New & Noteworthy
Tana French, ’90 has had several books published in the past several years: In the Woods (2007); The Likeness (2009); and Faithful Place (2011); Her latest book, Broken Harbor, will be published in July 2012.
Francesca Vitelli, PhD, ’88 is the Senior VP for Operations and Technology Commercialization for Stematix, Inc. located in Houston, Texas. Recently she and Marie-Catherine Letendre, Chair MMI Religion Department, met at the November 2011 Adult Stem Cell Conference in the Vatican. The Conference was sponsored by Neo-stem and the Pontifical Council for Culture. Francesca was there as a Board Member of the International Cell Medicine Society, a group dedicated to patient safety which includes, among other initiatives, a patient tracking registry for follow-up of individuals who have received cell-based medicines.
Nathalie Yonow, ’78 is a teaching and research professor in the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University in Wales. She studied marine biology, earned her PhD, and now teaches while continuing her research in tropical marine mollusks. She has also done environmental impact assessments for a consultancy to oil companies. Over the past 20 years, Nathalie has been studying and collecting specimens from the Red Sea, Mauritius, the Maldives and the Persian Gulf. Her recently published book, Sea Slugs of the Red Sea, contains some 500 colour photographs of living animals in their natural habitats, a book that will be of great interest to marine biologists, divers, ecologists as well as lovers of the Red Sea.
Our sincere condolences to Margaret Burwell Stevenson, ’75, whose mother, Ruth Grimaldi Burwell, died suddenly on November 27, 2011.
Michael Kells, NDI ‘80 his wife, Vanessa, and mother-in-law, Norma, visited Marymount on November 27. They attended Mass in the morning, had lunch at a favorite place, La Francescana on the Via Cassia, and returned later in the afternoon to visit with Sr. Michaeline with whom they recounted many good memories of 30 years ago. Mike also visited with Bro. Tom Dzieken, former Headmaster at NDI. Click here to see a photo of Mike with Sr. Michaeline in the “Alumni Visits” gallery.
Dalma Rushdi Malhash, '09 may be the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics. La Repubblica reports: “Heading towards 2012. For the first time in their history Saudi Arabia may have a female participant at the 2012 Olympics. The candidate in this historical ‘first time’ is Dalma Rushdi Malhash, a phenomenon in Horse Back Riding and bronze medal winner at the 2010 junior Olympics in Singapore. This would be major change in Saudi politics concerning the involvement of women in the overall social life of this great Arabic country. Click here to read the story on Repubblica.it.