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Name Droppers: Scranton earns West Point appointment

Members of the UC Davis department of entomology's Linnaean Team are, from left, doctoral students Mohammad-Amir Aghaee, Matan Shelomi and Margaret Rei Scampavia, and undergraduate Alexander Nguyen. Courtesy photo

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From page A7 | May 21, 2013 |

Jack Scranton, son of Stephen and Erin Scranton of Davis, has received an appointment to the Class of 2017 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Scranton will graduate next month from Davis High School where he was a member of the cross country and track teams. The prospective members of the Class of 2017 will report to West Point for the first time on July 1.

The U.S. Military Academy is a four-year coeducational federal undergraduate liberal arts college 50 miles from New York City. Founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the top colleges in the nation.

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Louise Kellogg, professor of geology at UC Davis, and Susan Mann, professor emerita of history, are among the new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced on April 24. They specialize in virtual reality and a historian of women in China, respectively.

With Kellogg and Mann, 24 current and emeritus UC Davis faculty have been elected to the academy, including Chancellor Linda Katehi and painter Wayne Thiebaud.

The new class will be inducted during an Oct. 12 ceremony at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Since its founding in 1780, the academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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The UC Davis department of entomology’s Linnaean Team won second place in the Linnaean Games hosted by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Association and will be heading to Austin, Texas, in November to compete in the national finals.

Linnaean Games are college bowl-style games based on entomological facts and insect trivia. Team members respond to the moderator’s questions by buzzing in with the answers.

First-place honors went to the UC Riverside team, which will receive funds to attend the 61st annual ESA meeting, Nov. 10-13. It is themed “Science Impacting a Connective World.”

The UC Davis team includes Matan Shelomi, a doctoral student who studies with major professor Lynn Kimsey; Mohammad-Amir Aghaee, a doctoral student who studies with major professor Larry Godfrey; Margaret Rei Scampavia, a doctoral student who studies with major professors Edwin Lewis and Neal Williams; and Alexander Nguyen, an undergraduate entomology major student who volunteers at the Bohart Museum of Entomology.

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Mark J. Mannis, director of the UC Davis Eye Center, has been named to the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Wall of Fame.

Mannis is professor and chair of ophthalmology and vision science and a 1975 graduate of the University of Florida medical college. He joins 24 fellow alumni who have been recognized for outstanding contributions since 1991 when the award was established.

Mannis was honored for his leadership and scientific contributions in the field of corneal transplantation as well as for his commitment to ophthalmic education in the United States and throughout the world. He has published more than 125 papers and is the author of five books on topics relating to corneal surgery and disease.

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Imron Bhatti and Anita Mukerji have been announced as the new Human Rights Fellows, and Elizabeth Ballart and Anna von Herrmann have been announced as the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest fellows by the California International Law Center at UC Davis School of Law.

Both fellowships fund summer work by current UCD law students in the field of human rights and public interest. Summer fellowships enable outstanding students to carry out high-impact fieldwork as they gain invaluable experience.

All recipients are law students at UCD. Bhatti will be working in India for communities affected by internationally financed development projects with the San Francisco-based organization Accountability Counsel. Mukherji will represent asylum applicants at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in San Francisco.

Ballart will spend her summer with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Disability Rights Program in San Francisco. Von Herrmann will work in New York City with the American Civil Liberties Union on its LGBT and AIDS Project.

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The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has awarded scholarships to three Davis High School graduates. The $1,000 scholarships are going to Harrison Allen-Sutter, who will attend the University of Oregon; Hannah Cole-Leathers, who will attend the University of San Francisco; and Ashley Hillis, who will attend graduate school at the University of Southern California.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternal order open to men and women 16 years of age and older. The Odd Fellows are known as the “three-link fraternity” based on the fraternal symbol of three interlocking links which stand for friendship, love and truth.

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