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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Journey to the Beginning of Time
Building Bridges
New Frontiers
Alumni Weekend
Sound Career
Campus Currents
Chocolate Eaters are Thinner
Fallen Star
Harry Potter's World
Piranah-Proof Armor
A Second Geisel
Squid Holodeck
Fighting Fire in Space
The Elusive God Particle
Cool Music in Hot Iceland
Digging in the Digital Domain

Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Got News? Submit A Class Note
New job? New baby? Just moved and want to reconnect with friends? Send us a Class Note by email to classnotes@ucsd.edu. Be sure and include your name, college, and class year.


In the last six months, we’ve discovered that large numbers of alumni are keen to connect with each other, and with us, through social media. Our official LinkedIn page has witnessed an explosion of new members and Facebook has become a vibrant dialogue on all things—from Division I sports to Dr. Seuss.

UCSD Alumni is changing to offer you even more opportunities to reconnect with each other and the resources of the University through our new partnership with LinkedIn. We’re learning more about you, our alumni, while creating tailored programs to suit your immediate needs.

We’re looking forward to hosting the annual Alumni Weekend, May 31-June 3. And because we heard you, we’ve added new career-related programs, including the Career Boost Camp on Saturday, June 2. Visit alumni.ucsd.edu/alumniweekend to learn more.

UCSD Alumni is here for you. And we invite you to join us. Find the official “UCSD Alumni” pages on Facebook and LinkedIn, or visit our website at alumni.ucsd.edu/events to register for an activity near you!

UCSD Alumni LinkedIn Growth Spurt
Are you one of the almost 15,000 alumni worldwide who use the official UCSD Alumni LinkedIn group to network, exchange information, ideas and new business opportunities?

This spring, UC San Diego became one of 12 universities—and the only one in the University of California system—to embark on a unique relationship with LinkedIn. Through its College Pilot Program, UCSD Alumni established its official group page while utilizing the website’s resources to chart the number of graduates in various industries across the globe. The UCSD Alumni group boasts a join rate higher than any other participating university and has seen exponential growth week after week. Interestingly, most of the new connections are alumni who hold positions of seniority, rather than recent graduates. Most live in San Diego, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay Area and work in the computer software, biotechnology, information technology and financial services fields. As the group continues to grow, UCSD Alumni plans to offer networking opportunities to focus on entertainment, science, law and other fields based on interest from specific regions.

By digging deeper into the newfound data, UCSD Alumni hopes to better connect alumni within their respective fields.

To learn more, visit LinkedIn.com and join the official UCSD Alumni Group.

Alumni News

Media Minutes
Val Valgardson, M.F.A.'95, is a technical director at Suburban Artworks and was featured in Inventors Digest. Design Observer ran a profile of photographer Doug Rickard, ERC '94, who has an exhibit at MoMA. Bryan Jaycox, Revelle '06, recently founded the Build Shop, a new hackerspace, a mesh of art studio and machine shop, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Sarah Henderson, Warren '91, is director of the feature documentary, We Grew Wings, premiering at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in June, as well as a Nike-sponsored documentary, There Is No Finish Line, currently on DVD. Lizet Benrey, Marshall '88, premiered her short film Leonora and Gabriel: An Instant, following surreal artist Leonara Carrington and her son, Gabriel Weisz Carrington, at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in March. Mark A. Gochman, Warren '82, is an entertainment lawyer, working with clients who've created projects such as CSI:New York, Cowboys and Aliens, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Dan Santat, Revelle '98, is the creator of Disney Channel's hit T.V. show The Replacements. Kimberly H. Woo, Marshall '06, runs her online production company, Mahfia Productions, with two other partners.

Ross Karre, M.A. '07, Ph.D. '09, M.F.A. '11, Steven Schick, and Shahrokh Yadegari, Ph.D '04, were placed at the top of George Lewis' Best of 2011 Music List in ARTFORUM. Recently profiled by the San Diego Reader, Scott Paulson, Warren '88, hosts the Short Attention Span Chamber Music concert series and the annual Toy Piano Festival at UCSD.

Annam Manthiram, Muir '00, has a new novel coming out titled After the Tsunami about an Indian boy who becomes orphaned when a tsunami devastates his village in India. Forbes recently profiled Michael Swaim, Revelle '07, for his work on the comedy site Cracked.com. Keely Hyslop, Muir '07, released a poetry book in November titled Things I Say to Pirates On Nights When I Miss You. It won the Michael Rubin Book Award and was subsequently published by Fourteen Hills Press.

