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Biology Alumni Newsletter: Summer 2010

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Before 1960

Lawrence Hornick, BA’49, retired in October 2008 after 55 years of practice as an osteopath. He writes, “I was recently honored as an osteopathic pioneer by the New York Society of Osteopathic Medicine.” Hornick lives in Sayville, N.Y.

Terre Haute, Ind., native, James L. Shaffer, BA’49, spent his career in sales and marketing, retiring in 1984 as regional manager of industrial chemicals for Ashland Inc. He also served as a substitute teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Orange County, Calif. Shaffer writes, “I moved to Laguna Woods, Calif., to be discovered by Hollywood and to be near [my] daughters.” Shaffer’s novel, Peterbilt to Laredo, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1989.

The Quest for Power: Religion and Politics, the seventh book by Samuel Slipp, BS’49, MD’50, was released by Pitchstone Publishing in March. An emeritus clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and past president of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Slipp’s works include The Freudian Mystique: Freud, Women and Feminism and Healing the Gender Wars. He lives in Englewood, N.J.

Frank H. Dailey, BA’53, MD’56, retired in December after 46 years of internal medicine practice. He lives in Columbus, Miss.

1960s

James W. Terman, BA’61, MA’63, MD’65, has retired from the Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse, Wis., after 36 years as a member of the internal medicine department and infectious diseases section. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He and his wife, Nancy (Simonson), BS’61, live in La Crosse. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.

Orthopedic surgeon Thomas F. Trainer, BA’62, MD’66, was named Most Distinguished Physician of 2009 by St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was chosen from more than 2,500 colleagues throughout the 27 hospitals in the St. Vincent’s system around the state. A bronze sculpture of his head has been placed on the wall in the entry of the main hospital in Indianapolis. A football I-man, Trainer lives with his wife, Jenny, in Carmel, Ind.

Being “larger than life” has a special meaning for football I-Man W. David Martin, BA’63. As the “Billboard Guy,” Martin appears — garbed in outlandish outfits and accompanied by pithy, humorous quotes — on billboards around Indiana. The Billboard Guy concept was developed by the Hoosier athletics marketing department to promote football. The character was originally intended to be anonymous, but Martin, who served as director of the Varsity Club from 1971 to 2002, stepped up and “embodied” the role — literally. He lives in Bloomington.

Edwin C. Marshall, BA’68, BS’70, OD’71, MS’79, was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in June 2009 in recognition of his contributions to the profession. He joins 47 other people — including four with ties to the IU School of Optometry — in the hall of fame. Marshall is vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs and a professor of optometry at Indiana University. He lives in Bloomington.

Susan Radloff Stephens, BA’68, MD’72, of Carmel, Ind., is a retired emergency room physician. Her husband, Robert W. Stephens, BA’68, MD’72, still practices otolaryngology in Indianapolis. All four of the couple’s children are IU alumni  — Jennifer L. Love, BA’93, JD’96; Aaron D. Stephens, BA’95; Robert C. Stephens, BS’00; and John B. Stephens, MD’07. The Stephens’ family network of School of Medicine alumni also includes the couples’ niece, Tracey M. Guildenbecher, BA/BS’03, MD’07, and nephews, Christopher D. Stephens, MD’09, and Matthew J. Stephens, BS’99, MS’06, MD’09. Susan Stephens writes, “I attended a sorority reunion in Bloomington [last] summer and the place still excites me. I wish I could do it all again. We have a growing crop of grandchildren and I expect [most] of them will be Hoosiers and [some] I hope, doctors.”

1970s

Kenneth D. Gallinger, BA’70, BS’72, OD’73, is an optometrist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives.

Kenneth L. Brighton, BA’71, is chairman of the Department of Education at Johnson (Vt.) State College. He lives in Hyde Park, Vt.

