Sunday, September 21, 2014

Name Droppers: DHS alum named one of ’35 Innovators Under 35′

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George Ban-Weiss. Courtesy photo

Davis High alumnus and University of Southern California engineering professor George Ban-Weiss was named one of this year’s “35 Innovators Under 35” by the MIT Technology Review.

Ban-Weiss uses global and regional climate models to study the influence of aerosols and land cover change on global and regional climate for the depart. He made the list as a humanitarian for his research showing the coverage of dark rooftops on Los Angeles and convincing policymakers to require more environmentally friendly “cool roofs” for new construction.

See the Technology Review’s full award and details on the other 34 innovators at This year’s honorees will be featured in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on Sept. 2. They also will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference Sept. 23-25 in Cambridge, Mass.


Elizabeth Abbott of Davis recently was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as director and patient advocate at the California Health and Human Services Agency Office of the Patient Advocate.

Abbott has been director of administrative advocacy at Health Access California since 2006. She was regional administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 1995 to 2003, where she was associate regional administrator from 1992 to 1995.

Abbott served in several positions at the U.S. Social Security Administration from 1968 to 1992, including district manager, area administrative assistant, assistant district manager, operations supervisor and claims representative.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the annual compensation is $120,000.


Bryce Parker of Davis earned a place on the dean’s list at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., for the 2014 spring semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must carry 14 or more credits and achieve a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

Parker attended Met Sacramento High School before leaving after 11th grade to enroll in college early.


Colleen Mcgee and Owen Mknelly, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets at UC Davis, graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming Army officers. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the ROTC Advanced Course at their colleges.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating “hands-on” training.

The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

Cadets usually attend the course between their junior and senior years of college, and they must complete it to qualify for commissioning. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.


Jeffrey Scott Carter, a 2008 graduate of Davis High School, graduated summa cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering. He was also awarded the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award in May.

In addition to his academics, Carter was on the Cal Poly lacrosse team for four years, earning All-American honors as a senior. He was an assistant coach for the team while in graduate school.

He intends to pursue a career in the aerospace industry, possibly in Southern California.


Danielle Schickele of Davis completed a 10-week summer undergraduate research program at Boston University that concluded with a final presentation showcasing her research into various neuroscience disciplines.

The summer program involves research internships with CELEST faculty members who use experimental and computational approaches to the neuroscience of learning.

In addition to conducting research in an academic lab environment, the program includes lab visits, group meetings and lunches with experts in the field. Students work under a mentor professor and are involved in innovative research in neuroscience.


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