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Class Notes

Breaking news of those breaking new ground

This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements and life changes of fellow Bruins.
Here you can stay in touch, keep up and announce your own Class Note by submitting your story.

Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D. ’01

Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D. ’01, a first-generation college student who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, began his post as UC Merced’s fourth chancellor on July 6, having most recently served as president of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Before earning his Ph.D. in Education, Dr. Muñoz received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and […]

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Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85

Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85, has been honored with a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the White House announced this week. Wandinger-Ness earned her doctorate from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where she received her first training and award in teaching and education as a first-year teaching assistant.

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Donald Prell ’48

Donald Prell ’48, World War II POW, visionary, humanitarian, philanthropist and lifelong supporter of UCLA remembered for his progressive and open-minded attitude, passed away in July at age 96. Born on July 7, 1924, Prell’s undergraduate education at UCLA was interrupted by World War II. He was captured and imprisoned by German soldiers during the […]

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Mark DePaco ’94

Childhood friends Mark DePaco ’94 and David Tappeiner have realized a long-held career dream together, jointly founding and opening their own law practice, DT Law Partners, in downtown Santa Barbara, a block from the landmark county courthouse. “After years of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to be launching this law practice in service of […]

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Gregory Hanson ’10, M.D.

Gregory Hanson ’10, M.D., an interventional radiology resident in Philadelphia, Penn., has created a new startup, flipMD, that provides a new way for physicians to find and secure side jobs outside of their main clinical practice. Created with his wife and launched this summer, it has grown to over 370 physicians from the around the […]

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Natasha Graves, M.P.H. ’14

Natasha Graves, M.P.H. ’14, continues to turn obstacles into opportunities, having just launched a travel website that caters to those with disabilities of all kinds. VacayAbility.com is a user- generated review website, where people with disabilities or unique abilities can rate and review places based upon accessibility. Graves described her motivation for creating the site, […]

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Mark E. Ellinghouse ’06

Mark E. Ellinghouse ’06 of Weintraub Tobin has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021. This year, Best Lawyers launched “Ones to Watch,” a recognition for attorneys earlier in their careers, and Ellinghouse was included in the inaugural edition. Ellinghouse had previously been named to the 2020 Northern California Rising Stars list, which […]

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Jeff W. Bens, M.F.A. ’92

A new novel by Jeff W. Bens, M.F.A. ’92, “The Mighty Oak,” will be published in September (hardcover, e-book and audio). According to the review it received in Publisher’s Weekly, the book’s main character, a hockey player named Oak, “struggles to make a new life for himself, both in and out of the rink. Oak […]

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Donald Prell ’48

Donald Prell ’48, World War II POW, visionary, humanitarian, philanthropist and lifelong supporter of UCLA remembered for his progressive and open-minded attitude, passed away in July at age 96. Born on July 7, 1924, Prell’s undergraduate education at UCLA was interrupted by World War II. He was captured and imprisoned by German soldiers during the […]

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Michael Warren ’71

Michael Warren ’71, an Emmy-nominated actor and captain of two NCAA Championship teams under John Wooden, is one of three artists featured in an upcoming photographic exhibition at the Americana in Glendale. The showcase starts in September and will run for four months. An All-American on the 1968 team that included Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), […]

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Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85

Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85, has been honored with a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the White House announced this week. Wandinger-Ness earned her doctorate from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where she received her first training and award in teaching and education as a first-year teaching assistant.

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