President Barack Obama announced in October the appointment of Dr. Nancy Rodriguez ’98 PhD as director of the National Institute of Justice. The NIJ is the federal agency that serves as the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Dr. Nancy Rodriguez is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU), a position she has held since 2012. She first joined the ASU faculty in 1998. Dr. Rodriguez recently completed her tenure as Associate Dean for Student Engagement in the College of Public Programs at ASU. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012 and an Assistant Professor from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Rodriguez is an Executive Counselor of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a recipient of several awards for her research, including the W.E.B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology, and the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime. Dr. Rodriguez received a B.A. from Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
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Telestream is a company that provides live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions. Dan Castles founded the company 17 years ago which has recently been acquired by Genstar. Castles will continue as CEO of Telestream under the new ownership. Dan Castles graduated with a degree in finance in 1978 from Washington State University.
Michael Hubbard (’76 MBA) has been selected as a new independent member of the board of directors at BioPharmX. BioPharmX is a biotechnology company with a main focus of developing novel drug delivery products. Hubbard is now one of four board members at the company. “We are delighted with Mike’s decision to join BioPharmX’s board of directors,” said Jim Pekarsky, chief executive officer and co-founder of BioPharmX. “His breadth and depth of experience serving companies of all sizes from venture-backed to Fortune 500 entities and across several sectors – including life sciences – will be invaluable as we continue to position BioPharmX for growth.”
Shannon Wyckoff Hunt ’98 is the assistant volleyball coach at Washington State University. She has been chosen alongside two others to be inducted into the Prairie High School Hall of Fame. She graduated from Prairie HS in 1994 before attending Washington State University as a volleyball player.
Her high school and college volleyball careers were both outstanding. She was named State Player of the Year for three consecutive years in high school, and was a member of four NCAA Championship tournament teams in college. Not only was she known for her success as a volleyball player, she was also recognized for her academic excellence. Hunt went on to coach at her former high school before moving to her current position as the assistant coach of the WSU volleyball team.
Baker & McKenzie, a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world, has elected 17 new partners this month, one of which is Guy Birkenmeier (’97 Bio. Chem.). Birkenmeier is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in Dallas, TX. He counsels clients on a wide variety of patent issues including portfolio growth and management, freedom to operate and product clearance opinions and invalidity opinions and reexamination strategies. Also, he teaches clients patent monetization strategies. Guy Birkenmeier received his doctorate in biochemistry in 1997 from Washington State University.
“These individuals have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our clients and the Firm, and we are proud of their many contributions to Baker & McKenzie,” said Rick Hammett, Baker & McKenzie’s North American Managing Partner. “They have achieved an important milestone in their careers through dedication and hard work, and we congratulate them.”
Bennie Seltzer set Pac-12 record with 230 made 3-pointers in his 1989-1993 WSU basketball career. Seltzer was a three time captain, and four-year starter on the WSU team. When Seltzer finished his career, he was No. 3 all-time leading scorer and No. 1 in assists.
Seltzer’s basketball accomplishments have been recognized by the Pac-12 as he has been chosen to be a part of the 2014-15 class for the men’s basketball Hall of Honor. Seltzer and his fellow inductee’s will be honored at the 2015 Pac-12 championship game.