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  • Natasha Behl '00

    Dr. Natasha Behl '00 Joins Faculty at Arizona State University

    April 17, 2014

    Dr. Natasha Behl '00 has joined the faculty at Arizona State University where she's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She received her BA from Smith College and a PhD in Political Science from UCLA where she focused on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and Comparative Politics.

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  • Sandia Chang '98 at Bubbledogs

    Sandia Chang '98 in London

    April 17, 2014

    Sandia Chang ’98 is now living in London with her husband James Knappett. In 2012, they opened Bubbledogs, a champagne bar that offers the unlikely coupling of hot dogs and grower Champagnes. Classmate Preston Clarke enjoyed catching up with Sandia on a recent trip to the UK.

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  • Thatcher Woodley '98

    Thatcher Woodley '98, Director of Athletics at Poly Prep

    April 17, 2014

    Thatcher Woodley '98 is the Varsity swimming coach and the Director of the Department of Athletics at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn New York. Poly is a K-12 institution that boasts over 1,000 students.

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  • Dr. Brookie Best '90

    Dr. Brookie Best '90 Appointed to Deanship at UC San Diego

    April 8, 2014

    Dr. Brookie Best '90 was recently appointed as the Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach for the University of California San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She assumed this position in June 2013 and continues her duties as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine-Rady Children's Hospital San Diego.

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  • Lucy Herrero '10 at Stanford

    March 11, 2014

    Lucy Herrero '10 appears in this Stanford magazine article about Anthropology professor Ian Hodder and his summer field program. Lucy is a former Roger Peccary Scholar.

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  • Matador Network Among Top Travel Media Brands

    February 17, 2014

    Matador Network, a Webb@Work host company, has been recognized by Skift as one of the most successful travel media brands on social media. Preston Clarke '98 is COO at Matador Network and Alex Scola '09 is a Viral Content Producer there.

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  • FX Developing TV Series of Scalzi '87s Novel REDSHIRTS

    February 13, 2014

    Congratulations to John Scalzi '87. His novel Redshirts is now being developed as a limited TV series for FX. The first episode will be directed by Ken Kwapis ("He's Just Not That Into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," final episode of "The Office"). Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo for Best Novel.

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  • Dholakia '87 Presents with Hootsuite CEO on February 26

    February 12, 2014

    Sanjay Dholakia '87, a member of Webb's Board of Trustees and CMO at Marketo, joins Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes for the inaugural "Connect via Hootsuite" event in San Francisco. Other presenters include representatives from Stanford University and ING Direct.

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  • Abhi Sinha '08 as Kavi in After The Dark

    Abhi Sinha '08 in After The Dark

    February 6, 2014

    Abhi Sinha ‘08 is continuing to make his mark on Hollywood. Abhi has a leading role in the film After The Dark, formerly known as The Philosophers. The film premiered in competition at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival on July 7, 2013, and will debut in limited release at Arena Cinema in Hollywood and IndieScreen Cinema in Brooklyn on February 7.

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  • Hope Demetriades '87's Art Exhibition in Sierra Madre

    January 17, 2014

    Hope (Mirell) Demetriades '87's new art exhibit, "The North Stars: Canonizing the American Abolitionists," will be displayed February 7 through March 7 at the Center for Well Being in Sierra Madre, CA. The mixed media work features important Civil War and anti-slavery figures juxtaposed with religious iconography and natural materials

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  • Lisette Gracial '09 Opens The Yoga Unit

    January 13, 2014

    Lisette Gracial '09 has opened The Yoga Unit in Claremont for yoga and fitness lovers! There are yoga and meditation classes in one studio room, and then Zumba, Total Body workout and Piloxing fitness classes in another. Classes are offered seven days a week in the morning and evenings. Visit her webiste for more information!

  • Lantz '10 Named Northwestern Mutual Student-Athlete Spotlight

    December 23, 2013

    Congratulations to Andrew Lantz '10 for receiving the Northwestern Mutual Student-Athlete Spotlight for his outstanding achievements on and off the track. Andrew, who still holds the Webb record for the 800m, is now a senior at Davidson College, which competes at the NCAA Division 1 level.

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  • Gary Brown '80 Passes Away

    December 4, 2013

    We just learned the sad news that Gary Brown '80 passed away suddenly on December 2, 2013. Gary is survived by his wife Christine and their daughter Madeline, his mother Barbara Brown of Claremont, and his brothers Blair '79 and Todd '82.

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  • NY Times: Deven Desai '89 Weighs in on 3D Printing & Patents

    November 25, 2013

    Deven Desai '89, an associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has co-authored a paper that will appear early next year in The Georgetown Law Journal. The 3-D printing “will do for physical objects what MP3 files did for music,” he wrote.

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  • Webbies in Boston

    November 8, 2013

    It was great to see our alumni community in Boston. Close to two dozen alumni came to an Alumni Networking Mixer on November 6th at the Red Lantern Restaurant. We also enjoyed visits with local alumni.

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  • Webbies in Pittsburgh

    October 2, 2013

    Faculty member Juli James was in Pittsburgh recently and she enjoyed catching up with our young alumni at Carnegie Mellon: Dana Kim '12, Jacqueline Lee '12 and Sean James '11.

  • Q&A Session with Rebecca Lai '11, STEAMy Summer Challenge Winner

    Gabe Romero '08
    September 4, 2013

    You may have read about Rebecca Lai '11s big win in Duke University's STEAMy Summer Challenge. We caught up with Rebecca to ask about her introduction to STEAM, the interdisciplinary approach that bridges the traditional disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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  • Rebecca Lai '11 Wins Duke STEAMy Summer Challenge Grand Prize

    August 28, 2013

    Rebecca Lai ’11 is the winner of Duke University’s STEAMy Summer Challenge Grand prize and first place People’s Choice Award. The competition invites Duke students and young alumni to create short creative videos that highlight the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, engineer and math with the arts and humanities.

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  • Kelsey Guardia '08

    Kelsey Guardia ’08 and Kite Patch

    August 14, 2013

    Kelsey Guardia ‘08 is the latest young alumna to secure a job in the technology sector, currently working for IECrowd. IECrowd works to build companies that empower entrepreneurs and innovators with the resources needed to deliver real-world solutions. Kelsey is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Kite Mosquito Patch, a small sticker that protects humans from mosquitoes.

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  • Chloe Soltis '13: Research Published

    August 13, 2013

    Chloe Soltis '13 has co-authored an article in the Journal of Chemical Education with Dr. Daniel O'Leary, a professor at Pomona College.

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