Tag Archives: MC1984

JNEWS: Richardson, Lizette [MC1984] superintendent Lake Mead



New superintendent named for Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 1:16 am
National Park Service 

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SAN FRANCISCO — Lizette Richardson has been appointed as superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a large and heavily visited park that straddles the border between Nevada and Arizona.

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Richardson worked at Lake Mead National Recreation Area from November 2004 to June 2013 as the chief of maintenance and engineering. In this role, she was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and oversight of many varied projects, including more than $200 million in funding for park infrastructure improvements and visitor enhancements, as well as day-to-day park maintenance operations. She also served as the acting superintendent at Joshua Tree National Park in 2010, where she oversaw operations for the 790,000-acre park.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges in protecting the world-class resources at Lake Mead National Recreation Area,” said Richardson. “I feel truly blessed to be able to come back to the park where I started my NPS career and work with such a dedicated, professional team.

“It’s an exciting time with the NPS centennial right around the corner, and I also look forward to working with the community, partners, and stakeholders, as well as the newly established park, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.”

Prior to coming to the National Park Service, Richardson was a project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where she was responsible for multi-million dollar civil works projects, including a $344 million flood control project. Richardson has managed several offices at U.S. Air Force installations and has also worked as an engineer in the private sector for Holmes and Narver and TRW, Inc. She holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada.

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Richardson, Lizette [MC1984] 

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JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] versus Myrtle Beach Parking Meters



Myrtle Beach and Parking Meters

Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] 

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I called the Myrtle Beach police department and told them I would like to speak to Officer Smith and explained why. First, in my anger I actually dialed 911 and ranted about what had taken place. 911 transferred me, so somewhere in South Carolina there is a recording of me ranting about getting a parking ticket on tape. I had to leave a message for Officer Smith who did call me back the next day and told me to just drop off the ticket at the precinct and he would take care of it. However, I listened to him in the first place which is how I got into this predicament to begin with.

So I did go to the police department, dropped off the ticket, put it to his attention, and hoped for the best. The next day, I received a voicemail from Officer Smith saying not to worry about it, he had taken care of it. The bottom line is I am expecting that in 60 days I will receive a notice in the mail that I owe the city of Myrtle Beach $60.

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[JR: Laugh. Tell the judge. And pay more. Of course, it’s a scam. By the gang we call Gooferment!]

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JFOUND: Badding, John [MC1984] PSU Faculty Scholar Medal



John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
June 18, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — John Badding, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.

Badding is a materials and solid-state chemist whose research focuses on using high pressures to synthesize or characterize microscale and nanoscale materials. Because of their unusual properties and unprecedented chemical structures, these materials have applications in telecommunications, in photovoltaic solar technology and in high-strength materials. Badding investigates the properties and potential applications of high-pressure supercritical fluids — hybrids that share the properties of liquids and gases. His work with optical fibers synthesized at high pressure has the potential for technological impact by creating tunable infrared lasers with unprecedented power, fiber-based electronic devises and solar fabrics. Recently, Badding and his research team developed a new form of carbon nanotube — diamond-like threads that they suspect may be stronger than conventional carbon nanotubes.

Badding’s previous honors include a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship from 1993 to 1998 and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1993. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds several patents related to his research.

Badding earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Manhattan College in 1984 and a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1991, Badding was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1989 to 1991. He became associate professor of chemistry at Penn State in 1997 and professor of chemistry in 2007. In addition, Badding became a professor of physics at Penn State in 2014.

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JNEWS: Gatto, James G. [MC1984] joins Sheppard Mullin



IP Team Joins Sheppard Mullin
By MICHELLE FOX Press Releases No Comments

June 15, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2015— Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added three partners to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice group: James G. Gatto, D. Benjamin Esplin and Bradford C. Blaise. Gatto and Blaise join Sheppard Mullin’s Washington D.C. office and Esplin joins the firm’s Del Mar office.

“As extremely well-regarded IP specialists, they are sought out coast-to-coast by technology and game companies for patent portfolio strategy and business model advice. We are delighted to welcome Jim, Ben and Brad to the firm. They are first-rate attorneys that significantly add depth and breadth to our existing IP and technology capabilities, especially in the games, social media, internet, open source, mHealth and FinTech industries,” said Guy Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

“We are thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin. We have found the attorneys here to be talented, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy. We are impressed with the firm’s successful strategic growth, particularly in its top-tier IP practice and its digital media and games practices,” Gatto commented. “The firm’s presence and profile in California, coupled with its commitment to expand its IP capabilities on the East Coast and social media and games practice firm wide, were critical factors in our decision to join Sheppard Mullin. Sheppard Mullin offers us a dynamic and exciting platform to expand our practices, especially with high profile litigation and transactional matters.”

“Our clients are facing increasingly complex IP challenges in a dynamic and evolving technical and legal landscape,” said Daniel Yannuzzi, chair of the Intellectual Property practice group at Sheppard Mullin. “Jim, Ben and Brad will enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs in this rapidly-developing environment. They share our focus and will help us to continue to build a premier intellectual property practice to serve our clients’ diverse needs.”

