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Name Droppers: UCD grad named state’s chief engineer

By From page A6 | January 31, 2013

Karla Sutliff has been appointed as California’s chief engineer. She is the first woman to be appointed to the position.

As chief engineer and deputy, Sutliff is responsible for all engineering aspects of the department’s construction projects statewide from their design through the completion of construction. She will oversee a program of more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion.

Sutliff has been with Caltrans for 26 years, and over the past 11 years, she served as the chief over several Caltrans divisions, including design, traffic operations and project management. She also filled the role of acting District 8 (San Bernardino) director in 2008.

Sutliff graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a licensed civil engineer.


Emanual Maverakis, a UC Davis dermatologist, has been granted a $3 million research grant by The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to explore the development of a synthetic biomaterial that would enable stem cells to be used as effective therapies for chronic skin ulcers.

The grant was among the 12 New Faculty Physician Scientist Translational Research Awards that the CIRM governing board approved at a meeting in Los Angeles. The funding is intended to support promising young physician-scientists in the early stages of their careers. Maverakis, an assistant professor of dermatology, says a synthetic biomaterial known as hydrogel potentially offers an effective way to address the costly and debilitating problems associated with chronic wounds.


Keith Hennessy, a performance artist and UC Davis doctoral candidate in performance studies, was recently awarded a prestigious 2012 United States Artists Fellowship for his contribution in the field of dance. Each year, United States Artists honors 50 of America’s finest artists across eight disciplines with individual fellowship awards of $50,000 each.

Hennessy, who received his master of fine arts in choreography at UCD in 2007, is founder/artistic director of Zero Performance, a contemporary circus and performance collaborative offering intimate spectacles for stage and street sparked by current and historic social realities.

He tours internationally as a post-disciplinary citizen working in the contested borderlands of performance, pedagogy, ritual, improvisation, theory and social justice and is engaged with the tactics of queer, feminism and critical race studies.


Neal Williams, assistant professor of entomology at UC Davis, appears briefly in a segment on native pollinators produced by America’s Heartland. The show is now airing throughout the country and touches on the declining population of honey bees, which European colonists brought here in 1622, and native pollinators, which are also declining.

Williams, who joined the UCD department of entomology in 2009, was a featured speaker at the International Symposium on Pollinator Conservation, held last January in Fukuoka, Japan. He explored agricultural landscape change and the role of bee life history in predicting and understanding responses of bee communities.

The program can be seen on America’s Heartland website.


Claire Finn, the daughter of Thomas Finn and Rosanne Bernardy of Davis, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2012-13 school year.

A graduate of Davis High School, Finn was a sophomore at Macalester last fall. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have been achieved a semester grade-point average of at least 3.75.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,035 students in St. Paul, Minn.


Emilie Moroski of Davis has been named to the Union University dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. The dean’s list includes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4-point scale.

Union University was founded in 1823 in Jackson, Tenn., and is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union offers liberal arts training in more than 100 majors and programs of study along with professional programs in business, education and nursing. More than 4,200 students are enrolled.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.

Enterprise staff

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