Travis Tollefson, associate professor of otolaryngology at UC Davis Health System, has received an Honors Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the academy’s 2012 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Honors Awards recognize extensive meritorious service to the academy through the presentation of instructional courses and scientific papers, and participation on academy committees or leadership positions. Tollefson has moderated an annual seminar on innovations in cleft lip repair for the last five years. He also volunteers with international outreach and contributes to the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Committee by writing resident training materials.
Tollefson specializes in facial reconstructive surgery for children and adults, including cleft lip and palate, facial injuries after trauma or after Moh’s skin cancer surgery. He also performs rhinoplasty and facial aesthetic surgery procedures.
Tina Andolina, 36, of Davis has been appointed director of legislation and regulation at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Andolina has served as legislative consultant for state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, since 2010 and was legislative director at the Planning and Conservation League from 2007 to 2010.
She was a campaign associate at the Coalition for Clean Air from 2005 to 2007, outreach director at the California Wilderness Coalition from 2000 to 2005 and campaign director at the Friends of the Trinity River from 1997 to 2000.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual salary is $85,008. Andolina is a Democrat.
University of California President Mark G. Yudof has awarded the UC Presidential Medal to President Emeritus Richard C. Atkinson, the 17th president of the University of California and former chancellor of UC San Diego.
“From his years at the National Science Foundation to his leadership at the University of California, Richard has redefined the relationship between academia and industry, reshaped the field of university administration and helped revolutionize scholarly disciplines ranging from experimental psychology to applied mathematics,” Yudof said upon bestowing the medal on Aug. 27.
“He successfully realized this university’s three-part mission of high-quality academics, full-throated access and unprecedented public service to its greatest extent. San Diego, California and the United States have all been the better for it.”
Atkinson established the Presidential Medal in 1997 as a way to recognize extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning. The medal is the highest honor UC’s president can bestow.
“There is no institution closer to my heart than the University of California,” Atkinson said. “To be awarded the presidential medal is an unexpected honor, and one for which I will always be grateful.”
Atkinson, the 29th person to be awarded the medal, served as chancellor of UC San Diego from 1980 to 1995 and as UC president from 1995 to 2003.
Rody Boonchouy, 34, of Vacaville, has been appointed to the California Concurrence Committee. Boonchouy has been the principal at the Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis since 2011. He was a school design and implementation coach at New Tech Network from 2010 to 2011 and worked at Da Vinci Charter Academy as an instructional support provider from 2008 to 2009 and lead teacher from 2003 to 2007.
Boonchouy was a teacher at Rubidoux High School from 2001 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Boonchouy is a Democrat.
Air Force Airman Michelle A. Anderson of Woodland graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman 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.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Anderson is the daughter of Wesley Anderson of Sacramento and niece of Wanda Annis of Woodland.
She is a 2010 graduate of Pioneer High School, Woodland.
Cameron Carter, director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, has been honored by the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services as a Mental Health Champion.
Carter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was one of six people honored on Sept. 5 during a meeting of the Sacramento County Mental Health Board. The recognition is conferred upon individuals who make significant contributions to reduce the stigma experienced by people with mental illness and who advance knowledge about mental illness through mental-health research and treatment. Carter received a plaque, which was presented by Division of Behavioral Health Director Mary Ann Carrasco.
Carter was recognized for his research and clinical activities, including founding the Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment of Psychotic Illness program in 2004. EDAPT provides assessments and evidence-based practices for early identification and intervention for psychotic disorders, primarily among youth and young adults in the early stages of psychosis. Through EDAPT, patients receive targeted medication and psychosocial interventions and occupational therapy, with the goals of early diagnosis, treatment and disability prevention.
Stanley Young, 64, of Davis, has been appointed communications director for the California Air Resources Board, where he has served since 2010. Young was a public information officer at the California Air Resources Board from 2007 to 2010. He was owner and president at Stanley Young Social Communications and Marketing from 2006 to 2007, director of marketing and corporate communications at Jones and Stokes from 2003 to 2006, communications director at the California Natural Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and worked as a freelance journalist and author from 1985 to 1999.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual compensation is $110,280. Young is a Democrat.