In December, Dan Mazur, Heller PhD’00, received the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal, which recognizes service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions. Dan — a preeminent Himalayan mountain climber and expedition leader, who has made seven ascents of Mount Everest and two of K2 — has overseen numerous projects in Nepal and Central Asia through his Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, including the renovation of Devoche Convent, in the Khumbu; earthquake rescue and reconstruction; and school and clinic development. He is also developing waste-management technology to help clean up the Everest area. Jeffrey Sposato, PhD’00, is director of the University of Illinois’ School of Music. Previously, he was associate director of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, where he joined the musicology faculty in 2007. His teaching and research interests include music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods; sacred music; choral music; concert traditions; and opera. Adam Kepecs, PhD’02, is a BJC Investigator, and a professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Formerly, he was a professor and the neuroscience program chair at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay, MFA’04, were profiled in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 27. The identical twins collaborate on scenic designs for Atlanta-area plays. Their work is highly regarded: Seven of the 11 plays nominated for outstanding musical or play scenic design in the 2018 Suzi Bass Awards (Atlanta’s version of the Tony Awards) featured the Curley-Clays’ work — and they won in the play category. They also teach theatrical design classes at Spelman College.
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