40th Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
Susan Dutcher is a professor of genetics and cell biology and physiology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studies the green algae chlamydomonas as a model for understanding how errors in genes for human cilia can cause major health problems in people. In a collaboration funded by the Children’s Discovery Institute, Susan works with Thomas Ferkol, M.D., professor of pediatrics, and Philip Bayly, to understand genetic defects in cilia that cause primary ciliary dyskinesia, a rare hereditary disease.
Hans Jorgensen is living in Allerod, Denmark. He operates an energy consulting business and has started working as an advisor to the South African government as they work to develop their energy sector through private investment in power generation.
As director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt was deployed to BP headquarters in Houston by fellow CC alumnus and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Marcia helped coordinate a team of federal scientists and engineers involved in the oil containment and well kill. The team worked collaboratively with BP engineers to cap off the well on July 15 to stop the flow into the ocean. Marcia also headed the federal Flow Rate Technical Group charged with estimating the true discharge from the well after it became apparent from the first deep sea video that the rate was many times higher than the original estimate. Along with Department of Energy engineers, the team determined the flow rate from the well decreased from 62,000 to 53,000 barrels per day during the 87-day incident.
John Kessel was Jay Engeln’s guest at the CC/DU tailgate party and game in Denver. John won the DU Alumni Club raffle that was held at the hockey game. At the game John endorsed the $1,000 check to Colorado College to be used for student scholarships (Walton Family Foundation matching grant).
Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Stephen Enderlin Howard of Fort Collins to the position of district court judge in the 8th Judicial District. He is currently a partner at Howard and Francis. He previously worked at Fischer and Wilmarth as an associate and partner.
Elizabeth A. McGlynn has been named director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research. Elizabeth has become an internationally known expert on evaluating health-care delivery. Most recently, she held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. She will be located at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, Calif.
Mark Norris remains Republican majority leader for the next two-year term of the Tennessee Legislature after his re-election by the Senate Republican Caucus. Mark was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2000 and will complete his third term in 2012. He served for many years on the Senate Judiciary Committee before his election as majority leader in 2007. He is currently a member of the following senate committees: finance; ways and means; state and local government; ethics; veterans’ affairs; pensions and insurance; and workers’ compensation oversight. He is chairman of the senate rules committee.
Rob Levine is the chairman of the board of directors for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. He is general manager of the Antlers at Vail in Vail, Colo. He is a native Coloradan, who has worked in a variety of positions in Vail since graduating from CC. He served for four years on the Vail Town Council in the early ’90s and has served on a number of boards since then, including Vail’s Economic Advisory Council. He is also the past chair of the Vail Symposium. He has been a licensed, active real estate broker since 1986. He and his wife, Evelyn, live in the Singletree area of Edwards, Colo.
Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is serving her eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received 67 percent of the vote in the most recent election. She represents the 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of Denver, Englewood, Cherry Hills, Glendale, and Sheridan. Diana has served as vice chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. She has been an outspoken champion and proponent of bills supporting stem cell research and adequate and affordable health care for children. She is married to attorney Lino Lipinsky. They have two daughters and a dog named Charlie.