March Alumni and Faculty Notes

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Lake Bell FR’96 appears in Oprah Magazine’s March list of “Best Movies About Divorce.” It’s Complicated – #3 on the list – includes Meryl Streep who plays a woman who divorced her cheating husband, played by Alec Baldwin, who married the woman he cheated with, played by Lake Bell, who has no idea her husband is having an affair with his ex-wife, Meryl Streep. Did you get that? It's complicated; this may help.

Jason Blum FR’86 doesn’t agree with 99% of Hollywood thinking. He talks about how he’s challenging its preconceptions about the “right” way to do business, including his latest film, The Invisible Man. Read more. In this NYT review, the author talks about how moments thrillingly and thoroughly befuddle the viewer’s expectations. Not surprising that a staff member found Jason’s "Pop in a Box Funko Pop! Vinyl Character" next to Alfred Hitchcock’s in a local Newbury Comics store. PS: The Hunt, based on the 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game" premieres this weekend 

Cheo Hodari Coker ES’89, the showrunner of Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage, reveals what he would want the show’s spin-off to be. Read more.

Josh Davis ES’91’s recent article discusses how leaders need to encourage creating intentional ways to “sculpt the environment” and cultivate conditions for connection and collaboration. (Sounds a little like the SYA method of cultural immersion, right?) Trust and respect stem from learning about the humanity, norms and competence of others. Read more

Jackie DeAngelis CN’97 has made several recent appearances reporting on the market amid COVID-19 fears and how it bounced back after Super Tuesday. Watch the broadcast.

Louise Derbes ES’89, head of sales for Stable, a risk management firm that  protects food and agriculture business from volatile commodity prices, took part in last week’s trade mission to Colombia, organized by Knowledge Transfer Network, The International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the British Embassy in Bogotá. Colombia’s agricultural sectors are developing rapidly, and stakeholders are fully committed to putting in place comprehensive risk management solutions to ensure a sustainable agricultural future for the country.

Robin Hauser FR’82’s documentary, Bias, was recently screened as part of the Spokane International Film Festival. “Bias” explores the scientific underpinnings of unconscious bias and its effect socially and in the workplace. Included in the film is research from the Counter Bias Training Simulation, created by researchers from Washington State University Spokane, provides bias training to law enforcement. Read more.

Kate McAleer FR’04 CN’05 appeared on Portland’s WGME showcasing her new Bixby & Co Bourbon Bar made with local Split Rock Distilling Bourbon. Watch the broadcast

Dan McMurtrie CN’10 discusses the evolution of financial markets his philosophy on asset allocation in this interview

Hugo Patterson FR’77 ES’13P ESS’15P’s firm, Datrium, was awarded five new US patents for data resiliency and encryption. Read more.

Maggie Tillman ES’01’s family’s vineyard, Alta Colina Wine, located in the hills of Paso Robles, CA, was featured in Country Living not only for its award-winning wine, but also for "Trailer Pond,” where you can camp out in a vintage RV that overlooks a beautiful pond on the estate. Read more.


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