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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

I would need to go to flight school

by AhhhhhBears

To learn how to safely, legally, effectively and efficiently fly a plane across the Pacific just to be prudent.
I am sure real pilots must have access to flight planning computers these days to calculate the most logical route possible for the given aircraft.
I am fancying traveling all around the world as a pilot of a private jet.
I am making this a one month trip to see all of the following traveling west from Sacramento:
1. Honolulu
2. Melbourne
3. Bangkok
4. Mount Everest
5. the Taj Mahal in India as well as some wild animals in the jungle in that nation

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Where can I see/sit in/drive a Ferrari in Italy?

I'm going on a vacation to Italy and I really wanna see a Ferrari 458 Italia up close in person. That would make the whole trip for me. Also, if at all possible, I'd LOVE to take one for a lap around a track. Is this possible? If so, where? Cost is no object.

I'll just add that most of the uber-expensive cars in the world can't be "test driven" like you would a Toyota. Even if you are really intending to buy a Maserati, they won't let you take it out for a spin, usually. First you buy it, then you drive it. Going to a Ferrari dealership expecting them to just let you hop in a car and go for a joyride is unrealistic at best. It's not like it's a new idea, either. If that is what you're thinking is..

Don K
Is it true that if youu want to buy a Ferrari, beside a lot of money, u need to take a special driving course?

I heard that even if you have money you cannot buy a new Ferrari car just like that.... you need to take special training provided by Ferrari, and that is a condition, if it`s your first Ferrari car.

Nope. It's not required, but is highly recommended. The Ferrari driving school is located in Italy. It has been operating for 13 years. A new one is opening up in a Canadian ski town in a few weeks. The new course in Canada costs U.S. $8,200. Like the school in Italy, the Canadian facilities include a race track.

Here's another interesting tidbit: One cannot order a new Maybach without being approved by the manufacturer first.

What do you think about Italy?

What do you know about girl,city,story,culture,food,italian people,school... And what do you think about it?

Most beautiful country in the world, best food, best beaches, best shopping, best weather, and best people (well in the south at least). Make the nicest cars, clothes and shoes. Probably has the Richest history in the world, and has contributed so much to the advancement of the human race. Countless inventions and scientific breakthroughs. Produced the likes of Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo Di Vinci, MichelAngelo, Galileo, Bernini, Raffaelo, and literally hundreds more of some of the greatest minds who ever lived. 95% of all countries in the world have yet to produce ONE man as great as…

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