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Class Notes

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:42.

Class Notes

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Grant Gordon, BKin’01; Lindsey Kindrat, BSc’01; Rahim Sajan, BSc’01, BEd’03; Megan Kerluke, BFA’02; Dr. Tony Truong, BSc’96, MD’02; Dr. Gabriel Fabreau, BSc’03, MD’08; Fabiola MacIntyre, BSc (Eng)’03; Connor Gottfried, BSc’04; Adam Melynk, BA’04; Melanee Thomas, MA’06; Adam Jones, BSc’07; Jessie Li, BComm’09; Kristen Lien, BA’06, MEDes’08; Kara Chomistek, BSc’10; Jim Szautner, MEd’14; Derek Roberts, PhD’15; and Breanne Sich, BComm’15, were all inductees into Avenue Calgary’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40 for “blazing trails in research, creating spaces for us to marvel at and enjoy, championing education, saving lives, innovating technology, keeping us well-fed (and watered), promoting artists and the arts and helping those in need.”

Leanne Pelosi, BSc’02, one of the most decorated female snowboarders on the planet, was named Transworld Snowboarding magazine’s first-ever Influencer Award last December. Pelosi has done everything from compete in world-class competitions and running all-girls snowboard camps to producing films about the top female riders in the game.

Jane Salma Alkhouri, BA’03, received the Alumni Achievement Award at the 2016 Arch Awards. Her UCalgary roots as a student leader, writer for the Gauntlet, member of political clubs and the senate, and later an employee, has taken her around the globe as a federal public servant with Global Affairs Canada. Among her many honours are the Government of Canada General Service Medal with one rotation bar and the GAC Deputy Minister’s award medal for contributions to the resettlement of Syrian refugees (2016).

Dr. Margriet Greidanus, MD’03, and Laura Lucier, BSc’99, were two out of 72 candidates shortlisted for the Canadian Space Agency astronaut program. More than 3,700 people applied to be two of the country’s “next generation of space explorers.” The recruitment campaign began last June and the new astronauts will be announced in the summer of 2017. Greidanus is an emergency physician and trauma specialist at Foothills Medical Centre. Lucier is a robotics flight controller with NASA’s Flight Operations Directorate.

Juan Riedinger, BA’05, BSc’05, and Julie Lynn Mortensen, BComm’08, BFA’08, both landed the starring roles in the movie Drawing Home , a locally shot biographical film about the love story of Banff artists and outdoor enthusiasts Peter and Catharine Whyte.

Tuan Trang, PhD’05, a neuroscientist, and his team, have discovered that an anti-gout medication can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents. Their work is leading to the development of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic. Their study was published in January in the prestigious journal, Nature Medicine.

Andrew Phung, BA’06, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards for the CBC series Kim’s Convenience.

daniel j kirk, BFA’07, received the Alumni Achievement Award at the 2016 Arch Awards for his work as an artist in Calgary. A painter, a builder and a social entrepreneur, he splits his time between creating art in both his studio and abroad, and also maintains a focus on grassroots initiatives that blend art with the greater community good. He has led initiatives for at-risk youth through the Boys and Girls Club, Urban Youth Worx, the City of Calgary and more.