Julie Lee, of Davis, has been appointed director of operations in the Office of the Governor. Lee has been a reorganizational specialist in the Office of the Governor since 2012 and served as a project manager for the Governor’s reorganization plan at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2011 to 2012. She was public information manager at the California Department of Transportation District 2 from 2009 to 2011 and served in multiple positions at the California Department of Personnel Administration from 2005 to 2009, including statewide workforce planning manager, administrative assistant II, executive secretary I and office technician. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $98,652. Lee is a Democrat.
Environmental epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto, UC Davis professor of public health sciences, has been appointed to the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology study section of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The appointment is effective immediately and ends in June 2017. Hertz-Picciotto is section chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine. As a member of the NAME Study Section, she will review grant proposals submitted to any of the NIH institutes, primarily those that address health concerns related to child neurotoxins, mechanisms governing abnormal development and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as disorders of aging, such as osteoporosis. Hertz-Picciotto is best known for her broadly based research exploring the relationships between environmental exposures and autism spectrum disorder. Her research Program on Environmental Epidemiology of Autism and Neurodevelopment, centered at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has generated more clues regarding specific, modifiable factors contributing to the increase in the incidence of autism than nearly all such programs worldwide combined.
Andrew Tkach, of Davis, has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for Spring semester 2013. The student qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the semester. Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Kristen Dooley received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, cum laude, from Carleton College during its 139th Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, June 15. Dooley is the daughter of Kevin Dooley of Davis, CA and Sue Dooley of Davis, CA. Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 2,000 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minn., and offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.