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Matthew Bank was appointed chair of the Greater New York chapter of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. He is trauma medical director and chief of acute-care surgery at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, New York. Cheri Belkowitz received the Eleanor Sue Finkelstein Award from the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. The award recognizes exceptional commitment to the special-needs community. Jason Levine and his wife, Melissa, celebrated the bat mitzvah of their daughter Alexa. They are already planning for younger daughter Sloane’s bat mitzvah in 2020. Jason is a business litigation and trial partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Vinson & Elkins. The family lives in Potomac, Maryland. Linda Schlossberg was awarded the 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Steven Sladkus’ two-year-old full-service law firm, Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas, now has 37 attorneys. Steven is always looking to hire Brandeis alumni. Greg Steelman was inducted into the Joseph M. Linsey Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 during Homecoming. He was a threetime track-and-field All-American and one of the university’s greatest throwers. His school records in the discus, shotput and 35-pound weight throw still stand. In 1986, he set an NCAA Division III record in the discus to win the national championship. David Stern is chief executive officer at biopharmaceutical company Symbiomix Therapeutics. He was formerly chief commercial officer at Celmatix. Sharon Wesoky is a political science professor at Allegheny College. She recently co-edited a book, “Not Just a Laughing Matter: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Political Humor in China,” and is conducting research on the political subjectivities of Buddhist practitioners in Beijing. This summer, she and husband Jim Fitch celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by visiting the Peruvian Amazon and hiking the Inca Trail. Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton, was named a political analyst at CNN.

Wien Scholars pay tribute to Wein family members in New York City.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: A group of current and former Wien Scholars traveled to New York City to visit Dinny and Lester Morse, and Peter Malkin, daughter and sons-in-law of founding donors Lawrence and Mae Wien. Abdul Rehman ’19, Roopa Boodhun ’18, Trang Nguyen ’19 and Nomunaa Purevbayar ’17 spoke and presented gifts to the Wien family. Later that evening, Matias Ringel ’91, IBS MA’92, and his wife, Sylvia, hosted a dinner for the Wien Scholars at their home in Manhattan.

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