2016 Alumni Class Notes

Mark Abramson’s, BA ’10, photo exhibit Two Face, was presented at the United Photo Industries Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 2016 Trachtenberg School Alumni and Teaching Awards honored Dr. Bill Adams, PhD ’77, with the Outstanding Full-Time Teaching Award; David J. Bernstein, MPA ’83, PhD ’00, with the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Emily St. Martin Lord, MPA ’08, with the Recent Alumni Achievement Award.

Eames Armstrong, MFA ’16, curated the exhibit Noise, Body, Music at VisArts in Rockville, Md.

Vian Borchert, BA ’96, was featured in a HERLIFE magazine article on her art exhibit “Fall Into Art & Fashion.”

Zach Borichevsky, BA ’06, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

Amy Breesman, BA ’13, was the subject of an article in Ain't Bad magazine about her photographs exploring her Native American heritage.

Geoff Brown, BA ’08, received Teach For America’s 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Samantha Brugmann, PhD ’05, received the Presidential Early Career in Science and Engineering Award.

Sabrina Ricks Campbell, BA ’05, won a baking competition on the Food Network show Cake Wars.

Oliver Contreras, MA ’15, had his thesis-based project "TrabajadoresWorkers" published on The Washington Post website.

Ali EskandarianValentina Harizanov and Jennifer Chubb, PhD ’09, co-edited and contributed to the book Logic and Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computing (Cambridge University Press, 2016.)

Buzzfeed Book Editor William Isaac Fitzgerald, BA ’05, discussed his work on The Today Show

Cassandra Alexis Good, MA ’05, received the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History.

Carl GudeniusSigridur Johannesdottir and John Traub worked with David Robinson, MFA ’05, to deliver scenic and lighting support for CNN’s “Guns in America” Town Hall Meeting with President Obama.

Nicole Gunning, BA ’15, and Catherine White held an artist's talk and reception at Cross Mackenzie Gallery in Washington, D.C

Kaitlin Jencso, BA ’12, won FotoWeekDC's 2016 Fine Art-Series Competition.

Jessica Koscielniak, BFA ’07, won first-place in The White House News Photographers Association’s 2016 Eyes of History multimedia contest.

Primož Kovačič, MA ’14, published the article “The Importance of Community Mapping” in the online journal Innovations.

Gary Kraiss, BA ’09, was elected chairperson of the District of Columbia Republican Committee for Ward 2.

Chelsea Lenhart, BA ’14, MPA ’16, discussed her research on Washington's slaves on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Daniel Lippman, BA ’12, was named one of LinkedIn's Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under.

Erin A. C. Mast, MA ’03, received the Presidential Award of Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons by Secretary of State John Kerry for her work with Students Opposing Slavery.

Darley Newman, BA ’01, is hosting the TV show Travels with Darley on PBS.

Yvonne Orji, BA ’05, MPH ’08, stars in the HBO series Insecure.

Jonathan Ostrower, BA ’06, was named an aviation editor for CNN.

Chitra Panjabi, MA ’10, was named president and CEO of SIECUS.

Marvin PhaupChristopher Smith, MPP ’86, and Ronald E. Walters, MPP ’86, were inducted into the 2015 class of National Academy of Public Administration Fellows.

Kathryn (Katie) Rhine, BA ’02, published the book The Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2016).

Rabbi A. James Rudins, BA ’55, book Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (Texas Tech University Press, 2015) was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the National Jewish Book Award.

Jason Sterlacci, BA ’06, won the $100,000 Grand Prize Teachers Tournament on the game show Jeopardy!