Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham PhD ’77

Nancy Muleady-Mecham croppedNancy E. Muleady-Mecham PhD ’77 serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University and holds a Haury Fellowship in the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Muleady-Mecham was a Fulbright Scholar to Siberia in 2010 and continues to work with Russia’s State Department and the Fulbright office in Washington, D.C.  She has published Park RangerPark Ranger Sequeland Out of Thin Air: A Story of Big Treesand is currently finishing a book on Giant Sequoia Ecology.

Paul I. Terasaki ’50, MA ’52, PhD ’56

22_Alum_PaulTerasakiFrom the UCLA Newsroom: Paul I. Terasaki ’50 (Zoology), MA ’52 (Zoology), and PhD ’56 (Zoology), has been honored with the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year award and the UCLA Medal, the University’s highest honor.  In 2010, he and his wife, Hisako, gave $50 million to the UCLA Division of Life Sciences for construction of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, with 33 state-of-the-art laboratories.

Paul I. Terasaki ’50

Paul I. Terasaki ’50 (Zoology), ’52 MA (Zoology), and ’56 PhD (Zoology), has been honored with the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year award and the UCLA Medal, the University’s highest honor. In 2010, he and his wife, Hisako, gave $50 million to the UCLA Division of Life Sciences for construction of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, with 33 state-of-the-art laboratories.

Daniel Klionsky ’80

Daniel KlionskyDaniel Klionsky ’80 is Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Biology in 1985 at Stanford University, and was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He is also Honorary Professor of the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar. His research involves autophagy and the cytoplasm to vacuole targeting pathway. In 2004, Dr. Klionsky edited the first textbook on autophagy. He helped launch the Gordon Research Conference on “Autophagy in Stress, Development and Disease,” and served as Chair in 2005. Dr. Klionsky is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Autophagy.

Channing Der ’75

Channing DerrChanning Der ’75 writes, “After travels through UC Irvine and Harvard Med School, I am still in a science career.” He received a PhD in 1981 in microbiology from UC Irvine. Dr. Der is Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He adds, “I currently serve on the External Advisory Board of the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and on the Board of Directors of The Cancer Biology Training Consortium. I also currently serve on the External Advisory Boards of T32 postdoctoral/predoctoral training programs at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Massachusetts, Worchester, Vanderbilt University, University of Minn. and the New Jersey Medical School. I am the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Lauds & Laurels Award from the University of California, Irvine, for 2012.”

Eve Haberfield ’80 PhD

Eve Haberfield ’80 PhD (Morin) recently retired as the Director of Humanities, Health, Science, and Social Science at UCLA Extension, where she was responsible for overseeing course programming for more than 1,000 courses each year. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Griffith Observatory. From the UCLA Extension Newsletter: “Eve Haberfield, recently retired director and program director for the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences Programs, was honored at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s 2010 Fall Regional Awards ceremony. Haberfield won in the West Region’s Professional Contributions to Continuing Education category for her 33 years of service and dedication developing innovative courses and programs for UCLA Extension.”

Elinor Ben-Menachem ’65

Elinor Ben-Menachem ’65 received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in neurology at the University of Gothenberg in Sweden, where she is Professor of Neurology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute for Clinical Neurosciences and Physiology, and Chief Editor of Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. She writes, “My field of expertise by the way is epilepsy and I am currently the head of the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, and I do have a California license to practice medicine which I received when I did a post doctoral fellowship in epilepsy at the VA in West Los Angeles. I have over 104 original research manuscripts that are published especially on treatment of epilepsy.”

Jackie Tobian-Steinmann ’52

Jackie Steinmann at Rose BowlJackie Tobian-Steinmann ’52 coached the UCLA women’s golf team for 22 years (1977-99). Her teams won five conference titles and a national championship in 1991 after a runner-up finish in 1990. UCLA finished in the Top 10 nationally 12 times, won 43 tournaments and qualified for the NCAA Championship 14 straight seasons (1984-97), a school record. She has been called “one of the original pioneers of women’s collegiate golf,” and is honored in theUCLA Hall of Fame and also the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Jana Johnson ’08 PhD

Jana Johnson ’08 PhD is one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Johnson, a native of Austin, Texas, has been nominated for her dedication to endangered butterfly propagation and research. Johnson is the founder of The Butterfly Project, a cooperative effort between Moorpark College and The Urban Wildlands Group, which serves as an I.C.U. for endangered butterflies. Over the past three years, Johnson and her students have helped the Palos Verdes blue butterfly population, once presumed extinct, grow from 200 to 10,000. Johnson and her students have released thousands of Palos Verdes blue butterflies and hundreds of Lange’s Metalmark butterflies back into the wild.

Sean Anderson ’03 PhD

Sean Anderson ’03 PhD (Vance) is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University, Channel Islands. He writes, “I was a post doc and then research fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Conservation Biology until 2005. I now have several restoration ecology research projects now: Ormond Beach Salt Marsh Restoration in Ventura County, bottom land hardwood swamp restoration in New Orleans, LA, and the project where I am right now: restoring wetlands and riparian communities across Turkey’s eastern borderlands from the Black Sea to the Iranian Border. I was the CSUCI Faculty Member of Year in 2007 and runner up in 2009.”

Donald A. Harn ’80 PhD

Donald A. Harn ’80 PhD (MacInnis) is Regents Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Georgia. He was a Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1985-2009.