On Oct. 31, Douglas D. Sheets, BA’71, MD’74, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Rutherfordton, N.C., was installed as the 156th president of the North Carolina Medical Society at the society’s annual meeting in Raleigh. A strong advocate for physicians who practice in rural areas and smaller communities, Sheets has delivered close to 4,000 babies since he and his wife, Kay, moved to Rutherfordton in 1978. At Rutherford Hospital, he has served as chief of the obstetrics and gynecology service and chief of staff.

Thomas A. Cicarella, BA’71, JD’74, is a partner with the law firm Calfee, Halter and Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves as chair of the firm’s commercial business and finance group and has more than 30 years experience in leveraged buyouts and domestic and international financing. Cicarella is also president of the board of directors for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. A former associate adjunct professor for Cleveland Marshall College of Law, he is a frequent lecturer at commercial law and business conferences and is an active member of the American and Ohio Bar Associations. Cicarella began his tenure with Calfee in 1974, becoming a partner in 1981.

Ft. Wayne resident Michael H. Schatzlein, BS’71, MD’74, relocated to Tennessee to become president and CEO of St. Thomas Health Services. Schatzlein, former CEO of Lutheran Health Network, was surprised with the rank and title of Sagamore of the Wabash at a farewell dinner held in his honor on June 18. The award was given in appreciation of his 30 years of service to northeastern Indiana. Schatzlein and his wife Elizabeth now reside in Nashville.

After 35 years teaching plant anatomy and morphology courses in the Department of Biology at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., Anne A. Susalla, PhD’72, retired in June 2008 with the title associate professor emerita. She lives in South Bend.

Roosevelt Y. Johnson, PhD’72, serves as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Advancing Science and Engineering and as an executive on loan from the National Science Foundation. Prior to his AAAS appointment, Johnson served as program director for the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program. The AGEP program aims to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented minorities and minority-serving institutions, women and girls, and persons with disabilities at every level of the science and engineering enterprise. In addition to managing numerous cross-directorate programs during his 20-year career at the NSF, Johnson has represented the NSF on government-wide committees and working groups, including representing the NSF and the U.S. government as one of its representatives at NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship meetings in Brussels, Belgium.

Ronald J. Stanish, BA’72, MD’75, has been a practicing family physician for 31 years. He lives and works in Winter Park, Fla.

William E. Goldman, BS’76, is a professor and chairman of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. His research interests focus on the pathogenesis of bacterial and fungal infections of the respiratory tract, including histoplasmosis, pneumonic plague, and pertussis. Goldman has published widely on the impact of viruses on the respiratory systems of mammals.

Avram L. Sacks, BA’76, is a social security law analyst for CCH Inc., a publisher of legal and tax information for professionals. An attorney, Sacks is the editor of the CCH Social Security Law Reporter, and is the author of CCH Social Security Explained, a comprehensive handbook for professionals, and is co-author of CCH Social Security Benefits Including Medicare, a guide for the general public. He updates both publications annually. Sacks lives and works in Deerfield, Ill.

Kathryn J. Wilson, MA’76, PhD’76, is assistant vice chancellor for research in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Her husband, Daniel, MS’73, works for the IUPUI library. The couple lives in Zionsville.

In August, Registered Representative,the magazine of the retail investment industry, selected Byron R. Braun, BA’77, as one of its top 100 independent investment advisers in America. Braun, the president of Braun Wealth Management, was also selected by the magazine as one of 10 Outstanding Brokers in the United States in 1997. He lives and works in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Karen Blair Rosen, BA’77, is co-owner with her husband, Steven, BS’77, OD’79, of Rosen Optometry Associates in St. Louis. The practice handles primary care such as diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye, as well as contact lens fitting. Karen Rosen has participated in 17 international missions to provide eye care and eyeglasses in countries such as India, Tunisia, and Guatemala. The Rosens live in Chesterfield, Mo.

