February Alumni Notes

Catch up on news from the SYA alumni and faculty community: media, awards, books and more.

Lake Bell FR'96 is heading to network TV on April 16 in her new ABC comedy, which she co-created and -executive produces, Bless This Mess. Along with co-star Dax Shepard, Bell leaves the fast-paced city life in exchange for the simple life in the country. Here's a first-look trailer.

Jason Blum FR'86's BlacKKKlansman is up for a few Oscars, including "Best Picture." 

Emery Brown ES'74 ES'16P is the recipient of Carnegie Mellon's 2018 Dickson Prize in Science recognizing substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, computer science or mathematics.

Defne Egbo FR'18, a Class of SYA France 1979 Scholar and now a senior at The Thacher School (Ojai, CA), was featured in a recent article about her decision to study with SYA. She said, “I was placed in a different context and that pushed me to stand on my own two feet. It forced me to look at my moral values and I got more clarity on what I want to do with my life.”

Mary Jo Ford ES'78 ES'06P  Riding a BMW 700 GS motorcycle from LA to Anchorage helped Mary Jo to realize that "these human connections, even small ones, continue to show me that travel is about me being with others in the world, not me going around the world." She's now collaborating with other women experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine in a program is designed to create a global network of 1,000 women in STEMM who will go on to influence policy and decision-making as it shapes our planet. Learn more.

Aaron Litvin ES'99's documentary, One Day We Arrived in Japan has won the 2018 David Plath Media Award  for "the best work on any aspect of East Asian anthropology." Learn more about the award.

David McKean FR'74 FR'11P shares perspective on the U.S. relationship with Iran in this article in The Washington Post.

Charles Rivkin FR’79 FRS’11P, chair and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, on Netflix joining the MPAA in this interview with “Variety.”

Claire Simeone ES'03 was the feature article in a recent issue of  The Potomac Term magazine for her work as a conservation medicine veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and director of its Ke Kai Ola animal hospital in Kona dedicated to saving the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. 

Lydia Smith ES'81's documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago recently aired on PBS stations around the U.S.; the film follows the 500-mile journey of pilgrims hiking their way from a village in Southern France to their destination of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Read more in this recent issue of Phillip Exeter Academy's The Exonian 

Jason Wu FR'01 has partnered with EVA Air to create its 2019 sleepwear for passengers flying long-haul in Royal Laurel and Premium Laurel Classes. Recognized for designing Michelle Obama’s dresses for both of her husband’s U.S. presidential inaugurations, Wu conceived EVA’s new PJs for comfort and style. You may have also spotted him in the new JPMorgan Chase commercial "Jason's Way."

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