Elana Peach-Fine, a recent UC Davis graduate, was honored Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C., by Raj Shah, chief administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, an advisory board to USAID, selected Peach-Fine for its “Award for Scientific Excellence” for her work as a graduate student with the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program at UCD.
Her work included managing the program’s Trellis Fund, which pairs U.S. graduate students with organizations in developing countries to work on fruit and vegetable projects.
Since being selected for the award, Peach-Fine completed master’s degrees in international agricultural development and plant pathology. She is employed by UCD as an analyst on agricultural projects in Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Ecuador, through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ International Programs Office.
Maria Cruz Garcia, former legislative director for state Sen. Ben Hueso, has joined the Sacramento office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig as a director in its government law and policy practice.
Garcia received a bachelors degree in sociology from UC Davis in 2005. She assists clients with legislative matters at the state Capitol, including monitoring legislation, meeting with elected officials and staff, and attending and testifying at committee hearings.
She has worked for the Legislature for almost a decade, serving members of the majority party in both the Senate and Assembly. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Garcia spent two years in Hueso’s office, where she managed issues relating to transportation, housing, economic development, labor, business and professions, budget, governmental organizations, local government, land use, retirement, public safety and health.
In addition, she was the principal consultant to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, where she worked on issues relating to the Political Reform Act and initiative reform.
Lucas Leung of Davis was named to the Hofstra University dean’s list for fall 2013. Students who began their studies before fall 2012 must earn at least a 3.4 grade-point average to qualify. Those who entered the university thereafter must earn at least a 3.5 GPA.
Cornell University’s Vivian Kuperberg of Davis earned a spot on the dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences for the fall semester. The College of Arts and Sciences is Cornell University’s largest undergraduate college.
Di Zhang of Davis was named to the Drake University dean’s list for the fall semester. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor.
Tony Perez, 49, of San Diego, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency.
A former staff member at UC Davis, Perez has been a consultant and attorney in private practice since 2014. He held multiple positions at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Wake Forest School of Medicine from 2012 to 2013, including vice president of academic administration and operations and senior associate dean of administration and operations.
Perez held multiple positions at UC San Diego from 2008 to 2012, including assistant vice chancellor for health sciences affairs and chief health sciences counsel. Prior to that, he was at UCD from 2001 to 2008, as chief compliance officer, director of institutional review board administration and health system counsel.
He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco from 2002 to 2006. Perez earned a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $153,888. Perez is a Republican.
Jasmine Marie Cordero of Davis was named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the fall 2013 semester.
Twelve lawyers from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. in Brazil have earned LL.M. degrees in international commercial law as part of a partnership between the largest energy company in Latin America and the UC Davis School of Law.
The Brazilian attorneys were selected for the International Commercial Law Program from more than 195 Petrobras lawyers who have participated in energy and commercial law training programs at King Hall over the past seven years.
Since 2006, the School of Law has offered classes on energy and commercial law to Petrobras lawyers at King Hall; the University of Cologne, Germany; and in Rio de Janeiro. The program was initiated by Nilton Maia, executive manager of the Petrobras Legal Department, as a means of addressing the educational needs of the company’s rapidly expanding legal department, which is now the largest law firm in Latin America.
Maia met with Dean Kevin R. Johnson in 2007 to formalize a partnership that would provide Petrobras attorneys with international commercial law training needed to support the company’s global expansion in oil exploration and leadership in alternative energy sources.
As part of UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi‘s 2020 Initiative, the School of Law is seeking to expand its International Commercial Law Program. Founded in 2001, the program was the first of its kind in the United States and has since become a model for international legal education programs.
Miles Moser of Davis and Janai Green of Winters were named to Dean’s List at Arizona State University.
Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List.
Samantha Swimley of Davis was named to the Dean’s List at Mayville State University in Mayville, N.D.
In order to be named to the Dean’s List, each student has attained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and had successfully completed a minimum of 12 graded credit hours of regular academic credit from Mayville State.
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