Trafford Publishing has published The Millionaire’$ Manual: A Workbook for Wealth, by Paul E. Vogelgesang, BA’77. He lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

John O. Dudley, BA’78, MBA’84, is retired. He spent 26 years with Verizon Communications and, at the time of leaving, was president of the company’s Great Lakes regional office. Dudley subsequently took a position as chief development officer with the American Red Cross in Charlotte, N.C., for one year. He enjoys golf and is involved in masters swimming. Dudley is married and has three grandchildren and a dog named “Dudley.” He lives in Waxhaw, a suburb of Charlotte.

Two biology alumni were named as Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame officers for the 2009–10 year. Steven M. Green, BA’78, DDS’84, an Indianapolis dentist, was elected as a new member of the hall of fame’s board of directors, and Amy J. Metheny, BS’84, MD’89, of Indianapolis, was named as an at-large representative. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame elects members for their Indiana high school or college affiliation. Green is an IU basketball I-Man and Metheny a basketball I-Woman.

The National Academy of Sciences awarded Arthur R. Grossman, MA/PhD’78, the 2009 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal “in recognition of excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae.” Grossman has been a staff scientist in the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Plant Biology since 1982. He is also a professor by courtesy in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and regularly reviews papers for journals such as Science and Nature. In 2002, Grossman received the prestigious Darbaker Prize from the Botanical Society of America for his microalgae work.

1980s

In November, Walt Disney Co., the world’s largest media company, named Robert A. Chapek, BS’81, president of distribution for films and television programs. In his previous role as president of Disney’s home entertainment division, Chapek, a 16-year Disney veteran, led the company to record-setting sales of DVDs such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. A former microbiologist, he earned an MBA from Michigan State University before embarking on a series of executive positions in marketing and brand management. Chapek and his wife, Cynthia (Ford), AS’82, have three children and live in Southern California.

Michael G. Chez, BS’81, is director of pediatric neurology at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, Calif. He is the author of Autism and its Medical Management: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, published by Jessica Kingsley Press in 2008. Chez lives in Granite Bay, Calif.

Jonathan S. Fried, BA’81, MD’85, is an attending physician in the emergency department of Clarian Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. He lives in Zionsville, Ind.

Erick D. Ponader, BA’82, JD’85, has been named a 2010 Indiana Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine. He works for the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Indianapolis and his practice concentrates in the area of real estate. The Indiana Super Lawyers list acknowledges the top 5 percent of Indiana lawyers based on peer evaluation, professional achievement, and recognition. Ponader lives in Indianapolis.

Martin S. Tamler, BA’84, MD’88, is the co-author of 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia, published by Jones and Bartlett, an independent publisher headquartered in Sudbury, Mass. The book provides authoritative and practical answers to common questions about the disorder. Tamler practices as a rehabilitation doctor at LMT Rehabilitation Associates in Royal Oak, Mich. He lives in Birmingham, Mich.

Norman O. Krauss Jr., BA’63, DDS’66, of Indianapolis, writes, “I have just completed my first year as an employee. I sold my dental practice to my youngest son, Timothy O. Krauss, BS’86, DDS’89. [Like me] he did his undergraduate degree in Bloomington, where [we] were members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, as well as graduates of the IU School of Dentistry. It’s been quite interesting, and we’re still friends!” Father and son work in Indianapolis; Tim lives in Brownsburg, Ind.

Kathy L. Osborn, BA’87, BS’87, JD’99, is a commercial, antitrust, and appellate litigator and an antitrust compliance counselor with the law firm Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis. She represents businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in an array of substantive areas, including antitrust, estate/probate/trust, product liability, administrative procedure, contract and torts. Osborn joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in January 2008. Before becoming a lawyer, Osborn worked for 11 years for IU’s Institute for Disability and Community.

Troy S. Poole, PhD’87, a chemist in the Research and Development Center at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss., is currently serving as a member of ASTM International board of directors until 2011. ASTM is an international standards organization that develops and publishes technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Poole joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1980 and specializes in concrete chemistry, the analysis of test method precision and bias, and the statistical analysis of research data.

Marie Moy Wood, BS’89, is president of a not-for-profit board in Elma, N.Y. Her husband, Troy, BS’89, is an associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The couple recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They live in Buffalo.

