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1978Jeffrey Volberg joined the Sacramento law office of Santa Barbara-based Hatch & Parent in the firm’s water law and legislative advocacy groups. Volberg had been the principal consultant to the California Assembly committee on water, parks and wildlife for four years. (appeared in the Summer 2005 issue)   Joan Bachand died in July 2005 at age 49 from complications relating to a bone-marrow transplant for the treatment of leukemia. After graduating, she began work at McKesson Corp. in San Francisco where she eventually became manager of the benefits department. Most recently she served as director of employee benefits at the law firm Fenwick & West LLP. Survivors include her husband, Edward, and children, Michael and Jacqueline. (appeared in the Fall 2005 issue)    Richard Moreno has published the expanded third edition of The Nevada Trivia Book (Gem Guides Books), which highlights Nevada’s colorful history through facts about interesting people and events. Another of his books, The Roadside History of Nevada (Mountain Press), has gone to a second printing. Moreno is the publisher of Nevada Magazine and author of seven books about the Silver State. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    Genevieve Shiroma chairs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, an agency that works to guarantee fair labor practices in California agriculture. She is also the president of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board of directors. As SMUD president, Shiroma has helped to expand the utility’s service area and to seek alternative energy sources through such programs as “Leftovers to Lights.” She lives in Sacramento with her husband, Michael Abbott. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., has been named acting director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research. Slikker is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    Nancy (Kilpatrick) O’Rourke was recently named deputy director of business services at Kidango, a nonprofit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides care, education and mental health services for young children and their families. She lives in Fremont with her husband, John, and her daughter, Kristin, a high school senior. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    Terry Price, J.D., joined the Birmingham, Ala., office of Ford & Harrison LLP as a partner. Price, who specializes in employment and labor law, had been working at Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Vreeland. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    James “Alan” Turnquist died in March 2006 at age 51 following a lengthy illness. After holding positions of increasing responsibility at National Semiconductor and Epson, Mr. Turnquist joined Advantest America Research & Development Center in 1985. From that point until his retirement as director of engineering in 2003, he lead R&D teams in the creation and development of innovative new technology. He was awarded six patents and co-authored five more. He is survived by his sister, Linda, of Davis; his brothers, David and Richard of Santa Clara, and Jeffery of San Rafael. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    Robert Davis, dean of the Engineering College and Patten Professor of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado, has received the 2006 UC Davis College of Engineering Alumnus Medal. Davis is internationally known for his work in biotechnology and the hydrodynamics of complex fluids. (appeared in the Fall 2006 issue)    Charles Gasser, a UC Davis professor in molecular and cellular biology, received a 2005–06 award for distinguished undergraduate teaching from the UC Davis Academic Senate. (appeared in the Fall 2006 issue)    Kristen Foskett Gilley was promoted to deputy staff director of the House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee. She has spent the past 27 years in various public sector jobs in Washington, D.C., specializing in the legislative process and international relations. (appeared in the Winter 2007 issue)    Steven Koike, M.S. ’80, plant pathology farm advisor for UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey County, has written Vegetable Diseases: A Color Handbook (Academic Press), which includes over 600 color photographs to help farmers and researchers identify and understand crop problems. Koike’s research on the diseases that affect coastal crops, such as cool season vegetables, strawberries and ornamental plants, has been recognized with a number of industry, county and university honors, including the 2002 UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Research. (appeared in the Winter 2007 issue)    David 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)