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.

Christina Christie, Ph.D. ’01

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter announced the appointment of Christina (Tina) Christie, Ph.D. ’01, as Wasserman Dean of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS), effective April 1. A UCLA Ed&IS alumna and faculty member, Dr. Christie is professor of education and has served as interim dean of the school […]

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William S. King, M.S. ’61, Ph.D. ’67

William Stanley (Bill) King, M.S. ’61, Ph.D. ’67, passed away April 19 at age 85. Born in Monroe, La., on June 16, 1935, to John R. King and Jessie Lee Wilson, he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, before earning his graduate degrees in engineering at UCLA. A nationally recognized expert in […]

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Joanna Wheaton ’13

A group bike ride meant to build community and promote bicycle safety ended in tragedy in Flagstaff, Ariz., on May 28, as a tow truck collided with the group, injuring five and killing Joanna Wheaton ’13. “It would be tragic no matter what, but it’s hitting us even harder because this was one of the […]

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Nathalie Rayes ’96, M.P.P. ’99

Nathalie Rayes ’96, M.P.P. ’99, President and CEO of Latino Victory Project, is among the 2021 Archetypes and will be a recipient of the Ambassador Manuel Torres Award during the celebratory Hispanic Heritage Black Tie Gala on Sept. 24 and featured on a special television program airing on Oct. 10. Rayes earned her B.A. degree […]

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Tom Walker, MBA ’92

“I’ve finally taken the plunge,” says Tom Walker, MBA ’92. “Decided to do something full time (pretty much) I’ve dabbled in for years: travel blogging!” Walker’s blog, thislandofjoy.com, is named, “This Land Is Made For You And Me.” “Please check it out, says Walker. “I’d love to see a burgeoning UCLA presence there!

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Malik Adunni ’98

Malik Adunni ’98 has created an NFT (“non-fungible token”) digital collection that is featured in an online auction ending Sept. 12 on Cryptograph. A non-fungible token is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used […]

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Nancy (Cherney) Lischke ’69, M.S. ’75

Nancy (Cherney) Lischke ’69, M.S. ’75, passed away on July 25 at her home in La Jolla, California. She was 74. Lischke received both of her degrees in nursing and taught at the San Diego State University School of Nursing for over 35 years. As the director of the Introduction to Nursing course, she taught […]

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Brian ’10, M.S. ’11, and Robert Roizen ’13

Brian Roizen '10, M.S. '11 Feedonomics, a company cofounded by brothers Brian ’10, M.S. ’11, and Robert Roizen ’13 — where 30% of the employees are UCLA alumni — has been acquired by BigCommerce. The companywas selected one of the top 100 fastest growing companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

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Cailin Crockett ’10

In March, Cailin Crockett ’10, who has been working in federal policy on women’s issues for almost a decade, was appointed by the Department of Defense to be the senior advisor to the 90-Day Independent Review Commission on Military Sexual Assault. This Commission was established by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the request of […]

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Raymond Bell ’78

Raymond Bell ’78 is executive producer of a documentary project, “CALLED UP: The Emmett Ashford Story,” a chronicle of the first African American umpire in Major League Baseball. A native of Los Angeles, Ashford was an American League umpire from 1966 through 1970, working the 1967 All-Star Game in Anaheim and the 1970 World Series. […]

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Mina Nordness (née Mirhoseini) ’12

Mina Faye Nordness (née Mirhoseini) ’12, M.D., received her master of public health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from Vanderbilt University on May 15. For her thesis project, she investigated “The Impact of Surgery and Anesthesia on the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementia (ADRD) after Injury,” and she completed her practicum with […]

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