1990s

Todd D. Pankey, BS’90, is vice president of supply chain management for Motor Coach Industries International of Schaumburg, Ill. He lives in Winnetka, Ill.

Sandra L. Davis, BS’91, PhD’98, is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Indianapolis, where she teaches courses in cell biology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. Her research interests include the evolution of plant reproductive systems, plant pollinator interactions, and genetic constraints on floral form. Davis lives in Indianapolis.

David A. Gonsky, Cert’91, BA’92, is founder and chief veterinarian at West Loop Veterinary Care Center in Chicago. He has been a practicing vet for more than 12 years. Gonsky lives in Chicago.

Todd E. Weaver, BS’92, is an attorney with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a copper and gold mining company. He specializes in air-quality matters. Weaver lives and works in Phoenix.

Bryan R. Mayol, BA’93, MD’97, is medical director for sports medicine at Erlanger Health System/University Health Services and head team physician for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He lives in Chattanooga.

Kelly Howard Brooks, BS’95, was married in September and relocated from Allentown to Bethlehem, Pa. She is chaplain of Good Shepherd Plaza, a rehabilitation center that offers specialized care for those with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Christine Birzer Buckingham, BS’95, is a customer program manager for GE Transportation in Cincinnati. Her husband, Paul, BS’95, is general manager of materials for the General Electric Co. in Cincinnati. They welcomed the arrival of their second child, Ryan, in March. They live in Mason, Ohio.

Physician Rebecca C. Rastetter, BS’95, began working at Whitney Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in Hamden, Conn., in April 2009, after relocating from Philadelphia. She writes, “I work part time in the office and full time at home as the mother of a son and daughter, ages 6 and 4.” Rastetter lives in Guilford, Conn.

Daniel J. Walker, BA’95, associate minister at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, was one of four IU alumni selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. The two-year program, based at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., is designed to help Indiana ministers develop the leadership skills necessary to take on greater roles in their communities.

Saul Nurok, BA’96, MS’01, MD’04, is an emergency room physician in New Jersey. In September he married Alison Seigel, an instructor at Barnard College and Rutgers University. The couple lives in Red Bank, N.J.

Jonathan F. Yates, BS’97, JD’01, and his wife, Mandy (Renschler), BA’00, MLS’08, welcomed a daughter, Audrey Liesl, in July 2009. The family lives in Bloomington.

Kimberly Bradburn Swigert, BS’98, is a physician assistant at Indiana Radiology Partners in Indianapolis. She and her husband, Brent, welcomed their first child, Isabelle Morgan Swigert, in March. The family lives in Indianapolis.

Dana De Lutis Webster, BS’98, has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 10 years and is currently working for ParaPRO, a small specialty pharmaceutical company in Carmel, Ind., doing social media. She writes that she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 but she is now in good health and showing no evidence of cancer. Webster lives in Noblesville, Ind. with her husband and two children.

2000s

Russell G. Brooks, BS’00, is the author of a fictional work, Pandora’s Succession. Excerpts from the novel, which Brooks describes as an “action-thriller,” are updated each week at http://www.pandorabook1.com. An I-man in track, Brooks lives in Quebec, Canada.

Suzannah Park Sorg, BS’00, MD’04, is a psychiatrist at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. She and her husband Jason, MD’04, welcomed their second child, Madeleine Mena, in January 2009. The family lives in Carmel, Ind.

Thomas G. Lipkin, BS’01, is in the sixth year of a doctoral program in pathology and cell biology at Columbia University in New York City. In October he married Anna Card Gay, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Rochester, N.Y. The couple lives in New York City.

Matthew R. Cramer, BA’02, and his wife Allison (Mehringer), MBA’03, welcomed their first child, Daphne Grace Cramer, in January 2009. Cramer works for television station KEYE in Austin, Texas, where the couple lives.

