Elizabeth (Hernandez) Caluag ’00

Elizabeth (Hernandez) Caluag ’00 is currently the Laboratory Manager for Biological Sciences and Chemistry programs at Coastline Community College. In this capacity, Elizabeth oversees daily laboratory operations, health and safety compliance, serves as a mentor for the department’s work-based learning program and designs/evaluates instructional materials. Elizabeth is also a lecturer for General Microbiology and has recently had a submission published in ASM’s Microbe Library (“Slide Catalase Test of Proteus vulgaris.”)

Martin Donohoe ’84, MD ’90

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Martin Donohoe ’84, MD ’90 has recently published a reader for Jossey-Bass entitled Public Health and Social Justice.  He also maintains the website Public Health & Social Justice, where his numerous radio and TV appearances have been documented.  Dr. Donohoe currently serves as a senior physician for Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center and Adjunct Associate Professor for the Portland State University School of Community Health.

Lisa (Tolman) von Biela ’80

genesis_code-book coverLisa (Tolman) von Biela ’80 graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2009 and is currently a civil legal aid attorney in Seattle.  She has served on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s The SciTech Lawyer since 2009.  She is very excited to report that her debut novel, a biotech technothriller entitled The Genesis Code, will be released in May 2013 in paperback, digital, and limited edition signed hardcover.  Lisa is already working on her second novel, The Janus Legacy.

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.

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.

Keane Lai ’93

Keane Lai ’93, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at USC. His most recently published paper is “Extracellular Matrix Dynamics in Hepatocarcinogenesis: a Comparative Proteomics Study of PDGFC Transgenic and Pten Null Mouse Models.” (PLoS Genet. 2011 Jun; 7(6):e1002147. Epub 2011 Jun 23.)

Guy Hasegawa ’75

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(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 (www.cwmedicine.com)

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.

Stanley M. Kopelow ’61

Stanley KopelowStanley M. Kopelow ’61 (Zoology) received his MD from the University of California California College of Medicine, later UC Irvine, and has been in practice for over thirty years, specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He has had a special interest in diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Kopelow was the co- investigator of the National Collaborative Diabetic Retinopathy Study from 1971 to 1976 and the principal investigator for the Early Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy study from 1979 to 1989. These studies established the current guidelines for laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Kopelow has authored over thirty-five scientific papers on diabetic eye disease and has given numerous lectures and presentations at scientific meetings. His current practice is limited to the diseases of the retina and vitreous. He still has a special interest in diabetic eye disease, as well as macular degeneration.

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 (www.discovernikkei.org/en/ journal/2007/4/13/janm-magazine/). Dr. Sakaguchi practices medicine with his sister, Dr. Mary Oda, in San Fernando, California.

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.”