NYSCAA Home Spring 2011 Newsletter

Alumni Newsbytes

If you've been wondering what fellow NYSC alums are doing, this is the place to find out. If you have news to share, want to look up another camper, or it has just been awhile since we have heard from you, please visit our new Online Alumni Directory at: www.nysf.com/members.

The newsbytes are arranged alphabetically to encourage you to read through all of them (instead of just going to those from your year). Part of the mission of the NYSCAA is to develop interconnections between alumni from all years of NYSC. If you read through these, you will find folks with similar interests, careers, locations, and education (and schools) as you (and you might just find a co-worker or a neighbor who also attended camp. (And we all certainly shared a similar experience during our weeks in West Virginia.)

We want to put a personal plug in here for joining either Facebook or Linkedin networks – there are a growing number of NYSC types on these sites and we have an overall Alumni ‘group’ on both (in addition to having ‘groups’ for most individual years on Facebook). So, look for us there.


  • Wade Alleman (NV 1994) started a private practice radiology group with three close friends in Kingman, Arizona. He is married to Stephanie, who is now pregnant with their fourth child. This new little boy will join Connor (9), Kaelene (6), and Elise (3). [Work]
  • Jay Baltisberger (ND 1985) has worked since 1993 at Berea College teaching physical chemistry. Sabbatical in 2001-2002 spent in Lyon, France as a Fulbright Scholar. Married to Julie Duckart Baltisberger in 1993 and have one daughter (Katarina, born 1998). [Facebook]
  • Felicia Barnes (SD 2005) is in her second year of law school at Georgetown. Last summer she had the good fortune to be a staff member for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (what a mouthful!). [LinkedIn]
  • Mary Bock Brandt (MI 1992) is working part time doing HIV research and enjoying her kids, Lydia (9) and Benjamin (5).
  • Paul Chen (IL 1988) is working on a regenerative medicine corneal wound healing device and is interested in networking with venture capitalists, biologic therapeutics experts, and FDA regulatory consultants. [LinkedIn | Facebook]
  • Steven Cico (IN 1989) recently moved to Seattle to accept the position of Associate Fellowship Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Prior to this, he was on faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is actively involved in teaching, research, and completing a Master’s in Education with a focus on Medical Education and Curriculum Development at the University of Cincinnati. His partner Lane is finishing his PhD in Neurobiology at Vanderbilt and is actively pursuing jobs in the Seattle area for when he finishes this summer. They love exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The hiking is spectacular.
  • Ryan Edel (IL 1998) is currently an adjunct instructor for Introduction to Fiction and Poetry at Johns Hopkins, and is applying to Ph.D. programs for next year. If you like creative writing, he has also been putting together a website at http://www.12writing.com with some ideas for how to be more inspired as a writer and as a teacher. [Facebook]
  • Laura Fitton (CT 1990) co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded a startup called oneforty in 2009. They are the starting point for every business that wants to understand and engage on social media, starting with Twitter. [LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter]
  • Glenn Gregory (VA 1974) is studying Putonghua and writing software. He retired from the field of civil/transportation engineering in 1992. Glenn gave lectures in Beijing in 2005 on building elder and handicapped friendly homes for the Katrina and Rita Hurricane Relief efforts by several Chinese. [Facebook]
  • Brittany Huhmann (MO 2006) graduated with her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, summa cum laude, major in Earth and Planetary Science and minor in Environmental Engineering. She is currently an AmeriCorps volunteer on an organic farm and ecospirituality center in Pennsylvania run by Roman Catholic nuns. This fall she will be starting an MS in Environmental Engineering and Science at the University of Iowa under the guidance of Professor Michelle Scherer, and her thesis research will likely focus on the incorporation of uranium into iron minerals. [LinkedIn | Facebook]
  • Paul Jaminet (CT 1981) published a book with his wife last October: Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life. Paul is also blogging at http://perfecthealthdiet.com. [Personal]
  • Amber Jerke (SD 2006) graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and is pursuing a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky. [Facebook | Twitter]
  • Alan Kwan (CA 1996) received his PhD and then decided to shift to a career in renewable energy. To this end, he is currently studying for another graduate degree, this time in renewable energy, at Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany. He will complete this program at the beginning of 2012, and hopes to permanently enter the workforce (finally).
  • Samantha Lewis (OR 2004) received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and was an invited participant in the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Physiology and Medicine (2011). She is a PhD student in molecular biology at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Eric Maughan (VA 2005) took a semester off last fall to ride his bicycle across the country, raising money for young widows with children. More information is available at http://nuttyputtycyclers.com.
  • Dung Nguyen (WA 1979) is a radiation oncologist at Mansfield Radiation Oncology. In 2010, he married pianist Gulimina Mahamuti. Charles C. Jones Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, January 2010, Dartmouth. First Martha Gaines Wehrle Lecture for NYSF. Quantum Encryption, Mutually Unbiased Bases in dimension 6. Turing machines that simulate self-simulating simulators. United States Patent 5,323,166
  • Arpan Prabhu (WV 2010) I'll be studying abroad this summer for eight weeks at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and taking courses in Spanish culture and civilization. I'm pretty excited!
  • Dawn Stover (NE 1978) is working full-time as an editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for the months of April, May, and June 2011. The Bulletin is stepping up its coverage in the wake of the Fukushima crisis. [LinkedIn | Facebook]
  • Stacey Vosters (IN 2008) is currently a junior at Indiana University Bloomington studying biochemistry. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity. This summer Stacy will be in Cincinnati, OH working for Procter and Gamble as an intern in the Research and Development department. [Facebook]
  • Alyson Gabbard Wilson (WV 1985) will be moving from Iowa State University in June to take a job in Washington, DC at the Science and Technology Policy Institute. [LinkedIn | Facebook]