Jeremy M. Brown, BS’02, completed a PhD in ecology, evolution, and behavior at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His dissertation focused on phylogenetic inference. Brown began a position as a National Science Foundation post-doc in biological informatics at the University of California, Berkeley in September.

Jeffery Demuth, PhD’04, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas, Arlington. He uses mathematical modeling and molecular approaches to study the evolutionary and genetic mechanisms that shape genomes and produce new species. Demuth can be reached at jpdemuth@uta.edu.

Caroline A. Kiszka, BS’04, is completing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis and plans to graduate in 2010. She did her clinical internship at IUPUI Counseling and Psychological Services. A double major in psychology and biology while at IU, Kiszka lives in Greenwood, Ind.

“I recently traveled to Asia with two IU alums,” writes Julie A. Mueller, BA’04. A nurse at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital for Children, Mueller lives in Cincinnati.

Anthony “A.J.” Voelkel, BA/BS’04, MBA/MD’09, and his wife, Sarah (Scott), BS’03, welcomed their first son, Wyatt John Voelkel, in December. The couple lives in Louisville, Ky. Sarah is a resident in foot and ankle surgery at Norton Hospital and Health Care Systems, and A.J. is a resident in internal medicine at the University of Louisville.

Allyson E. Shelby, BS’05, is a third-year law student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She anticipated graduating in May.

Rachel E. Tate, BA’05, graduated with special recognition from Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2009. She has undertaken an internal medicine residency program at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, where she lives.

Harmony Haring Ignaut, BS’06, is a medical student at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Her husband, James, BS’06, works for Sunlife Financial in Cincinnati. The couple lives in Greenwood, Ind., and welcomed their baby, James Brady, in September 2008.

Benjamin T. Atkinson, BA’07, is a molecular biologist and project manager for Dow AgroScience. He is also enrolled in the IU Kelley School of Business MBA program at IUPUI and operates Night Phoenix Enterprises, a Web and graphic design business. He lives and works in Indianapolis.

Rosemarie V. Barkus, PhD’07, is an assistant professor of biology at Young Harris (Ga.) College. Her primary research interests include molecular biology, microscopy, and drosophilagenetics.

Elisha Rahe Cicirelli, PhD’07, is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her husband, Jeffrey, MBA’04, is a securities analyst for Allstate Investments in Northbrook, Ill. The couple lives in Chicago.

Kayla M. Czape, BA/BS’07, who graduated from IU with bachelor’s degrees in both biology and Spanish, is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Cincinnati.

Alison A. Havens, BA’07, is attending the University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine, where she plans to graduate with a doctorate in medicine in 2012. When she is not in class, she works as a laboratory research assistant at the University of Louisville’s Liver Research Center. Havens, a member of Mensa, lives in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Jay D. Kissel, PhD’07, is an adjunct professor at Butler University and a visiting scientist fellow at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Keck), BS’03, an assistant director for the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis, live in Carmel, Ind.

Melanie L. Lawler, PhD’07, is a medical writer for AlphaMedica Inc., a medical-communications agency based in Tarrytown, N.Y. Her husband, Michael, PhD’08, is a senior research scientist for Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y. The couple lives in Congers, N.Y.

Jeremy J. MacKe, BA’07, writes that he is enrolled in the MD program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He anticipates that he will graduate in 2011.

Graeme E. McFarland, BS’07, has completed his 3rd year of studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. An I-Man in football, he lives in Birmingham.

Ashley J. Moser, BS’07, is currently attending the IU School of Optometry and plans to graduate in 2011. Her parents, Thomas, BS’75, OD’77, and Rebecca Moser, BS’75, OD’77, are self-employed optometrists who live and work in Elwood, Ind. Her sister, Lacy A. Moser, OD’08, is also an optometrist.

Carrie J. Nielsen, BS’07, received a master’s degree in biomedical science from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., in December 2008.

Julie B. Ramolia, BA’07, is pursuing a doctoral degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry. She plans to graduate in 2011.

Trevy A. Ramos, BA’07, completed a master’s degree in biology at IUPUI in 2008. She is currently enrolled at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.

