Class notes

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Ellen Wilson Cooper (AMLS ’73) retired from her position as manager of the Competitive Intelligence Research Center at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in 2010. Ellen worked at Solvay for 19 years, first as the corporate librarian and later in the expanded competitive intelligence role. Prior to that she was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Library in Memphis. Earlier in her career, she had been a medical librarian at hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Chang Liu (MILS ’90) was appointed to the library director position of Loudoun County (VA) Public Library in February 2011. In June 2010, Liu was named a Public Library Association Leadership Fellow and awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives program. The Harvard program was a great honor for him and a very enriching experience.

Ken Irwin (MILS, ’97) is a reference librarian at Wittenberg University in Ohio. His article, “The Homegrown Mobile Catalog: A Quick, Inexpensive Approach to Expanding Access,” appears in the December 2011 issue of Technical Services Quarterly.

Dan Bree (MSI ’99) is currently a series producer at Part2 Pictures in Brooklyn, NY, where he is developing a series for the Animal Planet. He moved to New York in 2010 to take the position of series producer for “Hard Time,” an Emmy-nominated series airing on the National Geographic Channel. In 2008, Dan relocated to the East Coast from San Francisco. His first stop was Powderhouse Productions in Boston, where he produced and wrote two episodes of “Build it Bigger” for the Science Channel, and then was senior producer for History Channel’s “Sliced.”

Erik Dahl (MSI ’03) started with Involution Studios in September working with the Boston studio as director of design strategy. Erik founded and organized the MidwestUX Conference in 2011, and will be holding the conference again in 2012. In addition, he leads the local Columbus IxDA chapter and is speaking in Dublin, Ireland in February at the annual IxDA conference on the topic of cultural design.

Sharadindu Ramarao (MSI ’05) is a senior UX architect at Zynga, a social network game development company in San Francisco.

Mary Williams (MSI ’07) is starting a new position as digital asset manager at Guthy-Renker, the direct marketing company responsible for the Proactiv Solution commercials. In January she became the president of the U-M Alumni Club of Los Angeles. Of the experience, she says, “The Club of LA has been really amazing to work with. We put on many types of events from career events to sporting events to cultural outings… you name it, we do it. And we bring our alumni base together in ways that I don’t see many other universities doing, including my alma mater (Michigan State University). We have about 10,000 alumni (estimated) in the Los Angeles county area. It’s nothing to sneeze at.”

Emilee Rader (Ph.D. ’09) is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University. She is currently working on several projects investigating language use and shared meaning in user contributed content systems.

Heather Backman (MSI ’10) has just finished her first year as programming, public relations, and outreach coordinator at Howe Public Library in Hanover, NH.

Previously published notes:

November 2011

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