the fall. Wasik studies the evolution and development of butterfly eyespots. Her husband, Brian Wasik, PhD’10, is a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. His research involves the mechanisms of viral emergence.

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