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Name Droppers: Bone marrow donor found a calling

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From page A15 | October 25, 2013 |

For some young adults in their early 20s, life is full of ups and downs as they look for place and purpose in a changing world. In this process, young adults mull over what is the best decision.

When it came to joining the national marrow registry, Jason Tzou, a UC Davis graduate, did not hesitate; he registered to be a marrow donor. Several years later, he came up as a match to a patient in need and he said yes.

On April 24, 2012, Tzou’s marrow was used in a transplant procedure to save Jack Chin’s life. At the time, Tzou did not know the name of the patient he was helping, nor that person’s age, gender or where he lived. But the two met recently at an emotional event where both embraced.

Marrow matches are ethnically based. Unfortunately for Chin, none of his relatives, not even his twin brother, was a marrow match. The odds of an unrelated person being a match for Chin were one in 20,000. Those who are not Caucasians are more likely to die of leukemia or of other blood cancers. This is because there is a shortage of ethnic minority donors on the national registry.

If you’re interested in joining the bone marrow registry, attend a drive in your community or request a home kit. More information on the Asian American Donor Program is available at 800-593-6667 or aadp.org.

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Laura King Moon, 53, of Woodland, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources, where she has been a project manager for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan since 2011. Gov. Jerry Brown made the appointment Sept. 18.

Moon was assistant general manager at the State Water Contractors from 2000 to 2011 and director of strategic planning at the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority from 1997 to 1999. She was special assistant to the regional director at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1996 to 1997 and an environmental affairs officer at the East Bay Municipal Water District from 1994 to 1995. Moon was senior staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1977 to 1994.

She earned a master of science degree in energy and resources from UC Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual compensation is $161,676. Moon is a Democrat.

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The American Public Health Association will honor UC Davis gun violence expert Garen Wintemute with its 2013 distinguished career award from the association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

For more than 20 years, Wintemute has worked to increase awareness of gun violence as a public health problem. He is a professor of emergency medicine and holds the Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention.

As Violence Prevention Research Program director, he works to maximize the impact of current studies, advance research and develop a program that will train a new generation of researchers in the field.

Wintemute will receive the award at the association’s annual meeting in Boston in November, according to a news release.

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Stuart Drown, 54, of Davis, has been appointed deputy secretary for government improvement and accountability at the California Government Operations Agency. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment on Oct. 17.

Drown has been executive director of the Little Hoover Commission since 2006. He held multiple positions at the Sacramento Bee from 1999 to 2006, including city editor, business editor and deputy business editor.

Prior to that, Drown held multiple positions at the Akron Beacon Journal from 1991 to 1999, including business editor, assistant business editor and staff writer. He was a staff writer at the Dow Jones News Service from 1990 to 1991, at the Sun Herald from 1988 to 1990 and at the State Times from 1986 to 1988.

Drown earned a master of public policy degree from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual compensation is $127,884. Drown is a Democrat.

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Amber Fitzsimmons of Davis has been appointed assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.

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Lauren Maszk of Woodland was named to the dean’s list at Simpson University for the spring semester. Simpson is a private Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies in Redding.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

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Anne Merideth of Rochester, N.Y., was awarded the University of Rochester’s highest honor for faculty members: the Goergen Award for Excellence and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching.

Meredith graduated from DHS in 1985 and from UC Berkeley in 1989 with a degree in religious studies.

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Madison Delmendo of Davis made the spring-semester honor roll at Oregon State University.

To be on the honor roll, students musty carry at least 12 graded hours of course work and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Jacqueline Crawley of UC Davis received a five-year, nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand the synaptic dysfunctions that limit how people with certain neuro-developmental disorders form memories and learn.

The research also will investigate the effectiveness of potential targeted therapies for the disorders: fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome and Angelman syndrome.

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Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jaime J. Guzman of Woodland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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David Campbell of the UC Davis department of human ecology and a Cooperative Extension specialist in community studies, received the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher award from the American Society for Public Administration.