Catherine Filloux, Warren '82, will premiere her new play LUZ, in September 2012 at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an artist in residence. She is currently writing a one-woman play for actor Marietta Hedges about the civil rights movement and the KKK. Lisa Fane, Muir '85, has been hired as the new general manager for Women's Project Theater, a 33-year old company based in New York City. Caridad Svich, M.F.A '98, was awarded the American Theatre Critics Association's 2011 Francesca Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits.

Do you work in the arts and entertainment industries? Please share your latest updates with us at mediamin@ucsd.edu.

Share a Start-Up Story

Have you founded a company or worked at a company started by a UCSD alum? We want to know - for the stories behind these companies, for networking, for mentoring, and just for war stories about successes and failures. Drop us a note at alumnieditor@ucsd.edu so we can build a database of activity.

Career Tiles

A Fine Send-Off
For more than 20 years, regional alumni clubs have hosted the annual Summer Send-Offs for incoming Tritons and their families. This is an exciting opportunity for alumni to welcome freshmen, transfer students and their families to the UC San Diego community before they leave for campus. Many regional clubs across the country are hosting their local Send-Off between August 11 and September 9. For more information, please contact Lisa Scott Jones at lscottjones@ucsd.edu or 858-534-1125.

Power Hours
Chancellor's Associates, one of UC San Diego's earliest giving societies, hosts regular lectures and events to engage alumni, parents and friends with the University and its leadership. Its year-round events showcase UCSD's distinguished faculty, academic programs and cutting-edge research.

This season's speakers included: Kirk L. Peterson, M.D., FACP, FACC, director, UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, who addressed the future of cardiovascular health care in San Diego; Steve A. Kay, Ph.D. (left), who discussed the challenge of providing fuel and food to an ever-expanding world population, while balancing the use of natural resources; and Thad Kousser, Ph.D., who spoke about reform proposals coming to June and November ballots that may cause fundamental changes to the California state constitution.

Chancellor's Associates come from diverse backgrounds and range from young alumni to longtime philanthropists. The common bond between these groups is their commitment to UCSD and the future of its academic and research excellence. Learn more about up­coming events and how you can join at chancellorsassociates.ucsd.edu.


William A. Lee, M.Sc. ’79, Ph.D. ’82
William Lee has made remarkable contributions to UC San Diego and beyond. While at UCSD, Lee studied chemistry, training under Professor Teddy Traylor, who helped him develop a strong chemical foundation for future drug innovations.

Jan Tuttleman, M.B.A. ’06
“Set your sights high and reach for your dreams. Be passionate, courageous and adventuresome.” Jan Tuttleman’s philosophy on life is simple but potent, and she has realized it in all aspects of her leadership endeavors—from community service projects to professional organization work to everything else in between.

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Marshall ’04, M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’08
In late 2011, the National Geographic channel broadcast “The Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan,” following National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin and his team into Mongolia’s “Forbidden Zone.” Almost a year before, readers of National Geographic Adventure magazine had voted Lin the first Reader’s Choice Adventurer of the Year—a strange twist of fate for a UCSD-trained materials scientist.

Darcy and Robert Bingham
Somewhere between philanthropists and entrepreneurs lie Darcy and Robert Bingham, self-proclaimed “philanthropreneurs.” The Binghams have greatly impacted UC San Diego through their gift of selfless time, energy and talent.


Curiosity Shop
From a collector’s coin to a designer handbag to a Pomeranian puppy, there’s certainly an eclectic mix of items for sale online. While sites like Craigslist and Google have long served as the go-to outlets for online merchandise, often times searching for more obscure items can prove fruitless. That’s where Übokia comes in. MORE

String Theory
For Tim Miklaucic, music has always been a non-negotiable part of life. After struggling as an L.A. screenwriter, he was encouraged by a neighbor to sell guitars, a hobby he had started as a student at UC San Diego. In 1983, he founded Guitar Salon, a retail shop specializing in fine classical and flamenco guitars. Within 12 years, the company became a major retailer, selling many styles of Spanish guitars. MORE

Diego Takes on Post-Triton Life