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UC Davis Magazine

Class Notes: Spring 2015

1990ShoppingScout, a grocery price comparison Web and mobile app developed by Ken Ouimet, was one of “three handy apps with local roots” featured in Comstock’s magazine last October. His company has offices in Davis, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. He previously co-founded Khimetrics, which pioneered price optimization software for retail companies.
1991Rare disease expert John McKew, Ph.D., is vice president for research at aTyr Pharma. Before joining the San Diego therapeutics company, he spent more than two decades in translational research positions at the National Institutes of Health, Wyeth Research and Genetics Institute.   Brian Victor was named to Super Lawyers’ 2015 California Rising Stars list. He practices family law in San Diego.   A noir thriller by Pushcart Prize–winner Mark Wisniewski, M.A., Watch Me Go (Penguin Random House Putnam, 2015), intertwines narratives of a junk hauler charged in multiple murders and a young female jockey with information that could help exonerate him. Watch Me Go, Wisniewski’s third novel, received advance praise from Salman Rushdie, Ben Fountain, Daniel Woodrell and other noted authors.
1992Former California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, is a senior attorney at Anderson Kill law firm in Ventura and a commander and intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He ran for Congress last year, narrowly losing to Democratic freshman Rep. Julia Brownley. The race was so tight that it went uncalled for more than a week after the November election.   A Sacramento Bee dining review in November praised Suleka Sun-Lindley’s Thai Basil restaurant for combining sustainable practices with traditional ethnic cuisine, calling it one of the city’s “most compelling eateries of its kind.”   Susan Adrian (Caward) Barth, a scientific editor at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, writes about a teen with a superpower in Tunnel Vision (St. Martin’s Press, 2015). The young adult thriller is her debut novel.   Daniel Orenstein, an assistant professor in the architecture and town planning department at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, co-edited Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013).
1993Christina Fugazi was elected to the Stockton City Council in November. She is a high school science teacher for Venture Academy Family of Schools.   Grant Guilford, Ph.D., is the vice chancellor and chief executive for Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand’s top research university. He previously worked at two other New Zealand campuses—as dean of science at University of Auckland and a veterinary professor at Massey University.
1994Scott Barton was recently promoted to senior vice president of branded digital content and products in the program planning department of the Starz premium cable TV network.   Linda Callis Buckley, Ph.D., is chief planning officer for the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She spent the past eight years as associate vice president of academic affairs at San Francisco State University. She previously was a faculty member at Sacramento State.
1995Employee benefits attorney Alison Wright, J.D., is a partner at the San Francisco office of Hanson Bridgett.
1997Lindsay Harrington was recently promoted to senior trial attorney at Steve Mason Law in Davis. She specializes in personal injury and employment law.   Africa Hands offers help to library professionals in Successfully Serving the College Bound (ALA Editions, 2015). She also contributed two entries to Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas, edited by M. Keith Booker (Greenwood, 2014).
1999David Kesselman, J.D., and Aimee Dudovitz, J.D., have helped launched a new antitrust law firm, Kesselman, Brantly and Stockinger in Los Angeles—Kesselman as a partner and Dudovitz, a clinical professor at Loyolya School of Law, as “of counsel.”   Beth Lorsbach, Ph.D., is one of 10 female chemists nationwide to be named a 2015 Rising Star by the American Chemical Society. A process chemistry leader with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, she has authored 24 patent applications and given 15 national conference presentations.   Annameekee Hesik, an English teacher at Los Gatos High School, writes again about the Gila High adventures of Abbey Brooks in Driving Lessons (Bold Strokes Books, 2014), the second in her You Know Who Girls series. Now a sophomore, Abbey plans to get her driver's license and come out to her mom.
2000Matt and Michelle (Modrich) Westoby welcomed their third child, Emerson Marie, in November. She joined brother Tyler Davis and sister Ella Rose. They live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Matt works in biotechnology.   Gloria Ng wrote Name Games: A Multicultural Children’s Story, about a 9-year-old Nigerian American girl who comes to terms with her Yorùbá name after a name-calling incident. The story first appeared in Skipping Stones literary magazine. Ng later adapted it for release as an e-book.