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2000s Alumni Class Notes

Alumna's Scientific Research Published

Megan Swim '08 has had her scientific research on the relationship between wasps and human chromosomes published in the Journal of Cell Science. Her graduate work is continuing at University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  


Check out her reserch here: http://media.scrippscollege.edu/feature-stories/wasps-selfish-chromosome-b

Posted by on Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 09:42AM
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Performance Held to Benefit Alumna's Nonprofit

On Friday, September 21, Parker held a benefit dance performance to support Neural Networks, an organization founded by Anjali Simh '03.  The performance featured Dr. Seshadri Iyengar, a critically acclaimed, neo-classical Bharatanatyan dancer based in London and Bangalore, India.

Neural Networks is a non-profit agency improving quality neurological care in South India. For more information please visit www.nninc.org.

Posted by on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Young Alumni Club Reunites

The Parker Young Democrat Club gathered for their 15th Annual celebration at the Mona Lisa restraunt in June of 2012. 

Standing: Isabel Wade '11, Lyle Daniel '11, Mr. Byrne, Nishon Tyler '14, LTJG Michael Keating '05 Boston College '09, Katherine Owens, '14,Everett Waterman, '13, Arielle Swedback '14, Bethelehem Desta '14, Olivia Ghosh '15, Kyra Ghosh '13, Molly O’Meara '13, Matt Gluck '13
Seated: Salish Davis '11, Maya Ellisman '10,Haley Robinson '11, Lauren Lynch '11
Posted by on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 09:01AM
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Class Notes 5/24/12

Nicolas Dembitsky ’00 recently finished med school and is applying for ER residencies.  

Courtney Gallagher ’00 and Dillon Isaac were married in San Diego on May 12, 2012 and held a family reception the following day at Parker. The couple will honeymoon in the Greek Islands. Courtney enjoys her position at Waters Fine Catering as an Event Designer and is helping to coordinate the farm-to-table lunch for this year's Parker Reunions.
Courtney Gallagher

Michelle Hartman ’00 married David Lane on October 8, 2011 in Balboa Park. They currently reside in Maryland, and Michelle has just accepted a post-doctoral position working with infectious diseases with the U.S. Navy.  The couple met while sky diving and literally fell for each other.
Michelle Hartman

Richie Carter ’01 recently returned from Central America, where he was volunteering and coordinating English language programs in the region. Richie hopes to go back to school for an MBA.

Megan Cramer '02 is currently at UC Irvine working on a PhD focused on effective use of technology in the classroom. Megan has given lectures nationally and internationally on Human/Computer Interaction & Design and is a past MacArthur Foundation Grant recipient.

Brittany Krasner ’02 married Eric Welsh on October 29, 2011 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Classmates Alexandra Lubomirsky, Alex Rosen, Lauren Lillie, and Elyse Braverman were in attendance. The couple is now on their honeymoon in Europe visiting Budapest, Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Brittany and Eric live in Los Angeles and will travel to San Diego in June for Parker Reunions.
Brittany Krasner Welsh

Jonathan Aires ’02 has moved back to San Diego, transitioning his practice as a Financial Representative affiliated with the Northwestern Mutual from Washington, DC to San Diego.  Jonathan is excited to be back in San Diego with his family and friends and looks forward to becoming involved in the Parker Alumni Association.  

Curtis Hartman ’02 is going to be married this June 16, 2012 to Lauren Cooper at the Safari Park.  He recently graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC. and is headed to Fullerton State to work on a master’s degree.

Jonathan Schram ’02 earned a Master’s Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke in May 2011. He published his thesis online with NOAA last summer, and is now back in San Diego continuing his writing to submit for publication in Marine Policy Journal.

Alex Goldstein '03 is the founder of elwiri.com, a mobile lifestyle app providing exclusively Spanish content for Hispanic populations in the US including locally targeted coupons, news, videos, blogs, and events. Elwiri is currently in the San Diego, New York, and Miami markets and will be expanding soon to SF and beyond. Aviva Goldstein ’05 is working with Alex using her background in Public Health to develop a healthy living component that will feature healthy recipes, cooking tips, and health education resources.

