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Name Droppers: Snipes named president of American Cancer Society’s state board of directors

By From page A7 | May 01, 2014

Kurt Snipes, Ph.D., was appointed by the California Division of the American Cancer Society to be its president of the board of directors for 2014.

Snipes is a graduate of UC Irvine and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from UC Davis. He will help guide objectives that assist the society’s more than 300,000 California volunteers in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Snipes has been a volunteer leader with the society in California for more than 12 years. He is currently chief of the Cancer Surveillance and Research Branch for the California Department of Public Health.


Emily Darby of Davis, a member of Pomona College’s Class of 2015, was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which provide up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors intending to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. She was selected from a field of 1,166 students nominated by their colleges.

Darby, a chemistry major with a math minor, has studied atmospheric chemistry with professor Frederick Grieman since her sophomore year. She is working on an independent research project studying the electronic spectroscopy of molecular ions to better understand the reaction pathways in the atmosphere so that a more comprehensive model of the atmosphere can be developed.

Last summer, Darby conducted solar energy research at Vanderbilt University through a Research Experience for Undergraduates. She was the primary researcher and sole undergraduate on a project titled “Photoactive Films of Photosystem I on Transparent Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrodes.” The team submitted an article to the journal Langmuir, and, if it is accepted, she will be listed as first author.

Her future plans include earning a Ph.D. in chemical engineering with an emphasis on alternative energy, then becoming a faculty member at a research university while continuing research in alternative energy that is sustainable and efficient.

Darby is the daughter of Jeannie Darby. She attributes her early interest in chemistry to her “wonderful high school chemistry teacher, Mr. (David) van Muyden.”


Patrick Henning of West Sacramento was appointed director of the California Employment Development Department.

Henning has been chief deputy appointments secretary in the governor’s office since 2011.

He was a legislative advocate for the California State Council of Laborers in 2004-11, assistant secretary for legislation and intergovernmental affairs at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency in 2003-04 and deputy director for legislation at the California Department of Industrial Relations in 2000-03.

Henning was a member of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission in 2005-11, a member of the California Career Technical Education Standards and Framework Advisory Group in 2003 and a member of the California State Assembly Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education in 2001-10.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,112.

Enterprise staff

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