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1978David Long, general counsel for Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, Ind., and a member of the Indiana Senate since 1996, was named Senate president pro tempore after the November election. (appeared in the Winter 2007 issue)   Fred Crowe, Ph.D., recently married Genie Caudill, who works with the USDA-Farm Services Agency, and relocated to Redding. He has retired from his full-time position of professor of botany and plant pathology at Oregon State University, Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Madras, and now works there half time. (appeared in the Spring 2007 issue)    Scott Johnson, president and founder of the Myelin Repair Foundation, was recognized by Scientific American magazine for his leadership in encouraging innovation in multiple sclerosis research. He was one of 50 individuals honored worldwide for their role in advancing science and technology. Johnson, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 20, founded the Myelin Repair Foundation to discover and develop treatments for the disease. He also developed a collaboration model to more quickly deliver results. (appeared in the Spring 2007 issue)    Richard Nakashima, M.A., was named a partner at Faegre & Benson LLP, one of America’s 100-largest law firms. He practices in the area of biotechnology-related intellectual property in the Boulder, Colo., office. (appeared in the Spring 2007 issue)    Mark Dias was recently promoted to professor of neurosurgery at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. He also serves as vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. His research involves the prevention of abusive head trauma through a parent education program, which has served as a model nationwide. Dias has received a Commissioner’s Award from the New York State Administration on Children, Youth and Families and Prevent Child Abuse New York. He was also recently appointed incoming chair of the section on neurological surgery for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dias currently lives in Hershey, Pa., with his wife, a 21-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. (appeared in the Summer 2007 issue)    Casey Walker has founded the Institute for Inquiry Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing thorough explorations of physical, biological and cultural life through a new, more participatory form of journalism. She recently launched a Web site for the organization (, which features as its first topic “A Wireless Age?” (appeared in the Summer 2007 issue)    Richard Moreno received a 2007 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. The award recognizes emerging or mid-career writers of achievement who have demonstrated a connection with Nevada in their work or by living in the state. Moreno is director of student publications and an instructor at Western Illinois University. He has written seven Nevada-related books. (appeared in the Winter 2008 issue)    Vicki Burich Wallace was named to the Parks and Pathways Development Committee in Eagle, Idaho, by the mayor and the Eagle City Council. (appeared in the Winter 2008 issue)    Jackson Gualco was elected president of the Institute of Governmental Advocates, a professional trade association that represents the interests of state-registered lobbyists. Gualco is also a member of the UC Davis Foundation board of trustees. (appeared in the Spring 2008 issue)    Kenneth Wilson, a professor since 1991 in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, was recently appointed the department head. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Fort Collins. (appeared in the Spring 2008 issue)    UC Davis entomology professor Frank Zalom, Ph.D., led a team of five U.S. scientists to China for a two-week agricultural exchange program. The team included several UC Davis alumni: Helene Dillard, M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’84, professor of plant pathology and director of the Cooperative Extension Service at Cornell University; Michael Hoffman, Ph.D. ’90, professor of entomology and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell University; and Douglas Walsh, Ph.D. ’98, associate professor of entomology at Washington State University. (appeared in the Spring 2008 issue)    Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D. ’87, cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, received the prestigious Outstanding Extension Award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). (appeared in the Summer 2008 issue)    The Foothill–De Anza Community College District granted Anne Fleischman Miller tenure. She has been a full-time faculty member in the district for four years and part-time since 1991, teaching health and nutrition. (appeared in the Summer 2008 issue)    Tom Sturges is the executive vice president of creative affairs at Universal Music and has signed such acts as OutKast, Foo Fighters and Jack Johnson, among many others. Sturges is raising two sons and is dedicated to the mentoring of 27 inner-city youths in Los Angeles. His work is the subject of a documentary, Witness to a Dream, and he has written his first book, Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children (Ballantine Books). (appeared in the Summer 2008 issue)    James Miller, D.V.M., M.P.V.M. '82, Ph.D. '83, a professor of epidemiology and community health at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, received its 2008 Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award. This award is given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research and/or scholarly activities. (appeared in the Fall 2008 issue)    Lisa (Duerr) Leonhard is the new child development consultant for the State Department of Education’s California School-Age Families Education program (Cal-SAFE). She advises public school programs for expectant and parenting students and child development programs. (appeared in the Spring 2009 issue)    RICHARD MORENO recently wrote his eighth book, Nevada Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. He was the longtime publisher of Nevada Magazine, and in 2007, he received the Fame Silver Pen award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Moreno is currently the director of student publications and a journalism teacher at Western Illinois University. (appeared in the Summer 2009 issue)    Philip Risken recently became vice president of national network operations for Cricket Communications in San Diego, commuting from Walnut Creek. His wife, Jennifer Tim Risken ’80, is an elementary school teacher in the Mount Diablo School District, and their son, Jacob, is a junior majoring in civil engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. (appeared in the Fall 2009 issue)    Thomas Mouzes was named a shareholder of McDonough Holland & Allen’s real estate practice group, where he focuses on bankruptcy and commercial law. He previously managed his own law firm, Hauser and Mouzes. (appeared in the Winter 2010 issue)    John Watson was named chairman and chief executive of the Chevron Corp. effective Dec. 31. He has been at the company for the past 29 years and has served as vice president since April. (appeared in the Winter 2010 issue)