Guy Hasegawa ’75

Michael J. NovacekGuy Hasegawa ’75
(Zoology), PharmD UCSF ‘79, is the senior editor for manuscript development of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and the co-editor of Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine. He writes, “I became interested in researching medical topics and writing about them in pharmacy school and ended up publishing numerous articles in pharmacy journals during my career as a pharmacist and editor. After I moved to Maryland, I became acquainted with Civil War enthusiasts and with the National Archives and other historical repositories and found that I could combine my interests in history, medicine, and writing by researching topics in Civil War medicine. I’ve published several scholarly articles on Civil War medicine and co-edited and contributed a chapter to Years of Change and Suffering. I’m actually working on my own book now. I also give talks regularly on topics in Civil War medicine. More details are available on my website (

Jacalyn M. Spiszman ’71

Jacalyn M. Spiszman ’71 (Zoology), MPH ’75, D. Env. 79 is a senior hazardous substances scientist with the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she currently serves as a Remedial Project Manager charged with oversight of investigation and cleanup of state and Federal hazardous waste sites. Prior to joining DTSC in 1986, she spent ten years in Washington D.C., where she held a variety of positions in consulting, industry, and the public interest sector. During this period, she also founded and served on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Washington Environmental Professionals, a multi-disciplinary professional organization. Dr. Spiszman has been involved with the University of California Extension’s Certificate Programs in Hazardous Waste Management since 1986, teaching workshops at numerous UC campuses. She has also served on the Technical Advisory Board for the hazardous waste management and site remediation certificate programs for UC Davis and UCLA. Most recently she developed and taught the “Legal and Regulatory Framework” course for UCLA’s Certificate Program in Hazardous Waste Site Investigation and Remediation. She has also given numerous technical presentations at industry conferences and trade shows, conducted special one day workshops on “Career Opportunities in the Environmental Field,’ and in 1989 authored a companion book entitled “Careers in Hazardous Waste Management: A Job Hunter’s Guide to the Hazardous Waste Management Field.” One of the original “Earth Day” generation of environmental scientists, Dr. Spiszman has been professionally involved in the environmental field since the late 1970’s. As such, she has a unique perspective on how the environmental field has evolved and changed since its inception. She also enjoys and has given many presentations to elementary, junior high and high school students over the years.

Sanbo S. Sakaguchi ’39

Sanbo S. Sakaguchi ’39 (Zoology) received an MD from Marquette University in 1943. The story of his family is told in “Overcoming Tragedy at Manzanar: The Story of the Sakaguchi Family,” published April 13, 2007 in the Japanese American National Museum Magazine ( journal/2007/4/13/janm-magazine/). Dr. Sakaguchi practices medicine with his sister, Dr. Mary Oda, in San Fernando, California.

Michael A. Bell ’70

Michael A. BellMichael A. Bell ’70, PhD ’76 (Olson), writes: “I received my BA (1970), masters (1975) and Ph.D. (1976) in Biology and Zoology at UCLA, before you existed as a separate department. My advisor for the last two degrees was Everett C. Olson, with whom I remained close until his death in 1993. My masters research concerned variation in fossil stickleback fish (Gasterosteus doryssus) from Nevada and (mostly) geographical variation of threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in California streams. Those two projects were the foundation for research that I continue today. After hanging around UCLA for two years (9 months as an unemployed Ph.D. and a year as a lecturer), I joined the faculty (1978) in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, where I am still in the faculty and continue my research. Some of your present faculty at UCLA know me, though I think almost everyone who was there when I finished up is gone now. My research concerns the two themes established in my masters and Ph.D. research. I continue to study fossil stickleback fish in Nevada, and published analyses of fine-scale stratigraphic time series in the last few years in Paleobiology, Science, the Journal of Fish Biology, and Evolution. My work on spatial variation shifted to Alaskan stickleback populations, where the intraspecific variation is spectacular. The work I started there in the 1980s has now attracted about ten labs that study various aspects of stickleback biology – primarily evolution. A paper on which I was a minor coauthor in Science in February (Chan et al. 2010. Science 327:302-305) answered a question I posed about the genetic basis of skeletal variation in fossil and modern stickleback in my masters thesis in 1973. We narrowed the causal lesion for this trait down to a 500 bp region and showed that the alleles responsible for it have arisen independently many times in a mutational (deletion) hot spot. My fossil work is cited frequently in textbooks, and I value having that impact on the textbook literature. So, the work I started at UCLA as an undergraduate and graduate student established the foundation for research that has had a substantial impact. I have almost finished editing a book that came out of one of the many Darwin conferences in 2009: Bell, M. A., D. J. Futuyma, W. F. Eanes, and J. S. Levinton. 2010. Evolution Since Darwin: The First 150 Years. Sinauer, Sunderland. It will be published in July [2010]. Although I don’t have a chapter in the book, Everett Olson’s work is still cited in more than one chapter. His work continues to have an impact.” Dr. Bell will be the speaker at the 14th Annual Biology Research Symposium on May 11, 2011, at the UCLA Faculty Center. The symposium will run, from 1:00 till 4:00 PM, with Dr. Bell’s talk from 4:00 to 5:15 PM.

Mark Leffert ’65 MD

Mark Leffert ’65 MD, is a psychiatrist and sculptor in Santa Barbara, California. He writes: “I am also a psychoanalyst and write on postmodernism, neuroscience, and complexity theory. I had a book published in March by Routledge, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Foundations: Postmodernism, Complexity, and Neuroscience. A second book, The Therapeutic Situation in the 21st Century will be forthcoming in 2012 or 2013.”

J. Donald Hughes ’54

J. Donald Hughes ’54 (Botany) writes “I received my A.B. degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in botanical genetics under Harlan Lewis. In graduate school, I majored in History and received my Ph.D. from Boston University. I created a hybrid of those two subjects and became one of the founders of the field of Environmental History in the 1970s. Two of my books are ‘What is Environmental History?’ (Polity Press, 2006)
and ‘An Environmental History of the World’ (Routledge, 2000 and 2009).” Dr. Hughes is the John Evans Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Denver.

Berndt Heinrich ’70 PhD

Berndt Heinrich ’70 PhD (Bartholomew) has published a new book (his fourteenth), “Summer World: A Season of Bounty.” From the New York Times review: “An emeritus professor of biology at the University of Vermont, Bernd Heinrich — the object of my admiration — has been doing all this, and writing about it with brio, for decades. . . . Perhaps his most attractive quality, for this reader at least, is his ability to find something intellectually stimulating whenever he steps out the door. ‘Every summer I spend some time trying to learn something new about animals,’ he writes with disarming simplicity. But ‘some time’ is hundreds of rigorous hours, and ‘something new’ means new to science.” Previous books by Dr. Heinrich include “Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds,” and “Why We Run: A Natural History.”

Maddalena Bearzi PhD ’03

A book by Maddalena Bearzi PhD ’03, coauthored with Craig B. Stanford, has recently been published by Harvard University Press, Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins. The publishers comment that the book “explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens.”