The award recognizes the best Public Administration Review article written by an academician in the past year. Campbell won for his article “Public Managers in Integrated Services Collaboratives: What Works is Workarounds.”  

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Kaitryn Ronning of Woodland was inducted into the National Biological Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.

Beta Beta Beta is an organization dedicated to improving and furthering student knowledge in biological areas, as well as emphasizing the importance of scientific research in student learning.

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Tom  Martens of Davis won a statewide award for conservation-oriented outdoor columns published in a magazine.

The Outdoor Writers Association of California awarded the Davis resident first place in the Outdoor Magazine Column category in its annual Excellence in Crafts contest for writers, photographers, radio and TV broadcasters and video producers.

Martens won for columns on the reorganization of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, conflicts between striped bass and salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and success of the state’s Wild Trout Program. The pieces were subjects in “The Good Fight: Politics of Fly Fishing” column that Martens writes for California Fly Fisher magazine.

The annual contest attracted more than 500 entries and was judged by state and nationally known outdoor writers.

Martens is a member of the Board of Directors of OWAC, an association for professional outdoor writers, photographers, video producers and lecturers.

For several years, he wrote columns about the outdoors and the Davis Aquatic Masters for The Davis Enterprise.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco who conducts research on the news value of information about nonprofit organizations and teaches graduates seminars in the Master’s of Nonprofit Administration Program.

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Allison Reynoso of Winters completed the Edge Leadership Experience at Northern Arizona University.

The Edge Leadership Experience is an opportunity for the first-year incoming students to learn and practice leadership skills. A total of 150 first-year students from all backgrounds were selected for the experience.

Participants were placed in a family group to enhance their campus connections. Families then participated together in contests, presentations, activities and challenges that strengthen bonds and provide an engaging experience.

Professor Carole Meredith, won The California State Fair’s Wine Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the fair’s Wine Advisory Task Force.

Meredith was among the early researchers who developed DNA markers for grapes, and then used them to identify the genetic and geographic origins of numerous varieties.A faculty member since 1980, she oversaw research in grapevine genetics, including the creation of a genome map now used internationally to identify genes that control disease resistance and fruit quality in wine grapes.Today, she and her husband have a vineyard in the Mount Veeder district of Napa Valley, releasing their wines under the label Lagier Meredith.

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Cooperative Extension specialist James Wolpert, won The American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s Merit Award, the society’s highest honor, in recognition of significant contributions to the field.

Wolpert joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983 and served as department chair for a decade during the planning and development of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

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Professor Marc Schenker of UC Davis will receive an alumni award of merit from the Harvard School of Public Health, where, in 1980, he received a Master’s of Public Health (epidemiology and occupational health).A letter from the Alumni Awards Committee states that the award presentation is scheduled during the Alumni Centennial Dinner, Nov. 2.

Schenker, a physician, joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983. He is affiliated with the Department of Public Health Sciences (serving as chair, 1995-2007) and the School of Medicine. He focuses on migration and health, occupational and environmental health, pulmonary disease, and global health research and teaching.

He holds three directorships: Occupational and Environmental Health, since 1983; Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, since 1990; and Migration and Health Research Center, since 2009. He has been co-director of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health since 2009.

And, since last year, he has held a position in University Outreach and International Programs, as associate vice provost for outreach and engagement, at the local, state and international levels.

Schenker was a pre-med student at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1969, then received his M.D. at UC San Francisco in 1973.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jacqueline Horn, 66, of Sacramento to the California Board of Psychology. Horn has been a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1983 and a lecturer at the UC Davis department of psychology since 1981.

She was director of psychological services at Heritage Oaks Hospital from 1985 to 1995, a psychologist at Eskaton from 1982 to 1985 and staff psychologist at Napa State Hospital from 1981 to 1982.

Horn earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Horn is a Democrat.

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