1998 - Jennifer (Gray) Golick
March 12, 2018
Comedian Hasan Minhaj (B.A., Political Science '07) will host a weekly talk show on Netflix beginning later this year, a first for an Indian American. The Daily Show senior correspondent also worked with the streaming network on his first stand-up special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, which premiered last May and was filmed at the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. In a December 2017 article in UC Davis Magazine, Minhaj talked about growing up in
Jennifer (Gray) Golick (B.A., psychology, ’98) died March 9, one of three women shot to death by an Army veteran at the Pathway Home in Yountville where she worked. Golick had joined the veterans home as clinical director last September after spending four years working with troubled boys at Muir Woods Adolescent and Family Services. “She was an absolutely brilliant clinician and speaker,” a friend, Dina Enberg, told The San Francisco Chronicle.
1997 - London Breed
March 12, 2018
London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) served five weeks as the acting mayor of San Francisco following the Dec. 12, 2017, death of Mayor Ed Lee from a heart attack. Breed, 43, the second woman and the first African American woman to serve in the position, is a candidate in a June special election to serve out the rest of Lee's term. Elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2013, she has been its president since 2015.
2010 - Joe Sasto
March 02, 2018
Joe Sasto (B.A., communication, ’10) was a contestant on the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef television series, making it to the Final 3 before exiting the show. The 15th season, according to the show’s website, took 15 chefs on “an epicurean road trip” through Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen, Colorado.
1972 - Susanne Rockwell
February 28, 2018
Longtime UC Davis communicator Susanne Rockwell (B.A., international relations, ’74, and M.A., rhetoric and communication, ’96) died unexepectedly on Feb. 19, 2018, at her Davis home from complications of tongue cancer. She was 65. Read about her life and career: "Susanne Rockwell Told the UC Davis Story."
Ken DeCamp (B.A., geography, ’72) had his first book published: Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps including the Marble Mountain Wilderness, Russian Wilderness, and Trinity Divide. The book, released by Backcountry Press, is the first comprehensive field guide to the wildflowers of northwest California’s botanically diverse Klamath Mountains. DeCamp, an avid backpacker, has been drawing and photographing wildflowers for more than 40 years. He retired from the USDA Forest Service in 2008 after a 38-year career in fire, land management planning and public affairs. He lives with his wife, Pam, in the community of Shasta Lake.
Stephen Mew (B.A., economics, ’06) recently completed 21 months serving aboard the ship MV Logos Hope, operated by a German Christian charity, to bring books and aid to people around the world.
Carlos Francisco Tobar (B.A., economics, ’93) has been named the new manager for Baldwin County, Georgia. He has worked in public administration for counties, cities and regional transit authorities in Georgia, Florida and Northern California—serving since June 2013 as administrator for Grady County, Georgia. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Florida. He and his wife, Rebekah, a preschool teacher, have four children, ages 14 to 21.
Steven Farmer (B.S. '94, Ph.D. '02, chemistry) recently published his first book. Strange Chemistry: The Stories Your Chemistry Teacher Wouldn't Tell You (John Wiley & Sons, July 2017) focuses on the darker, wilder side of chemistry. The book covers broad subjects that touch on everyday life, including the chemistry of poisons, illicit drugs, explosives, foods, common household products, and radiation.
Christian “Joel” Lee (B.A. ’90) is co-founder of BananaMana Films, a production company specializing in creating Asian scripted dramas in English for web, TV and film. After creating two award-winning dramatic series, BananaMana Films has produced its first feature film—Jimami Tofu.
Jacqueline Eng (B.S., anthropology,’99), analyzing bones of Kyang Cave, Nar-Phu Valley, Nepal, during a 2013 expedition, was featured among a team of researchers and climbers in an episode of the PBS series “NOVA” in January. Eng, a faculty member at Western Michigan University, is interviewed in the “Secrets of the Sky Tombs” episode about the team’s efforts to understand human settlement in the Himalayas.
Angela Naef (B.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’00, chemistry) has been chosen as the new chairperson of the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark. Naef is the Vice President of Global Technology & Innovation at DuPont Nutrition & Health in Copenhagen. She has lived in Denmark since 2014, when she joined DuPont in Brabrand near Aarhus as a Site Manager. She relocated to Copenhagen in 2016.
An NBC Bay Area/KNTV series of reports on the misuse of school police officers—produced by Michael Bott (B.A., international relations, ’07)—won a 2016 Peabody Award. The award judges cited the investigative team's "tenacious efforts and hard-earned findings in uncovering a disturbing trend in student civil rights violations and for its contribution to the larger conversation about rebuilding trust between police and their communities." Watch the series, "Arrested at School." Follow Bott on Twitter at @TweetBottNBC.