Gatto leverages his unique combination of over 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, mobile and social games, eSports, fantasy sports and online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods and currencies (including bitcoin), social networks, virtual worlds, augmented reality, virtual reality, cyber security, open source, user-generated content, mHealth and FinTech Apps, location-based services and gamification.

Gatto has been in the intellectual property field since 1984, when he started as a patent examiner while attending Georgetown University Law School at night. His practice encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright, open source and trade secret litigation; counseling and technology transactions; developing and implementing IP strategies to protect and to monetize IP assets; creating and implementing IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues and reexaminations; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing and litigation; conducting IP due diligence in and negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright and trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; handling IP aspects of government contracts; negotiating and drafting technology agreements; negotiating and drafting development, licensing, publishing and partnership agreements; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source audits and remediation, open source patent issues, open source licenses, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues, open source license compliance, open source contributions, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use and approval of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods and technology, such as gambling/contests/sweepstakes-related issues, eSports, Fantasy Sports and real money skilled-based contests; preparing terms of service, end user license agreements and privacy policies; and advising clients on computer law issues such as screen scraping, computer fraud and abuse and SPAM-related issues; and many issues related to social media, including IP ownership in social media accounts, content and followers, employee-related aspects of social media, including the role of social media in non-solicitation and trade secret matters, conducting social media audits and developing corporate social media policies.

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Gatto received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988 and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984. Esplin received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2007 and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines in 2001. Blaise received a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2002 and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University of America in 1996.

Sheppard Mullin has 60 attorneys based in its Washington D.C. and 110 attorneys in its Intellectual Property practice group firmwide. The arrival of Gatto, Esplin and Blaise at Sheppard Mullin continues the expansion of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Intellectual Property practice group and follows the addition last month of IP partner William Lambert, who joined the firm in Palo Alto.

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Gatto, James G. [MC1984]

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JFOUND: McGovern, Michael J. [MC1984] Regian Acquisition Corp.



Michael J. McGovern
Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Director, Regian Acquisition Corp.

Mr. Michael J. McGovern has been Chief Information Officer, Head of Systems and Managing Director at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., since January 21, 2014. Mr. McGovern is responsible for the management and leadership of Brown Brothers’ technology strategy, application development, and systems infrastructure across all business lines.

He has been Head of Debt Capital Markets at The PrinceRidge Group LLC since November 2011 and serves as its Managing Director. Mr. McGovern is a Co-founder of Regian Acquisition Corp. and serves as its Co-Chief Executive Officer and Secretary. He joined BBH from Citi Transaction Services where he spent the last decade serving as Managing Director and Global Technology Head of Securities & Fund Services.

He has over 20 years experience in commercial and investment banking, arranging and investing in debt and equity financings for both private and public companies. He has originated, structured and executed transactions for companies in a range of industries, including chemicals, mining and metals, paper and forest products, power and utilities, oil and gas, financial services, healthcare and consumer products. He served as the Head of Leveraged & Acquisition Finance of HSBC Holdings plc.

From July 2005 to March 2008, Mr. McGovern served as Managing Director of HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and also served as its Head of Leveraged and Acquisition Finance, Americas and Head of Loan Syndications, Americas.

From June 1986 to March 2004, Mr. McGovern held various positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and, subsequently, with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., or J.P. Morgan, where he served as Managing Director, Syndicated and Leveraged Finance, from November 2002 to March 2004.

From March 2002 to November 2002, he served as Head of Corporate Finance for Consumer and Healthcare Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. He served as Head of Origination for the Global Syndicated Finance Group at J.P. Morgan, from December 2000 to March 2002.

He serves as a Director of Regian Acquisition Corp.

He serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Regis High School in New York City.

Mr. McGovern served as a Member of the Board of Education in Westport, CT.

Mr. McGovern graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1984 and graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A. in 1986. Mr. McGovern earned his B.S. in Finance and Economics at Manhattan College.

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JFOUND: Rogers, Jean [MC1984] CEO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board



To Serve Investors, Accounting Must Evolve
May 5, 2015
By Dr. Jean Rogers

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To many, “sustainability accounting” sounds like an oxymoron.

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Dr. Jean Rogers is founder and CEO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. Her leadership experience includes 10 years as a principal at Arup, a global engineering consultancy focused on sustainable development. Jean was also a management consultant at Deloitte, working in the environmental and manufacturing practices to help leading companies improve business and product performance through sustainability. She is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and holds a PhD in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an ME in environmental engineering and a BE in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

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Rogers, Jean [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Jean received her Masters in 1984.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rogers, Jean [MC1984]

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GOOGLE+: Eck, Chris [MC1984] Software Engineer SGI



Eck, Chris [MC1984]
Attended Polytechnic University of New York
Lives in Orlando
Software Engineer, 1994 – present

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