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In June, the Central Indiana Association of Black Social Workers honored Portia Adams, an associate professor of social work at Indiana State University, as its Social Worker of the Year at its 30th anniversary gala. Robin Blount serves as the disability community liaison for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and a board member for the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. She and her husband, Daryl, have five children and live in College Park, Ga. Jonathan Dordick was named a National Academy of Inventors fellow for his leadership and excellence in biotechnology research. He is currently vice president for research and the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jonathan’s research focuses on gaining a quantitative understanding of biological principles and applying them to advance bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, drug discovery and biomanufacturing. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Heller MA’06, PhD’06, received the Heller School’s Mentoring Award. She was nominated by members of the Heller community and selected by a committee of faculty, students, staff and alumni. At her 35th Reunion, Laurie received the Harry S. Levitan Prize for Excellence in Education, which honors two alumni each year for leadership in the field of education through their teaching, research or volunteer efforts. Paul Rosengard’s daughter Jillian married Gabriel Kaplan last year in New York City. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Gavriel Bellino ’99, and Jeff Spiegel ’79, Evan Krame ’79, Abby Parsonnet ’81 and Hal Skopicki ’82 attended. Mindy Zoghlin is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the law firm she co-founded in 1990. She focuses on environmental and land-use issues, while her partner concentrates on civil litigation and estate planning. Outside the office, Mindy is a fifth-degree black belt in Isshin-ryu karate, and started a yoga and meditation practice a year ago. She is also a member and past president of Rochester Area Home Winemakers. Her husband, Benson, is a family physician at Hilton Health Care.

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