Kristin Searcy Bell ’97

Kristin BellKristin Searcy Bell ’97 holds both an MS and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from NorthwesternUniversity.   She is a manager for the Environ Foundation, which is an international consultancy working to help resolve demanding environmental and human health issues.  She has over seven years of experience in environmental engineering, with particular emphasis onassessing the fate and transport of contaminants in river systems. She has served as the manager for sediment remediation and restoration projects that involved contaminated sediment assessment, remedy evaluation, and remedy selection. Kristin has written and co-authored several peer-reviewed papers addressing contaminant and pathogen transport in riverine systems.

Peter Girguis ’94

Peter Girguis ’94 graduated from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. He worked closely with David Chapman, Len Muscatine, and Bill Hamner.  This September (2013), he was promoted to full professor with tenure at Harvard University.  “I’m very grateful for being promoted, and I believe wholeheartedly that my training and experiences at UCLA made me the scientist that I am today.  I wanted to thank my mentors, of course, but also the many faculty, graduate students and my peers who took the time to teach me what they knew and encourage me to do my best.”

Lisa Gunn Adams ’93

Lisa Gunn AdamsLisa Gunn Adams PhD ’93 (Gordon) is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Biology Education in the Department of Biology and Physics at Kennesaw State University, located just north of Atlanta. Adams’ research program deals with establishing student monitoring programs using the Basic Observation Buoy (BOB).  BOB is a low cost, educationally friendly, monitoring device that is made primarily of PVC tubing. The buoy is assembled by students and serves as a platform for sensors that continuously sample the water. Students collect data on various parameters, like pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Salinity, and Temperature levels of protected waters, like tidal creeks, estuaries and lakes. BOB has been implemented in many users groups, ranging from middle school to university level students.   Students are able to share their data with their community and contribute to the coverage of our existing coastal monitoring efforts.  Adams is the Chair of the Education and Outreach Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), which is part of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Won-Tak Choi ’99

Won-Tak Choi ’99 is currently a resident physician for the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Choi completed an MD/PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California in 2011.

Niles Lehman PhD ’90

Niles Lehman PhD ’90 took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Evolution effective January 1, 2013.  Dr. Lehman is the third editor in the history of the journal, which dates back to 1971, and had previously been guided by the insights of Emil Zuckerkandl and, more recently Marty Kreitman. He looks forward to focusing on deep evolutionary events, both in the further development of this journal, and in his research lab at Portland State University, where he is currently a professor of chemistry.

Mia Hashibe ’97

Mia HashibeMia Hashibe ’97, ’99 MPH, ’02 PhD (Epidemiology), is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health and a Huntsman Cancer Investigator at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Utah, Dr. Hashibe was a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. She led projects within the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium on the lifestyle and genetic factors of head and neck cancer. Recently initiated new epidemiologic studies include a head and neck cancer case-control study in China, a lung cancer case-control study in Nepal and a testicular cancer study in Utah.