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UC Davis/City of Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, center, congratulates UCD firefighter Gina Updegraff, who was named American Legion Firefighter of the Year on Thursday. UCD student Kevin Fritz, right, received the Student Firefighter of the Year award. City of Davis firefighters Graham Northrup and Steve Phillips, who were not present, were honored as Firefighters of the Year for the Davis Police Department. Courtesy photo

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Name Droppers: Woodland mom garners Women’s Opportunity Award

By From page A17 | May 18, 2014

Soroptimist International of Davis presented Alicia Ramos its Women’s Opportunity Award on April 23. The Woodland mom received a $2,000 grant at a luncheon at Odd Fellows Hall.

The award goes to women who are primary wage earners for their families, to help them obtain training or education to return to the workforce or upgrade their employment status.

Ramos, a single mom of an 11-year-old boy, is studying at Woodland Community College. She plans to continue in a nursing program and earn a bachelor’s degree at either UC Davis or Sacramento State.

The Women’s Opportunity (“Live Your Dream”) Award was created in 1972 to help female heads of household overcome personal difficulty and obtain training or schooling to better support their families. Since the award was established, Soroptimists have given out more than $20 million and improved the lives of more than 25,000 women.

Soroptimist clubs give the awards, with winners eligible for additional honors at regional and national levels. For more information, visit www.soroptimist.org. For information on Soroptimist International of Davis, visit sidavis.org or “like” the Soroptimist International Davis page on Facebook.


Shannon Booth, a 1979 graduate of Davis High School, was named instructor of the year at Castle School in Newbury, U.K.

Castle School is solely a school for special-needs students, where Booth is an assistant head.

The UC Davis Donald A. Strauss Foundation awarded Anna Peare a $10,000 public service scholarship to carry out her project in her junior year.

The Strauss scholarships fund public-service projects that the students have proposed and will carry out during their junior or senior year.

Peare, who hails from Lafayette, will be running the Amigos de las Américas: Backyard Program, a project that aims to give youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to become catalysts for positive development and change in their own community.

The Woodland Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees has named two new members: retired Woodland Clinic physician Jim McGibbon, M.D., and Woodland Realtor Jan Whittle. McGibbon joined the board in February; Whittle joined in March.

McGibbon spent his entire career as an obstetrics and gynecology physician with Woodland Clinic, retiring 12 years ago after 28 years of service. In addition to his involvement with the board of trustees, McGibbon is actively involved with the Woodland Rotary and Holy Rosary Church, as well as volunteering with the UC Davis School of Medicine, interviewing applicants for admission.

Whittle, has co-owned Whittle & Associates Property management with her husband, Mahlon, since 1998. In addition to her new role as a trustee, Whittle has served on the board of directors for Woodland United Way, where she is a past president and 1999’s Volunteer of the Year, and on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Cherie Schroeder, program director at Woodland Community College’s Foster Kinship Care & Education program, was honored with First 5 Yolo’s High 5 Award for Excellence at the commission meeting April 9.

The First 5 Yolo Children and Families Commission gives this special award when an individual or funded provider has created exceptional outcomes for young children and their families in Yolo County.

Under Schroeder’s direction, the WCC program has become recognized as a statewide leader with measurable results in increasing the quality and quantity of licensed foster and kinship homes in Yolo County.


Winters resident and business owner Robin Harlan has joined the Yolo Farm to Fork board of directors.

The nonprofit is dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches, reducing solid waste through recycling and composting programs, supporting school and community gardens and helping Yolo County residents get to know where their food comes from and the farmers who grow it.

Harlan and her husband Henry, who is a beekeeper, own Henry’s Bullfrog Bees and PURE All Natural Honey, producing and bottling raw, all-natural honey from bees they have placed throughout Yolo, Sacramento, Solano, Colusa and Petaluma counties and Bodega Bay.


Professor James R. Carey of the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology is the recipient of the C.W. Woodworth Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America for his accomplishments in entomology spanning four decades.

