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1 9 7 1 R. Thomas Weimer ’71/72, former assistant secretary for policy, management and budget at the U.S. Interior Department,


R. Thomas Weimer


is now a senior advisor at Dawson & Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm for water and natural resource environmental permitting. The company in- cludes more than 30 former federal and state officials. Weimer’s federal career spans more than 20 years with a focus on energy, natural resources and science and technology. As as- sistant secretary for policy, management and budget at the U.S. Interior Department from 2005 to 2007, Tom was responsible for bud- get and policy issues spanning Interior’s eight bureaus. He led the Department’s development


of a manual to address the adaptive management of climate on Interior’s lands and waters. From 2007 to 2009, he was minority staff director of the House


Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Tom also served as Interior’s principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for Water and Science, overseeing policies at the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. He has seemed more than 10 years with the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (now the Natural Resources Committee) and the Committee on Science and Technology.


1 9 8 7 Stan Love reports about a project his wife, Jancy Mcphee, is undertaking: “A project Jancy has been developing at NASA is


called the Humans in Space Symposium Youth Art Competition. It is an online art competition for children aged 10-17 years old. They are invited to express what they think about the future of human space exploration via literary, visual, musical or video art, and then the winning art (and the winners) will be part of a live performance and display held at the international Humans in Space Symposium in Houston, April 2011. Human space exploration experts from all over the world, who will have gathered to plan the “Next Golden Age of Human Space Flight,” will hear/see what the youth of today have to say on this topic. The resultant dialogue is meant to allow youth the opportunity to actually influence what the plan for the future will be, since they themselves will be the generation that implements it. It is also meant to educate them, interest them in space and STEM education, and hopefully encourage their future participation in human space flight. Jancy hopes to see participa- tion from children from all over the world.” For information, see www.humansinspaceart.org.


1 9 8 8 Mark Orzech has earned his Ph.D. and moved to Louisiana after spending 13 years in Monterey, Calif. He will begin a two-year postdoctoral


program with the Naval Research Laboratory. Mark’s comments regarding the move: “Whew, it’s hot!”


1 9 9 0 Brian Evans won the Coronado Playhouse Blue Ribbon award as lead actor for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes’ Ex-


Brian Evans


cellent Adventure.” He was also nominated for an Association of Community Theater’s “Aubrey” Lead Actor in a Comedy award for Sherlock, as well as Major Support in a Musical for portrayal of the Narrator in “Into the Woods.” Brian opened as Mortimer in “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the On- Stage Playhouse in Chula Vista, during August. For his day job, Brian does technical support for a software company.


1 9 9 3 Brian Glen Hastings completed his first double century (200 miles) bike ride this past June, cycling in the beautiful Eastern Sierras near Bishop,


Mammoth and June Lake. He had a great ride and rode far better than he expected. Glen finished 27th out of 149 riders, and completed the 196 miles (course was a bit short) in 12:50 (11:32 on the bike or 17 mph pace). In addition to being the longest distance he had ridden in a single day, he managed to set three other personal bests during the ride: highest altitude ridden, 8300'; fastest downhill speed, 54.2 mph; and fastest metric cen- tury, 100 km in ~ 2:50 or 21.9 mph


1 9 9 6 Andrew Ross received the 2009 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor a faculty member can receive, at East-


ern Michigan University. The award is given to a faculty member who has taught less than five years at the university. Andrew received a plaque and a $3,500 honorarium for his innovative teaching style, in particular, for his method of teaching the Markov Chain, a discrete random process. By using a stuffed Kermit the Frog—a relatable and understandable exam- ple—he describes how the system applies to a frog hopping along one pad at a time. Andrew’s classes range from general education requirements to graduate courses, with each course focusing on making mathematics applicable to every person. He received his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, then took a postdoctoral position researching electric power grid policies. He went on to teach at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., then joined the EMU faculty in 2006.


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