Jamie Warburton ’03 writes: “I graduated from MIT in 2007 with a BS in nuclear science and engineering, and now I'm getting my PhD at UNLV in radiochemistry.  I focused on nuclear reactors in undergrad, but now I'm working on proliferation resistance in the nuclear fuel cycle by investigating ways of monitoring special nuclear materials during the recycling/reprocessing which we will hopefully adopt sometime in the near future.”

Scott Hartman ’04 works at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego. He loves the field of hospitality and is interested in all aspects of hotel management.

US Army 1 Lt. Patrick Harrigan ’05 has returned from a year’s deployment in Afghanistan to his duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska.  His family wishes to thank his Parker family for their outstanding and constant support during his deployment.  

Alexander Lawrence ’05 and Skylar Ritchie Lawrence ’03 were married in August 2011. The two admired each other from afar throughout high school and later during Young Democrats’ reunion dinners at Mona Lisa's for years before they started dating in 2007 in New York. AJ and Skylar are now on a three-and-a-half month backpacking trip across Asia, including Burma and Mongolia.
Sklyar Ritchie AJ Lawrence

Josh Lichtman ’05 and fellow students in the Stanford Systems Biology PhD program are working in protieomics, which is essentially the protein-level equivalent of genomics, on a way to dramatically improve health care in the developing world for little or no cost. They looked at the problem of intestinal worms in the developing world. By examining the entire protein mix of a sample and comparing that on a statistical basis to the known protein make-up of various species of bacteria or parasites, they can identify what bug is causing people to get sick. The team is working on a simple test that anyone in the world could perform that essentially recognizes which proteins are in the sample and gives a response. If successful, a non-profit venture foundation will fund development of the test and make it available around the world.  They are hoping for preliminary results this year.

Benji Campbell ’05 is a research scientist in neurodegenerative stem cell research at the Salk Institute. He is applying for a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology.

Annie Gillman ’06 sent a picture Hong Kong from Victoria Peak from her travels in Asia.
Annie Gillman

Last summer, Tom Stipanov ’06 and his sister Kristen Stipanov ’12 hiked the 220-mile John Muir Trail and painted along the way. A collection of their oil paintings is currently on display in our Linda Vista Campus Library.  

Gina Farkas ’07 was named a 2012 recipient of the Irwin Scholarship at UC Santa Cruz and her artwork will be included in the Irwin Scholarship exhibition which showcases and celebrates the vision of promising young artists at UC Santa Cruz. Gina is a student of art and environmental interpretation. Her focus in sculpture and photography complement a personal exploration in physical architecture and objects.

Dave Campbell ’07 is finishing his senior year at UCLA as a history major and hoping to go to Law School.  He worked at the LA Philharmonic last summer in their marketing department.

Claire Thiemann ’07 graduated from Bard College in 2011, and for the past year has been working on starting up a new independent school in San Diego called Leeway Sudbury School that follows the progressive Sudbury model.  

At a recent science competition, Sue Moerder’s SMART team came upon Tara Alpert ’09 presenting her work on PfPMT, an enzyme present in the Malaria Plasmodium parasite which has potential for being targeted for a Malaria vaccine. Tara credited Mrs. Moerder, her AP Bio teacher, for helping her acquire an internship at The Scripps Research Institute during high school which propelled her to her present research at Washington University in St. Louis.

Erika Pierson ’08 wrote an article for the Harvard Crimson that was also published in the Huffington Post on September 6, 2011 about Jill Abramson, the new Editor of the New York Times.

Ellie Peters ’09 and Thomas Bradley ’09 met at the Oktoberfest in Munich.  Ellie spent the fall studying in Rome while Thomas was studying in Copenhagen.

Posted by on Friday May 25, 2012 at 09:32AM
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