Alumni Award Winners Announced

Andrea Ghez, ’83: 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award winner

This year, the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to Andrea Ghez, '83. Ms. Ghez is a 2012 winner of the Crafoord Prize for her research on Sagittarius A*, and a 2008 MacArthur Genuis Award recipient for her work in surmounting the limitations of earthbound telescopes. Early in her career, she developed a technique known as speckle imaging, which combined many short exposures from a telescope into one much-crisper image. Lately she's been using adaptive optics to further sharpen our view from here--and compile evidence of young stars at the center of the universe. Ms. Ghez holds the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she is also a professor of physics and astronomy.

Wendell Lim, '83, and Sarah Hanck, '96: Rising Star Professional Achievement Award winners

Wendell Lim, '83, and Sarah Hanck, '96, will each receive the 2013 Rising Star Professional Achievement Award this year over Alumni Renuion Weekend.

Wendell Lim, '83

Wendell Lim is a professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Mr. Lim is the director of the UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, director of the UCSF/UCB NIH Nanomedicine Development Center, and deputy director of the NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. His current research focuses on understanding how living cells communicate with one another and make decisions. He is particularly interested in understanding the logic underlying the molecular circuits that cells use for decision making. Wendell lives in San Francisco with his wife Karen Earle-Lim, and his children Emilia (12), Nadia (9), and Jasper (2).

Sarah Hanck, '96

Sarah Hanck provides support for Merck for Mothers, focusing on program development, implementation and evaluation. Ms. Hanck has more than a decade of experience in maternal and child health, HIV, and family planning in Asia and Africa. Before joining Rabin Martin, Ms. Hanck was the Asia program director at HealthRight International, where she developed and managed programs addressing maternal and child health, family planning, HIV, tuberculosis, and gender-based violence in Nepal and Vietnam. Prior to that, she coordinated a large-scale HIV implementation research project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan Initiative in India. Ms. Hanck's father, Gerold, is a lower school science teacher at the Laboratory Schools, and her mother, Dottie, is a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Ms. Hanck's sister Katie is a member of the Laboratory Schools class of 1998.