Jinkyo Suh, PhD’07, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Eric R. Smithson, BS’07, writes, “I volunteer with the Red Cross, and I’ve also traveled with a couple of different mission groups to New Orleans and Mexico doing various [types of] volunteer work.” He lives in Bloomington, Ind.

Kate I. Tavernier, BA’07, is an assistant scientist in downstream process development at Cook Pharmica in Bloomington, Ind. In April 2009 she participated in a “Life on the Job” panel on the IU Bloomington campus sponsored by the Biotechnology Training Program’s Biotechnology Seminar Series.

Megan L. Tsupros, BA’07, is a science teacher for Teach for America at the Community Services West Career Academy in Chicago. She planned to complete a master’s degree in teaching from National–Louis University this spring.

Katy M. Christiansen, PhD’08, is a post-doctoral fellow at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Berkeley, Calif. The JBEI is a partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and includes the Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California campuses of Berkeley and Davis, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The institute’s primary scientific mission is to advance the development of the next generation of biofuels — liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass. Christiansen lives in Albany, Calif.

Brett M. Jackson, BA’08, is pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He expects to graduate in 2012. Jackson lives in Fishers, Ind.

Michael T. King, BA’08, is currently attending the IU School of Medicine and plans to graduate with a doctor of medicine degree in 2012. He lives in Noblesville, Ind.

Jenna M. Liechty, BS’08, was one of 33 women chosen from more than 245 applicants across Indiana to participate in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 activities as a Festival Princess. As an ambassador of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis 500 Race, the Indianapolis community, and her hometown, she attended numerous 500 Festival events and statewide volunteer programs. Liechty is a student in the IU School of Optometry. She lives in Bloomington.

Thomas P. Lynch, BS’08, is a student in the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He lives in Indianapolis.

Jhomar E. Marquez, BS’08, is a research associate in the Calvi Lab in the Department of Biology at IU Bloomington. He lives in Bloomington.

Justin T. Moore, BS’08, is a human-resources administrator with Individual Support Home Health Inc. of Middletown, Ind. He lives in Anderson, Ind.

Autumn B. Neal, BS’08, is a student at the IU School of Optometry in Bloomington. As an IU undergraduate, she was a member of the Marching Hundred — she is now a member of the Marching Hundred Alumni Band. Neale lives in Bloomington, Ind.

Ari S. Pescovitz, BA/BFA/BS’08, is pursuing a master’s degree in architecture through the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Cincinnati.

Katie Wagner Petra, BS’08, is a teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington, Ind. She teaches pre-calculus, trigonometry, algebra, chemistry, and health. Her husband, Matthew, BS’07, is a student in the JD/MBA program at IU Bloomington. The couple lives in Bloomington.

Lindsay N. Richardson, BS’08, is pursing a master of science degree from Butler University. She plans to graduate in 2011 and work as a physician assistant. Richardson lives in Indianapolis.

Nicholas Ruppel, PhD’08, is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California–Davis. His wife, Barbara L. Swedo, PhD’08, is a also a post-doctoral researcher in the same department. The couple lives in Davis.

After completing a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University, Andrew J. Spiguzza, BS’08, now attends the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Dentistry. His wife, Lacey (Duke), BS’07, is the territory manager for Western Blue Print. The couple lives in Kansas City.

Matthew B. Strausburg, BS’08, is a student at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis.

Rhett M. Tanselle, BA’08, is a business-development analyst at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington, Ind., where he lives.

Amanda B. Thompson, BA’08, is the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia district manager in charge of critical care for Bloomington, Ind.-based Cook Medical Inc. Thompson lives in Pittsburgh.

Former IU club hockey player Jorin B. Zola, BS’08, founded ZMG International, a North American-based sports management firm, in 2008. A sports agent for the company, Zola is also pursuing a law degree at the University of Dayton School of Law. He anticipates graduating in 2012. Zola lives in Cincinnati.

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