Carey, a member of the faculty since 1980, focuses his work on research, publications, teaching, public service, editorial service, committee work and video innovations.
Carey is the ninth UCD recipient of the award since 1978. He chaired the systemwide UC Committee on Research Policy, served on the system-wide UC Academic Council and is a former vice chair of the UCD department of entomology.


Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology, received the Distinguished Award for Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity at the 98th annual PBESA meeting held in Tucson, Arizona.

Kimsey received her doctorate in entomology in 1979 from UC Davis and joined the entomology faculty in 1989. Known by her colleagues as “The Wasp Woman,” Kimsey is one of only a few scientists in the world who can identify chrysidid or tiphiid wasps to species.

Her primary research focuses on resolving global patterns of evolution in the wasp family Tiphiidae, which includes eight subfamilies. A second project is to understand the insect diversity of California and how it fits into local and global patterns of biodiversity. In 2001 Kimsey brought the California Insect Survey to UCD, and is now editor of the Bulletin of the California Insect Survey.

Kimsey, former vice chair and interim chair of the department of entomology, serves as the executive director of the Bohart Museum Society, a community support group for the museum; founder and director of the Center for Biosystematics at UCD; and head of informal campus groups, the Association of Biological Collections and Biodiversity Consortium.


UC Davis’ Diane Ullman is the recipient of the Distinguished Award in Teaching from the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America.

Ullman, a UC Davis professor of entomology is the associate dean for undergraduate academic programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and co-founder and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program.

Pacific Branch will now advance her as its candidate for the ESA’s international Distinguished Teaching Award. ESA will select the recipient from one of six branches — Pacific, Eastern, North Central, Southeastern, Southwestern and International — and present the award at its Nov. 16-19 meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Ullman excels at developing new courses, programs and teaching methods, using traditional and non-traditional means. She employs a unique multidisciplinary approach to teaching.

One example of her type of teaching is the Art/Science Fusion Program, developed initially in the department of entomology and nematology, is an innovative teaching program that crosses college boundaries and uses experiential learning to enhance scientific literary for students from all disciplines.


Tyler Benjamin Finley is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force on May 28. He has been selected for pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas.

Finley graduated from Davis High School in 2010 and is the son of Bruce and Debbie Finley.

Laura Ferris, a master of fine arts student in creative writing at the University of Iowa, will pursue a project abroad thanks in part to a $2,500 Stanley Award for International Research.

Ferris, originally from Davis, will travel to Paris and Zürich to find missing text in order to recreate a lost Lucia Joyce novel.

Funded by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization, the Stanley Awards send UI undergraduate and graduate students to locations around the world. Students spend at least four weeks abroad pursuing projects they couldn’t conduct on campus.


Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas S. Robinson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Robinson is the son of Robin and Curtis Robinson of Davis. He is a 2008 graduate of Da Vinci High.


Murtaza Khan of Davis High School was one of the winners of the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship, corporately sponsored by the Janssen Supply Chain organization.

Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors won National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.


Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Matt De Moura has been honored by the California Office of Traffic Safety for his work on the “Avoid the 8” DUI task force. De Moura received his award at a Greater Sacramento Regional MADD luncheon in Sacramento, where members of law enforcement from numerous police agencies were honored for their work in combatting DUIs.
De Moura was the only prosecutor honored.

Led by De Moura, the “Avoid the 8″ DUI team coordinates trainings with officers from law-enforcement agencies throughout Yolo County. Additionally, the team works with local school districts to provide training to teachers and staff so they can identify drug signs and symptoms.
Ross A. Vanderhoof graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. The graduate received a medical degree and was commissioned to the rank of captain in the Air Force, with a minimum seven-year active duty service commitment.

He is a 2005 graduate of Vanden High in Fairfield and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from UC Davis.

Vanderhoof is the son of Timothy A. and Deana K. Vanderhoof, and is the brother of Ashlea P. and Justin J. Vanderhoof, all of Vacaville.

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