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Dennis Stover ’66

Dennis was named chief executive officer of enCore Energy Corporation. Dennis has more than 40 years of experience and leadership in the uranium industry. Until his retirement in 2011, he served as executive vice president of Americas for Uranium One, Inc. He earned his B.A. in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. An author of numerous papers regarding in-situ uranium recovery, Dennis has co-authored three International Atomic Energy Agency guidebooks and manuals related to both acidic and alkaline uranium in-situ leach (ISL) technology. He is the author of six United States patents concerning various aspect of in-situ recovery of uranium and reservoir restoration.

Douglas Ray ’79, Ph.D.

Douglas has been named to lead a new office at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this new position, which Douglas began on June 1, he will identify and create strategic partnering opportunities between PNNL, research universities, and other scientific research institutions. For the last 10 years Douglas has overseen PNNL’s fundamental science research portfolio. PNNL is a national laboratory in the U.S. Department of Energy. Douglas majored in physics at K.

 

Stephen Eck ’75, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen has been elected to the board of directors of Luminex Corporation, a global biotechnology company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Since 2011, Stephen has served as vice president, oncology medical sciences, Astellas Pharma Global Development, a global pharmaceutical company with U.S headquarters in Northbrook, Ill. Prior to joining Astellas, he was vice president, translation medicine & pharmacogenomics at Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company. In addition to his B.S. degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College, Stephen holds a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Harvard University and an M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi.

Gary Babcock ’60

Gary died on June 27, 2015. He came to Kalamazoo College already fascinated by technology and physics. In fact, he helped pay his way through K by building vacuum-tube volt meters during summer vacations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and took a job with the Naval Air Weapons Research Station in China Lake, California. His primary career focus was on computers. After Gary retired from China Lake in 1984, he lived briefly in Fairfield, Iowa, where he studied transcendental meditation. Returning to California after a couple of years, he worked for several contractors as a computer troubleshooter and photographer. Gary loved chamber music, reading, taking wildflower photographs and learning new things. His favorite occupation in recent years was playing with his beloved grandchildren, Svetlana and Dalton.

Peter Cowan ’02

Peter is a fire ecologist specializing in plant evolution and diversity. He serves as a conservation analyst at Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco. He received a Ph.D. from the department of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010. He received a M.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. in biology (magna cum laude) from K. At K he studied abroad in Kenya.

Jeff Royce ’90

Jeff has been named president of the Grand Rapids (Mich.)-based company, Iserv, an integrated connectivity and managed services provider. He is responsible for leading new business initiatives, with a focus on new technologies, customer service, and customer value. Jeff previously directed GR Current, a Grand Rapids-based incubator for tech companies in West Michigan. Jeff earned his B.A. in physics at K. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He holds advanced degrees in engineering (Lawrence Technology University) and business administration (Georgia State University).

Joel Hutson ’02

Joel was quoted in the July 15, 2015, issue of the popular science magazine Scientific American about dinosaur research that he and his wife published in the March 2015 issue of Journal of Zoology. Their research illustrates how dinosaurs may have made the transition from two-legged to four-legged mobility. Their journal article is titled “Inferring the prevalence and function of finger hyperextension in Archosauria from finger-joint range of motion in the American alligator.” Joel said: “I was inspired to study dinosaurs because of Jeff Wilson ’91 who was featured in Kalamazoo College news when I was a biology student at K.” Wilson is a paleontologist at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has visited the K campus to speak to students and faculty about his work. Joel said he hopes also to “inspire a future generation of paleontologists at Kalamazoo College.”

Rob Morrison ’06

Rob has received a Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The grant provides research funds to postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, are undertaking research in selected areas, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. Rob earned his B.A. from K with a major in biology and a minor in German. He studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Munich (Germany), where he majored in ecology, evolution, and systematics, and studied the evolutionary biology between two closely related species of ants. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University. There he helped to develop an integrated pest management program for the asparagus miner. That research included investigating the development, chemical ecology, and natural enemies of that insect. Rob is currently a postdoctoral research entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. He is researching an integrated pest management program for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Rob has more than a decade of experience in helping to develop integrated pest management programs for pests in vegetables and tree fruit. He’s written 18 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 100 presentations.

Kate Markiewicz ’04

Kate has been named a senior fellow by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. KSTF fellowships support teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kate teaches at Boston Latin School in Boston, Mass. She graduated from K with a B.A. in chemistry and physics. She studied ion-selective electrodes in Kalamazoo, modeled solar coronal loops at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and worked with graduate students in a chemistry lab in Erlangen, Germany.

Kate moved to Boston to pursue graduate work in chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her first year there, Kate worked as a teaching assistant. “Working with students was extremely rewarding and was what I enjoyed most.” Kate left MIT to work as a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School System and as head coach for the Boston Latin School Science Olympiad team. “I discovered that high school students were a lot of fun.”

Kate completed her master’s degree in education through the Boston Teacher Residency and the University of Massachusetts-Boston and began teaching full time at Boston Latin School in 2007. Kate has presented the results of her teacher research at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Science Teachers Association Conferences in Boston, New Orleans and Philadelphia, respectively.

J. Peter Coppinger ’99

Peter is an associate professor of biology at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Peter’s research interests include plant-microbe interactions and identification of phytoplasma in wildflowers. He teaches courses in cell and molecular biology, genetics, industrial microbiology, and plant biology. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and studied abroad in Aberdeen Scotland. After he graduated from K he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied rainforest ecophysiology at Macquarie Univeristy in Sydney, Australia. He earned his Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of California at Berkeley.